School Council


Welcome to the ACES School Council Website!

Together, we are an association of parents/guardians, teachers, and community members dedicated to supporting and improving student learning at Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School. School Council is a valuable home/school link that supports the learning environment of our students. As an advisory body, the ACES School Council achieves its goals by maintaining a school-wide focus and providing advice to the principal, vice principal, and school board on significant education issues, and by planning activities that support the active participation of parents/guardians and our wonderful ACES Community.

When We Meet

ACES School Council meets every second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the ACES library (unless rescheduled due to a holiday), and is open to anyone in our school community! We encourage you to join us to learn about our initiatives, ask questions, and share your concerns. Even if you just want to drop in and listen, we encourage you to stop by!



School Council meetings are open forums for all ACES parents who would like to gain firsthand insight and have a voice in what's happening at ACES. The principal and a staff member report on staffing, field trips, sports and cultural activities, scheduling changes, etc. We discuss what our school Board and Provincial Government are doing that will impact your child's education, and what can be done about it. We invite guest speakers on different subjects. We raise money for extra school activities, library books, sports equipment and science projects. And in the process we all get to know each other a little better!

By participating in School Council, you can help our School Council discover new and exciting ways to contribute to the education of students in our school. Education is a partnership involving parents, students, teachers, principals, school boards, government, and the community. Our involvement in the School Council gives us the opportunity to strengthen that partnership, and to be part of a dedicated team working to support a high quality of education and an accountable education system for the children of Ontario. Our participation can make a difference!


A typical ACES School Council meeting consists of:

  • an update from school administration about school events, achievements, staffing, and more
  • an update from the teacher representative about what different classes and clubs are up to across the school
  • an update from the treasurer on the status of council finances
  • an update from the OCASC representative regarding other school councils across our board
  • overview and discussion of upcoming events requiring support and fundraising initiatives
  • discussion about where council funds are directed
  • new business

Why Attend ACES School Council Meetings?


Did you know you don’t have to be a council member to attend meetings? Attending meetings is a great way to learn what is happening in the school (staffing, field trips, sports, cultural activities, scheduling changes, etc.), and build a sense of community while meeting other parents. This is our forum to be able to support our children and their education. If you have concerns that you would like the parent community to address, suggestions that you think could make things better, or just want to sit back, listen and learn what’s happening then consider attending the next ACES School Council meeting!




The main purpose of school councils is to work towards the improvement of student achievement and to enhance communication between the school and the school community. This is accomplished by making recommendations to our school principal and the school district on significant education issues, and by planning activities that support the active participation of parents/guardians and our school community.


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School Councils are advisory organizations, mandated by the Ministry of Education, and make recommendations to the principal and School Board when appropriate. All schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board should have an advisory school council to help increase communication between schools and their communities and to serve the needs of students. A school council liaises through the school principal and is an important link between parents and the school community. Find out more about school councils by reading the OCDSB’s factsheet on school councils.
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