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Join us at our next Council meeting

School Council meetings are usually held the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the library (located on the second floor of the school) or the staff room.

Parents are welcome to bring their children to Council meetings if necessary. We will have one or two high school students to assist in watching the children in the library while the meeting takes place. The children can come in their pajamas and bring board games, books, or other quiet activities.

Our School Council

The AVPS School Council is an advisory body made up of parent volunteers who work together with the principal and a teacher representative to improve student achievement and enhance the accountability of the education system to parents. This may include promoting open debate on issues, or supporting and helping to fund school programs and events (e.g. literacy, revitalizing the schoolyard, pizza program, the Welcome Back BBQ and Book and Spring Fairs). To learn more about the AVPS School Council's role, mission, and goals, please visit our website at http://www.altavistacouncil.com.

Parental Involvement

Parental involvement with School Council is essential for ensuring that AVPS remains a vibrant and enriching environment for our children. Involvement in Council may mean simply attending the monthly meetings, joining one of the Council committees, or helping with one of the many Council-sponsored events or fundraising activities.

Our Members

The AVPS School Council includes parents, the ACPS principal, and teachers. The executive is comprised of four parents (who may not be employed by AVPS).

The Current Executive

Chair: Alison Millard

Vice-Chair: Leanna Belluz

Treasurer: Megan Leah

Secretary: Janine Cocker

The responsibilities of the executives include:

1. Chair: plans, organizes, and chairs Council meetings; communicates with the school principal and community members; and ensures that parents/guardians of students are consulted on matters under consideration.

2. Vice-Chair (or Co-Chair): takes on the responsibilities of the Chair if she/he is absent or unable to fulfil her/his duties.

3. Secretary: prepares and distributes Council meeting minutes; drafts Council correspondence; and keeps files of Council's official documents. This position may be shared among 3 people.

4. Treasurer: receives, pays out, and keeps accounts of all Council funding and approved expenses; prepares regular financial statements subject to annual audits; and holds joint signing authority for Council expenditures along with one other Council member.

Elections

Parents who would like to become School Council members can nominate themselves prior to the first annual meeting of Council, which is usually held within the first 30 days of the new school year. Parent members are elected at the meeting by the parents present. Terms are for one year, although members may seek additional terms of office.

School Council Tips

Children's Reading Resources

The website below can be helpful to parents of children in the schools, as well as staff. It contains 890 children's books in 34 languages. It's free check it out if you have the time.

International Children's Digital Library

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