School Council

Dear Parents,

On behalf of Groh School Council we wanted to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year!

All School Council meetings are open to the public to encourage input from parents and members of the school community. Our first meeting of the year was held on September 19th in the Learning Commons. At this meeting, a new School Council Executive was elected, along with 10 voting members and additional community members.

If you were unable to make this first meeting, we encourage all parents to join us for any of our future meetings – we have varied the dates of the week in hopes of providing more flexibility and increasing parent attendance. Babysitting is provided at no cost to parents who attend the meetings – please call the office in advance if you need to use this service. There is an opportunity for informal socializing from 6:30-7:00 pm prior to each meeting. The meetings run from 7-8:30 pm and are held in the Learning Commons.

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

A YEAR AHEAD

Last year the Groh School Council was able to organize and support a number of exciting events and fundraising initiatives. We wanted to thank all the volunteers who contributed their time and dedication to improving the quality of our children’s educational experience.

With a new year ahead of us, we want to make the experience for our children even more rewarding. Our school has grown significantly over the past year and more funding is needed to support technology in the classrooms as well as a number of other important resources in and outside of the classroom.

We have put together a calendar of school-run and School Council run events for your information. More details are provided below and additional details, including specific dates will follow in the upcoming weeks and months as we finalize the plans. Please note that the calendar is subject to change and additional events may be added as school year progresses.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Month Event Description
November Project Based Learning (PBL) Night Parents will be invited to learn more about PBL.  The school staff will explain what PBL is and showcase how students are accessing the curriculum through an inquiry and PBL approach to learning at Groh.
Waterloo Education Foundation Inc (WEFI) Fundraiser WEFI is a registered charitable foundation, which operates through the Waterloo Region District School Board. Last year over $2,000 was raised by Groh families for our school. We hope to make this year’s fundraising campaign even more successful! The best part is there is no personal selling of any product by the student. Parents can simply go to the WEFI website and donate online and 100% of the funds donated will go directly to the school. Stay tuned for more details!

 

December Book Fair Our first ever Book Fair! We hope to share the love of reading with all the children and at the same time raise funds to support important school reading programs, including Home Reading as well as books for our Learning Commons.
Teacher and Staff Holiday Luncheon Time to appreciate all that Groh teachers and staff do for our children! We will need about 20-25 parent volunteers for supervision over the lunch hour from 11:10 am-12:10 pm on December 20th. If you’re able to volunteer your time, please contact us at the email provided below.
Toy Drive The school will once again hold a toy drive to support children in need in our community. The students at Groh will be coordinating this activity.
January Family Movie and Popcorn Night Last year it was Trolls and kids had a blast! We can’t wait to share our movie feature with you this year! All Groh families are welcome to get comfortable in our spacious gym!
February Valentine’s Day Heart Wall Last year we had a Cupcake Sale, this year we’re planning our own Groh Heart Wall! Each child will be able to purchase a paper heart for a small  amount and write their name and a special message for Valentine’s Day. Let’s see how big our heart can “groh” Gryphons!
Move-a-thon FUNdraiser February is a Heart & Stroke month so what better way to support this important initiative than through a Move-a-ton FUNdraiser! Students will be collecting pledges prior to the Move-a-thon date to support our fundraising goals.
April Math Night Parents will be invited to learn more about how we are supporting our students in math. There will be a number of different activities set up around the school and parent resources will be made available to help support your children in math at home.
Easter Food Drive The school will hold a food drive to support those in need in our community.  The students at Groh will be coordinating this activity.
May Teachers, Staff and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast To thank our wonderful Groh teachers, staff and all our parent and community volunteers! This is a great opportunity for parents to connect with each other and school teachers and staff, while at the same time enjoy some freshly baked goodies, coffee and tea.
June Year-end Celebration What a great event this was last year! Food trucks, gift baskets raffle, and family fun! A great way to celebrate another successful school-year! More details to come!

OTHER ITEMS TO NOTE

Pizza Days are back and will be ongoing throughout the school year every Friday, other than PD days and holidays. Our first round of pizza orders starts on Friday, October 19th!

School Traffic Calming Committee is ongoing throughout the year. Our hope is to ensure safe environment for our kids on their way to and from school. We need more parent volunteers to help implement some of the strategies that have been generated from last year’s Committee.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We encourage parents to volunteer their time – no matter how small or big of a time commitment you can provide! Please contact us as noted below if you would like to volunteer for any of the events or if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Helena Keirstead (School Council Chair); Contact: dhkeirstead@rogers.com

Aneesa Ruffudeen (School Council Vice-Chair); Contact: aruffudeen@deloitte.ca