Fundraising 101 this Thursday at Frankland

A friendly reminder about our upcoming Ward Forum: FUNDRAISING 101 on Thursday January 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Frankland Community School (816 Logan Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3E1)

With special guest with Susanna Siou, Manager, Business Development. Bring your questions, learn about helpful resources from our experts, and discuss what’s working and what isn’t. We’ll discuss TDSB guidelines, successful strategies, our challenges, best practices from our community, and how school fundraising works. FREE All are welcome to attend! Refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided. To request interpretation services, please contact

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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

Trustee Jennifer Story’s latest blog post

View Jennifer Story’s full blog-post here  – some highlights below.

FYI Councillor Paula Fletcher for Ward 30 website is here.

Ward Forums: Learning & Sharing for Parents/Guardians

Ward Forums are chance for parents/guardians to come together with each other and, along with your trustee and superintendents, share ideas and information, discuss issues and concerns. They take place most months throughout the school year. 
Many school councils in our area select a Ward rep to attend meetings and represent their school communitiy’s interests or concerns, and to take information back to their council. I strongly encourage your School Council to follow this approach.
Our first Ward Forum for the current school year will take place at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute/Greenwood Secondary, at 6:30 pm on Tuesday October 24th. The topic will be School Councils 101
There will also be elections for our ward’s representative (1) and alternate (1) to the TDSB’s Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) and the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC).  
If you’d like more information about what these roles entail, please feel free to reah out to me by email. 

Welcome new Principals/Vice Principals

We have many new admistrators this year, and some who have been here a while but have new or additional roles. Welcome all! 

Principals and Vice principals new to Ward 15, or with new assignments:

Cynthia Abernethy, School of Life Experience (SOLE)

Olga Ellis, Frankland Community School

Colleen Head, William Burgess Elementary School

Anna Intarakosit, Westwood Middle School

Bill Koskinas, Morse Street Junior Public School

Maria LoBianco, RH McGregor Elementary School

Rob MacKinnon, Greenwood Secondary School

Ryan Naidoo, Bruce Public School

Catherine Pollock, Equinox Holistic Alternative School & Roden Public School

Jennifer Zurba, Blake Street Junior Public School & East Alternative School of Toronto

Jenny Georgiou, Wilkinson Junior Public School

Vincent Spadaro, Cosburn Middle School

SRO Program Review & Community Consultation Meetings

As indicated in the August 30, 2017 report to the Board, staff are collaborating with community partners to seek input from our communities regarding the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. Some consultations have already taken place. The remaining meetings are as follows:
               Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM
               Taibu Community Health Centre,
 27 Tapscott Rd. Unit #1, Scarborough
               Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM
               Darul-Hijra Islamic Centre
               2050 Kipling Ave., Etobicoke
               Thursday, 28 September 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM
               Scarborough Village Recreation Centre
               3600 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
               Monday, 2 October 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM
               Regent Park Community Centre
               402 Shuter St., Toronto
All community members, including parents and students, are welcome to attend. While honouring the input of all stakeholders, the consultations will reflect the Board’s commitment equity and inclusion with a focus on engaging those voices that have traditionally been marginalized or discounted.

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