Join the grant writing committee
Do you enjoy writing and want to get more resources for Blake? The Grant-writing Committee needs you to research and coordinate submissions for more grants!
This work can be done electronically with teachers so the time commitment is outside of regular office hours.
For example, we could get support our breakfast program through the Canadian Farm to School Grant from Whole Kids Foundation. The application process opens on January 1 with a deadline of March 31.
If you’re interested in supporting this or other grants, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Google drive with grant writing resources.
Our School Council needs by-laws to guide us in our work, and we are looking for at least two volunteers to join the newly-formed By-law Committee.
Why do we need by-laws? Well, first of all, because the TDSB mandates that we have them, but more importantly, by-laws help us to maintain consistency in the running of council business, communicate organizational rules so internal disputes and conflict can be avoided, and educate incoming council members so meetings and council activities run smoothly.
What’s involved? The TDSB has draft by-laws, and many other school councils have made theirs available online, so the By-law Committee will not be starting from scratch. The committee will review the examples available and will make any modifications and personalizations that are necessary.
If you are looking for a way to contribute to the school, but are unable to attend School Council meetings, this could be a great opportunity since much of the work can be completed via email.
The TDSB deadline for the submission of our by-laws is June 2018, so the committee has plenty of time to complete this task.
To volunteer or if you have questions, please contact email@example.com
Blake’s fundraising raffle is a week away: tickets will be drawn on Friday, Dec. 20.
If you have unsold tickets that you don’t plan to sell before then, please return them to your child’s teacher or the office so they can be redistributed to others to sell by Friday. Dec. 15.
Organizers have received less than 1/6 of the sold tickets and cash back at the school so far, which means we’re at risk of not even breaking even this year.
The good news: there are lots of booklets of tickets left in the main office if you think you can sell more this weekend.
Blake’s raffle is a very important fundraiser for the school. The money raised will go to supporting field trips, the garden club, the library and the newly-landscaped school grounds.
There are lots of great prizes to win, too. We appreciate your support!
Blake school council is meeting one last time in 2017.
Join us next Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the school library.
Childcare and dinner will be provided free of charge.
If you missed the November council meeting, you can read through the minutes here.
On Thursday, Nov. 30, Blake volunteers are hosting this year’s clothing and book swap. Come by the gym anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to pick out some new duds – and all for FREE.
The clothing swap will be set up at the same time as Movie Night, which starts at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of Baby Boss. Volunteers will be selling popcorn, pizza, samosas and drinks. Admission is free.
And don’t forget: Friday, Dec. 1 is a PA Day.
Read our Nov. 26 newsletter here.
Hear more about anti-bullying awareness week at Blake and the school’s upcoming clothing swap, movie night and fundraising raffle.
School Council is pleased to host Blake’s 5th annual Family Clothing and Book Swap on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A SWAP means to exchange and recycle your valued, but no longer used clothing and books, for clothing and books you will use.
You can donate and drop off any gently-used items at the front office. We’re also accepting winter outdoor clothing items, skates, hockey gear, footwear and books for all ages in English and French.
There is a final sorting session next Wednesday, Nov. 29 after school in the gym. If you can spare an hour of your time, organizers would appreciate the help!
You can read last week’s newsletter here.
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At the most recent School Council meeting, we began a conversation about what our goals are. We started by finding words that inspire us.
The list of words and ideas is below. Which words inspire you? If you have a way with words, why not try writing a Blake School Council Mission Statement? Send us your ideas, based on some of the words below. The winner gets a free ticket to the next Blake School Council meeting!!! (Yes, that’s a joke! School Council meetings are open to everyone, we promise!)
- active role
- sharing and exchanging knowledge
- every student
- rich culture
Blake school council meets this Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the school library, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Come by and enjoy a healthy meal with other parents and teachers, drop the kids off in the gym and get caught up with school news.
The minutes from the school council’s October meeting are posted here.