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November 2018 Newsletter

TDSB Marks First Ever Pineapple Week

From Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 9, educators across the TDSB are putting pineapples on their classroom doors to invite others in the school to visit & share their classroom learning.
During the 2017-18 school year, Program Coordinators across the TDSB came together to look at a different ways for teachers to learn together by observing the teaching practices of others. The idea of a TDSB Pineapple Week came from an idea to promote a more unstructured way to encourage professional learning at the school level.
What is an Exploration Classroom you ask? Exploration classrooms are spaces in which to learn, explore, and improve together. When students are involved in an exploration experience, they learn how to better work together through real examples. Most importantly, exploration classrooms support student achievement and well-being by building instructional excellence through the sharing of knowledge and best practices.
All TDSB educators, administrators, central and support staff are encouraged to participate and share what they’ve learned on social media by using the hashtag #tdsbPINEAPPLE.

Provincial Consultation on Education Reform

Parents, students, educators and community members are invited to provide feedback on several areas of the province’s education system, including updating the Health and Physical Education curriculum and improving student performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 
Closing date is Dec. 15, 2018. To learn more and how you can participate, visit fortheparents.ca.

2018 Municipal Election: TDSB Trustee Results

The 2018 Municipal Election, which includes the election for the office of Toronto District School Board trustee, was held on Monday, Oct. 22. To view the official list of the newly elected Trustees, please visit the TDSB election results webpage.
Please note that Trustees elected in the 2018 Municipal Election will take office on Dec. 1, 2018. For a list of current Trustees, please visit our Trustee web page.

New Ward Boundaries

On Dec. 1, 2018, new ward boundaries will come into effect for the Toronto District School Board.
These changes are a result of the Government of Ontario’s decision to reduce Toronto City Council from 47 to 25 councilors and realign the City of Toronto’s ward electoral boundaries to reflect provincial electoral ridings. By law, the TDSB is required to align its ward electoral boundaries with the City’s.
To view the new map and to see which schools will belong to each ward, please visit New Ward Boundaries on tdsb.on.ca.

Legalization of Cannabis 

The recreational use of cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. The Toronto District School Board has provided resources, including lesson plans that align with Ontario's Health and Physical Education Curriculum, to schools to support staff and students. These lesson plans aim to provide accurate information, teach healthy living concepts and promote substance misuse prevention strategies among youth. The TDSB continues to work with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Education regarding the further development of curriculum and professional learning.
Despite the changes to cannabis-related laws, the recreational use of cannabis is not permitted on TDSB property. Similar to alcohol, impairment is also not permitted or tolerated on school property. As with any prescribed medication, cannabis-based medications are permitted in accordance with TDSB Operational Procedure 536 (Medication).
For information on resources you may find helpful in discussions with your children, visit www.tdsb.on.ca/cannabis.

Statement Re: Tragic Events in Pittsburgh

The thoughts of the students and staff of the Toronto District School Board are with the victims, their loved ones and the larger Jewish community following Saturday's deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

18th Annual Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

On October 16, 2018 the Toronto District School Board celebrated the commitment, hard work and professionalism of Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Workers who work with young children. This year’s theme was Champions for Children.

TDSB Releases EQAO and OSSLT Results

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released achievement results for the Toronto District School Board. For more information, including an overview of the results, read the news release

TDSB Launches Health & Physical Education Parent Guide

The guide includes helpful information regarding the 2010 re-issued HPEC (Grades 1-8) including grade-by-grade highlights of what’s being taught, comparisons to the previous curriculum and Questions and Answers.

November is Hindu Heritage Month at the TDSB

In 2016, the Government of Ontario declared the month of November each year as Hindu Heritage Month. Canadians of Hindu faith have greatly contributed to civic life in Canada for decades, and are a vibrant part of the growth and prosperity of Toronto, Ontario and Canada. On April 18, 2018, the TDSB Trustees voted to recognize the month of November as Hindu Heritage Month.
The theme chosen for the inaugural year is Namaste. Namaste is a way of showing respect and that you are equal to one another. It means, the divine in me bows to the divine in you. It is used with all people one meets, from young and old to friends and strangers. The bowing down of the head is a gracious form of extending friendship in love, respect, and humility.
This year’s poster is now available online. It was created by Grade 8 student Abigail from Brookside Public School.
Hindu Heritage Month Poster 2018

November is TDSB Indigenous Education Month

In November, we celebrate Indigenous Education Month at the TDSB. This month provides an opportunity to centre Indigenous perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curriculum. In classrooms across the city, we focus on treaties, particular Nations such as the Inuit and Métis according to their Days of Significance, as well as the achievements and accomplishments of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Over the course of this month, students, staff and community members will be recognizing a number of important days to deepen knowledge and learn together about our shared history and build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Remembrance Day

On Friday, November 9th, students and staff at our school and across the city will mark Remembrance Day, which falls on Sunday, November 11, with classroom activities and school assemblies. For Remembrance Day, our teachers make connections between global events and students' lives by promoting peace within our school community. On this solemn occasion, our staff, students, parents, and the wider community all join together in a call for peace.
This year's Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I when fighting stopped on November 11th at 11 a.m. in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). This year is also the 73rd year since the end of World War II.
As a point of interest, TDSB’s Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute has the recognized distinction of having the greatest number of students, graduates, teachers, and other staff enlist in the military during the Second World War than any other school in the British Commonwealth.

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 http://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Going-to-High-School/Open-Houses-and-Information-Nights.

Early French Immersion Program Application Deadline

The application process for the Early French Immersion program opens on Oct. 29 and the deadline is Nov. 26. Applications are made the year a child is in Junior Kindergarten (or is of Junior Kindergarten age) for entry in Senior Kindergarten. It is an entirely online process.

Take Our Kids to Work Day

The TDSB is supporting Take Our Kids to Work Day on Wednesday, November 14. This is the day when Grade 9 students across Ontario will be accompanying a parent, relative or friend to the workplace.
The initiative gives students an opportunity to view the work that adults do and gain an understanding and appreciation for the challenges people face daily and the accomplishments that are achieved. This opportunity helps students think about the choices they will have to make and the path they must follow to meet their future career goals.
All employees are invited to bring a grade 9 student (child, relative or friend) to work on that day. Please join us in welcoming these students at our school.

PIAC Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference 

Registration for the annual PIAC conference is now open! Parents, guardians and caregivers are invited to the free Parent Involvement Makes a Difference conference on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
Parents can choose from a variety of workshops including literacy, technology, mental health and nutrition. Walk around the Market Place and learn more about local community supports and visit the School Community Engagement Lounge.
Busing, child minding and interpretations can be chosen during registration. The day includes a light breakfast and lunch.
Saturday, November 18, 2018
Earl Haig Secondary School (100 Princess Avenue, Toronto

Shift Your Thinking LD Summit 

Shift Your Thinking LD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping school leaders, teachers and parents work together to support the success of students with special education needs, so they can flourish in the classroom and at home.
On Sunday November 4th, we’re holding our annual Shift Your Thinking LD Summit in Mississauga to give parents and teachers who have children with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and/or mental health concerns like anxiety access to leading experts from all over the world.
Here are 3 ways you can help them get the support they need:
Share this information with parents/guardians.
  1. Send up to 2 families from your school to the summit for free! The first 30 families to sign up get a free live summit ticket. All they have to do is cover the $19.80 expense for food and drinks. When ordering your tickets, enter the parent’s name and your school name. Then use the code SYTSUPPORT at checkout. (Max 2 families per school).
  2. You can also put together a parent or teacher group for the summit and take advantage of our 30% group discount. (Min 5 people per group.) On our summit page, we have a spot where you can submit the names and emails of your group members. Then we send the group code to each person in your party.
  3. This summit gives parents and professionals a chance to participate in workshops on self-regulation, perfectionism and self-esteem, homework battles, and creating healthy habits and routines - and leave with practical strategies that they can implement right away.

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