Keeping you engaged and informed
Keeping you engaged and informed
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Week of October 15, 2018 

Student Vote

CIVIX is organizing a Student Vote parallel election for elementary and high schools coinciding with the Ontario municipal and school board elections on October 22, 2018.

Schools had the opportunity to register their students to join students from throughout the province to learn about municipal government, school boards and the electoral process, research the local candidates and issues, and cast ballots for the candidates running for council and school board trustee in their municipality. I am pleased to let you know that 238 schools across the TDSB are participating - and in Ward 11, the participating schools are Brown, Cottingham, FHCI, Hillcrest, Maurice Cody, McMurrich, NTCI, Oriole Park, West Prep and Winona.
You may also find some of the lesson plans informative! Click here for the lesson on school trustees!

Saturday Credit Program Deadline - October 18

The TDSB Continuing Education Department is offering a credit program in several international languages for current high school students. Classes run 3.25 hours a week on Saturdays beginning on October 20 to June 15, 2019, depending on sufficient enrollment numbers. A minimum of 25 students are needed to run a course. October 18 is the final day to register online for the Saturday Credit Program in International Languages. Registration is only done online, there are no on-site registrations. Visit  

Apprenticeship IS Post-Secondary Education

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a program for students that opens the door to work in apprenticeship occupations through the cooperative education program. Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.
The TDSB Accelerated OYAP Open House schedule available on Check now for dates and locations.  

Legislative Update via OPSBA - Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018

Last week the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) sent a written submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Clause-by-clause consideration of Bill 36 will be held on October 15 and the bill (with amendments or not) will report back to the House on October 16, 2018. Earlier this week, Attorney General Caroline Mulroney announced an advertising campaign aimed at educating youth about the risks and rules of recreational cannabis use. The campaign is to begin next week and include ads on social media, television, and on the internet. Ontarians will be able to legally purchase recreational cannabis online exclusively on October 17 from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) until April 2019 when the province expects retail stores to be open. The OCS has launched an education website to provide consumers with information to make informed choices. Please click here for the OPSBA Submission.

Worth Repeating

How to Talk to Your Kids About Tragic Events

This year's PRO Grant Speaker is Alyson Schafer and the topic is How to Talk to Your Kids About Tragic Events. This is a free event co-hosted by Davisville PS and Maurice Cody PS School Councils.
Wednesday October 17th - 7pm - 8:30pm Maurice Cody Gymnasium - this PRO Grant speaker is co-hosted between Davisville PS and Maurice Cody PS


French Program Deadlines

Early French Immersion Program Application Deadline- The application process for the Early French Immersion program opens on October 29 and the deadline is November 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. Early French Immersion (SK entry) Parent/Guardian Information evenings will once again be held at specific secondary schools across the system. The secondary schools have been selected to ensure reasonable access across the system (location/parking/TTC where possible).There will be 9 separate dates to choose from, including an online session. A variety of staff representatives will be invited to be on hand to answer parent questions about the program, placement, transportation, child care, special education etc. This information will be shared shortly.
The application process for the Junior Extended French program will open in January 2019. For further information about French as a Second Language programs, the application process and dates for Information Evenings, please visit
Please Note: While admission to the Early French Immersion (SK entry)/Junior Extended French (Grade 4 entry) program is guaranteed at the entry points to all eligible on time applicants, admission to a specific school is not guaranteed if the school reaches capacity. Application to begin these programs is open to all students not already enrolled in an FSL program.
Please also note that the report coming from the Review of TDSB French Program Consultations from last Spring is expected at the Program and School Services Committee on November 1.

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

Let Your Voice be Heard

It is important for both students and parents to take the opportunity to respond to the ministry's consultation - please give your thoughts on the following -
  1. Improving student performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  2. Preparing students with needed job skills, such as skilled trades and coding
  3. Improving provincial standardized testing
  4. Ensuring students graduate with important life skills, including financial literacy
  5. Managing the use of technology in classrooms, such as cell phones
  6. Building a new age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like mental health, sexual health education and the legalization of cannabis
  7. Developing the first-ever Parents’ Bill of Rights
The deadline to submit comments is December 15, 2018. Please use this opportunity to share your voice - please note there are a number of key issues missing from this list - and there is some concern that these questions already express a point of view... but please - you should feel free to comment on your priorities. Submissions can also be sent to the ministry by emailing or
Information about the consultation can be found at:  

School Year Calendar 2018-2019

The official school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board runs from          September 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, inclusive.
  • The last day of class for elementary students is June 27, 2019
  • The last day of class for secondary (full-year) students is June 25, 2019
  • The last day of class for secondary (semestered) students is June 26, 2019 
2018 - 2019 Dates to Remember: Official Holidays and PA Days 
October 8, 2018
Board-wide PA Day
November 16, 2018
Board-wide PA Day
December 7, 2018
Christmas Break
December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019 (inclusive)
Last day of school is December 21, 2018
School resumes January 7, 2019
Elementary PA Day
January 18, 2019
Secondary PA Day
(Semestered Schools only)
* January 31, 2019
Board-wide PA Day
February 15, 2019
Family Day
February 18, 2019
March Break
March 11 to 15, 2019
Good Friday
April 19, 2019
Easter Monday
April 22, 2019
Victoria Day
May 20, 2019
Elementary School PA Day
June 7, 2019
Secondary School PA Day
(Full Year Schools only)
* June 26, 2019
Secondary School PA Day
June 27, 2019
Board-wide PA Day
June 28, 2019
Also please note Days of Significance - click for the complete list
You may also find this Days of Significance Resource Guide helpful
  • Diwali November 6 or 7 and the Festival runs for 5 days
  • Hanukkah will begin in the evening of Sunday, December 2 and ends in the evening of
    Monday, December 10 (lasts for 8 days)
  • Passover 2019 will begin in the evening of Friday, April 19 and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 27 (first 2 and last 2 days are considered holy)
  • Ramadan 2019 will begin in the evening of Sunday, May 5 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, June 4 (Dates may vary)
  • Eid al-Fitr celebrated at the end of Ramadan will begin on Tuesday, June 4 
EQAO - The following dates have been established: 
  • Gr. 9 Math:  1st Semester:  January 14-25, 2019
  • Gr. 9 Math:  2nd Semester: June 5-18, 2019
  • OSSLT:  March 27, 2019
  • Primary/Junior EQAO: May 21-June 3, 2019
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