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What is School Council?

Parents of all students attending Regal Road Public School (RRPS) are members of School Council.

School Council has 5 general meetings spread over the school year. It is a forum where parents can ask questions and contribute ideas towards improving the learning experience that their children receive. It is also where parents may voice concerns about issues affecting the school community as a whole.

School staff members including the Principal, Vice-Principal, and teachers attend as well to provide information and update Council on current issues.


School Council Executive

The School Council Executive is made up of the following positions:

Co-ChairStephanie Ayers
Stephanie@regalroadschoolcouncil.org
Co-ChairNatalie StickleNatalie@regalroadschoolcouncil.org
Treasurer


SecretaryJessica Eylon
Comunications


Webmaster










General contact (accessed by all council members) is by email is RegalRoadSC@gmail.com

Members are elected to fill these positions by the membership in attendance at the first meeting of the school year.


What does School Council do?

In order to enrich the experience of students at RRPS, the School Council undertakes a number of fundraising activities throughout the year. Successful achievement of fundraising goals would not be possible without the contribution of volunteer participation of the parents.

Fundraising initiatives specifically run by School Council include:
  • Spring Fair
  • Pizza Lunches
  • Dance-a-thon
The parent level of involvement in each of the initiatives varies depending on what needs to be organized to make them happen. For example, the Spring Fair requires several months of preparation and numerous volunteers to fill the approximately 100 jobs required to run the event. Others, such as the Dance-a-thon require a much smaller number of volunteers and require less organization.


Committees

There are many areas where parents can provide support to the school through committees. School Council is only one of these.

School Council committees are groups of parents that meet a number of times to work on specific tasks. These include:
  • Eco-Schools (Greening)
  • Spring Fair
RRPS committees require parent representatives. These committees include:
  • Health and Safety
  • Staffing
  • Equity
  • Curriculum
  • Arts
The last committee is Ward Council which is at the Trustee level. Parent representatives are required from individual schools to represent them and to report back to School Council.


How is fundraising money spent?

Each school year the Executive meets following their election at the first School Council meeting to set the budget for that year. The budget is presented to the membership at the following meeting.

It is the responsibility of the Treasurer to track expenses and report back to the membership on how funds are being spent on a regular basis.

Funds are allocated to both ongoing targeted expenses and some specified projects spread over a number of years.

Examples of targeted expenses include such items as:
  • field trips
  • Scientists in the School
  • visiting artists
Examples of more long term projects include:
  • yard improvements
  • upgrading of musical instruments
  • purchase of classroom resources (i.e. Smartboards)

Parent Involvement

School Council succeeds with parent participation. Any contribution you make of your time, large or small, directly supports the school and our children. The participation can be as little or as much as your schedule permits. Attend a meeting, serve on a committee, help on a fundraiser. The choice is yours. The important thing is to become involved in whatever way you can.

For further information, please contact the school office at (416) 393-1390.





Text and cover photo by Andrea Morizio.
Produced with the generous support of the Ontario Ministry of Education through a Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grant.