October 2019 Meeting

Save the date

Wednesday October 30, 2019 7:00-8:30 pm. Meeting for OAPCE representatives in Dufferin-Peel.

As requested at the May 2019 regional council meeting, DRAPCE has arranged a presentation from and Q&A with staff from the Physical Plant Facilities Department in the DPCDSB. Join us for a refresher about what is a Hold and Secure, Lockdown and much more.

OAPCE representatives are invited to attend and bring a guests from their Catholic School Communities.

We will be canvassing for questions on the registration form. Registration will be available on the website in October.

May, 2019 Meeting Highlights

May 2019 Agenda and Meeting Reports - includes some resources shared from parents for parents from OAPCE 80th conference

Approved May 2019 Minutes - includes proposed information sessions planned for 2019-2020

Various resources from the OAPCE 80th workshops were shared parent to parent at our May 2019 meeting and annual potluck and celebration for volunteers. Join the DRAPCE parent to parent facebook group page for additional resources and information.

March, 2019 Meeting Highlights

New April 8th 2019

  • OAPCE 80th conference  was this past weekend. Highlights from the conference are found on their website www.oapce.org

  • Various items were discussed during parent share at the March 2019 Regional Council (DRAPCE meeting).

  • Don’t forget the April 24th DRAPCE meeting has been cancelled as many councils are having their council meetings that night to participate in the DPCDSB Public Consultation Webinar

January, 2019 Meeting Highlights

Next DRAPCE meeting Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 

DRAPCE monthly meeting for OAPCE representatives and their guests. 

We welcome a speaker from the Board, Martha Biagi, Academic Consultant Guidance and Planning. Learn more about planning for post-secondary as well as how My Blueprint works and can help in the process. \Register by Monday January 28th - seating is limited

John Cabot SS - Lecture Hall Room 107 *door D*

Meeting documents attached 

November, 2018 Meeting Highlights

Thank you to all the parents who came out for the second regional council meeting for OAPCE representatives in Dufferin-Peel. Below are links to the meeting handouts.

In the mailbox - info share on Homework Help resource

It’s that time of year again! September isupon us and with that comes the beginning of another exciting school year.

Homework Help’s was at our recent DRAPCE symposium and we want to remind parents that live tutors will be available every Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-9:30 pm ET .

See the introduction video if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful resource.  

Students and teachers will receive more information at their schools.  


Next DRAPCE Meeting: ‘Drawing Families Together: One Meal at a Time!’

DRAPCE invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to an enlightening and entertaining workshop titled, ‘Drawing Families Together: One Meal at a Time!’ Spending time ‘doing’ as a family can sometimes get in the way of ‘being’ a family. We rush from one activity or commitment to the other and sometimes feel like strangers to each other when we have time to sit and breathe.

This presentation will assist families in using that most important time, a shared meal, as a quality time to connect as a family and to share faith. Whether you can manage eating together one night or seven nights a week, Family Table Time can help strengthen your family bonds, build your child’s self-esteem and most importantly, increase faith, communication, collaboration and cooperation within your family.

Our presenter is Teresa Hartnett M.R.E. (Director of Family Ministry). Join us on Wednesday, May 31st at St. Valentine School - 5610 Heatherleigh Ave, Mississauga beginning at     7 P.M. All are welcome!

Conference Wrap-up and Convention News

Parents Engaging Parents Mini-Conference Saturday May 6th

Parents celebrated Catholic Education together with a morning prayer followed by greetings from the Trustees and the DPCDSB and the OAPCE Vice-President and Board of Directors.

The morning celebration included an informative presentation that provided an enthusiastic defense of Catholic education on the History of Funding of Catholic Education in Ontario.   Read more about the History of Catholic School funding.

Resources from the conference will be available and posted at this link as they become available Parent Resources May 6th conference. 

The DRAPCE meeting is Wednesday May 31st, 2017; the meeting portion will be very short to allow time for a special presentation; Drawing your Family together one Meal at a Time, quality time to connect as a family and to share faith. 

RSVP here for the May meeting

SAVE the DATE:  The 2017 OAPCE annual conference and Gala Dinner will be in the York Region, October 13 and 14th, 2017.  The Save the Date conference flyer is now available; copies will be available for pick up at the next DRAPCE meeting.  Please share the invite with your school principals, councils, and parents in your school communities. 

April Meeting Details

April 19, 2017 Meeting

Approved April meeting minutes can be found here. 

DRAPCE celebrates Volunteer week, thank you thank you thank you to all the parents that volunteer 100's of hours.

The April agenda is found at this link.  Page 2 has some reminders and information for OAPCE reps to share  here.

The meeting prayers are available at this link, please feel free to use them and share with others.  here.

Here is a list of key items we discussed last night..

Approved March minutes can be found here.


March Meeting Details

We look forward to seeing parents next Wednesday March 29th.  Important reminders including website links for your convenience are included on page 2 of the agenda.


Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ Program Now Available

Did you know that the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board has purchased a new Religious Education program for students and teachers? 

Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ is sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories and was developed in collaboration with Catholic educators from across Canada.
One of the goals of the program is to strengthen the home-school-parish connection. To help build this connection Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ features a website just for students and families! On the website you will find videos, songs, bible stories, interactive activities and more - all designed for students and families to explore their faith together.

Visit the website at: www.pearsoncanada.ca/growinginfaith/student-home

You child's teacher can provide you with the Username and Password needed to sign in.

Please note that Grades 1-3 are available now. Grade 4 will be available September 2017 and the higher grades will follow.

November Meeting Details

An agenda for the meeting can be found here;. The attached fact sheet from the Ministry of Education was handed out to parents - we will explore if there is an interest or opportunity to host a group discussion paper.   It is recommended that you complete individually if you wish.  All of the details are on the Ministry of Education Website.  Currently the deadline is mid-January.  ***NOTE the deadline has since been extended to March 19th, 2017.

A copy of the call to action can be found here. 

A copy of the October minutes can be found here.

Well-being fact sheet can be found here.

The approved DRAPCE presentation can be found here.

A copy of the prayers can be found below.
Opening Prayer
St. Ignatius' Prayer for Generosity

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward,
except for that of knowing that I do your will.

Saints: Bernard, Edmund, Ignatius, Julia, Margaret, Thomas More, Ursula and Veronica - Pray for Us
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 Closing Prayer
The First Week of Advent

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  .

Dear Father, we love this season of the year
We love the preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Help us remember that he is coming again and that you have told us to be prepared.

Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love,
 our minds search for the light of your Word.

Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour and give us the strength to grow in love, so that his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth.

Saints: Nicholas, Raymond, Rose, Timothy, Valentine, Vincent de Paul, Therese of the child Jesus and Holy Family - Pray for Us
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Resources for New OAPCE Reps

The following slide show highlights information about OAPCE, the provincial organization, DRAPCE, the regional council of OAPCE in Dufferin-Peel and your role as the OAPCE representative on your parent council. 

Any questions? Contact us at drapce@hotmail.com

  1. Don't forget to sign up to the e-mail subscription list.
  2. Role Training - OAPCE representative session 2016. 

Additional documents available:

  1. OAPCE September Parent Partner Newsletter, this includes information about OAPCE, your role, the board of directors and tips for back to school 
  2. Regional council, OAPCE in Dufferin-Peel, DRAPCE - 2016 -2017 meeting dates and information sheet

October Meeting Details

Great turnout everyone!

DRAFT minutes will be posted the week of November 7th


1) Sign up for the CCCSC Role Training - Sat November 5th - contact your school principal for details

2) Need information about OAPCE and what they do to share with your school council?  Click here to pick up the September Parent Partner newsletter.

3) Meeting Prayers for a New Council and All Saints Day will be uploaded later.

4) Elections for DRAPCE team will be held on November 30th.  Send in your nomination for self or others by November 20th. Forms can be found here.

5) Sign up to be on the distribution list for OAPCE's upcoming parent input and survey polls.  Click here to signup.