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Dear friends,
This is just a quick reminder about tomorrow's Virtual Coffee Morning scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, 9:30-11am.
I am delighted to let you know we will be joined by MPP Kathleen Wynne for her final coffee morning with us as MPP as she isn't running for re-election in June in the Provincial elections. In addition to being our local Member of Provincial Parliament since 2003, Wynne was of course Premier of Ontario from 2013 until 2018. But did you know she was also Minister of Education (2006-2010), TDSB Trustee (2000-2003), and has a Masters in Education? This will be a nice opportunity to acknowledge her service, especially in education.
These coffee mornings are meant to be informal gatherings, and my hope is that we can with talk to her about what she has seen change, education-wise, in her lengthly career in public service, and what she sees for the future of Ontario education. In addition to having MPP Wynne as our special guest, we will also be joined by our two Ward 11 Superintendents, Roni Felsen and Andrew Howard, and will make sure to save a bit of time for some TDSB updates and information sharing and questions from those in attendance. 
Please register online to join our Coffee morning. Confirmation & Zoom link will be sent by end of day Tuesday or Wednesday morning (depending on when you register). I look forward to connecting with many of you tomorrow!
Warm regards,
Rachel Chernos Lin, TDSB Trustee, Ward 11, Don Valley West
TDSB recognizes Education Week
Education Week continues through Friday. During Education Week, we celebrate incredible things happening every day in our classrooms, schools and across the Toronto District School Board. 
Follow along each day as we profile amazing work in equity, mental health and well-being and supporting student success. Go ahead and follow us on Twitter, too. That's where our schools turn to highlight learning in and outside of the classroom. What great things are you doing? Follow and share online using  #TDSBedweek and tagging @tdsb
More information on the TDSB website.
TDSB recognizes Children's Mental Health Week
This year, the TDSB recognizes Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW) from May 2 to 6, 2022.  This year's theme is Intersecting identities and Well-Being.
Equity is central in supporting mental health and well-being. This prioritizes identity affirming support of students and parents/guardians from an anti-oppressive and anti-racist stance.  Supporting you is our priority. We are here to help with anything you need to support your mental health and well-being and to help you navigate the tools and resources you may need. 
Schools will be noting this week in different ways, so please reach out to your child's school to find out more about local Children's Mental Health Week events.
Join and follow the conversation on Twitter by following @TDSB_MHWB, hashtag #CMHW2022,  and see how schools are supporting mental health and well-being with their students.
More information on the TDSB website.
TDSB Excellence Awards Return for 2022
We are excited to announce the return of the TDSB Excellence Awards for 2022! This year, updated nomination categories are aimed at honouring outstanding individuals and groups who have demonstrated excellence and continued to thrive throughout the past two years.
An award ceremony is planned for June 14.
More information and details about the refreshed nomination categories will be shared soon, including on the website at
TDSB 2022-2023 Budget Town Halls
Updated 2022-23 Budget presentation materials have been posted on the TDSB website
TDSB will be holding two virtual Budget Town Halls on May 19, 2022 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to ensure that all members of the community have the opportunity to hear directly from staff about the 2022-23 budget and ask questions. 
Ongoing Policy Consultations
Everybody is invited to read the draft policies, and provide comments, questions and recommendation, including suggestions on the wording and provisions of draft policies & policy revisions, using the contact information below.
More information about all ongoing policy consultations is available on the TDSB Policy Consultations webpage.
May is Asian Heritage Month
Asian Heritage Month is recognized formally throughout Canada through an official declaration that was signed in May 2002.   Subsequently, the Province of Ontario passed the Asian Heritage Act (2005), and the TDSB passed a motion to recognize Asian Heritage Month in April 2007.
We are proud to celebrate the numerous achievements of Asian-Canadians and their significant role on the global stage. This year our theme is Many Voices United as One.
The TDSB is the largest and one of the most diverse school boards in Canada. Nearly one-quarter of our students were born outside of Canada and collectively we speak more than 120 languages. According to the 2017 TDSB Student & Parent Census 40% of TDSB students self-identified as Asian. During the month of May we are honoured to share with you several opportunities and resources to learn about the traditions, customs, and significant individuals that this heritage brings.
We recently held an Asian Heritage Month Poster contest and invited all TDSB students to participate. The winning poster will be unveiled at the Asian Heritage Month Virtual Celebration and posted to the public site afterwards. Join us to learn about the vibrant and significant contributions that Asian-Canadians have made to our great country that our staff, students, and community members call home. Canada has been enriched by the vibrant traditions that we continue to recognize in our brilliant city by celebrating our heritage proudly through festivals and customs.
Asian Heritage Month Virtual Celebration
Monday, May 9, 2022
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
To learn more about Asian Heritage Month please see the following resources:
Follow us on Twitter @AsianTDSB.
May is Jewish Heritage Month
Throughout the month of May, TDSB’s Jewish Heritage Month Committee and the Ontario Jewish Archives are offering a lively and historical guided walking tour of Kensington Market to Grade 6 and 7 TDSB students in honour of Jewish Heritage Month.
“A Trip to the Market” is an engaging exploration of the history, music and architecture the market has to offer. This opportunity will connect students to a significant part of Toronto’s local history as a destination for new immigrant groups.
The walking tour focuses on the stories of Toronto’s early Jewish community, largely immigrants from Eastern Europe. TDSB’s TUSC (Toronto Urban Studies Centre) staff will guide the groups through the sites, smells, and sounds of the market. Destinations include historical homes, former businesses, and culminates at the beautiful and historic Kiever Synagogue.
Please continue to check back for updates on more activities, events and resources to celebrate Jewish Heritage Month at the TDSB.
For more information, please visit the Jewish Heritage Month Committee webpage and follow them on Twitter at @TDSB_JHIf you have any questions, please contact Shari Schwartz-Maltz;
2021-2022 School Year Calendar
The last day of class is June 30 (for elementary students) or June 29 (for secondary students).
There are no classes for students on the dates listed below.

As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments or concerns!

Rachel Chernos Lin, Ward 11 TDSB Trustee, Don Valley West

If you notice anything at a school that concerns you, please call the TDSB 24-hour Call Centre (416) 395-4620 and/or Toronto Police (non-emergencies via ‪416-808-2222). 

If you or a family member is in crisis, please contact Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or get support right now by texting CONNECT to 686868.
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