Parent Council 2018-2019

STAY IN THE KNOW! HAVE A SAY!
Parents play an important role in student success. Our school council allows parents to participate in discussions that impact student learning. What types of discussions? Here are some examples...

At the school level: staffing changes, learning initiatives (e.g. reading programs), concerns about pedestrian safety, field trip and activity schedules, etc.

At the district or provincial level: plans to build new schools, policies such as busing, school boundaries, etc.   

Additionally, the MMPC plans and hosts educational parent workshops and the Staff Appreciation Luncheon. 

Parents are invited to bring their ideas to meetings, share feedback, and communicate their concerns. All parents or guardians of students attending Muriel Martin are voting members of Parent Council, and are welcome to come join us. We meet every month in the school music room. 

September 17 at 6:45 p.m.
October 15 at 7:45 p.m.
November 19 at 6:45 p.m.
December: TBD
January 21 at 7:45 p.m.

February 25 at 6:45 p.m.
March 18 at 7:45 p.m.
April 15 at 6:45 p.m.
May: TBD

June: TBD

To stay informed throughout the school year, watch for the weekly Parent Planner e-mails that are sent on Friday. Watch for upcoming Parent Information sessions to be announced throughout the year. There will be a variety of topics presented. 

If you would like to be on the distribution list, please e-mail us at: MMParentCouncil@gmail.com 

WHO WE ARE 
Our committee consists of an elected parent executive, parent members, a teacher representative and a school trustee. Each year, a new school trustee is assigned to our council to facilitate communication between Parent Council and the School Board. 

Co-Chair: Chrysten Jennings
Co-Chair: Georgia Atkins
Secretary: Tamie Littlechilds/Connie Litzenberger
School Trustee: TBD
Staff Representative: Allison Blasco

Fundraising Society 2018-2019 
The MMFS raises money for projects in and around the school with the goal of enhancing learning opportunities for students. Many of these projects result in purchases that remain at the school. Examples include...

  • library shelving
  • climbing wall in the gym
  • band equipment
  • playgrounds

All parents or guardians are members of the MMFS and are invited to participate in the Muriel Martin Fundraising Society. Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Monday of each month in the school music room. Start times rotate with the Parent Council meeting times, and are either 6:45 p.m. or 7:45 p.m.

September 17 at 7:45 p.m.
October 15 at 6:45 p.m.
November 19 at 7:45 p.m.
December: TBD
January 21 at 6:45 p.m.

February 25 at 7:45 p.m.
March 18 at 6:45 p.m.
April 15 at 7:45 p.m.
May: TBD

6:45 p.m. AGM at 6:45 p.m. We will be voting for the president, vice-president, secretary and one member-at-large position.

7:15 p.m. 2017-2018 Planning Meeting: bring your new fundraising ideas to the Planning Meeting.

June: TBD

For more information, or to be added to our distribution list, please send a message to MurielMartinFundraising@gmail.com

To stay informed throughout the school year, watch for notices in the school's Weekly Parent Planner. It is sent via email every Friday. 

WHO WE ARE
Any person having a vested interest in the educational well-being of students enrolled in Muriel Martin Elementary School is a voting member of the Society. This our current executive:

President: Connie Litzenberger* 
Vice-President: Kim Bechtold*
Secretary:  Carmen Leibel*
Treasurer: Julia Lee
Member at Large: Catherine Burkell 
Member at Large: Tamie Littlechilds* 

*The terms for president, vice-president, treasurer and one member-at-large end May 2019. 

FUNDRAISERS 
Here is a list of fundraisers, coordinators and their projected timelines. Send us a message if you would like to get involved.

Art Cards: September 
Coordinator: this could be you!
Students create art projects in September and October during class, which are published into an order card. Orders are placed in November and delivered by Christmas.

BBQ - Back to School: September
Coordinator: Tamie Littlechilds
A BBQ meal is served from 5:00-6:15 early in September. Classroom tours are from 6:15-6:45.

BBQ - Year End: June 
Coordinator: this could be you!
This BBQ will be held on the last Wednesday or Thursday of school. More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Boston Pizza: all year
Coordinator: Chrysten Jennings
Submit your meal receipts to the office. Boston Pizza gives the MMFS 5% of pre-tax sales. Emailed receipts for online orders can be sent to murielmartinfundraising@gmail.com.

COBS: all year
Coordinator: not required
When purchasing products, mention that you would like to support Muriel Martin Elementary School. COBS gives the MMFS 5% of pre-tax sales.

Concessions: occasionally
Coordinator: this could be you!
Choose, purchase and prepare the concession items for the September Family Film Night, October Halloween Dance and May Division 2 Track and Field meet. Prepare the schedule for volunteers.

Farm to School: September
Coordinator: Connie Litzenberger
Order fresh vegetables for yourself or the St. Albert food bank. Personal orders will be delivered to the school in time for Thanksgiving, while Food Bank orders are delivered directly to the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village.    

Halloween Dance: October
Coordinator: Tamie Littlechilds & Krystal Jenkins
Scheduled for Friday, October 26th, all students and families are invited to the Halloween-themed dance. There will be a DJ and concession, as well as wonderful Halloween backdrops for photo opps. Forms will be coming out soon!   

Hot Lunch: all year
Coordinators: Catherine Burkell & Tamie Littlechilds
Information was sent home in the September 7th Friday envelopes. Order or cancel online up to five days before the menu day. Hot lunch is distributed on Thursday. If you'd like to help distribute food to your child's classroom, contact your teacher or meet in the foyer of the school at 12 noon. If you'd like to help prepare the food bins, it's the same place and time. For more information, contact Catherine or Tamie at mmhotlunch@gmail.com. To place or change an order, click on this weblink: Link to Healthy Hunger  

Mabel's Labels: all year
Coordinator: Connie Litzenberger
Mabel's Labels gives the MMFS 20% of pre-tax sales. Simply visit their website (mabelslabels.com), select Muriel Martin Elementary School from the list and start shopping. Alternatively, click on this weblink: Link to Mabel's Labels

Oliver's Labels: all year
Coordinator: Catherine Burkell
Oliver's Labels gives the MMFS 20% of pre-tax sales. Simply visit their website (oliverslabels.com/mmfs) and start shopping. Alternatively, click on this weblink:  Link to Oliver's Labels

QSP Magazine Sales: all year
Coordinator: Connie Litzenberger
Shop for magazines anytime and from anywhere! You may choose to support a student or skip that step. Simply click on this weblink: Link to QSP 

Spellathon: May
Coordinator: Connie Litzenberger and Kim Bechtold
Kindergarten students are quizzed on their knowledge of the alphabet, while Grades 1-6 complete spelling tests. Students collect pledges, with all funds being donated to one of three areas: physical education, music or technology. This year, money raised goes to technology.  

Yearbook: June
Coordinator: Tanya Jewell
Designer: this could be you!
With the help of Julie from ICON, our designer begins work on the project as early as December. Order forms go home in the Friday envelopes in early June. Books are sent home the last week of June. 

OUR PROJECTS FOR 2018-2019 
Every fall, the MMFS discusses and selects projects to fund. In the 2017-2018 school year, we purchased band equipment, a teaching TV for the gym and the Character Ed t-shirts that students win for receiving Dino Draws. Here are some current thoughts for our 2018-2019 projects...

  • Paint new basketball and four square lines at the back of the school where the asphalt was replaced.
  • Fix the 2004 playground addition. Did you know that it was condemned over the summer? The wood edging was replaced, new sand was added for the first time since it was built and a spring was fixed on one playground component.  
  • Technology totes (containing tablets or chromebooks) that teachers are able to book for classroom use.
  • A digital message board in front of the school, as the current one is very old and damaged.
  • A second set of band equipment so that students can continue to learn their instruments all year. 
What do you think we should fund in 2018-2019? Send your ideas to murielmartinfundraising@gmail.com.