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!
- Chair, Ron Southern Parent Council
November 4, 2020
On behalf of the Parent Society, thank you to everyone who participated in our first virtual meeting in October. We were delighted to see so many new participants. For the foreseeable future we will be continue to host our meetings online, hopefully many more will be able to attend. The link for meetings will always be shared in the Trailblazer Update the week of the meeting.
We announced that our casino has been slotted for the first quarter of 2021. We will be advised of the exact weekend soon. Many volunteers in a variety of roles will be needed to help make our casino a success, so please let us know if you are able to help.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 18th. A highlight of the meeting will be an online special guest presentation on Mental Health during COVID for Students by Lois McCormak, Psychologist. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve our school community with valuable information. There will be a question and answer portion.
Our School Council Members
Chair: Kelly Fornataro
Vice Chair: Suzie Kopansky
Treasurer: Cathryn Mailey
Secretary: Erinn Glessing
Contact the School Council