March 8th, Minutes

March 8, 2021

JWB Parent Council Meeting Minutes

Principal Update:

  • World Compliments Day – each student wrote two compliments for fellow students, on JamBoard, teacher vetted.

  • March Madness – spirit week for the week that was previously scheduled as March Break; one theme for each day of the week.

  • IPL working on equity in spirit days e.g. PJ day may not be appropriate for all cultures; change to be more inclusive.

Grade 8 Grad Updates:

  • Grade 8 graduation photos – includes virtual students; coming in after school hours.

  • Spirit wear – Hoodies for grads.

  • Graduation plan – no news yet. The Board will make a decision. We don’t yet know the timing of when the decision will be made. Some members felt the timing was getting close to the end of the year, so is there a possibility to make some tentative plans?

Budget Update

  • $12,680 in our account. Budget report to follow.

Here are my notes for the 2nd half of the meeting

  • Council Funds are approximately $12,000 some of which can go towards Grad Needs

  • Susan asked that we try to coordinate all Grad activities as much as possible to avoid activities being planned for some students and not all

  • Virtual Grad Video was extremely time consuming for staff to put together, hoping for some guidelines and templates for Virtual presentations

  • School Budget Discussion - School focusing on :

    • First Aid/PPE Supplies

    • Additional Furniture for Social Distancing

    • Virtual Learning Supplies

    • Purging Old Library Books over 10 years - commitment to purchasing new books that reflect the entire student population

    • 27% of budget has been spent

  • Council asked for ways to show our appreciation to Teachers' Food Delivery, Virtual Events etc. - Susan & Wendy indicated that written / verbal appreciation messages to teachers is the best and very much appreciated

  • Outdoor Activities at Recess - Great when snow was here to entertain kids, but harder now that snow is melting, challenging with having to sanitize equipment and try to keep it in zone, Certain equipment is limited due to amount of kids and size of zones. Will try to introduce / bring back some more equipment/toys in the coming weeks

  • No News about potential Spring Break Extension or the New School Year - The school hears the announcements the same time as the general public.

  • Lots of Staff Changes/Updates this year. Many staffing leaves for various reasons, there are instances of LTO's coming in for other LTO's for absences, many stages of staff transitioning back on a regular basis. Susan will share updates about staffing when she is able to.

  • Discussed ideas on how to connect with the school community - while considering Virtual/Screen Fatigue. Ideas included

    • Cake Decorating Challenge - Send in Photo for Prizes

    • Virtual Cooking Demonstrations

    • Other Ideas welcome

Next Meeting set for Monday May 3rd - See Link Below for details

Next School Council Meeting:

When Mon May 3, 2021 7pm – 8pm Eastern Time - Toronto

Joining info

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Who Susan Macaulay [Staff] - organizer

Susan Macaulay


John William Boich Public School


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Agenda: Jan 11th, 2021

Principal's Report:

1. HDSB New process for promoting Equity and inclusion - see handout.

2. HDSB Census

3. JWB Grad photos will go ahead - details to follow soon.

4. JWB No spirit wear this year due to Covid 19 restrictions.

Next Council Meeting: March 8th 7 PM

We will send a google meet link closer to the time. A reminder to use google chrome to enter, and for easy access, you can use your child's school account to log on.

Thank you to everyone who attended last night's council meeting. Please see notes below for your reference and review.

Agenda: November 9th 2020

• Principal’s Report

• Questions

Principal's Report:

1. Corona case update: 3 cases identified; school took the necessary action as per the guidelines by Halton Public health. All 3 cases have recovered. Currently no case in the school

2. Remembrance Day: At 11.00am (moment of silence and playing of “The Last Post”)

· Poppy fund: No touch boxes

· Poppy wearables to be sent in each class

3. Progress reports completed and would be going home November 23

- Any issues on progress report parents should reach out to Class teachers

4. Teachers would be setting up Virtual parent teacher meet, and links to google meet would be sent soon.

5. As per the directive from board no fundraising/ spirit wear/ group picture for now

6. Incorporate principles of equity and inclusive education into all aspects of operations, structures, policies, procedures, guidelines and practice.

· Initial audits by board to help plan the roadmap

· We would be getting some more updates on JWB path forward


- Parents involvement to help drive principles of equity and inclusive education

- Involvement of grade 7-8 in school: Ms. Macaulay shared her thoughts on creating Virtual leadership group

Next Council Meeting: January 11th 7 PM

We will send a google meet link closer to the time. A reminder to use google chrome to enter, and for easy access, you can use your child's school account to log on.

Thank you to everyone who attended last night's council meeting. Please see notes below for your reference and review.

Agenda: October 19th

• Welcome

• Principal’s Report

• Teacher’s Update

• Treasurer’s Report 2019-2020

• Position elections for 2020-2021

• Fundraising Ideas

• Committee Planning

• New Business

Principal's Report:

1. JWB will be purchasing 5 new projectors to support our smartboard technology. These are roughly $2000 each and will be coming from school curricular funds.

2. Staffing news:

-Ms. Pecarski will be staying in class 4/5-1 for the remainder of the year

-Ms. Molnar will remain as the intermediate SERT until the end of November

-Mrs.Davidson will return the end of October

-Mrs. Philips will remain in KF 2 until March

-Ms. Gligic will remain in 1-1 until the end of November

-Mrs. Salai will be off for the next few weeks

3. Progress reports will go home November 23

-Virtual Student Led Conferences will take place November 27th

4. Each classroom teacher will be sending you a link to their virtual open house that will take place the week of October 26-30th.

2020-2021 School Council:

Co-Chairs: Jodi Correia and Tracy Houston

Treasurer: Lesli Bowker

Secretaries: Ferzeen Sammy and Kanwar Singh

PIC reps: Jessica Collins and Ferzeen Sammy

Voting Members:

Wendy Horn Teacher Rep

Sava Rakas

Sonia Dwarka

Shannon Ballard

Sally Rakas

Kanwar Singh

Angie Konidis

Brenda dewilde

The McMeekins

Ferzeen Sammy

Jessica Collins

Vanessa Duarte

5. No fundraising at this time

6. No committee planning at this time

Next Council Meeting: November 9th 7 PM