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Thomas Street School Council
 
Join our school council—share your ideas

Every Peel school has a school council—a group focused on helping students succeed. School councils provide a voice for parents and the community and offer advice to the school principal on a number of topics.

We are holding school councils elections on September 26, 2011 at 6:30 in the School Library.

If you would like to know more or are interested in joining our council, please contact Catherine Lord (Principal).

Thomas Street School Council - May

 Want a quick reminder of meetings and parent engagement opportunities at your student’s school?  Sign up for the school council twitter feeds:  @TSMScouncil

Thank you to the parents and friends of TSMS students who purchased Fair Trade coffees and teas through the school.  Funds will help support activities benefiting students.

Our next and final meeting of the school year is Mon. May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the school.  If you have ever thought of joining council, this meeting provides an excellent opportunity for you to preview our activity before the new school year begins.  All are welcome.

Our first meeting of the 2012-13 school year is Mon. Sept. 24.

Thank you to the many, many volunteers who have helped throughout the year.

Reach both council co-chairs, Upali and Cathy, at thomasstms.council@peelsb.com. We welcome your ideas and comments.  Minutes and agendas are posted at the council blog: www.tsmscouncil.com

 Join our School Council Meeting on Monday, May 14th at 6:30 in the Library to hear a presentation about:

Parenting Our Digital Kids

Conversations about internet safety, digital devices, social media and healthy relationships in a ‘digital world’.

·What exactly do we need to be aware of these days?

·How do we foster healthy relationships, respect privacy, and still keep our kids safe?

How do we handle the mistakes our children will make from time to time?

How do we open up the conversation with our kids?

 Thomas Street School Council - April

Thomas Street Middle School Council is holding its annual fundraiser.  Once a year, the council asks for the community members to divert spending on products they would normally purchase to support TSMS.  This is the second year that we ask your support through ordering Fair Trade coffee and teas.  Products are described on www.dieselhousecoffeeroasters.ca
COFFEE - One Pound Bags $15.00 (16oz / 454g) / Half Pound Bags $8.00 (8oz / 227oz). ESPRESSO - One Pound Bags $15.00 (16oz / 454g) / Half Pound Bags $8.00 (8oz / 227oz). NUMI TEA - Box of 18 Bags $8.00
More than 30 percent of the product costs will be returned to the school to help it support TSMS graduation ceremonies and other special events to benefit the school population. 

Over the next few weeks, please complete the order form that was sent home with the newsletter and send it and payment to the school with your student.  The fundraiser ends Apr. 27, 2012.

Thank you in advance for your support of this initiative.

Last opportunity to attend school council this school year: Mon. May 14 in the school, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome.

When visiting a local greenhouse, you can help earn supplies for the school’s greening initiative.  At TERRA, give the cashier the school’s point card number (463884) which will help students and volunteers buy flowers and tools to beautify the school grounds. 

School council will run a fundraiser in April, selling Fair Trade coffee and tea products from an Ontario roaster. Funds will be used to help off-set graduation ceremony costs and special events held at the school. This is the second year for this fundraiser.

Thank you to the many student and community volunteers who assisted to provide career education to more than 289 Grade 8 TSMS students on Mar. 29.

It is never too late to join the council.  If you have ever contemplated becoming a school council member, why not come to our final meeting on May 14 to get an idea of what to expect?   Please contact Co-chairs Upali and Cathy at thomasstms.council@peelsb.com with your questions and suggestions, or visit the council blog at www.tsmscouncil.com where you can make comments.

Thomas Street School Council - March

Two more opportunities to attend school council this school year: Mon. Mar. 26 and Mon. May 14 in the school, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome

School council and friends recognized the hard work of teachers and staff with a special luncheon prepared by parents in late February.  Thank you to volunteers Lone, Evelyn S., Amna F. and Naseema, Roula S., Upali D., Caroline M., Safeera M., Nancy T., Muniza H., Ruth M. and Hanler N., Carole N., and student helpers Daniela D. and Adam C.

More than 20 community members have stepped forward to address Grade 8 students about career choices on Mar. 29. Thank you to these volunteers for assisting our youth to learn more about work possibilities in many different fields.

The council will be embarking on a fundraiser to support some council activities and create a legacy fund. More information will be coming.

It is never too late to join the council.  We have a number of committees and activities that can use your talents.  Please contact us at thomasstms.council@peelsb.com or visit the blog at www.tsmscouncil.com.

Thomas Street School Council - February

The school council has a busy few months ahead.  We will end the month with a teacher appreciation event, held annually to show our gratitude for the guidance of our educators and support staff.  If you are interested in volunteering to help with a luncheon on Feb. 24 or donating nut free baked treats, please contact us at thomasstms.council@peelsb.com.

In March we have Our All Kinds of Minds event where parents, council and teachers work together to show Grade 8 students what is possible in the world of work.  Thank you to the many community members have volunteered to speak about their careers and their journeys to become successful in their vocations.

We will post our activities and committee work at tsmscouncil.com. 

Join us for our next meeting: Mon. Feb. 13 in the school library at 6:30 pm

Your School Council Is Looking For a Few Good Parents............for Gr. 8 Career Day

We need your help! Thomas Street Middle School is looking for presenters for our Grade 8 Career Day, which will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2012. We’re looking for parents from all walks of life to spend few hours speaking to groups of students about their jobs and why they love them. If you’d like to help spark a young teen’s interest in a career like yours, we want to hear from you! We are finalizing our plans for Career Day so please let us know right away if you are interested in helping us with this exciting event!

You can contact us by e-mail or through the school office. If you have questions about the school council and the work we do, or if you have a comment or suggestion to pass along, you can always contact us by e-mail at thomasstms.council@peelsb.com. We are always eager to hear your comments, questions and suggestions.

 Our next meeting is February 13th in the Library at 6:30 p.m.

From your Thomas Street School Council

School Council has already met twice and set some exciting priorities for its work.  Over the short term and next three years, council members said they wanted to help with Internet safety, character education, career preparation, eco-school certification and fundraising, and have created committees to support these initiatives.

Council and other parent volunteers will also assist at the TSMS Craft Sale on Nov. 12 and its Walkathon.

Thank you to all parents and guardians who have attended meetings, and/or volunteered to assist at other events.  Our next meeting is Mon. Nov. 21 at 6:30 at the school.  All parents and guardians are welcome.

To read the minutes of the council, please visit: http://tsmscouncil.wordpress.com

To receive council news on an ongoing basis, please register at:  http://s.coop/tsmscouncil

To volunteer or communicate with the council, please email: thomasstms.council@peelsb.com

 Character Committee
- to work with the safe schools committee and representatives of the John Fraser Secondary School family of schools to promote activities and accomplishments of character education in our school.
 
All kinds of Minds Committee
-to work with staff and school guidance to help Grade 8 students explore careers and the strengths and character traits they favour.
 
Eco-School Parent Committee
- to work with educators, students and parents/guardians to advance TSMS as an environmentally friendlier school, worthy of Eco-School certification.
 
Health, Safety and Wellness Committee
- to assist students and parents/guardians to manage social media, understand expectations of youth and promote a positive and safe school environment.
 
Fundraising Committee
- to provide a small amount of money for special parent/student events, and to help leave a legacy from school council.