Trustee Updates - November 7

The last few weeks have been quite busy for me. I have attended quite a few expulsion hearings; several PART Meetings for Whitney PS; board and committee meetings; meetings with constituents. This past weekend I had the honour of participating in Rosedale Public School's 125th anniversary festivities as well as Rosedale Heights Graduation Ceremony.

Our last board meeting was jam packed and I wanted to give you a few quick highlights:

  • Trustees approved the relocation of the First Nations School of Toronto to Eastern Commerce CI;
  • We approved the Integrated Equity Framework Action Plan (2016-2019);
  • We passed a motion brought forward by Trustee Shan requesting the Chair send a letter to all boards in Ontario and the Ontario Public School Board’s Association requesting support to call upon the provincial government to commit to a curriculum review as part of the work to be done through the Anti-Racism Directorate;
  • We passed a motion requesting that the Director review severe weather guidelines with input from PIAC and the Student Supercouncil; and
  • We passed a motion requesting the Director review before & after care as well as lunchroom supervision.

Remember that Board Meetings and Committee meetings are open to the public and board meetings are even livestreamed online. It is important that you get involved in your school community and in your child's education. My office has received a lot of meeting requests as well as issues ranging from community use of schools, to bullying, to facility issues. I really appreciate those of you who have taken the time to reach out and express your challenges and concerns. Please feel free to call and leave a message at (647) 496-0956 or email me at chris.moise@tdsb.on.ca and me and my team will get back to you as soon as possible.


NOVEMBER IS ABORIGINAL EDUCATION MONTH

In November, we celebrate Aboriginal Education Month at the TDSB. This month provides an opportunity to centre Aboriginal perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curricula, and to focus on treaties and the legacy of residential schools.

At the TDSB, we are proud that as of September 2016, all schools across the district are now beginning the day with an Acknowledgment of Traditional Territories and Ancestral Lands. Learn more on the Aboriginal Education Centre webpage.
Over the course of this month, schools and admin centres will be recognizing a number of important days to deepen knowledge and learn together about our shared history and build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Learn more on the Aboriginal Education Centre website and Facebook page.

 


SK FRENCH IMMERSION APPLICATIONS - DUE DEC 1

Applications for entry to Senior Kindergarten French Immersion at the TDSB in September 2017 are now being accepted. To ensure a placement in the program, applications must be in by Dec 1, 2016.

Application information is here:
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/ElementarySchool/SchoolChoices/FrenchPrograms/ApplicationProcess/EarlyFrenchImmersion.aspx

Information nights at French Immersion schools take place from Nov 1- Dec 1.
Full details are here:
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/ElementarySchool/SchoolChoices/FrenchPrograms/InformationEvenings.aspx

All TDSB junior kindergarten students should have received an information package in their backpacks by last week. If not, all information needed can be found here: www.tdsb.on.ca/French

Please be sure to share this information with interested friends and neighbours. To join the French as a Second Language mailing list, please email us at fslactoronto@gmail.com and provide your first and last name and the name of your school.


SCHOOL STATEMENT OF NEEDS - REMINDER

Each school council should have prepared a new/revised School Statement of Needs and submitted it to your Principal by the end of this month at the latest. More information as well as templates can be found here: http://www.torontopiac.com/parent-engagement.html


REMEMBRANCE DAY

On Wednesday, November 11, students and staff at our school and across the city will mark Remembrance Day with classroom activities and school assemblies. During Remembrance Day, our teachers make connections between global events and students' lives by promoting peace within our school community. On this solemn occasion, our staff, students, parents, and the wider community all join together in a call for peace.

This year's 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 98th anniversary for the end of the First World War. It is also the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II.


HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHTS

To help you make an informed decision when choosing a high school, TDSB schools host information nights for parents and Grade 8 students each year between October and January. Learn everything you need to know about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. The dates and times for all High School Information Nights are available online at www.tdsb.on.ca/HighSchool/GoingtoHighSchool/OpenHousesandInformationNights.aspx.


UPCOMING WARD FORUM DATES

November 8 - Church Street Public School
January 10 - Rosedale Heights
February 21 - Rose Avenue
March 21 - Jesse Ketchum
April 11 - Jarvis CI
May 9 – Sprucecourt PS