Help us to encourage and enhance parent involvement in Peel
Apply for a position on the board's Parent Involvement Committee
Under the Ministry of Education's Parent Involvement Policy, all boards must have a committee comprised of a majority of parents that is directly linked to the director of education and trustees. The Peel board Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) meets regularly throughout the school year to review the board’s plans for parent involvement as they relate to parent, family and community engagement, and to make suggestions to schools, councils and the board regarding additional parent outreach.
As mandated by the ministry, the purpose of Peel board's PIC is to:
• support, encourage, and enhance meaningful parental involvement within schools and across the district, including, outreach to parents who find involvement more challenging
• work collaboratively with the school board to support student success
• seek out the advice and ideas of school councils, and other parents and partners as they plan and implement strategies to involve more parents at the regional level
• develop strategies for enhancing parental engagement and outreach
Membership is a majority of parents, reflecting the diversity of the parent community. Parent representatives will be required to serve two-year terms, beginning in September and ending in August.
We are now in the process of inviting parents to apply for four positions on the committee. In early May, a selection sub-committee consisting of current parent and trustee members will review all parent applications and select representatives using the following Parent Member Selection Criteria as a guide:
• reflects the diversity of the community
• understands the importance of parent, family and community engagement
• has experience working with newcomers to Canada, Ontario or Peel
• has volunteer experience – including experience on school council
• has previous experience in Peel board parent involvement activities
• demonstrates advocacy and community development skills
• has a present level of involvement in the education system
• demonstrates a keen interest in public education
For more information about the PIC and to download the application package, visit www.peelschools.org. Under the ‘Parents’ menu, select ‘Get Involved’ and ‘Parent Involvement Committee’.
Forms must be returned by April 25, 2014.
Keeping children safe in and around storm sewers, waterways
Rising and fast moving water in lakes, ponds and creeks is increasingly likely during spring. Children playing in and around storm sewers and watercourses, entering storm sewers through the outfalls, and entering storm sewers through access covers is dangerous. The following information will help keep children safe:
• water flows in storm sewers and watercourses are unpredictable and may change quickly
• toxic gases may be present in and around storm sewers and watercourses
• access is restricted, making rescue attempts are difficult
• tragic falls could take place
Please review this information with your children and let them know how dangerous storms sewers and waterways are.
6th Annual Children’s Mental Health Week
School Social Work Services is pleased to invite you to the 6th Annual Children's Mental Health Week kick-off event on May 5, 2014, at the HJA Brown Education Centre.
This evening event will begin at 6 p.m. with a resource fair offering participants the opportunity to meet with community partners to gather information about their services. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tammy Whelen, an educator from the Canadian Mental Health Association, will lead an inspiring discussion on how adults and children can harness their inner strength to build resiliency and overcome challenges. Time will be provided for audience participation and questions.
To register please contact Rowena Kishan at 905-890-1010 ext. 2314. The HJA Brown Education Centre is located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga.
Using social media safely
With the growing number of social media sites, it is no surprise that social media is the most common form of communication for children and teenagers. Posts, status updates, comments, instant messages, video uploads, tweets and texts have become a regular part of their lives. While there are many positive benefits to using social media, including staying connected with friends and expressing your interests, students must be cautious in their use of these networks.
Among the most popular social media platforms used are Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, WeChat, Vine and Kik Messenger. Many of these platforms are free and are available on smartphones and other electronic devices. These platforms are easy to navigate and often allow information to be shared instantly, not only with friends, but with strangers. On social media, it is important to remember that the world is watching.
Here are some tips to keep your children safe and help them make smart choices when using social media:
• Have a conversation about what is appropriate online behaviour and what actions could have huge repercussions that could damage their reputation and be harmful to others.
• Tell your children to be smart about what they post online and to think before they post. It is a lot more public than it seems.
• Keep in mind that things you post online may stay there for years. Even if something doesn't seem embarrassing, it may damage students’ reputations years later when they are looking for jobs or applying to post-secondary institutions.
• Ask your children to think twice before posting photos online. Users have very little control over where the photos are sent once they’re posted.
• Users should only accept people they know in order to protect themselves from spammers, strangers and others who may be using social networking sites to commit crimes.
• Ensure your children set their privacy settings appropriately. Privacy settings aren't foolproof, but they're important. Take the time to learn how privacy settings work on your children’s favourite sites, and teach them how to control their privacy.
• Tell your children never to share personal and private information with anyone online. This includes, but is not limited to, his or her full name, age, birth date, address, phone number, social insurance number, credit card information and parents’ full names.
• Limit the amount of time that your children spend on social media platforms and talk about the importance of healthy and appropriate use of technology.