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Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update: November 9, 2017

Congratulations to all the new and returning Etobicoke-Lakeshore public school advisory council chairs, co-chairs and council members. Your work is very important!

We are in report card season and parents will soon be invited to meet with teachers. Next Monday's ward council meeting on Parent Involvement 101 will help you prepare. You will get tips on how you can forge positive relationships with teachers, support your child's progress, and contribute to your school community, no matter how busy your lifestyle. You will hear updates from myself, the local Superintendents, and our parent representatives on the TDSB's Parent Involvement Advisory Committee, the Special Education Advisory Committee, and the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee. Be an informed, connected parent- join us. More details below.

Safety Note: With the time change last weekend, darkness comes early for the first time in months. Please review safe pedestrianism with your children as they make their way to school and back. Long term health outcomes and self-reliance skills are improved for children who are given opportunities for mobility at an early age. Walking to school is the healthiest way to travel. If you choose to drive your child, be mindful that pedestrians can be less visible in the dark. Please pay special attention at this time of year- lower your speed, eliminate distractions and give yourself extra time. Don't put your children and others at risk from unsafe driving practices in school zones. 

Remembrance Day is this Saturday. In thousands of classrooms across Toronto, students are learning about the contribution of our soldiers and veterans. We acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served Canada in the past and who protect us now. Remembrance Day will be marked on November 10th in TDSB.

In this issue:

Local news and updates:
  • Upcoming ward meeting November 13th: Parent Involvement 101
  • Karen Kain School of the Arts info night TONIGHT: November 9 2017
  • Early French Immersion registration now open
  • Parent education on social networking and online safety: Nov. 14 2017
  • ESA Winter Craft Fair and Silent Auction: November 18 2017
 
News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre:
  • Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee seeks new members
  • November is Indigenous Education Month
  • Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week: November 19-25 2017
  • TDSB Parents Make a Difference Conference: November 25 2017
  • Special Education Advisory Committee survey
  • Enhancing Equity Task Force recommendations

Read the full newsletter here!

Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update: October 2, 2017

October is Walk to School Month! This Wednesday, October 4th is International Walk to School Day. Walking or cycling is the healthiest way for your child to get to school, but our roads in Toronto need to be safer. I've been working hard on the City of Toronto's City-School Boards Advisory Committee to speed up the implementation of the city's Vision Zero road safety program. Click here to see the motion I made last week to send City Hall the message that school zone safety is a top priority for our community and more needs to be done to protect children from traffic.

In this issue:
  • Upcoming ward meetings October 4th and November 13th
  • Traffic safety in school zones: Toronto's Vision Zero plan
  • Early French Immersion update
  • New TDSB draft Enhancing Equity report released for feedback

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.

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: September 5, 2017

Welcome back to a new school year! I hope you had a safe and restful summer. The public schools in Etobicoke-Lakeshore have all had a deep clean so the halls are shining brightly for our students. Staff are ready to welcome your child and work with you to ensure the academic year that lies ahead 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 attend local school council meetings on a regular basis. In addition, I host local ward council meetings on education topics of broad interest. I encourage you to check out my website, where you can contribute to the new parent blog created by George R. Gauld School Council Chair Christy Heath and Parent Involvement Advisory Committee representative Trevor Burnett. Contact me at pamela.gough@tdsb.on.ca. I regularly tweet out breaking news in education so follow me at @pamelagough


Equity is a top priority in the TDSB. This means ensuring all students, especially those who have been underserved or marginalized, have access to programs, opportunities and supports they need to reach their full potential. I'll be writing more about this. 


To help you with the first weeks of September, here's a new webpage with key information and resources including homework tips and the school year calendar.


In this issue:  
Local education news and updates  
  • Castlebar Junior School opens as Norseman JMS satellite
  • Newly renovated field at James S. Bell JMS Sports/Wellness Academy
  • New daycare school programs at Lanor JMS, Twentieth St. JS
  • New gifted program class at Lanor JMS
  • New kindergarten intervention program at Lanor JMS
 
News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre  
  • Vision Zero school traffic safety program
  • Bus transportation update
  • TDSB welcomes new Associate Director Carlene Jackson
Read the full newsletter here. 

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!

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: June 2nd, 2017

June is an active month as we wrap up the school year. We are just finishing Bike to School week, with more than 300 TDSB schools taking part. Thank you to all schools who joined in this celebration- you gave a valuable message of the importance of healthy active living and the increased mobility that cycling provides to your students.  

I was honoured this week to have met His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, at the Queen's Park breakfast hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet. A revered spiritual leader in the large Tibetan community, the young Karmapa is on his first North American tour.  

VISION ZERO: I put forward a motion at the May 24 Board meeting, which was supported unanimously by all trustees. It calls for the TDSB to set up a task force with the City of Toronto to work together on the City's Vision Zero plan for road safety in school zones. Vision Zero is a road safety strategy which states that every road fatality is preventable and not a single road death is ever acceptable. It has been effective in greatly reducing pedestrian road deaths and serious injuries in many other cities such as Seattle, Copenhagen, New York City and Rotterdam. 

This task force will activate the City's Vision Zero guidelines for improved road infrastructure and traffic safety measures in school zones. There is a strong education component in the road safety plan, so the TDSB is a natural partner with the City of Toronto. Toronto has already established designated zones near schools that require reduced speeds.  

At the provincial level, Bill 65 (Safer School Zones) has been enacted to ease the installation of red light cameras near schools. These cameras reduce driver speeds- important since speeds of 30 km/hr or less are by far the safest in school zones.  

I encourage all school communities to educate parents about the importance of reduced speeds and staying mindful of student safety in school areas. Contact police services at 22 Division to ask for crossing guards or patrols to enforce safe driving. Your city councillor will be willing to help if you ask. The new Guide to Safer Streets near Schools gives many great tips for making your streets safer for children.   

In this issue:  

Local education news and updates

  • Successful OPAL play night June 1 2017
  • New! Website blog for local school community resources
  • Parents Reaching Out Grants deadline extended to June 15 2017
  • Award of Excellence to Matthew Weis, Itinerant Caretaker
  • Sarah Sheppard of ESA wins Dragon's Nest contest
  • Special Education support group now meeting

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre

  •  Special heritage celebrations for June 2017
  • Anti-bullying initiatives: creating positive, healthy, accepting schools

School and community festivals, fundraisers and events

  •  Seventh Street JS Fun Fair June 8 2017

Read the full newsletter here.

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.

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: May 9th, 2017

This is Traffic Safety Week. May is National Aboriginal History Month as well as Jewish and Asian Heritage Month! Wow, that is a lot of commemoration. Soon it will be Bike to School Week as well, since starting on May 29th, Toronto begins a week of recognition of cycling as one of the healthiest ways to get to school/work and back.

As we heard from our international guest speaker Gil Penalosa at April 25th's ward meeting on School Communities as Agents of Change for Vibrant Cities, Toronto has a long way to go in order to meet the standards of street safety for active transportation that many other cities across the globe have achieved. Seattle, Copenhagen, Amsterdam- all have redesigned their streets to make them not only efficient for vehicles but safer for the many who want to walk and cycle. In the aftermath of the recent death of a TDSB kindergarten child on the street fronting his school in Scarborough due to a collision with a vehicle, I have called for a joint City of Toronto-School Board(s) Vision Zero Task Force on Traffic Safety in School Zones, with a goal of zero student school zone traffic fatalities over five years. This motion was passed at Programs and School Services Committee May 3 2017, and will be before the full board on May 24, 2017. I'll keep you updated.

Coming June 1: Recess is getting a makeover to make it more exciting. Join me at Seventh Street Jr. School's playground for an OUTSIDE ward council meeting in which we will learn how TDSB is piloting OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) enriched active STEM play on selected schoolyards. More details below. 

And finally, congratulations to Director John Malloy, who was recently recognized for excellence in educational leadership with national and provincial awards from the Canadian Association of School System Administrators and the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers' Association. Well deserved recognition to an outstanding leader.

 

In this issue:

Local education news and updates

  • ESA: Understanding your Teen: TODAY May 9 2017
  • Dr. David Hulchanski (University of Toronto) May 11 2017
  • Apply for free bike rack and cycling education programs
  • Ward 3 EcoSchools Award now out
  • Bike to School Week starts May 29 2017!
  • Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Ward Council June 2017

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre

  • Webcast on mental health and well-being with Director Malloy May 11 2017
  • 13 Reasons Why: FAQ for parents and educators
  • TDSB graduation rate at all-time high of 85%
  • The future of education: learning global competencies at TDSB
  • Fostering student well-being: report
  • School year calendar for 2017-2018

School and community festivals, fundraisers and events

  • Royal Ontario Museum National Aboriginal History Month Bursary
  • LAMP Health & Wellness Fair May 13 2017
  • Etobicoke Butterfly Festival May 13 2017
  • ESA Art Sale May 25 2017
  • James S. Bell Sports/Wellness Academy Bellapalooza May 27 2017
  • ESA Community Yard Sale Saturday May 27 2017
  • Wedgewood Fun Fest May 27 2017

Read the full newsletter 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.



 

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5050 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
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Tel: 416-395-8787
pamela.gough@tdsb.on.ca


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