What is School Council?
The Regal Road School Council is a forum for parents and community members to work with the school to support and enhance student learning and school improvement planning.
School Council has 5 or 6 general meetings spread over the school year. It is a forum where parents can ask questions and contribute ideas towards improving the learning experience that their children receive. It is also where parents may voice concerns about issues affecting the school community as a whole. You do not have to officially join Council to attend meetings—all parents and community members are welcome!
School staff members including the Principal, Vice-Principal, and teachers attend as well to provide information and update Council on current issues.
School Council is made up of parents of Regal Road students. Our children range in age from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5. On School Council, there are both the elected members and general members. In between meetings, these parents are working behind the scenes to put together extracurricular events for the school as well as fundraising initiatives. If you have any questions about what we do or ideas on how to improve our approach, please don't hesitate to contact us.
2019/2020 School Council Elected Members
The School Council Executive Team is made up of the following positions:
Co-Chair: Adam Miller
Co-Chair: Nicole Dole
Treasurer: Tallulah Hershorn
Secretary: Al Kratina
To contact us, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Information for Regal and the TDSB
Regal Road Junior Public School: 416-393-1390 or email@example.com
Michael Morris, Principal: 416-393-1390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Chumfong, Vice Principal: 416-393-1390 or email@example.com
Tracy Hayhurst, Superintendent: 416-396-9188 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Donaldson, School Trustee: 416-395-8787 or email@example.com
Ascot Daycare: 416-653-7760 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FAQ for School Council:
What happens at Council meetings?
There are 5-6 School Council meetings a year. Each meeting is about 1.5 hours and includes updates from the administration about current school events/issues, a financial report from Council and a time for anyone in attendance to voice new ideas or discuss school issues. Meetings may also be used to plan upcoming events.
What are the roles within the Council?
Any parent or community member is welcome to attend meetings—whether as an official member or not. A form is attached for parents/guardians to nominate themselves to be a member of School Council. General members can take on specific duties if they wish, like leading specific committees or initiatives. Elections are held the first meeting of the year. Those in attendance officially elect the General members and General members then elect the Executive positions (Chair, Treasurer & Secretary) from within the council. Elected Council members are expected to attend the majority of the meetings.
How does School Council work with teachers and administrators?
The principal is a member of School Council and there should also be a teacher member (elected by the teachers themselves). Council works closely with staff and administrators to ensure alignment with school priorities. The administration must approve all School Council fundraising initiatives and goals.
My child just started at Regal Road this year. Can I join School Council right away?
Yes! Joining School Council is a great way to learn more about Regal Road and integrate into the school. We recommend that parents spend at least one year as a General Member before applying for an Executive role.
Do I need to be available during school hours?
No. Many Council members have schedules that are not compatible with participating in activities during school hours. There are plenty of tasks that can be done remotely or during the evening.
Evening meetings are hard for me to attend. Can I still participate?
Childcare is provided during the meetings, if that helps! Otherwise, get in touch and we’ll try to find a solution. All minutes for the meetings are posted to our website as soon as possible. Additionally, this year School Council will be hosting monthly coffee & chat mornings so keep a look out for those events.
What is fundraising money used towards?
Each year, the School Council develops a fundraising plan outlining both upcoming initiatives and the anticipated use of School Council funds. In the past, we’ve used funds for: subsidizing field trips, Scientists in the School, visiting artists (performances and special activities) and classroom learning resources.
I have an idea for the school. What should I do?
Come to a meeting! If that doesn’t work, or if you prefer, contact us via email, Facebook or in person. We can help you navigate the administration, find resources and/or make a call for volunteers.