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Welcome to the 2016-17 school year. I hope you and your family had a restful and safe summer.
It’s been a busy start to the school year, but things are settling down. Students are getting to know their new teachers, and classes are settling into a routine. There are a few classes in some schools that are oversubscribed, but these will be addressed soon.
As you no doubt have heard, there has been a huge problem with school bussing. New drivers are filling the routes every day and the situation is much improved.
Education is a partnership between schools, parents and students. Research shows that the more parents are involved in their children’s learning, the better the children do. If you’re looking for tips to help your child with homework, or online resources that they can use, check out the board’s new webpage at www.tdsb.on.ca/needtoknow to learn more.
There has been a change in administration in our area. Superintendent Susan Winter has retired after 36 years of service to Etobicoke public schools. Susan will be replaced by four new superintendents in an administrative reorganization led by the TDSB’s new Director of Education, John Malloy.
Our schools in Etobicoke Centre will soon sport a new look. Solar panels are being installed on the roofs of almost every school in our area this year. This will provide not only a source of green energy and an opportunity for our children to learn about the environment, but much needed revenue that has already been used to pay for much needed roof repairs.
The Special Education Forum is entering its sixth year of advocating for students with special needs. Guest speakers will be covering topics including changes to the gifted screening process, transitioning to the workforce, and the closure of sheltered workshops.
My next Ward Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Scarlett Heights. One of my primary goals during this term of office is to find ways to address youth violence in our community. This ward meeting will include a panel of guest speakers who will help us to better understand the causes of youth violence and ways to address it.
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