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November 3 2022

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November 3, 2022

November 3 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians/Caregivers and Students:

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

CUPE Labour Action - CUPE has announced that they will be on strike, starting on Friday, November 4, until further notice, unless an agreement is reached with the Government of Ontario. Starting Friday, and for the duration of this strike action, all TDSB schools will be closed for in-person learning for all students. We will continue to provide updates to families by email. Visit www.tdsb.on.ca/labour and follow @tdsb on Twitter for the latest information.

High School Open Houses and Information Nights - To help you make an informed decision when choosing a school, open houses and information sessions for parents/guardians/caregivers and students will be happening between November and January. Visit the website to learn more about our variety of schools, programs and courses and see the dates and times of scheduled Open Houses and Information Nights.

TDSB Student Census - We have temporarily paused the release of the TDSB Student Census to allow time for further review. For more information, visit www.tdsb.on.ca/census

Central Student Interest Programs - The TDSB offers elementary central student interest programs and secondary central student interest programs. Application for these programs opens on November 7 and closes on November 25, 2022 at 4 p.m. To learn about each of the programs, review program and application requirements, and get dates for upcoming open houses and webinars, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/csip.

Learning Recovery Fact Sheet - As part of the TDSB’s Learning Recovery Plan, we recognize the need for educators, students and parents/guardians/caregivers to work together to address the “unfinished learning” students may have experienced, particularly through the pandemic. This Learning Recovery Fact Sheet contains an explanation of “unfinished learning” and links to resources for elementary and secondary students, including French, Math, Assistive Technology and more. Resources can be used at home and with individuals who support your child’s learning.

Mathematics and Numeracy Department Newsletter -  A quarterly newsletter for parents/caregivers and the community, sharing news, math activities, and links to resources to support students' continued math learning at home. Read the November 2022 issue of Math Matters @ Home Edition.

Early French Immersion (Junior Kindergarten Entry) Application Deadline - For families interested in the TDSB's system-wide French Immersion Program, we offer an online process to apply for Early French Immersion (begins in JK). An offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) is guaranteed to all on-time applicants. The timeline to apply to the Early French Immersion program for September 2023: applications must be completed online between October 31 and November 25, 2022. For more information, visit: Early French Immersion, Virtual & In-Person Information Sessions and Application Process.

Welcoming Communities Program is Back In-Person - Community Services’ Welcoming Communities program is back in-person at TDSB schools! Exclusively operating within schools that have high populations of newcomer students, we offer in-school programming to help students integrate into their new community. Inquiries must come from school administration; see if your child’s school may be eligible here.

Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement - The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement offers a variety of programming for students, staff and families. In collaboration with community partners, we currently have three student programs accepting registrations: Pathways to the Music Business Industry, Exploring Veterinary Medicine, and Pathways to Public Relations. To learn more about our programming, visit our website and follow @tdsb_cebsa on Twitter and Instagram.

Family and Caregiver Early Literacy Website - Families and caregivers are encouraged to visit the Early Literacy family and caregiver website to learn more about the vision of early reading in the TDSB and how to continue to explore early literacy at home.

Long Term Pupil Accommodation Strategy - On October 26, 2022, the Board of Trustees approved the Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy (LTPAS) for 2022-2031.The LTPAS helps the TDSB plan in a city that is always changing. The LTPAS enables the Board to plan studies to balance school enrolments among overcrowded and under-used schools, as well as increase access to programs for all TDSB students. The LTPAS is updated and approved each year. The LTPAS document can be found on the TDSB website.

Mental Health & Well-Being Youth Reflective Arts Museum - Created by students from across the TDSB who attended the Focus on Youth Mental Health & Well-Being Youth Leadership Programs, the themes of the Youth Reflective Arts Museum have centred on What Mental Wellness Means to Me; Mental Health and Stigma and Mental Health and Intersecting Social Identities.View Creative Reflective Art Projects that showcase student voices about mental health and well-being.

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