Our Lady of Peace – Parent Advisory Council
January 31, 2007 – 6:30 pm
Council Member Javiera Vidal, Danielle Meuleman, Isolina Varano, Perry Fedrigo, Anna Viti, Vida Smailys Audrey
Attendees: Butrimas, Brendan Hennessy, Samira Raouda, Franca D’Onofrio, Nickie Mendes, Matthew Perretta,
George Pilla, Herminio Pires, Catherine Lindsay, Marcia McGovern, Ann-Marie Wellington, Corrine
Regrets: Tina Poulo, Susan Labadia, Kimberlee Meleca, Patrick Zirnhelt, Sylvie Talarico, Henry Andre,
Elizabeth Dos Santos
1. Welcome and Opening Prayer
Mr. Fedrigo began the meeting with our opening prayer.
2. Attendance and Approval of Agenda
The attendance sheet was circulated and the Agenda was approved with the following additions:
o Update of November Action Items
o Discussion of charitable donations by CSAC
o Resignation of Tina Poulo from CSAC
o School security system at front doors
o Water vending machine
o Gift contributions to Communion & Confirmation students as well as Graduation gift
3. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
November 29, 2006 Minutes were approved.
4. Sub-Committee Updates
Treasurer’s Report – Ana Viti
Mrs. Viti distributed the financial reports (Attachment 1) and indicated $10,921 was available for
Fundraising Committee – Corrine Harvey
Everything is running smoothly. Dance-a-thon scheduled for February 15, 2007 – goal to cover
our cost for the D.J ($8,00 or 20% of income generated from the Dance-a-thon)
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5. Principal’s Update
Board Budget Discussions – Mr. Pires
Mr. Pires stated that Ann Andrachuk, has given OLP $1,500 to be used for our music program.
Mr. Pires will be looking into the $1,800 that is on the books at the Board for Our Lady of Peace.
Mr. Pires spoke to Mrs. Culmone with reference to Art Programs in the school and what plans are
in place, she advised that she is looking into programs for each classroom and will need
approximately $250.00 per classroom totaling $6,400. Mrs. Culmone will come back to Council
with a more exact figure at a later date.
We do have 4 functioning camera’s. Computer software has been installed on both Mr. Pires
desktop and Mrs. Talarico’s desktop. A separate monitor and over-ride button needs to be
installed in the office on the secretary’s desktop so that students covering any support staff
breaks can allow entry to any visitors without having to access the computer system. Mr.
Fedrigo is following up with the Board as well as our School trustee to see if such a modification
is possible to the existing system.
School Size and Classroom Caps
Further discussions have transpired between Trustee Ann Andrachuk and Mr. Pires, some of the
items that came out of that discussion are the following:
1. Possibility of an off-site campus for grades 7 and 8
2. There are City of Toronto by-law restrictions that limit the number of portables on our
property; however, this being said, Mr. Pires believes that to accommodate the anticipated
population of students next year, a minimum of 3 portables are required.
3. 23 is the student cap in the Primary Grades for the upcoming year
4. Possibility of creating classrooms in the library
5. Possibility of re-directing English speaking students that live north of Burnhamthorpe to
other schools in the area
6. Possibility of a new French Immersion program at another school in central Etobicoke
within the next 2-3 years
7. Effective September 2007 JK and SK students only within the school boundaries will be
allowed admission into either the English or Early French Immersion program.
8. Enforcing the French Immersion rule whereby if the student discontinues the French
Immersion program, and is not within school boundaries; then he or she will be directed to
attend their local school.
A community meeting will take place and all parents will be advised of such at a later date.
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Alphabet Kids – Hot Lunches
Update that the program will be running Monday to Friday except for our fundraising days (i.e. Hot
Dog, Swiss Chalet and Pizza lunches). The Alphabet kids program is looking for a parent to
assist in the distribution of the lunches on a daily basis and has offered to pay the individual
$10.00 per day. Mr. Reddam and Mrs.Raouda will be discussing if any of our Milk volunteer
parents would be interested in taking on the task.
6. Teacher Representative Update - Ms. Smailys
Council was advised that, to date, a total of $2,398 of the $5,000 Goal has been raised for the
Free the Children fund. From the funds received, $900 came from the student penny drive.
Great response from both students and teachers with respect to the Scientists in the School
All teachers have signed up for the anti-bullying kits
7. Other Business
Mrs. Varano read two letters of appreciation and thanks for our donation to both the Red Door
and St. Vincent de Paul charities.
A point was raised that there is a Board-approved list of all charities to which Catholic schools are
allowed to donate.
Suggestion was raised to have more student involvement in the selection of the charities that the
school decides to donate to.
Concerns were raised with reference to the actual charities we donate to, whether or not we
should be donating to other charities as opposed to giving back to our community. Further
discussions will occur next meeting and to be raised as an agenda topic.
Tina Poulo has requested that she be removed from Council due to personal reasons. Since we
have maintained the majority of members 20/21, Council agreed to stay at 20 for the remaining of
the school year until re-elections occur in the new School Year.
Physical Activity in our School
A point was raised with reference to the lack of physical activity within our school. As a school
community we need to look into creative ways where the students can get more physical activity.
Mrs. D’Onofrio expressed concern with the water coming out of the school taps and requested
that we implement water vending machines. Mr. Pires confirmed that the Board does not have a
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contract with the water bottle vending machines/corporate contract; therefore, we cannot provide
the service to our students. Mr. Pires also relayed that the custodians run the water taps every
morning for 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day.
Additional programs suggestions for the school
Mrs. Vidal introduced the Interactive Opera workshops as a possible workshop for the future. The
suggestion was made to possibly have student council voice an opinion in relation to student
interests and in what they would like to see come to the school.
Meeting will be held on February 5th at 7:00 pm, all parents are invited; one of the items on the
Agenda of interest is school closure. Mr. Fedrigo and Mr. Hennessy will be attending.
8. Summary of Fund Allocations
Funds Available: $10,921
Allocations approved at this meeting:
$ 300 First Holy Communion Christian Passports for the Grade 2 classes
$6,400 Art Program
Balance of Funds going forward $4,221
9. Items for January’s Agenda
Council By-law to be re-visited with max amount of funds that can be allocated with advising
parent at large
Funding Charities – do we or don’t we and if we do how do we decide which ones.
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10. Action Items
No. Owner Status Started Due Action Summary
1. H. Pires Oct. 25, 2006 Feb. 28, 2007 Gather feedback for QSP Mascot.
2. P. Ceolin/Mr. Done Jan. 31, 2007 Gather feedback for additional day being
Pires offered for Hot Lunches.
3. P. Fedrigo Done Oct. 25, 2006 Jan. 31, 2007 Gather information on whose
responsibility is it to maintain the security
cameras that have been installed, as well
as signs coming from the school board.
Investigate No Trespassing signs that are
to be posted up around the school.
4. D. Meuleman Done Oct. 25, 2006 Jan. 31, 2007 Letter and information about CPF to go
out to parents.
5. Mr. Pires Done Nov. 29, 2006 Dec. 06 /Jan. 07 Gather information with respect to
contacts for parents to rally for the
classroom cap, present student body and
new student enrollment
6. Franca Done Nov. 29, 2006 Dec. 2006 Draft letter advising parents of the issues
D’onofrio we face with increasing enrollment
7. Brendan In Process Nov. 29, 2006 Feb. 28, 2007 Details with regards to drafting up a
Hennessey contract between OLP, students and
parents pertaining to instruments.
Possible fee discussion for repair and
8. Patrick In process Nov. 29, 2006 Feb. 28, 2007 Discuss Charities with respect to donating
Zirnhelt money. Concerns to the effect that
student/parent money is going out to
charities not back into the school for
9. Patrick In Process Nov. 29, 2006 Feb. 28, 2007 Address Council by-laws with allocating
Zirnhelt large sums of money
10. Mr. Pires Done Nov. 29, 2006 Jan. 31, 2007 Speak to Ms. Culmone about Art
programs for this year.
11. Mr. Pires Jan. 31, 2007 Feb. 28, 207 Look into the $1,800 on the books with
12. Mr.Pires/ In Process Jan. 31, 2007 Feb. 28, 2007 Investigate the option of holding split
Catherine recess to avoid the overcrowding in the
Lindsay play yard.
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Meeting Adjourned at 9:00 pm
The preceding is considered a true and accurate report of the topics discussed. If there are any
discrepancies or omissions, kindly contact the writer immediately. If no notification is received within 72
hours of the date of issue, theses minutes will have been deemed to be accurate by all.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 6:30 PM.
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