Dear Parents,

On behalf of Groh School Council we wanted to welcome you to the 2019-2020 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 will be held on September 25th 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.  A listing of the future meeting dates are as follows:

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

***Reminders of meetings and agendas will be sent out via School Day prior to meeting dates.

(There are no meetings held in December, March or June)

Dear Parents,

On behalf of Groh School Council we wanted to welcome you to the 2019-20 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 25th 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. The meetings run from 6:30-8 pm and are held in the Learning Commons.

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES

Thursday, October 24th

Tuesday, November 19th

Wednesday, January 22nd

Thursday, February 20th

Wednesday, April 8th

Wednesday, May 13th

(note there are no meetings held in December, March, and June)

A YEAR AHEAD

Last year the Groh School Council was able to organize and support a number of exciting events and fundraising initiatives to support purchases of technology in the classroom ($9,500), gym equipment ($2,000), home reading program ($1,000), Nutrition for Learning ($3,000) and Grade 8 graduation fund ($500).

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 a variety of important resources in and outside of the classroom. School Council will work together with the Principal, Laura Griffin, to set priorities for the current year and determine how to best spend the carry over funds as well as any new funds raised this year.

We have put together an overview of planned School Council events for your information. 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 events may be added or removed as the school year progresses.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Month Event Overview
November Domino’s Groh Pizza Fundraiser Domino’s has teamed up with Groh School Council for a fundraiser! Vouchers will be provided to families for free large three topping pizza in exchange for a $10 donation. $6 from each donation will support fundraising efforts at Groh!
Family Movie Night All Groh families are welcome on Thursday, November 14th to join in for the movie night in our spacious gym! We can’t wait to share our movie feature with you this year! More details to come.
December Book Fair Our second annual Book Fair will be held from December 2-6th in the Learning Commons, with a Family Night on Thursday, December 5th from 3:30-8 pm. Funds raised will support important school reading programs and teacher resources.
Month Event Description
January Engineering Science Quest Night (ESQ) – A Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Bring the whole family and watch your children’s imagination come to life at the various STEM-related activities. A team of talented students from ESQ at the University of Waterloo will be at the school on Thursday, January 23rd helping students learn all about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Waterloo Education Foundation Inc (WEFI) Fundraiser WEFI is a registered charitable foundation, which operates through the Waterloo Region District School Board. Last year over $4,500 was raised by Groh families and funds were utilized to support Nutrition for Learning. This year WEFI campaign will support various STEM related activities and programs at our school. Parents can simply go to the WEFI website and donate online and 100% of the funds donated will go directly to the Groh.
February Valentine’s Day Cupcake Sale To celebrate love and all things sweet, School Council will hold a cupcake sale on Valentine’s Day during 1st nutrition break. We’ll be looking for cupcake donations from the families to make the event a success!
March Move-a-thon Fundraiser February is a Heart & Stroke Awareness month so what better way to support this important initiative than through our second annual Move-a-ton Fundraiser! What a blast it was last year! Students will be collecting pledges prior to the Move-a-thon date to support our fundraising goals.
April Spring in Bloom and Watch Them Groh Market Join us for our first “Spring in Bloom and Watch Them Groh Market.” Showcasing local vendors known to the Doon South community and highlighting the talents of our budding Groh student entrepreneurs.
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 has been for the last couple of years! Food trucks, gift baskets raffle, and family fun! We are planning even more exciting activities this year to celebrate the end to another school-year!

 

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 started on Friday, October 4th! Our vendor this year is Domino’s Pizza who is supporting our fundraising efforts with various initiatives this year.

COBS Bread Fundraiser – Reminder that we have partnered with COBS Bread in an on-going fundraiser. When you shop at COBS Bread Fairway Plaza, before the transaction is paid for, let the staff know your child attends Groh Public School. Your total will be added to our “tab” and in May, the school will receive 10% of that total back which can be utilized to fund different programs/events within the school.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We wanted to thank all the volunteers who contributed their time and dedication to improving the quality of our children’s educational experience over the past couple of years.

As always, 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,

School Council Executive

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

Karin Worth (Vice-Chair); Contact: karinmworth2@gmail.com

Sharan Jandu (Treasurer); Contact: sharan1205@gmail.com

Cheryl Fuller (Secretary); Contact: lewischeryl@hotmail.com