Message from Jennifer Story – School Trustee

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Dear friends and neighbours,
I hope you’ve had a good start to 2016. I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months at school and neighbourhood events. It’s hard to believe that winter will soon be over (did it ever really begin?) and that March break is right around the corner.
If you are planning a school or community event, or have some good news to share, I’d love to know. Please send me an email and I would be happy to attend and/or help your school or group promote your activities and accomplishments.
All my best,
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New Director of Education
The TDSB is pleased to welcome John Malloy as the Board’s new Director of Education
John brings with him a wealth of experience in public education, having served as Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and a Superintendent of Education with the York Region District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board. Most recently, John was an Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Student Achievement Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education.
As Director, John’s key priorities include improving student achievement and well-being. He is focussed on increasing student engagement, ensuring learning environments are supportive, and providing equitable access to opportunities for all students. John also believes very strongly in the importance of collaboration, especially with parents and the community.
Read more about John Malloy, or follow him on Twitter @malloy_john.
School Council Appreciation and Information Evening
Please join The Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) in celebrating the work and contribution of school councils/parents to the education system.
Date: Thursday February 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre
Note: Registration limited to 2 parent/school council representatives per school. Child minding available by online registration only.
For details and to register visit www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference. For more information contact info@torontopiac.com
Save The Date!
On Saturday, April 16, 2016 there will be a Parent as Partners Conference, hosted by multiple TDSB Advisory Committees. Save the date in your calendar and see attached flyer for details. Registration information to come. Flyer PDF.
New PA Day
As a result of the recent labour negotiations, there will be a new Professional Activity (PA) day on April 15 for both elementary and secondary students. There will be no classes on this day and teachers will be participating in professional development on provincial education priorities. Check out the TDSB School Calendar for details.
Nominations Now Open for the Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools
The Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools recognizes and celebrates the innovative work that school teams do in promoting a positive school environment, and supporting student achievement and well-being. Ontario’s safe and accepting schools teams do essential work promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school environment because they understand how vital this is to students’ learning and well-being. This includes ongoing work by school communities who put in place prevention and intervention strategies to help create safe, inclusive and accepting schools.
The deadline to nominate is February 19, 2016. For more information, visithttp://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/nominate.html 
Recess During Cold Weather
Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold. When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors. Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -20C and -28C. For more information, please see the TDSB’s Severe Weather procedure.
If a student’s medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, or if parents have other questions or concerns about how and when weather conditions affect your child’s school day, please contact your school’s office.
Immunizations
The Immunization of School Pupils Act states that all students in Ontario must be vaccinated against the following diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal and varicella (for students born on or after January 1, 2010). This helps to keep all students healthy and safe. Students will be suspended from school if their immunization record is incomplete. Toronto Public Health keeps a record of the immunization information for all students who attend school in Toronto.
Please note that it is the parent’s responsibility to update their child’s immunization record or provide a valid exemption form to Toronto Public Health. Currently, exemptions may apply to prior immunity, medical, religious or philosophical reasons. For further information, please visit the Toronto Public Health website attoronto.ca/immunization or call at 416-392-1250.
Kindergarten Registration
Registration for all TDSB Kindergarten programs begins in February. Read more about kindergarten and find out how to register.
Ward 15 Schools Making News!
Jackman Students Try Their Hand at 3D Printing
A number of Grade 5 students at Jackman Avenue Junior Public School got together with Jarvis Collegiate high school students to explore 3D-printing. Read theToronto Star article about how the students are using 3D printing technology to make prosthetic hands for children.
Special Education Parent Forum
On January 14, we had the Ward 15 Toronto-Danforth Special Education Parent Forum at Monarch Park Collegiate Institute where we heard presentations from the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Irwin Elman, Parent Advocate, Ying Ong, and TDSB Staff from the Special Education Department.
For more information about the speakers and their work, please visit the Ward 15 website.Resources will be posted as they become available.
Ward 15 Council Meetings
Next Meetings
• February – No Meeting
• Thursday March 24, 2016
• Thursday April 21, 2016
• Monday May 30, 2016
Dates may change. Child-minding provided. Refreshments served. Interpretation and translation upon request. All are welcome!
Last Meeting
Mon Jan 25 , 7-9 pm at Pape Avenue Public School, 220 Langley Avenue. Special focus on Teaching & Learning

with Beth Butcher, Executive Superintendent Teaching & Learning and Mike Gallagher, Superintendent WR10.
Meeting Details, Agendas, Minutes, Presentations, and Handouts are posted as available. Please checkwww.tdsb.on.ca/Ward15  for the most up-to-date info.
 Toronto-Danforth Pupil Accommodation Review Committee 
The Toronto-Danforth Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) is having its final public meeting on March 10. They are considering the recommendations put forth by TDSB staff regarding 10 local high schools – and possible changes to attendance boundaries and programs. For more information, read the Dec 7 PARC Presentation or visit the TDSB website on the PARC processSelect a Review > Pupil Accommodation Reviews > 2015 Toronto-Danforth Review
Upcoming Days of Significance
 
February 2016 
3 Setsubun‐sai  (Shinto)
• African Heritage Month
• Black Queering Month
6 International Day of Zero‐Tolerance on Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (WHO)
8 Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
8‐13 Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week
15 Family Day (Ontario public holiday)
20 World Day of Social Justice (UN)
21 International Mother Language Day (UN)
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