Trustee Updates re:
- Ward Council Meeting
- Transportation Update
- Elementary Classroom Reorganization
- Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC)
- Acknowledgement of Traditional Lands & Territories
NOTICE: WARD COUNCIL MEETING
ALL Parents, Students, Staff, and Community Members within Ward 14 are invited to attend our first Ward Council Meeting.
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Nelson Mandela Park Public School (in the Staff Room)
** At this meeting we will be electing 1 Parent Representative and 1 alternative rep for Ward 14 to the TDSB's Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) as well as 1 Parent Representative for Ward 14 to the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC) . You may declare your intent to run up until the election at the meeting. You must be a Parent/Guardian of a TDSB student residing OR attending school within Ward 14.
Please reply to this email to RSVP! It is important that we know how many people plan on attending.
Light refreshments will be provided. If you require childcare please email me at [email protected]
At this point, the TDSB estimates that about 685 students continue to be affected by the school bus delays. They anticipate that it will improve on a near daily basis this week as more drivers are added by our bus carriers with isolated issues still possible next week.
As Trustees we have requested Staff provide reports and investigate why this happened and what steps we can take as a board to ensure this doesn't happen again in the future.
I'd like to thank all of the Principals and Superintendents in Ward 14 who handled the situation swiftly and diligently. I would also like to thank all of the parents/guardians who were affected by this for your patience. I have heard from several of you about your horrible experiences the past few weeks and appreciate you sharing them with me. I am working with my colleagues at the board table to ensure there is greater accountability as we move forward and learn from this situation.
Elementary Classroom Reorganization
Every September, schools review actual student enrolment as compared to initial projections from last April, and re-organize classes where required to best support students.
We do our best to plan for the new school year, but there are always factors, such as new or departing students, that might affect how classrooms are organized.
In addition, to ensure smaller class sizes, the Ministry of Education sets out specific class size requirements to benefit student learning.
We know that for students and parents, changing classes may be difficult and may require an adjustment period. Students will be supported as they transition through these classroom changes to ensure a successful and rewarding school year.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation through the re-organization process.
Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC)
Every school board in Ontario is mandated to have a Parent Involvement Committee. At the Toronto District School Board, the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), is an important advisory body that operates as a direct link between parents and the Director of Education and Trustees. Where school councils focus on the local school and community, PIAC participates at the board level and focuses on things that affect more than one school.
PIAC is comprised of parents/guardians elected at the ward level. We will be hosting PIAC Rep elections for Ward 14 on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Ward Council Meeting.
More information on PIAC
Acknowledgement of Traditional Lands and Territories
At the TDSB, it is customary to acknowledge the Traditional and Ancestral lands of Aboriginal peoples at the beginning of events, gatherings and meetings. As per the Board motion approved on June 22, 2016, all schools will now begin their day with an acknowledgement of the territories as part of their opening exercises. For more information you can read the Board decision (on page 2) and read the AEC's report.
For more information please contact Barbara-Ann Felschow, Central Coordinating Principal at [email protected] or Tanya Senk, Central Coordinating Vice Principal at [email protected]
More information on Aboriginal Education & Acknowledgement of Traditional Lands
TDSB Celebrates Orange Shirt Day – September 30, 2016
Phyllis Webstad, a member of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation in British Columbia, was forced to attend St. Joseph's Mission Residential School, as her relatives before her. She entered the school in 1973 wearing a brand new orange shirt which was immediately confiscated by the staff and replaced with a uniform. She never saw the shirt again, and began to associate the colour with the traumatic experiences in the school and the loss of language and cultural identity she suffered.
In 2013, Webstad transformed her negative experiences into something positive by creating a Nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day. Celebrated annually on September 30th, this day acknowledges the residential school system in Canada, honours those who survived, and remembers those who did not. It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter.
Orange Shirt Day has been marked in schools across Canada in a variety of ways, including Orange Ribbon campaigns, commemorative walks, and wearing orange shirts. Over 6,500 survivor statements have been collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which concluded in 2016 after six years of research and testimonies. Senator Murray Sinclair has stated that “reconciliation must fall in the hands of Canadians, not solely with Indigenous peoples.” Ultimately, wearing orange shirts on September 30 is a visual reminder of our shared past as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and provides an opportunity for dialogue between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in shaping our shared future.
Trustee, Ward 14
Toronto District School Board