October 14, 2015

Briefing - October 14, 2015


Special presentation

Stephen Bald, president of Peel Children’s Aid Society (CAS), presented on Child Abuse Prevention Month, held annually in October, to raise awareness of child abuse prevention. This year, CAS launched their campaign at John Fraser Secondary School on Oct. 7. As part of this campaign, staff and students are encouraged to wear purple on Oct. 16 for Go Purple Day and to engage on social media using the hashtag #IBreakTheSilence.

Peel schools awarded Parent Reaching Out Grants

Trustees congratulated the 109 Peel schools that have been awarded a total of $104,620 in Parents Reaching Out Grants for the 2015-16 school year. The Ministry of Education program supports projects that will help increase parent involvement in support of student achievement and well-being.

NSPRA recognizes Carla Pereira as 2015-16 NSPRA Front-Runner

Trustees congratulated Carla Pereira, manager of communications, on being selected by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) as the 2015-16 NSPRA Front-Runner for the Northeast Region. NSPRA identified Pereira as an emerging association leader for her outstanding work, commitment and contributions to the school public relations profession. Pereira will be honoured at the NSPRA Annual Meeting at the Celebration of Achievement event in July 2016.

Board asks staff, students and parents to say “thank you” to bus drivers

The board recognized Oct. 21, 2015, as Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Peel schools, a day for staff, parents and students to participate in a variety of activities to express their appreciation for school bus drivers.

Peel board recognizes Peel Teaching Assistant and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day on Oct. 28

The board recognized Oct. 28, 2015, as Peel Teaching Assistant and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in Peel schools. This day is held on the last Wednesday in October every year. Schools will participate in various activities to acknowledge the contributions teaching assistants and early childhood educators make in the lives of children, families and community members.

The following superintendent appointment will be effective February 4, 2016:

Paul Da Silva from Staffing Officer to Acting Superintendent of Education for the schools in the Applewood Heights, Glenforest and Gordon Graydon Memorial Families of Schools.

Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who have/are retiring:

Kerry Black, teacher, will retire Nov. 30
Nina De Wet, teacher, retired Sept. 15
Debra Goodell, teacher, will retire Oct. 31
Wendy Gordon, custodian, will retire Oct. 16
James Kelly, teacher, will retire Dec. 31
Patricia Morrison, teacher, will retire Oct. 31
Dianne Nahal, teaching assistant, retired Oct. 1
Elizabeth Porquet, computer technology support specialist, retired Oct. 1
Dianne Purrier, office assistant, will retire Oct. 16
Samsmun Small, office assistant, will retire Oct. 31
Nancy Warren, office manager, will retire Nov. 6
Marilyn Wyatt, teaching assistant, retired Oct. 1

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