Parkway Public School
January 20, 2006
In our Council meeting of
January 18, the Council discussed a number of issues, including issues
affecting the safety and health of our children.
Country/Choir uniforms; the Council is supporting the school in
purchasing 60 ($500), cross country, team markers that will identify
our school with our logo and colours. In addition, the Council is
also looking into purchasing new uniforms for our choir.
Weather/Proper Attire; the Council discussed safety policies around
extreme weather and proper attire. The Council was pleased to
hear that staff is guided with clear policies to ensure the safety of
our children in extreme weather, however, was concerned to hear that
some students arrive at school without gloves or hats. Parents
are responsible to ensure children arrive at school properly
The Council also discussed
extreme heat in the spring and summer; although our classrooms
are not equipped with air conditioning, the school does take steps to
comfort the children, including; fans in every room and frequent visits
to the water fountain. Parents can also send their children to
school with partially frozen bottles, which can remain cooler longer.
Healthy Eating; Last year,
both the school and Council published a number of articles and tips for
parents to help their children with healthy foods and eating
habits. As part of our daily routine, parents are reminded to
send their children to school with a healthy lunch and snacks.
The Council supports the Code of Behaviour and also reminds parents
that dropping off fast-food lunches is both a health issue and one that
places additional duties on front office and teaching staff.
Lastly, the Council is discussing the possibility of holding a parent
info night on the issue of healthy lifestyles. Further
information will follow in the future.
next Council meeting is on February 15th, 6:30 p.m., in the
library. Everyone is welcome. Snacks will be provided.
Literacy & Beyond
On April 1st, 2006 the Peel
Board will be hosting the 5th annual, literacy conference for
parents. This one-day, free event will feature workshops designed
for all age groups; elementary, middle and secondary
school. Experts will offer tips and ideas on how we can
help our children at home. Previous attendees have expressed rave
reviews. Seating is limited so early registration is a must. For
more information on this unique opportunity please see the reverse.
Volunteer readers are deeply
needed for our school this year. Volunteers who are fluent in
English, or those that can offer English and another language, are
needed. If you are able to help, you can contact the Volunteer Readers
Co-Ordinator, Mrs. Janice Ing, at (905) 453-5180. Training will
be provided. Parents are reminded school volunteering
requires a criminal record check that can be obtained through our local
police free of charge.
The Council and Parkway parents
would like to thank all the children and staff for their efforts in
putting together another great show.
24th Annual Spring Fair
This year’s edition will take
place on Saturday, May 27th. At this time, organizers are
seeking donations of prizes. Large or small, all are
appreciated. Please contact Mrs. Sharon Lennie at 455-5762 or Mr.
Chris Christidis at 451-5931 for pick-up.
February is designated as Black
History month in both Canada and the USA. Canada’s history is
rich with events and contributions made by our African-Canadian
ancestors. Also, February 14th is St. Valentine’s Day!