2005 Annual Report to
June 15, 2005
C. Christidis – Chair
S. Lennie – Vice Chair
school year 2004/2005 was a year of renewal for the Parkway Public
School Advisory Council, encouraging and welcoming a number of new
parents and a new Community representative. The Council operated
in accordance with existing legislation and Peel District School
Board policies, through the support of its constitutional complement of
eighteen members, selected committees and associate parents/volunteers.
The Council fulfilled its three mandated roles; advisory, volunteering
The highlights of this year include;
- Review of EQAO data and
- Dedicated funding budget for
program enhancement and student support.
- Successful fundraising
- Recipient of the Trustee’s
Award for Excellence in Education.
Council would like to express its appreciation to school staff.
Led by Principal E. J. Powers, in addition to normal duties, staff
organized or participated in a number of events, enhancing the school’s
program. Likewise, Council also thanks all the volunteers
(parent, staff and student), who contributed to the success of students
(Financial report will be submitted
in accordance with the school Board’s fiscal year end; August.)
Council Structure and Organization
In accordance with Council’s constitution, applicable legislation and
Board policies, seventeen voting members and the school Principal were
elected or appointed. Council welcomed and enhanced parent
participation in various ways including committee participation.
Council was guided by the Operating Protocol (Constitution) and
assisted Council in administrative or procedural matters. A
sub-committee is appointed annually to review the Protocol and make
submissions to the Council.
Council also recognized the various
needs of the school and addressed those needs through a number of
- The Fall fundraiser
sub-committee, which was engaged in raising funds in the early part of
- <>The Spring Fair
sub-committee, which was responsible for the main, fundraising event of
the school. >The Pizza
Day sub-committee, which raised funds through the sale of pizza.
- The school Leadership Committee
- The Bagel Day sub-committee,
which raised funds through the sale of bagels.
- The Council Election
- Brampton Santa Claus Parade
- Volunteer recruitment and
support is the foundation of the Council’s success.
year a concerted effort was made to recruit new volunteers and thereby
ensure the Council and its activities remain dynamic for the present
and the future. New volunteer co-ordinators lead the Pizza
Day, Bagel Day and the main school event, the Spring Fair.
Council made a particularly concerted effort in identifying and
appointing a Community Representative. Council identified the needs of
the school and consulted with the community. A number of local,
community organizations were contacted and resulted in the appointment
of Mr. Balkar Singh Bajwa.
Council continues to provide opportunities and support for new parents
who may be considering leadership roles in the future, for both Council
or any one of the Council supported activities.
Council met on ten occasions for full meetings. Most meetings
were held on the third Wednesday of each month. In addition to
the Council, the various sub-committees conducted their own
meetings/consultations and reported to Council.
One such sub-committee was the parent
representative group on the school’s Leadership Team.
Participating on this Team allowed parents a unique opportunity to
listen and discuss with staff issues related to curriculum delivery and
school success planning. A parent then reported to the Council at
the next Council meeting.
All Council meetings included at
minimum, a quorum of ten members present. Parents attended
monthly meetings with diligence and enthusiasm.
To remain current and informed on
school and Council issues, members took advantage of a number of
training opportunities. Most opportunities were made available by
the school Board, while others, i.e. People for Education and Ontario
School Advocate, also offered informative conferences. Parents
deeply appreciate the Board’s efforts in supporting Councils.
Attended conferences and training sessions included:
- 06Oct04 – “Great Start” held at
Rick Hansen Secondary School.
- 28Oct04 – Council Evening at
- 06Nov04 – Conference hosted by
People for Education; held at
- 16Feb05 - Council attended
a consultation offering
by the provincial group advising the Minister on parent involvement in
the schools; Parents Voice in Education, and offered a submission.
- 02Apr05 – Literacy and
Beyond, hosted by PDSB and held at H.M. Brathwaite secondary school.
- 04Apr05 – Council Information
Evening, hosted by PDSB
and held at Turner Fenton secondary school.
- Board trustee David Green;
attended Council meeting and presented former Council member and Chair,
Mrs. Janice Ing, with an award of distinction.
- Peel Regional Police and
Constables Sean Piper and John So assisted Council in hosting a parent
information night on Computer and Internet Safety.
School Issues and
Council discussions this school year were dominated by topics that
involved the curriculum. In particular, Council gave special
attention to the school Success Plan, EQAO and Extra Curricular
activities. The Principal made significant effort involving
Council in curriculum matters and seeking advice. Parents
are most appreciative of the Principal’s efforts.
was pleased to learn that Parkway students achieved well in reading,
writing and mathematics. The EQAO results were self evident
of their achievement; primary students, particularly those in grade
three, achieved significant improvement over the previous year, while
junior students continue to achieve better results. As well, ESL
students improved in their reading. The Principal
reiterated the need to continue to support literacy.
Council is greatly appreciative of the staff and their efforts in this
area and will continue to support literacy.
& Vision Statements
The Council was given the opportunity
to review the school’s mission and vision statements.
<>In an unprecedented move and
relying on Council’s ability to fundraise and support the school, in
June of 2004 the Council identified and dedicated a financial, support
budget for the school, for the next (2004/2005) school year.
The budget, comprised of support in
both curriculum and recreational areas, offered the school $32 thousand
dollars. This school
year the Council applied the same policy and projected $12 - $15
thousand dollars, for the school year 2005/2006. Further support
may be made available, subject to the level of success of future
fundraising efforts. Council funds for school program support
includes the arts program, classroom support, IT, literacy, recreation
and the annual, grade six, camping trip to Camp Wanakita.
Council made great effort to deliver information to the parent body,
consult and to make itself available. This was done through a
monthly newsletter, bulletin board in the school, e-mail address,
web-site and individual communications.
Council maintained a high visibility
policy; members maintained a high profile at school activities and
functions, including awards, assemblies, plays, presentations, parent
night and kindergarten registration.
As a result of damage sustained to
our playground equipment in the summer of 2004, Council solicited the
support of the immediate community through a newsletter delivered to
adjacent households, and encouraged local citizens to remain vigilant
of unlawful use of school property and to report such activity to
Award of Excellence
its efforts, the Parkway Public School Advisory Council was the
recipient of the Trustee’s Award for Excellence in Education. The accomplishments of the Council are as
a result of teamwork and therefore Council members can take great pride
in the recognition of their united effort to support Parkway Public
Council will continue to grow and address the needs of the school where
possible. Future considerations include;
The School Success Plan is reviewed
each school year. Data collected this year supports the
continuance of a two year plan. The focus of this plan is
literacy. Council is looking forward to continuing to work
closely with staff and lend support where possible.
Code of Behaviour
Code of Behaviour is also due for review next school year.
Student safety is a major concern for all parents. The Council will continue to play a
supportive role in the implementation of the Safe Schools Act and the
Code of Behaviour, and ensure all children learn in a safe and
Council will continue to support the school through financial means and
is committed to provide funding in a balanced formula comprised of
three areas of student development; cognitive/academic,
social/emotional and physical/recreational. The Council will provide financial support
to enhance programs, services and tools, otherwise not allocated
through Board funding.
of Council’s main goals is to communicate with parents and engage them
in the school. To date,
parent info nights are sparsely attended. Council will endeavour
to engage parents through relevant presentations and other innovative
and succession planning will continue to be a main focus and ensure
future Parkway Councils remain relevant, effective and dynamic.
The Executive will actively recruit parents and volunteers to sustain
programs and as well support individuals who may be considering future
Council conducted it’s affairs in a most professional manner,
reflecting the high standards exemplified by our own Peel District
School Board. The key to the success of Parkway Public School is
teamwork. Parents, in collaboration with staff, were able to
assist the school in providing not only a safe learning environment but
one that was also fun for students.
The Council is comprised of highly
dedicated individuals, both parents and staff, who brought diverse
skills and interests to the table. Each and every member of the
Council plays an integral role and is equally valued.
parents supported the school through its advisory role on issues that
included the school’s Success Plan, the Homework Policy and the Code of
Behaviour. In addition, parents led fundraising efforts through
the fall fundraiser, Pizza Days, Bagel Days and the main event of the
school year, the annual Spring Fair.
Likewise the staff organized a number
of events, including the Camp Wanakita trip, Remembrance Day assembly,
Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, Track and Field day and a host of
other school events and performances. Parents are very grateful
for the dedication Parkway staff has shown towards our children and the
daily sacrifices they make along the way.
special thank you must also be recognized for the many volunteers in
the school. Whether it was parents who read to children in class,
helped with crafts, decorated the gymnasium and hallways, or
accompanied classes on field trips. Without volunteers many events and
support programs would be difficult to conduct.
Mrs. Fredelle Richardson, a nineteen year parent-volunteer
at Parkway will be leaving us this year. Mrs. Richardson has
supported the school in many ways, including volunteering in the
classroom and member of both Council and its predecessor, the
PTA. Mrs. Richardson has left an indelible mark on our
school with her passionate support of Parkway students and she will be
special thank you goes to the administrative and support staff.
In particular, Principal Elizabeth J. Powers, who vigorously promotes
and supports student success. Lastly, Vice Principal Susan
Meredith, who also enthusiastically contributed to the success of our
school. They are all recognized for their efforts.
success of the Parkway Public School Council can best be described in
two words; commitment and teamwork. The Council will continue to
support the school and explore innovative ideas to the benefit of all
students. Council thanks everyone and looks forward to another
successful year in 2005/2006.
D. Green – Board Trustee
J. Grieve – Director of Education
P. Tomasevic - Superintendent of Education
Linda Jeffrey – MPP