One of the most important ways parents/guardians and community members can make a meaningful difference for students is by participating on the school council. Under the School Act, a school council is a collective association designed to advise the principal and the CBE Board of Trustees on matters related to the school. School councils have legislated advisory and decision-making authority. They are different from Parent Societies & Associations, whose main function is to raise funds for the school.​​ You can find more details in the CBE School Council Handbook​.​​​​

Year in Review 

January 16, 2020

Happy New Year! We are so excited to be celebrating two and a half years at Ron Southern Elementary!

We are overwhelmed by the love and support the school has shown to our students, as well as the support the community has shown to our school. It truly takes a village and we are so beyond grateful for ours.

Our Parent Society at Ron Southern has been in effect since August of 2017. For those of you who might not be aware of what Parent Society is, we are a group of parents who meet once a month and discuss ways to make the school a better place, raise money for events and items the school needs, and work alongside administration to create a successful, safe, and fun learning environment. Anyone is invited to attend council meetings and we always welcome new faces. This report reflects a summary of our activities from Sept 2018 to August 31 2019.

We have been working tirelessly these past few years to raise funds for various school needs.  With the support of council, parents and our school community we have been able to run various successful fundraisers including: Cookie Dough/Magazines, Big Box of Cards, and VIP Foods & Meat.  With a lot of hard work we have successfully built a playground, installed basketball nets, painted lines & games on the school court yard, purchased music and gym equipment and off set the cost of Division 1 Swimming lessons, residency programs and support field trip fees. 

This year we are continuing our work towards creating a natural outdoor learning environment including trees and landscape. We are working closely with the Calgary Board of Education and a father of our own Ron Southern students to complete and execute our natural outdoor learning environment this spring.

We have purchased our ‘Buddy Bench’ as well as another sitting bench for parents. The meaning behind a Buddy Bench is as follows: When a child is feeling lonely and without a playmate they can sit on the buddy bench. Other children on the playground will see them and instinctively know they are in need of a friend.   We are consciously incorporating the theme of Kindness into our endeavours and this is one prime example.

As a council we are always thinking of ways we can bring our community and school together all while trying to give back! This past year we held our first family ice cream social to welcome back our students! We were lucky to have a beautiful fall night and everyone enjoyed ice cream, outdoor play, and our very popular bubble machine.

Our goals moving forward are to continue to raise money to support the school in the growth of our learning environment and field trips. Our Casino date will be confirmed within the next few weeks we are slated for the fall of 2020. The casino fundraiser is extremely important as it brings in large amounts of funds that go towards learning items the school might need such as technology and equipment. With that said, we NEED volunteers to make a Casino successful. This cannot be done with just a handful of people. We ask now that when that date is released if you can please step up. These are funds that our school NEEDS and with the help of parent volunteers we can do great things with.

For those who have enquired about a check writing a campaign, we currently don’t have plans to run an organized campaign but we will always accept and be grateful for donations.

I would like to now take this moment to thank everyone who participates in council, and or volunteers their time to the school. It has been amazing to see the sense of community spirit continue to grow in our new school and we cannot wait to see what comes next!

Kelly Fornataro

- Chair, Ron Southern Parent Council 


Summary

November 6, 2019

Thank you to all those who attended our first Parent Society.School Council Meeting, particularly nice to see new faces!  And just to temp anyone... we discussed preferred seating for people who contribute so Parent Society... perhaps we will see more new faces at our next meeting!! (wink wink)  At our October meeting we discussed the fundraising campaign plan for the entire school year.  We decided to continue with our previously successful offerings.  Look forward to Cookie Dough order forms coming home in November.  We will be running a new greeting card campaign in February, then VIP Meats just in time for BBQ season.  These three campaigns generate the bulk of our funds which directly go to support classroom activities, artist in residency programs, field trips and other school wide initiatives.  Mrs. Healing reviewed the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey and Provincial Achievement Results and how they directly will guide some of  the leaning goals at Ron Southern.  Areas of focus include literacy, safety and empathy.  We discussed the ongoing concerns with safety during drop-off and pick-up times with walkers and vehicle traffic.  We will continue to endeavor to find solutions to raise awareness and foster safe habits for all students and families.    In November we are pulling together some fun activities around World Kindness Day... "when in doubt ... choose kind!"


Our School Council Members

Chair:  Kelly Fornataro
Vice Chair:  Suzie Kopansky
Treasurer: Cathryn Mailey
Secretary:  Erinn Glessing  

Contact the School Council

Website: 
Email:  RonSouthernPS@gmail.com


School Council

Year in Review 

January 16, 2020

Happy New Year! We are so excited to be celebrating two and a half years at Ron Southern Elementary!

We are overwhelmed by the love and support the school has shown to our students, as well as the support the community has shown to our school. It truly takes a village and we are so beyond grateful for ours.

Our Parent Society at Ron Southern has been in effect since August of 2017. For those of you who might not be aware of what Parent Society is, we are a group of parents who meet once a month and discuss ways to make the school a better place, raise money for events and items the school needs, and work alongside administration to create a successful, safe, and fun learning environment. Anyone is invited to attend council meetings and we always welcome new faces. This report reflects a summary of our activities from Sept 2018 to August 31 2019.

We have been working tirelessly these past few years to raise funds for various school needs.  With the support of council, parents and our school community we have been able to run various successful fundraisers including: Cookie Dough/Magazines, Big Box of Cards, and VIP Foods & Meat.  With a lot of hard work we have successfully built a playground, installed basketball nets, painted lines & games on the school court yard, purchased music and gym equipment and off set the cost of Division 1 Swimming lessons, residency programs and support field trip fees. 

This year we are continuing our work towards creating a natural outdoor learning environment including trees and landscape. We are working closely with the Calgary Board of Education and a father of our own Ron Southern students to complete and execute our natural outdoor learning environment this spring.

We have purchased our ‘Buddy Bench’ as well as another sitting bench for parents. The meaning behind a Buddy Bench is as follows: When a child is feeling lonely and without a playmate they can sit on the buddy bench. Other children on the playground will see them and instinctively know they are in need of a friend.   We are consciously incorporating the theme of Kindness into our endeavours and this is one prime example.

As a council we are always thinking of ways we can bring our community and school together all while trying to give back! This past year we held our first family ice cream social to welcome back our students! We were lucky to have a beautiful fall night and everyone enjoyed ice cream, outdoor play, and our very popular bubble machine.

Our goals moving forward are to continue to raise money to support the school in the growth of our learning environment and field trips. Our Casino date will be confirmed within the next few weeks we are slated for the fall of 2020. The casino fundraiser is extremely important as it brings in large amounts of funds that go towards learning items the school might need such as technology and equipment. With that said, we NEED volunteers to make a Casino successful. This cannot be done with just a handful of people. We ask now that when that date is released if you can please step up. These are funds that our school NEEDS and with the help of parent volunteers we can do great things with.

For those who have enquired about a check writing a campaign, we currently don’t have plans to run an organized campaign but we will always accept and be grateful for donations.

I would like to now take this moment to thank everyone who participates in council, and or volunteers their time to the school. It has been amazing to see the sense of community spirit continue to grow in our new school and we cannot wait to see what comes next!

Kelly Fornataro

- Chair, Ron Southern Parent Council 


Summary

November 6, 2019

Thank you to all those who attended our first Parent Society.School Council Meeting, particularly nice to see new faces!  And just to temp anyone... we discussed preferred seating for people who contribute so Parent Society... perhaps we will see more new faces at our next meeting!! (wink wink)  At our October meeting we discussed the fundraising campaign plan for the entire school year.  We decided to continue with our previously successful offerings.  Look forward to Cookie Dough order forms coming home in November.  We will be running a new greeting card campaign in February, then VIP Meats just in time for BBQ season.  These three campaigns generate the bulk of our funds which directly go to support classroom activities, artist in residency programs, field trips and other school wide initiatives.  Mrs. Healing reviewed the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey and Provincial Achievement Results and how they directly will guide some of  the leaning goals at Ron Southern.  Areas of focus include literacy, safety and empathy.  We discussed the ongoing concerns with safety during drop-off and pick-up times with walkers and vehicle traffic.  We will continue to endeavor to find solutions to raise awareness and foster safe habits for all students and families.    In November we are pulling together some fun activities around World Kindness Day... "when in doubt ... choose kind!"


Our School Council Members

Chair:  Kelly Fornataro
Vice Chair:  Suzie Kopansky
Treasurer: Cathryn Mailey
Secretary:  Erinn Glessing  

Contact the School Council

Website: 
Email:  RonSouthernPS@gmail.com


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