Catholic School Parent Council (CSPC)

The Blessed Sacrament CSPC (Catholic School Parent Council) is the forum through which parents and community can have a voice in education of children and shall function in an advisory role to the school principal and, where appropriate, to the Board. Catholic School Parent Councils shall bring appropriate community resources into the school and shall recognize the right of parents to participate in the Catholic education of their children.

 

All parents and community partners are invited to join the committee and to participate in the many volunteer activities at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School. CSPC meetings are open to all parents and guardians. View our CSPC Bylaws.

 

CSPC meetings will be held in the school library (or online via Zoom) starting at 6:45 pm. The CSPC meeting dates for the 2020-21 school year are as follows (tentative until 1 month prior):

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 (AGM) 

Tuesday, November 25, 2020

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tuesday, June 15

 

The CSPC Meeting Minutes and Financials are posted on the secure section of the website.

 

 

CSPC Executive Team 2020/2021

As of October 13, 2020, the following is the Executive committee for the 2020-2021 year:

 

  • CSPC Chair: Christin Carmichael Greb

  • Secretary: Danielle Riposati 

  • Treasurer: Marlene Chiarotto

  • CSPC members:

    • Melissa Sellner

    • Nadina Vanden Hoven

    • Sara Santos-Tran

    • Tanya Bishop

    • Teresa Trudel

    • Wendy Abbott-Serroul

  • Principal: Richard Walo

  • Vice Principal: Vanessa McFarquhar

  • Parish Designate: Sister Mary DiGirolamo

  • Teacher Representative: Alexandra Adam

We value parent input! Parents are encouraged to reach out to CSPC at any time with questions, comments, suggestions and ideas.

 

Email us at:

blessedsacramentcspc@gmail.com

 

CSPC Fundraising & Investment Priorities

 A key responsibility of the Blessed Sacrament Parent Council (CSPC) is to coordinate school fundraising initiatives and ensure that each fundraising dollar is invested prudently, for the benefit of all students at Blessed Sacrament. Many important activities and resources the students are able to enjoy are not covered by the School Board and must be paid for through parent-raised dollars. These include curriculum resources such as JUMP Math workbooks, technology in the classroom such as laptops, iPads and smartboards, programs such as Scientists in the School, athletic equipment and uniforms, facilities such as filtered water stations, outdoor recreational structures, and a variety of extracurricular activities. We are very fortunate to have a generous parent community that supports these important fundraising efforts. 

In ongoing consultation with the parent community and in close alignment with the school Principal, every year CSPC establishes an annual operating budget to fund ongoing expenses, as well as additional investments over and above the ongoing expenses. 

Recently, CSPC conducted an extensive survey of the Blessed Sacrament parent community to identify what parents felt were the key areas where fundraising dollars should be spent. The survey revealed that: 

  • The vast majority of parents support broad-based programs and initiatives that benefit all students at the school 

  • Most parents strongly support investments in technology 

  • Parents want to see a balance between curriculum and facilities investments 

  • Parents supported the replacement of the aging playground for grades 3-8 

 

Based on the parent survey results and the Principal’s annual wish list, CSPC’s most recent investment priorities have been, and will continue to be: 

  • Technology in the classroom 

  • Curriculum resources such as JUMP Math workbooks and the Raz Kids Reading program 

  • Scientists in the School/U of T STEM program 

  • Artists in the School 

  • Athletic equipment 

  • Student agendas 

  • School events and extracurricular clubs and programs 

  • Replacement of the play structure for grades 3-8 (completed September 2018) 

 

To recap the key fundraising initiatives CSPC has coordinated with the parent community to improve the school’s outdoor recreational facilities, we have a new turf (completed September 2015), and a brand new play structure for grades 3-8. The kindergarten playground was newly built in 2014 and has recently been upgraded with a new fence and replenished woodchips. Our next priority is the playground for grades 1 and 2. This playground was built 16 years ago and is well beyond the 10-15 year average lifespan of school play structures. It has been repaired numerous times and requires ongoing maintenance and repairs. The Board inspects all playgrounds annually and has approved all our playgrounds. If the Board does deem a play structure unsafe, it will cordon off the structure and will not pay to replace it. Our goal is to initiate a special fundraising initiative to support the building of a new playground. Although we haven’t yet determined the exact timeline, we would like to be proactive and ensure a new playground is built before the existing one is deemed unsafe. 

 

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