Co-Chair: Margaret Morse
Co-Chair: Tracey Willoughby
Treasurer: Carolyn Courtney
Stonepark is a vibrant school of approx.800 students. Home and School meets 5-6 times a year with some executive meetings in between for extra planning sessions. In our meetings we discuss everything from school assessment results, grants, parking lot safety, to school activities, etc. We are very fortunate to have a great rapport between Home and School and the school administration. There is a school suggestion box , and the student suggestions are discussed at our meetings. This resulted in a chess club being started at the school as well as an upcoming lego club.
Fund Raising – Home and School pass the hat once a year during the meet the teacher night. The generous donations from the parents have been enough to provide for our needs. As well, we run a snack table during the socials that sells cookies etc and water. The money is used for end of year school gifts, teacher appreciation, Grade 9 closing reception, etc.
Parent Leadership Grant – We have utilized two grants this year. The first grant was used for an ice cream social for Gr7 parents It was held in the hour before meet the teacher night. This grant was carried over from last year. Home and School set up a display of school activities and Home and School info. . This was well attended and very successful.
The second engagement project was to enlist our school’s nutrition expert (Mr Sandy Stratton) to create 4 videos on healthy eating topics that will be viewed on the school website by Stonepark parents. There are two videos completed and ready to be launched. They will be officially viewed during the next Parent- Teacher conferences in March. We are very excited about the work Sandy has already done, with two more videos to follow.
Parent Involvement – Stonepark parents volunteer for a variety of functions such as Gr 9 picture day, the book fair, sports events and socials. Home and School is responsible for organizing volunteers, food,and setup/clean up for 2 main events-Teacher/staff appreciation and the Grade 9 reception. We are fortunate to have a huge amount of support from parents in the form of food donations, setting up and clean up for both events. . This year,for staff appreciation, we used an online Google Doc sign-up sheet for the food and volunteers that worked extremely well.
Teacher Appreciation Week – Mon – Principal’s treat day. Tue – Home and School hosted a healthy treat day with fruit, cheese and veggie trays. Wed – Cookies and muffins were provided by parents and coffee by Tim Hortons. Thur – was the luncheon with a huge amount of entrees and desserts donated by parents. Fri – Packages of Fudge were given to each staff member and bus driver. There were also daily draws for gift certificates provided by the parents. This week was greatly enjoyed by the teachers.
Student meals. Stonepark has a breakfast program run out of the “ Bagel Barn” where students can grab a smoothie,some fresh fruit, or a bagel in the morning. There is also hot and cold lunch options provided by Chartwells which utilizes the Zipthru card that can be pre-loaded by parents at home as well (as using cash). There is also a” caring cupboard” that can be accessed by the students.
Meetings – Our Executive attended the semi-annual provincial Home and School meeting and will also attend the AGMl. We also attended a brain-storming session hosted by the Federation. Tracy(co-chair) attended a – seminar on Gr 9 career counselling, outlining the new career counselling directive “My Blueprint”.
Communications – Stonepark uses technology in many ways. There is a daily blog with all the announcements and upcoming events. There is a monthly in-depth newsletter by the Principal which is e-mailed to all parents. Many of the teachers use blogs that include the links to textbooks and homework, as well as emails to reach the parents. The SAS (on auto notification) provides parents with their student’s marks as well as homework assignments. There is Twitter on the school website that is updated with all school happenings.
This year we developed a Home and School blog (with the help of the school computer expert Mark Rooney). On it we post the minutes of every meeting and all new announcements. We are also looking into social media.
Robotics – Over a 10 day period, the Home and School ran a succession of lego robotics sessions using robotic kits borrowed from the federation. It was lots of fun for the students and a Great experience for us.
Community Spirit – Stonepark is a very active school with very active teachers that hosts and supervise numerous activities. In addition to many school sports such as basketball, soccer,dodge ball, field hockey, volleyball and golf, and intermural activities such as dodgeball and tchoukball,etc., there is an on-going early morning fitness program. Seasonal clubs such as skiing and curling are active as well. There is an art club and a chess club and starting soon will be a Lego club and a Glee club.
There are three bands (concert, jazz, and orchestra).As well ,there is a “Gig Room” which gets extensively used by students who wish to sing and play instruments at lunch time.
Grade 9 leadership plays a big role in the school as well as the Duke of Edinburgh group .
There is active Green team that encourages environmental responsibility. The school participated in a National Sweater Day recently that was aired on CBC.
The school encourages compassion ,community responsibility and citizenship by choosing a worthy cause each year and participating in a variety of school-wide activities as part of in” Stonepark Gives Back”.
There are food bank contributions including a Christmas tree of food cans,funds raised from Red/Green Day,as well as food collected during the first student social of the year.
Literacy –In early November there is a library Read-In week, as well as Battle of the Books trivia days to promote literacy. . The school partners with members of the community who come in to present their love of reading to the students.
Events such as these ensure that students are engaged with their school!
Stonepark Home and School