School Council

 School Council

If you are thinking about joining our Council but aren't sure what would be involved, here's some general information that might help you:

-We meet monthly (on a schedule to be determined by the incoming council) except in December, March and June.

-There will be no need to venture outside of your COVID comfort zone; almost everything we will be doing will be virtual.

-All GMS parents are welcome to attend the meeting and run for a position.

-Parents are not permitted inside the school and council is not exempt from this - we also can not enter the school.

-It's a great way to stay connected with the school and find out what is happening!

-This just in: Parents who have chosen to have their children study remotely this year will still be able to participate in school council at their home school. We will be working to include our ENTIRE Greyhound community this year, whether they are in class or not!

The GMS Council shall be composed of a minimum of 6 parents/guardians and a maximum of 15 parents/guardians. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the following:

Vice Chair
Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils Delegate (OCASC)
Fundraising Chair

Balance of the GMS Council shall be "Members at Large". These members will not have any specific committee or area of responsibility.

Full position descriptions can be found at GMS SCHOOL COUNCIL CONSTITUTION

PRE-COVID information
The school council at GMS is made up of both parents and staff. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month, as well as daily contributions by individuals supporting various school programs and activities. The council provides an excellent way of making a meaningful contribution to the life of the students of GMS.

The following are the major areas that the GMS parent council focuses on:

Consultation between Parents and the School Staff

Throughout the year there are many issues that benefit from a dialog between parents and the school principal and other staff members. This can be information about things going on at school that parents should know about, as well as concerns or other issues that parents want to bring to the attention of the school.

The GMS council is set up to have a co-operative dialog with the school staff. In many decisions affecting the students, the parents are consulted early for feedback and suggestions before a new program is implemented. We are not simply told what will happen after the decision is made, but rather the council is an active part of making decisions that affect the students.

Issues or concerns that parents have that affect many students can also be raised and discussed with staff. This is again a co-operative environment where both parents and students work to resolve the issue and understand the potential options for a resolution.

Concerns of inpidual students or a specific situation are always discussed in private, and the confidentiality of any inpidual situation is always respected.

Learning Support

The students of GMS are here to learn, and parent support is a critical component to create a successful learning environment. The parents of GMS have many skills and interests that can help both in the classroom, as well as extracurricular activities.

Fundraising and the Needs List

The school has created a prioritized list of books, equipment and other items, known as the needs list, that would benefit the learning environment at the school. This is a master list that teachers and staff use to identify resources that they could use in the classroom, or in support of an extra-curricular activity. By prioritizing the items on the list, it is possible to do planning such that the resources with the most impact are purchased first, as well as ensuring that the resources are spread evenly for all students.

The GMS council has a number of fundraisers that are run in support of the needs list, or occasionally in support of a specific item, such as library chairs or sports equipment.


Healthbar provides milk, pizzas, subs, and pitas as a welcome break from bagged lunches. Both kids and parents look forward to the variety in the lunch menu.

Healthbar also generates funds that go towards the school's needs list.

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