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Frankland Fun Fair

Cake Raffle
It’s almost time for the Frankland Fun Fair, which means it’s time to start planning for the annual CAKE RAFFLE! Calling all bakers, bakers-in-training and creative cooks – grab an apron, whip up a fabulous and fun culinary confection and donate it to the Cake Raffle at the Fun Fair. Cakes should be dropped off in room 106 by 10:45 am on Sunday, June 4th (don’t forget to buy raffle tickets – you just might win it back!).

Advance Wrist Band Purchase
Until tomorrow, we will be accepting advance orders for Fun Fair Wrist Bands. The prepaid wristbands will be sent home to you on Thursday, June 1st. Copies of the Information Flyer – Order Form can be picked up at the office.

Volunteers Needed
In order to make this a memorable event for our kids, we need everyone’s help! Each year we rely heavily on our amazing parent community to participate on the day of the event. The Fun Fair’s success hinges on the large troop of dedicated, enthusiastic and over qualified Falcon family volunteers! Please help out using the online sign-up or email Ali Popp to volunteer your time.

Book Sale at FUN Fair
We are looking for donations of books for our FUN Fair. If you are willing to donate some, please drop them at the front office at school. Thanks to those of you who have already done so.


Riverdale Peeps! Get out and get down at the Really Fun Fair 2017Bounce, but no castles. Sugar, but no floss. This inaugural adult fun fair is for parents onlyDJ Full Court Press will be spinning some sweet tracks and deep cuts. Come dance, party and have a great time with your friends.
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$10 entry » cash bar
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we also accept cash dropped off in the office

Hosted by a few Frankland parents who are looking for a good time,
join us in saying “Hello, Fun – haven’t seen you as much as
we’d like to!”

See you there!

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TDSB Connects – April 2017

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Welcome to TDSB Connects, an update on news and events from across the Toronto District School Board.

  1. Education Week: Celebrations will take place across the TDSB between May 1-5. Visit the website to learn more about happenings each day!

  2. Mental Health and Well-Being Webcast: Learn about mental health and well-being resources, initiatives and programs that can benefit all TDSB students. Join us for a webcast on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
  3. Enhancing Equity Ward Forums: Join us at an Enhancing Equity Ward Forum. These collaborative working sessions will help develop strategies and an action plan to improve success for each and every student in your school.
  4. School Year Calendar: The first day of school for the 2017-18 school year is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Take a look at next year’s School Year Calendar for all of the important dates and holidays.
  5. Bike to School Week: Let’s get rolling! Bike to School Week at the TDSB kicks off on May 29. Research demonstrates that active school travel helps kids do better in school while getting the exercise they need.
  6. Summer Programs: Learn more about summer programs available at the TDSB for children, youth and adults.
  7. STEM Parent Conference: Interested in broadening your knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and learning more about nurturing a passion for STEM in your children? Join and connect with parents at the STEM Parent Conference on May 13.
  8. Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Survey: If you are a parent/guardian of a current or former TDSB student with special needs, SEAC would like to hear about your experiences and ideas as they make recommendations on how to improve Special Education at the TDSB. Complete the SEAC Survey.
  9. Your TDSB Trustee: Trustees are important advocates for students and families. Connect with your local trustee and sign up for their newsletter. Welcome to new Scarborough–Rouge River Trustee Abdul Hai Patel!
  10. Equity Policy Consultation: Share your feedback on our draft Equity Policy. Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017.
  11. Parent and Student Census: There is still time to complete and submit your parent census (parents of JK-Grade 6 students). Your voice counts!

Funding Changes and Ice Cream Money for Schools

I scream, you scream, schools funded by ice cream?

Should private funding be used to save a school from closing?

An Ontario ice cream maker is offering $2 million to save the only school in the small town of Markdale from closing. The proposed deal from Chapman’s Ice Cream—which has been approved by the Bluewater District School Board—would keep the school open for the next two years.

According to the proposal, Chapman’s Ice Cream and Parataxis Design & Development Corp. have offered to pay $2 million each to rebuild Beavercrest Community School. For the next two years, while a deal is being worked out, the Municipality of Grey Highlands has agreed to pay $50,000 annually to cover the extra costs of keeping the school open, while Chapman’s has agreed to cover any expenses beyond that.

In order to go ahead, the deal would have to be approved by the province, because it does not fit within current provincial regulations. The possible deal raises many questions…

Read more.

One day—one voice. Stand up for Music!

Music Monday is on May 1.

Every year, on the first Monday of May, schools across the country participate in a simultaneous nationwide performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist. Organized by the Coalition for Music Education, the event is dedicated to raising awareness for music education.

This year’s Music Monday anthem, Sing It Together, celebrates the unifying power of music. The song is co-written by award-winning songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas, and is available in various languages and arrangements.

Learn more.

Increased funding for school boards announced

But no new rural strategy yet

On April 12, the province released the details of education funding for 2017/18. After lengthy negotiations with trustees’ associations, teachers’ federations and education workers’ unions, the province announced increases in salaries, funding for class size reductions, and a new Local Priorities Fund that may be used for staff such as special education teachers or educational assistants.

The province also announced that the government will launch a consultation on “new approaches to supporting education in rural and remote communities” in the spring.

Learn More

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Preserving the independent voice for public education

People for Education started twenty years ago, and continues to combine a unique blend of evidence, engagement, and policy analysis to ensure that our publicly funded education system is the best it can possibly be. It takes vigilance, research, and a strong communications strategy to ensure that our system continues to evolve.

But doing this important work costs money.

Today, our budget is just under $1 million per year. With that funding, we provide independent, evidence-based reports on everything from streaming in high school, to music education; we speak to policy-makers and work with experts to ensure that Ontarians have the facts and evidence they need; and we hold consultations and host conferences.

By funding the research and evidence that form the backbone of all we do, you’re helping to ensure that our publicly funded schools create new generations with the must-have skills to innovate, adapt, imagine and continue to learn.

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Education in the news

Ontario needs stronger fundraising policy to ensure equity between schools.

What happens when a school board pools fundraising donations so they can be shared between schools?

Student engagement: Three ways to be less boring.

Chicago high school students may be required to have a post-secondary plan in order to earn a diploma.

A new report finds that almost half of TDSB students expelled over last 5 years are black.

According to Samara’s latest report card, the health of Canada’s democracy has improved.

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Upcoming Conferences and Events

April 19: WellAhead Webinar Series: Leadership for Well-being in Schools

April 19–20: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Conference

April 22: Dream Big: The School Council Event

April 26: Frontier College 2017 National Forum: Literacy and Poverty

April 28: Canadian Centre For Gender and Sexual Diversity’s third annual Ontario Educators’ Conference

April 28 – 30: Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations Conference

May 1: Music Monday 2017

May 6: Let’s Get Together’s Parent Expo 2017

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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

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 for a complete list of participating schools.

Summer International Languages


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 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

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:,ProceduresForms/PolicyConsultations.aspx

Mark your Calendars!<

Next Ward Forum: Fundraising
May 30 @ Roden/Equinox


Ward 15 Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

A couple of our schools have asked me to share some fantastic and important parent/guardian workshops they are holding: one on mental health and teens, at Riverdale, and the second, a workshop series on supporting kids and families with learning disabilities, at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute.

They welcome you all to join. Below are the details.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes:

Danforth CTI School Council presents a

Parent Workshop Series

Danforth CTI School Council is pleased to welcome parents, caregivers, School Councils and staff from our Ward 15 family of schools to a unique workshop series designed to strengthen support for all students, and especially for those with learning disabilities.
With funding from a Parent Reaching Out Grant, School Council is working in partnership with the Integra Program of the Child Development Institute to offer learning opportunities in April and May in a series entitled, Walking a Mile in Their Shoes: Helping Parents to a Better Understanding of Learning Challenges.
The workshops are free and registration is open now.

Learning Disabilities and Mental Health – Register
Tuesday April 18 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Many students struggle with learning; some have identified learning disabilities; all benefit from supportive and knowledgeable staff and caregivers. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the relationship between learning disabilities and mental health issues. We will explore signs and indicators of anxiety and depression, and we will learn strategies to support good mental health.

The Social Impact of Learning Disabilities – Register
Wednesday May 10 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm

High school years can be stressful socially for teens. In this workshop, we will discuss why students with learning disabilities have a particular risk of social challenges with peers. Participants will gain an understanding of social competence and learn strategies for supporting students in learning important social skills for everyday life.

Executive Function and Learning Disabilities – Register
Tuesday May 23 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Organization, problem-solving and self-regulation – all are critical skills for students. This workshop provides participants with an understanding of executive function or higher order thinking for youth with learning disabilities. It offers practical strategies to support the development of executive function and self-regulation that can contribute to success for any student.

Danforth CTI School Council For information of interest to parents and caregivers of Danforth CTI students, visit us at


Staff Appreciation Lunch – Monday April 10

Hello Frankland Parents!

Every year we show appreciation to the Staff at Frankland by putting together a Staff Appreciation Lunch! This year we have selected Monday April 11th! Food donations need to be dropped off, with heating instructions, in labelled containers. We need volunteers to set up the room prior to lunch, and then leave so that staff can enjoy their lunch hour. Volunteers come back after lunch to clean up and pack away excess food. Details follow:

Monday April 10th

We are requesting Salads, Main Dishes, and Desserts.

Food needs to be dropped off upstairs in the Staff Room by 10am.

Please label your containers, they will be washed and ready for pickup at the end of the day.

Volunteers needed to help set up the lunch, and clean up afterwords!

Please email Henna Agha, and Jen Volk with information on your food donation!



To grade or not to grade – that is the question

To grade or not to grade: that is the question.

What happens when a teacher focuses on feedback instead of marks?

In the latest People for Education podcast, find out what happens in a Toronto classroom when a teacher experiments with evaluating her grade 7/8 students through feedback instead of marks. You may be surprised by what the students had to say…

Listen to the podcast.

Grants for parents announced

Province funds projects and programs to support parent involvement

The province spends approximately $6 million annually to support parent involvement. School boards receive about $3 million to fund Parent Involvement Committees and school councils, and a further $3.1 million in funding is provided through Parents Reaching Out Grants.

Applications for Parents Reaching Out Grants are now open. Grants are available for individual school councils, or for parent organizations, school boards, non-profit organizations, and post-secondary institutions working with parents.These grants support programs or initiatives that help parents participate in their children’s education—either at home or at school.

Apply for a Parents Reaching Out Grant
Read more about funding for parent engagement

Education unions agree on tentative contract extensions

If ratified, contracts will now expire in August 2019

Contracts for teachers and support staff were to expire in August, but they have now been extended for two years. The province has reached tentative agreements with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA), the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Education Workers Alliance of Ontario (EWAO) and CUPE Ontario.

The province has also introduced new legislation to amend some of its policy around provincial bargaining.

Help, we’ve got homework

Projects and practice and quizzes, oh my!

As we enter the heart of the school year, homework issues may be taking centre stage in homes across the province. Before engaging in a homework battle with your child, it may help to a) remember that it’s their homework – not yours, and b) arm yourself with a few facts. Our homework tip sheet addresses some of parents’ most common concerns, and provides tips to support your child.

There is also free homework help available in the community and online. The Independent Learning Centre has a free online math tutoring service, led by certified teachers, for students in grades 7–10. Many schools, libraries, and community centres have homework clubs, and high schools often have peer tutors available to help.

So, before booking expensive tutoring sessions, find out about the free services available in your community.

Education in the news

This British school has projects, not subjects, on its timetable.

Three new studies show a drop in results when students use vouchers to attend private schools.

Education needs to be much more than getting the answers right on a standardized test.

The case for school choirs: singing in groups improves mental health.

This article in the Guardian asks: Is homework worth the hassle?

Canadian school board cancels field trips to US following travel ban.

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Upcoming Conferences and Events

March 4: Master of Education Information Day at OISE.

March 6: Education Forum: How High School Choices Affect Your Future.

March 31: Nominations close for OTIP Teaching Awards.

April 4–5: Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition Conference.

April 19–20: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Conference.

April 28: Canadian Centre For Gender and Sexual Diversity’s third annual Ontario Educators’ Conference.

Please support our work

You can support People for Education by making a donation today.

People for Education is a registered charity, Charitable No. 85719 0532 RR0001.

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Trustee Updates – February 2017

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It has been an eventful month in relation to use of school space and our relationship with the City of Toronto. The City has just approved its 2017 budget, with mixed impact on our schools.Twenty years ago when the Province, under then Premier Mike Harris, changed the ways schools are funded, they stopped paying operating costs for childcare centres, pools and other functions that government deemed to not be “instructional space”.

This a) forced a rethink between the City and the Board on shared use of pools, and b) almost caused a dramatic increase in childcare costs. In the case of pools, the City has continued with many pools to lease them, with a lease value that covers the operating costs of these pools, and offer city-run programs there. In the case of childcare, the City stepped in some twenty years ago and offered an “occupancy grant” to school boards to cover those unfunded costs.

This year the City of Toronto, based on direction from the Mayor to cut the budget by 2.6%  opted to reconsider these commitments.

Last month, following a motion I moved at the Board, trustees joined parents and childcare advocates to fight the proposed cuts to childcare occupancy grants. I’m go glad to be able to report that we won! City Council agreed to maintain the childcare grant — at least for one more year.

With pools, we were not so fortunate. The City unexpectedly terminated its support for three pools last year, and by way of this budget terminated it support for three more, including SH Armstrong right here in our part of the city.

At a time when all levels of government are interested in supporting community hubs (which SH Armstrong/Duke of Connaught truly is), and addressing declining rates of activity for kids and youth, this decision is unsettling. It’s also hard to understand why the City would choose to cancel swim programs when so many parents talk of how hard it is to get into them in the first place.

I will continue to work with our hard-working parents and community advocates and with our area Councillors, Paula Fletcher, Mary Margaret McMahon, Mary Fragedakis and Janet Davis, to defend and protect our east-end pools, and pools throughout the city that are shared between the TDSB and the City. As the agreement that affects some 30 more pools is up for renewal this summer, you will no doubt hear more about this issue in the coming months.

It’s also important that we call on the Provincial government to step in and reconsider its funding of these spaces. They are both places of important learning for our kids, and should be valued and funded accordingly. I will be working with my Trustee colleagues to raise these concerns with the provincial government as well.


Riverdale CI is hosting an information session about Summer Options for Teens this:
Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30pm in the Library.


Kindergarten is the first step in a lifelong journey that will see your child learn, grow, and succeed at the Toronto District School Board. At the TDSB, we know early learners learn best through doing; so our four and five-year-olds are introduced to math and science through play as part of Kindergarten – Grade 12 STEM programming. To inspire a love for learning, Kindergarten classrooms are bustling with inquiry and exploration through science activities, math games, art projects and more. Visit your local school during February to register.

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four years old by December 31. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five-years-old by December 31.

All of our schools now offer Full-Day Kindergarten where students will attend Kindergarten for the entire school day. This includes a morning and afternoon schedule and a lunch break. Visit the Kindergarten website to learn more about this program and learn how to prepare your child for school.


Cycling Education Programs
Schools can now apply to have a skills-based cycling education program presented at their school in the spring of 2017, free of charge!All schools are eligible to apply.
However, schools that did not receive a Cycling Education Program during the 2015/16 school year will be given priority in the selection process. All other schools will be selected through a lottery.

For more details and to access the application form, visit the EcoSchools Cycling Supports webpage and select the Cycling Education Programs tab.

Deadline to apply for a Cycling Education Program: February, 28th

Bike Rack Program — Apply for free bike racks!
Increase sustainable transportation at your school with new bike racks! All schools are eligible to apply, but will have to demonstrate need and evidence of prior efforts to promote active sustainable transportation.  For more details and to access the application form, visit the EcoSchools Cycling Supports webpage.

Deadline to apply for bike racks: June 30th, 2017


February is African Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board.  African Heritage Month is an opportunity for the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians to be affirmed. Throughout February, a number of activities are taking place system-wide.

An opening celebration was held on Wednesday, February 1 with the Honorable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of Education, as keynote speaker. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 150 years of African Heritage.” The month will focus on the contributions peoples of African descent have made to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and the Rites of Passage Process.


The Toronto District School Board is proud to recognize February as Chinese Heritage Month for the first time. During this month, we celebrate the energetic culture and traditions of the Chinese community with students, staff and community members.
The Chinese community is integral to the growth and success of the City of Toronto and Canada.  Members of the Chinese community represent approximately 10 percent of the total GTA population and forms its second largest visible minority group. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, Canadians remember and appreciate the Chinese workers who helped build the Canadian Pacific Railway that united our country.

Monday, February 27, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cosburn Middle School (520 Cosburn Ave)


Feb 27 – School Councils 101 @ Cosburn Middle School

Mar 27 – Indigenous Education @ Riverdale CI
April 27 – facilities @ Chester Elementary School
May 30 – Fundraising @ Roden/Equinox