Minutes April 4, 2022

LPCI School Council Meeting on Zoom

Next Meeting:  Monday, May 30th @ 7pm on Zoom

Council Attendees: Chair Liz Hanson, Co-Chair Pamela Wilansky, Principal Michael Griesz, VP Victoria Johnson-Lee, VP Gillian Moore, Teacher Rep Suzanne Sparrow, Teacher Derryl Fain, John Hiddema, Ian Aukema, Suzanne Duras, Philip Roberts, Karen Barasch, David Calloway, Lori Rosenberg, Elena Solokhina, Lucy McSweeny, Robin Conliffe, Jennifer Tse


  • Welcome to our new Principal Michael Griesz
  • Approve February 7th School Council Meeting Minutes 
  • Student Liaison Reps Update
  • School Council Executive Reports
  • Principal Report
  • New Business


  • Parent/Teacher Interviews (online) – Thursday, April 7th 
  • Monday, April 11th – last day to purchase Prom tickets (Grade 12s)
  • Huddle Up – assembly scheduled for April 14 – Int’l day of Pink, Course Selection Info Session for parents next Monday, February 14 – link in The Eye
  • April 15th – Yearbook – Grade 12 baby photos last day to submit
  • Mid-semester Grade 12 marks will be released the week of April 25 (universities waiting for them)
  • LPRO – annual outdoor clean-up in Chatsworth Ravine – students can get volunteer hours – April 27th 
  • Prom date is Friday, May 13 at the Liberty Grand (no longer in Vaughan)
  • Commencement – proceeding with in-person plans, Wednesday, June 20 at 1pm @ Parkview Manor

[John Hiddema approved/Philip Roberts seconded February 7th Meeting Minutes]

Welcome Principal Griesz

  • Most recently Principal at Leaside for nearly 2 years, prior at an Indigenous school, Earl Haig for several years
  • Thankful for outstanding students at LP, has been meeting students in the halls
  • Remarkable staff – please take a moment to reach out to your child’s teacher to thank them for all that they’re doing during the pandemic, they are doing an outstanding job
  • Main office & Guidance office – seamless transition thanks to support from our VPs and Guidance admin staff
  • Looking forward to working with parents to make LP even better!

Student Council Liaison Reps Update – Adam Barbour, Simian Xiao

  • Grad hoodies – orders going out this week; designs will be voted on via online survey; 4 weeks after ordering they will arrive
  • Charity Week – following Easter weekend – (week of April 25th) – School Council have selected 3 charities 1) Eva’s (helps homeless teens), 2) Stella’s Place (youth mental health), and 3) Pathways to Education (focus on helping low income teens with educational supplies); Buddies and Green Council will help 
  • Student Council will do a raffle for Charity Week – signed Leaf’s Jersey, Jays tickets
  • Chemistry Contests, Math Contests
  • BSA hosting 90s day tomorrow (April 4)
  • PJ day Thursday (April 6) – free waffle
  • Boys’ hockey, badminton, volleyball, track & field events ongoing
  • LP Wear will be distributed over the next 2 weeks
  • Starting up LP elections for next year, next Monday; alumni association members also placed orders for LP Wear – council to advise how these items can be collected and distributed (advise Liz Hansen)
  • SC planning Spring Fling fun fair in early to mid-May

School Council Executive Updates

Treasurer Report (John Hiddema) – no further revenue since last meeting; $795.00 expenses since Aug. 1

  • $4,651 bank balance, TDSB holding $118 for school cash online, $1,000 balance for unrestricted online banking services
  • John and Ian chairing committee with TDSB officials on parent involvement/engagement re: fundraising – moving $ from school cash online, we have obligation as fundraisers to report on this – discussions are pending with Board officials, no later than next year, get back to fundraising events as we have done in the past

Steph Rickard Chadda – Fundraising

  • Nothing executed yet 
  • Looking for items to spend on 
  • Opportunity via Woodward Meats (frozen packaged meat products) – 6% back to school for online purchases, plus bonuses when levels are achieved – will circulate via The Eye
  • Social event – need to gauge how people are feeling about gathering considering latest Covid wave – may need to be outdoors
  • Karen Barasch – Update on Wellness Committee
    • Huddle Up – assembly scheduled for April 14 – Int’l day of Pink, Wellness will work with Equity Group for assembly geared to end bullying, end homophobia in the school environment
    • Mindful Moment is back on Google Classroom – colouring, mindful meditations, other self-guided activities
    • Wellness Week is still in the planning stages – no update
    • Grant being shared with Equity Group – open to ideas on what we would like to see involving the whole school community – total of $500 for both groups ($250 each to Wellness and Equity Committees) – do these fees have to be used in a specific way? – Liz to advise
  • Equity Council – David absent during this segment – no update
  • Phillip Roberts – Facilities Improvement – Google Form shared with Council prior to this meeting to explain last provincial ministry facilities carried out in 2019, may have been delayed; report details aspects of the LP building that are in need of urgent attention; 6 most urgent according to the report – should have been dealt with by now – purpose of form is to collect opinions of the school council; additional items that may not be on the list can be added – ie. field, washrooms, role Council can play in supporting movement forward on these items (Rugby team wanted to pay for access to the field – update / approval from TDSB?) See: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Find-your/Schools/School-FCI/schno/5525
  • Lori Rosenberg – Website clean-up, minutes being properly categorized, looking to be able to send emails via portal – access required, Liz to look into what has been done/fixed
  • Lucy McSweeny – No updates from FSLAC (French As a Second Language Committee)
  • Elena S. – parent engagement information night via Zoom? If parents are interested? – Topic: climate change? – find a speaker on this topic
  • Andrea Fry – Safe & Caring Schools – nothing to report
  • Liz Hanson – Chair updates:
    • LPRO – annual clean-up in Chatsworth Ravine – students can get volunteer hours – April 27th 
    • Grad events on preparing for university – speaking with recent alumni – if your university student would like to participate, let Liz know – watch The Eye for updates
    • Grad lawn signs – going to proceed – parents can order signs online 

Special Presentation: SHSM – Specialist High School Major for Fall 2023 (Teacher Derryl Fain)

  • Allows students to focus on a particular area of study, in this case, Business
  • University-recognized courses
  • First Aid, CPR, WHIMS training, 2 other types of certifications – Networking Workshop, Business Etiquette workshop, all provided at no charge
  • Student in a SHSM program have an average 1% higher than other students
  • Junior Achievement – “The Company Program” – students come up with a business plan, present their product
  • Grade 11 – Accounting, Marketing
  • Grade 12 – Business Leadership, Grade 12 Accounting, Sports & Entertainment Marketing (university level), plus 2 co-op credits
  • Science students can do co-op in a hospital/vet clinic (ie. this program is not only for students interested in pursuing Business in university)
  • Does not preclude FI students – Grade 10 Business in French being offered next year for the first time
  • 2 math credits in grade 12

LPCI Courses that qualify are:

  • BBI2O Introduction to Business
  • BMI3C Marketing: Goods, Services, Events
  • BAF3M Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • BAT4M Financial Accounting Principles
  • BBB4M International Business Fundamentals
  • BOH4M Business Leadership
  • CIA4U Analyzing Current Economic Issues

Principal Report – Michael Griesz

  • Thursday is P/T Interviews online; alternate times can be arranged if needed
  • Staff have provided updates on student grades
  • Washroom issue – male washrooms vandalized, some being closed for repairs
  • Litter in halls during lunch hour 
  • Covid protocol – we are a mask-friendly environment; each student and staff member are making their own decisions on masking
  • Vaping in washrooms – work with LP Safe & Caring Committee to develop an educational program for students, or work with Phys. Ed. Department; otherwise, vigilance around vaping
  • Covid Self-screening from Ministry of Education – perhaps send out again to remind parents/students about self-screening
  • Mid-semester Grade 12 marks will be released the week of April 25 (universities waiting for them)

Victoria Johnson-Lee VP

  • Grad Update – we can post in-person events, planning has started for Prom
  • Prom date is Friday, May 13 at the Liberty Grand (no longer in Vaughan)
  • Tickets opened on Monday – direct email to Gr. 12 students, prom IG account
  • 122 tickets have sold so far; expect ticket sales to pick up; sales will close next Monday
  • Commencement – proceeding with in-person plans, Wednesday, June 20 at 1pm @ Parkview Manor – planning with School Council helping
  • Yearbook representation – Grad Quotes due today (via Google form – check the latest Eye for the link), baby photos due April 15
  • Meeting soon with Commencement Committee re: Grad Hoodies

School Council

  • Currently 17 parents on council
  • We are open to new members to join for next school year

Motion to Adjourn: Steph Rickard-Chadda

Seconded: Ian Aukema