March Minutes

John William Boich School Council Meeting

Next Meeting May 9th, 7 PM


JWB - School Council Meeting

MINUTES Monday January 17th, 2022 @ 7:00 pm via Google Meet

JWB - School Council Meeting

MINUTES Monday, March 21st, 2022 @ 7:00 pm via Google Meet

Attendees; Susan MacCaulay, Joanne Nikolic, Wendy Horn, Leslie Bowker, Brenda DeWilde, Kanwar Bijan, Sonia Dwarka, Jill Love McMeekin, Tracy Houston, Maryam Emani, Jodi CorrieraLaura Matyjas & Priya Pandya.

reviEw of Minutes: Monday January 17th, 2022

Principal’s report & General Updates

• Susan & Joanne welcomed new attendees

• Revised HDSB COVID guidelines reviewed

• Dimmer Switch vs On-Off Switch

• New Flowsheet, which was provided to families via email. Still screening for the same set of symptoms, but isolation rules have changed:

· If the individual with symptoms completes 2 consecutive negative RAT (24-48 hours apart) or 1 negative PCR test, AND their symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours (and 48 hours for nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea), then their isolation period ends and they can return to school.

Household members may attend school if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and:

§ 17 or younger and are fully vaccinated, and/or

§ are 18 or older and have received your booster, and/or

§ have completed your isolation period after testing positive in the last 90 days and/or

§ your household member is isolating because of COVID-19 symptoms but has already tested negative.

· If families are unclear, they can call the school for guidance.

· No seating plans in classrooms, no reduced capacity in common spaces, no cohorts. Audiences & spectators welcome.

· PPE will remain available until June for those who wish to use it, but it is no longer mandatory.

• With the revised policy, we are allowed to proceed with in-person events, including Grad & a Year End event.

• Tentative date for Year End set as June 2nd (later revised via email, due to a conflict with Hayden Grad, now tentative date of June 9th)

• Discussed theme of “10 +1” to recognize 10 year anniversary. Maybe a “10 + 2” in the Fall?

• Reaching out to vendors to determine availability.

• Grad – need to consider that not everyone is comfortable with an in-person event, so will need to consider including a virtual option – live stream?

• Boich Blast to include an invitation for Grade 8 parents to get involved with the Grad Committee.

• Susan announced her retirement! Effective April 1st, but she will be with us until the end of the school year. Congratulations from the Council group!

• Wendy provided the Teacher’s Report

• From Gill Mauro: snowshoes have been enjoyed this year. Thanks to Leslie for assisting with Winter Play Day. Jumprope for Heart will be May/June. Grade 7 & 8 classes will be learning Cricket, thanks to a couple of parents.

• Teams starting up again; Boys & Girls JR Volleyball, SR Basketball. Track & Field in May. Kids have enjoyed co-ed intramurals on Mondays & Tuesdays, as well as blacktop music on Wednesdays.

• New program for girls in grade 4 & 5, affiliated with Toronto Blue Jays, focusing on self-advocacy.

• PIC grant money; JWB has teamed up with some Oakville schools, and pooled our money to hire various speakers.

• March 23rd at 7pm will be “Hello Hope: Battling Loneliness & Isolation Before, During, and After COVID19" w/ Aubrey Noronha available to parents via Zoom.

• Survey was sent out to gauge interest in topics, and each school will be responsible for organizing a speaker. There will be a separate talk for staff, parents & students. The top 3 topics were:

1. Peer Relationships & Social Interaction (JWB)

2. Self Esteem/Growth Mindset

3. Anxiety

• OK to proceed with fundraising. Exploring the option of Plantables. Orders are delivered directly to customers; school receives a portion of the profit. Simple, hands-off program.

• Future meetings in person or via Google Meet? School based decision

• Committee meeting – April 11th @ 7pm

NEXT MEETING - Monday May 9th @ 7pm