Working Together to Protect Public Education

East End Families, you are invited to attend the Secord Elementary School Parent Council and Ontario Families for Public Education meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30pm in the school’s gymnasium at 101 Barrington Avenue.

MPP Peter Tabuns and MPP Rima Berns-McGown will be joined by TDSB Ward 16 Trustee Michelle Aarts, union representatives and community activists for an evening of organizing to protect public education in our community.


Keep Informed About Proposed Cuts and Changes to Public Education

245865BF-DC55-4031-B2D1-0F5FCF2B5341There are a lot of changes being proposed to the public education system. Some examples of proposed changes include, eliminating full day kindergarten, lifting caps on primary classes, hiring freezes, etc. This Friday March 15th, PC Education Minister Lisa Thompson is expected to make a major announcement about cuts to public education.
Here are some resources for you to keep informed about what is going on, or have your say, Support our public education system.
Ontario Families for Public Education – Facebook Group
Mothers for Better Education Ontario – Facebook Group
Peter Tabuns – Our MPP –
Jennifer Story – Our School Trustee-
Jennifer is also holding a Ward Forum meeting on the 2019-20 Budget Monday March 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Monarch Park CI/
TDSB Budget Survey – have your say about the upcoming budget by completing the Community Budget Survey
Progress Toronto has a petition to sign

French Immersion

Interested in French Immersion for Your Child?

For families interested in the Toronto District School Board’s French Immersion or
Extended French programs, we offer an online process for applying to:

– Early French Immersion (EFI) which begins in Senior Kindergarten;
– Junior Extended French (JEF) which begins in Grade 4

We guarantee an offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) to all
on-time applicants. Transportation is provided as per the Board’s Transportation

The timelines for applying for these programs for September 2019 are:

– Applications for Early French Immersion (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child),
must be completed online between October 29, 2018 and November 26, 2018.
– Applications for Junior Extended French must be completed online between
January 7, 2019 and February 4, 2019.

Offers of placement within your chosen program will be made to all on-time applicants in the weeks following the close of the application window.  Please note: families with an older sibling currently in a French program are still required to complete an online application for the new student.

For further information about French as a Second Language programs, the
application process and dates for Information Evenings, please visit

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

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!