Another School Year for Council starts Sept. 13!

Parents/guardians are invited to the first School Council meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the JFSS Library. You will have the chance to learn from Principal Mary Nanavati, meet new school administrators, choose your Council Executive, and hear from student leaders. Science Teacher Tracy Zamora, who heads the Specialist High Skills Major program in Health and Wellness, will outline how students wishing to pursue healthcare-related careers can benefit from the enriched experiences provided by the program. Kerry Somerset, Head of Special Education, will speak about accommodations at John Fraser SS to ensure each student’s success.

All Parents/Guardians of John Fraser SS students are encouraged to attend.

Please pick up your draft agenda here: 20180913-jfss-council-agendafinsm agenda 20180913

School Council Annual Report

The JFSS Council Annual Report contains successes of the past year, and plans for 2018-2019. Read about the high school’s outstanding achievements, including its Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools! Click below for your copy of the annual report.

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Other Upcoming Events for Parents/Guardians

Step into Fall Gardening

Don’t forget our semi-annual gardening event at John Fraser SS.

On Sat., Sept. 29, meet your School Council Executive, Principal Nanavati and about 60 JFSS Students eager to beautify school grounds and plant annual and perennial flowers.  Gardening begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m.  Bring your green thumb, shovels, trowels, gardening gloves and any other tools you can spare to assist students to earn volunteer credits and learn new skills. Let us know if you will be able to help at:  JohnFraserSS.Council@peelsb.com.

The Screen Challenge: Youth, Social Media & Safety

Western University will present The Screen Challenge at Thomas Street MS on Wed., Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. it’s a free presentation open to all parents/guardians in the Erin Mills area, and organized by Erin Mills Connects of which JFSS Council and school are participants.

Parent/Guardian Resources

The School Council and administration of John Fraser SS have again produced a handbook for new families joining the school community. You can download a copy here.

A quick guide of calendar highlights for you and your child is here.


If you have questions, please contact johnfraserss.council@peelsb.com.

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School Council is your pathway to greater involvement in your child’s school, 2016-2017

jfss council and school logo 2getherAll are welcome to the John Fraser Secondary School Council
meetings which are held at least four times a year.
Your School Council acts as an advisory group for the school administration, allows parents/guardians to learn more about school activities and achievements, and to ask questions of the principal or other presenters.
The School Council is also your conduit to help the school. The
Council routinely asks for volunteers to run special speaker events, complete the annual consultation, supervise students during school-grounds beautification projects, supervise Advanced Placement assessments, and assist English Language Learners. You are also invited to participate in the Erin Mills Connects community organization, a collaborative of area schools, youth and settlement agencies, working for the well-being of our children and youth.
Elections for the Council executive are also held at the first meeting
of the school year, and new leadership is always appreciated.
2016-2017 School Council Meetings are held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the school. Meetings are scheduled for:
  • Thurs., Sept. 15, 2016
  • Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016
  • Thurs., Feb. 23, 2017
  • Thurs., May 18, 2017

If you have questions, please contact the Council at johnfraserss.council@peelsb.com

We look forward to meeting you.

 

 

So much more to do in May!

Thank you to the 21 attendees of the final Council meeting on May 3, and the 60 participants of the special speaker event about using simulations for education and review in medicine.  We are indebted to Trillium Health Partners’ Dr. Sameer Kumar, Sean Sia and others for spending the evening with us.

We have another event for parents/guardians and STUDENTS on Thurs., May 17 at JFSS!  York University’s Sonia Cianfarani, Recruitment Officer, will provide us with tips for making post-secondary education affordable. She will discuss bursaries, scholarships, the opportunities for on-campus employment, OSAP and other options. In addition, she will outline a couple of annual budget scenarios for students.

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Don’t forget our semi-annual STEP INTO SPRING/FALL event. On Sat., May 26, meet your School Council executive, Principal Nanavati and about 60 JFSS Students eager to beautify school grounds and plant annual and perennial flowers.  Gardening begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m.  Bring your green thumb, shovels, trowels, gardening gloves and any other tools you can spare to assist students to earn volunteer credits and learn new skills. Let us know if you will be able to help at JohnFraserSS.Council@peelsb.com.

Step into Spring 2018

We hope to see you at both events!  Cathy, Peter, Ahmed and Roxana, Co-chairs of JFSS Council.

 

May 3, 2018: Final Council meeting of school year followed by Trillium Health Partners’ presentation

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the final official meeting of the school year for JFSS Council.  A short meeting will be followed by, “Simulations: Medical Education for the 21st Century.”Sm simulations image
The first speaker will be Dr. Sameer Kumar, Critical Care Physician at Credit Valley Hospital and Physician Lead, Simulation. He will be joined by Sean Sia, Simulation Specialist at Trillium Health Partners.  The program will end at 9 p.m. All JFSS families are invited.Meeting agenda here: 20180503 JFSS Council agendaIf you have questions, please contact Co-chairs Roxana, Peter, Ahmed and Cathy at johnfraserss.council@peelsb.com.

Join your School Council in the School Year for the first meeting of 2018-2019:  Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Thank you for your support of JFSS and the School Council!

Other Upcoming Learning Events for
Parents/Guardians

Pantone Blue 2Tues., May 8, 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton School,

6133 Glen Erin Dr.

Erin Mills Connects community organization presents Dr. Jean Clinton, advisor to the Minister of Education.

Dr. Clinton will address, “Building Resilience in our Children during Challenging Times.”

This event will also include a wellness expo and question and answer session. Thank you to the Ontario Ministry of Education Parents Reaching Out Grant for Regional Projects, and to the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at JFSS
“Financing Post-Secondary Education”
A special session for families of JFSS featuring York
University’s Sonia Cianfarani, Recruitment Officer

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AP Families: A great opportunity on Thursday to hear from AP Canada!

AP:  Opening the Doors to Your Future

JFSS AP families are invited to attend a special night for them at the high school at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Canada’s Director of Advanced Placement and College Board Programming Terry Godwaldt will talk about AP in Canada, the post-secondary landscape in Ontario and beyond, and reasons to enter and stay in the AP program. In addition, the Peel District School Board will be receive the AP District Honour Roll Award.

TGodwaldtFor more information, see our flyer: Terry Godwaldt flyer

If you have questions, please contact Co-chairs Roxana, Peter, Ahmed and Cathy at johnfraserss.council@peelsb.com.

A busy spring ahead: Keys to reducing math anxiety presentation and more

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend Dr. Marian Small’s presentation on Tuesday, Apr. 3 at 7 p.m. to learn:
• How schools are reducing students’ anxiety about math,
• What schools are doing to help students succeed in math, and
• What you can do to support them.

Dr. Small is the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick. She is also the lead author of the Gap Closing resources for students who need additional support in math. mathkeywThis is her third time addressing parents/guardians of the John Fraser family of schools.

Other Upcoming Learning Events for
Parents/Guardians

Thurs., May 3, 7 p.m. at John Fraser SS

Immediately following a brief School Council meeting on May 3, you are invited to learn about “Simulations: Medical Education for the 21st Century.” (JFSS_Career_Night_Speaker_Poster_180226) The first speaker will be Dr. Sameer Kumar, Critical Care Physician at Credit Valley Hospital and Physician Lead, Simulation. He will be joined by Sean Sia, Simulation Specialist at Trillium Health Partners. All JFSS families are invited.

Tues., May 8, 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton School, 6133 Glen Erin Dr.

Erin Mills Connects community organization presents Dr. Jean Clinton, advisor to the Minister of Education.

Dr. Clinton will address, “Building Resilience in our Children during Challenging Times.”
This event will also include a wellness expo and question and answer session. Thank you to the Ontario Ministry of Education Parents Reaching Out Grant for Regional Projects.

Parents/Guardians are wanted as volunteers

John Fraser SS is looking for Arabic/English speakers to help as interpreters during a visual arts class for newcomer students. If you speak English and Arabic, and can volunteer a few hours, please contact johnfraserss.council@peelsb.com to learn more. Thank you.

Join us on Thurs. Feb. 22, 2018 for School Council and a discussion on Special Education Needs and more

Our first School Council meeting for calendar year 2018 is Thurs., Feb. 22 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the library. All are welcome, and parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.

Principal Mary Nanavati and ESL teacher Stephen Morra will explain how student academic needs are accommodated at the high school, including English Language Learning and special education.

You will also have the chance to ask the Principal questions and learn what’s new.  The Council will also review results of the consultation done with parents and guardians at the last School Council Meeting.

A draft agenda is included here: 20180222-jfss-council-agenda. It will be approved/modified at the Council Meeting on Feb. 22.

If you have questions, please contact Roxana, Peter, Ahmed or Cathy at johnfraser.council@peelsb.com.

 

 

 

 

Mental Health 101: An important discussion for families

Join us for the second Erin Mills Connects community organization discussion of increasing mental wellness in our area.  On Thurs. Nov. 30, Tammy Whelen of Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel will address how parents and guardians can assist their family members to maintain mental health and reduce stress. It is a free presentation for all parents and guardians, regardless of where their children attend school.  The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with a mental wellness expo, including The Dam, Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Eden Food for Change, City of Mississauga Recreation, Peel Public Health, Peel Multicultural Council, Erin Mills Youth Centre, Global 180 youth organization and Erin Mills Connects.  Tammy’s speech starts at 7:30 p.m. in the John Fraser SS Cafetorium.  We hope to see you there. Beautiful Mind Parent 20171130cNov 302017 sm image

In addition, thank you to those who attended our second Council Meeting of the school year, held Nov. 16. Co-chair Ahmed Khalid led the meeting, with a special presentation about mindfulness from MTClife President Miguel Martinez. Meeting participants also completed a routine exercise to answer: “What are the qualities, skills and/or traits of the ideal person who you wish to see leading your child’s/children’s school?” Responses will be sent to the Peel District School Board.

Co-chairs Ahmed, Peter, Roxana and Cathy invite you to join them at the next Council meeting on Thurs. Feb. 22, 2018.

Feel free to contact us anytime at JohnFraserSS.Council@PeelSB.com.

School Volunteer Opportunities for Parents/Guardians

Principal Nanavati has asked for assistance to oversee entrance tests for Grade 8 students applying to the Peel District School Board Regional Advanced Placement (AP) program at JFSS.  If you have time available on Tues., Dec. 5 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and would like to help, please contact the school Council.