With only 22 days left until election day, we need to speak up and ensure our MPP candidates pledge to prioritize affordable childcare, adequate funding to fix our schools and an overhaul of the funding formula to give our students what they need to succeed. Together we can build better schools!
I encourage you to read up on all of the candidates and ask them specifically about education. What their plan is to invest in our school communities, adequately funding special education, and eliminate our repair backlog.
I also wanted to take an opportunity to thank and recognize the candidates in Toronto Centre and University-Rosedale who have signed the pledge to fix our schools for being champions for education.
One of the many projects I have been working on with staff at the Board is revising the Long-Term Program & Accommodation Strategy for our ward, which includes the construction of at least two JK-8 elementary schools to accommodate families along the waterfront. We currently have sites identified in the West Donlands and Lower Yonge Precinct. We have also started the process for roof replacements at Jarvis Collegiate Institute and Rosedale Heights School of the Arts.
As the end of the school year approaches and summer begins, a number of exciting events are coming up in the ward including school fun fairs, graduations, the Pride Festival, OpenStreetsTO, and the B&O Yorkville Run (which is hosted at, and benefits, Jesse Ketchum Public School). I look forward to connecting with many of you at these events.
Trustee Chris Moise
Asian Heritage Month
This year, TDSB celebrates Asian Heritage Month in May with the theme: “Let us surprise you. Learn who we are.”
More than 40% of TDSB students identify as Asian and heritage months are a valuable opportunity to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Asian Canadians and recognize the narratives and wisdom of various Asian cultures.
To celebrate the month, students in Grades 2-12 were invited to participate in a photography exhibition and poster competition to bring this year’s theme to life. The winning poster will be shared with all schools and the photography exhibit will be on display at 5050 Yonge Street until the end of May.
Jewish Heritage Month
In recognition of Jewish Heritage Month, the Jewish Heritage committee of the TDSB, in collaboration with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC), is pleased to make available for our grades 5 and 6 students the riveting multi-media presentation - Simon’s Story – Heroes Among Us. Aimed at junior audiences, the goal of this 90-minute workshop is to introduce elementary school students to historical episodes of hate and injustice, including the Holocaust, slavery in Canada, and residential schools, in an age-appropriate manner. Students will learn techniques to deal with injustice and ideas for creating positive change through models like Malala Yousafzai and Martin Luther King Jr. and the everyday hero.
These workshops will be held at Northern Secondary School on May 22 and 23. Approximately 1600 students from 50 schools right across the GTA will participate.
The FSWC has also prepared a Jewish Heritage Month Resource Guidebook - a wealth of information and resources to support #JHM in our schools.
NEW TDSB Ward Boundaries
The Board of Trustees has approved ward boundary changes for our trustee wards because the City of Toronto has changed their ward boundaries. Toronto City Council has enacted a new ward structure that increases the number of city wards from 44 to 47 and changes the boundaries of most of the existing wards. The TDSB was constrained by the Education Act to maintain 22 wards, therefore, some TDSB wards now include 3 city wards.
To view a map with the new downtown TDSB and City Wards visit www.ward14news.ca/wardmap
TDSB French Review
Parents, students, staff, Trustees and community members are invited to public consultations regarding all TDSB French Programs. Consultations are already underway. Click here for more information, including a list of dates, times and locations, and last year`s report.
Director’s School Visits
Each month, Director of Education, John Malloy visits schools across the Board to see the innovative ways our staff are supporting our students. More recently, he has begun recording and posting short video updates from each visit. Watch the videos here.
Revised Equity Policy
A revised equity policy was recently approved by the Board of Trustees to underscore the Board’s commitment to the elimination of institutional discrimination and the promotion of fairness, equity, acceptance and inclusion. Click here for more information.
School Year Calendar 2018-19
The official 2018-19 school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board is now available online. This includes the first and last day of classes for all students, and every holiday and PA day for 2018-19. Check it out here.
Trustees Approve Balanced Budget for 2018-19
Trustees with the Toronto District School Board have approved a budget plan for the 2018-19 school year that required no reduction in staff to balance the budget. The operating budget of about $3.3 billion will continue to support the TDSB’s commitment to equity, and the achievement and well-being of all students. To read the full news release, click here.
Bike to School Week
Smart Commute Bike Month
May 28 - June 30 is Bike Month in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Register for the Bike to Work Day Contest or join a Bike Month event to win one of three prize packages, which include: a $500 MEC gift card and a $500 voucher from VIA Rail.