Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! I hope that you and your family had an enjoyable summer and will start the school year with renewed energy and spirit.
As your School Trustee, my role is to advocate for you and your child for a safe, inclusive and equitable learning environment, and to represent the needs of all students and families in the Toronto District School Board.
After more than two years of the pandemic, we are preparing to welcome students and staff to a more normal school year in September. As the health and safety of our school communities remains our top priority, the TDSB will continue to monitor the pandemic and follow the guidance and direction from the Ministry of Education and public health officials as needed.
The beginning of a new school year can be an exciting and overwhelming time – for both students and parents/guardians. To help you and your child have a great year, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Innovation/ForParents for information on the school year calendar, transportation and getting involved, as well as resources for homework and so much more. For a list of tools and resources on mental health and well-being, please visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Mental-Health-Well-Being.
As always, I appreciate every opportunity I can have in speaking with you. Stop and chat with me when I am in your school or at the local supermarket. To stay informed, please sign up for my e-newsletter by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit my webpage at www.tdsb.on.ca/ward20. For system-wide news, subscribe to TDSB Update at www.tdsb.on.ca/TDSBupdate and follow the TDSB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You will also continue to receive important information and updates from your school and the system via email.
Lastly, I want to thank you in advance for your understanding, patience and partnership as we work together to welcome both students and staff back to school.
Trustee, Ward 20, Scarborough-Agincourt
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Beautiful Things Happen When Students and Parents Are Engaged
In 2017, I initiated the Arts Intersections Project, in an effort to actively engage parents in promoting and supporting student success and well-being through arts education. Working closely with parents, staff and arts advocates, various projects were developed over the years, including the well-received Arts Bus Tour. In May this year, the dedicated group of parents decided to incorporate ‘Arts Intersections Agincourt’ (AIA, www.artsintersections.ca) as a parent-led non-profit continuing to promote parent and student engagement. The Art Exhibit in July at the Clark Centre for the Arts was the first collaboration with AIA as a non-for-profit organization. I invite all interested parents and community members to join me in planning the events for the new school year.
Eco Fair 2023
By fostering and revitalizing environmentally-conscious education and actions, we provide an enriched learning environment and help to strengthen the bonds between students, the community and the world around us. After 2 years of online virtual eco events, I am asking for your participation as I start organizing the in-person 2023 Eco Fair sharing information and activities in green living action and student leadership. The Fair is scheduled for April 2023.
Upcoming Ward Meetings
Please stayed tuned for the upcoming meeting in September on ‘Advocating for Children with Special Needs’. Share with me your ideas on theme or topics for ward meetings in the new school year.
Parent Representative Needed for the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee
Please connect with me if you are interested in representing parents to interact directly with trustees and senior staff at the Board level to provide us with your best advice on French education. It is important that our Ward is represented at the table.