A message from Jennifer Story – School Trustee

Dear friends and neighbours,

There is a lot of activity at the the Board and at our schools, and I’d like to share some of the developments with you. Please take a moment to read about some of the local and system-wide news.

If you have any suggestions or concerns I am always interested in hearing them. Your feedback is a crucial part of making sure we do our best for students. I attend as many events as I can in Toronto-Danforth schools, but if I don’t connect with you in person, please feel free to get in touch by email at Jennifer.Story@tdsb.on.ca.

All my best,

In This Issue:

TDSB Appoints First-Ever Integrity Commissioner

Greenwood Secondary School Wins “Bicycle-Friendly School of the Year” Award

Leslieville Young ‘Champions’ Learn About Making a Difference

Save The Date! Parents as Partners: TDSB Parent Conference 2016

Ward 21 By-election

Budget Ward Forum

Four TDSB Educators Among Canada’s Outstanding Principals

Ward 15 Council Meetings

Latest Newsletter from French As a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC)

TDSB Long Term Program and Accommodation Strategy Update

Ecoschools Update: Water Refill Stations, and Schoolyard Greening

Summer Options for Teens

Additional PA Day

Refugee Crisis Appeal

Fix Our Schools

Continuing and International Education – Community Programs

Summer Music Camps

Upcoming Days of Significance

TDSB Appoints First-Ever Integrity Commissioner

The Toronto District School Board has appointed Suzanne Craig as Integrity Commissioner. Serving the Board of Trustees, the Integrity Commissioner will provide advice, and conduct inquiries and complaint resolution in an independent manner. She will provide advice on the application of the Board Member Code of Conduct, applicable policies and procedures and provide information with respect to trustees’ obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Read more in the TDSB news release.

Save The Date! Parents as Partners: TDSB Parent Conference 2016

 

The Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee, and Model Schools for Inner Cities’ Parent Academies, are hosting one INCLUSIVE conference at the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place on Saturday, April 16th. Please save this date in your calendar and watch for emerging details on the SEAC and PIAC pages of the TDSB website. For more information and to register visit http://www.parentsaspartners.ca Flyer PDF

Ward 21 By-election

Congratulations to Neethan Shan @NeethanShan, the successful candidate in the Ward 21 (Scarborough-Rouge River) by-election held on Monday, January 25, 2016. Neethan replaces former Trustee Shaun Chen. For more information about Neethan and his commitment to the educational community in Toronto, visit his campaign website.

Four TDSB Educators Among Canada’s Outstanding Principals

Four TDSB Principals have been recognized by The Learning Partnership as being among Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2016.  The winning TDSB Principals are:

  • Sarah Frost, Cliffwood Public School
  • Alison Gaymes San Vicente, Lanor Junior Middle School
  • Arlene Knights-Svarich, Elizabeth Simcoe Junior Public School
  • Duncan LeBlanc, Maplewood High School

Congratulations! Find out more about this year’s winners.

Latest Newsletter from French As a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC)

The French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC) consults with and advises the Board on French as a Second Language matters and contributes to the work of trustees and staff. This partnership of trustees, staff, and parents fosters excellence and growth in FSL programs at the Board. 

FSLAC is composed of parent representatives and alternates elected by ward councils, a parent co-chair elected by FSLAC parent representatives, a trustee appointed by the Board as Co-Chair, and designated TDSB staff.

FSLAC is a great resource for parents who want additional French supports for their child in immersion, extended, or core French. Several times a year they issue a newsletter full of helpful tips. Sign up for their newsletter by emailing fslactoronto@gmail.com. Be sure to indicate your first and last name and the name of your child’s school. 

Here is the FSLAC March Newsletter. 

Another great resource for parents/guardians is Canadian Parents for French.

Ecoschools Update: Water Refill Stations, and Schoolyard Greening

The Ecoschools Department is part of the TDSB Sustainability Office. The implementation of the TDSB Charter for Active Safe and Sustainable Transportation is underway. The TDSB Ecoschools Cycling Support Program is developing new ways to help schools create a culture of cycling by providing infrastructure and programming support. Soon to come: opportunities to have a free skills-based cycling education program presented at your school.  

Plastic water bottles are expensive, take a lot of energy to make and transport, and last 400 years in landfill. Through Project Refill, the TDSB is encouraging students and staff to bring portable refillable water bottles. Send a message of environmental stewardship by applying here for a free water bottle refill station in your school. The deadline to submit applications for consideration for fall 2016 installation is Monday, April 25th. 

In March 2015 the TDSB approved new guidelines for Schoolyard Greening. EcoSchools has resources to help schools with smaller projects such as building outdoor classrooms, or larger scale multiple-year partner-funded projects. Find out more and book a schoolyard design consultation at no cost here. Consultations are held on Tuesdays. Once the spaces are filled, bookings will begin for next year.

Refugee Crisis Appeal 

Thanks to the generosity of students, staff, and school communities, with donation matching by the Government of Canada, the TDSB has helped raise approximately $116,000 as part of tdsbCARES: Refugee Crisis Appeal. Read more here.

At TDSB schools, we have registered 320 Syrian newcomers (240 in elementary and 100 in secondary), 13 of whom have enrolled in Toronto-Danforth area schools. We are very proud of our local school communities for providing a warm welcome, making donations and sponsoring families.

In addition, for Syrian newcomers currently without a fixed address, COSTI Immigrant Services, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and the Toronto District School Board are collaborating to facilitate temporary educational experiences for children until they can be registered in a school. 

Fix Our Schools

What we know:

  • School conditions impact student achievement.
  • $1.7-billion of the total $15-billion of disrepair in Ontario’s schools is deemed urgent and critical.
  • $1.4-billion each year is needed to maintain Ontario’s school in a state of good condition, yet actual provincial funding over the last five years has only been $150-500-million.

Our children deserve more. Let’s Fix Our Schools.

Continuing and International Education – Community Programs

Registration for Learn4Life spring classes is now open and classes begin Saturday, April 9. Take up a new hobby, learn a language, and meet people in your community. Put your hands to work and decorate and glaze your own pottery or sculpture. Stay active with full body boot camp classes, tennis and golf. Gain knowledge on how to invest in the stock market or prepare your taxes. Classes include Egyptian Belly Dancing, Stained Glass and Web Design. Please refer to our brochure for a complete list of our offerings.

 Facebook.com/TDSBLearn4Life  @TDSB_ConEd

Summer Music Camps

Enrich your child’s summer vacation with music camp. Through three unique programs – Summer Sounds, Downtown Summer Strings and Toronto Summer Music Camps – the TDSB offers band, strings and orchestral experiences for students from Grades 3-9. Registration is open now.

For more information please visit www.tdsbsummercamps.ca   @TDSB_ConEd

Ward 15 Schools Making News!

Greenwood Secondary School Wins “Bicycle-Friendly School of the Year” Award

In partnership with the City of Toronto, Cycle Toronto gives out the Toronto Bike Awards to honour businesses and organizations that demonstrate leadership in encouraging cycling in our city. A big congratulations to the students and staff at Greenwood for being the “Bicycle-Friendly School of the Year!”

Leslieville Young ‘Champions’ Learn About Making a Difference 

A class of grade 4 & 5 students at Leslieville Public School recently took part in the Classroom Champions program, an initiative run by the Back to School Project Foundation. The students filled eight baskets for Syrian families who have been forced to relocate to Canada due to circumstances beyond their control. Read more in the Inside Toronto article.

Budget Ward Forum – FLYER PDF

Community consultation is a very important part of the TDSB’s budget process. Leading up to the March meeting when the Board will vote on the balanced budget plan, Trustees will be holding ward forums to hear feedback from students, parents and the community. 

Please join me and TDSB Budget staff at my Ward Council Meeting on Thursday March 24 NEW DATE 7-9 pm at Earl Beatty to discuss the 2016-17 budget and proposed recommendations to balance the budget. This will be a joint meeting with our friends in Ward 16 and their trustee, Sheila Cary-Meager

Childminding and translation upon request. For more information about the meeting visit www.tdsb.on.ca/Ward15

For more information about the TDSB’s 2016-17 budget, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/budget

Ward 15 Council Meetings

Next Meetings

• Thursday March 24, 2016

• Thursday April 21, 2016

• Monday May 30, 2016

Dates may change. All are welcome!

Meeting Details, Agendas, Minutes, Presentations, and Handouts are posted as available. Please check www.tdsb.on.ca/Ward15  for the most up-to-date info.

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. TDSB staff have made copies of the document Teaching and Learning Snapshots 2014-2015 available on the TDSB website here to view or download.

TDSB Long Term Program and Accommodation Strategy Update

Interested in advance notice of potential program and boundary changes? Check out the Long Term Program and Accommodation Strategy (LPTAS) document for status updates on our local schools. You can jump to a specific section to see LTPAS by Ward for information on specific schools in Ward 15 (starts at page 114). 

Summer Options for Teens

On March 23 Riverdale Colleciate Insitiute will be holding a parent info session on summer options for teens. Download the flyer PDF for more details.

Additional PA Day

An additional Professional Activity Day (PA Day ) has been added to the calendars of all schools in the Toronto District School Board.

All TDSB schools will have a newly designated PA Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. This additional PA Day has been mandated by the Ministry of Education as a result of provincial labour negotiations. All TDSB schools will be closed to students on Friday, April 15, 2016. On this day, teachers will be taking part in professional development on provincial education priorities identified by the Minister of Education.

Most Before- and After-School Programs will offer full-day care for children currently registered in their program on the PA Day. Parents/guardians are encouraged to speak to their local child care provider for further details.

The remainder of the 2015-2016 school year calendar remains unaffected. Details on the school year calendar can be found at www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/Calendar.

Upcoming Days of Significance

21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN) 

22 World Water Day (UN) 

23 Magha Puja Day (Buddhism) 

23 Holi (Hindusim) 

24 Purim (Judaism) 

25 Good Friday (Christianity) (Public holiday)

27 Easter (Christianity) 

28 Easter Monday (Christianity)

30 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)