February Updates, News, and Events
February Updates, News, and Events
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I am still finalizing dates and speakers for upcoming Ward meetings. February has been booked solid with additional Finance meetings as we try to prepare the 2019/2020 Budget in the face of ever shifting Ministry funding and program announcements. I will send a list of meeting dates shortly and will be starting school visits this month:
  • March 18th (tentative) - Joint Ward 15/16 Forum on the 2019/2020 TDSB Budget
  • April - Special Education, supporting Inclusive Education
  • May - French Program Review and Directions
  • June - School Councils - long term goals and succession planning
Ward 16 Meeting Survey - Day, Evening, or Weekend?
The TDSB celebrates Chinese Heritage Month and Lunar New Year 2019 - The Year of the Pig that officially begins on February 5th, 2019, and ends on February 19th. The theme this year is "Happy, Easy Going, Honest, Trusting, Sincere, Optimistic & Sociable.”. Recent years of the Pig are: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
The TDSB celebrates African Heritage Month!
This is an opportunity to recognize the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians. This year’s theme is “From Africa to the World.”
Join us for Join us for a talk on:
How to talk to your child(ren) abour race and racism
Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 pm
5050 Yonge Street - Boardroom
For more information please contact Michelle Munroe - michelle.munroe@tdsb.on.ca 
Winter Walk to School Day - February 6th
Bundle up, walk and roll to school, and enjoy the winter season! On February 6th, join schools across the country in celebrating Winter Walk Day. Visit the Ontario Active School Travel website for resources including posters and event ideas.
Show us how you're celebrating!
Share your Winter Walk Day event with us by tweeting @EcoSchoolsTDSB using the hashtag #walktoschool

Congratulations to Canada's Outstanding Principals!
The Learning Partnership’s Outstanding Principals program recognizes the unique and vital contribution of Principals in publicly funded schools. This year the TDSB celebrates three outstaning members including one of our own outstanding Ward 16 Principals:
  • Harpreet Ghuman, Crescent Town ES
  • Georgia Gallagher, Ursula Franklin Academy
  • Scott Woolford, Island Public/Natural Science School
Nominated by parents, colleagues and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, these Principals chosen from across Canada are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.
Important Dates and Deadlines:
  • Kindergarten Registration begins February 4th. More information: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/Kindergarten 
  • Elementary Report Cards to be sent home on February 13th.
  • Elementary Optional Attendance Applications Due - February 15th, 2019
  • TDSB-wide PD Day - Friday February 15th
  • Family Day Holiday - Monday February 18th
  • High School Parent - Teacher Interviews:
    • Malvern C.I. - Thurs Feb 21 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm
    • East York C.I. - Thurs, March 28, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • March Break - March 11th - 15th, 2019
  • Secondary and Post-Secondary Scholarships - various deadlines in March. Contact your school's guidance office for more information.
  • Parents as Partners Conference - March 30th, 2019 @ the Beanfield Centre. Keynote Speaker Karl Subban. https://www.parentsaspartners.ca/
Ward 16 School Events and Highlights:
  • Malvern Strong Benefit Concert - Thursday February 7th @ 7pm. In memory of Reese Fallon, all proceeds from the concert ($10 tickets), silent auction, and bake sale will be donated to support the students' chosen cause - Victim Services Toronto
  • Norway Jr. P.S. & Bowmore Rd P.S. - February 7th @ 6pm @ Norway - A "Special Education for Parents" presentation with Ms. Kwok, "Demystifying the IEP". 
  • George Webster E.S. is now part of a "Active & Safe Routes to School" Pilot lead by Green Communities Canada in partnership with the TDSB and the City of Toronto. Safe Routes to School is geared at promoting healthy, active, and safe routes for students and families to get school.
  • Bowmore Rd. P.S. Allergy Awareness Week - February 11th - 15th. A week long education campaign to make the school a safer place for students with life-threatening allergies. Contact VP Steve Parsons for more information.
  • STEAM Initiatives - Crescent Town E.S and Presteign Hts E.S. have each launched new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math initiatives called "Monthly Thinker" and "Maker Club" respectively, to help develop global competency skills including global citizenship and character, inquiry, and communication.
  • The Malvern Collegiate Music Department is holding its Annual Winter Blues Dinner/Dance Fundraising event being held on Saturday February 23, 2019. The evening is highlighted by entertainment by the many Malvern Music ensembles and will include a silent auction and other prizes. Tickets available through School Cash Online or malvernmusiccouncil@gmail.com.
  • Monarch Park Collegiate will be working with the Enhanced Pathway model beginning in 2019. This is the placement (destreaming) of all Gr 9 students into Math and English classes at the Academic level with supports and bridging courses as required. Contact your Principal or Guidance Counsellor for more information.
  • Malvern Collegiate will be switching from full-year to the Semestered course model for 2019. More information can be found here. 

Beaches - East York Events

  • City Budget Consultation with Councillors Bradford and Fletcher. February 5th @ 7pm @ East York Civic Centre
  • Nominations for the 2019 Agnes Macphail Award are must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, February 7, 2019.
    The nominee must be a resident of the former Borough of East York. https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/agnes-macphail-award/
  • Pam McConnell Award for Young Women in Leadership, 
    The Award is open to young women residing in the City of Toronto, between the ages of 19 and 26 upon the application deadline of February 8, 2019. https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/pam-mcconnell-award-for-young-women-in-leadership/
  • Monarch Park Stadium (MPS) 2019 Family Day event! Monday February 18th from 9am - 2pm at Monarch Park Stadium: https://www.facebook.com/events/231195804470465/
  • 12th annual Kids Program Open House. Sat. Feb. 23, 11am - 2pm at the Beaches Recreation Centre.
    The event showcases a variety of programs and services available for children ages 0-16. Meet face to face with program organizers to discover and discuss the unique classes to help children develop new skills and interests. 
  • City of Toronto 185th Anniversary Festival - March 9th and 10th from 11am - 9pm. www.celebratetoronto.ca/festival 
Education and Parenting Events
  • Child and Youth Mental Health Symposium - Sunday, February 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Cost: $15.00 per person
      Location: The Ismaili Centre, Toronto - Social Hall
      Address: 49 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario

  • Body Image and Self-Esteem Conference - May 9 - 10th.
    • The National Eating Disorder Information Centre’s 7th biennial body image and self-esteem conference, RADICAL UNLEARNING, takes place May 9-10th, 2019 at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto.  More information and the registration form are posted at: http://www.nedic.ca/conference

TDSB Updates

  • The summary findings of the TDSB French Program Review are now available. Recommendations on French Programming are expected this coming spring.
  • The January 31st webcast with the Director John Malloy featured a variety of topics, including Academic Pathways, Math, Global Competencies and Special Education. If you were unable to watch the webcast live you can still watch the online video.
  • Many questions have come up about how schools handle inclement winter weather. All outdoor activities are cancelled when temperatures, with windchill, reach -28C but between -20C and -28C outdoor activities may be curtailed or cancelled depending on local school wind, rain, snow, or ice conditions and the age of the children. Contact your school's Principal for more information about your school. Information about the TDSB's Severe Weather Procedures can be found here
  • Grade 8 Course Selection through myblueprint (www.myblueprint.ca) will began mid-January and continue into the first 2 weeks of February at most schools. Students will complete their course forms for all their desired Grade 9 courses at desired schools. Contact your school's administration or Guidance Counsellor for more information. https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Guidance/Choices
  • The 2017 School Student and Parent Census Data is now available for each school and TDSB Ward. Parents and School Councils who would like to review their school's census data and the accompanying information guide should contact their school's Principal. An information guide for the Ward-wide census data will be available February 14th. 
  • The 2018 Director’s Annual Report is now available online. This report is a summary of the work that is happening across the system in support of achievement, equity and well-being. 

TDSB Public Consultations - Have your say
The 2019-2020 Budget Process is underway, watch for public consultations and community meetings to discuss funding priorities in March of 2019.
The TDSB is currently accepting feedback on the following new and revised Policies.
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (P0XX) - Deadline February 4, 2019
  • Home Instruction Policy (P060) - Deadline February 22, 2019 
  • Student Dress Code Policy (P042) - Deadline February 28, 2019 
  • Caring and Safe Schools Policy(P051) - Deadline March 4, 2019 
Ministry of Education Updates - Funding and Program Cancellations
  • The Ministry of Education began announcing funding changes and program cancellations in December of 2018. New funding decisions are ongoing or on hold. Impacts on TDSB programs can be found here.  Particularly concerning are the funding reductions, cancellations, and delays to programs that support our most vulnerable students
    • Community Use of Schools - this EPO grant allows school boards to offer free facility permits to non-profit organizations so that those organization can provide low cost programming in high needs school communities. The TDSB's CUS funding has been cut by $1 million, jeopardizing programs in Priority neighbourhoods.
    • Focus on Youth - this funding program supports employment for at-risk youth in Priority neighbourhoods and is highly praised for helping youth gain valuable experience and combatting youth violence. The program also allows non-profit organizations offer low cost programs, summer camps, and activitites for our city's most needy students. The TDSB alone employs 600 students through the FOS summer program. The Province has cancelled all FOS after school funding and is declared that FOS summer funding is "on hold". 
    • Support for Community Programming is critical to the success of Toronto's youth and neighbourhoods. If you would like to express your support for CUS and FOS funding as well as other programs please write to our Minister of Education Lisa Thompson (lisa.thompsonco@pc.ola.org) and our local MPP Rima Berns-McGowan (RBerns-McGown-QP@ndp.on.ca). See TDSB Chair Pilkey's letter to Minister Thompson.

  • On January 29, 2019, TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey appeared before the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and presented a submission as part of the pre-budget consultations. Read the Chair’s remarks and submission, with an appendix providing additional details to the remarks.

  • The Education Minister has called for consultations with education partners to discuss reforms to teacher hiring practices, while also seeking feedback on class sizes from kindergarten to Grade 12. The language around this announcement is concerning as the Ministry considers changes to class size including removing both hard and soft caps for Kindergarten, grades 1 - 3, and high school classes. Unfortunately the Ministry has not provided a direct opportunity for feedback for parents and caregivers in this consultation process but you are free to email your concerns directly to Education Minister Lisa Thompson (lisa.thompsonco@pc.ola.org) or our local MPP Rima Berns-McGown (RBerns-McGown-QP@ndp.on.ca).

  • February 2nd - Statement by the Education Minister on Full Day Kindergarten: https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/02/statement-by-education-minister-on-full-day-kindergarten.html?_ga=2.49756462.945016426.1549210144-1128587938.1547515070 
Upcoming TDSB Community Advisory Committee and Board Meetings:
  • Black Student Achievement Community Advisory Committee - February 4th @ 7pm @ Committee Room A 5050 Yonge St.
  • Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting - February 4th @ 7pm @ 5050 Yonge St.
  • Environmental Sustainability Community Advisory Committee - February 5th @ 6pm @ 5050 Yonge, Committee Room A 
  • Board of Trustees Meeting - February 6th @ 7pm @ 5050 Yonge St.
  • French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC) Meeting - February 11th @ 7pm @ 5050 Yonge St.
  • Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee (ACAC) Meeting - February 19th @ 6pm @ Aboriginal Education Center 16 Phin Ave. Rm. 123
  • Equity Policy Community Advisory Committee - February 19th @ 6:30pm @ 5050 Yonge Street, Committee Room A
  • Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) Meeting - February 19th @ 7pm @ 5050 Yonge St.
  • Inner City Advisory Committee (ICCAC) Meeting - February 21st @ 10am @ TBD
  • Black Student Achievement Community Advisory Committee - March 4th @ 7pm @ Committee Room A 5050 Yonge St.
  • Alternative Schools Community Advisory Committee - March 18, 2019 @ 7pm in Committee Room A
    5050 Yonge St.
  • Environmental Sustainability Community Advisory Committee - Tuesday, March 5 @ 6:00 PM @ Central Technical School, Room 208
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