School Council: Important Please Read

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

– Winston Churchill

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The first meeting of your Courcelette Parent Council occurred Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm.  Minutes of the meeting will follow.  The following key activities took place and items were discussed.

Parent Council Executive Elections:

Elections for the positions of Parent Council executive took place and the following people were confirmed:

  • Damion Ketchum – Chair
  • Peter Carver – Vice-Chair
  • Renate Kalve – Treasurer
  • Ashley Chang – Vice-Treasurer
  • Russell Bennett – Co-Secretary
  • Marc Dionne – Co-Secretary

Why Join Parent Council?

Let’s address one concern up front.  Joining Parent Council does not mean you are volunteering for anything.  With that hurdle out of the way, what does it mean?

Parent Council is the forum in which parents are given updates, can provide input, can lend their insights and opinions, and can vote on the myriad activities that affect our kids’ lives at the school.  It’s a minimum time commitment – meetings are once a month – but it is a valuable and efficient way to give and receive input.

Any parent can attend any Parent Council meeting and any parent attending a meeting can give input.  In fact, we will be emphasizing this point at meetings this year to ensure everybody attending a meeting will have the opportunity and will feel welcome to participate.  Any parent can become a member of Parent Council, however, only parents who have signed up for Parent Council can vote at the meetings.

This year, parents who wanted to be a member of Parent Council had to sign up by September 19th.  We intend to try and change that.  Your executive will be tabling a motion to amend the bylaws of the Courcelette Parent Council to allow any interested parents to sign up by October 31st, 2018.  This bylaw amendment will be tabled, discussed and voted on at the next Parent Council meeting on October 17th, 2018.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Parent Council and, indeed, helping to shape your kids’ lives at Courcelette, please fill out the form provided at the beginning of the school year and forward it to courcelettecommunitycouncil@gmail.com or leave it with Ms Hepner at the school office.  Forms will be available at the office or at the Raffle table at Fall Fest.

Thank-you and we look forward to a great school year at Courcelette.

Damion Ketchum

Parent Council Chair

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