Welcome to the 2015–16 school year!
As our children and youth settle into their new classes or schools, we, as parents and guardians, can play a vital role in their engagement and achievement by being involved. Research has proven that parents make a difference! There are many opportunities to be engaged in your child(ren)’s education, beginning with your local school council or the RCCDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC).
School councils enhance student success
School councils include parents, school staff, community representatives and, in some cases, students. The purpose of school councils is to offer advice to the principal and school board “to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents.” (Ontario Education Act, Reg. 612).
Parent Involvement Committees engage parents
The PIC provides a link between parents and the director of education, trustees and Board staff, and acts as an advisory body to the Board. The committee seeks input from school councils on strategies to engage more parents from every level and every school throughout our Board. New members and fresh ideas are always welcome.
PARENT CLIMATE SURVEY – Parent climate surveys are used to gather information to help in RCCDSB School Improvement Planning. The board and the schools welcome your opinion. Please take a moment to fill in the survey here.
There’s fun in fundraising
Getting involved in fundraising can be rewarding.
It’s a great way to meet other parents in your school community, set an example of volunteerism for your kids, and watch them learn and interact with their peers.
Here are a few tips about those fundraisers:
• keep it manageable – don’t hold so many fundraisers in that you wear out the volunteers
• make it easy, affordable and useful
• be inclusive – involve everyone in the school and don’t forget grandparents
• set a goal ($), let everyone know what it is (e.g., new playground equipment) and why it is important (e.g., to encourage physical activity)
• communicate/promote – create lots of hype about your event with posters, flyers, social media, etc.
• provide incentives that will create excitement for students, parents and teachers
• make sure to include students Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Westmeath holds some unique fundraising activities: Family Photo Fundraiser (October 18) Spaghetti Dinner (November 4) Poinsettia Flower Drive (November ) Pancake Supper (Shrove Tuesday February 9th)
Successful conference hosted
Keynote speakers Sherry Campbell, Psychotherapist (pictured above), and Genevieve Gallant, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace were engaging.
Enthusiastic feedback confirmed that the 76th Annual OAPCE Conference and AGM, “Poor no more”, co-hosted by the RCCDSB, was a hit with more than 100 participants from across the province. The venue, workshops, speakers, vendors, and even the food earned high praise. Highlights included singing by the kindergarten class from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Petawawa and a presentation about the Dominican Republic Experience by Bishop Smith Catholic High School students, along with the keynote speakers. Our thanks to everyone who helped out and came out to the event.
Some Important Dates to Add to your Calendar
Here’s what the RCCDSB PIC committee has planned for 2015–16:
Renfrew/Arnprior November 4, 2015, 7 p.m. —St. Joseph’s High School
Madawaska January 27, 2016, 7 p.m.—St. Andrew’s Catholic School
Pembroke/Petawawa March 30, 2016, 7 p.m.—Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School ( This meeting will be rescheduled to another date. (TBD) Please check back shortly to see the new date)
Eganville June 16, 2016, 7 p.m.—St. James Catholic School
RCCDSB Parent Involvement Committee Contacts
New members are always welcome to the PIC—we want representatives from across Renfrew County. If you would like to become involved, please call: