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Welcome to River Oaks School Council

Please find attached the Fundraising Summary for School Council: please note that no fundraisers were held during the 2019-2020 school year due to school closure:
All parents/guardians are welcome to attend School Council meetings. 

We usually meet once a month throughout the school year to do our part in helping to improve student achievement.  What does that mean?  Through the Council, we hope to involve and engage as many parents as possible in their children's education.  How do we do it?  Just ask or better yet, please join us at a meeting.  You can also join our mailing list using the contact information below.  You can, of course, unsubscribe at any time.  

Confirmed meeting dates will be added to the School Calendar found on the ROPS website, and in the River Oaks Bruins Bulletin (the School Newsletter).  Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments?  Please contact our School Council Co-Chairs Melanie Arsenault and Shawn Haswell at

Volunteering at River Oaks

Perhaps coming to meetings isn't for you.  Volunteers are a very important part of our school community.  We have many great parents who spend time volunteering in our school.  The benefits that come from spending time within your child's school are overwhelming.  It is proven that your involvement reinforces that education is important.  Children also learn from good role models and it even helps increase your child's participation in class.  When you spend time volunteering you become more aware of school rules, special events and programs within the school.  This tends to promote conversation with your child.  We always welcome new (and returning) volunteers!  Please consider donating some of your time in the school this year. 

Police Checks

As of September 6, 2016, residents of Halton aged 21 and older can apply for Police Information Checks and Police Vulnerable Sector Checks for employment and volunteer purposes online 24 hours a day, seven days a week without having to attend one of our police locations.

Here’s how it works:

·    - Visit our website: Click on Services -> Police Record Checks.

·    - Complete each field of the application form. To verify your identity, you will be asked a series of authentication questions based on your personal credit file. Answers to the questions are timed to ensure added security and privacy.

·    - In addition to the standard $25.00 processing fee, a convenience charge of $9.95 plus HST will be added to each Police Record Check.

·    - If there are no concerns or follow-up required, the requested police screening documents will be mailed directly to you. 

Please note: A police check is required for all volunteers and must include a vulnerable sector screening.  

Fundraising at River Oaks

Each year, the School Council of River Oaks Public School holds two major fundraising events.  We use the funds raised at the events to pay for a variety of items - often chosen from a wish list from our teachers and staff.  The suggestions for purchases are varied, depending on the need.  Council discusses and votes to approve all purchases.  For example, this year we are excited to have helped in the addition of River Oaks Public School's first two water bottle refill stations!

Below is a list of many of the items purchased in recent years:

  • Chromebooks and carts
  • Robotic kits
  • Increased access to RAZ Kids and Dreambox
  • Musical instruments for the music program
  • Uniforms for various school teams
  • Landscaping around the playground (e.g. painting the blacktop)
  • Sound system in the gymnasium
  • Two water bottle refill stations
  • iPads
  • Literacy and numeracy materials for all grades
  • Presentation technologies
  • Reading, writing and listening centres - CD player/headphones, etc.
  • Guided reading tables (furniture to improve teaching/literacy)
  • Fieldtrips, resources, books, and lifeskill supplies for Special Education
  • Special Education sensory equipment and vocabulary books
  • Playground toys for classrooms to use at recess
  • Safety and well-being materials
  • Art supplies, clay, art projector
  • Trophy case
  • Physical education equipment
To learn more about the role of School Councils, please visit:

Parent Resources

On the HDSB website, there is a Parent Info page with lots of great information for parents and links to many resources.  You can find the page at this link: