Ward Council Meeting – October 27



Next Ward Forum:

Tearing Down the Walls

I hope you can join me next week for a Ward Forum on equity in our schools. It’s such an important topic for us all!

Topic: “Tearing Down the Walls: How We Help Students Overcome  Barriers to Success and Well-being”

We’ll be looking specifically how the TDSB approaches equity issues, how we support kids and families living in poverty in particular, and how you can be involved in improving our work in these areas. 

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time:7-9 pm

Location: Queen Alexandra Middle School (181 Broadview Ave)

Elections: We will also be electing leadership positions for our Ward Council: Chair, French as a Second Language rep and Parent Involvement Advisory Committee rep, and minute taker.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please be sure to attend this meeting, and email me if you have any question in advance. 

Light refreshments and child-minding will be available.

10th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference: Registration Now Open

All TDSB parents and guardians are invited to our free conference. It is an opportunity to make connections and participate in informative and empowering workshops, which include learning about French and specialized programs, how to help with homework and supporting literacy at home. Child-minding, Interpretation and Busing will be available through registration only.

Learn more – and register – at www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Location: Earl Haig Secondary School

Address: 100 Princess Avenue

French Programs Application Deadline

For families interested in the Toronto District School Board’s French Immersion or Extended French programs, we offer an online process for applying to:

  • Early French Immersion (EFI) which begins in Senior Kindergarten;
  • Junior Extended French (JEF) which begins in Grade 4

We guarantee an offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) to all on-time applicants. Transportation is provided as per the Board’s Transportation policy.

The timelines for applying for these programs for September 2017 are:

  • Applications for Early French Immersion (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child), must be completed online between November 1, 2016 and December 1, 2016.
  • Applications for Junior Extended French must be completed online between January 9, 2017 and February 2, 2017.

Offers of placement within your chosen program will be made to all on-time applicants in the weeks following the close of the application window. Please note: families with an older sibling currently in a French program are still required to complete an online application for the new student. Further information on French as a Second Language programs and the application process is available online at www.tdsb.on.ca/french.

Getting Ready for Grade Nine

If you’re in Grade 8, the TDSB’s Choices for 9 booklet will give you all the information you need for going to High School. You can also explore our High Schools by visiting them on Open House and Information Nights.

TDSB high school students have access to some of the most innovative and unique schools, programs and courses in the country. Take advantage of your time in high school to customize your learning and focus on your interests and passions. You’ll find what you’re looking for at the TDSB and graduate ready to be successful in your post-secondary pursuits and future career.

Message from Jennifer Story – Ward Council News


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.

Message from School Trustee Jennifer Story – Ask Me Anything!





A.M.A. is short-form for Ask Me Anything.  In this case, it’s an opportunity for you to come out and meet the new Director for Education, John Malloy, and the new superintendents for the schools in Ward 15 Toronto-Danforth.


Under Directory Malloy’s leadership the TDSB has undertaken a significant restructuring with the express goal of getting our school supports (superintendents, special education resources, learning coaches, tech support, etc.) closer to our schools and more in touch with our communities. One of the changes for us here in east Toronto is a slate of three new superintendents overseeing the 30+ schools in our ward: John Chasty, Lucy Gianotta and Mary Jane McNamara. These three people effectively oversee the work of our principals and so play a critical role in school success, student achievement, and well-being.  

Parents in Toronto Danforth are never short on questions and never shy to raise their voices with opinions, concerns, suggestions, and yes, sometimes even kudos. Here is a chance for you to come out, ask questions, be heard, and learn more about the new “Learning Centre” model and what it means for your child, your school, your family. 

I look forward to seeing you at this, our first Ward Forum of the 2016-2017 school year. 

DATE: September 19, 2016

TIME: 7pm

LOCATION: Wilkinson Public School, 53 Donlands (just north of Danforth)

Please help spread the word. I look forward to seeing you there. 

Yours in community,

Jennifer Story


TDSB – Chair of the Board & Director of Education Webcast



Parents/Guardians of TDSB Students,

We are always looking to improve communication with parents across the city. Please join us onTuesday, May 3 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. as we host our first live webcast for parents/guardians.

We will begin the session with a welcome and update on recent developments at the TDSB. This will be followed by a chance for parents/guardians to ask questions. After the webcast, please participate in a short survey about the webcast format and share your thoughts about topics for future sessions.

Please join the conversation at the following link:

Learn more about the Learning Centres at http://www.tdsb.on.ca/learningcentres.

We look forward to speaking with you on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

John Malloy
John Malloy
Director of Education
Robin Pilkey
Robin Pilkey

News from Jennifer Story – School Trustee


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Spring has finally arrived! And with it comes one of the busiest times of year in our schools.
The TDSB just celebrated Day of Pink, a global campaign to celebrate inclusion, and end transphobia and bullying. Earth Day activities are being planned. Students, neighbours and families are getting their bikes back on the road, and more students are walking to school. Please do what you can to encourage active transportation to and from school, and if you are a driver, keep your eyes out at crosswalks and intersections.
Many of you are also busily organizing school fun fairs and graduations. I look forward to chatting with some of you at an upcoming event of one kind or another this spring.
In the meantime, there is much to update you on. I hope you enjoy this newsletter.
All my best,
Please join me at the next Ward 15 Council Meeting as we discuss some of the TDSB’s “greening” initiatives. We will be joined by special guest, Richard Christie, Senior Manager of Urban Sustainability at the TDSB, who will be speaking about the Board’s Eco Schools program as well as Active, Safe & Sustainable Transportation options.
Childminding and Translation is available upon request.

PARC Update

As you may know, ten secondary schools in our area have recently undergone a review by a Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC).
The Ministry of Education requires a very specific process for reviewing how to best utilize our school spaces. These reviews are held for a grouping of schools in a specific geographical area. The process involves parents, students, community representatives, and TDSB staff. The rather large committee that came together to do this work has made their recommendations to the Board. These recommendations can be found in the committee’s final report, here.
I want to commend all members of the committee, for their time, hard work, dedication and thoughtfulness. There was a lot of information to analyze, and some tough decisions to make. Everyone rose admirably to the challenge.
Next, TDSB central staff will respond to the committee’s recommendations. Their response will be the subject of a public meeting to be held May 3, 7:00 – 8:30pm, at Danforth CTI, 800 Greenwood Avenue.
Following this meeting, the Committee’s recommendations and the staff’s response will be first considered by Trustees at a meeting of the Board’s Priorities and Planning Committee, at 5 pm on Wednesday June 15, at the board office at 5050 Yonge street. If you are interested in deputing at or submitting written comments to the committee, please contact Linda Mendonca at linda.mendonca@tdsb.on.ca by 4 pm Monday June 13.
The final decision on the recommendations will be will be made by the Board of Trustees at its meeting scheduled for June 22, 2016.

Envision: TDSB Grade 7 & 8 Conference For LGBTQI Students And Their Allies – May 5, 2016

The Toronto District School Board and the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity are proud to present the Envision Conference for LGBTQIA2S Middle School Students and Allies, Grades 7-8.
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Location: Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst Ave
This forum will give students the opportunity to:
  • Connect with other LGBTQIA2S students and allies from across the TDSB
  • Explore their identities
  • Learn how to create healthier relationship behaviours in their lives based on respect and consent
  • Learn how to create a more inclusive school that values diversity and difference and be a change agent in their community
  • Learn how to be an ally
  • Learn how to focus on their self-care
If your school has a gay-straight alliance, queer-straight alliance, equity club or a group of engaged students interested in social justice, this conference is for you.   We welcome you to join the conversation in how to create safer schools, free from sexism, racism, ableism, classism, homophobia and transphobia and other forms of oppression. Sessions also include teacher training on engaging students in conversations about Healthy Relationships, Teaching Social Action and How to Create more Positive School Environments.
To register, you can register here.

“Mental Health and Well-Being Belongs To Us” Newsletter – March 2016 Edition 

As part of the our Mental Health Strategy, the TDSB releases a monthly newsletter entitled “Mental Health and Well-Being Belongs To Us”. Student mental health and well-being belongs to everyone and by focusing our actions on decreasing stigma and increasing understanding and awareness, we are confident that students, parents, and TDSB staff will be better able to identify concerns and know what to do when they, or someone they know, needs help.
This month’s publication features “Put it All Together: Perseverance, Grit, Self-Regulation and Executive Functioning & You Have a Recipe for Well-Being”.
To read the latest edition, or any of the past editions please visit the Mental Health Strategy website.

Special Education Reorganization to Improve Service Delivery

The Special Education department has heard from staff and communities about ways to improve services to students with special learning needs.
The following organizational changes and processes will enhance service delivery to schools, improve communication with parents/guardians and caregivers, and bring resources closer to schools through the Learning Centres:

  • Increasing the number of school-based consultants;
  • Changing our Behaviour Resource Support Team (teacher/Child and Youth Worker) to ensure easier access to principals;
  • Increasing support of Special Education staffing in our EdVance Programs;
  • Enhancing consultant capacity to support the use of Assistive Technology to support direct service to students;
  • Implementing plans to ensure greater success of students who will return to a regular classroom setting; and
  • There will be Superintendent of Education support at each learning centre to assist the coordination of the Special Education portfolio.
Staff will continue to work with schools and communities in order to improve services to our students with special learning needs.

Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month at the TDSB Tikkun Olam Social Justice Fair – May 25, 2016

May is Jewish Heritage Month in TDSB.  In 2016, the celebrations will highlight Tikkun Olam, a classical Jewish concept that has become, “synonymous with the notion of social action, good character development, and the pursuit of social justice which is integral to the Jewish paradigm and concept of our responsibility in the world.”  On Wednesday, May 25th (a Board meeting night), Trustees and senior staff will have a chance to see how this concept is being turned into action, and sample some Jewish-themed snacks, at the TDSB Tikkun Olam Social Justice Fair, in the 5050 cafeteria from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Students from schools around TDSB will be on hand with displays and presentations, eager to share information about the many ways they are working to improve the world around them.

School Council Meeting Tonight – Tuesday April 5, 7pm

Hi Everyone,

The school council meeting will be held tonight at 7pm in the staff lounge.  Childcare will be provided.

The following is the proposed agenda:

  • Welcome – Henna
  • Principals Report – Terry
  • Ward Council Update – Katie
  • Fun Fair Update – Lisa/Samantha
  • Community Liaison Update – Dara
  • SJIE Update – Karima
  • Traffic Congestion at morning drop-off – Linh
  • Greening Committee Update – Jen
  • Misc

Hope to see you there.

A message from Jennifer Story – School Trustee

Dear friends and neighbours,

There is a lot of activity at the the Board and at our schools, and I’d like to share some of the developments with you. Please take a moment to read about some of the local and system-wide news.

If you have any suggestions or concerns I am always interested in hearing them. Your feedback is a crucial part of making sure we do our best for students. I attend as many events as I can in Toronto-Danforth schools, but if I don’t connect with you in person, please feel free to get in touch by email at Jennifer.Story@tdsb.on.ca.

All my best,

In This Issue:

TDSB Appoints First-Ever Integrity Commissioner

Greenwood Secondary School Wins “Bicycle-Friendly School of the Year” Award

Leslieville Young ‘Champions’ Learn About Making a Difference

Save The Date! Parents as Partners: TDSB Parent Conference 2016

Ward 21 By-election

Budget Ward Forum

Four TDSB Educators Among Canada’s Outstanding Principals

Ward 15 Council Meetings

Latest Newsletter from French As a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC)

TDSB Long Term Program and Accommodation Strategy Update

Ecoschools Update: Water Refill Stations, and Schoolyard Greening

Summer Options for Teens

Additional PA Day

Refugee Crisis Appeal

Fix Our Schools

Continuing and International Education – Community Programs

Summer Music Camps

Upcoming Days of Significance

TDSB Appoints First-Ever Integrity Commissioner

The Toronto District School Board has appointed Suzanne Craig as Integrity Commissioner. Serving the Board of Trustees, the Integrity Commissioner will provide advice, and conduct inquiries and complaint resolution in an independent manner. She will provide advice on the application of the Board Member Code of Conduct, applicable policies and procedures and provide information with respect to trustees’ obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Read more in the TDSB news release.

Save The Date! Parents as Partners: TDSB Parent Conference 2016


The Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee, and Model Schools for Inner Cities’ Parent Academies, are hosting one INCLUSIVE conference at the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place on Saturday, April 16th. Please save this date in your calendar and watch for emerging details on the SEAC and PIAC pages of the TDSB website. For more information and to register visit http://www.parentsaspartners.ca Flyer PDF

Ward 21 By-election

Congratulations to Neethan Shan @NeethanShan, the successful candidate in the Ward 21 (Scarborough-Rouge River) by-election held on Monday, January 25, 2016. Neethan replaces former Trustee Shaun Chen. For more information about Neethan and his commitment to the educational community in Toronto, visit his campaign website.

Four TDSB Educators Among Canada’s Outstanding Principals

Four TDSB Principals have been recognized by The Learning Partnership as being among Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2016.  The winning TDSB Principals are:

  • Sarah Frost, Cliffwood Public School
  • Alison Gaymes San Vicente, Lanor Junior Middle School
  • Arlene Knights-Svarich, Elizabeth Simcoe Junior Public School
  • Duncan LeBlanc, Maplewood High School

Congratulations! Find out more about this year’s winners.

Latest Newsletter from French As a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC)

The French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC) consults with and advises the Board on French as a Second Language matters and contributes to the work of trustees and staff. This partnership of trustees, staff, and parents fosters excellence and growth in FSL programs at the Board. 

FSLAC is composed of parent representatives and alternates elected by ward councils, a parent co-chair elected by FSLAC parent representatives, a trustee appointed by the Board as Co-Chair, and designated TDSB staff.

FSLAC is a great resource for parents who want additional French supports for their child in immersion, extended, or core French. Several times a year they issue a newsletter full of helpful tips. Sign up for their newsletter by emailing fslactoronto@gmail.com. Be sure to indicate your first and last name and the name of your child’s school. 

Here is the FSLAC March Newsletter. 

Another great resource for parents/guardians is Canadian Parents for French.

Ecoschools Update: Water Refill Stations, and Schoolyard Greening

The Ecoschools Department is part of the TDSB Sustainability Office. The implementation of the TDSB Charter for Active Safe and Sustainable Transportation is underway. The TDSB Ecoschools Cycling Support Program is developing new ways to help schools create a culture of cycling by providing infrastructure and programming support. Soon to come: opportunities to have a free skills-based cycling education program presented at your school.  

Plastic water bottles are expensive, take a lot of energy to make and transport, and last 400 years in landfill. Through Project Refill, the TDSB is encouraging students and staff to bring portable refillable water bottles. Send a message of environmental stewardship by applying here for a free water bottle refill station in your school. The deadline to submit applications for consideration for fall 2016 installation is Monday, April 25th. 

In March 2015 the TDSB approved new guidelines for Schoolyard Greening. EcoSchools has resources to help schools with smaller projects such as building outdoor classrooms, or larger scale multiple-year partner-funded projects. Find out more and book a schoolyard design consultation at no cost here. Consultations are held on Tuesdays. Once the spaces are filled, bookings will begin for next year.

Refugee Crisis Appeal 

Thanks to the generosity of students, staff, and school communities, with donation matching by the Government of Canada, the TDSB has helped raise approximately $116,000 as part of tdsbCARES: Refugee Crisis Appeal. Read more here.

At TDSB schools, we have registered 320 Syrian newcomers (240 in elementary and 100 in secondary), 13 of whom have enrolled in Toronto-Danforth area schools. We are very proud of our local school communities for providing a warm welcome, making donations and sponsoring families.

In addition, for Syrian newcomers currently without a fixed address, COSTI Immigrant Services, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and the Toronto District School Board are collaborating to facilitate temporary educational experiences for children until they can be registered in a school. 

Fix Our Schools

What we know:

  • School conditions impact student achievement.
  • $1.7-billion of the total $15-billion of disrepair in Ontario’s schools is deemed urgent and critical.
  • $1.4-billion each year is needed to maintain Ontario’s school in a state of good condition, yet actual provincial funding over the last five years has only been $150-500-million.

Our children deserve more. Let’s Fix Our Schools.

Continuing and International Education – Community Programs

Registration for Learn4Life spring classes is now open and classes begin Saturday, April 9. Take up a new hobby, learn a language, and meet people in your community. Put your hands to work and decorate and glaze your own pottery or sculpture. Stay active with full body boot camp classes, tennis and golf. Gain knowledge on how to invest in the stock market or prepare your taxes. Classes include Egyptian Belly Dancing, Stained Glass and Web Design. Please refer to our brochure for a complete list of our offerings.

 Facebook.com/TDSBLearn4Life  @TDSB_ConEd

Summer Music Camps

Enrich your child’s summer vacation with music camp. Through three unique programs – Summer Sounds, Downtown Summer Strings and Toronto Summer Music Camps – the TDSB offers band, strings and orchestral experiences for students from Grades 3-9. Registration is open now.

For more information please visit www.tdsbsummercamps.ca   @TDSB_ConEd

Ward 15 Schools Making News!

Greenwood Secondary School Wins “Bicycle-Friendly School of the Year” Award

In partnership with the City of Toronto, Cycle Toronto gives out the Toronto Bike Awards to honour businesses and organizations that demonstrate leadership in encouraging cycling in our city. A big congratulations to the students and staff at Greenwood for being the “Bicycle-Friendly School of the Year!”

Leslieville Young ‘Champions’ Learn About Making a Difference 

A class of grade 4 & 5 students at Leslieville Public School recently took part in the Classroom Champions program, an initiative run by the Back to School Project Foundation. The students filled eight baskets for Syrian families who have been forced to relocate to Canada due to circumstances beyond their control. Read more in the Inside Toronto article.

Budget Ward Forum – FLYER PDF

Community consultation is a very important part of the TDSB’s budget process. Leading up to the March meeting when the Board will vote on the balanced budget plan, Trustees will be holding ward forums to hear feedback from students, parents and the community. 

Please join me and TDSB Budget staff at my Ward Council Meeting on Thursday March 24 NEW DATE 7-9 pm at Earl Beatty to discuss the 2016-17 budget and proposed recommendations to balance the budget. This will be a joint meeting with our friends in Ward 16 and their trustee, Sheila Cary-Meager

Childminding and translation upon request. For more information about the meeting visit www.tdsb.on.ca/Ward15

For more information about the TDSB’s 2016-17 budget, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/budget

Ward 15 Council Meetings

Next Meetings

• Thursday March 24, 2016

• Thursday April 21, 2016

• Monday May 30, 2016

Dates may change. All are welcome!

Meeting Details, Agendas, Minutes, Presentations, and Handouts are posted as available. Please check www.tdsb.on.ca/Ward15  for the most up-to-date info.

Last Meeting

Mon Jan 25 , 7-9 pm at Pape Avenue Public School, 220 Langley Avenue. Special focus on Teaching & Learning with Beth Butcher, Executive Superintendent Teaching & Learning and Mike Gallagher, Superintendent WR10. TDSB staff have made copies of the document Teaching and Learning Snapshots 2014-2015 available on the TDSB website here to view or download.

TDSB Long Term Program and Accommodation Strategy Update

Interested in advance notice of potential program and boundary changes? Check out the Long Term Program and Accommodation Strategy (LPTAS) document for status updates on our local schools. You can jump to a specific section to see LTPAS by Ward for information on specific schools in Ward 15 (starts at page 114). 

Summer Options for Teens

On March 23 Riverdale Colleciate Insitiute will be holding a parent info session on summer options for teens. Download the flyer PDF for more details.

Additional PA Day

An additional Professional Activity Day (PA Day ) has been added to the calendars of all schools in the Toronto District School Board.

All TDSB schools will have a newly designated PA Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. This additional PA 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 PA 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. Details on the school year calendar can be found at www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/Calendar.

Upcoming Days of Significance

21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN) 

22 World Water Day (UN) 

23 Magha Puja Day (Buddhism) 

23 Holi (Hindusim) 

24 Purim (Judaism) 

25 Good Friday (Christianity) (Public holiday)

27 Easter (Christianity) 

28 Easter Monday (Christianity)

30 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

Message from Jennifer Story – School Trustee

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Dear friends and neighbours,
I hope you’ve had a good start to 2016. I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months at school and neighbourhood events. It’s hard to believe that winter will soon be over (did it ever really begin?) and that March break is right around the corner.
If you are planning a school or community event, or have some good news to share, I’d love to know. Please send me an email and I would be happy to attend and/or help your school or group promote your activities and accomplishments.
All my best,
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New Director of Education
The TDSB is pleased to welcome John Malloy as the Board’s new Director of Education
John brings with him a wealth of experience in public education, having served as Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and a Superintendent of Education with the York Region District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board. Most recently, John was an Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Student Achievement Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education.
As Director, John’s key priorities include improving student achievement and well-being. He is focussed on increasing student engagement, ensuring learning environments are supportive, and providing equitable access to opportunities for all students. John also believes very strongly in the importance of collaboration, especially with parents and the community.
Read more about John Malloy, or follow him on Twitter @malloy_john.
School Council Appreciation and Information Evening
Please join The Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) in celebrating the work and contribution of school councils/parents to the education system.
Date: Thursday February 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre
Note: Registration limited to 2 parent/school council representatives per school. Child minding available by online registration only.
For details and to register visit www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference. For more information contact info@torontopiac.com
Save The Date!
On Saturday, April 16, 2016 there will be a Parent as Partners Conference, hosted by multiple TDSB Advisory Committees. Save the date in your calendar and see attached flyer for details. Registration information to come. Flyer PDF.
New PA Day
As a result of the recent labour negotiations, there will be a new Professional Activity (PA) day on April 15 for both elementary and secondary students. There will be no classes on this day and teachers will be participating in professional development on provincial education priorities. Check out the TDSB School Calendar for details.
Nominations Now Open for the Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools
The Premier’s Award for Accepting Schools recognizes and celebrates the innovative work that school teams do in promoting a positive school environment, and supporting student achievement and well-being. Ontario’s safe and accepting schools teams do essential work promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school environment because they understand how vital this is to students’ learning and well-being. This includes ongoing work by school communities who put in place prevention and intervention strategies to help create safe, inclusive and accepting schools.
The deadline to nominate is February 19, 2016. For more information, visithttp://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/nominate.html 
Recess During Cold Weather
Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold. When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors. Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -20C and -28C. For more information, please see the TDSB’s Severe Weather procedure.
If a student’s medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, or if parents have other questions or concerns about how and when weather conditions affect your child’s school day, please contact your school’s office.
The Immunization of School Pupils Act states that all students in Ontario must be vaccinated against the following diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal and varicella (for students born on or after January 1, 2010). This helps to keep all students healthy and safe. Students will be suspended from school if their immunization record is incomplete. Toronto Public Health keeps a record of the immunization information for all students who attend school in Toronto.
Please note that it is the parent’s responsibility to update their child’s immunization record or provide a valid exemption form to Toronto Public Health. Currently, exemptions may apply to prior immunity, medical, religious or philosophical reasons. For further information, please visit the Toronto Public Health website attoronto.ca/immunization or call at 416-392-1250.
Kindergarten Registration
Registration for all TDSB Kindergarten programs begins in February. Read more about kindergarten and find out how to register.
Ward 15 Schools Making News!
Jackman Students Try Their Hand at 3D Printing
A number of Grade 5 students at Jackman Avenue Junior Public School got together with Jarvis Collegiate high school students to explore 3D-printing. Read theToronto Star article about how the students are using 3D printing technology to make prosthetic hands for children.
Special Education Parent Forum
On January 14, we had the Ward 15 Toronto-Danforth Special Education Parent Forum at Monarch Park Collegiate Institute where we heard presentations from the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Irwin Elman, Parent Advocate, Ying Ong, and TDSB Staff from the Special Education Department.
For more information about the speakers and their work, please visit the Ward 15 website.Resources will be posted as they become available.
Ward 15 Council Meetings
Next Meetings
• February – No Meeting
• Thursday March 24, 2016
• Thursday April 21, 2016
• Monday May 30, 2016
Dates may change. Child-minding provided. Refreshments served. Interpretation and translation upon request. All are welcome!
Last Meeting
Mon Jan 25 , 7-9 pm at Pape Avenue Public School, 220 Langley Avenue. Special focus on Teaching & Learning

with Beth Butcher, Executive Superintendent Teaching & Learning and Mike Gallagher, Superintendent WR10.
Meeting Details, Agendas, Minutes, Presentations, and Handouts are posted as available. Please checkwww.tdsb.on.ca/Ward15  for the most up-to-date info.
 Toronto-Danforth Pupil Accommodation Review Committee 
The Toronto-Danforth Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) is having its final public meeting on March 10. They are considering the recommendations put forth by TDSB staff regarding 10 local high schools – and possible changes to attendance boundaries and programs. For more information, read the Dec 7 PARC Presentation or visit the TDSB website on the PARC processSelect a Review > Pupil Accommodation Reviews > 2015 Toronto-Danforth Review
Upcoming Days of Significance
February 2016 
3 Setsubun‐sai  (Shinto)
• African Heritage Month
• Black Queering Month
6 International Day of Zero‐Tolerance on Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (WHO)
8 Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
8‐13 Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week
15 Family Day (Ontario public holiday)
20 World Day of Social Justice (UN)
21 International Mother Language Day (UN)

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