Working Together to Protect Public Education

East End Families, you are invited to attend the Secord Elementary School Parent Council and Ontario Families for Public Education meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30pm in the school’s gymnasium at 101 Barrington Avenue.

MPP Peter Tabuns and MPP Rima Berns-McGown will be joined by TDSB Ward 16 Trustee Michelle Aarts, union representatives and community activists for an evening of organizing to protect public education in our community.


Math Night!

Invitation to Jackman’s Math Night This Thursday!

1942DC16-B2B5-490A-B273-EC3DAD1DFEB3This Thursday, March 21, Jackman will host an open house for parents (self guided tour – no formal presentation) to learn about math learning at Jackman. THEN join us in the library for a presentation from Dr. Brenda Smith-Chant from the Mehrit Institute, who will speak to parents on the topic of Math, Self-Regulation, Anxiety and Well-Being!

3:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Drop-in open house tour to hear about math learning for all students at Jackman

7:00 pm – Come listen to Dr. Brenda Smith-Chant in the school library.

Refreshments will be served, and child care is provided.

For more details, please contact Jennifer at

Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) 11th Annual free “Parent Involvement Makes a Difference” Conference on Saturday, November 25th.

The Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) is holding their 11th Annual free “Parent Involvement Makes a Difference” Conference on Saturday, November 25th.
Registration is open and there are limited spaces still available. Sign up today!
About PIAC
Education is a partnership involving students, parents, teachers, principals, staff, trustees, school boards, government, and the community. PIAC is committed to strengthening this partnership and is committed to assisting parents, and school councils.
Check out the PIAC website for more information and sign up for their newsletter to stay informed.

TDSB announces another PA day – April 15, 2016

January 20, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are writing to provide you with important information about an additional Professional Activity Day (P.A. Day) that has been added to the calendars of all schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

All TDSB schools will have a newly designated P.A. Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. This additional P.A. 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 P.A. 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. As always, details on the school year calendar can be found on the TDSB website at:

Thank you.

John Malloy
John Malloy
Director of Education
Robin Pilkey
Robin Pilkey


Special Education Conference – PIAC

Special Education


Empowering Families Through Knowledge and Networking

Saturday, March 28, 2015

8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Earl Haig Secondary School (100 Princess Avenue, Toronto, Ontario)

To register go to

Come for:


Learn about Individual Education Plans (IEPs) – the Identification Placement and Review Committee process (IPRC) – transition planning for elementary, secondary and post-secondary environments – use of technology – psycho-educational assessment – advocacy and more…


Connect with agencies and personnel specializing in the support of children with special needs/gifts and their families. There will be a wide variety in attendance.


Connect with other parents of children with similar special needs/gifts, the specific agencies that support them and with TDSB staff in discussion sessions. Learn about specific resources and opportunities. Share challenges, problem solving strategies and success stories.

Child-minding and Interpretation will be available through
advance registration ONLY – we are unable to provide for walk-in requests.

For more information contact (416) 397-3529 or email

Click on the link below the see the poster and get information to register for this conference.

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Supporting Your Child in School – Workshop on March 1st

Hello All,


Saturday March 1 is right around the corner, and that’s the morning of our workshop for parents called SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL. We have some really good informed people leading each session, and for those of you who need a bit more information to help you decide which session to sign up for, I am including a short description of what each of the four separate sessions will be covering.


Hope to see you there!


Free Special Education Workshop for Parents

offered by TDSB School Trustee, Ward 15

Cathy Dandy

Saturday March 1 2014

9 am – 12:30 pm

Wilkinson Jr PS

53 Donlands Ave (Danforth and Donlands, just north of Donlands subway)

To register, send an email to Tell us which session you would like to attend and if you require child care, and also if you would like an interpreter.


1.  9:15 – 10:30 am –   Students That Struggle: First Steps to Helping

Will be led by experienced elementary school vice-principals Yasmin Buhariwalla and Leonor Lopes, as well as myself. 

We will talk about how to identify learning problems and what to do next; you will find out what resources are available through the TDSB for additional support; what it means for your child to have an IEP (individual education plan); how the system works and what steps you go through in order to get more help.

2.  9:15 – 10:30 am –  Learning Disabilities: Understanding Your Child’s Needs

Will be led by Kate Cressman from Integra, an organization that specializes in the needs of children and youth with learning disabilities. 

Kate will give participants insight into what it’s like to have a learning disability, as well as knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs, and a practical understanding of how it can affect everyday life and mental health. Her presentation will offer some strategies and ideas for how to help support your child’s development.

3.  10:45 – 12:00 –  Autism: What are System Supports?

This session will be led by Nicole Staples Dorey, an ASD Consultant from Surrey Place Centre, an organization that is committed to supporting the social inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorders. 

Nicole’s presentation will focus on what is in Surrey Place’s publication “The Community Resource Directory”. Together you will learn about the variety of services that are available to children and adolescents with autism and their families. 

Services Listed in the Community Resource Directory include: 

Specialized Comprehensive Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) such as–  diagnostic, medical and professional services, treatment services (including counselling, residential and day treatment), family support (parent relief, respite and child care services), financial services, recreation services, and summer programs.

4.  10:45 – 12:00 –  What is Mental Health and When Should You Worry?

If you are the parent of pre-adolescent or teenage kids this one may be of special interest to you:

This session will be led by Steven Singerman, a TDSB social worker-

Being a parent/caregiver is the most important and challenging job there is. The parent-child relationship is one of the most crucial ingredients in raising emotionally/mentally healthy children and adolescents. However, it isn’t the only key ingredient. In this information-packed workshop, you will learn the following:

1) What is Child/Adolescent & Family Mental Health & Well-Being? 

2) What’s the Difference Between Mental Health, Mental Distress and Mental Illness?

3) Is My Child’s Behaviour “Normal”, “Giving Attitude”, “a Phase”, or Something More Serious?

4) “Do’s & Don’t’s”: Tips  for Parents to Support Positive Mental Health & Well-Being in their Children.

5) Most Common Mental Health Illnesses in Childhood & Adolescence.

6) Possible Signs of Mental Illness.

7) Who to Call, Where to Go for Help?




Cathy Dandy
Trustee, Ward 15 Toronto-Danforth
Toronto District School Board