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January 2024

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📣 New Release: January 2024 OAPCE Newsletter!

Dive into the latest edition of the OAPCE Newsletter! Packed with enriching content, this month’s issue offers insights into the significance of Family Life Education, inspiring messages from our community leaders, and a glimpse into the upcoming “OAPCE 85” celebration. Plus, discover valuable resources for parents and engaging articles that navigate the intersection of technology and education. Don’t miss out on the wisdom, inspiration, and community highlights that await in the January 2024 issue!

Archdiocese of Toronto News

Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Francis Leo as Archbishop of Toronto

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Francis Leo, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Montreal, as the 13th Archbishop of Toronto. The archbishop-designate succeeds Cardinal Thomas Collins, who has served the archdiocese since 2007. The new archbishop will be installed at a ceremony at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica on a date to be confirmed in the coming days. Following his installation, he will begin his assignment as shepherd of Canada’s largest Catholic diocese, comprising almost two million Catholics and 225 parishes.
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Joe Perri, OAPCE
Co-Executive Director

OAPCE recently delegated at the Social Policy committee meeting at Queens park regarding the proposed Bill 98, the video from our delegation from Co-Executive Director Joe Perri

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Reclaiming and Re-Engaging Parents As Partners

PARISH/COMMUNITY

• Post events and information on the main board at church. Ask the Parish Priest to place in weekly bulletin.

• Attend mass and have parent council say a few words inviting parents to the school for meetings, events.

• Invite Parish Priest, Catholic Women’s League and Knights of Columbus to attend meetings and events, have them as members on council!

SCHOOL

• Have a meet and greet for parents – coffee in the morning at drop off or after-school at pick up – as well as at the beginning of the Parent council meeting or a bbq one evening to meet one another – if not at school at local restaurant or coffee shop.

• Create a brochure or flyer of your role as parents in the school, how to volunteer or help or become a member of the parent council – have one specifically for new parents to provide them pertinent info of the school – translate in other languages.

• Provide tours of the schools for parents before a meeting or on the weekend – a drop in for parents to meet one another.

ONLINE

• Create social media accounts for parent council or parents of the school (#wisdomwednesday).

• Create an easy webpage to add any info parent related or for the community.

• Create hashtags for the social media accounts (#wisdomwednesday) share info about the school or community.

COMMUNITY

• Invite past parents and student alumni to all events.

• Ask them to be community members on the council to provide guidance and history of school.

• Help with sharing history/tidbits of the school of past events.

PARISH

• Have masses at church with parents/families and then have coffee in the church hall afterwards.

• Ask Parents to participate in school masses by attending, singing or reading.

• Host Fundraising events at church – i.e., bazaar, raffles, markets.

ONLINE

• Use online presence to build relationships with local businesses and politicians – tweet other businesses who are supporting the school in events and donations.

• Create a QR code for events so parents can scan to find out info.

• Create followers on social media accounts by inviting community members, past parents and alumni

SCHOOL

• Family games! Focus on any game that also supports mathematics learning. Allow parents to share their favourite games, may even be a new game from another country which also teaches about other cultures and traditions!

• Books for Breakfast. Parents are invited to have breakfast while hearing an author read their work (and enjoy breakfast together) before school. Love of reading is encouraged, parents meet more parents and get tips on children’s literature.

• Do a twist on the coffee mornings – rotate volunteers through a schedule as parent ambassadors to be outside the school at drop-off and pickup times to greet parents they had not met, introduce themselves as members of the council, and invite folks to the next gathering (and wear something that identifies you, a vest, same colour, school spirit wear).

COMMUNITY

• Ask for donations from local businesses and provide them advertising at events, school newsletter or online.

• Reach out to the neighbours and local community – have parent council members knock on neighbours beside the school and invite them to parent council meetings – builds community, in turn neighbours can help at school!

• Movie night! Family movie nights with snacks before and after so families would mingle and children would connect their parents with their friends’ parents. The extension to this, once families are comfortable, let the parents gather in another room as the children watch a movie under supervision of volunteers and of course, invite close neighbours and community members – what is better than watching a movie at your local school!

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