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    This Week at Lakehead Public Schools - October 24, 2014

    Learning in a Culture of Caring - Kids Are Worth It

    Barbara Coloroso PresentationLakehead Public Schools, in partnership with Lakehead University Faculty of Education and the Lakehead Public Schools Parent Involvement Committee, was pleased to welcome Barbara Coloroso for a number of speaking engagements.

    Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 38 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice. Coloroso presented “Learning in a Culture of Caring - Kids Are Worth It!” to students, parents and students at four separate presentations.

    “We were extremely pleased to be able to work with our partners to present this valuable opportunity to a number of different audiences,” says Nicole Walter Rowan, Lakehead Public Schools Program Coordinator. “Not only will our educators have an opportunity to work with Barbara, but also parents/guardians and students will as well.”

    Barbara Coloroso has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education, and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda, and mother of three grown children.

    Parent Involvement Committee Success

    Parent Involvement Committee Meeting participants.On Monday, October 20, close to 100 participants, including parents/guardians, Trustees, Parent Involvement Committee members and school administrators attended the Annual Lakehead Public Schools Parent Involvement Committee School Council Kick Off at the Airlane Hotel and Conference Centre. Following warm welcomes and introductions from Susie Splett, Chair of the Parent Involvement Committee, Ian MacRae, Director of Education and Deborah Massaro, Chair of the Lakehead District School Board, participants were able to attend three separate presentations in a “carousel” format.

    Presentations included: 

    • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
      AJ Keene, Principal
      Westmount Public School 
       
    • Parent Portal
      Dave Covello, Manager of Technology and Corporate Planning
      Lakehead Public Schools

      John Loovere, Trillium Project Supervisor
      Lakehead Public Schools 
       

    • Social Media Strategy
      Bruce Nugent, Communications Officer
      Lakehead Public Schools

      Lee-Ann Luby, School Council Representative
      Vance Chapman Public School

      Judy Roche, School Council Representative
      Vance Chapman Public School

    The technology focused presentations led to excellent feedback and discussions that will ultimately improve communications with parents and guardians. The participants and the presenters look forward to the next session.

    For more information on the Lakehead Public Schools Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), please visit: http://www.lakeheadschools.ca/parents_community/parent_involvement_committee  

    It Takes Two….or More!

    What can you do to help the students of Lakehead Public Schools?

    For the cost of a cup of coffee (and not one of those fancy lattes either!), you can be a supporter of some incredible student success focused Lakehead Learning Foundation initiatives including: 

    • Bursaries for graduating secondary school students 
    • The Grade 8 Awards of Excellence Dinner and Ceremony 
    • The Student Assistance Fund

    While some of the funding for the Lakehead Learning Foundation comes from individual donations, a majority of the funding comes from the annual Golf Tournament. A new way for staff to get involved is the “It Takes Two” payroll deduction plan. You can help realize the dreams of our students for as little as $2 per pay.

    For more information on how you can get involved, please call My-Tien Nguyen, Lakehead Learning Foundation Communications and Development Coordinator at 625-5176 to learn more about how you can participate.

    Jeff UptonEach week, we will be featuring Lakehead Public Schools staff who have chosen to support the Lakehead Learning Foundation through the It Takes Two payroll deduction program. This week, we are profiling Jeff Upton, Education Officer.

    “As with many people, I give to a number of different organizations. My own two children, Megan and Michael, had wonderful learning experiences and opportunities due to the support provided by everyone in our Board. I want other students to have the same opportunities and possibilities.

    Thus, I have chosen to support the students in the Lakehead District School Board via the Lakehead Learning Foundation by giving a few dollars each pay day. I want to assist in providing all students in our Board opportunities for their future and to create a strong foundation for the future of our Thunder Bay community.

    I encourage you to take some time to reflect upon what you most want to support in the world, and hope that you can find some room to support the students of Lakehead Public Schools via the Lakehead Learning Foundation through the It Takes 2 Employee Payroll Deduction Plan.”

    Upcoming Meetings
    • Regular Board Meeting
      Tuesday, October 28 - 7:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Standing Committee Meeting
      Tuesday, November 11 - 6:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee
      Thursday, November 13 - 9:30 a.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Parent Involvement Committee
      Monday, November 17 - 6:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Special Education Advisory Committee
      Wednesday, November 19 - 6:00 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
    Diversity Days

    Friday, October 24

    • New Year (Jainism, Hinduism)
    • United Nations Day (UN)
    • World Development Information Day (UN)

    Saturday, October 25

    • First of Muharram (New Year Hijra, Islamic)

    Monday, October 27

    • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (UN)

    Tuesday, October 28

    • Jnana Panchmi (Jainism)
    • National Day ‘Ochi’ (Greece)