FINAL PARENT COUNCIL MEETING – MAY 15

Please join us for our last Parent Council meeting of the year tonight at 6:45pm in the School library.

If you are a Committee Chair, we would love you to come so we can say thank you for all the work you have done throughout the year.

A big thank you to all parents who have attended meetings and helped out at all of our events. It takes a village!

Tonight’s agenda can be found here, and the minutes from our last meeting can be found here.

May Parent Council Update

May is OUTDOOR sand toys month (a staff request) so while you are spring cleaning, hold onto any good condition sand toys/outdoor toys that our students can use and that you no longer need. Drop off is in the bins inside the foyer of the main doors or to the Principal if it is a bigger item. Buckets, shovels, trucks etc are all needed.

A promise is a promise: May 14

May 14: Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre presents “A promise is a promise” to all students. This event is made possible thanks to funding from your Parent Council.

Next Parent Council Meeting: May 15

Our next Parent Council meeting is this Wednesday, May 15 at 6:45pm in the School Library. If you can’t attend, think about calling in.

Cyberbullying Presentation – May 30 6:30pm
Parent Council has been successful in bringing in Paul Davis as a speaker on cyberbullying and how to keep our children safe with technology thanks to our PRO grant. Mark your calendars for May 30 at 6:30pm at the school. Please see the attached flyer. Feel free to invite family and friends and the general community.
PPPS is Turning 60!

Did you know that Pleasant Park was built and opened 60 years ago? We think that’s something to celebrate so John Marshall, a parent has agreed to spearhead celebrations in 2019/2020. Parent Council will be organizing various activities this school year and next year to celebrate the school’s 60th. We need your help to spread the word; especially to school Alumni. We also need a few volunteers to help plan out the year. Please send any information about Alumni or if you want to help organize to John Marshall at pppsottawa2020@gmail.com.

BBQ: June 15 

Plan for the Pleasant Park PS BBQ are underway and volunteers are needed. This is a really great social event for our school community. Please contact Liz Kacew at ekacew@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Can you help us move some books to clear the stage?

A call out for Volunteers to help transport boxes of books to drop off locations!

Following the great success of our Annual Book Sale, the organizer had a guaranteed pick up of all leftover books. However, a few days after the sale it became apparent that the agreement had fallen through. Now there are close to 100 boxes of books left on the school stage in the gymnasium and we need everyone’s help to move them out before the Arts in the Park showcase in December.

We are asking every family of the school to consider picking up a box or 2 every day/every week and delivering to various locations within the city. Whether you drive in the am to drop children off, pick up at night from Aladin child care or walk to school with a wagon, hopefully, we can count on you! It’s as simple as walking in, explaining what you are getting at the Office and grabbing what you can off the stage in the gym.
Please note that we cannot drop off more than 2-3 boxes at a time so if you happen to be driving all over the city, think about dropping off to different locations to help spread the wealth instead of all of us heading to the nearby locations. Here are some addresses of organizations who accept used books:

Value Village
1824 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7Y6
1221 Cyrville Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 7S8
4345 Strandherd Dr, Ottawa, ON K2J 6E5
1651 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 3K2
4220 Innes Rd Unit 3, Orléans, ON K4A 5E6

St Vincent de Paul Stores
1620 Merivale Rd. Nepean, K2G 3K3
1273 Wellington Street, West Ottawa K1Y 3A6

Salvation Army Thrift Stores
2659 Alta Vista Dr Ottawa, ON K1V 7T5
2339 Ogilvie Rd Ottawa, ON K1J 8M6
1010 Belfast Rd Ottawa, ON K1G 4A2
1616 Merivale Rd Ottawa, ON K2G 3K3
1490 Richmond Rd Ottawa, ON K2B 6S1
333 Montreal Rd Ottawa, ON K1L 6B4

Buy a gift card, raise money for Pleasant Park

By now you should have found a package in your child’s backpack with details of our new fundraiser (links to the forms below if you need a new copy).

How does it work?

When you and your friends and family purchase gift cards through this program, a portion of the sale will come back to Pleasant Park Public School.

Simply look through the list and select gift cards you need for holiday gift-giving or stores you use regularly. Ask friends and family to let you know if they need gift cards and mark those down as well.

Once you have all your orders, collect the money (cash and cheque are accepted – but cheques are easiest to manage) and send in your order form and payment with your child by November 30. The gift cards will be sent home in your child’s backpack on December 14.

Why can’t I order online?

We know, it seems strange to do this the old-fashioned way with pen and paper and cash and cheques. However, if we used the online ordering system, we would get a smaller return from the purchases. As this is a fundraiser, we wanted to maximize the funds coming back to the school.

What if I don’t want my child to be responsible for the cash and the cards?

Order forms and payments can be dropped off to the office until November 30th. If you don’t want your child to carry the cards home at the end of the day, let us know and we will arrange a pick-up time on December 14.

Where will the money go?

As you are hopefully aware, the Pleasant Park Parent Council raises money throughout the year to fund a long list of things for the school. From buses for field trips to readers for classrooms, equipment for the gym, and special resources to enrich the school experience. Most recently a large portion of money raised went toward new furniture and equipment for the library.

For a detailed update on the Council’s finances, please join us at our next Parent Council meeting this Wednesday, November 21.

Here are the forms:

Fundsript cover letter

Order form & List of gift cards

Fall Movie Night – November 16

Come join us on Friday November 16th for our first fun filled Movie Night of the year!!

Bring your blankets and pillows and cozy down to watch family favourites Ferdinand the Bull and Paddington 2.

Movies start at 6:30pm, though we invite you to come at 5:45pm for a hot dog dinner before we dim the lights.

Popcorn, drinks and all sorts of goodies will be available at the concession stand throughout the evening. We look forward to seeing you there!!

When: Friday, November 16, 2018

Time: Doors open at 5:45pm, BOTH movies start at 6:30pm

Where: PPPS Gym

Movie Tickets: $3/person, tickets sold at door

Hotdog Dinner: $4/person

Refreshments: sold separately (while supplies last)

Ferdinand & Paddington 2

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thank you for supporting another successful book sale!

A message from Diane Lagace, organizer of the Used Book Sale:

THANK YOU for making our booksale sale and first chess tournament another great success.

We achieved our main goal to promote reading, and watching the children discover new books has no price tag!

We can also be proud that from the sale of used books we recycled many great books and raised $2166.30, so Pleasant Park School and Hawthorne School each raised $1,083.15.   

Once again we are very fortunate and thankful for the hard work of Margaret-Anne our librarian who ran voluntarily the Fesitval du livre sale in the library. The sales from this were ~$1800, which provides us with $900 worth of new French books for our library collection.

We also made $517.40 as a result of the delicious treats made by many volunteer bakers and chili made by the Thompson and Govenlock family.

So in the end this event raised for Pleasant Park School ~$2,400.00!

The chess tournament was run in collaboration with Chess’n Math was also a big success with 19 players.  We had many winners including: Max Sutherland, Caitlin Irwin, Daniel Weinstein, Domenic Avanesov, Brian Melachenko, Charlie Mortimer, Oliver Last, Joanna Feggans, Roan and Isaac Tatham.  Thanks to all our players!

Big thanks also to:

  • All the people that attended the event and bought books;
  • The many families that donated books at the school drop off, the best books always come from these private collections;
  • The drivers (Karen, Graham, Liz), that helped me picked up the generous donations of books from Kanata United Church and Steve Maclean Public School;
  • The many families that distributed the flyers around their neighborhood;
  • The parents (especially the many new faces this year) that sorted and lifted all our books during the week of the sale – just to sort that pile takes about 80 hours;
  • An efficient group of parent volunteers that set-up the book sale on Thursday – moving and getting all those books from a portable to the gym and on tables is a huge job;
  • The Allo family for cooking the hot dogs and serving lunch;
  • The Pleasant Park custodians for all they did to help us;
  • Principle Thibeault for all the support and helping with planning and attending this event;
  • Mary Gean and all the teachers that brought their classes through on Friday and collected books for their classrooms;
  • Starbucks at the Trainyards for the donation of the coffee, and Sue for picking up the coffee;
  • Many high school volunteers, few parents and grandparents that hung in there to do the painful, but fast effort at the end to get the gym empty by 4pm;
  • Our cashiers, as well as Angela our treasurer, who counted and organized credit card sales;

This event requires many hands to make it happen and there is no way it could happen without a main core of about 30 volunteers!

We hoped you enjoyed this community school event!