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March 27, 2018 Ward 3 Council Meeting Flyer

Winter Walk Day at KKSA

On Wednesday, February 7th, schools all across TDSB celebrated Winter Walk Day.  At Karen Kain School of the Arts on Berl Avenue, school staff met students at Royal York subway station and walked 2.6 km in a snowstorm to get to school. Here are some pictures from this very wintery day. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun! Thanks to the staff and students at KKSA for their whole-hearted endorsement of the joys of winter walking.


KAREN KAIN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CELEBRATES WINTER-WALK DAY - FEBRUARY 7th, 2018

We had so much fun at the Winter Walk to School on Wednesday!  It was a great way to make new friends in different grades and bond with our classmates.  Since we didn’t use cars or public transit, we got good exercise and got to school without polluting the air.  Congratulations to everyone who showed up.  Thanks for showing the world how we can make a change!

Isabella G., Georgia F. & Lila M.J. - 6B

KKSA Winter Walk Day

KKSA Winter Walk Day

KKSA Winter Walk Day

Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update: February 5, 2018

We had an excellent January 22 ward council meeting on the Enhancing Equity Task Force Report at Etobicoke School of the Arts. Special thanks to the students from ESA who volunteered to be panelists. Their stories were compelling and made us all realize that our board, despite being a leader in equity in many ways, still has a long way to go to support all our learners. 

The long-awaited report on implementation of the new TDSB equity initiative is now public and you can read it here. As Director John Malloy said last Wednesday when presenting the report to committee, all students deserve to succeed and our system must change its practices to make sure its most vulnerable students reach their potential. This applies not only to our newcomer and minority students but also to our special education students who are sometimes sent off to specialized programs in other schools despite the fact that their needs could be met in the regular classroom of their home schools, with teachers who are receiving additional supports. We intend to make changes to increase inclusion, while at the same time keeping the TDSB's renowned specialized programs and continuing both of the current parental options for gifted education (home school placement or congregated classes). 

February is a month of many activities in TDSB. Winter Walk Day is happening next Wednesday, and I'll be at David Hornell Jr. School helping to hand out hot chocolate to our student walkers. Family Day is coming up on February 19th. Kindergarten registration has started. Black History Month and Chinese Heritage Month are being celebrated. Also of course, our school council parents are ready for some well-loved social events that blast winter out the door. Here's a quick summary: 

1) if you are a school council chair, register now for the free PIAC School Council Appreciation Dinner on February 22. Spots go quickly and space is limited. This evening features a delicious dinner and a program about the education issues you need to know about as school council leaders. Thanks to Felicia Lau of David Hornell's School Council, who is our Ward 3 PIAC alternate, for helping to organize.

2) Our immensely popular local School Council Night Out is March 1 at Second Street School. Ward 3 PIAC rep Trevor Burnett has volunteered to make his special Spiced Hibiscus mocktails! We'll enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres as well. It's all free and the objective is to network informally. All Ward 3 parents/staff are welcome. Space is limited so we are taking pre-registration for this event. RSVP here by third week of February.


In this issue:

Local news and updates:
  • Winter Walk Day February 7 2018
  • Junior Extended French registration deadline February 8 2018
  • Castlebar Jr. School meeting February 8 2018 at Norseman
  • School Council Appreciation Dinner February 22 2018
  • Ward council social night with mocktails March 1 2018
News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre:
  • Board motion to support active transportation to school in winter
  • TDSB to start providing board-run before and after school programs
  • Post-21 planning for developmentally delayed students
  • Save the date! Parents as Partners Conference April 28 

Read the full newsletter here!

They Call Me Mr. Books…

Trevor Burnett, our Ward 3 Parent Involvement Advisory Committee rep, has written an excellent blog piece for the Ward 3 Essential School Resources guide. You can read Trevor's piece below, and make sure to visit the resource blog (in the side bar menu) for more great information. 

Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update: January 12, 2018

Happy New Year! The TDSB schools are buzzing with fresh energy. With the cold winter weather now here, it's important to reflect on the resiliency that we help our children and youth develop when we teach them how to cope with cold weather by routinely getting outside to move around. Learning how to dress for warmth in winter is a life skill for Canadians, and although the weather may not be ideal, children should still be encouraged layer up with warm, waterproof gear and head outside. If we like to brag a bit about how tough we Canadians are in winter, it's because many of us developed the know-how to cope with it by thriving on the challenges of severe winter weather daily as children.

Winter is truly full of fun for young people as we all know. One way to celebrate it is Winter Walk Day, happening at schools across Canada this year on February 5th. Find out how your school can register, get incentives and download activity guides here. I've developed a motion to have all schools support Winter Walk Day as part of the TDSB charter for safe and sustainable student active transportation in winter. It will be discussed at TDSB Programs and School Services Committee on January 17th. I welcome your comments. Contact me at pamela.gough@tdsb.on.ca with feedback.

Join me at the upcoming ward meeting on January 22 for a dynamic and interactive evening of discussion of TDSB's equity initiative. Our panel will look at how the system needs to change to promote better outcomes for all our students and break down the barriers of inequity. More details below.


In this issue:
Local news and updates:
  • Upcoming ward meeting January 22 2018: Enhancing Equity initiative
  • Junior Extended French information night January 15 2018
  • Castlebar Jr. School update
  • TDSB to teach safe pedestrianism in schools 
News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre:
  • Next steps in TDSB's Enhancing Equity Initiative
  • OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) Symposium January 19 2018
  • Students call for better guidance, mental health supports
  • It's high school course selection time
  • Life promotion and suicide prevention report

Read the full newsletter here!

Motion in Support of Active Transportation to School and Back in Winter

On Wednesday, January 17th I will be bringing the following motion to the Program and School Services Committee meeting for consideration. I hope that our board can continue to encourage active transportation initiatives throughout the entire school year.   

Motion in Support of Active Transportation to School and Back in Winter

Whereas, the Toronto District School Board has had a Charter for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation since 2013; and

Whereas, research shows that walking and cycling to school is the healthiest way for children to get to school, allowing them to arrive at school having had some of the 60 minutes of exercise that children and youth need daily, supporting increased health, mental health, self-reliance and focus, and putting in place lifelong habits that thwart obesity and chronic diseases in later life; and

Whereas, being active outside in Canadian winters is important for child and youth health. As a life skill, students need to know how to dress for severely cold weather, and how to keep themselves protected from frostbite, hypothermia and other cold weather hazards; and

Whereas, the first Wednesday in February is widely celebrated in Canada as Winter Walk Day, with many resources being available to help schools to plan and promote winter walking to school on this day (as for example, Safe Routes to School Canada’s webpage http://www.saferoutestoschool.ca/winter-walk-day/ ):

Therefore, be it resolved:

(a) That the first Wednesday in February be declared as Winter Walk to School Day and recognized as an official day of significance in the Toronto District School Board;

(b) That the Director develop a communications campaign to encourage all schools to participate in Winter Walk to School Day;

(c) That the Director develop a plan to encourage and support active transportation to and from school during the winter months, to include:

(i) ensuring that all school sidewalks, pathways and cycle racks are cleared of snow and ice well in advance of school opening and closing times after snowfalls,

(ii) making sure that all students and their parents are aware of how to dress for outdoor activity in the cold, and encouraging weather- appropriate clothing be worn to school,

(iii) working with parents to promote the health benefits of students walking and cycling to school in all weather conditions, as long as students are dressed appropriately,

(iv) debunking the misconception that children and youth should be driven to school during cold weather for safety reasons, and instead encouraging active safe and sustainable transportation to school as a first choice in all weather.

Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update: December 5, 2017

Season's Greetings! I had the honour of being in the Lakeshore Santa Claus parade last Saturday, which always starts at Second Street School. This reminded me again how important our TDSB schools are for our communities, over and above the vital role they play in education. All Etobicoke-Lakeshore TDSB schools now have before and after school child care programs in them, with Lanor and Twentieth Street starting new ones recently. TDSB schools support City of Toronto recreation programs as well as TDSB adult and continuing education programs. Our schoolyards offer parkland and sports fields for community use after hours. Our public schools are the hearts of their communities.

Yet the sad fact of the matter is that our public school facilities could be much better than they are. TDSB schools need an astonishing $3.7 billion in repairs. Many of our schools are old and they need upgrades, for which provincial dollars don't stretch far enough. Roofs and windows leak and need replacing. Boilers are obsolete. 

TDSB should be able to collect Education Development Charges (EDCs) from developers to tackle this massive repair backlog. It can't, because of a clause in the Education Act that was put in 20 years ago during amalgamation. EDC legislation allows "growth boards" like Peel and York Region to get money from developers to fund new school builds. But under the current provincial rules, EDCs can't be used to expand or repair older schools such as those in the TDSB that are in desperate need of upgrades. The provincial government needs to change this quickly. 

Toronto's development boom is unnecessarily straining the underfunded capital costs borne by TDSB. Our children and youth deserve better. Developers should be helping to defray education facility costs from new enrollment due to urban intensification. Read more about the TDSB's campaign to bring this to the attention of the province here.

In this issue:

  • Norseman JMS TONIGHT: cyber safety film "Screenagers" Dec. 5 2017
  • FDK lunch time supervision and before/after school programs review
  • Karen Kain School of the Arts admission deadline December 22
  • New TDSB school fundraising guide
  • Ward 3 Essential School Resource Guide: your submissions needed!
  • After-school Autism recreation programs starting in January 2018
  • TDSB funding available for parent workshops
  • Upcoming ward meeting January 22: Enhancing Equity Initiative

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre:

  • Vision Zero update
  • Active transportation: road safety education
  • School cleanliness standards report
  • Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee
  • Ministry of Education consultation on testing/assessment Dec. 8 2017

Read the full newsletter here!

Trustee Gough's Back to School Letter

Welcome back to a new school year! I hope you had a safe and restful summer. Dedicated TDSB staff are working hard to ensure the academic year that lies ahead for your child will be a safe, exciting and successful one! 

As your elected public school board trustee for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, my job is to advocate for you and represent the needs of students and parents/guardians at the TDSB board table. I am very accessible and host evening ward-wide meetings on popular education topics (details of these ward meetings below). Everyone is welcome and childminding and refreshments are provided. 

Be an informed parent- sign up for my electronic newsletter for free monthly education updates. You can subscribe to the e-newsletter via my website www.tdsb.on.ca/ward3, where you can also contribute to the new Ward 3 Essential School Community Resource Guide created by Etobicoke-Lakeshore TDSB parents.Contact me at pamela.gough@tdsb.on.ca or call at 416-395-8787. I regularly tweet out breaking news in education from @pamelagough so follow me for all the latest!

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Read the full letter below.

Version #1 (with Superintendent Tracy Hayhurst)

Version # 2 ( with Superintendent  Sondra Tondat)

City of Toronto sets up new School Safety Zones under Vision Zero Plan

Both the City of Toronto and the provincial government have recently announced funding to support student health and well-being by encouraging walking and cycling to school. It's well known that getting to school actively (called active transportation) is the healthiest way for students. Concern about road safety is a common fear that parents who want their children to walk or cycle to school express to me and I've been working hard to address this worry.

On the first day of school, Mayor Tory unveiled a city-sponsored program to improve the safety of children walking to school, part of the City's $80M Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. The program, operating in partnership with the TDSB, will designate School Safety Zones at specific schools, featuring signs with flashing beacons, school zone pavement markings, "Watch Your Speed" driver feedback signs, and other mechanisms designed to slow down traffic and make drivers more aware of pedestrian safety. Ask your local councillor for details. The new Guide to Safer Streets will help you work with City Hall to advocate for better school zone safety.  

 

To increase student safety in the vicinity of schools, TDSB has launched a school traffic management program. This unique program takes a holistic approach to traffic management by encouraging active transportation while responding to traffic-related concerns through education and engineering interventions. For more information, refer to this handout or contact Kristen Evers of TDSB's Sustainability department at Kristen.Evers@tdsb.on.ca.

Ward 3 EcoSchools Status Report 2017

This is the highest number of Ecoschools yet in ward 3, with a whopping 13 Etobicoke Lakeshore schools being certified as EcoSchools. Several schools such as Seventh Street JS and Sir Adam Beck JS going from having no status last year to Gold this year. Second Street JMS has remarkably gone from zero to Platinum in just four years, and Islington JMS has done the same. Karen Kain School of the Arts has attained Platinum for four years running, and is the top EcoSchool achiever overall, followed closely by Wedgwood JS which slipped to Gold this year after three consecutive years at Platinum designation. All schools that have been certified are to be commended for their commitment to environmental action.

SCHOOL

WARD

June 2013

June 2014

June 2015

June 2016

June 2017

Bloorlea M.S.

3

     

Silver

 
David Hornell J.S.

3

         
Etienne Brule J.S.

3

 

Bronze

     
Etobicoke School of the Arts 

3

 

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Gold

Etobicoke Year Round Alternative Centre

3

         
George R. Gauld J.S.

3

     

Gold

Gold

Islington Jr. M.S.

3

   

Silver

Gold

Platinum

James S. Bell J. M.S.

3

Gold

Platinum

 

Gold

Gold

John English J.M.S.

3

Gold

Gold

Gold

Gold

Platinum

Karen Kain School of the Arts

3

Gold

Platinum

Platinum

Platinum

Platinum

Lakeshore C.I.

3

         
Lambton-Kingsway J.M.S.

3

         
Lanor J.M.S.

3

 

Silver

Silver

   
Norseman J.M.S.

3

 

Silver

Silver

Gold

Gold

Park Lawn J.M.S.

3

 

Silver

Gold

Gold

Gold

Second Street Jr. M.S.

3

   

Gold

Gold

Platinum

Seventh Street J.S.

3

       

Gold

Sir Adam Beck J.S.

3

 

Silver

Gold

 

Gold

Sunnylea Jr.

3

 

Gold

     
Twentieth St. J.S.

3

Silver

 

Bronze

Bronze

Silver

Wedgewood Jr. School

3

 

Platinum

Platinum

Platinum

Gold



Second Street Straw Bale Garden - funded by the Ward 3 Eco schools Award

At the end of last year, I initiated an Eco-Schools award for those schools in Ward 3 who qualified for Eco-Schools status during the school year. This year, another 13 schools qualified, including Second Street JMS, who has already put the money from the award to good use! I was happy to join them on June 12th, as they planted straw bale gardens for student, staff and the community to enjoy!

Establishment of a Task Force on Traffic Safety in School Zones

At a recent Program and School Services Committee Meeting, I put forward a motion asking for the establishment of a Traffic Safety Task Force. This was partially in response to the death of a 6 years old TDSB student who was killed by a vehicle while walking home from school. I am happy to say that at the May 24th Board meeting, my fellow trustees and I unanimously approved this motion, and we will now be working together with the city toward the next steps. TDSB Chair, Robin Pilkey, will soon meet with Mayor John Tory to discuss the formation of the task force.  

My fellow Trustees and I often get many phone calls during the school year from concerned parents and neighbours, who complain about traffic safety around schools, especially during drop off and pick up times. This task force will work to make the streets surrounding our schools safer for pedestrians and drivers alike.

Read the full motion here.

Clean Toronto Together 2017

On Friday, April 21st, 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.

Almost 400 TDSB schools have also registered and will also be taking part in the challenge, including the majority of schools in Ward 3! In fact, I'm proud to say that Etobicoke Lakeshore has 86% of it's schools participating - we were only narrowly beat out by the very environmentally aware Ward 22 in Scarborough, at 88%!

I will be doing my part by joining some students in cleaning their school yard and I encourage you all to join the clean up efforts in your communities!


 

 

Norseman JMS Addition & Renovation Update

 



 

Centennial Park Earth Hour Walk

On the evening of March 25th, I was happy to participate in the Earth Hour Hike at Centennial Park. The walk was organized by Our Place Initiative, and the group was led by Matthew Siwiec and Jonathan Robertson. We were joined by children, parents and other community members - even my dog, Chelsea, was able to participate!

LAMP CHC's International Women's Day Luncheon

On Wednesday, March 8th, I had the pleasure of attending the Lakeshore Area Multi-service Project Community Health Centre's (LAMP CHC) International Women's Day Luncheon, held at the Mimico Cruising Club. 

I was joined by my assistant, Christy Heath, as well as the 5 students from Lakeshore Collegiate Institute, whom I sponsored to attend the luncheon. We enjoyed a great afternoon in the company of some great women, including guest speaker Mary O'Connell, award winning documentary producer of CBC's "Ideas".   

The theme for the event was #BeBoldForChange, and all proceeds will go towards supporting LAMP CHC programs, helping serve the local community, including students from LCI. 

Ward 3 Long-Term Program & Accomodation Strategy

On March 2nd, Daniel Castaldo from the TDSB's Planning Department gave a special presentation at my ward council meeting involving the board's Long-Term Program & Accommodation Strategy for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. 

The minutes from the meeting will be posted shortly on the ward council side bar page, but in the meanwhile, Daniel has shared the slides from his presentation for those who are interested. 


TDSB Researchers Release New Findings on Long-term Impact of Early Childhood Vulnerabilities

In February 2017, TDSB researchers presented results of a new study that tracked children's academic success through time, from Kindergarten until school leaving in Grade 12.  Since 1998, TDSB teachers have used the Early Development Instrument (EDI), an assessment tool that assesses young children's ability to meet age-appropriate developmental expectations. Longitudinal tracking of the first EDI cohorts shows that on average, children who show vulnerability in one or more EDI domains in kindergarten continue to struggle to meet provincial expectations throughout their school careers, and experience lower than average success in post-secondary acceptance. Month of birth has an impact on school readiness in that children born later in the year (Oct-Dec) show higher rates of vulnerability in 2 or more domains compared to those born earlier in the year. Early interventions, such as pre-school participation in Family Literacy Centres or being in schools supported by the Model Schools for the Inner City program, has a positive effect on child development.


Canada's Outstanding Principals 2017

Every year, The Learning Partnership’s Outstanding Principals program recognizes the unique and vital contribution of Principals in publicly funded schools. Nominated by parents, colleagues and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, 40 Principals from across Canada are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.

I am proud to announce that Craig Howe from École John English Junior Middle School is one of two TDSB principals chosen for the honour this year. Craig and Principal Monday Gala from C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute join this year's class of principals who are being inducted into the prestigious ranks of the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals. The Principals will be awarded for their accomplishments at the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala on February 28th, 2017.

Join me in congratulating Craig and all the Outstanding Principals of 2017!


Pictured (left to right): TDSB Director John Malloy, TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey, Principal Craig Howe, Trustee Pamela Gough, Superintendent Sandra Tondat

Childcare in Schools: An Evolving Partnership

Minutes for the January 19th, 2017 Ward Council meeting are now available. You can download a copy of the minutes here, and a copy of the presentation here.

I have also linked some additional items regarding Before and After School Programs, recently provided by The Ministry of Education. You can read the memo sent to Ontario Directors of Education here and the Policies and Guidelines outlined for Ontario School Boards here.

For past ward council meeting minutes, visit the Ward Council Meetings sidebar page.

"How can I find out more about education funding in Ontario?"

Please see below for a link to a Ministry of Education Funding Technical Paper that offers an excellent glimpse into the many factors involved in funding schools boards in Ontario.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/funding/1415/Technical14_15.pdf.



 

Here are some useful links to get you started:

 

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Trustee Pamela Gough

Ward 3, Etobicoke-Lakeshore
5050 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
M2N 5N8

Tel: 416-395-8787
pamela.gough@tdsb.on.ca


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