Trustee Pamela Gough Newsletter – September 5, 2017

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September 5, 2017

Dear John English SAC,

Welcome back to a new school year! I hope you had a safe and restful summer. The public schools in Etobicoke-Lakeshore have all had a deep clean so the halls are shining brightly for our students. Staff are ready to welcome your child and work with you to ensure the academic year that lies ahead will be a safe, exciting and successful one.

As your elected public school board trustee for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, my job is to advocate for you and represent the needs of students and parents/guardians at the TDSB board table. I am very accessible and attend local school council meetings on a regular basis. In addition, I host local ward council meetings on education topics of broad interest. I encourage you to check out my pamela.gough. I regularly tweet out breaking news in education so follow me at @pamelagough!

Equity is a top priority in the TDSB. This means ensuring all students, especially those who have been underserved or marginalized, have access to programs, opportunities and supports they need to reach their full potential. I’ll be writing more about this.

To help you with the first weeks of September, here’s a new webpage with key information and resources including homework tips and the school year calendar.
In this issue:

Local education news and updates

  • Castlebar Junior School opens as Norseman JMS satellite
  • Newly renovated field at James S. Bell JMS Sports/Wellness Academy
  • New daycare school programs at Lanor JMS, Twentieth St. JS
  • New gifted program class at Lanor JMS
  • New kindergarten intervention program at Lanor JMS

News and updates from TDSB’s Education Centre

  • Vision Zero school traffic safety program
  • Bus transportation update
  • TDSB welcomes new Associate Director Carlene Jackson

Local Education News and Updates

Castlebar Junior School opens as Norseman JMS satellite

Norseman JMS is undergoing construction of its new addition this year so the TDSB is re-opening Castlebar Jr. School to hold approximately 150 Grade 4 and 5 students who would otherwise be housed in portables. Castlebar is a ten minute walk south of Norseman and so is well positioned to be a satellite. TDSB Facilities staff worked hard all summer to completely refurbish Castlebar and it looks stunning! Many thanks to Principal Carolyn Wright and TDSB Facilities staff for all their hard work this summer.
Castlebar Satellite Classroom

Newly refurbished classroom at Castlebar Jr.School
Newly renovated field at James S. Bell JMS Sports/Wellness Academy
The newly upgraded sports field at James S. Bell Jr. Middle Sports and Wellness Academy in Long Branch is now completed. The school field has been re-graded and a new paved running track has been installed along with shot-put, long jump and soccer facilities. Many thanks to Councillor Grimes and the City of Toronto for contributing $100,000 in Section 37 funds to the cost of the track. The field is available to the community during the summer and on weekends.
James S Bell Track

James S. Bell Sports and Wellness Academy’s upgraded sports field
New daycare school programs at Lanor JMS, Twentieth St. JS

Good news for working parents. New before and after school daycare programs are starting up at Lanor Jr. Middle School and Twentieth Street Jr. School. These programs will be run by the experienced and well-known organization PLASP, a non-profit daycare provider that has several other programs running in Ward 3. For more information, contact the schools.
New gifted program class at Lanor JMS

The TDSB has been responsive to the need for local delivery of the elementary gifted program for Lakeshore students in the junior grades, who traditionally have had to travel long distances to Broadacres in the central-west part of Etobicoke. Starting this fall, a new Grade 4 gifted program has begun at Lanor Jr. Middle School in the Evans/Brown’s Line area. As numbers permit, the program will grow grade-by-grade in this new location.

New kindergarten intervention program at Lanor JMS
Lanor JMS is starting a new kindergarten intervention program this September, to provide supports for kindergarten students who are in need of additional help in order to meet with success.

News and Updates from TDSB’s Education Centre

Vision Zero school traffic safety program

The TDSB and the City of Toronto are working together to make it safer for students to walk, wheel or cycle to school. Active transportation is the healthiest way to travel to school and back and is supported by a wealth of research evidence. The City of Toronto recently endorsed its Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, with a focus on road safety for school children and other vulnerable road users. See more here. If you feel the roads need to be safer for your children to travel actively to school and back, contact your city councillor and ask for the changes you feel are needed. You can also work with your local school council to have them advocate on behalf of all children in the school. Here’s a guide to how to work with City Hall for safer streets near schools.

Bus transportation update

TDSB parents/guardians with children who are transported by school bus can now access their children’s transportation information online and receive email notifications if there are any school bus cancellations or delays, thanks to the launch of a new online transportation portal. For more information and to register for the new services, please click here and select “Parents” from the top right hand corner. This portal is one of several improvements being made to transportation services to ensure a good start to the new school year. Learn more here.
The Toronto Student Transportation Group has assured TDSB that all bus routes are covered with trained drivers and are ready for a smooth start to the school year.

TDSB welcomes new Associate Director Carlene Jackson

Former Associate Director Carla Kisko has retired after many years of exemplary service. A new Associate Director, Carlene Jackson, was hired over the summer. Ms. Jackson’s full title is Associate Director, Operations and Service Excellence. A chartered accountant and MBA, Ms. Jackson’s position has been newly created. She will oversee Facility Services, Sustainability and Planning, Legal Services, and several other large files. Read the full press release here. Welcome Ms. Jackson!

Trustee Pamela Gough Newsletter

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Message from Trustee Gough

EARTH WEEK EDITION: The TDSB prides itself on being one of the most environmentally responsible school boards in Canada. We are especially proud of having started the famous EcoSchools program which is now Ontario-wide. With Earth Day happening tomorrow, almost 400 TDSB schools are participating today in Clean Toronto Together, a community clean-up event that sees 137,000 TDSB students out in their schoolyards and communities collecting the winter’s litter. I’m joining the students of George R. Gauld Junior School today for their clean-up event. I’m proud to say 87% of Etobicoke Lakeshore public schools are participating in Clean Toronto Together. Thank you to all the students, teachers and principals supporting this event.

The next ward meeting is Tuesday April 25th! We are celebrating Earth Week with a renowned speaker: Gil Penalosa, chair of the non-profit 8-80 Cities. Mr. Penalosa is an international speaker with a message of activism that especially resonates with youth. He calls on school communities to work with and on behalf of students to make their cities safer, healthier and less congested places. Students at Karen Kain School of the Arts (a Platinum level EcoSchool) will join Mr. Penalosa in sharing actions school communities can take to be agents of change for healthy urbanism. All are welcome. More below.

Equity in Education: The TDSB’s Enhancing Equity Task force is reaching out to ask people who use our public school system how it’s working for them. Is the system fair and equitable for all? If not, what needs to be changed? Please feel free to comment and ask me questions. I can be easily reached at pamela.gough. Join me May 4th at Kipling Collegiate for a multi-ward public consultation. More below.

Local education news and updates

  • Ward council: School Communities as Agents of Change April 25, 2017
  • David Hornell Game Night: April 27, 2017
  • Apply for free bike racks and cycling education programs
  • Bike to School Week registration now open
  • TDSB Etobicoke/Weston enhancing equity consultation May 4, 2017
  • Ward 3 school council resources guide: call for volunteers/ideas

News and updates from TDSB’s Education Centre

  • TDSB passes balanced budget
  • Anne Frank exhibit coming to John Polanyi CI
  • TDSB strategy to address city growth and intensification
  • New trustee appointed for Scarborough Rouge River
  • Second week of October named as Body Confidence Week

News and updates from our community

  • Mimico Waterfront Clean-Up Day April 22, 2017
  • Youth Mental Health Awareness forum April 27, 2017

Local Education News and Updates

Ward council: School Communities as Agents of Change April 25, 2017

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Jane Jacobs

Come with your ideas to a special Earth Week meeting featuring 8-80 Cities’ Gil Penalosa, renowned advocate for increasing the liveability factor in cities. Mr. Penalosa is an in-demand keynote speaker internationally and has a message of activism that resonates especially with youth. All welcome- the student voice is encouraged so bring your young eco-warriors. Childminding with a special eco-activity will be provided. Please pre-register with Araz Hasserjian at araz.hasserjian

When: Tuesday April 25, 2017, 7 p.m.

Where: Karen Kain School of the Arts, 60 Berl Avenue (Royal York and Queensway area)

Note: overflow parking available at nearby Etobicoke School of the Arts, 675 Royal York Road

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Ward 3 Forum – Tuesday, April 25th at KKSA

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Hello All,
I want to thank all those who attended my last ward forum meeting, this past Tuesday. It was a wonderful evening of networking and sharing best practices among school council members in Ward 3! Special thanks to the students at Lakeshore Collegiate who prepared some delicious hors d’oeuvres for our special event and to Trevor Burnett, PIAC rep extraordinaire, who served as our bartender for the evening.
I also wanted to share a notice about my next Ward Forum that will be taking place at Karen Kain School of the Arts on Tuesday, April 25th. We will be having a special guest speaker, Gil Penalosa, from 880 Cities who will be leading our discussion on School Communities and their role as agents of change in vibrant cities like Toronto. Gil is a wonderful and passionate speaker, and certainly not one to be missed!
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Ward 3 Council Meeting this Thursday at Second Street JMS

Trustee Gough will be holding a Ward 3 Council meeting on Thursday, March 2nd at Second Street JMS at 7:00 p.m. Items to be discussed at the meeting include 2017-2018 TDSB budget and Long Term Planning.

When looking at Long Term Planning one of the specific topics will be the increase in the number of French Immersion and Extended French students and the possibility of a study to look at the feasibility of opening a second French Immersion/Extended French Secondary location in Etobicoke.

If parents are interested in finding out more about the process and hearing about the possibilities, this would be the meeting to attend.