Friday, September 28, 2012

School Traffic Is an Issue

Traffic at our school has always been an issue. The residents around MTS have been very patient, but traffic around school drop off and pick up is a big concern.  The School Administration and School Council are always looking for ideas and help alleviate the problem.  Today the Calgary Herald published a story about the Alderman also seeing this as a big concern.

We welcome any ideas you may have that could help the school drop off and pick up easier and safer.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2012 AGM Meeting Notes for MTSC / MTSPA

The MTSC and MTSPA held their annual AGM last night. This is the meeting where we plan and discuss the initiatives for the year.  In the School Council we were introduced to the new Music Teacher Mrs. Heather Bourgeois.  She inspired us with her ideas for the kids at the school - not just in her music class. Our kids and by association, the parents, are going to really grow to understand music and it's components.  She also gave a detailed list of instruments she would like the Parent Council to help purchase this year.

During the School Council we filled the 3 open positions. Thank you to Linda B and Lacey S for officially filling the positions of Volunteer Co-coordinators.  Thank you to Jen R. for taking on the position of Vice Chair recently left open by Tiffany V. who moved.  You are all welcome additions to the Council.

MTS has fewer kids than was projected so has re-invited the families that were surplussed to Douglas Dale School to return.  Good news is MTS has been able to maintain their class sizes to between 17-21 kids. This is well below the average for other schools.

In the Parent Council, the budget projections for the upcoming year were outlined and approved.  The Fundraising Committee presented their family events for the year, as well as, fundraising goals.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the meeting. Our future meeting dates for the upcoming year have been set as follows: Oct 29, Nov 26, Dec 10, Jan 28, Feb25, Mar 18, Apr 29, May 27 and June 17.  The School Council meets from 6:30-7:30 and the Parent Council meets right after at 7:30-8:30.

Every parent with a child attending MTS is a member of the Council (no special invite or position required) so come see how you can make a difference there.  Look forward to seeing you in October.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Important Meeting - Monday September 24th - 6:30pm

Hello Parents,

Please join us for the MTSC First Council meeting and MTSPA AGM for 2012-13 school year.

In the council meeting learn about the plan for the Music program being developed by our new Music Specialist, Mrs. Heather Bourgeois. We are also looking to fill three executive positions in this meeting: Vice Chair & two Co-Volunteer Coordinators.

Our Vice Chair moved out of the province over the summer and leaves this position vacant.  The Vice Chair supports the Chair position in providing leadership and works closely with the school's administration in planning the best way to support the school and our children.

We also have two Co-Volunteer Coordinator positions that will be filled at the meeting.  We are lucky to have great parent involvement at MTS and these positions bring it all together.

The big topic in the AGM is the MTSPA Budget approval (see links below for a sneak peek).  Come and learn where our funds come from and how we will allocate them to benefit all the kids at MTS.

Get involved and make a difference. Whether you can help in-class or by coming out to a Council/Parent Assoc. meeting or supporting fundraising campaigns - It Matters.

Lastly, I have to apologize as over the last few weeks we had technical difficulties that have now been resolved for our website. You will be able to check in for regular updates.  Please contact me if you have suggestions for a future post or topics you would like to have addressed by the council and/or parent association.

Sean Tyson

P.S. STUP coupon books will be on sale at the meeting.  Round up your orders and take your books home Monday night. (Order form below)

MTSC First Meeting & MTSPA AGM Agendas
MTSPA 2012-2013 Budget
STUP Order form and Screenshots of STUP Mobile App

Thursday, September 20, 2012

SUTP Fundraiser

Welcome back! 
The McKenzie Towne School Parent Association is pleased to once again team up with SUTP to offer your family the 2012/2013 SUTP Coupon Book filled with over $25,000 in savings on everyday items for your family.

New this year you can get the book on your phone.  This will allow you to receive more coupons as the year goes on.  

For each book sold the Parent Association receives $10 and your child an entry for a Nintendo 3DS.  Please return your orders on or before October 12, 2012.

Download your order form here.
Preview the Mobile App here.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Welcome Back Coffee

Welcome back to school everyone.  I am sure everyone is excited to get back into routine and schedule. This year Mckenzie Towne School Council / Parent Association is hosting a Welcome Back breakfast on Thursday morning from 7:30-8:20am.  It will be held on the back compound by the playground.  Please come have a coffee, muffin and get to know some of the other parents with students attending your school.