School’s (almost) Out. For. Summer!

Wow – it’s hard to believe that another year has flown by.

From the welcome back picnic, to the annual giving campaign, the commencement of family movie nights, the silent auction, the staff appreciation lunch, the fun fair, grade 6 grad, and things in between, it has been an exciting year!

Thank you to:

Our volunteers. It takes a village, and it could not happen without committed parents and guardians to help out during the year to help make our events a success.

We want to give a special shout out to Lisa Rolland who has not only been Co-Chair and Advisory Chair of H&S for the past 3 years, she has organized the fun fair for years and is an all-round fantastic person and volunteer extraordinaire! Big thanks also go to Eugenia Christakis, our current (and long serving) Treasurer, for overseeing our funds and the rules and regs of H&S, formerly of extracurricular programming, and is in her last year as a parent to a child at Withrow.  We are better off for the thousands of hours you have helped make Withrow such a great place!

Withrow staff. Our children see you more most weekdays then they see us, and we are grateful for the knowledge and life skills that you give to them!

Our community. Everyone is busy in their own ways and yet we find time to come together to celebrate what a special school we have, and part of the city we live in. We are fortunate to have a really active and supportive community.

Survey Results 

These are the top 8 budget proposals to be guaranteed funding. Thanks to all who submitted a proposal. Should there be money left over, we will fund each consecutive proposal in order of popularity until funds run out. Thanks for voting and look for the full Treasurer’s Report and 2019/ 20 budget in the new school year.

  1. Garden Education Program
  2. Library Reno
  3. Playground and Sports Equipment
  4. Technology
  5. OPAL (outdoor play and learning)
  6. Playground Enrichment (sidewalk games)
  7. Math Based Resources
  8. Bathroom Beautification

How to help in 2019/20

Home & School Executive – Co-Chairs typically volunteer for two years, and move to an advisory role for the third. Given this pattern there will be at least one Co-Chair position available.

Interested members can vote or be nominated for the following at the September meeting:

  • Secretary (can be shared between more than 1 person)
  • Treasurer (can be shared between more than 1 person)
  • Social media / communications
  • Website updating and maintenance

We are potentially going to explore an integrated School Council / Home & School model for next year and see if this is viable. Details need to be ironed out and it will be discussed further in the September update. Elections will be held within 30 days of school starting. So, the first H&S meeting.

If you are interested in any of the positions or want job descriptions please email withrowhands@gmail.com 

We are seeking Co-Chairs for the Silent Auction, committee members for the Fun Fair, Teacher Appreciation Lunch, and additional volunteers for the movie nights, and class reps, to name but some positions that are more time-limited than H&S Executive.

Have a happy & healthy summer!

Your Home & School Executive

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