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TDSB changes Home School Program (HSP)

The TDSB has distributed an important letter describing the coming changes to the Home School Program (“HSP”). The letter is reproduced below as an image or you can download the HSP letter in PDF format.


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Newbold Ravine Trail Upgrades

The City of Toronto wanted to update us on some planned upgrades. See their message below and you can also download the official notice, which is available as images at the end of this post.


From the City of Toronto:

The school year may be coming to an end, but we wanted to let local schools know that the connection from Newbold Avenue to Beaton Avenue will be undergoing trail improvements this summer.  Proposed construction (see sketch below) includes removal of existing timber steps and installation of new elevated boardwalk, gently sloping trail, and retaining wall.  These works are scheduled to start in June and expected to be completed by mid-August.

Newbold Ravine – plan viewNewbold Ravine – plan view

Working together with TRCA and RNFP, our objective is to provide improved public access along the trail, while protecting the ravine’s trees and natural environment.

Construction Notices (see attached) are being posted and circulated to the adjacent residents.  Please see the project website (see Upcoming Projects tab) for additional information, or feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Newbold Ravine Trail Upgrades page 1
Newbold Ravine Trail Upgrades page 1

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TDSB Connects May 2017

The TDSB sent out an email to people who gave their email addresses to them. For anyone who didn’t, FYI.

TDSB Connects email header

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

  1. Director and Chair Q&A: Join us on Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. for the final webcast of the 2016-17 school year! Director of Education, John Malloy and Board Chair, Robin Pilkey will be available to answer your questions live.

  2. Confronting Racism and Discrimination: Read the Director’s recent message about how the TDSB is tackling these tough issues to improve equity and access for our students.
  3. Mental Health and Well-Being: Did you miss the webcast about Mental Health and Well-being? You can still watch and gain valuable insights into how to access system resources to support your child.
  4. Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Survey: If you are a parent/guardian of a current or former TDSB student with special needs, SEAC would like to hear about your experiences and ideas as they make recommendations on how to improve Special Education at the TDSB. Complete the SEAC Survey.
  5. Parent Engagement: Learn more about how the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) works to strengthen the relationship between parents, students, teachers, administrators, staff, school councils, Trustees and the community.
  6. Bike to School Week: Let’s get rolling! Bike to School Week at the TDSB kicks off today. Research demonstrates that active school travel helps kids do better in school while getting the exercise they need.
  7. Summer Programs: Learn more about summer programs available at the TDSB for children, youth and adults.
  8. District and Local News: Stay informed about district-wide news through TDSB Update and sign up for your Trustee’s newsletter for local information and events.
  9. School Year Calendar: The last day of school for elementary students is June 29, 2017. For secondary students, the last day of school is June 27, 2017 (full-year) or June 28, 2017 (semestered). Take a look at next year’s School Year Calendar for important dates and holidays for 2017-18.

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Munroe class’ interview published in The Toronto Star

Remember Mr. Munroe’s class interviewed Simon Ward of the Strumbellas? Now their interview has been published in The Toronto Star.

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TDSB Webcast

The TDSB sent out a letter tonight. For those of you who may not have seen it, you can see a copy below.

Parents/Guardians of TDSB Students,

We are always looking to improve communication with parents across the city. Please join us on Tuesday, May 3 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. as we host our first live webcast for parents/guardians.

We will begin the session with a welcome and update on recent developments at the TDSB. This will be followed by a chance for parents/guardians to ask questions. After the webcast, please participate in a short survey about the webcast format and share your thoughts about topics for future sessions.

Please join the conversation at the following link:

Learn more about the Learning Centres at

We look forward to speaking with you on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

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New PA Day (April 15) and pizza lunch rescheduled to April 22

Parents: The TDSB has created a new PA day in April: Friday the 15th is now a PA day. For Bowmore, this means that the pizza lunch scheduled for April the 15th has now been moved to the following week (Friday April 22). Below is a copy of the letter from the TDSB or you can download the PDF version here: PDF version of TDSB letter.

January 20, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are writing to provide you with important information about an additional Professional Activity Day (P.A. Day) that has been added to the calendars of all schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

All TDSB schools will have a newly designated P.A. Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. This additional P.A. Day has been mandated by the Ministry of Education as a result of provincial labour negotiations.

All TDSB schools will be closed to students on Friday, April 15, 2016. On this day, teachers will be taking part in professional development on provincial education priorities identified by the Minister of Education.

Most Before-and-After School Programs will offer full-day care for children currently registered in their program on the P.A. Day. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to speak to their local child care provider for further details.

The remainder of the 2015-2016 school year calendar remains unaffected. As always, details on the school year calendar can be found on the TDSB website at:

Thank you.

John Malloy, Director of Education
Robin Pilkey, Chair

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Mental Health Committee meeting

Mme Taillefer would like to remind the Mental Health Committee participants that there is a meeting today at 3:30 in the conference room.

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