School Council News - May
Official meetings for the TSMS school (parent/guardian) council wrap up May 5 (6:30-8 pm at the school), but the council is still active.
In the morning of Wed. May 21 we are holding a Breakfast to acknowledge the effort to keep the school healthy and active. If you would like to contribute as a donor of no-nut baked goods or assist during breakfast on May 21, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to about 20 volunteers who either spoke about their vocations or provided refreshments on Apr. 24 at the Grade 8 Career Day. Special thanks to councilors Sandi and Evelyn, and past council chair Joel Brown for their work.
Seventy-five people attended Dr. Karyn Gordon’s special presentation about gratitude and empathy at the school on Apr. 14. Participants spoke enthusiastically of the discussion. The event was shared by parents/guardians of TSMS and John Fraser Secondary School, and students of both schools volunteered as greeters and registrars. The evening was made possible, in part, through a Parents Reaching Out grant, and our council decided to apply for another grant for 2014-2015 to continue to provide special events for parents and guardians.
Please note the first two meetings of the school council for the new school year: Mon. Sept. 22 and Mon. Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. You are welcome to attend any council meeting. In addition, if you also have children attending John Fraser SS, its next council meeting is 7 pm on May 15 in the high school library.
Thank you to all parents/guardians who have volunteered to help the school and its council this year.
School Council News - March
Next school council meeting is Mon. Mar. 24 in the school library at 6:30 pm. All are welcome. We have just finished our fantastic evening with youth celebrity Marc Kielburger and give a big thank you to members of our JFSS/TSMS character committee and participating students, including Rebekah C., Flora y., Anisha K., and Linta M.
Now we are looking forward to welcoming well-known television personality Dr. Karyn Gordon to TSMS on Mon. Apr. 14 at 7 pm. She will help us teach empathy and gratitude to teens. This event is open to all parents and guardians within the John Fraser SS family. Admission is free but you are asked to reserve your seat at http://s.coop/drkarynapril.
April 24 is our annual Grade 8 Career Day when parents, guardians and community members reveal how they chose and prepared for their vocations. Anyone who would like to be a presenter is asked to let council know at email@example.com.
Get council meeting summaries, minutes and agendas at www.tsmscouncil.com. Sign up for emailed news at http://s.coop/tsmscouncilfb.
School Council News - February
2014 will be exciting for Parents as well as Students
Come to the first council meeting of 2014 and learn about the great activities at the school. It will be held Mon. Feb. 10 in the school library, 6:30-8 p.m. All are welcome.
Renowned humanitarian and Free The Children co-founder Marc Kielburger will speak to Thomas Street Middle School and John Fraser Secondary School students on Wed. Feb. 26 at the high school at 7 p.m. Please add this amazing learning and inspirational opportunity to your family calendar. Your student’s teacher will soon have more details about getting tickets (each are a $5 donation toward building a Mandela school), and student drop-off arrangements at the high school for the event on Feb. 26.
For parents and guardians, we are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Karyn on Mon. Apr. 14 at 7 p.m. to John Fraser Secondary School. This event is open to all parents and guardians of the high school and Thomas Street Middle School, and is made possible, in part, by a Parents Reaching Out grant. Dr. Karyn is a well-known expert in family dynamics and adolescent behaviour and is a frequent guest on City Toronto. We’ve asked Dr. Karyn to address “Teaching Empathy and Gratitude to Your Teens”.
On Thurs. Apr. 24, TSMS will hold our annual Career Day for Grade 8 students. Parents, guardians and community members are asked to volunteer their time to speak about their professions or help welcome visitors to the school. If you would like to contribute to this popular event, please email the school council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the work of the school council, visit www.tsmscouncil.com or visit our FaceBook page at http://s.coop/tsmscouncilfb to request council emails.
School Council News - November
Our next council meeting is Feb. 10, 2014, 6:30-8 p.m. at the school. Please join us to learn more about your child’s school. All are welcome.
We are pleased to announce that Marc Kielburger, a founder of Free The Children and Me to We, will address our community in late February at John Fraser Secondary School. More information will follow, but schedule the evening of Feb. 26 to be inspired by one of the newest inductees of Canada's Walk of Fame.
If you have questions for your council or would like to have particular items covered at the meetings, contact Co-chairs Cathy and Behshad at email@example.com. For meeting summaries, minutes and updates, visit www.tsmscouncil.com. Sign up to receive information from the council by email at http://s.coop/tsmscouncilfb.
School Council News - October
Join us for the next council meeting on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. All are welcome. On the agenda will be EQAO scores, the annual evaluation of administration, and the results of the school’s major fundraiser. If you would like email notices of future meetings and news from the council, sign up at http://s.coop/tsmscouncilfb. Meeting summaries, minutes and agendas are posted at www.tsmscouncil.com.
Thank you to more than 30 parents/guardians, school staff and visitors who have attended our first two council meetings. Cathy C. and Behshad K. are council co-chairs, with Caroline M. as secretary (Evelyn S. is alternate) and Sandi L. and Nayab Q. as treasurers. We again welcome Saeeda Shoukat from Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services as our community representative.
We look forward to an active year, following up on initiatives in Character Education (Me to We speaker) and EcoSchool that were put on hold from last year. Council will again assist with the major fundraiser and Grade 8 Career Day. Helping celebrate the school’s 15th anniversary is a new project for the council. Additionally, the council has committed to inviting special speakers to regular meetings to address topics that important to parents/guardians, e.g., raising digital kids. If you would like to participate in any of these discussions or activities and share your ideas, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .