School Council Forums

Thank you for participating in our School Council Fall forums, which were held on:

  • November 8, 2021 (North)
  • November 10, 2021 (East) 
  • November 15, 2021 (West)   
  • November 17, 2021 (Central)

We had an average of 126 attendees for each area session consisting of parents, caregivers, community members, trustees, Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) Members, YRDSB Administrators, and other YRDSB Staff.  

Our agenda for the recent School Council Fall Forums was as follows: 

6:00- 6:20pm

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Greetings from the Director

Greetings and  Remarks from Area Trustees

Greetings and remarks from PEAC (Parent Engagement Advisory Committee)

Forum Program Overview

6:20 - 7:05pm

Workshops (Includes 20 min Q&A)

  • Supporting the ABCs of Mental Health at Home
  • Championing Equity & Inclusivity: Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy

7:05 - 7:10pm 

Break

7:10 - 7:40pm

Pro-Grant Presentation

7:40 - 7:50pm

School Councils and  Fundraising information

7:50 - 8:00pm

Closing remarks and takeaways

 

Below you will find the presentations from the recent School Council Forums:

These will be updated as they are available.

School Council Fundraising Training Video:

 

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YRDSB School Council: Fundraising

Fundraising Plan

  • Principal creates a fundraising plan for each school year, collaborate with school staff and school council

  • Must align with School Improvement Plan and Policy and Procedure - Fundraising and Administration of School Generated Funds

  • Funds should be spent in the year that they are raised

 

What Funds May be raised Versus What they May not be Raised For

Fundraising supports extracurricular activities/materials.

Funds may be raised for: 

  • Examples - school yard improvement projects such as playground, outdoor shade structures, outdoor basketball hoops, benches, outdoor projects must receive prior approval from Plant Services. 

  • Guest speakers, presentations

  • Extracurricular band equipment

Funds may not be raised for:

  • Items funded from the provincial government

  • Examples - textbooks, chairs, desks, building structural repair/maintenance like painting or replacing floors

 

Fundraising Reminders:

  • Collect funds online through School Cash Online, reduces handling of cash/cheques

  • Fundraising assemblies/events are to be held virtually with permission from Principal

  • Students must be directed not to go “door to door” to solicit sponsors/product sales

  • Fundraising should avoid food products until further notice

  • Schools may accept products at the school and distribute items prepackaged to students

  • Where the school receives the items, distribution to students can be done either by delivering them to their class to take home or through a pick-up process

  • Speak to your principal on the distribution process

  • Schools may accept products at the school and distribute items prepackaged to students

  • Where the school receives the items, distribution to students can be done either by delivering them to their class to take home or through a pick-up process.  

Schools are not to fundraise for COVID-19 health protection PPE. 

 

Who to contact with questions:

  • Connect with your principal first

  • Principal will then follow up with Quality Assurance, if necessary

Please visit the Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants webpage to view this presentation.

The following is a screen cast of the presentation from the Fall School Council Forum.

Presentation:

Supporting the ABCs of Mental Health at Home

Related Resources:

We recognize the important role that families hold in the development and support of your child’s well-being. The following resources may help you support your child and their learning at school. 

How to Talk With Your Child When you Feel Concerned They may be Struggling With a Mental Health Problem

This resource offers parents and families helpful tips and suggestion to help support conversations with your child about their mental health.

YRDSB Student Mental Health Supports

This page provides an overview of some of the YRDSB mental health supports available, family mental health newsletters, and partnerships with community mental health agencies.


YRDSB.ca Web Page The ABCs of Mental Health
Family Mental Health Newsletters