Mother Teresa Parent Council Meeting Date: November 02, 2009 Scheduled Time: 1830-2015 Location: Mother Teresa Forum Chair: Josee Austin Recorder: Giuseppe Peritore Present: Josee Austin, Marc Caterini, Michelle Clark, Chris Daly, Connie Dicenzo, Christine Julien- Sullivan, Giuseppe Peritore, Theresa Tabry, Anita Tierney, Pat Vigna Regrets: Bria McVay, Jennifer Myers Start Time: 1837 Adjournment Time: 2124 Newsletter submissions due: needed? Next Meeting date: November 24, 2009 Item Details Action Welcome and • • Intro (Josee) 1837-1837 Opening Prayer • All present participated in the Prayer for Halton • (All Members) Catholic District School Board School Councils 1837-1838 Approval of • October 04th minutes - Determination of Council • approval tabled by minutes Roles error in title noted by Michelle Christine, seconded by (All Members) Connie with unanimous 1838-1842 approval by those present • October 14th minutes - Addition requested on Kiss’n • approval tabled by Ride committee by Christine Christine, seconded by Connie with unanimous approval by those present Business Arising • Reviewed items of the October 14th meeting that • (Josee) were not discussed. 1842-1907 • Student representation on council o Discussion with Chris/Pat and it will be done on an invitational basis, especially when the students would be able to provide us feedback. o Students will also have the opportunity to share ideas once filtered to Chris. o Chris will open invitation to them through Madame De Pol. Item Details Action o Student Council items will be in the first half hour of the meeting. • Re: Homework o Staff is looking into this at this time and when school improvement plan complete, will be included as topic. o “Policy on homework” information will be provided on school website when improvement plan complete o HCDSB also addressing these concerns in surveys. o Evening family events need to be factored in, “Ebbs and flows” of homework appreciated. o Communication between the teams teaching in the class e.g. Math and Social sciences, need to improve to spread homework to avoid all at the same time, where possible. Common planning time should help. • Grade 8 for example (Marc), is that they build enough time in class to complete homework but differences in children determined how much comes home. • Each grade level has been asked to target each child to determine if rephrasing/regrouping needs addressing. • “APE”: Answer, Prove and Extend (to others) the question methodology encouraged. • Teachers are giving much more “coaching time” to practice with students, after narrative teaching to provide students with feedback. • Structured time management skills are taught as early as JK. • Communication to families with strategies should be bidirectional - teachers to families and reverse. • Developing true parish/school/home partnerships – tabled for now and to be revisited after Wednesday’s Parent/Home/School partnership day • Fundraising o Tabled for now as we need to look at Outreach plans and Budget first. • “Other issues” to also be addressed in budget Item Details Action Principles report • Fulfilling the Promise is a Strategic Planning and • (Chris/Pat) Renewal Guide - Mother Teresa students well 1907-1936 represented. • 40th anniversary for our Catholic School board o message from board read as well as vision statement from trustees and senior staff • Catholic Learning Community Our Vision in Action o The HCDSB is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctly Catholic… o Council requested to complete same table completed by teaching staff o We should be proud of the things we’ve accomplished as a council/school (Josee) o Model Learning Community Literacy room Creative ways teachers are addressing children found to be below the benchmark All-Star reading program Council working closely with school administration, to understand what is needed (fundraising), e.g. establish Literacy room, Living school, Food for thought and patience in giving staff time to learn new curriculum Continued dialogue to strengthen the link from school to home Outreach initiatives D.A.R.E. Support of social commitments o Distinctively Catholic Gospel readings and prayers over announcements What Would Jesus Do? program Outreach/Liturgical support from council Grade 8 confirmation retreat Recognition assemblies School Masses at St Matthews Liturgies in the gymnasium Anti-bullying program from an enhanced Catholic/Christian values perspective o Exceptional Education Differentiated instructions Use of specific language to instruct students Item Details Action Reviewing concepts o Nurturing the Call to Love and Serve Outreach initiatives from council Student council food drives Lead by example Reading Buddies Comments: More hands on may be needed – kids not only collecting food, but also sort and deliver • so children are more “hands on” and get the whole picture – younger kids could count food items and determine how much we use at home to get a better perspective on what is collected in classes • it would be good to get them to sort and have these discussions in the classroom Encourage kids to help others needed e.g. Through peer mediators. • Council asked to complete table from a school community perspective (School, Home, etc) • Sometimes school/council needs to sit back and appreciate what we’ve accomplished and then articulate to our community • Poor Mans lunch o ordered lunch for staff o Broth, bread and water – self sacrificing reminder of what we had, no dialogue, quiet time for prayer o suggestion made to encourage families to try it out o idea from council to send home a package for what is needed e.g. a list of meal ideas with some prayers th Chairs report • Wed October 28 – Theresa and Chris attended the (Josee/Theresa) Catholic Councils Conference – good evening that 1936-1954 included: • Info available on OAPCE (Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education) • Catholic School Council training days - 3 sessions: • All council members o Nov. 9th at St Matthew, Oakville encouraged to register and Item Details Action o Nov. 10th at Bishop Redding, Milton attend any session, if able o Nov. 16th at Assumption, Burlington • Parent Involvement Committee – “You can’t make me!” session - Wednesday November 4th 7-9pm in Guelph, at John F Ross – Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) • HCDSB Focus on Faith theme 2009-2011: HEAR the word of the lord, LEARN to do good, SEEK justice • Presentation from D.A.R.E. • Big “small group” discussion focused on school uniforms o Council tabled this topic for a later date o 2 schools in the pilot program – Guardian • The package provided at Angels and St. Gabriel’s. the conference will be sent o Brought to councils to start discussion. 2/3 out to council members of those who responded voted in favor. along with the next o A template for the process is in place. meeting agenda. All o 2 pilot schools to provide a report. members encouraged to o Pope John Paul school to have an info night read and we will have a as council has moved forward – Theresa discussion at our next and Josee to attend on November 19th. meeting. o St. Matthew’s council have also started a discussion at their council meeting • Haiti – Focus is on education with Haiti o Not asking for donations although schools are encouraged to continue if they choose o education focused on the conditions in Haiti o Touring dancers at Mother Teresa on Friday November 6th • Catholic Faith Leadership Youth Rallies o November 17-19th at Mary Mother of God Church o Mother Teresa to participate on the 18th o Youth rally for the grade 8’s - a powerful day of music, faith and social time with their peers o Bishop Bergie in attendance and to celebrate Mass o Internationally acclaimed Chris Stefanick, who will speak to the youth about quenching their thirst for God, while addressing age appropriate questions like ‘Why should I go to mass?’. o The praise and worship music will be lead Item Details Action by the Matt York Band o The local Catholic secondary school chaplaincy leaders have formed a group of 10 students from their school to create a team of ‘Young Apostles’, who will act as leaders at each of their feeder school youth rallies - mentoring the Grade 8 students from their feeder schools by encouraging them to join in the actions to the songs; participating in the Gospel drama as well as serving as ambassadors to Grade 8 students who will be encouraged to make the connection with and later attend their local Catholic secondary school during the year. o More info at http://www.hcdsb.org/news/2009%2011/C athFaithLeadershipYouthRallies2009.pdf • Parent Council suggestion/comment box has been set up today • Josee to monitor Committee Liturgical (Michelle): Reports • Michelle and Bria met with the Liturgical/Outreach 1954-2106 committee; we had parent representation from each grade, at least 1 • Liturgical/Outreach Recommended Programs 2009/2010 School Year notes shared with council • Focus will be on our community here at the school and then outside community. • Would like to bring community involvement back into it. o e.g. sponsoring families – grade 1’s bringing in items for a grade one student o as a whole will need to get a list of families and determine the needs o Students would then be involved e.g. “We have a family that needs this…”, then have the students pick the items, decorate the baskets, and possibly delivering of gifts (if logistics permit). o Committee felt that the Hamilton Catholic Children’s Aid meets their goals, Good Shepherd a little more limited. o Will need to provide a meal as well – either canned goods or gift cards. o Also involves catholicity o Suggestion is to extend out to St. James School as they have a large request • Michelle to further Item Details Action annually for food and clothing which Mother investigate needs and Teresa has supported in the past family sizes o Goal is 30-35 families. • Michelle will investigate if o Budget of $300 suggested as unsure if we need to supply the baskets will be supplied to us baskets or if they Hamilton o lists will be of ages as well as general ideas Catholic Children’s Aid will of what might be given supply o Councils understanding of Family basket idea (meal and a gift) priority: Mother Teresa Families in need > Hamilton Catholic Children’s Aid for sponsored families > Any excess gifts go to St. James, Angel Tree and Good Sheppard for food o Discussion of other outreach including back packs between lent and the end of the school year o Angels for Angel Hair was discussed by the committee as an option but the committee wasn’t sure how parents could be involved o Parents want different ways they can be involved – want to provide them opportunities versus expectations of them • approval tabled by Connie, seconded by Christine with o Winter clothing drive approved by council unanimous approval by with recommendation to Christmas gift those present drive as above o Sales of Poinseattas will proceed and Spring initiative to be tabled at later date, to be discussed at our next meeting. o Liturgical events tabled to next meeting as we have time. o 2008/2009 Budget still needs to be addressed/consolidated before council can make commitments Volunteers (Christine): o Volunteer Parent Coffee - postponed for this Friday o Walk to school Wednesdays – need more • Christine will connect with awareness and more involvement Pat and Chris, re: popular o KISS’N RIDE teachers at strategic actively recruiting more volunteers walking route locations to “Blitz” next week hand out prize tickets • focus on east lot • Thank you flyers for most • Giuseppe to incorporate parents suggestions on wording • Parking notice for curbside and forward updated copy Item Details Action parking - ?on orange paper for review to Chris and Pat • Updated copy of “Kiss’n as well as Kiss’n Ride Ride Info for Parents” on volunteers reverse • Don’t want to be antagonist • Chris to have sufficient - wording in Notice will be copies printed for Blitz improved to be more positive rather then punitive • Constable Hasenbacher committed to attend • Giuseppe to forward o Mr. Vigna looking at logistics at having an electronic copy of letter to e-distribution list for parents council for review o Copy of draft letter to parents shared by Giuseppe Treasurers Report (Theresa): o Pizza sales have have been estimated at 14,000 (net) • Theresa to continue o We appear to have about $2000 left over working with Jennifer to from last year (minus cheques written) finalize 08/09 budget o Theresa needs to finalize last years budget • Chris/Pat to develop – budget tabled for next meeting Principles “wish list” for this year o Pizza days not voted on for this year? done traditionally every year as a service to parents as well as Council’s primary fundraising vehicle voted on last year after survey results survey “Over 90% participation rate with current Pizza program.” – from 2009 01 05 Parent Council minutes o Last year payment by term, this year payment for year is option o Approximately 80% of respondents chose weekly versus biweekly Pizza Meeting dates for • Council agrees that to meet: • the school year o Tuesday November 24th @ 1830 and (All members) o Wednesday January 06th, 2010 at 0830 2106-2112 New Business Re: HCDSB Medical Condition Administrative • (All Members) Procedures and Protocols 2112-2122 • Bria wanted clarification on who signs the forms Declaring a “medical condition”, ie. Parents, guardians, medical doctor….. As it is now, parents declare the medical condition and Item Details Action sign the form. Communication letter re: Council Info and Invitation to parents • draft read by Christine, council approves with addition of next 2 council dates – copies to be printed late tomorrow afternoon Closing prayer • All council member participated in Mother Teresa’s • (Giuseppe) prayer/poem as attached. 2122-2124 This following poem was written by Mother Teresa and is engraved on the wall of her home for children in Calcutta. Mother Teresa School is our children’s home for much of the year… Mother Teresa's Prayer People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; ...Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; ...Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; ...Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; ...Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; ...Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; ...Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; ...Give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway. "We can do no great things - only small things with great love." Mother Teresa, Pray for us to keep your words of wisdom in mind, As we nurture all the children in our home, parish and school union, Emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Amen.
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