French Bussing update; Secondary Program Review; Community Calendar
French Bussing update; Secondary Program Review; Community Calendar
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Lest We Forget
On Monday, November 11th our schools across the city invite the community to mark Remembrance Day with classroom activities and school assemblies. On this solemn occasion our teachers make connections between global events and students' lives by promoting peace within our school community. This year Remembrance Day marks the date and time when fighting stopped on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) which makes this the 101st anniversary of the end of the First World War. This year is also the 74th year since the end of World War II.
I will join Trustee Story to represent the TDSB at the East York Remembrance Day Ceremony (East York Civic Centre at 10:45am).
November Celebrations
November in the TDSB marks the celebrations of Indigenous Education Month and Hindu Heritage Month.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Days of Significance
Over the course of November, students, staff and community members will be recognizing a number of important days to deepen knowledge and build stronger relationships between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples in Canada. This includes Treaty Recognition Week (Nov. 4-8), Inuit Day (Nov. 7), Aboriginal Veterans’ Day (Nov. 8), Louis Riel Day (Nov. 16), and an opportunity to Rock Your Mocs (Nov. 9-16). Learn more HERE.
The theme chosen this year for Hindu Heritage Month is OM – Sound of the Universe. The sound OM, or AUM, is energy, a vibration from which all the universe originates. Canadians of Hindu faith have greatly contributed to civic life in Canada and are a vibrant part of the growth and prosperity of Toronto. November is an opportunity to celebrate the Hindu way of life, examine its impact and contributions to the world culture, and recognize values which promote compassion, tolerance and inclusion.
Ward 16 Meeting Schedule
The dates and location for Ward 16 Meetings are now finalized. Please download and share the meeting schedule with your community. Our next meeting will be Thursday November 21st at 6:30pm at O'Connor Public School. Childcare and light dinner will be provided. Topics include "TDSB Secondary Program Review" and "Navigating the Education System".
Future dates: 
  • Monday January 20th at Kew Beach P.S.
  • Thursday February 20th at Earl Haig P.S. - Joint Ward 15/16 meeting with Dr. John Malloy
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Crescent Town Elementary School
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 at Williamson Road Junior Public School
  • Monday, May 25, 2020 at D A Morrison Middle School
November Events
  • November 11th - Remembrance Day 
  • November 12th - Community Use of Schools Advisory Committee meeting (5050 Yonge St., 8am)
  • November 12th - French as a Second Language Advisory Committee meeting (5050 Yonge St, 7pm)
  • November 12th - Report cards sent home (elementary)
  • November 13th - Parkview Hills Community AGM (Jawny Baker's, 7pm)
  • November 13th - TPS Division 55 Town Hall on Gang Violence & Community Policing (Harmony Hall, 2 Gower St., 6:30pm)
  • November 13th - TDSB Committee of the Whole (5050 Yonge St., 4:30pm)
  • November 14th - Inner Cities Advisory Committee meeting - 9:30am (Charles Gordon M.S., 25 Marcos Blvd, Scarborough) 
  • November 14th & 15th - Parent Teacher Interviews (elementary)
  • November 15th - Board Wide PA Day
  • November 16th - PIAC's Annual "Ready. Set. Engage" School Councils Conference (Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Drive, North York) - Register HERE.
  • November 19th - Urban Indigenous Advisory Committee meeting (16 Phin Ave, Rm 123, 5:30pm)
  • November 19th - Community Meeting - Crescent Town Bridge Update with Trustee Aarts, Councillor Bradford, and staff. (Crescent Town Public School, 4 Massey Square, 6:30pm) 
  • November 19th - Parent Involvement Advisory Committee Meeting (5050 Yonge St., 7pm)
  • November 21st - Ward 16 Meeting (O'Connor Public School; 6:30pm) - Childcare and light dinner provided. "Secondary Program Review" and "How to Navigate the Education System"
  • November 21st - International Day of the Girl “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow" - activities across the TDSB with Young Women on the Move #MakeAnImpact
  • November 25th - Danforth East Community Association (DECA) AGM (Hirut Cafe, 2050 Danforth Ave, 7pm - 9pm)
  • November 28th - TDSB Board Meeting (5050 Yonge St., 4:30pm; Public meeting 7pm)
  • December 2nd - Black Student Achievement Advisory Committee (5050 Yonge St., 7pm)
  • December 2nd - Special Education Advisory Committee (5050 Yonge St., 7pm)
Click for French Immersion Application Virtual French Immersion Information Session - Nov 11th, 7pm
New!!   No Changes to French or Gifted Transportation Recommended for 2020-21
Staff are reviewing the year-two budget reductions of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 approved budgets. Potential issues have been identified in implementing the following changes or reductions: Supplementary French Teachers, Supplementary Gifted Teachers, and Transportation. 

Staff will report back in January on the achievability of savings and the impact of collective agreements and associated funding changes. As a result, the Board Committee recommended that:  French and Gifted bussing reductions in the amount of $1.9M in 2020-21 be delayed until the Learning Opportunities Index (LOI) review and French redistribution of program sites are completed. This means that there will be no bussing service changes to grades 4 to 5 in Gifted and grades JK to 6 in French Immersion for the 2010-21 school year. 
Toronto Public Health: Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program
School age children require up to date vaccinations in order to attend Public schools, as per the Ontario Immunization of School Pupils Act. To avoid suspension Toronto Public Health is encouraging families to update records and report new vaccinations at 
For more information on vaccine schedules download a copy of Ontario's Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule
or contact 
Immunization Information Centre
Tel: 416-392-1250

Drinking Water Safety in Schools

As follow up to the recent article on lead in drinking water the TDSB has produced a new website and information resource to help parents and communities understand the testing, treatment, and safety of drinking water in our schools. Designated drinking water sources in our schools are safe to drink and are tested on a regular basis, according to provincial regulations. For more information please visit:
Program and Policy Consultations - Secondary School Programs and Optional Attendance Policy Review
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is undertaking a review of secondary schools to ensure all students have equitable access to programs and opportunities, as close to home as possible. 
To learn more about the Secondary School Review, please read the Questions and Answers and additional resources available on this page. In addition to reviews of school enrollments, program supports, and admissions processes the TDSB will also need to amend associated Policies and Procedures including the Optional Attendance Policy (P13). A draft version of the revised Policy P13 (Attendance at Schools Outside of Designated Attendance Area) is now available online. Public input is welcomed via a SURVEY or by emailing -
Four public meetings will be held in November. At these meeting we will consult on both Optional Attendance Policy (P013) and Secondary Program Review.
  • November 14, 7 p.m. at Western Technical-Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Crescent, Cafeteria
  • November 20, 7 p.m. at East Education Office, 140 Borough Drive, Committee Room 3/4
  • November 26, 7 p.m. at C W Jefferys Collegiate Institute, 340 Sentinel Road, Cafeteria
  • November 28, 7 p.m. at John Polanyi Collegiate Institute, 640 Lawrence Avenue West, Cafeteria
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