Keeping you engaged and informed
Keeping you engaged and informed
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Week of October 10, 2016 
Happy Thanksgiving
Hope you are having a wonderful long weekend... 
We pray for change, we hope for a change, but we wait impatiently. Is the great spirit not hearing us? We asked. Where is the answer?
If our prayers were suddenly answered, would be we ready? Or would we look behind us for the familiar things, the people, the habits, the routine?

If we were instantly healed, instantly prospered, instantly sought
after and loved, then what would we do? Attention, compassion and
self-pity are sometimes more important than having everything changed
for the better.
The fear of being without something to keep us working
with the same burden, dealing with familiar pain, can stop us from
knowing what it is to be free and well.
If we can envision life without a particular problem we can turn our
minds to real change and have it happen. If we can see change, receive
it, and know the joy, then gratitude and thanksgiving sets it in place.

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

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
  • Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Dec 6  at 6:30pm
  • Jarvis Collegiate Institute Nov 15 at 6:00pm
  • John Polanyi Collegiate Institute Nov 24 at 6:30pm
  • Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute Dec 1 at 6:30pm
  • North Toronto Collegiate Institute Dec 14 at 6:30pm
  • Northern Secondary School Jan 19 at 6:00pm
  • Oakwood Collegiate Institute Nov 8 at 7:00pm

Enrolment Update - Good News... 
Based on Week 4 enrolment, the TDSB was above projection in both the elementary and secondary panel by the end of September. Elementary enrolment could come in over the September 30, 2016 projection by just under 1% and secondary enrolment could come in about 0.90% above September 30, 2016 projection. 
In comparison to projections for September 30, 2016, we are currently 1,829 head count above projection in the elementary panel (1.08%), and 886 head count above projection in the secondary panel (1.21%).  System-wide, we are 2,715 head count above projection (1.12%).  Last year at this time, we were 2,471 head count below projection in the elementary panel (-1.43%), and 184 head count above projection in the secondary panel (0.25%). System-wide, we were 2,287 head count below projection (-0.93%).
The arrival of Syrian newcomer students to the TDSB is one factor contributing to the increase in enrolment above projection. At the next Budget and Enrolment Committee we wil hear from staff on other factors.As we are funded based on enrolment, this is good news for the system. Within the schools in our Ward, there were some fluctuations - both in elementary and secondary, some schools were up and some down - overall, however, our Ward was up. Thank you to all the students, staff and parents for your support if you were affected by the enrolment fluctuations and therefore staffing changes within many schools. Elementary schools have settled; secondary schools should be settled this week.

Tulips for Canada 150
The Toronto District School Board’s EcoSchools program is encouraging TDSB schools to request tulip bulbs to plant this fall in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. The bulbs are limited to the first 50 schools that meet the selection criteria. Learn more. Sure would love to see these tulips around the schools in Ward 11! Sign up! Wednesday, October 19th is the deadline for schools to apply and if schools meet the criteria, they will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Join the conversation about Equity in the TDSB
We are looking at how we support all of our students and are taking a more focused approach. We must help those who aren’t reaching their potential, while also continuing to inspire, engage and raise the bar for all students.

Your voice and opinion are an important part of this conversation. Please join the discussion and share with us your thoughts on how parents and schools can work together to improve the learning experience for students. There are three ways to share your insights and ideas: during an online webcast about equity, through an online form or an in-person consultation sessionVisit our website to learn more about this work and how to share your thoughts. This is just the beginning of the conversation. We will continue to listen and consult with you as we develop and implement our plan.

New Invitation

Making Connections 2016 - People for Education's Annual Conference on its way to a sell-out

With a stellar line-up of speakers and a unique opportunity to connect with a wide range of education stakeholders, the registrations for People for Education's annual conference are coming in fast. Several sessions are close to capacity, so register soon to ensure you get into the workshops you want.

Some of the things we will be exploring include:

  • why we all—students and adults—need to develop self-regulation skills
  • how Ontario's Ombudsman's office is dealing with special education, busing issues, and school closings
  • why all students should learn about Indigenous cultures and perspectives
  • how countries around the world are exploring broader measures of success for students and schools
  • how parents, educators, and trustees can work more effectively with their Parent Involvement Committees

Hear from the Minister of Education, students, parents, teachers, principals, and researchers from around the world. Join us on Saturday, November 12.

Learn more and register.

Worth Releating
Pupil Accommodation Review for Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, John Polanyi Collegiate Institute, Oakwood Collegiate Institute, Vaughan Road Academy and York Memorial Collegiate Institute - Public Meetings
  • Thursday, October 13 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 18 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Both meetings will be held at Vaughan Road Academy, gymnasium, 529 Vaughan Road.

Program Area Review (PART) for Deer Park Jr & Sr PS, Rosedale Jr PS and Whitney Jr PS Public Meeting

  • Thursday, October 20 6:30 p.m. at Rosedale JPS

In addition to attending the public meetings you can stay informed by visiting

West Prep P.S. 75th Anniversary - October 20 - Have you saved the date?  On Thursday, October 20th, from 7-10pm, West Preparatory P.S. will be celebrating 75 incredible years. Student and staff alumni are invited celebrate. Come tour the school and reminisce as you browse through  “Decade Rooms” prepared by current staff and students. There will be video presentations, guest speakers and refreshments. To learn more or to volunteer, join our Facebook group West Prep 75th anniversary or email the reunion event team at
Model Parliament - Applications will be accepted from September 15th to November 8th, 2015 for the Program February 22-24, 2017 The Legislative Assembly of Ontario Model Parliament is an educational program designed for civic-minded high school students in grades 10 to 12, who are interested in current events and provincial issues. This unique educational experience will bring together 107 students, representing each of the province’s ridings, for a three-day Model Parliament Program in Toronto. To apply, click here.
Finally... Go Jays Go!
Enjoy the Game Jack!
From Inside Toronto - Jays at Warren Park
Photo/COURTESY Warren Park Junior Public School student Jack Blunt receives ceremonial tickets to the Blue Jays' first playoff game in more than 20 years, during a visit to the school Monday by Jays' shortstop/second baseman Ryan Goins, left, and centre fielder Kevin Pillar.

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