Fundraising 101 this Thursday at Frankland

A friendly reminder about our upcoming Ward Forum: FUNDRAISING 101 on Thursday January 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Frankland Community School (816 Logan Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3E1)

With special guest with Susanna Siou, Manager, Business Development. Bring your questions, learn about helpful resources from our experts, and discuss what’s working and what isn’t. We’ll discuss TDSB guidelines, successful strategies, our challenges, best practices from our community, and how school fundraising works. FREE All are welcome to attend! Refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided. To request interpretation services, please contact

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Trustee Jennifer Story – Oct 24th

Find the link to her post here.  Some highlights (… indicated truncated section, see link for full details):

Ward Forum: School Councils 101

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Place: Danforth CTI, 800 Greenwood Avenue (Greenwood Library)
Special Guest: Michelle Munro, Parent Engagement Office, TDSB

2017/2018 Ward Forums
Here is the schedule for this year’s ward forums in ward 15 Toronto Danforth. Note: All meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 this year. This is half an hour earlier than previously. 
Many school councils choose a representative to send to Ward forums to report back. This is a great approach to take, but I also want to remind everyone that anyone is welcome to attend any or all of these events.
I hope to see you there!
Tuesday, October 24, Danforth CTI  Topic: School Council 101

Traffic Safety in School Zones: My Response to Toronto’s Vision Zero Plan

Parent Reaching Out Grants (PRO)

Government of Ontario Parent Reaching Out (PRO) Grants are designed to support parents in identifying barriers and finding solutions to parent engagement in their own communities.
Congratulations to the following Ward 15 schools approved for 2017-2018 Parent Reaching Out Grants!

Toronto DSB

Frankland  Community School

Building on Equity


(For the other winner=s – see the blog post)

Save the Date:

Parent Engagement Conference

PIAC’s 11th Annual Parent conference is coming to Earl Haig S.S. on Saturday, November 25th.
Registration is opening soon for the PIAC Parent Conference! See what’s in store for the 11th annual conference for parents. 

High School Information Nights
To help you make an informed decision when choosing a high school, TDSB schools host information nights for parents and Grade 8 students each year between October and January. Learn everything you need to know about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. The dates and times for all High School Information Nights are available online at

French Programs Application Deadline

The timelines for applying for these programs for September 2018 are:
– Applications for Early French Immersion (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child), must be completed online between October 30, 2017 and November 30, 2017.
– Applications for Junior Extended French must be completed online betweenJanuary 8, 2018 and February 8, 2018.

Secondary Success Indicators Fact Sheets

Trustee Jennifer Story’s latest blog post

View Jennifer Story’s full blog-post here  – some highlights below.

FYI Councillor Paula Fletcher for Ward 30 website is here.

Ward Forums: Learning & Sharing for Parents/Guardians

Ward Forums are chance for parents/guardians to come together with each other and, along with your trustee and superintendents, share ideas and information, discuss issues and concerns. They take place most months throughout the school year. 
Many school councils in our area select a Ward rep to attend meetings and represent their school communitiy’s interests or concerns, and to take information back to their council. I strongly encourage your School Council to follow this approach.
Our first Ward Forum for the current school year will take place at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute/Greenwood Secondary, at 6:30 pm on Tuesday October 24th. The topic will be School Councils 101
There will also be elections for our ward’s representative (1) and alternate (1) to the TDSB’s Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) and the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC).  
If you’d like more information about what these roles entail, please feel free to reah out to me by email. 

Welcome new Principals/Vice Principals

We have many new admistrators this year, and some who have been here a while but have new or additional roles. Welcome all! 

Principals and Vice principals new to Ward 15, or with new assignments:

Cynthia Abernethy, School of Life Experience (SOLE)

Olga Ellis, Frankland Community School

Colleen Head, William Burgess Elementary School

Anna Intarakosit, Westwood Middle School

Bill Koskinas, Morse Street Junior Public School

Maria LoBianco, RH McGregor Elementary School

Rob MacKinnon, Greenwood Secondary School

Ryan Naidoo, Bruce Public School

Catherine Pollock, Equinox Holistic Alternative School & Roden Public School

Jennifer Zurba, Blake Street Junior Public School & East Alternative School of Toronto

Jenny Georgiou, Wilkinson Junior Public School

Vincent Spadaro, Cosburn Middle School

SRO Program Review & Community Consultation Meetings

As indicated in the August 30, 2017 report to the Board, staff are collaborating with community partners to seek input from our communities regarding the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. Some consultations have already taken place. The remaining meetings are as follows:
               Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM
               Taibu Community Health Centre,
 27 Tapscott Rd. Unit #1, Scarborough
               Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM
               Darul-Hijra Islamic Centre
               2050 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke
               Thursday, 28 September 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM
               Scarborough Village Recreation Centre
               3600 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
               Monday, 2 October 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM
               Regent Park Community Centre
               402 Shuter St., Toronto
All community members, including parents and students, are welcome to attend. While honouring the input of all stakeholders, the consultations will reflect the Board’s commitment equity and inclusion with a focus on engaging those voices that have traditionally been marginalized or discounted.

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


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