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Dear friends,
I hope everybody is staying healthy & safe. 
It's been a hard couple of weeks. The discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children in Kamloops has been weighing so heavily on all Canadians. Then, on Sunday night, the horrific, hate-motivated attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario on Sunthat led to the tragic deaths of four family members and left another with serious injuries has been an additional shock. Our hearts go out to their friends, family and all those who knew them following this hateful and cowardly act.
Last night, TDSB Chair Alexander Brown and Interim Director Falconer issued a statement on behalf of the entire TDSB on confronting and interrupting Islamophobia and all forms of racism, hate, and discrimination. It also contains some useful resources. Please read: the full statement
As we move into the last couple weeks of school, I wanted to provide a shorter update to remind everyone about a couple of upcoming events and give you some advocacy news that may be of interest to families and community members.
Coffee Morning
First, a quick reminder about my Community Coffee meeting coming up tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 9:30am. 
The Coffee Meetings are virtual gatherings - like so many of our meetings, classrooms, and social meet-ups these days - but in a more relaxed and informal setting. 
In addition to some brief updates and a free-flowing chat, Superintendents, School Council Chairs and others will be on hand, alongside a Special Guest: Kathleen Wynne, our Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley West. MPP Wynne is scheduled to join us for the first hour.
So sit back with your favourite mug and please join us tomorrow morning, any time between 9:30 and 11:30 am!
Please remember, in order to attend, you must register first. To do so, please click the Coffee Morning Registration Form

Advocacy Motion regarding Semesters for Secondary School

As you are likely aware, the Ministry of Education has mandated a maximum of two cohorts for high school students for September. This has left staff with no choice but to plan for quadmesters (the even worse alternative being 'octomesters'). We have heard loud and clear from students, parents, and staff of a preference to return to semesters. Seeing as high school students are eligible for vaccines, and covid numbers are falling, we are hopeful the government might be willing to rethink the two-cohort restrictions should these trends continue. With that goal in mind, I am bringing forward a motion this month calling on the Ministry of Education to give every consideration to allow for a switch to a semester model should the public health indicators allow. This motion will come forward for debate on June 23, and if it passes at committee, will go to Board on June 30th. You can read a copy of this motion here: Motion_re_Return_to_Semesters_2021-2022.pdf
Ward Forum: Planning for September 2021
Then, next week on Thursday, June 17, please join me and Ward 11 Superintendents Andrew Howard and Ron Felsen for a Ward Forum about "Planning for September 2011". 
To join, pleae click the Ward Forum Registration Form

Lastly, please check out a few news items below that may be of interest to parents, caregivers, and community members.  
See you tomorrow for coffee and conversation!
Warm regards,
Black Scientists' Task Force on Vaccine Equity
Join the Toronto Black Covid Taskforce, CAFCAN and the BPSG for a Zoom Town Hall tonight, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7pm, for a COVID-19 vaccine education session to encourage Black families and parents to learn more about vaccines. This session is intended to help people make healthy decisions about vaccinations for themselves and their families.
For more information, please e-mail

Virtual Budget Town Halls 
The TDSB is holding two virtual Budget Town Halls to ensure that all members of the community, including parents/guardians, have the opportunity to hear directly from staff about the 2021-22 budget, ask questions and share feedback.
Please join on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m., to take part in the Budget Town Halls.
Election of Student Trustees (2021-2022)
Students across the Toronto District School Board will have the opportunity to vote online for their 2021-22 Student Trustees on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Official candidates and their campaign videos will be revealed on Monday, June 21, 2021. Stay tuned!

Student Trustees represent the voice of approximately 247,000 students in the Toronto District School Board. They are elected members of the Board of Trustees and sit alongside the adult Trustees at board and committee meetings and act as a link to students, the Board and school communities. Student Trustees are members of the Student Senate and work closely with Student Senate Executives and school communities to empower and promote student voice and engagement across the district.
Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, Student Senate Elections will be held separately in the Fall.
For more information, please visit the webpage for Election of Student Trustees.
If you have any questions, please contact Principal Alison MacLachlan.
2021-2022 School Year Calendar
The Ministry of Education has approved the TDSB’s 2021-2022 School Year Calendar.
The first day of classes for students will be September 9, 2021.
Visit the TDSB website for the full calendar, including PA days and holidays. 
Selection Form for In-Person or Virtual Learning (2021-22)
The TDSB will be asking families to complete an online Selection Form for In-Person or Virtual Learning in mid-August. At that time, families will have up-to-date information on the status of the pandemic and vaccinations for school staff and students, and will be in a better position to make an informed decision. Visit the TDSB website for more information, available in multiple languages.
TDSB Statement: Tragic Discovery in British Columbia
In the wake of the tragic discovery of the unmarked graves of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, the Toronto District School Board deplores the loss of life and mourns alongside Canadians and indigenous communities.

The TDSB flags will remain at half mast for nine days — one hour for every life lost — in honour of the 215 children.

Read the full statement
History and Heritage Months
In June, the TDSB recognizes

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