West Campus Branch Team
The Parents’ Association West (PAW) Team 2018-2019
Back Row: Ida Keenan (PAW Secretary), Paul Winsor (PAW Pizza Rep), Ellie Medarev (PAW Treasurer), Rumina Ratansi (PAW Coordinator and Branch Representative), Claire Ogden (PAW Class Parent Coordinator)
Welcome to the TFS Parents’ Association - West Campus (the PAW) page
Who We Are
We are a branch of the TFS Parents’ Association (PA) devoted to West Campus parents and students.
As a TFS parent of the West Campus, you are automatically a member of the PAW! Our collective mission is to build a strong community and to enhance the learning experience of our children. The PAW is managed by an enthusiastic team of parent volunteers, the PAW Team (see the photo above) who:
organize and coordinate events and initiatives that greatly support and benefit the West Campus; and
ensure our campus is well represented at the TFS Executive Parent Association meetings held each month at our downtown campus.
The PAW raises funds in order to sponsor various school/classroom activities and work with our partners in campus administration to procure school resources that have a positive and immediate impact on our children.
For more information on what the PA does more generally, we encourage you to explore the About section of the website.
Our “West Campus” Initiatives
At the West Campus most of our funds are raised by the ever-popular Friday Pizza Lunch where our students (JK-Grade 7) and teachers come together to enjoy a hearty lunch including a variety of pizza selections, colourful veggies and nut-free dessert. Each week, Pizza Lunch is hosted by a different grade, giving parents an opportunity to volunteer to help out and get to know the rest of the TFS West family.
Other major events for the whole West campus to enjoy include the International Potluck and the year-end BBQ.
In order to run these key programs along with a number of other smaller initiatives (see below), we need a dedicated body of parent volunteers.
So… It’s Time to Be a Volunteer
Giving the gift of time is a great way to set an example for our children. When they see their parents and grandparents volunteer at school it gives them a sense of pride and definitely puts smiles on their faces!
Become a volunteer today. Send the PAW Team an email at email@example.com
Here are just some of the areas in which we could use YOUR help:
assisting with PAW social events (either by joining an organising committee or helping at the time of the event)
preparing Souvenir Booklets so that each of our students has a wonderful memoir of their academic year
becoming a Class Parent to facilitate relations between homeroom teacher and the PAW
decorating the school hallways according to season
organizing the Birthday Book Club alongside the campus librarian
coordinating a Teachers Appreciation Luncheon
organizing the Grade 7 Graduation event
coordinating community sporting activities e.g. the Mississauga Marafun event and organising an end of year Sporting Awards Ceremony
welcoming new families to the West Campus
serving Pizza Lunch on a Friday
Come out and show us your support!
Comments, Ideas, Questions?
We would love to hear from you either in person (at pick-up/drop-off or at one of our PAW meetings) or by email. You can reach us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASS FUND CONTRIBUTION: Teachers’ Gifts and Class Events
Class funds collected via the online consent forms are dispersed by the branch teams working hand in hand with Class Representatives for teacher's gifts and class event expenses. Participation is optional, but very much appreciated.
Throughout the school year, a number of class activities are planned to mark special occasions or events. With the guidelines from the class teacher, Class Representatives will be asked to purchase, on behalf of class parents, food, beverages, decorations and other items for these activities.
In addition, the Winter Break and End-of-school year marks a time that many families at TFS choose to thank their children’s teachers and assistants with a gift. Traditionally, these gifts represent a token of appreciation for the efforts of these valued staff members. In order to facilitate this generous practice, Class Representatives, propose the giving of a collective gift that will be divided between the class teacher and the specialist teachers, whose efforts help our children.
Interested in learning more, please contact Rumina Ratansi - West Campus Branch Coordinator.