APPLE FAQs

1. Q: How do I register my kids?

A: As of January 2022 the registration process for APPLE has changed. While we historically worked off of a waiting list registration is now done through the board directly.

Registration in the APPLE program for the 2022/2023 school year will take place from January 17th – February 4th, 2022. Families interested in registering for the APPLE program outside of this registration timeline are to contact the school.

To register you can visit: https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/schools/register-for-school.aspx?mid=333

When registering online there will be a space for selecting that you would like to have your child attend the APPLE program (example below).

2. Q: What is expected of APPLE members?

A: APPLE is an amazing program that allows parents, children and teachers to collaborate and enhance the learning process.

Parent(s) must commit to volunteering in/for the program/school at least 10 hours per month. Failure to do so could result in removal from the program. This is important because it is the volunteering that shows a commitment in your child(ren)’s learning and what makes APPLE a unique program in the TVDSB.

Transportation is not provided for the APPLE program. Parents would be responsible for getting their child(ren) to school on time, and picking them up from school if they live outside of walking boundaries of Arthur Ford P.S.

If you are registering for the APPLE program this is the commitment you are making for you child(ren) to be a part of the APPLE program.

3. Q: Is transportation provided?

A: Families are required to provide their own transportation to and from Arthur Ford School Public School unless you live within the regular school boundaries and qualify for transportation based on the criteria established for all schools by the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB).

4. Q: Does the entire school operate under the APPLE Program?

A: No. Currently within Arthur Ford there are 6 APPLE classes. The remaining classes are comprised of students who live in the Arthur Ford neighbourhood. There is no zoning requirement for APPLE students though and so they come from the direct neighbourhood and from across the city.

5. Q: What are the class sizes?

A: The APPLE Program operates within the TVDSB and therefore must adhere to maximum class sizes mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Education. The school Principal ultimately decides on the class size, but to contribute to TVDSB’s overall cost efficiency, APPLE classes tend to be close to the maximum, just like most classes in TVDSB.

6. Q: How is class duty scheduled?

A: A Duty Scheduler is assigned for each class at the beginning of the year. They are responsible for receiving needs for duty each month from the teachers and matching it to parent/guardian availability. The Duty Scheduler tries to accommodate as many requests as possible from each family.

7. Q: What if I can’t do class duty?

A: There are many other ways to participate in the program. Attendance at General Meetings, Enhancement Meetings, other committee work, other classroom duties, and classroom preparation can all be accomplished after hours. See the section of this website entitled “Volunteer Hours” for more information.

8. Q: What happens if I can’t make my 10-hour/month commitment?

A: The APPLE Program asks for an average commitment of 10 hours each month over the course of the year. Some months may be less, some may be more. Exceptions can be made for extraordinary circumstances but this should be communicated to the Program Chair. Families not reaching their commitment will receive communication from the APPLE Program Executive and potentially from the School Principal.

9. Q: Can family members do my hours?

A: Yes! Other family members can help out and contribute to duty hours but duty time in the classroom will be balanced across all families who request hours. Anyone doing duty hours must have a police check completed and submitted through the Principal’s office and must show proof of double vaccination.

10. Q: Do both parents get hours by attending meet?

A: Yes.

11. Q: Who should I contact to find extra hours?

A: Your Class Chair or the Vice-Chair of Participation can provide ideas for extra hours.

12. Q: Do the classes go on more field trips?

A: Definitely! Parents assist with planning field trips and volunteer to drive students in grades four through eight to and from the destination, so APPLE classes can take more field trips. Fundraising activities also contribute funds to each classroom to subsidize the cost of these trips.

13. Q: How do they get to the field trips?

A: Parents may volunteer to drive students in grades four through eight to and from the field trip destination and in most cases help supervise the students during the activity. Parents who are available on the day of the field trip offer their assistance and then are assigned a driving list. In order to volunteer as a parent driver on field trips, the TVDSB insurance must be filled out and signed off by the Principal.  The vehicle used to transport APPLE students must be listed on the insurance form and the driver must have 1 million dollars liability on their vehicle. Kindergarten to third grade students take the bus to field trips and will require volunteers. All parents/guardians in APPLE who participate in the classroom or on field trips must submit a police records check to the school Principal as well as show proof of double vaccination.

14. Q: Can I bring my other children on the field trips?

A: No.  Board insurance regulations do not allow parents to bring other siblings if they are driving other students on a field trip.

15. Q: Why is attendance at Enhancement Meetings mandatory?

A: Enhancement Meetings are an important part of participating in your child’s education. During these meetings, teachers discuss the curriculum, current areas of study, areas of difficulty, field trips, and other classroom activities. A strong showing at these meetings is critical for demonstrating to the teacher that the parents want to be involved.

16. Q: What happens at a General Meeting?

A: General Meetings are an opportunity for the Parents’ Association to come together and discuss issues that affect the APPLE experience. Members of the Executive will provide an update and answer any questions from the Parents’ Association. The school administration will provide clarification on matters pertaining to the APPLE Program as they relate to the policies and procedures of the Thames Valley District School Board and any other matters that are the responsibility of the School Administration. The School Council Chair will update the Parents’ Association on matters pertaining to the global school community. Upcoming events and items related to our Vision, Mission statement and Beliefs may be reviewed and discussed. The General Meeting is an appropriate forum to discuss questions and concerns from the Parents’ Association.

17. Q: Can I bring my children to the meetings?

A: Discussions at Enhancement and General Meetings would not be as productive if students were allowed to attend. However, parents are welcome to bring infants if baby-sitting is difficult to arrange at their very young age.

18. Q: Why does APPLE fundraise?

A: APPLE does fundraising to support the operating budget. The majority of the funds are put back into the classroom through a class budget that the teacher and parents are encouraged to spend on supplies for the classroom and class trips. Additional funds are required for Family Fun Nights and administration of the program.