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June 2019 Newsletter

2019-20 Budget Update
The Toronto District School Board is projecting a budget shortfall of $67.8 million for 2019-20. The shortfall is the result of Ministry of Education grant reductions of $42.1 million and a TDSB annual structural deficit of $25.7 million.

Recently, staff provided Trustees with a proposed balanced operating budget for the upcoming school year. Trustees are now considering the proposed budget reductions at various committee meetings and may make changes to the proposed budget before it goes for final discussion and approval at the June Board meeting. Please note that changes made to the proposed budget are not final until approved by the Board. Trustees are also considering written submissions and in-person presentations from the public at committee meetings.

To learn more about the proposed balanced budget and how you can make an in-person presentation or a written submission, please visit the 2019-20 Budget webpage.
Chair Writes Letter to Minister of Education: Outlines Seven Decisions the Minister Could Make to Support Students

On Friday, May 31, Chair of the Board Robin Pilkey wrote to the Minister of Education Lisa Thompson asking her government to consider a number of decisions that would support students and cut-back the anxiety expressed by students, parents, guardians and school boards across the province.

The letter is now available online
Statement from TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey: TDSB Cell Phone RFP

On Monday, June 03, Chair of the Board Robin Pilkey issued a statement in response to a story in the Toronto Sun and comments made by the Minister of Education regarding a TDSB Cell Phone RFP. 

The full statement is now available online
Introducing the 2019-20 Student Trustees and Student Senate Executives

For the first time, students from across the Toronto District School Board were able to vote online to elect their Student Trustees and Student Senate Executives. Students were also able to learn more about the candidates via online campaign speeches before casting their votes. This new, modern way of electronic voting resulted in more than 4200 votes from across the system, which is about 4000 more than any previous year when the elections were held in-person.

In saying that, we are pleased to announce that the results are in! Please welcome the new Student Trustees and Student Senate Executives for the 2019-20 school year. 
TDSB Excellence Awards

Each year, staff, students, parents and community members are invited to nominate a TDSB staff member or team whose efforts have made a difference in their lives. This year, the TDSB recognized 10 extraordinary individuals who truly go above and beyond for their school communities.

For more information, including a list of winners, please read the TDSB web story.
TDSB Executive Receives Award for Research, Education and Innovation

The TDSB’s Executive Officer of Information Technology/Information Management and FOI and Privacy, Peter Singh, received a leadership award by ORION, a non-profit organization supporting Ontario’s progress with essential digital infrastructure. Peter was recognized in the Kindergarten to Grade 12 category for his contributions to Ontario’s research, education and innovation communities.

earn more about 2019 Leadership Awards on the ORION website
Student and Staff Achievements

The Toronto District School Board is always proud to highlight the achievements of students and staff. Below are a few moments from May 2019:
York Memorial Collegiate Institute

For information about York Memorial Collegiate Institute, including all updates as they become available, please visit my Ward 6 webpage.

Donate to York Memorial CI and Jones Ave ALC Fire Relief

On May 7, 2019, York Memorial Collegiate Institute experienced a devastating fire, which resulted in significant damage to the building. This comes a day after fire broke out at the TDSB’s Jones Avenue Adult Learning Centre, which also caused significant damage. Assessments will evaluate the damages resulting from the fires. However, it will take some time to complete these preliminary assessments and to determine how much can be recovered through insurance.

Learn more about how you can
donate to support all those impacted by the incident, including staff and students of the two schools and a number of Continuing Education and Safe and Caring Schools programs and administrative staff located in the two buildings, so that they can complete the remaining school year.
Bicycle Safety

Now that the warmer weather has approached us children will be participating in many outdoor activities like bike riding. The Toronto District School Board and Toronto Public Health want kids to be safe while playing outdoors this summer. Parents and caregivers can "stay a step ahead" by protecting children when they ride.

Here's how: 
  • An adult should always supervise children 10 years of age or younger when they are using a bicycle or other wheeled sports equipment. Even older children may need on-going supervision when riding near the road. 
  • Make sure children wear the correct helmet properly when they ride. Ontario's bike helmet law requires all children and youth under age 18 to wear an approved bike helmet when riding a bicycle. 
  • Keep children away from traffic when they use wheeled sports equipment. Make sure they ride in a safe place. 
  • Teach children how to: 
        a)  steer, brake and ride in a straight line 
        b)  wear the right safety gear, and 
        c)  do a safety check every time they ride a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, use in-line skates or wear shoes with wheels.
  • Be within arm's reach when your children are learning to ride any wheeled equipment. 
  • Always walk a bicycle, scooter or skateboard across a street intersection, instead of riding across. 
  • Tell children that you are happy when you see them riding safely.
  • Remind children of the safety rules when they forget. 
  • Be a good role model - wear a helmet and safety gear yourself. Children copy what adults do.

Sun Safe Behaviour

Getting students outside and active is good for their health but too much sun can have serious side-effects, including burns, eye damage, premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. We encourage all students to practice “sun safety.”

What exactly does sun safe behaviour look like?

  • Cover up: Even on days with a moderate UV index students should wear a hat and sunglasses, especially if they'll be outside for over 30 minutes.
  • Stay cool: Students should stay in shady areas, particularly at midday when the sun is strongest.
  • Use sunscreen: Choose sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher that include protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Elementary Summer School

Elementary summer programs increase engagement and build self-confidence in our students. This summer, from July 3 – 26, we are opening schools across the city to help build reading, writing and math skills in our students. Visit www.tdsb.on.ca/summer for a complete list of participating schools. @TDSB_ConEd
Summer High School Credi

This summer, there are three Adult Learning Centres serving adult students and 26 locations for high school students. Reach ahead or make up a credit towards your high school diploma. Registration opens May 6 at 10am. Classes fill up quickly so register early. All classes begin on July 2 and conclude on July 26. Visit www.creditprograms.ca for more information. 
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