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  • October 09, 2014

Markham-Unionville Parents Getting Involved in Their School Community

Ontario Encouraging More Parent Involvement, Investing in Young People

MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that Ontario is helping more parents in Markham-Unionville get involved in their children’s education and school community.

This year, the province is providing twenty-six Markham-Unionville school councils with Parents Reaching Out Grants for Schools to help them connect more parents with their children’s school experience.  The grants will support projects that help parents respond to important issues such as bullying, student nutrition, literacy and numeracy.  They also help address barriers to parent engagement such as language and transportation.

“This is great news for our community.  Parents are essential partners in helping their children succeed in school and, with so many local schools participating, these Parents Reaching Out grants will make a difference in student learning and development.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

Examples of local projects in Markham-Unionville include:

  • An Interactive Math Night for Parents at Sir Richard W. Scott Catholic Elementary School
  • Parent Workshops and Resources at Armadale Public School
  • Coping with the 21st Century Learner at Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy High School

A full list of PRO school projects in Markham-Unionville is attached.

The province is also providing Parents Reaching Out Grants for Regional/Provincial Projects that will support parent partnerships in York Region including:

  • A $22,500 grant to the York Region District School Board for a Regional Parent Symposium where parents will be invited to participate in workshops where they will have the opportunity to enhance skills to support their children’s learning as well as network with each other and community representatives
  • A $14,000 grant to Learning Disabilities Association of York Region to offer a series of presentations, focus groups, workshops and resource materials in Tamil and Farsi languages to increase Tamil/Farsi parents’ access to information about learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Helping parents get more involved in their children’s education is part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in young people. The province is also focused on investing in infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business sector.

“Parents play a vital role in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. We know that children whose parents are engaged in education, show higher levels of achievement, and we are committed to providing support for that to happen in every community.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education


  • Studies show that when parents are more engaged in their children’s education, students are more likely to earn higher grades, develop better behaviour and social skills, and achieve higher levels of education. Since 2005, the government has invested more than $49 million to support parent engagement initiatives in Ontario.
  • Helping students achieve excellence is a key goal of Ontario’s renewed vision for education.
  • Since 2006, the government has provided more than 15,000 Parent Reaching Out grants to school councils and 500 regional/provincial grants.
  • In 2014-15, grant applications increased, with more than 2,200 projects receiving funding across the province in all 72 publicly funded school boards.
  • Recent Education Quality and Accountability Office results show that 72 per cent of Grades 3 and 6 students are mastering reading, writing and math skills.



Markham-Unionville Parents Getting Involved in
Their School Community

School Name

Project Title

Funding Allocated

Blessed John XXIII CES

Parent Speaker Night


Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy High School

Coping with the 21st Century Learner


Sir Richard W. Scott CES

Interactive Math Night for Parents


St. Benedict CES

Parent Lending Library


St. Francis Xavier CES

Parent Presentation


St. Justin Martyr CES

SJM Parents Involvement Workshops


St. Matthew CES

Parent Engagement Project


St. Patrick CES

Speaking Engagement


St. Vincent de Paul CES

Bully Prevention In Our School


Aldergrove PS

Parent Workshop


Armadale PS

Parent Workshops and Resources


Buttonville PS

Promoting Health and Wellness


Cedarwood PS

Newcomer Session and Orientation


Central Park PS

Engaging Parents


Coledale PS

Parent Workshops


Ellen Fairclough PS

Career Pathways


Highgate P.S.

We Care Cafes


Markham Gateway PS

Promoting Financial Literacy


Milliken Mills PS

Engaging Our Parents


Parkland PS

Positive Parenting Program


Parkview PS

Math is for Everyone!


Roy H. Crosby PS

Financial Literacy Workshop for Parents


Unionville Meadows PS

Healthy Body Healthy Mind


Unionville PS

Resources for Parents


Wilclay PS

Parent Engagement Round Table


William Berczy PS

Guest Speaker Night at Berczy


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