Pro-Grant - UN-PAUSE - ONLINE PETITION

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday November 7th, 2018

OAPCE Toronto has started an online petition to ask that the PRO Grants continue and be released for all parents.

Ontario’s Pro Grants were designed to support parents in identifying barriers to parent engagement in their own community and to find local solutions to involve more parent in support of student achievement, human rights and equity, and well being.

Since 2006, the Ontario government has supported our 22,000 Pro Grants to schools councils and over 900 regional / provincial PRO Grants. This is a total investment of $34.7 million to help increase parent engagement at the local, regional, and provincial levels. Now the Provincial Government wants to put a PAUSE on this very important funding, impacting Parent Engagement a key part of their children’s learning and of Ontario’s success in Education.

At the end of November we will be advocating for parents as we meet with the new Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson. When we meet with her, we will present our petition in hopes that a decision can be made to release these very important funds for Parents! Please share with your parent communities and let's get our voices heard! Please sign the petition urging to keep the grants for all parents across the province.

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Input into the Provincial "For the Parents" Consultation

Parents in Catholic Education! Please provide much needed input into the the Provincial government’s “For the Parents” consultation!

With the recent news that the Parent Reaching Out (PRO) Grants are on hold and have not been fully approved yet, let the government know how important they are to our schools, our students and our children.

Contact your local MPP and the Premier’s office and also let them know that as Parents we want and need PRO Grants! https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents

June 2018 Press Release - Learn more about local candidates for provincial parliament

 

For Immediate Release
 
Learn more about local candidates for provincial parliament

 
Toronto, ON – As parents with children in schools in Ontario, we value the positive contributions in our Ontario publicly-funded Catholic Education. OAPCE recognizes that Ontario’s Catholic education system ranks the best in the world, thanks to Parents, Parish, Teachers, Principals, Trustees, and Administrators.
As such, we suggest that parents with children in the publicly-funded Catholic school system in Ontario learn more about their local candidate for provincial parliament. A resource to find more information can be found at http://www.togetherinfaith.ca/takeaction
OAPCE is pleased that the major parties, including the Progressive Conservatives, Liberals, and New Democrats, have each stated publicly their support for Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic school system.
OAPCE recognizes that Ontario’s Catholic schools are distinctly successful because they:

  • Promote values based learning with a focus on faith, service, and social justice;
  • Consistently meet or exceed provincial expectations;
  • Offer a caring and inclusive learning environment for all students;
  • Nurture the development of the whole child – mind, body and spirit;

Catholic schools have been part of Ontario communities for over 170 years and they play a vital role in the life of this province
 
About OAPCE

 
As Ontario’s parent voice association, the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is the authoritative voice of Ontario parents and guardians in Catholic education. We are the provincial voice that is authorized through the Education Act and Regulation 612, to represent families with children enrolled in the English Catholic education system. OAPCE is a vital connection between the Ministry of Education, Catholic District School Boards in Ontario, the Institute of Catholic Education, Ontario Catholic Trustees, Parish, Regional Parent’s Associations, School Councils and other valuable parent groups, and prominent advocate for Catholic education excellence and student success. OAPCE elevates the profile of a publicly funded Catholic system of education by providing opportunities for ongoing information sharing, resources, learning, networking and community building.
 
For media requests, please contact oapce@oapce.on.ca

January 2018 Press Release - Announcing New Executive Board Members


 Toronto, ON – The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is pleased to announce that an election was held on January 19, 2018, and the Board of Directors has elected Annalisa Crudo-Perri as the new OAPCE President and Chair.  Annalisa previously served as OAPCE’s Vice President and along with serving as the President for OAPCE Toronto, Annalisa has volunteered and committed her time to the community for over 15 years.  “OAPCE is very fortunate to have Annalisa, as we are certain that her experience, enthusiasm and determination will serve OAPCE well,” noted Lisa Cuypers, who has worked closely with the OAPCE Executive team and served the Board for many years.

 
Linda Gregorio (Waterloo), will serve as Vice President, Linda Dodson Trchala (Durham), as the Secretary, and Chuck Farmer (Dufferin Peel), as the Treasurer.  Each of the Executive bring deep community knowledge, a passion for enhancing publicly funded Catholic education and the desire to envision an ambitious future for OAPCE to meet the growing needs of the Catholic community.
 
Current Board Regional Directors are: Mary Giardina (York)  Mariana Kutin Morais (Dufferin Peel), Tony Lorini (York), Sandra Mastronardi (Toronto), Stéphane Rouleau (Brant Haldimand Norfolk), Jana Seymour (Toronto), Denice Teti (Halton), and Chris Wright (Algonquin & Lakeshore). Bishop Dabrowski (London) also sits on the Board as the Liaison Bishop assigned by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO).
 
 The Board provides leadership for carrying out OAPCE’s mission to promote publicly funded Catholic education, and is committed to ensure the parent voice is strong across the province, with great collaboration from our partners and valuable parent groups. For more information on how to get involved at the provincial level, please send us an email to oapce@oapce.on.ca
 

September 2017 Press Release

Sept 18, 2017

OAPCE Awards to watch “Top 5” volunteer leaders committed to Catholic Education across Ontario

Mississauga, ON— The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) proudly announces it’s “Top 5” volunteer awards for 2016-2017.  “There are so many positive leaders in our Catholic community, across the province, and we want to do our part and recognize the ‘Top 5’ for their ability to inspire, shine and enlighten the community and academic experiences for all”, said Maurizio Ruberto President, OAPCE.

This is the 78th year of OAPCE, created in 1939, the OAPCE Directors and Executive want to continue this tradition and recognize leaders who are helping shape the provincial conversation about publicly funded catholic education for the years to come.  “As we hoped when this recognition was established, many previous honourees are indeed continuing in their leadership positions to contribute to the community” said Annalisa Crudo-Perri, Vice President, OAPCE.

This years honourees will be recognized during the 2017 OAPCE Annual Conference, October 13th and 14th, 2017 Details and Registration information available on oapce.org

The OAPCE Conference is open to all members of the community and registration fees should be covered/reimbursed by school parent councils or regional Parent Involvement Committee (PIC’s) as the Conference is the largest Parent Engagement Conference for Catholic Education in the Province. 

The 2016-2017 AWARDs “Top 5” are listed below in alphabetical order: For a full breakdown of the requirements for the award please check our website www.oapce.org

FACE OF MERCY AWARD: Recognizes a student in our schools who is a consistent sign of mercy in every aspect of school life.

FATHER MAZEROLLE AWARD: Presented to a religious or layperson that has substantially contributed to the Catholic School System in the community.

GLORYA NANNE AWARD: Presented to an individual who has substantially contributed in fostering a better understanding of Catholic Education in Ontario though the use of various forms of media.

MONSEIGNEUR HARRIGAN AWARD: Presented to a Priest, Bishop, Deacon, or School Chaplain who has substantially contributed to the Catholic School System in the community.

VOLUNTEER PARENT OF THE YEAR: Presented to a parent that goes above and beyond to support their child's school initiatives and activities.

About OAPCE

As Ontario’s parent voice association, the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is the authoritative voice of Ontario parents and guardians in Catholic education. We are the provincial voice that is authorized through the Education Act and Regulation 612, to represent families with children enrolled in the English Catholic education system. OAPCE is a vital connection between the Ministry of Education, Catholic District School Boards in Ontario, the Institute of Catholic Education, Ontario Catholic Trustees, parish, regional parent’s associations, school councils and other valuable parent groups, and prominent advocate for Catholic education excellence and student success. OAPCE elevates the profile of a publicly funded Catholic system of education by providing opportunities for ongoing information sharing, resources, learning, networking and community building.

For media requests, please contact marianakuitinmorais@gmail.com  

The Wheels on the Bus

The first day of school is often met with anticipation, expectation and a degree of trepidation from students and their families. Advance planning is key to getting students to school before that first bell. This process can be particularly challenging for children with special needs. One major part of this process includes the ride on the bus to school. More than 800,000 students are bused to and from school each year.

Advanced planning also goes into the process of that bus pick up, by the School Boards, Ministry of Education and the Transportation Consortia.

Under the Education Act, School Boards are self-governing bodies entitled to establish their own transportation eligibility criteria and policies. There is no legislated requirement that Boards provide busing for students. However, the Act excuses children from attending school, if transportation is not provided by a Board, and there is no school within a prescribed distance from the residence. In Ontario, most School Boards arrange transportation for eligible students, usually by school bus.

The Ministry of Education plays an important financial role in student transportation. It provides the bulk of operating funding to school Boards, through the Grants for Student Needs Program, also known as the funding formula. For the 2016-2017 school year, the total transportation grant amounted to $898.6 million.

School Boards establish policies and eligibility criteria related to student transportation. To deliver these services efficiently, those in the same geographic area typically join together to establish a body to assist with arranging transportation, referred to as a Consortium. They are represented on the Boards that govern these consortia, and must provide them with information about their schools and students to assist in administering the transportation program. School Boards are not required by law to establish consortia, but since 2000, the Ministry of Education has provided financial incentives to those that chose to do so.

School busing delays and mishaps occur each year. If you have had trouble with the busing system, and have been unable to resolve this problem, contact your School Board, Bus Company, Consortium, and as a last resort – the Ombudsman. If you are having trouble, chances are other families are as well. Together we can work to make the system better. If you know of an outstanding employee, and the system is working well for you, let them know that as well – they will appreciate it! Parents can help keep the “wheels on the bus” keep going “round and round” by participating in this process.

Information taken from the Ombudsman Report – Paul Dube, Ombudsman of Ontario, August 2017

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More time to apply for a 2017-18 Parents Reaching Out Grant!

The deadline to submit applications has been extended from May 25, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

PRO Grants support parents in identifying barriers to parent engagement in their own community and to find local solutions to involve more parents in support of student achievement and well-being.

PRO Grants are available to school councils for a maximum of $1,000
 
To support equitable access to postsecondary education, special consideration will now also be given to projects that promote the value of postsecondary education (apprenticeship, college, or university) by providing parents with information on postsecondary education pathways, possibilities, and supports for their children.

Please visit the Ministry of Education’s website athttp://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/reaching.html for more information.
 
Applications are to be completed and submitted online at http://education.factorial.ca.

Questions?

If you have any questions about PRO Grants, please contact the Parent and Community Engagement Office, Ministry of Education by email at PRO@ontario.ca.
 
For technical assistance with the online application, please contact SmartSimple support at 1-866-239-0991 or (416) 591-1668 or at support@smartsimple.com