Midnight tonight is the deadline for negotiations between CUPE and the Ministry of Education. We really hope a deal can be reached! If it cannot, CUPE is on strike and schools will be closed to students for the duration of the job action.
We know that finding alternative child care arrangements can be difficult and really stressful. Based on a suggestion from one of our parents (thank you Adrienne!) this editable Withrow – Child Care Sharing – Google Doc has been created. It has 3 tabs. One is where you can add your name if you can help with child care, and parents can search. If you offer child care and then are “full” please remove your name from the list. The second tab has general guidelines, and the third has some potential babysitters who are former Withrow students. Please contact individuals on all tabs of this form directly via the email / website provided on this page as H&S is not facilitating the connection.
Good luck, and we stand in solidarity with our education staff!
OCT. 10th WALK IN
This segues nicely into the OCTOBER 10th WALK-IN that is being organized by Withrow parents. This will happen no matter what is going on with job action. Together with Chester, Jackman, and Frankland schools, a larger group will meet at Broadview station and walk down to the crosswalk at Withrow and Broadview. Another group of parents will meet at Riverdale library and walk up to Withrow Ave. Together parents, children, and staff will “walk in” to the Withrow school property. Sign making will happen Tuesday and Wednesday after school (in the yard if necessary), in advance of Thursday’s walk in. You can sign up to take on any roles and remember to try and wear “Red for Ed” on Thursday!
MEETING LAST WEEK
Many hands make light work. This year marks the creation of a Withrow School Council. In previous years H&S has held a dual role but it was much more informal. Now that it has been formalized there are several parents who put their names forward and were successfully elected. More details to come from School Council as the SC executive now vote on their roles and work with Administration. H&S also had their elections and has some new faces on the Executive for this year.
Here is a picture from the Ontario Federation of Home & School Associations (OFSHA, who govern our H&S) for an overview of how the groups work.
Withrow H&S Executive 2019/20
Advisory Chair – Laine Cole
Co-Chairs – Ailidh Carpendale and Keriann Shang
School Council Liaison – Mariana Jimenez
Secretary – Carol Keizer
Treasurer – Andrea Coughlin
Withrow School Council 2019/20
- To be updated soon! We’ll update the website when we have all the names of the fantastic new parent volunteers 🙂