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January 12, 2023

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January 12, 2023

January 12, 2023

Dear Parents/Guardians/Caregivers and Students:

Welcome to TDSB Connects, an update on news and events from across the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

Tutoring Supports for Students - Free school-based tutoring, system-based tutoring, and community-based tutoring is available to TDSB students as they continue to develop and learn concepts and skills that may have been disrupted in recent years. For more information, read the Tutoring Update and visit Tutoring Supports for Students.

Out-of-Area Admission Online Application – TDSB students can attend a school which is designated to serve their residential address and also have the opportunity to access schools outside of their area by applying for Out-of-Area Admissions. Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. Learn more about Out-of-Area Admissions for elementary and secondary students. The online application is now open!

Elementary Alternative Schools Online Application – TDSB has a wide range of elementary alternative schools available to students. Families are encouraged to research schools and programs to learn about the educational philosophy and distinct pedagogy. Students may apply for up to two elementary alternative schools. The online application for admission for September 2023 will be open from Monday, January 16 at 4 p.m. to Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 4 p.m. To learn more about the application process, please attend an Elementary Alternative Schools webinar. Registration is required and a recording of the webinars will be posted on the website.

Monday, January 16 at 1 p.m. Registration link:

Wednesday, January 18 at 7 p.m. Registration link:

Secondary Exams and Course Culminating Activities - As secondary schools approach the end of semester one, all secondary students will have end-of-semester activities in each course, known as culminating activities, which are worth 30% of the final mark and can include presentations, assignments, and exams. For more information, read the Exams and Course Culminating Activities Fact Sheet.

Tamil Heritage Month at the TDSB - Tamil Heritage Month is proudly recognized during the month of January at the Toronto District School Board. This year’s theme is: Community. Belonging. Joy - சமூகம்  சார்ந்த  சந்தோசம். This theme was selected intentionally to align with one of the TDSB’s priorities - Joy, Engagement and Belonging. Learn More.

Reducing Spread of Respiratory Illness - A reminder of the steps that can be taken to help keep safe from an increase in respiratory viruses, including Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Influenza and COVID-19. Please note that Toronto Public Health, together with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, strongly recommends wearing a well-fitted mask in indoor public settings, including in schools and childcares.

In My Mosque: Love and Belonging in Community Spaces - This virtual session commemorates the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia (January 29). The author and illustrator of the book, In My Mosque, will host an interactive storytelling session focused on love and belonging in community spaces on January 24. Register now.

Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement - We are excited to share several opportunities now open for registration. Check out the Black Student Summer Leadership Program, Subjects of Desire, and the Pathways to Public Relations in-person session at the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement. 

Middle French Immersion (Grade 4 Entry) - The TDSB offers an online process to apply for the Middle French Immersion Program (open to students in Grade 3, not currently enrolled in a French program). Applications must be completed online between January 9 and February 3, 2023. An offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) is guaranteed to all on-time applicants. For more information, visit the Middle French Immersion website and plan to attend an information session in January. 

Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) - Supporting Parents as Partners in Education, check out PIAC’s redesigned website at PIAC welcomes you to share the voice of your ward, to advise the board, support school councils and parents/caregivers with events and resources. View PIAC vacancies and contact your Trustee to join!