Message from Jennifer Story – Ward Council News

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The air is getting cooler and the leaves continue to fall. I hope you and your family are settling well into school routines and activites.
This past Thanksgiving weekend, I reflected on how grateful I am for the many dedicated parents who put in an immeasurable amounts of volunteer time to support our schools. I’m equally grateful for the talented and hardworking staff (teachers, administrators, custodians, educational assistants, and thee list goes on), so many of whom go above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best learning environment for our students.
If you have news from your school community that you’d like to share with the broader community in Toronto-Danforth, please let me know. I’d be happy to share your updates to this list.
All my best to you and yours,

Acknowledgement of Traditional Lands and Territories in All TDSB Schools

All TDSB schools now begin their day with an acknowledgement of the Traditional and Ancestral Lands of Aboriginal peoples. It is customary at the TDSB to begin events, gatherings and meetings with an acknowledgment. This practise has now expanded into schools. Learn more.

Join a Conversation About Equity in the TDSB

The TDSB is a leader in supporting equity through innovative programs, inclusive curriculum, professional learning and equity strategies to close achievement, participation and opportunity gaps. Our vision is to create equitable learning environments and to raise expectations for everyone. To do that, we have developed a draft Integrated Equity Framework Action Plan and we want to hear from you.
Please learn more online, take a look at the framework (or the summary version) and share your feedback online or join us at an in-person conversation.

Safer Streets Near Schools

In the City of Toronto, residents are able to request traffic calming (e.g., narrowing roads, speed humps etc.), changes to speed limits, and improvements to intersection and major crossings within their community. However, in order to have the feasibility of these requests investigated by the city, communities must take a variety of steps.
The Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools is a research-based resource designed to assist residents in requesting street improvements within the City of Toronto. The guide accessibly explains City of Toronto policies that relate to street improvements and provides suggestions on which ones may be most relevant to a given community. The guide also includes a toolkit, comprised of:

  • A worksheet to help identify issues and develop potential solution
  • Sample templates (letters, and a traffic calming petition
  • Ideas and resources for teacher
  • A list of organizations working for safer street
To learn more visit www.saferstreetsnearschools.ca
October is Islamic Heritage Month
October is Islamic History Month at the TDSB and across Canada. In schools and administration buildings, students and staff will take this opportunity to learn about the history, heritage and diversity of our Muslim fellow Canadians. Islamic Heritage Month is an occasion to improve our knowledge about the many contributions of Muslim Canadians to the building of Canada’s democratic society through their work in the areas of political and social justice. Learn more.
October is Somali Heritage Month
October is Somali Heritage Month at the TDSB. This month, students and staff will be learning about the history and diversity of the Somali heritage. As well as celebrating, facilitating and encouraging education excellence with Canadian students of Somali descent, Canadians of Somali descent have made and continue to make significant contributions to the city of Toronto, province of Ontario and Canadian society at large. The month of October will provide an opportunity for Somali-heritage communities to share their vibrant culture and traditions with the TDSB communities and the city of Toronto. Learn more

John Malloy Appointed Permanent TDSB Director of Education

On September 8, TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey announced that Interim Director of Education Dr. John Malloy was appointed permanent Director of the TDSB, Canada’s largest school board.
Since joining the TDSB in January 2016, Dr. Malloy has introduced a Board-wide Learning Centre Strategy that moves resources closer to classrooms and improves school responsiveness to student, parent/guardian and community needs. Learn more.
In addition, Dr. Malloy was among the first Ontario Directors of Education to post his employment agreement with the TDSB on the Board’s website.

Future Ward Forum Dates

Oct 27 – Queen Alexandra
Nov 29 – William Burgess
Jan 26 – Morse
Feb 27 – Cosburn/Diefenbaker
Mar 27 – Riverdale
April 27 – Chester
May 30 – Roden/Equinox
All meetings are from 7:00 to 9:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
All are welcome! Childminding and interpretation available upon request toMaxeen.Paabo@tdsb.on.ca
Meeting Details, Agendas, Minutes, Presentations, and Handouts are posted as available. Please checkwww.tdsb.on.ca/Ward15 for the most up-to-date info.