Welcome Back to School


Welcome back! This update is quite large so I will keep my update short. It has been a very busy summer at many of our schools across the ward. From boiler replacements, to roof replacements, to new playgrounds/fields being installed. While a few of our project's timelines were not met due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, I am very grateful and thankful for the hard work our staff have put in over the summer.

I am very much looking forward to engaging with more of you over the next year so that together we can improve our schools and communities. I hope you will make an effort to come out to our Ward Forums and to tune into my Virtual Town Halls.

Have a successful school year!

~ Chris

Welcome back! This update is quite large so I will keep my update short. It has been a very busy summer at many of our schools across the ward. From boiler replacements, to roof replacements, to new playgrounds/fields being installed. While a few of our project's timelines were not met due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, I am very grateful and thankful for the hard work our staff have put in over the summer.

I am very much looking forward to engaging with more of you over the next year so that together we can improve our schools and communities. I hope you will make an effort to come out to our Ward Forums and to tune into my Virtual Town Halls.

Have a successful school year!

~ Chris


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School Year Calendar

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! For more information about important dates and holidays for the upcoming year, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/Calendar.


New Simplified Student Forms for Fall 2017

In order to make the back-to-school process more simple and efficient for students and families, the TDSB has consolidated multiple permission and consent forms into a single document. Starting in fall 2017, parents and guardians will receive this new simplified form from their school. The next step will be to migrate these paper forms to an electronic version. We will share more information with you about this move to electronic forms over the coming year.


Update on Air Conditioning

In June Church Street PS received new air conditioning units. We are excited to announce that the following schools will also get air conditioning installed during this school year:

  • Whitney Jr PS
  • Winchester Jr & Sr PS
  • Jesse Ketchum Jr PS

Save The Dates

School Councils 101
Wednesday, October 4
5:30pm
Beverly School (64 Baldwin Street)

Ward Forums

  • Thursday, October 26 from 6:00-8:00pm at Church Street PS (83 Alexander St)
  • Tuesday, November 28  from 6:00-8:00pm at Lord Dufferin PS (350 Parliament St)
  • Thursday, December 14  from 6:00-8:00pm at Rosedale PS (22 South Dr)

Virtual Town Halls

  • Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00pm
  • Thursday, November 2 at 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00pm

Virtual Town Halls can be accessed through Trustee Moise's Facebook Page or on our website at www.chrismoise.ca/virtualtownhalls


Update on TDSB Wi-Fi Access

Over the summer, work started to move our schools to a faster, more reliable internet network. While we had hoped to have made a significant dent in this work over the summer, there were unexpected delays and, as a result, access to Snapchat, Instagram and Netflix will continue to be blocked to further ease network congestion.

In the spring, when these three sites were initially blocked, staff reported experiencing faster internet speeds as a result of the reduced traffic and were able to complete necessary operational tasks such as attendance. This continued measure will help alleviate congestion and boost network capacity while minimizing the impact on teaching and learning. The decision will be revisited in June 2018.


Student Transportation

At the TDSB, busing service may be provided for elementary students (K-5) residing 1.6 km or more from their designated school. TTC tickets may be provided for middle school students (grades 6-8) residing 3.2 km or more from their designated school.

The safety of students is a shared responsibility and parents/guardians can help by stressing school bus safety with their children. Here is some useful information that will help make your child's journey a safe one.

Boarding/Departing Bus

Parents/guardians are encouraged to review their child's walking route to the bus stop. Students getting off a bus at a stop must have an adult there to pick them up. In order to change their normal bus and/or stop, parents must contact the school office.

Passengers should arrive at the bus stop no later than five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Once bus doors are closed and the bus has departed, drivers cannot stop for late arriving students.

While waiting at the bus stop, students are expected to stand a safe distance from the street and are expected to respect private property. When the bus approaches, students must observe the instructions of the driver, especially in the winter when slick road conditions exist.

If students are required to cross the road, they should follow the driver's instructions and always cross in front of the bus with the aid of the flashing stop sign lights and crossing arm. Students dropped off at school loading zones where the bus lights are not activated, should wait until the bus departs before crossing the street.

Accidents/Breakdowns/Delays

School bus travel is extremely safe. Bus drivers are trained in defensive driving techniques and buses are carefully maintained. The size and bright yellow colour make school buses very visible. Yet, given the thousands of miles travelled annually, and the traffic conditions in our area, accidents, breakdowns and delays due to inclement weather can happen.

Parents can get the latest transportation information by signing up to the transportation portal to receive email notifications when bus companies report late buses. Delays will also be posted to https://www.torontoschoolbus.org/.

In addition, parents can contact the Toronto Student Transportation Group at 416-394-4287 or their local school in the case of delays of more than 15 minutes. Please note, however, that at the beginning of each new school year there is always a short adjustment period as drivers familiarize themselves with new routes and students so there may be short delays during this time.

Severe Weather

Occasionally, severe weather conditions may require the TDSB to cancel transportation. This may occur before the beginning of the school day or if conditions become severe during the school day. Visit the www.tdsb.on.ca or https://www.torontoschoolbus.org/, check Twitter @tdsb or listen to local radio or TV stations starting at 6 a.m. for bus cancellations.

Passenger Safety

The bus driver is responsible for ensuring each passenger arrives to and from school safely each day. Drivers receive special training and rigorous examinations and must maintain a good driving record. Safe, respectful conduct is expected of all passengers.

The TDSB reserves the right to suspend transportation privileges for any student who demonstrates behaviour that is unreasonably distracting to the driver and may contribute to unsafe operation.

Parents are requested keep the school and transportation company up-to-date on any changes to their children’s medical health and contact information so that emergency contacts are accurate at all times throughout the year.