April News – Trustee Jennifer Story

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Parent Involvement Advisory Committee Rep Vacancy 

Our school board ward elects one representative and one alternate to the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee at the TDSB. There is currently a vacancy in the alternate position. If you are interested in the role or knowing a bit more about it, please email Maxeen Paabo in our Trustee Services office.

Indigenous Education Ward Forum

We had a great meeting on March 27, showcasing the incredible work happening in the TDSB around indigenous education, reconciliation, and learning at all levels and with all stakeholders in our Board.
Many thanks to staff, parents, teachers and community members who participated.

You can download the Minutes (PDF) from the March 27 Ward Forum.

Toronto’s Annual School Cleanup Day

On Friday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m. students, staff, and parents from across Toronto are encouraged to help rejuvenate our city’s green spaces by picking up litter in their schoolyard, neighbourhood park, or local community. Celebrate Earth Day by joining over 500 schools who are helping to keep our city clean and green! You’ll be amazed at what we can accomplish in as little as 20 minutes!

Bike to School Week

Let’s get rolling! Join students and teachers across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to celebrate Bike to School Week, from May 29th to June 2nd, 2017. The week beginning on the last Monday of May has officially been declared the annual Bike to School Week at the TDSB. How to get involved

April is Hispanic Heritage Month at the TDSB

The TDSB is committed to preserving the rich cultures and traditions of those of Hispanic heritage. One way in which the rich artistic culture of Hispanic heritage is celebrated in Toronto is through dance. A recent documentary, Hearts of Tango, has been screened in many countries around the world with great reviews and success.  This documentary, produced and directed by TDSB teacher Miguel Libedinsky, is about Tango in our city. The film has been screened in the USA, Spain, Japan, Sri Lanka, UK, Romania, Finland, Argentina, the Netherlands, and Germany.  Learn more at www.heartsoftango.com.

April is Latin-America History Month at the TDSB

Across the TDSB, we have over 5,000 students and more than 21 countries from Latin-America that will be represented as we learn about and celebrate the diverse ethnicities, nationalities, cultures and languages of Latin-America. This year, we will elaborate on the concept of Abya Yala, a decolonized term from the Kuna Language, which refers to the geographical region of Latin-America as Indigenous Land as explored through the Indigenous Prophecy of the Eagle and Condor. This diversity is not easily accessed in mainstream sources of knowledge nor are the experiences of students from Latin-America. The TDSB is leading the equity work in transforming schools to equitable spaces where images, words and actions alike uplift students and families of Latin-America! Learn more

April is Sikh Heritage Month at the TDSB

On March 22, 2016, Trustees voted to designate April of each year as Sikh Heritage Month, making TDSB the first school board in Canada to do so, and matching recognition by the Province of Ontario in 2013.
As Canada marks its 150th anniversary, it is a time to reflect on both the struggles and accomplishments of the many communities that contribute to Canada’s rich cultural mosaic.  From being turned away on Canada’s shores during the historic Komagata Maru incident in 1914 to the many Canadians, such as Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, who serve the nation today, we must continue to progress. Learn more.

Elementary Summer School

Elementary summer programs increase engagement and build self-confidence in our students. This summer, from July 5 – 28, we are opening schools across the city to help build reading, writing and math skills in students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Visit www.tdsb.on.ca/summer for a complete list of participating schools.

Summer International Languages

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African Heritage Programs

Register your child in TDSB’s half and full day international languages summer programs. Open to all students from SK to Grade 8, our language learning programs involve cultural activities like games, songs, dance, storytelling, traditional crafts and writing. Classes begin
Visit www.ILEprograms.ca for a complete list of participating schools and language classes.

TDSB Student and Parent Census

April 2017 is Census Month at the TDSB! We will conduct the third Student and Parent Census, which includes Grade 4-6 students for the first time, along with Grade 7-12 students. Students will complete the Census in class. Parents of JK-Grade 6 students will also be invited to fill out the Parent Census. Forms will be sent home with students in April 2017. Your voice counts! Complete the TDSB Census and make sure your voice is heard.
Learn more at www.tdsb.on.ca/census.

Equity Foundation Policy Review: Consultation Process Update

As you know, TDSB is currently in the process of reviewing the Equity Foundation Policy (P037), which establishes the Board’s commitment to ensuring that fairness, equity, and inclusion are essential principles of our school system. As part of this process, the following consultation is taking place:
CAC Focus Group Meeting:
The Board’s Advisory Committees have been invited to participate (2-3 representatives per CAC) in a focus group discussion regarding the draft policy on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5050 Yonge Street.
On-line Feedback:
Parents/families, community members and staff have been invited to review and provide feedback online regarding the draft policy at: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/Policies,ProceduresForms/PolicyConsultations.aspx

Mark your Calendars!<

Next Ward Forum: Fundraising
May 30 @ Roden/Equinox

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