Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee

The Tuc-el-Nuit Parent Advisory Committee is a small (but growing!) group of enthusiastic, can-do parents of students at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School in Oliver. We are committed to making a real difference for all of Tuc-el-Nuit schools' students.

Tuc-el-Nuit School: Learning Without Limits!Our Impact Why We Exist

We support the educational and personal success of all students at Tuc-el-Nuit School. We do all we can to further our school's motto: 'Learning Without Limits". As government funding decreases yet needs of kids continue to increase, the role of our Parent Council is more important than ever.

We focus our volunteer time and fundraised dollars on projects that:- have lasting and / or significant impact (ex: purchase of 'MindUp' supplies to support self-regulation)- support social-emotional learning (ex: 'Show Your Heart' week to promote kindness)- make school a fun, engaging place where all students feel welcome and included: (ex: hosting family fair events, family movie nights, field trips.)

Our Story What We Do

Like many schools, Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School has a long tradition of parent advisory council commitment. Our school's Parent Advisory Council has been in place longer than most of our teachers remember, and it has benefited from the commitment of countless volunteers over its years.

Our current Parent Advisory Council is a particulary engaged and enthusiastic bunch. We take on projects and initiatives big and small, leveraging a core group of half a dozen keen planners and a very large extended 'school family' of willing volunteers.

We strive to grow children's feeling of engagement and enthusiasm for school by:

- making school extra fun through after school events and in-school activities,- sponsoring arts programs like the Missoula Children's Theatre week long immersion program,- providing 'extras' like field trips and fun supplies for classrooms - organizing community building events in school, like the week long random acts of kindness "Show Your Heart" challenge- being an active part of the school community: welcoming parents and noticing individual kids. 

Our Programs How We Do It

Our programs exist because of a willing army of amazing volunteers, and the penny by penny fundraising efforts we engage in throughout the year. 

What You Can Do

In an era of declining government dollars and increasing student need, parent and community involvement is more important than ever. If you think building student engagement and removing barriers to learning is important, we'd love to chat with you! We are an incredibly willing and enthusiastic group of volunteers. We've got the willing hands and open hearts. We could do so much more if we had additional finances with which to work! Some projects we'd love to see in our (hopefully near!) future, include:- building our school community garden. We've got a fence and garden boxes complete, and kids who are EXCITED about growing, but we need dollars for bark mulch and composting. Imagine how fantastic it will be to grow kids' understanding about how food is created!

- enhancing our playground. We've got aging playground equipment that is starting to break down. Though we are doing our best to save a few dollars for the inevitable near-term purchase of replacement equipment, the pricetag is daunting and we will have real trouble pulling together sufficient funds before equipment replacement is necessary.

- enhancing our arts programing. Remember when painting, music, and drama was an integral part of all schools? With declining funding, that is no longer the case. In fact, we literally need to count sheets of blank paper to ensure the school will have enough through the end of the year. We'd LOVE to sponsor some arts education: dance seminars, enhanced drama offerings, a choir option, etc. 

BUT MOST OF ALL... We need to feed out kids. Our first priority is to provide better in-school food subsidization for our school's hungriest, most vulnerable children. We'd also like to expand our existing unsubsidized, very meagre breakfast and hot lunch program options to better feed - and better educate - a much larger part of our school's population. 


Benita Baerg