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Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: March 24, 2017

Spring is here at last! This issue brings you education news that's as fresh and fun as spring itself. There is so much happening at your Etobicoke Lakeshore public schools, and with the weather getting better, the pace of action keeps increasing. Join me next Tuesday, March 28 for a festive spring parent social at Islington JMS. We'll listen to secrets of success from local school councils while sipping mocktails and nibbling on hors d'oeuvres created by the culinary arts students of Lakeshore Collegiate. More below!

Spring also means new possibilities for outdoor activity, including taking on the challenge of getting to school actively- the healthiest way for your child to start a school day. Now is the time to get out and teach your child how to be a streetwise cyclist or pedestrian. Your school can apply for bicycle racks and cycling education courses through the TDSB EcoSchools department. You can also take a hand in making your neighborhood safer for children by asking the city's traffic department to improve street infrastructure. The new Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools gives some great tips for getting started. And of course, if you choose to drive your child to school, drive slowly and with extreme vigilance in school zones and obey all signs. 

Finally, with the uncertainty at the border created by President Trump's suspended executive order, the TDSB has decided to discontinue future school trips to the USA until future notice. Trips already booked will go ahead. Should the Executive Order be fully implemented, already-booked trips will be cancelled and all costs not covered by insurance will be covered by the TDSB. We strongly believe that in the interests of equity and inclusion, no student should be put in the position of potentially being turned away at the border. Read more here.

In this issue:

Local education news and updates

  • Last day to register! TDSB Parents as Partners conference April 1 2017
  • TDSB Earth Hour: March 24, 2017 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Ward meeting March 28, 2017: School council social
  • Norseman/Castlebar update- March 29, 2017
  • Employment opportunities for students with special needs: April 4, 2017
  • Clean Toronto Together: April 21, 2017   
  • Bike to School Week registration now open

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre

  • Focus on Youth applications open to March 27, 2017
  • French as a Second Language news
  • New trustee to be appointed for Scarborough-Rouge River
  • E-learning summer courses and EduTravel opportunities
  • Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee: new members sought
  • EcoSchools news 

Read the full newsletter here!

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. 


Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: February 24, 2017

Last night I joined some of my favorite people- Ward 3 school council chairs and ward representatives- at the annual TDSB School Council Appreciation and Information Dinner. This event, organized by TDSB's Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), brings together school council leaders from throughout the city for a stimulating exchange of ideas. It's the TDSB's way of expressing thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers who work so hard to support our schools on school advisory councils. 

Why serve on school councils? It's a way of giving back and making a difference in your school and community. Plus, it gives your children a strong message about the importance of education. Parents play a major role in influencing their children's attitudes and outcomes in education- and it starts sooner than you might think. Did you know that the gestures you make, and how much you talk about numbers, can provide your one year old with a positive growth mindset in math, which in turns leads to better math outcomes in the fourth grade? Have a look at this powerful new research on the influence of parental interactions from the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Our PIAC Ward 3 representative, Trevor Burnett, is a committed volunteer in his child's classroom at Seventh Street Jr. School. Check out his recent blog, The Price of Parental Involvement: Is It Affordable and Can We Afford Not To? Thank you to Trevor and all school parent volunteers! 

In this issue:

Local education news and updates

  • Norseman Jr. Middle School addition: construction update
  • Ward council March 2 2017: Peek into the future of Ward 3 schools
  • Ward council March 28 2017: School council night out
  • Games night sponsors needed for David Hornell Jr. School

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre  

  • New TDSB research shows long reach of early childhood interventions
  • Apply now! Free cycling education programs and bike racks
  • TDSB webinar on special education
  • TDSB Parents as Partners conference registering for April 1 2017
  • PRO grants now open for application

Active Transportation and Safe Routes to Schools

  • Twentieth Street Jr. School Council successful in reducing speed limits
  • City of Toronto Watch Your Speed Program

Read the full newsletter here. 

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.


Norseman JMS Addition & Renovation Update

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

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: February 3rd, 2017

Congratulations to John English Jr. Middle School's principal, Craig Howe, who has been chosen as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals by The Learning Partnership. Mr. Howe joins an elite group receiving this national recognition, which is given to principals who demonstrate innovation and have done something truly remarkable in public education.
The nomination says: "Craig uses technology to ignite learning... the school has adopted an inquiry approach to learning and a school culture where teachers are encouraged to use culturally relevant materials to respond to students' interests and needs... Under his leadership, John English has become the hub of the community."  
Mr. Howe and the other Outstanding Principals from across Canada will be celebrated with a gala dinner hosted by The Learning Partnership. He will also be honoured by trustees and Director John Malloy at the upcoming board meeting of the TDSB on February 8th.
Local Education News and Updates
  • Child care in schools: follow-up from January's ward meeting
  • City council plans to eliminate funding for school-based child care centres
  • Special education in high school- Feb. 7, 2017
  • TDSB Parent Academy comes to Second Street: Feb. 8, 2017
  • Sir Adam Beck: building child resilience- Feb. 13, 2017
  • Norseman: plans for school expansion- Feb. 22, 2017
  • Ward council March 2: TDSB budget and long-term program planning
News and Updates from TDSB's Education Centre 
  • African Heritage Month and Chinese Heritage Month celebrations
  • New TDSB Enhancing Equity initiative launched
  • PIAC school council appreciation dinner: Feb. 23, 2017
  • TDSB sustainability initiatives
News and Updates on Safe Routes to School

  • Wedgewood gets speed limit on Ashbourne lowered to 40 km/hr
  • Reducing school traffic problems: TDSB to partner with GCC

Read the full newsletter here. 

 

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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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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