School Council

Minto Clifford Public School Parent Council Minutes

Tuesday Feb 5th 2019

Meeting started at 5:30 pm with Mary Ann Bowman, Lindsay Cowan, Stacey Jennings, Tracy Kuchma, Kelley Jones, Lisa Booth, Nicole Hymers,  Carol Ann Sloan, Kerri Schuttel and Mr. Ellis.

Lindsay motioned to accept minutes from last meeting, Nicole 2nd.

Mr. Ellis came to inform us that our school has been accepted to the Adapt a School Program by the Guelph Storm.  This gives the students and families of Minto Clifford an opportunity to enjoy 4 tickets to 34 home games, ( would be raffled off) 4 Storm players would come visit the school and read to the younger kids, do a tech program with the older kids, and sign autographs.  Our students would also have the opportunity to go to one Storm game and sing the National Anthem, where all participants singing would receive a free ticket. The cost of the program is $1000.00 but with every additional ticket the School buys, Guelph Storm will give back $4/ticket.  This year alone as a trial we will be getting approx. $320 back from ticket sales. (Minto sings on March 10 2019) There seems to be a huge interest in going to the games, and Mr. Ellis is asking the Parent Council to help fund the $1000.00 for next year.  He will also be going to some local businesses asking for their support.  The parent council agrees that this is a great way for family time and would help fund the cost.  Mr. Ellis is going to ask the local businesses first, then let the council know how much he needs to meet his goal. Motioned by Nicole, Lindsay 2nd.

Kerri brought to our attention some concerns with the pathway behind the school.  As the developers have changed hands, the original plan for the pathway to stay has now been changed.  She brought a map of the purposed plan and we discussed potential issues and concerns. Tracy has also received phone calls from concerned parents on this matter.  She has contacted the School Board and the Board Planners are looking into the matter and have already sent a 4 page letter to the Town of Minto in regards to the safety of the kids.  They will be working together to try and come up with a solution that is safe and works for everyone.  There are also some concerns of the front pathway because it goes to the Church parking lot, which is not maintained. Over the last couple weeks with the weather there has been some students falling on ice etc.   The board has contacted the church to see if they would maintain the parking lot if the Board covered he cost, or if we should look at an alternative way to and from the school.   We will stay tuned for more information as the matter unfolds, and will keep our ears open for the public meeting about this matter.

Lindsay gave us the financial statement; total sales $48 977.00 from the fall meat orders. (Packers       $23 891.00 and Elmira $17 594.00) Total Profit for the school is $ 3512.00 and total kids fundraising profits $3980.00. We are extremely pleased with the participation of the student’s grades 6-8 fundraising for their yearend trips.  Mrs. Jones will keep the form that has what each student will receive towards their trip.

5 teacher purchases have been re reimbursed and we also received a very nice thank you note from Mrs.Domm and Mrs. Hibberd’s class.

We will have the spring meat Order again this year to fundraise for some outdoor activities enhancements.  A date will be picked and an email with info will be forwarded out, and volunteers will be asked to come and help sort once we have a delivery date. Motioned by Lindsay and Mary Ann 2nd

Breakfast Program Live Free has asked out school to host on Feb 27th.  The program involves breakfast cooked for the students and their families.  Prep will start at 7am, and it will be served buffet style as the kids arrive at school. There also will be an impact speech to talk about the impact of having a breakfast program at our school.  Businesses will be asked if they would also like to help out at the event, as well as parents and teachers.  The Live Free program runs the program and will take care of most of the arrangements.  Stacey has also informed us that this will be her last year running our school’s breakfast program. We will look into a replacement for Stacey so they can be trained. Best case would be to have many volunteers so there could be a rotation of duties.

Pro grant is back on! We will be hosting our Guest speaker Paul Davis and will be having Palmerston Public School join us.  He will speak to the junior students first, then with the intermediate students, with a parent night presentation on April 25 2019, on the dangers of Social Media.

Norwell District High School is hosting Orlando Bowen on April 19/2019.  He will be speaking about getting people to give back, and sharing his own experience. Tracy will send out more details once she gets them.

Healthy school committee has been in touch with Merna Hutchison to help bring awareness for In Touch With Hutch.  Hoping to host a parent night during the week of mental health week – May 6 – 12

Drayton theatre has sent an email to give us first chance for the Spring Plays.  There is Annie playing in Drayton in June, or Sleeping Beauty in December at St. Jacobs.  Council voted to go for Annie, motioned to accept by Mary Ann, Lisa 2nd.

School had been contacted by a parent who would like to donate winter outdoor clothing.  The best way to go about this is to drop it off and the teachers will give it to a student who is in need of it, or to call Tracy if there is someone in particular they want it to go to.  The school also needs mitts, as many students who do not come to school with thiers.

For the Principal Report, Tracy has received a call from a parent asking if her child’s milk card could be paid for by the parent council.  Upon discussion, Parent Council has decided to pay for a milk card for each class room and the teacher could use it at their discretion to who needs it.  We will start with one card per class as a trial and see how it goes. 21 classes at $15.00 =$315.00  Motioned by Lindsay, Stacey 2nd.

We have been asked by Crime Stoppers if we would like them to come and talk about the dangers about Social Media.  As a group we have decided not to have Crime Stoppers come to the school because we already have Paul Davis booked to speak about the same topic.

The school year is moving along well.  We are having more technology available to the classrooms, the TV’s are mounted.  Staffing process starts now, and hoping to have the full staff known in June.  Teachers are working on community building.  Our EA Jasmine has left on Mat leave, and will be covered by Hannah.  The new phone system to contact parents is going well and saving time especially on snow days.  Tracy encourages everyone to download the UGDSB app to receive alerts.

Our next meeting will be May 7th at 5:15 pm.  Motioned by Lindsay to adjourn meeting, Lisa 2nd