ST. DOMINIC CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL YEAR END REPORT
Anne Marie Lozinski (Chair)
Patrick Hennessy (Parish Representative)
Lynn Mucci (Teacher Representative)
Janice Walsh (Non-Teaching Staff Representative)
Jennifer Yust (Principal)
Michael Chiarelli (Vice-Principal)
October 2, 2006
November 28, 2006
January 23, 2007
March 5, 2007
April 10, 2007
May 29, 2007
a) 50th Anniversary Committee
Members: Michael Chiarelli, Vice-Principal
Andra Cvetas, School Council Representative
Carmela Tavani, Teacher Representative
John MacPhail, Teacher Representative
Yvonne Gardiner, Parent
Rob Pegoraro, Parent
Liza Folo, Parent
Phyllis Ansara, Parent
Marg Ligas, Former School Secretary
Mandate: To plan the 50th Anniversary celebration for the school.
The 50th Anniversary celebrations were a focus of the entire school year. The
celebrations began with a kick-off assembly, followed by a “50-day countdown” - daily
announcements made by the students to highlight the 50th Anniversary theme. The year-
long celebration culminated with a Mass held on Tuesday, April 17, followed by a
reception and Open House at the school. Activities during the open house included a
French Café, music and dance presentations by the school children, displays in individual
classrooms, and a retrospective slide presentation. Trustees, Board administrators, and
former administrators and staff of the school were in attendance at the event. A financial
report of the 50th Anniversary Committee follows.
Special Board Funds $500
Parent Involvement Account 500
Total Funds Available $1000
Decorations, Refreshment $550
gifts & wrapping) 120
Total Expenditures $947
b) Environment Committee
Members: Mrs. Hartmann,Teaching Staff Representative
Mrs. Yust, Principal
Janine Bleecker, Parent Representative
Veronica Haunts, Parent Representative for Site Improvement
Mandate: 1) To improve the physical environment of the school
2) To increase activity and reduce bullying on the yard.
Site Improvement initiatives continue under the leadership of Veronica Haunts. The focus
this year was on maintenance of the existing gardens. Holland Park Garden Centre Grow
for Green coupons were used to purchase bulbs for the gardens. During the week of June
4th, marigolds were planted by primary students in Ms. McCurry’s science classes.
Ongoing maintenance includes applying top dressing and mulch to the gardens. This was
completed early June. Maintenance of the naturalized gardens is ongoing. A summer
maintenance/weeding schedule for the gardens will be put in place with the help of
Playground equipment was purchased for use at lunch recess. Equipment mesh bags
were shared by classes on a rotating basis. Each class had a turn to take the equipment
out and ensure that it was returned to the next classroom. Equipment included tennis
balls, utility balls, soccer balls, basketballs, scoops, nerf footballs, skipping ropes, and
floppy frisbees. In addition, a pair of outdoor nets and a set of indoor nets (for gym B)
were purchased. The cost of this equipment was covered in full by the School Board as a
goodwill gesture resulting from the grassed area being fenced off most of the year for re-
Schlockey was played in the yard on a limited basis this year. Focus next year will be on
maintaining an active group of student volunteers to run and organize these games.
Equipment for use in the Physical Education classes was purchased to replace old/worn
Jump Rope for Heart
Once again, the entire school participated in Jump Rope for Heart on May 17. This
fundraiser was in support of the Heart and Stroke foundation. Points earned through this
fundraiser will be used in support of future School Environment Initiatives and to support
the school physical education program.
Friday Night Basketball was up and running again this year with Mr. and Mrs. Burrows
(parents) stepping forward to organize the league. This recreational program ran for grade
4-8 students. Parent volunteers coached the teams in this 8 week program.
Indoor hockey and Indoor Soccer ran throughout the school year during lunch recess.
This was organized and run by teaching staff.
Environment Committee Expenditures as of June 28, 2007:
1) $ 660.98 T. Litzens physed equipment
2) $ 139.56 Gardening purchase (soil/mulch)
3) $ 87.19 Paint for Gym
4) $ 923.04 for outdoor playground equipment which was paid for by the Board
Total Expenditures (items 1-3) =$ 887.73
Note: An additional $160 has been allocated for gardening but not yet spent.
c) Catholicity Committee
Members: Colette Foster, School Council Representative
Jennifer Yust, Principal
Michael Chiarelli, Vice-Principal
Cecilia Racine, Faith Animator
Mary Atkinson, Teacher Representative
Mandate: 1) liturgical celebrations and themed decorations
2) social justice initiatives
3) community building/hospitality events
The Catholicity Committee organized and sponsored many different events throughout
the course of the school year, including Pancake Tuesday, the First Communion
Luncheon, the Staff Appreciation Luncheon, and the end-of-the-year School Picnic. The
school community participated in many charitable activities such as a bake sale for
Development and Peace, a Valentines Dance for breast cancer research, food drives for
the Good Shepherd Centre, the MS Read-a-Thon, and Project Love. Stations of the Cross
were erected in the school through the Lenten season.
Catholicity Committee Expenditures as of June 28, 2007
Donations/Gifts (custodians, bus drivers, parish staff) $ 530.85
Bibles (grade 4’s), other religious goods $2,217.21
Pancake Tuesday $ 183.68
First Communion Luncheon $ 225.59 (**)
Freezies for Jump Rope $ 54.12
Graduation Expenses $ 100.23
Staff Appreciation Luncheon $ 86.62
June 2006 School Picnic $ 56.58
Total Expenditures $3,454.88
(**) Not included in this total is $265.00 which has been spent on the luncheon but not
yet 'claimed' by the parent for reimbursement.
d) Fundraising Committee
Members: Karen Savery, School Council Representative
Desiree Duffy, Parent
Kelly Hawkes, Parent
Mandate: To raise funds for the enhancement of the school community.
4 different fundraising events were held – 2 pizza nights, magazine subscription sales,
and chocolate bar sales. The fundraising report follows below.
Unit Sales Total Sales Profit
Pizza Night (2 nights) 82 - $410.00
Boxes of Nestle Bars 199 $13,939.88 $6,969.94
Magazine Subscriptions 672 $20,093.68 $7,617.77
e) School Improvement Committee
Members: Jennifer Yust, Principal
Michael Chiarelli, Vice-Principal
Lori Schledewitz, School Council Representative
Mrs. C. McGowan, Teacher Representative, Primary Division
Ms. L. Ciolek, Teacher Representative, Junior Division
Ms. D. Brennan, Teacher Representative, Intermediate Division
Mandate: To create the School Improvement Plan.
The School Improvement Plan targets 3 major areas of concern:
1) High percentage of students for which school is their only experience of a faith
2) At least 20-25% of students are achieving below benchmark in reading.
3) EDI survey shows that over 66% of children are vulnerable for physical health
and well-being, and that social competency is a concern.
Activities to address these areas of concern have been identified for school staff,
administration, and School Council.
f) Other School Council Activities
1) The School Council took an active role in communicating with the Superintendent
of Facilities Management regarding the fence/schoolyard renewal project. As a
result of this communication, the Board provided physical activity equipment to
2) The School Council took a lead role in communicating with the Board of Trustees
regarding the events of the Special Board meeting held on April 19,2007. The
Chair of the School Council met with one of the trustees in order to open a
dialogue about the concerns of the school community.
3) The School Council Chair served as a liaison with the St. Thomas Aquinas School
4) The Council continued to support math enrichment activities for grade 5 and 6
students, as well as the Gauss Math Contest for grade 7 and 8 students.
5) The Council supported the school’s first Math Fair, hosted by the grade 7 students
in October 2006. Resources for the Math Fair were purchased with funds from
the 2005/2006 Parent Involvement Grant.
6) Lori Schledewitz, School Council member, ran the Special Lunch programme this
year. Pizza and Sub lunches were offered on a weekly basis. The financial report
for the Special Lunch and milk program is attached.
School Purchases from Milk and Lunch Funds
Junior Balanced Literacy Resources 4,985.80
White Board Easels 2,595.63
Special Ed supplies/games/materials 578.57
CD Players 157.30
File Cabinets 194.94
LCD Projector 1,167.36
Wireless microphone 511.09
Printer cartridges & office supplies 1,019.61
9 DVD players 1,025.91
School Stationery 304.95
Listening Centre 250.77
Gym equipment 556.29
Novel Study 204.29
Literacy Bins 598.95
Kindergarten supplies 536.84
Approximate amount still available $ 150.00
Additional Purchases from School Council Funds (Staff “Wish List”):
Staff Allotments (for general classroom expenditures) $3,811.05
Literacy Games 1,246.78
Listening Centres 1,481.82
Total Additional Purchases $12,771.72
Financial report as at June 28, 2007
Opening Balance $3,097.97
Balance in School Council Account $ 1,018.09
Submitted by: Anne Marie Lozinski, Chair
Submitted on: July 9, 2007