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Dear friends,
Welcome back from March Break! I hope you all had a relaxing and fun-filled week.
This is just a quick reminder about my next virtual Ward 11 Coffee Morning coming up on Tuesday, March 29th, from 9:30-11:30am. To learn more about these mornings, click on the flyer to the right. To attend, please register here.
As always, below are a variety of updates about TDSB intitiatives, events, and items that may be of interest to students, parents, caregivers and community members. I hope to see as many of you as possible next Tuesday.
Warm regards,
Rachel Chernos Lin, TDSB Trustee, Ward 11, Don Valley West
Coffee Morning: Tuesday, March 29

My Community Coffee meetings are informal gatherings where parents and constituents are invited for a round table-style discussion of information sharing, best practices and interesting conversation related to education in our ward. We often have superintendents and sometimes even principals who drop by, so these are fun and engaging events!


For all information and to register, please see the: Community Coffee Meeting flyer.
Earth Hour: March 25 at 2:00pm

Earth Hour is a world-wide celebration where millions of people around the world turn off their lights for one hour to tackle the dual challenges facing the planet – climate change and loss of nature. Earth Hour started off as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. It has grown to engage 192 countries and territories to raise awareness for energy consumption and effects on the environment. By turning off non-essential electricity, participants join a global movement to raise awareness and take action for a healthy planet. For more information, please visit Earth Hour Reports.

Environment, Energy and Climate Action
The Toronto District School Board is dedicated to preparing young people for their future and recognizes its obligation to respond to the escalating climate crisis with education, action and leadership.
Learn more about the history of climate action and sustainability at the TDSB.

Elementary Summer School
The focus of the Elementary Summer School Program is to continue student learning and engagement through the month of July. Programs, embedded in Literacy and Numeracy, are developed by the local summer school principal to reflect the local school focus. Programs are offered in-person to students in K to Grade 8, from July 4 to July 29, 2022. Most classes run for three (3) hours from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Registration has started!
Please note, there are limited spaces available and some programs are filling up, and the online/remote program is already full.
Secondary Credit Programs Summer School July 2022

The Toronto District School Board offers summer school credit courses to all high school students and adults with current prerequisites. Students may take a new credit, or retake a course previously taken to upgrade a mark. Parents/Guardians and students must consult with their day school guidance counsellor regarding course selections and pre-requisite courses.
Registration opens April 19 at 9:00am. Continuing Education Secondary Credit Summer programs have mandatory attendance daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday to Friday for the duration of the program you register for.
Please note: Continuing Education and eLearning Programs are two different departments. Questions about eLearning should be directed to the eLearning department at or visit the e-learning website.
Covid Vaccination

On February 3, I organized a Ward Forum with special guest dr. Janine McCready about Vaccination of Children. Please check out the meeting notes. Obviously, there was some great news this week with the Moderna company reporting that their vaccine is effective for children from 6 months to 5 years old. Hopefully, this creates the prospect of Summer vaccinations for this age group. 

Learn more about vaccination for children 5-11:

How to book an vaccine appointment:
Book an appointment online at the dark blue “Book Appointment” button on or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). Vaccines are also available at pop-up clinicspharmacies  and some family doctors.
Watch for emails from your school for information about school pop-up clinics in your neighbourhood.
Michael Garron Hospital and East Toronto Health Partners oversee the Thorncliffe Hub Vaccination Centre and a variety of pop-ups clinics in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park as well as East Toronto.
For more information, click wwww.tehp/VaccinePopUps. Upcoming local clinics this week: 
- March 4-27: Thorncliffe Park Community Hub (45 Overlea Blvd). Times vary.

- March 27: Thorncliffe Park Public School (80 Thorncliffe Park Dr). 12noon - 4pm as supply lasts. 

Winter Well-Being Guide

As parents and caregivers, we may be wondering what we can do to help keep our children active and healthy, and to positively support their mental health and well-being. Within this guide (click to download the online document) you find a variety of culturally responsive resources and accessible activities to help make this winter a little easier and fun for you and your family. Information on where and how to reach out for help is also included.

Mental Health & Well-Being Supports

TDSB Professional Support Services offers virtual drop-in hours for parents and caregivers to discuss strategies to help support the mental health and well-being of your child.

There are sessions open to all (Tuesdays 10-11am; Thursdays 7-8pm) and a special drop-in for parents/caregivers of students with special/complex needs (Wednesdays 7-8pm). 

Learn more about Virtual Mental Health Support and/or click on the images above for the session links. 

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.

Wishing everyone good health, and hope to "see" many of you virtually next Tuesday, March 29, at 9:30am

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

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

If you notice anything at a school that concerns you, please call the TDSB Security Call Centre (416) 395-4620 and the Toronto Police - non-emergencies can be reported by calling ‪416-808-2222.

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