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Tis the season to be jolly!
Snow is coming and so are the 16 days of no school! For some, this is something to celebrate - for others, not so much.
So many cultures and religions have big mid-winter celebrations.  There is gift giving, and feasting, and family gatherings, and making memories for future remembering.
We also acknowledge that for large parts of the world there is not joy, or peace, or even feasting, but there is family.  Everywhere there is family. 
Let us all share with one another, and with people we do not even know, some small part of what we have that gives us joy and comfort.  Let us be a human family giving what we can to bring happiness to someone who has nothing.
May peace be with us all.

Ward 16 Council Meeting Schedule - Updated

Monday, January 29 at Adam Beck JPS, 400 Scarborough Road
Thursday, March 1 at Parkside ES, 401 Cedarvale Avenue 
Tuesday, March 27 at Malvern CI, 55 Malvern Avenue
Monday, April 30 at Victoria Park ES, 145 Tiago Avenue
Tuesday, May 29 at Bowmore Road Jr & Sr PS, 80 Bowmore Road
NB* All meetings will be held from 7PM - 9PM.
Should you require any further information, please contact Cathy MacKenzie at cathy.mackenzie@tdsb.on.ca.

TDSB Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is an advisory committee legislated by the Ministry of Education.
It is comprised of 3 trustees, voluntary representatives from up to 12 local associations, as well as an additional 8 community representatives and alternates. All members are appointed by the Board to a four year term. Ward 16 belongs to the South East community and is represented by Olga Ingrahm, Diane Montgomery and Dick Winters. 
SEAC makes recommendations to the Board about matters affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional students of the TDSB. SEAC also participates in the Board's annual budget process as it relates to special education, and the review of the TDSB's Special Education Plan. Most members are parents of students with special needs.
For more information, please click here.
Should you have any questions, comments and/or concerns that you would like to share with our SEAC reps, please send them to Cathy MacKenzie at cathy.mackenzie@tdsb.on.ca and she will pass them on to Olga, Diane and Dick.

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 www.tdsb.on.ca/HighSchool/GoingtoHighSchool/OpenHousesandInformationNights.aspx.

Junior Extended French Parent Information Nights

Kindly note, as with the French Immersion Parent Information Nights, it was decided that this year the Junior Extended French Parent Information evenings will not be held at each individual Junior Extended French school site. Rather, the information evenings will be held at specific area secondary schools across the system, hosted by the French as a Second Language Department. This change is intended to streamline the communication process, ensure consistent messaging to all parents who attend, reinforce the message that families are applying to a program and not to a particular school and to ensure that we can support all 36 of our Junior Extended French sites.
  • The secondary schools have been selected to ensure reasonable access across the system.
  • There will be nine separate dates to choose from.
  • A variety of staff representatives will be invited to be on hand to answer parent questions about the program, placement, transportation, child care, special education etc.
The following are the dates and locations of the evenings. All meetings start at 7 p.m.
West Humber CI
1675 Martin Grove Road
January 10, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Albert Campbell CI
1550 Sandhurst Circle
January 11, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Etobicoke CI
86 Montgomery Road
January 15, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Winston Churchill CI
2239 Lawrence Avenue East
January 17, 2018  
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Danforth CTI
800 Greenwood Ave, Toronto
January 18, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Northview Height SS
550 Finch Avenue West
January 23, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
West Hill CI
350 Morningside Avenue
January 25, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Forest Hill CI
730 Eglinton Avenue West
January 30, 2018  
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Birchmount Park CI
3663 Danforth Avenue
February 1, 2018  
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
You may also join us online at our Virtual Information Evening to learn more about the program, the application process, and/or to ask questions via web chat.
On line Web Chat
Virtual Information Evening www.tdsb.on.ca
January 22, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
For more information about the TDSB Junior Extended French program, please click here

TDSB New School Fundraising Guide

School-based fundraising is a local activity. The Toronto District School Board believes that the goals of fundraising go beyond money to reflect the creative and collaborative efforts of parents, students, teachers and the school community. Underlying these efforts is the belief that it is not the responsibility of parents or school communities to raise funds for basic educational requirements but rather that school communities may raise funds to enhance programs and support school initiatives.
NB* All TDSB fundraising initiatives must be approved by the school principal before they move forward.
For updated information about school-based fundraising, click here.

Enhancing Equity Task Force Report - Update

TDSB senior staff will conduct a full review of the Enhancing Equity Task Force (EETF) Report and Recommendations before presenting proposed next steps in January 2018.
The 80-page report, developed by the EETF following a year-long consultation with thousands of TDSB community members including students, staff and families, was presented to the Board on December 13, 2017.
The in-depth report focused on improving the learning and well-being of each and every student by understanding and mitigating - or removing - the barriers of social and economic inequity.
The resulting recommendations, supported by extensive research and feedback, are proposed to help all students experience higher levels of achievement and success in school.
For more information about the Enhanced Equity Task Force, click here.

TDSB Early Learning and Care Policy Consultation

TDSB staff have recently undertaken a review of the TDSB's Child Care in Schools Policy (P.022) and Early Years Policy (P.059). The Draft Early Learning and Care Policy is an amalgamation and revision of these two policies.  It aims to provide principles and commitments that will guide system planning, implementation, and improvement across a range of programs for children from birth to age 12.
Please send your comments to eypolicyfeedback@tdsb.on.ca before January 2, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Join the Province-wide Conversation About Assessment

Join the province-wide conversation about how best to improve Ontario’s approaches to classroom assessments, large-scale provincial assessments including Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments, and Ontario’s participation in pan-Canadian and international assessment programs.
Your feedback will help inform a report to be submitted by Spring 2018 to the Premier and Minister of Education providing actionable advice for student assessments in Ontario. Participate and share your input at public engagement sessions or online via survey, Twitter or webcast. Learn more at www.ontarioalearningprovince.ca/participate.

Ministry of Education Announces New Steering Committee

As part of its plan to strengthen publicly funded education and promote equity and well-being, the Ontario Ministry of Education has announced the creation of the Transformation Steering Committee. This committee will collect expert and community input and provide oversight for the next three to five years through this period of transformation.  
For more information, click here.

Winter Weather and Student Transportation

From time to time, it may be necessary to cancel student transportation, classes and/or programs due to severe weather. On rare occasions, severe weather makes it necessary to close schools, administrative offices or sites.  

With approximately 246,000 students in our schools and sites each day, any decision to cancel buses, classes and/or programs or to close sites can have a significant impact on thousands of families across Toronto. This decision is not taken lightly. When schools remain open on days with inclement weather, parents/guardians make the final decision on whether to send their children to school and they can keep children home from school if they so choose. 
Should a cancellation or closure be necessary, information will be posted on the TDSB website, TDSB social media (Twitter and Facebook) and provided to local media by 6 a.m. For more information, please see the TDSB’s Procedure for Severe Weather.  

Kick-start Your Child's Education Savings

The TDSB has partnered with SmartSAVER on a board-wide campaign to help families access free money for their children's future education.
What FREE money? It's the Canada Learning Bond, available now through www.tdsb.on.ca/SmartSAVER. This is a Government of Canada contribution to a child's Registered Education Savings Plan. It provides up to $2,000 in savings for the post-secondary education of eligible children.
Who can get it? You are eligible if your child was born in 2004 or later and you have ever been eligible for the National Child Benefit Supplement as part of the Canada Child Tax Benefit. All eligible children receive at least $500 and will receive $100 more for each year they're eligible up to age 15 or a maximum of $2,000.
How do I get the Canada Learning Bond?
- SmartSAVER can help you apply for the Canada Learning Bond and start an RESP with $0 when you use the Start My RESP online tool at www.tdsb.on.ca/SmartSAVER
- you'll need a Social Insurance Number for yourself and your child to complete the application
- there is no cost and you don't need to contribute any money to get the Canada Learning Bond
Don't wait! Get started at www.tdsb.on.ca/SmartSAVER.

Too Much of Our Waste is Going to Landfill!!

Estimates show that Ontario generates 500,000 tonnes of clothing and textile waste every year and that number is growing rapidly. 85% of used textiles are ending up in the landfill even though textiles are almost 100% recyclable.
Much of this textile waste takes years to decompose emitting harmful chemicals into the atmosphere and leaching into the soil causing significant contamination for decades.  

Bag2School is a TDSB approved free fundraising program that recycles unwanted textiles (including un-wearable clothing that is torn, ripped or stained) and supports school Eco-goals by diverting textile waste from landfill and raises valuable fundraising dollars for your EcoClub or school!  

Hosting a clothing drive in January is a great way for families to recycle textiles after the busy holiday season and to help raise awareness of the importance of recycling.

To book, or for more information call 416-762-9415; email info@bag2schoolfundraising.com or book online at www.bag2schoolfundraising.com.