Bala Avenue Community School (Gr JK - 05)
"Children . . . Our Future; Diversity . . .Our Strength".
Bala Avenue Community School, built in 1913, is located in the old community of Weston, near the southeast corner of Jane Street and Weston Road. The school currently serves 290 students (Kindergarten to Grade 5), representing approximately 20 different languages.
Model School For Inner Cities
We are proud to be one of the original Model Schools for Inner Cities in the TDSB. As a Model School, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child. We work together with students, families, schools, partners and the community to help our students reach their full potential.
We are pleased to offer Native Language instruction in Ojibwe for students from JK - Grade 5. This year, on November 9, 2012, Bala hosted a beautiful Sunrise Ceremony to honour Aboriginal people who served to protect peace and freedom over the years, as well as those deployed in peacekeeping missions around the world. On June 21, 2012, our Elder in Residence, Shannon Thunderbird, led the school's first annual Pow Wow to commemorate National Aboriginal Day. Bala continues to work with our TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre to provide valuable and inclusive programming and support for all of our students.
Parent and Family Literacy Centre
Bala Avenue Community School's PFLC is a school readiness program for children 0 - 6 yrs old that introduces them to literacy and numeracy before they enter kindergarten. One of the Parenting and Family Literacy Centre's objectives is to prepare and support preschool children and their families as they transition into the school system.
SNAP - Stop Now And Plan
The Canadian Safe Schools Network has sponsored the SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) at Bala. A trained facilitator provides direct instruction once a week to 2 classes throughout the year to promote positive peer relations and problem solving skills. This facilitator also provides mini workshops to the other Grade 1 - 5 classes at the school to enhance pro-social skills.
Bala's 100th Anniversay
Bala's 100th Anniversary - Saturday, May 25, 2013 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Please plan to join us! Reconnect with old friends, tour the school and reminisce. Our School Council is providing bouncy castles for children aged 5 to 10! See the Bala Ave Reunion website for more information: http://www.classmates.com/places/school/Bala-Avenue-Public-School/19160201