Happy National Volunteer Week and Upcoming Events

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Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education:

HAPPY NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS WEEK! On behalf of the Executive Team at OAPCE Toronto, we THANK YOU! To all our parents and partners that give their time, patience and dedication to their schools and school communities, we could not do anything without you! The end outcome of success for all our children is what drives us and it is because of this tireless dedication that our children prosper! THANK YOU!

We are happy to share with you three upcoming events that OAPCE Toronto is apart of and hope that you are able to attend one of these valuable events! 

Firstly, on MONDAY APRIL 30 join us for our Annual PRO Grant Workshop at 7:00 pm.  Ministry of Education Parent Engagement Officers will be present to help facilitate the workshop. Bring your laptop for an interactive workshop and begin your application! We ask that you create your password prior to attending, go to the following link to begin:http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/reaching.HTML

Throughout the month of April you are all welcome to attend one of the seminars that will take place for the "Raising Youth Together"  Parenting Workshops. These workshops give you practical information, useful tips and proven strategies for effective parenting. Register here: raisingyouthtogether.wordpress.com.

Join us for a Parent Summit "Helping Parents Be In The Know" on Saturday May 5 at the CEC! This is FREE event for all with Social Media Guru Keynote Speaker Paul Davis and several workshops. There will be a Resource Fair and there is child care provided for children 4-12! See the flyer enclosed. Register at: www.parents-at-tcdsb.ca.

OAPCE Toronto is proud to offer you many Parent Engagement Opportunities, do not let them go by! 

Yours in Catholic Education, 

OAPCE Toronto Team 

Easter Greetings & Upcoming Events

On Monday April 30 join us for our annual PRO Grant Workshop at 7:00 pm. Bring your laptop for an interactive workshop and begin your application! We ask that you create your password prior to attending, go to the following link to begin:http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/reaching.HTML

Join us for a Parent Summit "Helping Parents Be In The Know" on Saturday May 5 at the CEC! This is FREE event for all with Keynote Speaker Paul Davis and several workshops. There will be a Resource Fair and there is child care provided for children 4-12! See the flyer enclosed.

We are working on our upcoming Spring newsletter, if there is a good news story you would like to share please send it to us asap! 

On behalf of the OAPCE Toronto Team, have a Blessed and Happy Easter! 

Annalisa Crudo-Perri

OAPCE President

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Newsletter and Last Chance to Complete Survey

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education:

Please find enclosed our Winter Newsletter filled with lots of information and resources for you to share! 

Our PARENT SURVEY will be closing THIS WEEK! Please take a moment to fill out this survey and share with your community -- go here to complete it.

Also here is the Agenda for our February 26 meeting where there will be a special presentation from the Safe Schools Department. If you have any questions regarding your School's Safe School Team please send us an email.

SAVE THE DATE! There will be a parent summit on May 5.2018, flyer is here

Have a wonderful day!

OAPCE Toronto Team

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Agenda: First Meeting of the Year - January 29, 2018!

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education:

Join us for our first meeting of the new year on Monday January 29, 2017 at the CEC. There will be a special presentation from the Partnership and Grants Office of the TCDSB, which will explain opportunities for grants for your council, as well as good practices for fundraising. At this time we are taking any questions that you may have in regards to writing grants for your school, protocol on partnerships and fundraising, please send us an email if you would like. 

We are very proud to offer you our first OAPCE Toronto Survey, it is now live on our website here.  We hope that you can take a few minutes to complete this important survey on parent engagement as we are trying to find ways to further help you and your councils. This is a parent to parent survey, created BY parents FOR parents, we hope to be able to use the results to understand and address the questions and concerns that parents may have. The survey will be live until the end of January so please share as you please! Once all the answers have been tabulated we will be sharing with all and providing the results to the Board of Trustees. 

Please find our agenda here. Hope to see you there! 

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Happy New Year from OAPCE Toronto

Happy New Year to all your families and communities! We hope that the new year brings many new opportunities and blessings! 

We are very proud to offer you our first OAPCE Toronto Survey, it is now live here.

The survey will be live until the end of January so please share as you please! Once all the answers have been tabulated we will be sharing with all and providing the results to the Board of Trustees. 

Join us for our first meeting of the new year on Monday January 29, 2017 at the CEC. There will be a special presentation from the Partnership and Grants Office of the TCDSB, which will explain opportunities for grants for your council, as well as good practices for fundraising. At this time we are taking any questions that you may have in regards to writing grants for your school, protocol on partnerships and fundraising, please send us an email if you would like. 

As always, OAPCE Toronto is here to help you with any concerns or questions arising from your school or parent council. We are the only association recognized by the Ministry of Education at the TCDSB that is permitted to advocate and ensure the sustainability of Catholic Education. Parent engagement at the TCDSB and in the province of Ontario for all District School Boards is legislated by Ontario Regulation 612 which mandates the role of OAPCE and of the PIC (in our case, CPIC) in advancing parent engagement in support of student achievement and well-being.  OAPCE Toronto will continue to offer you accurate and TCDSB specific workshops and resources that will aid you in engaging at all levels so that you will be able to ensure the very best experiences and outcomes for your children in Catholic Education.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, email us! Hope to see you on the 29th! 

 

OAPCE Toronto Team!

 

Happy New Year from OAPCE Toronto

 

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education:

.. enclosed is our December newsletter.

We are very proud to offer you our first OAPCE Toronto Survey, it is now live on our website at www.oapcetoronto.ca just click the bar at the top! We hope that you can take a few minutes to complete this important survey on parent engagement as we are trying to find ways to further help you and your councils. The survey will be live until the end of January so please share as you please! Once all the answers have been tabulated we will be sharing with all!

On behalf of OAPCE Toronto, I would like to wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a Very Happy 2018! Thank you to ALL of you, the parents, who continue to support us and support your children in their Catholic Education!

December 6th Agenda, Newsletter and Paul Davis Talk

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education:

Please find enclosed:

1) Agenda for our December 6 meeting - we will be having a presentation from TCDSB staff in regards to the new Cash Online System. It is also our Annual Christmas Social, please feel free to bring any goodies you would like to share! 

2) Take a look at our November Newsletter filled with information and resources! 

3) There will be a special appearance by Paul Davis at Madonna on Monday December 4, all parents are invited to attend his valuable information session about Social Media. Flyer is here!

Hope to see you there!

OAPCE Toronto Team

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Hello OAPCE Representatives:

.. firstly thanks to all to coming to last week's Commissioning and Awards Ceremony, it was yet again a successful event! Congrats to all the award recipients as well! 

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The December meeting has been  moved to WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 6 at 7:00 pm. Sorry for the change again, we have several conflicts that evening hope you can all still make it!

I would like to invite you to a special presentation with  Paul Davis that is open to everyone taking place at Madonna on Monday December 4, 2017, Please join us there if you are interested (it is free!) flyer is here..

Hope to see you all on our last meeting of this year, which is also our Christmas Social on WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 6 at 7:00 p.m.

 

OAPCE Toronto First Newsletter of the Year/ Press Release for Commissioning Ceremony/OAPCE Reps

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education:

1) Attached is our FIRST Newsletter of the school year --  take a look as it is filled with information for all!  Here's a link to the newsletter.

2) If you have not already appointed/elected an OAPCE representative to your council it is not too late! This position is mandated on every school council, here is the letter with all information.

PLEASE ADVISE US ASAP (if you have not done so already) WHO THE OAPCE REPRESENTATIVE IS ON YOUR CSPC, if it is the Chair, please inform us as well. Email us anytime withe the name and contact info! 

3) We are very happy to share with you this year's Commissioning Ceremony Press Release - take a look at all the wonderful parents and Principals that have been nominated for our Awards --

Please RSVP ASAP if anyone from your community is attending - all are welcome to attend! 

Looking forward to another successful evening! 

OAPCE Toronto Team 

OAPCE 12th Annual Commissioning Ceremony R.S.V.P. Requested

Join us as we Commission the 2017/18 OAPCE Toronto Representatives!


The honor of your presence is requested at the celebration of the 12th Annual Commissioning Ceremony, where we acknowledge with gratitude the contributions of parents and guardians who volunteer their time as OAPCE Toronto Representatives to support and encourage the success of students in Catholic education.

We will also be presenting the recipients of our 2016/17 Parent Volunteer of Excellence Awards and Principal of Excellence Awards as part of the Ceremony.


Date: Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 6:00 Light Refreshments 7:00 Event Starts
Location: Toronto Catholic District School Board
Catholic Education Centre - 80 Sheppard Avenue East, 2nd Floor
Atrium (Free Parking Available Underground)

R.S.V.P. Friday, October 27, 2017 email:oapce.toronto@gmail.com

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OAPCE October Update

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education!

Thanks to all that attended our first meeting last week, THERE IS NO MEETING Tomorrow October 2. Just a few updates:

1) As we participated in the activities Monday night we had many questions from parents, please feel free at any time to send us an email if you ever have an inquiry or concern! 

As discussed, Canada Helps is an online organization that the TCDSB uses in order to take donations, your school principal must set it up with your school, once it is set up, monies donated can be directed to the CSPC bank account at the CEC. Here is the link with info;

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/107694119RR0001-toronto-catholic-district-school-board/

For any inquiries, please email Paul DeCock at paul.decock@tcdsb.org, the Comptroller for the TCDSB who I am sure will help with any questions!

2) Nominations are still open to nominate a Parent for our Volunteer Parent of Excellence Award and a Principal for our Principal of Excellence Award. Nominations close by October 20, 2017. Link to submissions is here: http://www.oapcetoronto.ca/parent-volunteer-of-excellence-award/

OAPCE Toronto Team

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Greetings on the New School Year from OAPCE-Toronto

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education! 

 

Welcome to another school year! We hope that you have all had an enjoyable and restful summer! Once again we have many things planned for parents and we look forward to working with all of you in ensuring your child's best achievement! 

 

Join us next Wednesday, September 13 at 5:30 at the CEC for an introduction to the new school year as well providing you with some great resources! Enclosed is the flyer for the event. 

Our first meeting of the year will take place on Monday October 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the CEC. We hope to see you there!

The 78th Annual OAPCE Conference is taking place on October 13/14, 2017 in York Region at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School and the Hilton Garden Inn. Enclosed is the flyer as well. A wonderful opportunity for you to meet other parents from across the province who all get together, network and attend workshops! This conference is the largest and only Conference for parents in Catholic Education! 

Nominations are open for our 12th Annual Principal and Parent of Excellence Awards. Nominate a Principal or a Parent who think have shown excellent leadership and commitment to their school communities. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday November 6 at 6:00 pm during our Commissioning ceremony -- everyone is invited to attend as we commission our OAPCE reps for the year! Nominations can be found on our website at oapcetoronto.cahttp://www.oapcetoronto.ca/parent-volunteer-of-excellence-award/

We are excited to once again provide any support, resources or information for all parents in the TCDSB -- WE ARE HERE FOR YOU .. you can always email us with any questions and concerns.  Keep in mind a School Engagement Flyer can be found here.

Let's have a great year! 

Yours in Catholic Education, 

OAPCE TORONTO TEAM

DON'T FORGET! Ensure that you appoint an OAPCE Representative to your school council! More info on the card here

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OAPCE Toronto Year End Newsletter

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education:

.. our final newsletter of the year is here! A special thank you to all our OAPCE Toronto Representatives, CSPC Members, and all parents for engaging yourselves in your child's education! We appreciate the support you have shown us all year as well!

A heartfelt thank you to Angela Gauthier for her support of OAPCE throughout her years, and a welcome to Rory McGuckin our new Director of Education -- we look forward to working with you in the Fall! 

Our nominations are open for our annual Parent Volunteer of Excellence Award and Principal of Excellence Award, more info is inside the newsletter, you can find the link for the nominations form on our website oapcetoronto.ca under "For Parents". Our Annual Commissioning ceremony and awards will be held on Monday November 6, 2017.

On behalf of everyone at OAPCE Toronto, have a restful and wonderful summer! 

See you in September!

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OAPCE Toronto May Newsletter ICE & TCDSB Admissions Policy

Please find attached our May Newsletter, three very important items that you should share with your communities:

1) THE INSTITUTE FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION (ICE)  wants to hear from everyone in the TCDSB community about Catholic education in Ontario! “Renewing the Promise” is a dialogue to solicit your input about Catholic education in Ontario and will help guide the work of ICE for the future. 

Our TCDSB teachers, staff and students are also a very important part of this dialogue process. School principals will be holding special Catholic School Parent Council (CSPC) meetings to facilitate discussions with parents. 


You are also invited to offer your ideas on-line through a special Thought Exchange website. Please log in at the link provided to complete the survey no later than May 19, 2017: http://signup.thotex.com/iceont/Pyv  

The ideas and comments you submit will provide important input for a gathering of the Catholic community later in the year on the theme of “Renewing the Promise”. When the process is completed, results and analysis will be publically available and form the focus for Catholic Education Week 2018.

2) TCDSB CONSULTATION: PROPOSED CHANGES TO SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY

The Ministry of Education has directed the TCDSB to adopt fixed attendance boundaries for all secondary schools to be consistent with most Ontario school Boards. Complying with the Ministry’s request for boundaries for all TCDSB secondary schools will help us qualify for funds to build new schools in areas where existing schools are overcrowded.

The proposed Secondary School Admissions Policy changes may impact your child’s future choice of high schools. 

Secondary school admission policy changes will otherwise impact all NEW registrants, and WILL NOT come into effect until the secondary school registration process begins for the2018-2019 academic year.

All TCDSB parents, staff and stakeholders are invited to participate in the community consultation from May 1- 19, 2017 with an online survey.https://www.tcdsb.org/FORPARENTS/AdmissionsandRegistration/SecondaryAdmissionsPolicy/Pages/AdmissionsSurvey.aspx

A flyer for this consultation can be found here.

3) PRO Grant Applications are due MAY 25, 2017! Do not forget to apply for up to $1000 for your parent engagement at your school! We have also enclose the parent survey that we had discussed at our last meeting, thanks to Allison and Let's Get Together for sharing this amazing tool! 

Last, but not least, from all us at OAPCE Toronto, many Happy Greetings for all Mothers today, and everyday!

OAPCE Toronto Team

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OAPCE Toronto April Newsletter and Easter Greetings!

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education:

Please find enclosed several attachments. We are excited to share with you our April newsletter, including information on upcoming events and meetings. Please take note: Our next meeting is MONDAY APRIL 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm which will include a Budget Consultation for the proposed TCDSB Budget for 2017/18 -- we will also be having our annual PRO Grant Workshop as well!

On WEDNESDAY MAY 3 come and Celebrate Catholic Education Week with all the TCDSB families at the CEC! Enclosed is our flyer, all OAPCE Representatives have received an invitation, as well as CSPC Chairs -- ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!

On behalf of the OAPCE Toronto Family, we wish you all Easter Blessings as we celebrate the rising our our Savior! 

Yours in Catholic Education, 

Annalisa Crudo-Perri 

OAPCE Toronto President

Walking Forward Together in Catholic Education Week

Join us on Wednesday May 3rd for "Walking Forward Together in Catholic Education Week" event.

There will be prayer service as well as the opportunity for parents to "Walk Forward Together" in a "walking gallery' of all the different departments of the TCDSB as well as other community services that help support Catholic Education including ShareLife, the Archdiocese of Toronto. OCSTA as well as many others.

The schedule is as follows:

5:30-6:30  - Registration, Walking Gallery, refreshments

6:30-6:45  - Welcome

6:45-7:15  - Prayer Service

7:15-7:45  - Guest speakers 

7:45-9:00  - Parents continue to participate in the walking gallery, closing.

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February Newsletter, Brochure and Meeting Agenda

Hello Parents and Partners in Catholic Education:

.. hope you have all had a wonderful Family Day weekend! We are very excited to share with you our February newsletter which includes highlights from our January meeting, lots of information for you to share and what we will be discussing in our meeting next week. 

Please see our attached agenda and all are invited to joins us for TWO special presentations: TVO Math Homework Help and a representative from Microsoft will offer information on cyber security and digital safety, --these presentations have been specifically chosen as an ongoing request from parents and representatives - you do not want to miss this! 

We are also enclosing our latest brochure that includes future meetings and events.

Looking forward to seeing you next Monday February 27 at 7:00 pm at the CEC! 

Yours in Catholic Education, 

OAPCE Toronto Team!

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OAPCE Toronto Special Presentation Monday, January 30th

Student Mental Health and Well-Being has become a prominent focus of concern at the TCDSB and across the province of Ontario. We recognize the important work that Bell is doing today, and everyday for Mental Health so please with every Tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and/or Facebook post with the special Bell Let's Talk image, or text message, Bell will donate an additional 5c to mental health initiatives .. so join the conversation! We will be tweeting all day so re-tweet us! @OAPCEToronto

Come and join us on Monday January 30th 2017 at the Toronto Catholic District School Board CEC for our first OAPCE Toronto meeting of the New Year.

Our featured presentation will be:
Student Mental Health and Well-Being at the TCDSB!

Patricia Marra-Stapleton, TCDSB Mental Health Leader, along with parent representatives from the TCDSB Mental Health Advisory Council, will present the “Journey to Wellness” video. The video discusses TCDSB student mental health supports and policies. There will be an opportunity for questions and comments following the presentation. https://www.tcdsb.org/ProgramsServices/SpecialEducation/mhs/Pages/Default.aspx

All are welcome to attend so please invite your school communities! Look out for our January newsletter as well that will be coming out next week! 

Here's to a great 2017!

OAPCE Toronto Team

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