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 thomasstms.council@peelsb.com. Join us on Mon. Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for the first meeting of the new school year!

Thank you.

 

 

 

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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 (thomasstms.council@peelsb.com) 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 thomasstms.council@peelsb.com if you have any questions or wish to receive meeting updates and other council news. Thank you.

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Hosted by TSMS and JFSS Councils
Thomas Street Middle School Council

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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 http://s.coop/drkarynapril

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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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:

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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.

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

Cathy, Co-chair


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:  thomasstms.council@peelsb.com.  Thank you for your interest.


Good meeting Feb. 10: finding out about funding, plus Kielburger and Dr. Karyn visits

February 10, 2014

Nineteen parents, guardians, staff and guests attended the meeting to learn about the many activities and changes involving Thomas Street Middle School.

Principal Catherine Lord described a move to an integrated curriculum at TSMS where students will have a core teacher (teaching math, LASS, etc.) and specialized teachers for subjects such as music, gym and French. This would replace the format where students travel to different classes to learn from teachers who specialize in particular subject areas.  She proposes to introduce the new format next school year and assures parents that it will offer more instructional time.

She also went through the #FixtheFormula campaign introduced by the Peel District School Board.  The board receives the lowest amount of funding per student in the province, largely due to an outdated funding formula.  PDSB hopes to engage parents to raise the issue with the provincial government.

The principal also strongly urged parents/guardians to use caution, respect and diplomacy when using the Kiss and Ride program to drop off students to school and pick them up.

In addition, the extreme cold spell has meant that students are kept indoors more often.  Catherine said it is difficult to convince adolescents to dress warmly for the weather.

Co-chair Cathy talked about the Teacher Appreciation Event, and councillors seemed most in favour of offering a continental breakfast to teachers and staff. Catherine suggested the council look at the week following the Victoria Day weekend to hold the event. Anyone who wishes to help plan this event should contact the council.

Students are also invited to attend a special character education event at John Fraser Secondary School (#JFSSM2W) on Feb. 26. Marc Kielburger will address students of both the high school and TSMS.  Councillors expressed their support and enthusiasm for the event. Tickets go on sale on Feb. 11. LN M2W FlyerLN M2W Poster-1

The co-chair also talked about adolescent-specialist Dr. Karyn Gordon’s visit on Apr. 14 to address parents and guardians of students at the middle and high schools. She said people will be able to register online soon, and all are welcome. There is no cost to attendees of the evening. Anyone wishing to help organize for this event is asked to contact Cathy at thomasstms.council@peelsb.com. Reserve your free ticket by visiting:  http://s.coop/drkarynapril

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Minutes of our November meeting were approved: TSMS Council Minutes Nov 18, 2013 2

Our next meeting is Mar. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. All are welcome.


Join us on Wednesday! Bring your family

February 24, 2014

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First meeting of Calendar 2014: Feb. 10

February 5, 2014

We haven’t met since November as a group, but councillors have been busy. We have lots to report on Mon. Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at our regular council meeting at the school.

  • After close to three and half years of work, we’ve been able to arrange a speaking engagement for one of the Free The Children and Me to We founders. Marc Kielburger will visit John Fraser Secondary School on the evening of Feb. 26 to address the students of Thomas Street Middle School (TSMS) and John Fraser Secondary School (JFSS). This is, possibly, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students. Please encourage them to attend.  LN M2W Poster-1 LN M2W Flyer
  • On Mon. Apr. 14 at 7 p.m., TV celebrity Dr. Karyn Gordon will speak to parents and guardians of JFSS and TSMS students. She will address Teaching Empathy & Gratitude to Your Teens.  Her presentation is free to attendees.   This event is made possible, in part, by a Parents Reaching Out grant. Reserve your free ticket at http://s.coop/drkarynapril
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  • On Thurs. Apr. 24, TSMS will hold is annual Career Day for Grade 8 students. Parents, guardians and community members are asked to volunteer their time to speak about their professions or help welcome visitors to the school. If you would like to contribute to this popular event, please email the school council at thomasstms.council@peelsb.com. 

Get the proposed council meeting agenda here: Feb 10 2014 tsms council agenda

We look forward to seeing you on Feb. 10!


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