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Education Week at the TDSB!

Monday, May 01, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB

Today begins a week-long celebration across the Toronto District School Board for Education Week! Each year, during this week we take the opportunity to highlight the amazing work and ongoing initiatives happening across our system and to celebrate our incredible teachers and all staff who work to support our schools and students each and every day.

The TDSB recognizes and honours thousands of years of Indigenous presence on this land. Reflecting upon the 150 years since Confederation in Canada, students, staff and school communities continue to focus on reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. This requires us all to increase our knowledge about our shared past and to work in nation-to-nation partnership to shape our future. Schools are also learning about Confederation through specialized classroom lessons and programming, participation in special events and in a number of other unique ways. The history of Canada begins with Indigenous peoples.

Beginning during Education Week and until July 1, we will continue to feature Canada 150 activities, events and initiatives taking place across our schools. Some of the Canada 150 activities and initiatives currently happening across TDSB schools, include:

Bliss Carman PS
• Students have engaged in a Canada 150 Bliss Carman Art Project to join the conversation of Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary of Confederation. Watch the video!

Firgrove PS
• The school held and Arts Night in April with a theme of “celebrating Canada 150 through arts.”

Georges Vanier SS
• Students are working on a project around rewriting the song "Maple Leaf Forever."
• Visual Art students are participating in Canada 150 Art Project - an art installation with partnership between the CNE and the TDSB.  
John Fisher PS
• To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial year “Canada 150,” Grade 3, 4, and 5 students collaborated with our Learning Coach and a representative from Historica Canada to record videos of their stories about what Canada means to them. Students recorded their 30 second videos in French, relating to the theme, “Voici Mon Canada.”  

Ionview Public School
• Historica Canada visited Ionview PS in March and recorded approximately 100 students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 (some in their first language), finishing the following sentence:  “What I like about Canada is…”
• All staff and students will wear red t-shirts and the school plans to take an aerial photo of everyone standing together to form the phrase Canada 150+. The plus sign is included to acknowledge the aboriginal presence on the land prior to Confederation.
• The school plans to have students paint a Canadian flag with their hands or thumbprint on a large, rectangular particle board to be mounted in the school.

Parkdale PS
• Parkdale Canada 150 Song Project / Chansons d'ici 150: Mike Ford, a Canadian musician (was in Moxy Fruvous) worked with intermediate students to write original songs about Canada from various perspectives. Songs have been written in English, French, Hungarian and Tibetan.

RH King Academy
• Students and teachers are being challenged to participate in Participation's Canada 150PlayList Event. Students and staff can sign up for the official online challenge or can do King's version of the challenge. 

Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies (Adult)
• Adult students will travel to Fredericton New Brunswick in May to build homes on the St. Mary’s First Nation, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.  On the return journey, the group will tour Quebec City. This trip highlights the contributions of three founding groups – English, French & First Nations peoples and connects students in service to fellow Canadians. 
• Teachers are working with students to create writings and works of art on the theme Canada 150 to be printed in book format and distributed to students at Graduation on June 27, 2017.

Sir Oliver Mowat CI
• The school will hold a celebration to enjoy the Canada 150 tulips that were planted in the fall. As part of a High of Heroes Fundraiser, Mowat planted tulips and raised $500 for the Highway of Heroes Foundation to support the planting of 117,000 trees along the Highway of Heroes in honour of Canada’s fallen soldiers. The tulips have been specially bred for Canada’s 150th and 150 bulbs were made available to TDSB schools - Mowat has 50.  

Join the conversation by sharing photos of your school, classroom or individual Education Week and Canada 150 activities on Twitter by tagging @tdsb and using #TDSBEdWeek or #TDSBcanada150.




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