School Council Newsletters

May 10th, 2022

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

We had a very exciting and productive April School Council meeting! Meeting attendees discussed and voted on how to spend the funds raised from our silent auction. So far, voting members agreed to spend on STEM technology tools, Books to Go, an outdoor tent, outdoor speakers, a grade 8 grad trip to Wonderland, and student engagement events for next year. While all council attendees can voice their opinions on how dollars are spent, only voting members get to vote. Voting members need to be able to attend all meetings. Stay tuned for details on becoming a voting member next year.

BIG NEWS ALERT! On Tuesday, May 31st, Councillor Josh Matlow will be joining our school council meeting at 7pm to make a big announcement regarding our playground! We encourage as many parents and students as possible to attend to hear the big announcement.

End of Year Event! On June 9th, the School Council is hosting an event for all JR Wilcox families. Generously sponsored by Slavens Associates Real Estate. Event RSVP Required. Order your event pizza via cash online here.

Key Dates:

May 13th – Pizza Day! Thanks in advance to the parent volunteers helping out that day!

May 31st – School Council meeting with special guest Councilor Josh Matlow

June 9th – End of Year Celebration

Stay up to date by visiting the School Council page where we’ll be updating with the latest news.

Ronit Soroksky, Council Chair


April 7th, 2022

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

What an exciting month we had in March! It started with a virtual family fun night where 40 families joined for baking, dancing, origami, and yoga! Thank you to the parent volunteer organizers and presenters. Stay tuned for an opportunity for a make-up drum session that we weren’t able to hold that night.

Then came March 31st, the closing day of our auction. It was an exciting last hour with the dollar total continuing to rise up until the auction closed at $10,420!!!! We are thankful to all the parents, staff, and community who got their bids in, and we are so grateful to all the businesses that donated to our auction! Please continue to support these businesses and thank them for supporting our school when you do visit them.

Key Updates:

  • Spend Proposals: Have an idea on how to spend council funds for this year or next? Spend proposals are due April 18th and will be reviewed at the next council meeting on April 26th. Proposals need to be submitted with a description, budget breakdown, timing, and people involved. Submit here.
  • Call for Volunteers for Pizza Lunches: We are bringing back pizza lunches! We are hoping to host 2 pizza lunches before the end of the year. We are looking for parent volunteers that can help at lunchtime to give out pizza. Volunteers must already have or be willing to get their Vulnerable Sector Screening. Interested in volunteering? Let me know at: ronit.soroksky.tdsb.on.ca
  • Call for Volunteers for Grade 8 grad: We are looking for parents to help organize the grade 8 graduation event. If you are able to help, reach out to Ms.Cape.
  • Dominos Pizza Offer: Order two large pizzas and cheesy bread for $26.99 and $5 from every order will go back to our school! Just let them know you are ordering the JR Wilcox deal. This offer is valid year-round at Dominos on Oakwood (354 Oakwood Ave).

Looking ahead…

  • Spend Proposals due April 18th, please send to ronit.soroksky@tdsb.on.ca
  • Our next council meeting is Tuesday, Apr 26th at 7pm, if you have any agenda items, please let me know.

Stay up to date by visiting the School Council page where we’ll be updating with the latest news.

Ronit Soroksky, Council Chair


March 3rd, 2022

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Thank you for joining us at our February meeting! We welcomed our new principal Ms. Cape! Check out the meeting notes located below.

Thank you to all who joined our paint night last night! Here is some of the awesome art our students & parents created.

Key Updates:

  • Virtual Family Fun Night on March 23rd.  This event will include various workshops including dance, origami, baking for students and caregivers to participate in together – online! Stay tuned for more details, but make sure to save the date!
  • Silent Auction opens March 23rd As part of our Virtual Family Fun Night, we will kick off our silent auction! We already have over 70 amazing items to bid on including resturants gift cards, crafts, hair salons, kids programs, Pokeman cards, desserts and sooo much more! We are raising funds to get more technology into our school. Check out all the amazing donors here
  • NEW Dominos Pizza Offer: Order two large pizzas and cheesy bread for $26.99 and $5 from every order will go back to our school!  Just let them know you are ordering the JR Wilcox deal. This offer is valid year-round at Dominos on Oakwood (354 Oakwood Ave).
  • LAST CALL: Thank you Mrs.Vine! We are collecting thank you notes and videos for Mrs. Vine. It’s very easy to add a message to this virtual board and we know Mrs. Vine will really appreciate it! Deadline for submission is March 6th.

Looking ahead…

  • Our next council meeting is Tuesday, March 29th at 7pm.

Want to get involved? Reach out to me at ronit.sorosky@tdsb.on.ca. Stay up to date by visiting the School Council page where we’ll be updating with the latest news.

Ronit Soroksky, Council Chair

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Feb 8th, 2022

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Thank you for joining us at our January meeting!  For those who were unable to attend, I suggest reading through the notes (located below) as we had Andrew Howard, our Superintendent in attendance to provide some COVID updates, as well as a robust discussion on communication with the admin team.

Some Key Updates:

  • THE T-SHIRTS ARE COMING! WhoHoo! The T-shirts have finally been ordered and are expected by early March.  If you are ordered a shirt via Cash Online, it will be delivered to your child’s class to bring home.
  • SAVE THE DATE!  We will be hosting a Virtual Family Paint Night on March 2nd, at 6:30pm. with First Nations artist, Moses Lundham. We are excited for families to enjoy a creative activity together.  Event registration is now closed, if you are RSVP’d, materials will be sent home with your child. This event is made possible by a PROgrant our school received.
  • SAVE THE DATE AGAIN! We’ll be hosting a Virtual Family Fun Night on March 23rd.  This event will include various workshops on different topics for students and caregivers to participate in together – online! If you have a special talent or interest that you want to share with our community, we’d love for you to lead a session. Let us know here. Last years’ sessions included a dance class, music lesson, origami, yoga and nutrition.
  • SILENT AUCTION TIME! As part of our Virtual Family Fun Night, we will have a silent auction. We are raising funds to get more chrome books into the hands of our students! Want to donate something to the auction? Or have a connection to some donations? Let us know HERE.
  • Thank you Mrs.Vine! We are collecting thank you notes and videos for Mrs. Vine. It’s very easy to add a message to this virtual board and we know Mrs. Vine will really appreciate it! Deadline for submission is Feb 20th.
  • Call for Volunteers! Want to get involved? We are looking for someone to lead the launch of a virtual afterschool peer reading buddy program.

Looking ahead…

  • Our next council meeting is Tuesday, February 22nd at 7pm. Come and meet our new principal!

Want to get involved? Reach out to me at ronit.sorosky@tdsb.on.ca. Stay up to date by visiting the School Council page where we’ll be updating with the latest news.

Ronit Soroksky, Council Chair

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Dec 6th, 2021

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Thank you for joining us at our November School Council Meeting, if you weren’t able to join, you can see the notes below. We got a chance to meet our interim principal Mrs. Hall who shared some budget updates. We shared our tentative event calendar for 2022 (see below); we wanted to make sure to include both free events and fundraising-driven events. We also still need help from parents to put on these events; you can commit as much or as little time as you have.

NEW this year, we are introducing a fundraising initiative where we are asking those that are able to donate to our school. We’ll work with the staff, teachers, and the School Council to use these funds on items and programs that our kids need including STEAM materials, technology for our school, classroom resources, art supplies, gym equipment, arts programming, anti-bullying programming, and more! Every donation $10 and up gets a tax receipt. We appreciate all levels of contribution, no amount is too small! Know someone that is looking to make a donation to a worthy cause this holiday? Do you have a matching donation program at your work? Our goal is $5000! DONATE HERE!

Looking ahead…

  • Watch for an email from your class parents
  • Our next council meeting is Tuesday, January 25th at 7pm
  • Watch for more info on a JR Wilcox tobbogening event in January!

Want to get involved? Reach out to me at ronit.sorosky@tdsb.on.ca. Stay up to date by visiting the School Council page where we’ll be updating with the latest news.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday,

Ronit Soroksky, Council Chair

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Nov 25th, 2021

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Thank you to those who made it to our first School Council meeting, if you weren’t able to attend, you can find the notes below. We tried something a little different at our first meeting with virtual brainstorming which resulted in lots of great ideas! With those great ideas, we have put together a tentative event calendar which we will discuss in further detail at our next council meeting.

I am excited to introduce class parents! What’s a class parent you ask? Class parents will play the role of being a connection point between their class and School Council by sharing any important information from School Council meetings and to funnel any ideas or concerns from their respective classes. A few classes still need class parents, see the list below and let me know if you want to get involved!

Our next School Council meeting is scheduled for Nov 30th from 7pm-8:10pm (agenda below). In this meeting, you’ll get to meet our interim Principal, Jennifer Hall. If you would like to add anything to the agenda, please send me an email (ronit.soroksky@tdsb.on.ca) by Monday, Nov 29th.

Zoom details:

ZOOM: https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/j/96722446008?pwd=b2ljYjNTdWhxYXFHWEVTTzdLa0JSQT09

Meeting ID: 967 2244 6008

Passcode: 878044

Wondering what else the School is working on?

  • We submitted an application for a PRO grant to have an Art Night with an Indigenous artist (finger crossed)
  • We are working on a teacher appreciation event for December!
  • Spiritwear is coming soon for students!
  • We are starting discussions on a Playground refresh (this is a big one!)
  • Safety discussions with local police to address student crosswalk safety around the school

Want to get involved? Reach out to me at ronit.sorosky@tdsb.on.ca. Stay up to date by visiting the School Council page where we’ll be updating with the latest news.

Sincerely,

Ronit Soroksky, Council Chair

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