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School Council

Every school has a school council—a group focused on helping all students succeed.

School councils are groups of parents, community representatives, teaching and non-teaching employees, students and the school principal. Through the active participation of parents, school councils work to improve student achievement and enhance the accountability of the education system to parents.

Support for school councils is provided by the Simcoe County District School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee​

Why join us on school council?

Involvement in school council is a meaningful, hands-on way to have a direct, positive impact on your child’s educational experience. Research shows that when parents are involved in their child’s education, the level of student achievement increases.

Contact our council chairs at

AMES School Council Minutes November 2, 2020.docx

AMES School Council Agenda Dec 7 2020.docx

AMES School Council Minutes Jan 11 2021.docx

AMES School Council March 8 2021 Minutes.docx

AMES School Council Minutes May 3 2021.docx

Angus Morrison Elementary School Council Meeting

October 5, 2020 - Online Zoom Meeting Minutes

The virtual council meeting was called to order by Suzanne Laybolt at 6:03pm and a quorum was present.

Past Co-chairs: Heather Speers and Amy Davidson

New Co-chairs: Brooke Williams and Jennifer Janes

Secretary: Amy Kiezebrink

Present: Jen Robinson, Jennifer Janes, Amy Davidson, Michelle Hansen, Samantha Visser, Glenda Brocklebank, Amy Kiezebrink, Brooke Williams, Heather Speers, and Kewsi Porter.

A new member (John Price) expressed interest in joining however was unable to fill in the nomination form. As a group we had no problem making him a voting member without the nomination form completed for this meeting.

Ayesha Khurram joined into the meeting at 6:45pm and also expressed interest on becoming a member.


Agenda ItemNotes/Decision/Action Taken

Voting/Role of School Council/Meeting location, dates and time.

Brooke Williams and Jennifer Janes volunteered for co-chairs and were acclaimed as co-chairs for 2020-2021.

Amy Kiezebrink volunteered for secretary and acclaimed as secretary for 2020-2021.

As per the school board there will be no fundraising events at the school until further notice therefore the role of student council is changing to become more of a consultation group. All members are asked to review the two documents:

Outdoor meetings were mentioned, however it is getting colder outside so we will stick with Zoom meetings.

The following is a list of meeting dates, more can be added if needed: October 5, November 2, January 11, March 1, May 10 and June 7.

Moving forward the meetings will go from 6:30-8pm.

Informal questions


At this time council members could ask any questions in regards to the school as a whole (personal questions were asked to be directed to Suzanne one on one at a later date)

Heather: What is our role as a virtual family?

There are 550 on site students and 200 virtual students. Now that the "dust has settled" more will be taken into consideration in regards to learning from home students. Please review strategic priorities document to see what we can do as a council. Virtual parents are very much encouraged to join council.

Amy: Can items be put on the website and newsletter for school council?

Yes, with Suzanne or Katherine's approval. Tina can put items on the website or newsletter for recruitment purposes. Amy will work with Tina.

Jen R: How is the classroom breakdown looking now?

We are fully staffed now. We had 32 classrooms starting in September. We now have 23 onsite classrooms and 7 learn at home classrooms.

Brooke: How many students do we have in school?

Approx 550.

Jennifer J: What is the process put in place for students to switch from online to in class in February in terms of the classroom organization changing?

Specifics are not clear yet, it depends on the numbers of the students. We do not know whether this will affect the current students but it is a possibility that classrooms will be moved around, depending on the amount of students moving.

Jennifer J: Is there a plan put in place for shut down?

If the school is shut down, the plan is to go to Google Classrooms. The expectation is that teachers are maintaining a Google Classroom so that the move would be seamless.

Michelle H: What do parents do if a child is sick for multiple weeks?

Google Classroom is to be made available for children who have to stay home for a longer period of time due to illness.

Jennifer J: Are there fun days or house colours happening?

Yes, just not quite yet. But there are plans for that to start in order to improve morale and help with mental health.

Brooke: Can a Zoom assembly be created for the kids?

Yes, that is in the works.

Heather: Is it board mandated that there are zero fundraisers?


Jennifer J: In regards to the "boomerang" lunches, why can't things be composted/recycled?

There are composts in the classrooms but we are trying to reduce recycling/garbage and also points of contact. We are encouraging parents to educate their children to pack away their garbage so they can be disposed of at home. We appreciate everyone's help with this.

Jennifer J: Will we have school photos this year? Is there a timeline for the photos?

As soon as we know we will let the school community know. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks.

Brooke: Can parents make appointments with photographers to come to their location?

This will be answered once more information is obtained in regards to photos. As well as if this can be made available for Learn at Home students too.

Jen R: Can Edge Imaging put together "team" photos through putting together single photos?

This will be looked into as could work really well for class photos.

Jen R: Will there be meet the teacher evenings?

No there will not be face to face meetings at this time, however there will be parent/teacher interviews in November in which will likely be done virtually.

Principal's report


Any council members that have not filled out their nomination forms please do so ASAP and send to Suzanne. Or send her an email stating you wish to be a voting member of council.

Suzanne will be meeting with the co-chairs in order to set up agendas/council email etc.

It is asked that all communication be done through email using the council email address and cc'd to Katherine and Suzanne.

Confirm next council meetingNovember 2, 2020 online through Zoom.
Agenda items for next meetingLook at the various roles that council will play going into this year and make some plans. Answer the questions that were unable to be answered during this meeting.
AdjournmentSuzanne ended the meeting and we all pressed "Leave Meeting".