About Council

Welcome to our 2017-18 school year!

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Davisville School Council

The Davisville School Council serves the community of Davisville Junior Public School. School Council is an advisory body that operates under the auspices of the Toronto District School Board, as mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

The majority of School Council members must always be parents of children attending the school. Council can also can have teaching staff, non-teaching staff, and community representatives. The school Principal is a non-voting member of Council.

School Council meetings are held regularly throughout the school year; reference the minutes from past meetings.

2017-18 School Council Executives / Voting Members:

  • Council Co-chair: Tamara Kolber
  • Council Co-chair: Heidi Kerney
  • Past Chair: Tanya Murdoch
  • Co-Secretaries: Farah Namazi, Naomi Buck, Renata Vaccaro
  • Co-Treasurers: Val Upfold, Wendy Bhim
  • Communications Co-chairs / Committee: Anita Huang Teshima, Anya Laskin, Morgan Hedges, Lara Friedlander
  • Eco Co-chairs: Tanya Murdoch, Susan Bakshi
  • Fun Fair Co-chairs: Eric Eisen, Dave Wells
  • Fundraising Co-chairs: Laura Quinn, Melissa Gould Wise
  • Kindergarten Reps: Lynne LeBlanc (FI), Laura Quinn (E)
  • Primary Reps: Morgan Hedges (FI), Ulrica Jobe (E)
  • Junior Reps: Farah Namazi (FI)
  • Safe and Caring Schools Committee: Sinead Harrington
  • Mental Health and Safety Committee: Ulrica Jobe
  • Library Liaisons: Heidi Kerney, Alex Chang, Christine Kilby

2017-18 Non-Elected Positions:

Along with the elected chairs and council positions, there are parents who have offered to coordinate various council programs, or have started their own initiatives. Some initiatives have become part of the Davisville tradition but need someone to manage them. They all need a team of volunteers to help run these programs. Please contact them if you are able to help out or contact council for more information: davisvilleschoolcouncil@gmail.com

  • Snack Coordinator(s): Chris Trussell
  • Pizza lunch Coordinators(s): Lynne LeBlanc, Anya Laskin, Kate Spryte
  • Class Connector Coordinator(s): Anya Laskin
  • Staff Appreciation Lunch Coordinator(s): Farah Namazi, Lindsey Wotherspoon
  • Spiritwear Coordinator(s): Tamara Kolber, Treya Beaulieu, Nachely
  • Fun Fair Auction Chair(s): Laura Quinn, Melissa Gould Wise
  • Games Night Coordinator(s): Maureen Burnett, Andria Wilhelmson
  • Skate Night Coordinator(s): Beata Strzyzewska
  • Music Committee: Faryl Kates, Sharman Fletcher, Alex Chang
  • Freecycle Coordinator(s): Tanya Murdoch
  • PRO Grant Coordinator(s): TBD
  • Movie Night Coordinator(s): TBD
  • Bake Sale Coordinator(s): TBD

Council Executive Positions / Committee Chairs Descriptions:

  • Council Chair(s): Set the agenda for council meetings, support the other chairs in their endeavors, liaise with administration and respond to questions/concerns from the parent community. (Large time commitment, 1-2 years of experience on council, good to share this position with a Co-chair or Vice Chair.)
  • Secretary: Take minutes of each meeting and distribute a copy to school community. (No experience needed, minimal time commitment, and must come to all meetings; can share position.)
  • Treasurer: Keep account of money raised and spent, sign cheques, deposit money raised by council, sit on budget committee. (Sporadic time commitment, must check in frequently and meet with budget committee 4-5x a year as well as report to council every meeting; should shadow treasurer for a few months to understand role.)
  • Communications Chair(s): Regularly update parent-run website — davisvilleparents.com — and share school news with Davisville PS community through social media sites and distribution lists; post blogs/news, upcoming events/activities, forms, council minutes, etc., following the guidelines developed by the communications committee. (Recommendation is to run Communications as a committee.)
  • Eco Chair(s): work with teachers from the Eco Club to support eco-initiatives and aid in communication about what is happening with the Eco Club
  • Educational Liaison English Program: Advise staffing committee (administration and teachers) in the Spring when they plan distribution of classes for the English stream. (2-3 meetings after school in late March, early April.)
  • Educational Liaison French Program: Same as above for the French stream
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Contact person for volunteers (emailing, setting up babysitter for council meetings, obtaining volunteers for different events and coordinating Fun Fair volunteers in the spring). (Year round, mostly by email, 1-2 hours per month, more for big events. You might need to attend big events to coordinate volunteers.)
  • Fundraising Chair(s): In charge of silent auction at the Fun Fair and any new fund-raising initiatives. Report back on fundraising initiatives to council. Chair a meeting early in the year to set agenda for the year. (2-3 hours in Fall, busy in spring from April-June Fun fair, coordinate and run silent auction. NEED A TEAM.)
  • Fun Fair Chair(s): Set the agenda for, plan and coordinate the annual parent run even in the Spring. (This is a position that needs team support and people in charge of the various Fun Fair areas and acitvities.)
  • Past Chair (Retiring Council Chair): Advises and shares institutional experience with current council
  • Kindergarten, Primary and Junior Reps: Bring issues or share knowledge about different area of the school community. Act as a liaison between council and the wider school community for their respective grades
  • Athletics Chair, Library Chair, Music Chair: These Coordinators liaise with the staff department heads — Francesca Piccione/Amy Thomas (Athletics), Maria Mantello (Library), and Sanela Khonjhodzhic (Music) — to determine what needs they have (e.g., funds or volunteers), and then bring these needs to School Council (by proxy, if you can’t be present at meetings)
  • Safe and Caring Schools Committee:
  • Mental Health and Safety Committee: