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Next Ward Forum - January 19th, 2017

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

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were restful and festive (the two don't always go together as all parents know) and wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2017. There are several matters on the horizon that have implications for early childhood education and child care, so we're going to focus the major part of this issue on them.


  • Ward 3 Council Meeting: Child Care in Schools - An Evolving Partnership
  • City Council to Eliminate Child Care Occupancy Grant in Schools
  • Ministry Education: Consultation of Early Years and Child Care Strategy
  • Predict My Future: "The Science of Us" Shows Importance of Early Years
  • Other News: TDSB Extended French Registration Now Open

Read the full newsletter here.

FSLAC Dec 2016 Newsletter

The French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC) has released their December 2016 newsletter

It has information on:

  1. Grade 4 & 7 Application Deadlines
  2. TDSB Library Anywhere, Anytime!
  3. Reading at Home – Quick Tips
  4. Welcoming English Language Learners in FSL
  5. Growth Mindset: Je Suis Capable
  6. Parent Survey: Special Education
  7. and more!

For past issues of the newsletter or for more information on French programming in Ward 3, visit the French Immersion Programs sidebar page

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: December 1, 2016

Thanks to all who joined me for my mid-November "Ask Me Anything" ward council meeting. The John English school library was packed with school council chairs, parents, principals, teachers, and community support workers. Great questions were asked and our panel of Director John Malloy and senior TDSB superintendents Sandy Spyropoulos, Tracy Hayhurst and Sandra Tondat gave thoughtful and informative answers. I also shared some exciting new educational resources that are coming out.
Many of you gave me valuable feedback after the event with ideas for future meetings. Thank you for this. Feel free to contact me anytime. I'm here for you and can be reached at or on Twitter at @pamelagough.
For those of you unable to be at the ward council event, here's a seven minute video of Director Malloy talking about the TDSB vision of learning, the way TDSB learning centres work, and the importance of parent involvement. Here's a new Guide for School Improvement and School Effectiveness that outlines what's happening at the schools in the areas of achievement, well-being, and equity. At local school council meetings, you'll see principals sharing each school's plans for moving forward in these three key areas. Feel free to ask questions to keep informed on your school's goals and plans and how you can support these at home. 
Don't forget the PA day this Friday, December 2. All schools will be closed.

And finally, as we move into the festive season, my best wishes for a joyous family holiday break and a safe and healthy new year in 2017.


In this issue:
Local Education News and Updates
  • EcoSchools: Dec. 15, 2016 deadline to register your school
  • Optional attendance: how does it work?  
  • Early French Immersion registration deadline Dec. 1, 2016
  • Ward council Jan. 19th, 2017: Child Care in Schools
  • New $25,000 national high school student prize for STEM
  • AGO call-out for young Indigenous artist interns
News and Updates from TDSB's Education Centre
  • School by school repair & health/safety inspections now online
  • Useful resources for parents and school councils
  • New TDSB school fundraising resource guide
  • Full Day Kindergarten before/after school programs: motion
  • TDSB updating policy on severe weather guidelines
News and Updates from the Ministry of Education
  • Photo radar near schools: legislation coming
  • Ministry of Education initiative for student well-being
  • Consultation on Renewed Child Care and Early Years Framework: Dec. 7, 2016

In our Community

  • COC kid's opera after-school program registration Dec. 5th, 2016
  • Twentieth Street's Winter Bazaar Dec. 10, 2016

Read the full newsletter here.

EcoSchools Bulletin - November 2016

The November 2016 Eco Schools newsletter is now available! 

For past updates, you can visit my EcoSchools tab to the left or check out the EcoSchools website directly!

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: November 4, 2016

Don't miss the upcoming Ward Council meeting at John English JMS on November 15th, 7 pm, which will feature TDSB Director John Malloy in a fun and open-ended "Ask Me Anything" session. This is your chance to meet the TDSB top brass and, well, ask them anything! All welcome and child care provided with pre-registration.

 November is Aboriginal Education Month and next week is Treaties Recognition Week. On November 8th the TDSB is launching several important new education resources: K-12 Curriculum Connections: Treaties and Residential Schools, and TDSB Resource Guide: Respectful Engagement and Practice with Indigenous Peoples. These valuable resources are in keeping with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada that the history of residential schools be infused into the curriculum and that schools help students develop a broad, respectful understanding of the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.     

 On November 11th all public schools will commemorate those who fought for Canada's democracy and freedoms in international conflicts past and present. Each school plans its own way to commemorate Remembrance Day. These ceremonies closely involve students and are open to their families and usually the community too. They create memories that children and youth carry with them into adulthood about our shared Canadian values and the importance of honouring the legacy of the fallen. This year I'll be attending David Hornell Jr. School's student-led ceremony and will join Wedgewood Jr. School students who will read "In Flanders Fields" at the Etobicoke Civic Centre cenotaph. 

 With the days growing short, and the time change this weekend, keep in mind that outdoor kids are healthy kids however safety is important. Please reinforce street safety with your children and outfit them with light clothing or reflectors if walking/cycling during the dark hours.

In this issue:

Local Education News and Updates

  • Ward  Council Nov. 15th: "Ask Me Anything" with TDSB Director John Malloy
  • New ward representatives on TDSB Community Advisory Committees
  • EQAO scores for Ward 3 schools
  • French Immersion registration deadline Dec. 1, open house dates coming up
  • LCI Advanced Placement program & open house Nov. 16 2016
  • Karen Kain School of the Arts Grade 5 information night Nov. 10 2016
  • School Council Workshops

News and Updates from TDSB's Education Centre

  • First Nations School of Toronto relocating and expanding
  • TDSB launches new equity focus to support student achievement
  • Special education survey for parents

 In our Community

  • People for Education conference Nov.12 2016
  • Silent Auction catalogue: ESA craft show and sale Nov. 19 2016
  • Lakeshore Santa Claus parade and children's program Dec. 3 2016

Read the full newsletter here.

2015-2016 EQAO Reports

The 2015-2016 Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO) Assessment reports for the previous academic year have been released. 

The assessments are meant gauge the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics skills of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students across Ontario.

Below I have included the reports for the TDSB schools in Ward 3. 

The report includes overall results, as well as results by gender, English Language Learners (ELL), and Students with Special Education needs (not included Gifted students).

See the results for Ward 3 here.

For more information about EQAO, you can visit their website.

Split Grades Can Work Well, Research Says

Many classes at the TDSB, and across Ontario, operate as split grades, in order to conform to the Ministry of Education's guidelines regarding class sizes. The article linked below is timely in light of the class changes that may have taken place in some schools in early October. 

The article is part of a research-into-practice series produced as a joint venture between The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat and the Ontario Association of Deans of Education.

Read it here.

TDSB continues with new initiatives for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation

In the fall of 2013, I spearheaded the TDSB approval of a Charter for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation. The pdf below is a summary of some of the Active Transportation projects and initiatives the TDSB has started since then. For more information, please contact the Ecoschools department of the TDSB.

Update on Active Transportation in TDSB

Update on Norseman JMS

Update On Norseman

"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.


Here are some useful links to get you started:


Proposed City of Toronto Cuts to Childcare Funding

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Trustee Pamela Gough

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5050 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
M2N 5N8

Tel: 416-395-8787

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