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Week of June 17, 2018 

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all dads and those who father...
Happy Father's Day to all dads, fathers, uncles, dads, step-dads, grandpas and everyone who makes a difference, influences and loves a child... you may never fully realize how important you are! Miss mine everyday...
And thanks to all of you who volunteer, lead and teach in our schools! You are role models to so many...

Board Meeting June 20

Public Session - 7:00 p.m. Earl Haig Secondary School, Cafeteria, 100 Princess Boulevard Agenda, click here
  • 14. Confirmation of Minutes of Meetings Held on May 23 and 30 and June 13, 2018
  • 16.1 Audit Committee, Report No. 45, May 28, 2018
  • 16.1 (1) Public Sector Accounting Standards:  Update [3421]
  • 16.1 (2) Whistleblower Program: Overview and Metrics [3339]
  • 16.1 (3) Audit Committee O. Reg 361/10 Requirements:  Work Tracker [3425]
  • 16.1 (4) Ministry of Education 2017 Governance Engagement [3398]
  • 16.1 (5) Accountant’s Report for the Period of 1 September 2017 to 31 March 2018 [3426]
  • 16.2 Governance and Policy Committee, Report No. 11, May 30, 2018
  • 16.2 (1) Board Bylaws Review, Stage One (Part Two) [3432]
  • 16.2 (2) Revision to Governance Procedure PR533, Election Activities and Use of Board Resources [3431]
  • 16.2 (3) New Policy: Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy, Phase One [3433]
  • 16.2 (4) New Policy: Open Data, Phase Five  [3434]
  • 16.2 (5) Accommodation and Program Review Policy, P068, Phase One  [3430]
  • 16.2 (6) Appropriate Dress Policy, P042, Phase One  [3430]
  • 16.2 (7) Driver Safety Procedures  [3394]
  • 16.2 (8) Review of Policies and Procedures Related to Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
  • 16.3 Program and School Services Committee, Report No. 69, June 6, 2018
  • 16.3 (1) Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee:  Hiring of an Indigenous Consultant
  • 16.3 (2) Early Years Community Advisory Committee:  Internet and Wi-Fi Access for Child Care Operators
  • 16.3 (3) Environmental Sustainability Community Advisory Committee:  Single-use Plastic Water Bottles and Straws
  • 16.3 (4) Special Education Advisory Committee:  Representative for Community Living Toronto
  • 16.3 (5) Special Education Advisory Committee Elections Regulations [3438]
  • 16.3 (6) Annual Report on International Students [3409]
  • 16.3 (7) 2018-19 Annual Enrolment in Immersion/Extended French Programs and 2017-18 Core French Programs [3410]
  • 16.3 (8) Stockpiling Potassium Iodide in Schools
  • 16.3 (9) School Site Considerations for Active Transportation to School
  • 16.3 (10) Partnership Application by Curriculum Chess
  • 16.4 Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee, Report No. 17, June 11, 2018
  • 16.4 (1) Contract Awards:  Summer Approval Process, 2018 [3440]
  • 16.4 (2) Contract Awards, Operations [3441]
  • 16.4 (3) Contract Awards, Facilities [3442]
  • 16.4 (4) Lease Agreement for Childminding Monitoring Advisory and Support at 17 Fairmeadow Blvd. [3443]
  • 16.4 (5) Final Costing for the Student and Parent Census, 2016-17 [3445]
  • 16.4 (6) Borrowing Resolution to Meet Current and Permanent Improvement Expenditures of the Board [3446]
  • 16.4 (7) Grants for Student Needs Staffing [3447]
  • 16.5 Planning and Priorities Committee (Special Meeting), Report No. 73, June 4, 2018
  • 16.5 (1) Pupil Accommodation Review for Elizabeth Simcoe Junior Public School, Guildwood Junior Public School, Jack Miner Senior Public School and Poplar Road Junior Public School:  Final Staff Report [3427]
  • 16.5 (2) Program Area Review for Givins/Shaw Junior Public School [3428]
  • 16.5 (3) Accommodation of Students From Residential Developments at 95 and 99 Broadway Avenue, 33 Dunfield Avenue and 44 Lillian Street, 8 Eglinton Avenue East and 15 Roehampton Avenue, 161 Eglinton Avenue East, 30 Erskine Avenue, 101 Erskine Avenue, 150 Redpath Avenue, 2131 Yonge Street, and 2221 Yonge Street  [3429]
  • 16.6 Planning and Priorities Committee, Report No. 74, June 13, 2018
  • 16.6 (1) Program Area Review for Keele Street Public School, Mountview Alternative Junior School, General Mercer Junior Public School and Runnymede Collegiate Institute [3450]
  • 16.6 (2) Program Area Review for Regal Road Junior Public School, Carleton Village Junior and Senior Sports and Wellness Academy, Perth Avenue Junior Public School, Rawlinson Community School, Brock Public School and Winona Drive Senior Public School [3451]
  • 16.6 (3) Establishment of a Compliance Audit Committee Under the Municipal Elections Act [3370]
  • 16.6 (4) School Renaming Request for First Nations School of Toronto [3437]
  • 16.6 (5) Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy, 2018-27 [3449]
  • 16.6 (6) Strategy to Address City Growth and Intensification [3448]
  • 16.6 (7) Canadian School Boards’ Association Conference 2018 and National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education, July 4-7, 2018: Expense Approval
  • 17.1 Payment of Public Contract Commissions (Trustees Lister and Arp)

Pride Parade June 24

June is Pride Month at the TDSB but we celebrate diversity and raise awareness to all staff and students about the rich culture and history of our LGBTQ community each and every day.
I am so proud of all our Ward 11 schools for flying the Pride Flag...
Join our TDSB float at the City of Toronto’s Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24. Everyone is welcome! For more details on how you can participate click 

Update on Hodgson Middle School Addition

Context - The 2015 Program Area Review Team (PART) explored a number of options to address accommodation pressures in Yonge-Eglinton area. In addition to boundary changes, the grade configuration changes that the Board voted on as part of the 2015 PART were necessary to accommodate the growth in K-5. At the time of that review, all of the junior schools—Eglinton Jr PS, Davisville Jr PS, Maurice Cody Jr PS, and Oriole Park Jr PS—were already at or over capacity. Enrolment growth was projected to occur at all of the schools, and small and/or constrained school sites limited the number of portables (if any) that could be placed on those sites. The only option available to accommodate the projected student growth was Hodgson—the site could accommodate portables, as well as an addition. Reconfiguring the grade ranges of all of the junior schools from K-6 to K-5 (as opposed to keeping some schools K-6) was also felt to be the most beneficial from a pedagogical and social/emotional perspective by enabling all students to transition into Hodgson MS together - and this began in September 2017.
Options for Hodgson - A community meeting was held on June 11 to provide information about what has happened with enrolment in the area, and to share why the TDSB proposes the scope of the original project (12 room addition) should change. We met with ministry representatives in January 2018 to discuss the concerns with the project and staff were directed to explore options for providing additional capacity – architects were engaged to conduct an assessment of the building and to develop the options. We shared the options and listened to feedback. Please click here to review the slide deck presented at the meeting and click here for the meeting notes. We will be submitting a business case to the ministry for the addition to be 3 storeys as opposed to 2 (construction scheduled for 2021). We will be back to the community in the fall with another update.
Where we are now? Enrolments have continued to grow at the junior schools even with the grade changes. Based on an annual review of accommodation pressures, we are changing a portion of catchment area from Eglinton to Maurice Cody beginning September 2019. Staff will also be bringing forward a number of residential development redirections to Board in June to provide additional accommodation relief to Eglinton Jr PS. Phase 2 of the Yonge-Eglinton PART will begin this Fall to continue exploring a series of accommodation options for mitigating growth in the Yonge-Eglinton area, particularly at Eglinton Jr PS. Included in the Board's LTPAS is a study to explore the construction of a new JK-8 elementary school to accommodate new students generated from significant residential intensification within the Yonge-Eglinton area. For more details on the LTPAS in Ward 11, please revisit my update from last week here.

Update on Davisville/Spectrum

I am pleased to let you know that the internal work at 529 Vaughan Road where Davisville/ Spectrum will be relocated for two years during construction of the new school (contracted FDK work on main floor as well as in-house repairs on upper floors) is on track. The external site (FDK playground area, field modifications for hard play and perimeter work) is all underway and on schedule. Click here for the deck presented at the last update meeting as well as the meeting notes.
Transportation is working on finalizing the bussing by June 22nd. Parents will receive individual letters with details. The Transportation tags are ordered and will be given out on the first day of school. The administration is planning an open house/tour for parents and students and for the community on site at 529 Vaughan Road the last week of August. More information will be forthcoming. The administration is also going to welcome the community to come to the current building once the school year is over to take pictures - we will also advertise this date once confirmed.
With regard to the new build, the TDSB is moving forward in good faith that we will get our building permits. The Construction documents are being completed and it is our intent to go out to Tender shortly. Although we have not received Ministry of Education approval as yet or any funding from the CIty of Toronto, the TDSB is assuming the risk and moving forward with the project to keep to schedule. We have the demolition permit - demolition at the site starts August 20. The existing building becomes a construction site effective Monday, August 20 and is taken over by a construction manager at that time. 

Crosstown LRT Project Update - June 15

Last week, results of noise and dust monitoring at Eglinton Jr PS showed concentration levels within the ranges normally expected in schools. We will continue monitoring dust and noise levels as needed to ensure the safety of students and staff. Phase 2: 
• The TDSB has finished the installation of Plexiglas on the windows located on the north-east side of the building. 
• The submission of the scaffolding drawings for the north-east side is pending. We were advised by Metrolinx that Phase 2 (station piling operations) is expected to start on July 1, 2018.
Please visit the school and Crosstown LRT websites for regular updates.  

Improving Special Education

Chair Pilkey and Director Malloy will be attending the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Monday to go over plans to improve our special education model. In a letter addressed to SEAC, they note they are committed to working with our schools and communities to ensure our students with special needs are given equitable opportunities to achieve. In addition to these plans, we want you to know that we have been actively listening and taking action to address the various concerns surrounding the special education model, including those raised by your committee and parents of children with special needs: inclusion, accessibility, information sharing, and effective processes, policies and programs. For more information, you can read the letter with additional details here.

New Invitation

School Year Calendar 2017-18

The official school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board runs from September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, inclusive. Before you set school events, please also ensure you check the Days of Significance Calendar which includes religious holidays.
Secondary School PA Day (Full Year Schools only) * June 27, 2018
Secondary School PA Day June 28, 2018
Board-wide PA Day June 29, 2018

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.
  • First day of classes for all students is September 4, 2018
  • 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 
PA Days & Holidays
Labour Day
September 3, 2018
Board-wide PA Day
October 5, 2018
October 8, 2018
Board-wide PA Day
November 16, 2018
Board-wide PA Day
December 7, 2018
Christmas Break
December 25, 2018 to January 4, 2019 (inclusive)
Last day of school is December 24, 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  
Rosh Hashanah will begin in the evening of Sunday, September 9 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, September 11
Yom Kippur will begin in the evening of Tuesday, September 18 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, September 19
Ramadan 2019 will begin in the evening of Sunday, May 5 and ends in the evening of
Tuesday, June 4 (Dates may vary)
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, 2019Primary/Junior EQAO: May 21-June 3, 2019
As always, I look forward to your comments, questions and
suggestions for topics to explore at ward forums and in future updates.
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