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Fall Gathering for Parents and School Councils
Fall Gathering for Parents and School Councils
Posted on 10/01/2015

Fall Gathering for
Parents and School Councils

By Mark Calder

(Kemptville) – Parents can learn more about running effective school councils during a free seminar October 17 at North Grenville District High School.

The Fall Gathering for Parents and School Councils will take place Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., said David Coombs, superintendent of school operations with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). It is sponsored by the UCDSB Parent Involvement Committee.

“The day provides a chance for parents to network and discuss what it means to run an effective school council to enhance the school experience for their children,” said Coombs.

“It also offers an opportunity to learn more about what you can do at home to help your child in the all-important area of literacy.”

Guest speaker at the event is Canadian Métis author and literacy advocate David Bouchard. The recipient of the Order of Canada has produced more than 60 books for readers of all ages, including three guides on reading for parents and educators.

“He will talk to parents about the need to understand that children are all growing and learning at their own pace,” said Suzanne Rivard, chair of the board’s Parent Involvement Committee. “He will also discuss the need for parents to model the importance of reading to encourage their children to develop literacy skills.”

A variety of other topics will be covered including: fundraising, Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants to encourage parent engagement, mental well-being, and how to operate an effective school council.

Free lunch and daycare service will be offered to participants, and the Upper Canada District School Board is also sponsoring a one-hour children’s show by Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo. The show will run from 11 a.m. until noon, and will feature a variety of animals including lizards, snakes, crocodilians, and spiders.

Organizers ask that participants pre-register for the event by contacting Executive Assistant Berva Rice at 613-258-9393 ext. 1 or by email at berva.rice@ucdsb.on.ca. Registrants will be asked to provide the number of adults and children that will attend so that organizers can plan for food and daycare supervision.

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