Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Recap of Meetings

Last night marked the first meeting of the year for the MTS Council and the third AGM for the MTSPA.  Thank you to everyone who attended these important and busy meetings.  Highlights of the School Council meeting included an introduction from our principal, Dr. Slater, who spoke about her interest in continuing to work with parents and staff to build a strong culture and community in our school.  We heard from two teachers, Mrs. Steedman and Mrs. Scott about some of the interesting work the grades 2 and 3 students have been doing in art and science.  During the Leadership Report, Dr. Slater and Mr. Murphy were able to provide an update regarding relocatables.  It is expected that work will begin in November to prepare the site on the west side of the school.  The relocatables should arrive after a few weeks and they are hoping to have them ready for students to occupy by mid February. 

As mentioned in previous emails and posts, this meeting also marked the end of the terms for many of the school council executive.  As such, voting took place to select the new executive.  Sherri M, the previous Chair, moves into the role of Immediate Past Chair.  We truly appreciate the hard work and dedication she has put into the role of Chair over the past two years and look forward to her continued support and guidance in her new role.  Sean T. has assumed the role of Chair for both the School Council and Parent Association and Tiffany V has taken the role of Vice Chair.  Tami A. is now officially in the role of Secretary after having helped in that position for the last few months.  Shauna will be our new Key Communicator and Nicole continues as the Volunteer Coordinator.  A second Volunteer Coordinator opportunity is available as this has traditionally been a co-coordinator role, so if you are interested, please email chair@mtsparents.com.

In the Parent Association meeting, there was some discussion about committees.  The yearbook will remain an ad hoc committee with Debi M and others involved.  There was unanimous interest in a Fun Lunch committee and Cheri S. agreed to take on the task of organizing a group of interested parents.  Please let us know if you would like to join this committee.  With respect to the Fundraising Committee, Amy C. was voted into the position of Fundraising Director as part of the executive of the Parent Association.  A goal of $9000 was set for fundraising activities this year and Amy and her committee will be looking at some ideas of how to achieve this goal.  If you would like to help on the fundraising committee, please let Amy know by emailing her at fundraising@mtsparents.com. 

Sherry T. provided the Treasurers' report and has accepted a second term as Treasurer for the Parent Association.  Amy and Sherry T updated us about SUTP sales, which continue until October 15th.  These funds are an important part of the PA's fundraising activities and parents' support is appreciated. 

Stuart G. accepted the position of Casino Director for the Parent Association.  He has been diligently working towards the casino for the last few months and thanked all of the volunteers who have agreed to help in November.  There are a few more positions to be filled, so stay tuned for further information.  Funds earned from casino are anticipated to be received sometime in February, and we will expect to start to have discussions around spending over the next few months.

Finally, Sean provided a playground update.  With the surplus monies from the playground build, 3 toss and score sets were ordered last week and will hopefully be installed before the snow flies.  We look forward to this addition to the outdoor space for the students.

The next meetings of the School Council and Parent Association will be on October 24th, beginning at 6:30 pm.  Look for further information, including agendas for these meetings prior to that date.  We hope to see you there!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Great to see you guys flying strong! Congrats Sean and Tiffany-you will be wonderful in those new positions! Have a great term everyone!