Literacy, Numeracy & Learning with Marguerite Campbell – Nov 15th 2017, 7-9pm

Marguerite Campbell is currently a centrally assigned Principal in Teaching and Learning at the TDSB.  In over 28 years as an educator, she has taught Kindergarten to Grade 6 as well as physical education, integrated arts, special education, has been a literacy coordinator and a school administrator.  Marguerite was involved with teaching and administering the Additional Qualifications course at OISE/UT and also spent time as a Course Director for York University’s Faculty of Education at Regent Park Site and OISE/UT at the Urban Diversity site.

Trustee Jennifer Story – Oct 24th

Find the link to her post here.  Some highlights (… indicated truncated section, see link for full details):

Ward Forum: School Councils 101

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Place: Danforth CTI, 800 Greenwood Avenue (Greenwood Library)
Special Guest: Michelle Munro, Parent Engagement Office, TDSB

2017/2018 Ward Forums
Here is the schedule for this year’s ward forums in ward 15 Toronto Danforth. Note: All meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 this year. This is half an hour earlier than previously. 
Many school councils choose a representative to send to Ward forums to report back. This is a great approach to take, but I also want to remind everyone that anyone is welcome to attend any or all of these events.
I hope to see you there!
Tuesday, October 24, Danforth CTI  Topic: School Council 101

Traffic Safety in School Zones: My Response to Toronto’s Vision Zero Plan

Parent Reaching Out Grants (PRO)

Government of Ontario Parent Reaching Out (PRO) Grants are designed to support parents in identifying barriers and finding solutions to parent engagement in their own communities.
Congratulations to the following Ward 15 schools approved for 2017-2018 Parent Reaching Out Grants!

Toronto DSB

Frankland  Community School

Building on Equity


(For the other winner=s – see the blog post)

Save the Date:

Parent Engagement Conference

PIAC’s 11th Annual Parent conference is coming to Earl Haig S.S. on Saturday, November 25th.
Registration is opening soon for the PIAC Parent Conference! See what’s in store for the 11th annual conference for parents. 

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

French Programs Application Deadline

The timelines for applying for these programs for September 2018 are:
– Applications for Early French Immersion (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child), must be completed online between October 30, 2017 and November 30, 2017.
– Applications for Junior Extended French must be completed online betweenJanuary 8, 2018 and February 8, 2018.

Secondary Success Indicators Fact Sheets

Join The Blog Membership Drive

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Frankland Fun Fair

Cake Raffle
It’s almost time for the Frankland Fun Fair, which means it’s time to start planning for the annual CAKE RAFFLE! Calling all bakers, bakers-in-training and creative cooks – grab an apron, whip up a fabulous and fun culinary confection and donate it to the Cake Raffle at the Fun Fair. Cakes should be dropped off in room 106 by 10:45 am on Sunday, June 4th (don’t forget to buy raffle tickets – you just might win it back!).

Advance Wrist Band Purchase
Until tomorrow, we will be accepting advance orders for Fun Fair Wrist Bands. The prepaid wristbands will be sent home to you on Thursday, June 1st. Copies of the Information Flyer – Order Form can be picked up at the office.

Volunteers Needed
In order to make this a memorable event for our kids, we need everyone’s help! Each year we rely heavily on our amazing parent community to participate on the day of the event. The Fun Fair’s success hinges on the large troop of dedicated, enthusiastic and over qualified Falcon family volunteers! Please help out using the online sign-up or email Ali Popp to volunteer your time.

Book Sale at FUN Fair
We are looking for donations of books for our FUN Fair. If you are willing to donate some, please drop them at the front office at school. Thanks to those of you who have already done so.


Riverdale Peeps! Get out and get down at the Really Fun Fair 2017Bounce, but no castles. Sugar, but no floss. This inaugural adult fun fair is for parents onlyDJ Full Court Press will be spinning some sweet tracks and deep cuts. Come dance, party and have a great time with your friends.
DJ Full Court Press
» Check him on SoundCloud
» Check his Blog

$10 entry » cash bar
e-transfers: | password: Frankland
we also accept cash dropped off in the office

Hosted by a few Frankland parents who are looking for a good time,
join us in saying “Hello, Fun – haven’t seen you as much as
we’d like to!”

See you there!

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TDSB Connects – April 2017

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Welcome to TDSB Connects, an update on news and events from across the Toronto District School Board.

  1. Education Week: Celebrations will take place across the TDSB between May 1-5. Visit the website to learn more about happenings each day!

  2. Mental Health and Well-Being Webcast: Learn about mental health and well-being resources, initiatives and programs that can benefit all TDSB students. Join us for a webcast on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
  3. Enhancing Equity Ward Forums: Join us at an Enhancing Equity Ward Forum. These collaborative working sessions will help develop strategies and an action plan to improve success for each and every student in your school.
  4. School Year Calendar: The first day of school for the 2017-18 school year is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Take a look at next year’s School Year Calendar for all of the important dates and holidays.
  5. Bike to School Week: Let’s get rolling! Bike to School Week at the TDSB kicks off on May 29. Research demonstrates that active school travel helps kids do better in school while getting the exercise they need.
  6. Summer Programs: Learn more about summer programs available at the TDSB for children, youth and adults.
  7. STEM Parent Conference: Interested in broadening your knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and learning more about nurturing a passion for STEM in your children? Join and connect with parents at the STEM Parent Conference on May 13.
  8. Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Survey: If you are a parent/guardian of a current or former TDSB student with special needs, SEAC would like to hear about your experiences and ideas as they make recommendations on how to improve Special Education at the TDSB. Complete the SEAC Survey.
  9. Your TDSB Trustee: Trustees are important advocates for students and families. Connect with your local trustee and sign up for their newsletter. Welcome to new Scarborough–Rouge River Trustee Abdul Hai Patel!
  10. Equity Policy Consultation: Share your feedback on our draft Equity Policy. Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017.
  11. Parent and Student Census: There is still time to complete and submit your parent census (parents of JK-Grade 6 students). Your voice counts!

Funding Changes and Ice Cream Money for Schools

I scream, you scream, schools funded by ice cream?

Should private funding be used to save a school from closing?

An Ontario ice cream maker is offering $2 million to save the only school in the small town of Markdale from closing. The proposed deal from Chapman’s Ice Cream—which has been approved by the Bluewater District School Board—would keep the school open for the next two years.

According to the proposal, Chapman’s Ice Cream and Parataxis Design & Development Corp. have offered to pay $2 million each to rebuild Beavercrest Community School. For the next two years, while a deal is being worked out, the Municipality of Grey Highlands has agreed to pay $50,000 annually to cover the extra costs of keeping the school open, while Chapman’s has agreed to cover any expenses beyond that.

In order to go ahead, the deal would have to be approved by the province, because it does not fit within current provincial regulations. The possible deal raises many questions…

Read more.

One day—one voice. Stand up for Music!

Music Monday is on May 1.

Every year, on the first Monday of May, schools across the country participate in a simultaneous nationwide performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist. Organized by the Coalition for Music Education, the event is dedicated to raising awareness for music education.

This year’s Music Monday anthem, Sing It Together, celebrates the unifying power of music. The song is co-written by award-winning songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas, and is available in various languages and arrangements.

Learn more.

Increased funding for school boards announced

But no new rural strategy yet

On April 12, the province released the details of education funding for 2017/18. After lengthy negotiations with trustees’ associations, teachers’ federations and education workers’ unions, the province announced increases in salaries, funding for class size reductions, and a new Local Priorities Fund that may be used for staff such as special education teachers or educational assistants.

The province also announced that the government will launch a consultation on “new approaches to supporting education in rural and remote communities” in the spring.

Learn More

People for Education relies on you!

Preserving the independent voice for public education

People for Education started twenty years ago, and continues to combine a unique blend of evidence, engagement, and policy analysis to ensure that our publicly funded education system is the best it can possibly be. It takes vigilance, research, and a strong communications strategy to ensure that our system continues to evolve.

But doing this important work costs money.

Today, our budget is just under $1 million per year. With that funding, we provide independent, evidence-based reports on everything from streaming in high school, to music education; we speak to policy-makers and work with experts to ensure that Ontarians have the facts and evidence they need; and we hold consultations and host conferences.

By funding the research and evidence that form the backbone of all we do, you’re helping to ensure that our publicly funded schools create new generations with the must-have skills to innovate, adapt, imagine and continue to learn.

Please make a donation.
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Education in the news

Ontario needs stronger fundraising policy to ensure equity between schools.

What happens when a school board pools fundraising donations so they can be shared between schools?

Student engagement: Three ways to be less boring.

Chicago high school students may be required to have a post-secondary plan in order to earn a diploma.

A new report finds that almost half of TDSB students expelled over last 5 years are black.

According to Samara’s latest report card, the health of Canada’s democracy has improved.

Follow People for Education to keep up on the latest news:


Upcoming Conferences and Events

April 19: WellAhead Webinar Series: Leadership for Well-being in Schools

April 19–20: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Conference

April 22: Dream Big: The School Council Event

April 26: Frontier College 2017 National Forum: Literacy and Poverty

April 28: Canadian Centre For Gender and Sexual Diversity’s third annual Ontario Educators’ Conference

April 28 – 30: Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations Conference

May 1: Music Monday 2017

May 6: Let’s Get Together’s Parent Expo 2017

Please support our work

You can support People for Education by making a donation today.

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April News – Trustee Jennifer Story

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Parent Involvement Advisory Committee Rep Vacancy 

Our school board ward elects one representative and one alternate to the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee at the TDSB. There is currently a vacancy in the alternate position. If you are interested in the role or knowing a bit more about it, please email Maxeen Paabo in our Trustee Services office.

Indigenous Education Ward Forum

We had a great meeting on March 27, showcasing the incredible work happening in the TDSB around indigenous education, reconciliation, and learning at all levels and with all stakeholders in our Board.
Many thanks to staff, parents, teachers and community members who participated.

You can download the Minutes (PDF) from the March 27 Ward Forum.

Toronto’s Annual School Cleanup Day

On Friday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m. students, staff, and parents from across Toronto are encouraged to help rejuvenate our city’s green spaces by picking up litter in their schoolyard, neighbourhood park, or local community. Celebrate Earth Day by joining over 500 schools who are helping to keep our city clean and green! You’ll be amazed at what we can accomplish in as little as 20 minutes!

Bike to School Week

Let’s get rolling! Join students and teachers across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to celebrate Bike to School Week, from May 29th to June 2nd, 2017. The week beginning on the last Monday of May has officially been declared the annual Bike to School Week at the TDSB. How to get involved

April is Hispanic Heritage Month at the TDSB

The TDSB is committed to preserving the rich cultures and traditions of those of Hispanic heritage. One way in which the rich artistic culture of Hispanic heritage is celebrated in Toronto is through dance. A recent documentary, Hearts of Tango, has been screened in many countries around the world with great reviews and success.  This documentary, produced and directed by TDSB teacher Miguel Libedinsky, is about Tango in our city. The film has been screened in the USA, Spain, Japan, Sri Lanka, UK, Romania, Finland, Argentina, the Netherlands, and Germany.  Learn more at

April is Latin-America History Month at the TDSB

Across the TDSB, we have over 5,000 students and more than 21 countries from Latin-America that will be represented as we learn about and celebrate the diverse ethnicities, nationalities, cultures and languages of Latin-America. This year, we will elaborate on the concept of Abya Yala, a decolonized term from the Kuna Language, which refers to the geographical region of Latin-America as Indigenous Land as explored through the Indigenous Prophecy of the Eagle and Condor. This diversity is not easily accessed in mainstream sources of knowledge nor are the experiences of students from Latin-America. The TDSB is leading the equity work in transforming schools to equitable spaces where images, words and actions alike uplift students and families of Latin-America! Learn more

April is Sikh Heritage Month at the TDSB

On March 22, 2016, Trustees voted to designate April of each year as Sikh Heritage Month, making TDSB the first school board in Canada to do so, and matching recognition by the Province of Ontario in 2013.
As Canada marks its 150th anniversary, it is a time to reflect on both the struggles and accomplishments of the many communities that contribute to Canada’s rich cultural mosaic.  From being turned away on Canada’s shores during the historic Komagata Maru incident in 1914 to the many Canadians, such as Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, who serve the nation today, we must continue to progress. Learn more.

Elementary Summer School

Elementary summer programs increase engagement and build self-confidence in our students. This summer, from July 5 – 28, we are opening schools across the city to help build reading, writing and math skills in students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Visit for a complete list of participating schools.

Summer International Languages


African Heritage Programs

Register your child in TDSB’s half and full day international languages summer programs. Open to all students from SK to Grade 8, our language learning programs involve cultural activities like games, songs, dance, storytelling, traditional crafts and writing. Classes begin
Visit for a complete list of participating schools and language classes.

TDSB Student and Parent Census

April 2017 is Census Month at the TDSB! We will conduct the third Student and Parent Census, which includes Grade 4-6 students for the first time, along with Grade 7-12 students. Students will complete the Census in class. Parents of JK-Grade 6 students will also be invited to fill out the Parent Census. Forms will be sent home with students in April 2017. Your voice counts! Complete the TDSB Census and make sure your voice is heard.
Learn more at

Equity Foundation Policy Review: Consultation Process Update

As you know, TDSB is currently in the process of reviewing the Equity Foundation Policy (P037), which establishes the Board’s commitment to ensuring that fairness, equity, and inclusion are essential principles of our school system. As part of this process, the following consultation is taking place:
CAC Focus Group Meeting:
The Board’s Advisory Committees have been invited to participate (2-3 representatives per CAC) in a focus group discussion regarding the draft policy on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5050 Yonge Street.
On-line Feedback:
Parents/families, community members and staff have been invited to review and provide feedback online regarding the draft policy at:,ProceduresForms/PolicyConsultations.aspx

Mark your Calendars!<

Next Ward Forum: Fundraising
May 30 @ Roden/Equinox


Ward 15 Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

A couple of our schools have asked me to share some fantastic and important parent/guardian workshops they are holding: one on mental health and teens, at Riverdale, and the second, a workshop series on supporting kids and families with learning disabilities, at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute.

They welcome you all to join. Below are the details.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes:

Danforth CTI School Council presents a

Parent Workshop Series

Danforth CTI School Council is pleased to welcome parents, caregivers, School Councils and staff from our Ward 15 family of schools to a unique workshop series designed to strengthen support for all students, and especially for those with learning disabilities.
With funding from a Parent Reaching Out Grant, School Council is working in partnership with the Integra Program of the Child Development Institute to offer learning opportunities in April and May in a series entitled, Walking a Mile in Their Shoes: Helping Parents to a Better Understanding of Learning Challenges.
The workshops are free and registration is open now.

Learning Disabilities and Mental Health – Register
Tuesday April 18 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Many students struggle with learning; some have identified learning disabilities; all benefit from supportive and knowledgeable staff and caregivers. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the relationship between learning disabilities and mental health issues. We will explore signs and indicators of anxiety and depression, and we will learn strategies to support good mental health.

The Social Impact of Learning Disabilities – Register
Wednesday May 10 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm

High school years can be stressful socially for teens. In this workshop, we will discuss why students with learning disabilities have a particular risk of social challenges with peers. Participants will gain an understanding of social competence and learn strategies for supporting students in learning important social skills for everyday life.

Executive Function and Learning Disabilities – Register
Tuesday May 23 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Organization, problem-solving and self-regulation – all are critical skills for students. This workshop provides participants with an understanding of executive function or higher order thinking for youth with learning disabilities. It offers practical strategies to support the development of executive function and self-regulation that can contribute to success for any student.

Danforth CTI School Council For information of interest to parents and caregivers of Danforth CTI students, visit us at