It’s been a while… did you miss us?

Here are some H&S updates

Movie Night #1 – Angry Birds 2

THIS Friday (November 22nd) – see link in the title for details, and how to order pizza so supper is covered! Slices must be pre-ordered. Cash payment required at the event. It’s part of the Bain Avenue Mural Project fundraiser.

Annual Giving Campaign

Please consider a donation to Withrow so that you can help the school AND get a tax receipt for donations of $25 and above. The donation button is active! Suggested donation is $25 per child at the school. 

WAYS TO DONATE:

  1. Interac email transfer * preferred as there are no fees! * 

Please send a transfer to withrowhands@gmail.com  – it is automatically deposited – no secret words required! This is the easiest way (and no fees for H&S!) to donate. FOR A TAX RECEIPT via e-transfer: please put your name, and full mailing address, of the person who requires the tax receipt in the information area.

2. You can pay online via our Square account – it asks for your information so we can provide the receipt

3. Personal cheque – please put your cheque in an envelope addressed to “Home & School” at the main office payable to “Withrow Home and School Association”. If there is more than one name on the account the tax receipt will be generated for the FIRST name unless otherwise stated.

Class Reps

Kim Roberts has class reps for ALMOST every class! She’s still looking for reps for the following teachers:

  • Wong
  • Blaise-Jones
  • Waddell
  • Wall
  • Wu

If you are interested in being a class rep for one of these classes please email withrowhands@gmail.com and we’ll get you sorted. A complete class reps list will be sent out soon.

H&S Meeting #2

It happened tonight after the School Council meeting. Minutes will be posted within the week. Next meeting is Feb. 4, 2020.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in helping out with the Silent Auction? – email withrowauction@gmail.com 

Interested in helping out with the Fun Fair? – email withrowfunfair@gmail.com

We need your info (for our Class Rep program)

It’s Class Rep and Mailing List Time!

Thank you to Kim Roberts who is taking over the task of collating all of your futures responses. Home & School is keeping the class reps model (see duties below), so we need volunteers for class reps, and we need everyone’s email information so that the class reps can get in touch with you!

For Everyone: WE NEED YOUR INFORMATION!

Please fill out this form for each child you have at Withrow (e.g. if you have 3 kids you need to fill it out 3 times). 

Information Form link – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uYi2vHw4O27W-qQLlyTfGZm4haIPz3v0R-zTet5PSa4 

For people who want to volunteer to be a Class Rep: We need two per class

Class Rep job description:

– Act as ‘cheerleaders’ for the various events run by the H&S Association / School Council promoting parent / guardian involvement and a collaborative spirit within your class community

– Attend each H&S / SC meeting (there are 4 more meetings planned this year); since there are 2 reps per class, you may alternate who will attend. Report back to your class with main points from each meeting.

– At various times you may be asked to share information, or to get parent input regarding initiatives or events planned by the H&S / SC 

– Your child’s teacher may ask you for help with field trips, class guests, or other special events.

Class Rep Form Link – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IXDv9Nv89q4JI6HOEPrw5WTrSsm8CGUKwUfKd62Gss8

It might be hectic this week!

JOB ACTION

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!

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MEETING LAST WEEK

Withrow H&S Agenda

Withrow H&S Meeting Minutes – Oct. 3, 19

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.

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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 🙂