Lester B Pearson School Gift Catalogue Enriching Our Children’s Education through “Gifts of Learning”
“Gifts of Learning” This is an initiative by parents who together make up your School Advisory Committee (SAC)… And SAC is excited to share this voluntary opportunity with you this evening… As a practical way to enrich our children’s education… So that together we can make a difference!
Parents and School Share Goals We want to… Provide a safe and stimulating learning environment Aim for academic excellence Develop character… to be good citizens… to learn to give back to their community
Developing Character Food Bank Volunteers from LBP
So what’s a Gift Catalogue (GC)?! It’s a list of Educational Enrichment Resources and Activities that you can “purchase” through donations to LBP. You can make direct donations… Or give a “Gift of Learning” at a special occasion (Birthday, Christmas, New Year, Mothers & Fathers Days, etc.
Why do we need a GC? The Ontario Government through the TDSB funds our children’s education, but Finances continue to be stretched every year The “Essentials” are being provided, but there is very little left over to support “Enrichment” Enrichment enhances our children’s learning experience And we want to simplify and coordinate our fundraising efforts at school
Why would I want to give Gifts to LBP? Most of us (23 Million Canadians) make charitable donations every year Our children’s success at school is very important to all of us 100% of what we give to LBP is spent on the items and activities designated We can see the results for ourselves Income tax credit is a bonus
Learning Through Play Classroom Educational Toys & Games
How are the needs identified? Students, Parents and Staff identify priorities… formally and informally Staff develop a School Improvement Plan Costs are actual and may be represented as a total or as a “share” of the item cost or school’s annual budget for that category
Areas of Need Arts Books Learning Through Play Science Athletics Field Trips Staff Professional Development & Appreciation Educational Materials and Equipment
Educational Materials and Equipment “Building” Tomorrow's Engineers!
Educational Materials and Equipment for Overcoming Learning Challenges Many students find different aspects of learning a challenge Specialized resources and equipment can enhance our school’s special education programming
Educational Materials and Equipment “Tools” for Learning
Educational Materials and Equipment Classroom Computers
Science Scientist in the School This program has been growing with parent funding already… Lets keep it up!
Extra-Curricular Activities Lunch-time programs like Yoga
Educational Materials & Equipment SMART BOARDS Exciting new technology that engages our children in their classroom learning Subject matter “comes alive”! Helps teachers make learning active and participatory
Hope in Action Emergency Fund Founded in 1998, The Toronto Foundation for Student Success is the registered charitable foundation of the TDSB, created to ensure that all students are ready and able to learn in schoolToronto Foundation for Student Success The TFSS acts as an advocate for students, identifying and initiating programs to deal with the hunger, poverty and violence experienced by students Today, in 2011, TFSS is supporting 107,000 children. www.torontofoundationforstudentsuccess.ca
Our Goal… Aiming Higher! To provide our school and teachers with the resources they need… To raise $5,000 this spring (approximately $10 per student)… One family has already donated $1,000 to get us started! and $25,000 + per year in future ($50 per student per year)
How can you give? The process is simple… Complete the Gift Contribution Form and drop it off at the school office with your cheque You will receive an acknowledgement letter from the school Throughout the school year reports of how the funds are being used will be included in Newsletter and on the school website You will receive an Income Tax receipt for your total donations from the TDSB by the end of February of the next year
Our Commitment to You Acknowledgement Rapid Action Timely Reporting Accountability and Transparency Welcoming Your Ideas and Constructive Feedback
Additional Information TDSB Budget and Funding website link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=17 7&menuid=34408&pageid=29242 TDSB Fundraising Policies and Procedures: www.tdsbfundraising.ca LBP Gift Catalogue information, forms, and reports: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/SchoolWeb/_site/viewitem.as p?siteid=10129&pageid=9334&menuid=10593
See for yourself… If you would like to understand the school’s needs better – please contact Mme. Brugniau, speak with your child’s teacher… And ask your child what they think would help enrich their LBP experience Arrange to come in and visit the school
What Happens Next? We welcome your questions, feedback… and your contributions We will finalize the Catalogue content and post it to the LBP website for easy access We will develop Gift Cards that you can use We will hold SMARTBOARD demonstrations and offer school tours during the LBP Family BBQ June 22 We will regularly report success!
In Summary… We all care about our children’s success We all contribute to our school and our charities of choice in different ways The Gift Catalogue is a great way to give meaningful “Gifts of Learning” This method of Fundraising is more efficient, effective and respectful LET’S DO OUR BEST… AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE RESULTS