New council year starts on Mon. Sept. 22, 2014

September 12, 2014

Welcome back.  We look forward to a great year at Thomas Street Middle School. We are parents, guardians, staff  and community members who are passionate about the best education for our students.

Join us for the first meeting in our school library. Pick up your agenda.

Who we are

February 19, 2014

Thomas Street Middle School Council is a group of parents/guardians, school administrators, community members and teachers. We meet several times a year to discuss and learn about programs at our students’ school.  Council meetings are open, and we especially welcome parents and guardians of our students and those whose children will be joining Thomas Street Middle School in the new school year.  If you have questions, please contact us at:  Thank you for your interest.

How do I become a school councillor?

May 27, 2013

If you are a parent/guardian of a student at Thomas Street Middle School (TSMS), you are welcome to join the council. Don’t be intimidated. Those who are on council are parents/guardians too. They’ve decided that they want to know more about the school and, in some way, contribute to it.  School councils provide a forum for parents and guardians to hear from the principal and vice principal and ask questions. At TSMS, our principal wishes the council to be an advisory group, moving away from more time consuming activities such as fundraising. Where parents and guardians have a particular interest such as Me to We (volunteerism) or eco-school certification, they work with educators to provide support to school initiatives through council committees. A councillor’s involvement is what he or she wants it to be.

While all are welcome to council meetings, we ask that people self-nominate to become councillors to participate in elections and votes. TSMS Council Nomination Form

Thank you for your interest. Subscribe for regular updates about the school council at:


TSMS council meeting on Mon. Oct. 20, 2014

October 19, 2014

Please join us for a meeting with the Principal and Vice principle of the school to discuss what’s going on in our school. Below is the agenda for the meeting. See you all there.


  1. Welcome
  2. Election of other Members and Executive (Officers):
    1. Chair ( Brian and Mohamed)
    2. Secretary? Need Volunteer
    3. Treasurer? Need Volunteer
  3. Approval of the Agenda & Past Minutes
  4. Principal’s Remarks
  5. Public Question Period
  6. Major Fundraiser, Walkaton update
  7. Special Speaker Plan for the year
    1. Jane Starr (Pro Grant), we need to select a date for her speech, Parents Promoting Stronger Study Habits
    2. March 25, 2015, Marion Small, Speak about Ontario based Math
  8. Update on Committees; EcoSchool, Character, and Grade 8 Career day
  9. New Business
    1. Great Start program Oct 29, 3 members per council can attend, anyone?
  10. Update on the Core system implementation and French Immersion program integration to Thomas Street
  11. Update on the EQAO result
  12. Advance Placement program in JFSS, how to enrol
  13. Preliminary Agenda for the Next Meeting November 17, 2014


The year is almost over — it was a success — thank you

May 20, 2014

Thank you to the 45 people who contributed to school council meetings and events this year.  We had our final meeting May 5, and approved moving forward with a Parents Reaching Out grant and a legacy project.

The grant will be to bring a speaker to talk to parents about helping students study better and communicate more fully at home about school life.  In honour of the school’s 15th anniversary and its growing excellence and continued dedication to its instrumental music program, council voted to give $500 to assist the senior TSMS Kiwanis band to compete in provincials.  The council’s funds are from prior fundraising projects, such as bake sales and coffee/tea sales.

We also discussed the breakfast which will now be a gathering of school councillors and TSMS staff, made possible through donations of baked goods and other breakfast items. If you can join us, please do.  We are starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wed. May 21.

Council also approved the minutes of last meeting.  Mar 24 2014 tsms council minutes.

Additionally, we welcomed John Fraser SS Principal Mary Nanavati who explained the high school’s proposal to introduce an Advanced Placement (AP) program to the school. The AP program prepares students to earn university credits while still in high school. If the program receives provincial and board approval for JFSS, it will begin in September 2015 with Grade 9 students. Mary said she would expect to know this summer if the program will go ahead.

She also said the school would pursue offering two Specialist High Skills Majors–one for Health and Wellness and another for Arts.  The programs would allow Grade 11 and 12 students to concentrate on healthcare or arts education.  Mary explained that attracting new students through new programs will allow the high school to maintain or increase its resources for all students.

She also announced that the high school students had raised more than $17,000 toward building two Mandela schools in Africa.  The fundraising effort was launched at humanitarian Marc Kielburger’s visit in February.  TSMS will contribute to the amount to raise the total $20,000.  On May 16, Scott Baker of Free The Children accepted the cheque from the high school from student leaders. Congratulations to all the students, and to the volunteers and staff that helped them achieve their goals.

Finally, this year is co-chair Cathy’s last year on TSMS council.  Her daughter graduates in June.  We are fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers.  Co-chair Behshad remains at TSMS, so please continue to send mail to Join us on Mon. Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for the first meeting of the new school year!

Thank you.





Agenda for May 5, 2014

May 2, 2014

Our final meeting of the school year is Mon. May 5.  We have at least one special event following this date, however.

On Wed. May 21, we will be holding a breakfast to recognize the school’s accomplishments.  Volunteers are needed and donations of no-nut breakfast items are gladly accepted. Please contact the council ( if you wish to contribute.

At our last meeting, council agreed to apply for another Parents Reaching Out grant that helps councils afford special guest speakers.  This year, we were able to invite Dr. Karyn Gordon. On Monday, we will talk about the kind of event we wish for 2014-2015, and our budget if our grant application is successful.

This year is also the 15th anniversary of the school. Council will discuss releasing some of its funds (from earlier fundraisers) to mark this special occasion.

We hope you will be able to join our conversations on Monday in the school library at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome.

Thank you for your support throughout the year.


PICK UP YOUR DRAFT AGENDA HERE:  May 5 2014 draft agenda tsms

Thank you to Dr. Karyn; our next regular meeting is May 5

April 16, 2014

Thank you to all who participated in a thoughtful discussion about gratitude on Monday night at the special parent/guardian event at Thomas Street Middle School. Your support is truly appreciated! If you were unable to join us, please take the opportunity to visit Dr. Karyn’s website for her newsletters and other resources.

You are also invited to the Thomas Street Middle School Council meeting on Mon. May 5, 6:30 pm, at the middle school, and to the John Fraser Secondary School Council meeting on Thurs. May 15 at 7 pm at the high school.

As always, please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or wish to receive meeting updates and other council news. Thank you.

at Thomas Street Middle School
Hosted by TSMS and JFSS Councils
Thomas Street Middle School Council



What else is new? At our last council meeting on Mar. 24, councillors voted to assist the Peel District School Board (PDSB) with a government outreach. Since that vote, the issue in question was resolved before the council sent its support letters.

We also discussed a Staff Appreciation Breakfast scheduled for May 21 and asked for volunteers to help set up the event and/or donate items such as bagels and juice.

Additionally, council will welcome community members volunteering to speak to Grade 8 students about their career choices on Thurs. Apr. 24. If you would like to represent the council to greet visitors or provide morning snacks, please contact the council.  The keynote speaker is Kerr Smith of the Ontario Co-operative Association and formerly of the PDSB who has parlayed an education in teaching and animation into a career writing educational resources for young people.  In addition, Kerr is a member of the band From the Bridge which has opened for Serena Ryder, and is a recipient of the William Hlushko Award to Young Co-operative Educators.

Kerr Smith is our 2014 Career Day keynote presenter on Apr. 24 morning.

Kerr Smith is our 2014 Career Day keynote presenter on Apr. 24 morning.

The council also agreed to apply for another Parents Reaching Out grant for next school year to provide parents/guardians with tools that will assist them to support their students’ math and study endeavours.  The deadline for the application is the middle of May.

Councillors approved the minutes of our Feb. 10th meeting: Feb 10 2014 mtg minutes.

At our next regular meeting (May 5 at 6:30 at the school), we’ll review feedback from our Dr. Karyn event and Grade 8 Career Day. We’ll discuss the upcoming Grade 8 Graduation and Staff Appreciation Breakfast. We will also take a look at students’ progress in fundraising for a Mandela School—an effort they kicked off during Marc Kielburger’s visit to our school family’s high school, John Fraser SS, at the end of February.


Register to hear Dr. Karyn at TSMS on Apr. 14 at 7 p.m. FREE

March 24, 2014

Reserve your seat at

We look forward to seeing you there!



Meeting Mon. March 24, 2014

March 22, 2014

Please join us on Monday to discuss the visit to our school by Dr. Karyn and the outcome of the Marc Kielburger Me to We event.  Our agenda is attached:

march 24 2014 tsms council agenda


Could we ask for more? We are so fortunate to have our schools

February 28, 2014

Our students showed they are Leaders Right Now at the “Leadership Now: Building Me to We communities” on Wed. Feb. 26 at John Fraser SS. We can be so proud.  John Fraser SS and TSMS students created truly inspired videos describing their charitable works and the heart of their schools, and students Rebekah, Declan, Ria, Flora, Anisha, Angelie and Linta could not have represented us better as spokespeople introducing Marc Kielburger.

I counted the number of people who were part of our Character Committee: there were close to 40.  People moved in and out of the committee, but everyone helped move us closer to the event on Wednesday that will keep our generous spirit burning bright for a long time.

There were many others who contributed to Wednesday: From ambassadors Royal Treatment and TSMS students who ushered guests, took and sold tickets, to gym teachers (and a particular grade 10 class) who volunteered to load and unload chairs, and music students who kept the tempo beautiful.

Marc said that many would give anything to have the opportunities that our students have. He was speaking generally about schools in Canada. But he also noted that he had heard that what we have is something extra special.  It’s true and we’re so lucky.

Read about the event in the Mississauga News here.


Humanitarian Marc Kielburger inspired students and parents/guardians alike at John Fraser SS.

Cathy, Co-chair

Join us on Wednesday! Bring your family

February 24, 2014

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