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Ontario Road Safety Resource

As students gear up to return back to school, one important lesson they will learn is how to stay safe on the roads, especially as they travel to and from school. After all, ensuring students have road smarts is just as important as the rest of the curriculum. For this reason, the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA), the Ministry of Transportation and Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) have teamed up to created the Ontario Road Safety Resource. This educational website was designed with the shared intention to provide principals, teachers, public health practitioners and community leaders with the materials to teach and promote road safety.

This comprehensive resource offers ready-to-use lesson plans for all grades with topics such as:
Bike, Blade and Board Safety for junior students
Technology and Transportation for intermediate students
Risky Behaviour and Prevention for secondary students
 
View the entire Ontario Road Safety Resource here!

Ward 3 Environmental Leadership Award

TDSB Ward 3 Environmental Leadership Award Poster

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: August 2, 2018

This is a special issue of the newsletter. The provincial government has made many announcements recently, some of which are going to affect both the governance and the curriculum of our TDSB system. I am following these closely and continue to work on your behalf during the summer break. Here's a quick summary.


Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum

The new Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, has announced that the current curriculum for health and physical education is going to be repealed and, pending consultations, the province will go back to the 1998 curriculum, which was used until 2014. This outdated curriculum was written before the internet became widely used. It does not address important current issues for children and youth, including consent, cyber-bullying, or understanding the many kinds of gender identities and family structures that are protected under human rights legislation in our province.
A number of parents have contacted me with concerns about this government direction, and requests for more information about the provincial consultation so they can take part.

At the TDSB, our director and chair have made it clear that our board intends to continue teaching elements of the modernized curriculum that are covered by human rights legislation, our equity policies, and our mandate under the Education Act to care for the well-being and health needs of our students. Many other boards have expressed the same intention to continue to teach the areas that fall into the "gap" between the old curriculum and the new. Our board is seeking clarification from the Ministry of Education on the proposed public consultations. When we hear more, I will convey this to you. 

Changes to ward boundaries in the TDSB

The premier has this week introduced legislation that will affect GTA municipal and regional elections, including reducing the number of Toronto city council wards down to 25 from the established number of 47. The new wards are to match existing federal and provincial ridings. The government has made it clear that the number of TDSB trustees, currently 22, will not change. So with 22 TDSB trustee wards and 25 new city wards, our system will need to adjust some ward boundaries. The government has told the TDSB that no public consultation will be allowed, and changes will need to be decided by August 14. You can read the TDSB's news release about how Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, impacts TDSB electoral boundaries and the nomination deadline here.  
The trustees will be meeting next week to determine the board's response to the government direction. At the moment it does not appear that major changes will take place in our ward, which already comprises the provincial/federal riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. I'll continue to keep you updated on this. 


Read the newsletter here!

Norseman JMS Renovation Update

At the August 1st Special Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee meeting, the board approved the vendor contracts for the Norseman JMS Addition and Renovation project. You can read the Norseman construction approval report here

I pleased to see that this is moving ahead on schedule and construction is on track to begin August 2018. 

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: July 26, 2018

Summer is normally a lighthearted time in our city, but last Sunday's shooting on the Danforth has left the entire city stunned. Heartbreakingly, one of our board's recent graduates, 18 year old Reese Fallon, was fatally injured. Reese was a bright student, well liked by all, who had just graduated from Malvern CI and was about to enter McMaster University. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

In a peaceful country like Canada, we struggle to understand the roots of gun violence. Clearly, according to the 29 year old perpetrator's family, psychosis and depression was a factor. Every situation is different. In the days to come experts will analyze last weekend's event to determine causal factors. City council has passed an action plan to create a multi-faceted gun violence strategy.

It's important to remember that despite the rash of violent events recently Toronto is still one of the safest cities in a very safe country. Toronto's 2016 Crime Severity Index rating is 47.5, putting it in third place nationally for safety in Canada. Canada's average index rating for cities is 71. We can, and should, continue to use our streets for outdoor life. They are a vital part of our urban fabric. 

Children can experience a wide range of emotions when they hear about random violence in the media.Here are some tips for talking to children about tragic events, put together by TDSB's Professional Support Services.

In this issue:


Local news and updates:
  • Norseman Jr. Middle School: Construction on track to start in August
News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre:
  • TDSB and City expanding Vision Zero traffic measures in school zones
  • TDSB Long Term Program and Accommodation Strategy
  • School Council Toolkit
  • Summer school opportunities
From the province:
  • New provincial government's sex-ed curriculum rollback

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: June 29, 2018

Happy Canada Day weekend to all! 

I've been on a whirlwind tour of schools in Ward 3 this week to speak at graduation events and award assemblies. It's been a pleasure to see so many eager, bright students walk across the stage to collect their graduation certificates, awards and plaques. 

At each elementary school in the ward, one dedicated student has been recognized for outstanding environmental leadership with the Ward 3 Environmental Action Award, which I established several years ago to honour the many young people in our community who show exemplary environmental stewardship.

Congratulations to the many Etobicoke-Lakeshore TDSB schools that have qualified as Ecoschools this year! By far the majority of public schools in the ward have won this prestigious designation and some, such as Second Street Jr. Middle School and Karen Kain School of the Arts, have won at the highest level achievable: Platinum. Well done all. 

Although schools have closed for the summer, school offices will be open next week from Tuesday July 3 to Friday July 6 for drop-in visitors who may wish to ask questions or enroll new students for September. 

Don't forget that although regular school programs have closed, the TDSB runs many summer programs. You can find out more about programs for July at this link.

Have a good Canada Day and happy summer! 

Read the entire update here!

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: May 14, 2018

Ward Council coming up: our next Ward Council Meeting is this Thursday, May 17th, 7 pm. I will be showing the acclaimed documentary Screenagers at John English Jr. Middle School. This award-winning movie offers solutions to messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. Check out the trailer here. You can find a parent guide and more information below.

May is Asian Heritage Month, Jewish Heritage Month, and Get Outside Month. The beautiful spring weather has us all enjoying the outdoors. Bike to School Week is happening throughout the GTA from May 29 to June 1. Schools can register for Bike to School week here to get incentives, posters, and a chance to win a $200 MEC gift card. Congratulations to Sunnylea JS for being among the first schools to register for this rite-of-spring event!

TDSB has made great strides over the last few years in communicating the physical and mental health benefits of students getting to school and back actively. We're also working more closely with public health nurses, our local community police officers, and City of Toronto traffic staff to educate students on safe pedestrianism, which is now a mandated part of the board curriculum. We have started to make our school zones safer places during opening and closing times. Many thanks to the panel of experts and large crowd of parents who attended my School Traffic Safety ward meeting on April 25th. Keynote speaker Roger Browne, Manager of Traffic Safety for Toronto, brought everyone up to date on the new Vision Zero traffic safety plans and accomplishments.

Education Week: several TDSB schools in the ward celebrated excellence in education last week with large scale events. To name a few, Twentieth Street JS had an open house to showcase art and technology, Second Street JMS held a fabulous Health and Wellness Night, John English JMS put on a highly polished theatre production of The Little Mermaid and Park Lawn JMS did a spirited version of the play Mary Poppins. A special thanks to all who gave their time so generously for these special events. 

At Etobicoke School of the Arts, music theatre students (SPLASH) competed in the Show Choir Canada Championships in April. They won awards for Top Vocal, Top Choreography, Top Design, and then went on to win the big prize, the National Show Choir Championship. An ESA student was selected for a $40,000 Music Theatre BFA Conservatory Scholarship from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. With this and other successes, ESA has once again positioned itself as the top arts high school in Canada and one of the best in North America.

In this issue:

Local news and updates:

  • Screenagers: coming Thursday May 17th 2018
  • Castlebar Jr. School to re-open in 2019
  • TDSB Ward 3 Environmental Leadership Award
  • "The Dad Workshop" with PIAC rep Trevor Burnett
  • Excellence Award won by Lauren Pacheco of James S. Bell
  • Get PRO grant ideas at the Ward 3 Essential School Resources Guide
  • Register for a Canadian School Travel Planning Toolkit

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre:

  • Active transportation in TDSB schools: progress report
  • Graduation rate reaches all-time high
  • Recreational cannabis legislation: update
  • STEM conference at Richview Collegiate May 26 2018
  • Summer e-learning in French
  • Early Years conference May 26 2018

From our community:

  • ESA Yard Sale
  • James S. Bell Sports and Wellness Academy Bellapalooza
  • Sunnylea Spring Fest
  • Samuel Smith Park Spring Bird Fest
  • Lemonade for Love Saturday June 23 2018

Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update: April 17, 2018

Ward Council coming up: our next Ward Council Meeting is on traffic safety in school zones, to be held at Norseman JMS, 6:30 pm on Wednesday April 25. Meet City Manager of Traffic Safety Roger Browne, Sergeant Brett Moore of Toronto Police Services, Jill Cheyne of Toronto Public Health, Kristen Evers of TDSB Sustainability and TDSB Superintendent Tracy Hayhurst. Walking and cycling are the healthiest and most resilience-building ways for students to get to school, but our roads are not as safe as they should be. This can and should change. Come on April 25 to talk to some of the most influential people in the city about Toronto's Vision Zero plan for traffic safety in school zones. **New** this event includes a special concurrent children's program on safe pedestrianism. Pre-registration required for children's program only. See more in the poster below. 

All TDSB schools are now required to teach safe pedestrianism to students, starting at the earliest grades. Many community partners can offer support in this initiative, including Toronto Public Health and Toronto Police Services. Now that spring is here, ask your school's principal and teachers how they plan to move forward in teaching safe pedestrianism to your child. This is an important implementation tool for the TDSB's Charter for Safe, Sustainable and Active Transportation. Find out more here.

Strategic Planning: the TDSB is developing a new Strategic Plan, including goals and a mission statement. At the moment, in my opinion, it is very good in most directions but is lacking a focus on environmental sustainability as well as renewal of our aging school facilities. Please review the draft plan and give feedback here.


In this issue:

Local news and updates:
  • Need ideas for your PRO Grant application?
  • Screenagers: coming May 17th 2018
  • Castlebar Jr. School re-opening report to go to board April 18 2018
  • TDSB Ward 3 Environmental Leadership Award
  • Get a "Watch Your Speed" sign for your school zone

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre:

  • Student-vehicle collision data and response protocol in school zones
  • TDSB financial facts
  • French language program review
  • Children and Youth Mental Health and Well-Being Annual Report
  • Summer school
From our community:
  • Dirty Drop off: webinar on school traffic congestion
  • Sunnylea JS Family Fun Day May 26 2018
  • Mimico waterfront cleanup April 21 2018

Read the full newsletter here!

Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update: March 27, 2018

Ward Council this week: our Ward Council Meeting is happening today, Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm at Islington Jr. Middle School. The topic is Navigating the TDSB: Special Education 101. Not to be missed and all welcome! More information below. 

With April ahead, suddenly summer is not far away. Principals are working on their staffing plans for September, which they share with school councils. Trustees and senior staff are putting the final touches on a balanced 2018-2019 budget. I've been working with Director John Malloy in a committee developing a new strategic plan for the TDSB which will be ready for consultation shortly. 

I had the great pleasure last week of visiting the Grade 4/5 class at Sunnylea Jr. School to discuss forest ecology and the importance of trees in our city. The class was full of inquisitive young scientists. I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know them. 

This year I will once again be awarding the Ward 3 Environmental Leadership Award to students in the elementary schools of the ward. More information is below. 

Road safety is emerging as a major issue in Toronto following a shocking number of pedestrian casualties already in the year. This has spurred calls for major changes in street design in order to make getting around the city safer. 

This week at City Hall there will be an important decision made about a section of Yonge Street that contains TDSB headquarters at North York City Centre. City planners have recommended a Vision Zero-inspired "Transform Yonge" plan that a number of city builders such as David Crombie, Jennifer Keesmaat and Richard Florida say is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to turn the area into a truly modern main street with better mobility features, safety for pedestrians, and a higher quality of life. Controversially, Mayor Tory is not in support of his own staff's plan

This is not just a North York matter. Young Torontonians are going through a generational shift in transport mode. Many will be watching to see whether Toronto is ready to prioritize safety, health and mobility for its citizens in its approach to infrastructure, the way other cities such as Montreal, Vancouver, Seattle and NYC have. The council vote on Transform Yonge will speak volumes about the future of road safety for everyone, including students in public schools in Toronto. Toronto Public Health cogently puts the case for the improved health and competitive benefits that come from better street design for active transportation in its report Road to Health, available here

Mark your calendars for an April 25 ward meeting on traffic safety in school zones to be held at Norseman JMS, 6:30 pm. Our special guest panel includes Roger Browne, City Manager of Traffic Safety, Sergeant Brett Moore of Toronto Police Services Traffic Safety Programs, and Jill Cheyne of Toronto Public Health as well as TDSB staff Kristen Evers of Sustainability and our Superintendent Tracy Hayhurst. 


In this issue:

Local news and updates:

  • Castlebar Jr. School re-opening report to go to committee April 11 2018
  • Karen Kain School of the Arts summer program accepting applications
  • TDSB Ward 3 Environmental Leadership Award

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre:

  • Review of French language programs
  • Parents as Partners conference April 28 2018

From our community:

  • Transfer of the school crossing guard program
  • Mimico waterfront cleanup April 21 2018
  • Fix Our Schools pledge


Read the full newsletter here!

Karen Kain School of the Arts Leadership Arts Academy

 

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Karen Kain School of the Arts is taking registration for a Leadership Arts Academy for Grades 4-8, taking place between July 4-27. New this year: the KKSA summer program will be located at John English JMS, located at 95 Mimico Ave. The arts-based program will have a leadership and literacy focus, featuring the unique KKSA approach which uses dance, drama, media and visual arts throughout the curriculum. Best news of all: it's free! Register early to avoid disappointment. Click here for more information and a link to registration.

Trustee Pamela Gough’s Update: February 28, 2018

With March on our doorstep, we are all enjoying the warmer weather and longer days. At TDSB, schools are humming with activity as we move along purposefully through the second term while making preparations for the next academic year. Kindergarten registration is creating excitement at the elementary schools. At 5050 Yonge Street, TDSB headquarters, we are now into budget and staffing for 2018-2019. I'll be presenting the draft new budget for consultation at my ward meeting on March 27. Details below.

Traffic Safety: Many school councils and principals have shared with me their concerns about unsafe traffic congestion in pick-up and drop-off zones. Following my motion passed in December, all TDSB schools are now mandated to explicitly teach safe pedestrianism to students. In February the TDSB gave schools direction to encourage active school travel in all winter weather, and to have school pedestrian and cycling infrastructure cleared of snow promptly. Schools are asking parents who choose to drive to be more mindful of street traffic signage and safe driving habits so that their children and others are not put into danger by illegal U-turns, unsafe parking, and speeding in school zones. If you have no alternative and must drive, give yourself five minutes extra from time to time and park a block away from the school to ease congestion and allow your child at least a short walk to get some mindfulness, fresh air and exercise. Active travel is proven to be healthier plus imparts life-long self-reliance and resiliency in kids. If you feel your streets need to be safer, let your councillor know that this is an election issue for you, and that the city's Vision Zero plan needs to be fully implemented in school zones. 

Ward Council this week: Here in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, our popular local School Council Night Out is happening this Thursday, March 1, at Second Street School. Ward 3 PIAC rep Trevor Burnett (a professional bartender) has volunteered to make Spiced Hibiscus mocktails. We'll enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres as well. It's all free so we can network informally and build community-school connections. All Ward 3 TDSB parents/staff are welcome. Space is limited so we are taking pre-registration for this event. RSVP here.


In this issue:

Local news and updates:
  • Castlebar Jr. School Program Area Review Team update
  • Upcoming ward meetings: Special Education & Vision Zero/Traffic Safety
  • Vision Zero traffic management pilot at Bloorlea Middle School
  • PRO grants now open for school councils to apply
  • Apply now for bike racks and cycling education
  • ESA student wins Canada's top scholarship

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre:

  • TDSB Mental Health and Well-Being annual report
  • Girls in Tech conference April 7 2018
  • School councils: can they use the Cash Online system?
  • TDSB Business Development Office ready to give fundraising support
  • Save the date! Parents as Partners Conference April 28 2018
  • Summer school, camps, Boyd Archeological Field School
  • Focus on Youth TDSB summer student employment


Read the full newsletter here!

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

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. 

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 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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