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.