Please join us for the next Parent Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 @ 7:00PM. This is an open committee, so every parent is welcome – and encouraged! – to attend.
1) Business arising from previous meeting
2) Fund Raising for St-Eustache Hospital
3) Community Service
4) Summer Reading
Following are the responses from the questions/issues raised during last month’s meeting:
1) Define & clarify the purpose, roles and functions of the Parent Committee.
The Parent Committee will assist teachers and staff in planning and preparing school activities; they will encourage other parents to volunteer their time or other resources.
The Parent Committee will represent all parents in voicing concerns that may be raised about school life. It should be noted that the Parent Committee is not the place to address individual cases; these should be taken up privately with the school’s administration.
The Parent Committee will bring suggestions to the school’s administration concerning school life. The curriculum is not open to discussion, as this is strictly controlled by the Quebec Minister of Education.
The Parent Committee will plan & drive fundraising activities.
The Parent Committee will help, as much as it can, in the marketing efforts of the school in order to help it gain attention and recognition.
2) June Final Exam grades: some questions had been raised about how the exams are graded vs. the final term grade. This will be explained.
Starting this year, the exam grades will be given in the comment section of the report card.
3) NSAL Web Site: summer updates could have been done to keep parents abreast of news, as well as remind them of important points.
Mrs. Pepin admitted that not many updates were done during the summer period. She enured that this would not be the case going forward and that more information would be disseminated via the site next summer.
4) Parent Committee fee: every family is required to pay $200 per year. Mrs. Pepin will detail how these funds have been/will be used.
Mrs. Pepin explained that the bulk of the revenue from this payment goes towards transportation: for the ski club, soccer games, gym class, activities. The school had considered purchasing a bus, and although the bus itself was affordable, the permits required to go to each municipality made the idea prohibitive.
5) Phys. Ed. vs. Art: several parents have raised the point that art classes are much more frequent than phys. ed. Mrs. Pepin will explain why that is.
Mrs. Pepin explained that this “imbalance” was in fact due to guidelines coming from the Quebec Ministry of Education resulting from the School Reform Act.
6) Music: several parents have asked why the music program is no longer available.
Student interest in the music program was not as great as anticipated; more of them preferred the art program. Music is now available as an extra-curricular activity for those students who would like to participate.