BRIEFING - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE APRIL 25, 2017
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Joy Uniac, Jess Grewal and Tracy Finch presented an overview of the Peel District School Board's new kindergarten program, Start with a Smile. Peel schools will welcome approximately 11,000 kindergarten students in the 2017-18 school year.
Delegation Anita Vucic delegated the board regarding the French Immersion enrolment process.
Ministry approves modified school year calendar
The modified school year calendar for 2017-18 has now been approved by the Ministry of Education.
Peel schools honour police officers during Police Appreciation Week
The Peel District School Board will pay tribute to police officers by holding Police Appreciation Week from May 14 to 20. Peel students and staff will show their appreciation for the tremendous job being done by police officers to protect schools, homes and communities.
Board approves amendments to OPSBA policy Revisions are available on the Peel board website—see Section 9.4 of the Board Meeting Agenda on page 107.
Trustees approved the motion for the revised OPSBA Policy Resolution which focuses on social justice, equity and inclusion.
Board approves policy changes
Trustees approved changes to the following Peel District School Board policies:
• Policy #9 – Convention Policy for Trustees
• Policy #23 – Leaves of Absence
• Policy #40 – Travel Allowance
• Policy #66 – Student Trustees
Changes are available on the Peel board website—see Section 9.6 of the Board Meeting Agenda on page 111. The updated policies will be made available at www.peelschools.org/trustees/boardpolicies.
Board asks staff, students and parents to say "thank you" to lunchroom supervisors
The board approved the first Friday in March as the official recognition day for Peel Lunchroom Supervisors' Appreciation Day in Peel schools. The day is intended to be an opportunity to express appreciation to lunchroom supervisors. Next year, Peel Lunchroom Supervisors' Appreciation Day will be celebrated on March 2, 2018.
Such a day allows the schools, parents and students across the Peel board to recognize the important work of lunchroom supervisors and to acknowledge the contributions that they make in the lives of children, families and community members.
Peel board celebrates public education during Education Week – May 1 to 5
Peel public schools will host hundreds of special activities and events to celebrate Education Week 2017. To give schools plenty of time to hold activities, this celebration of education will be held from May 1 to 5. The theme for this year's focus on education is We Inspire Hope.
In addition to inviting parents and community residents to visit their classrooms during the week, Peel schools are hosting open houses, plays/musicals, storytelling, environmental activities, awards assemblies, talent shows and much more.
One of the highlights of Education Week is the presentation of Awards of Excellence. The award recipients are students, volunteers, staff and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to public education in Peel. The awards will be presented to 31 deserving recipients at the Showcase of Excellence ceremony on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the boardroom, HJA Brown Education Centre, 5650 Hurontario St., Mississauga.
More than 800 individuals will also be honoured during Education Week with Awards of Distinction for their contributions to their school or workplace.
The following secondary principal appointment will be effective May 1, 2017:
Lea-Anne Greene-Smith from vice-principal at Judith Nyman Secondary School to principal at Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School
The following secondary vice-principal assignment will be effective May 1, 2017:
Kevin Williams from vice-principal at Roy McMurtry School to vice-principal at Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School
The following elementary vice-principal appointments will be effective April 26, 2017:
Karen Cox from .5 acting vice-principal at Munden Park Public School and .5 acting vice-principal at Parkway Public School to .5 vice-principal at Munden Park Public School and .5 vice-principal at Parkway Public School
Jozanne Walker-Battick from acting vice-principal at James Grieve Public School to vice-principal at James Grieve Public SchoolTrustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who are retiring:
Judith Campbell Crump, teacher, will retire June 30
Bob Duckworth, team leader LTSS, will retire April 28
Elizabeth Goulter, office manager, will retire April 28
Joyce Hawkins, teacher, will retire June 30
Heather Lawrie, teacher, will retire June 30
Pierre Legendre, teacher, will retire June 30
Julie McMann, teacher, will retire June 30
Joanne Miller, teacher, will retire June 30
Dave Reeve, teacher, will retire June 30
Linda Van Winssen, teacher, will retire June 30