February is African Heritage Month, Chinese Heritage Month, and Kindergarten Registration Month.
You have most likely read in the news that last week a majority of my colleagues and I voted in favour of ending the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. I believe that we voted for equitable, safe, and nurturing school environments and not against police.
Over the past month, many parents and students have reached out to my office to express their concerns about rumours that have been circulating regarding the draft recommendations brought forward by the Enhancing Equity Task Force.
Hallowe'en provides an opportunity for parents and children to spend time together creating costumes, carving pumpkins, planning trick or treat activities and participating in family parties. Hallowe'en is a big event at schools and provides opportunities for parties, creative activities, art programs, and impromptu history lessons. Hallowe'en is also a time for students, parents, and schools to take extra care to ensure safety and security.
Here is a summary of the decisions made by the TDSB Trustees at our Board Meeting on October 18, 2017.
Combined grades are the practice of creating classrooms made up of two different grades of students. For example grades 2 and 3. They are sometimes called 'split classes', ‘split grades' or 'multi-age classes' (though often the multi-age classroom is made up of more than two different grades).
The basement washrooms are closed because they are not suitable for use. The Principal and facilities staff agreed to a plan which will add three new washrooms in the building, two on the ground floor and one on the third floor. The washrooms should be ready for September 2018.
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!
Here is a summary of the decisions made by the TDSB Trustees at our Board Meeting on August 30, 2017.