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The School Advisory Board is dedicated to the promotion and welfare of Catholic education. The Board’s primary role is to uphold the mission of St. Robert School by advising the principal, pastor, and director of school advancement in the school visioning and planning process.

The St. Robert School Advisory Board (SAB) is comprised of nine appointed members who coordinate the work of seven standing committees. Priorities and objectives for each committee are outlined in a school improvement plan that is updated annually with the input of faculty, staff, and parents of the school community. A brief description of each committee follows.

  • The Education and Formation Committee supports the work of the faculty in curriculum and faith formation initiatives and student activity programs.
  • The Policy Committee works to review, revise, and develop school policies to ensure compliance with archdiocesan mandates and local needs.
  • The Budget and Finance Committee assists the Principal in overseeing all financial planning for the school, including budget preparation and financial forecasts with the goal of keeping tuition affordable and developing financing plans for growth initiatives.
  • The Environment Committee works to improve the safety, accessibility, and aesthetics of the spaces and facilities that are used by St. Robert School.
  • The Technology Committee maintains an active technology vision and three-year plan for curriculum integration, administrative application, and hardware and software acquisitions and funding.
  • The Development Committee supports the Director of School Advancement in the planning and implementation of the Annual Fund appeal and growing the endowment and scholarship funds to keep tuition affordable and maintain accessibility.
  • The Marketing and Recruitment Committee works directly with the Director of School Advancement to develop and implement marketing, retention and recruitment strategies and materials to increase the awareness of the school and to attract and retain enrollment. 

Members of the 2017-18 School Advisory Board
Chair: John Dunn
Secretary: Liliane McFarlane
Education and Formation Committee Chair: Erin Stilp
Policy Committee Chair: Joe Cincotta
Technology Committee Chair: Kathy Fletcher
Marketing and Recruitment Committee Chair: OPEN
Development Committee Chair: Jennifer Kloehn
Environment Committee Chair: Christopher Adams
Budget and Finance Committee Chair: Dan Wycklendt
Liaison to Home and School Association: Erin Stilp
Liaison to Pastoral Council: Kevin Keenan

Year in Review
Have you ever wondered what it is the St. Robert School Advisory Board and its underlying Committees actually do?  As part of a self-assessment process, we reviewed a summary of matters that the Board and its Committees were involved in this past school year (as well as some unfinished business).  If you have any questions, or if this list piques your interest to become more involved in SAB Committee work, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Joh
n Dunn, Chair, School Advisory Board
2015-16 Report
2016-17 Report

November 2016 Charting Our Future Meeting Resource Page

May 2016 Parent Survey on Community & Diversity
We had another strong response to our second parent survey of the year on Community and Diversity that ran from late April to early May.  A total of 95 parents responded to ten scored statements intended to gauge parents’ beliefs about our school culture.  Many parents also took the opportunity to suggest ways in which diversity and inclusion could be further strengthened at St. Robert or offered other written input.  Like our earlier survey this year on Excellence, each of our grade groupings, Early Childhood (4K thru 2nd grade), Intermediate (3rd grade thru 5th grade) and Middle School (6th grade thru 8th grade), was represented with more than 40 respondents.  We appreciate the time and thoughtfulness of our parent respondents.
 
You will see in the scored results linked below that the significant majority of questions reflect parent respondents’ agreement or strong agreement (at a level of 70% or higher), with a number of questions falling just shy of our benchmark for clear parent satisfaction (75% agree/strongly agree in aggregate, while keeping the disagrees/strongly disagrees to less than 10% in aggregate).  Our ultimate barometer for how we are doing in this survey was the question on whether your child enjoys attending St. Robert.  It received the second highest percentage of agrees/strongly agrees at 83%, with only 2% disagreeing/strongly disagreeing.  This provides us with significant comfort on our school culture, while recognizing there is opportunity for further enhancements.
 
There is one outlier in the scored results – whether diversity within the school was an important factor in deciding to send your child to St. Robert – which garnered 27% agreement, with the remainder who had an opinion almost evenly split between neutrality and disagreement with the statement.  This may bear further probing in the new school year as I think it would be fair to say that our operating presumption has been that our school’s diversity is an important contributor to prospective families’ decision to send their children to St. Robert.
 
We received many helpful suggestions of ways to enhance our diversity and inclusiveness, including by reaching beyond our local neighborhoods to attract prospective families, adopting specific practices that preclude student exclusion, and adopting terminology in the curriculum that is more culturally sensitive.  We will be considering the input we received over the course of the summer and into the new school year.  In addition, it appears based on that feedback that we could do a better job of educating our parents on the various considerations that come into play in resolving instances of student exclusion and bullying.  We will be considering this topic for a principal coffee or as one item for discussion at the State of the School Meeting in the upcoming school year.
 
Find a graphic display of the survey results HERE.

February/March 2016 Parent Survey on Excellence
We were very happy with the response to our Parent Survey distributed in February.  This was our first effort at employing a new strategy of shorter parent surveys conducted 3 to 4 times a year. As a reminder, our first survey was focused on gathering parent input on one of our six core values–Excellence.  Focused on our curriculum, we asked about experiences your family highly values and any areas in which there may be opportunities for changes/ enhancements. We had a tremendous response from 112 parents which was balanced over all the grade groupings, Early Childhood (4K thru 2nd grade), Intermediate (3rd grade thru 5th grade) and Middle School (6th grade thru 8th grade), each with more than 40 respondents. 

The School Advisory Board (SAB) reviewed the responses to the questions and written comments at our meeting earlier this month.  As a guideline in the SAB’s assessment of the responses to each  question, if the “agrees” and “strongly agrees” in aggregate were 75% or higher and the “disagrees” and “strongly disagrees” were less than 10% in aggregate, we concluded that demonstrated a substantial level of parent satisfaction. Likewise, on those questions where we did not achieve that benchmark, there is opportunity for the SAB and the School Administration to give additional consideration to those areas (it is worth noting though that for every question asked, a majority of parent respondents agreed with the statement).  The written comments were very helpful in providing greater insight into the question responses, which will help us prioritize those matters most important.

A few things stood out. First and foremost, a large majority of parent respondents feel:
•    Their children are appropriately challenged at their ability levels
•    St. Robert School strives for excellence in education by making improvements in the curriculum
•    Parents are welcomed and supported as important members of their children’s educational team

Based on the question responses and written comments, there are also opportunities for further discussion, communication with parents, and potential enhancements in practices such as:
•    How does St. Robert School challenge high ability learners?
•    Can more be done to communicate with parents regarding their student’s progress and curriculum changes?
•    Why are digital curriculum materials gradually replacing the traditional hardcover textbooks at St. Robert School?

As a first step to discussing some of these matters, a Coffee with the Principal was held in April to provide background and context and to allow for an open forum of conversation. 

Find a graphic display of the survey results HERE.

2015 State of the School Meeting Resource Page (October 2015)

By-Laws Revised February, 2007

Monthly Meetings Open to All Parents
All parents are invited to attend School Advisory Board meetings and to contribute to the discussions of issues on the agenda. Meetings are usally held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Gathering Room (Room 207 in the school building). 

Next meeting: Wednesday, October 11
View the agenda HERE.

Policies Under Review
Currently under review by the School Advisory Board:

Dress Code Policy (approved May 11, 2016)


Minutes
Keep up to date on all the work of this important committee and its seven standing committees.

2017-2018 Minutes
August Meeting Minutes
September Meeting Minutes

2016-2017 Minutes
June Meeting Minutes
May Meeting Minutes
April Meeting Minutes
March
Meeting Minutes/Committee Reports
February Meeting Minutes/Committee Reports
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December Meeting Minutes/Committee Reports
Novermber Meeting Minutes
October Meeting Minutes/Committee Reports
September Meeting Minutes/Committee Reports
August Meeting Minutes/Committee Reports

2015-2016 Minutes
June Meeting Minutes 
May Meeting Minutes
April Meeting Minutes 
March Meeting Minutes 
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January Meeting Minutes

December Meeting Minutes 
November Meeting Minutes
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2014-2015 Minutes
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2013-2014 Minutes
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2012-2013 Minutes
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