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I hope that everyone had a safe and restful winter break. Our schools showed the true spirit of the season through their many food drives, coat and sock collections, family sponsorships, and shoebox campaigns. Princess Margaret JS and Hollycrest MS collected 268 pairs of running shoes for the Deer Lake First Nations Reserve. The shoes were picked up by Lion’s Club members and flown to Deer Lake over the winter holidays.
I am also pleased to report that, as a result of a motion I brought forward last year, a keyboarding pilot program has begun at 15 schools across the city with students learning keyboarding skills in grades 3 and 4. The hope is that the program will be rolled out across the city as keyboarding is an essential skill for this next generation who will be spending much of their working lives in front of computers.
It is with great sadness that we, as Canadians, learned about the recent shooting in a mosque in Quebec City on the same weekend that Donald Trump banned visitors from several Muslim countries. I spoke with students at Martingrove Collegiate about the events and, among several messages of support for their fellow Muslim students, one said, “We will fight for you; we will go to bat for you; we will go down swinging for you.” I’ve posted a note about this meeting on my Facebook page (click below).
In light of these issues, the topic of my next Ward Council Meeting will be: “How Can We Support our Students in the Current Political Climate”. Guest speaker, Amita Handa, is a Student Equity Program Advisor who will speak on ways that parents can constructively address these issues with their children. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 pm at Dixon Grove Junior Middle School, 315 The Westway.
There has been a lot of discussion about integrating more students with special needs into regular classrooms. My next Special Education Forum will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 pm at Hollycrest Middle School, 630 Renforth Drive. For more on this presentation, see the flyer below.
The board’s Long Term Program and Accommodation Strategy identified Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy and Kipling Collegiate for possible closure. In November 2016, the TDSB recommended that a Pupil Accommodation Review be established for these schools, as well as Richview Collegiate, which will be accepting some of the students from the closing school. Meeting dates have been scheduled to gather input from the community. See the "Upcoming Events" page of this website for dates.
As always, it is an honour to serve this community and the parents, students and staff in our schools. I wish you and your family the very best for a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!
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