May 2018 Community Update

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Below are some highlights from the May 2018 Community Update

Current Budget Consultation

The Board of Trustees is in the process of working with senior staff to develop the budget for the 2018-2019 school year.

After several years of financial pressure the Board is now on a stable financial footing and is looking to reinvest in areas that have faced spending reductions in previous years. Among these areas are Special Education, classroom technology and building maintenance and upgrades. As part of our budget process, the Board is looking for feedback on key priorities.

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Community Meeting for *new* Bishop MacDonell Catholic Elementary – City Place

On May 3rd, we had a great turnout of local parents to see the vision for the new Bishop MacDonell Catholic Elementary school which is slated to open in City Place for September 2019.

The new school, which will be housed in a joint use facility with a TDSB elementary school and City of Toronto community centre will serve a growing and vibrant downtown community.  Schools are critical hubs for communities and based on what we saw and heard from the community, it’s clear that parents can’t wait to register at their new local Catholic school.

TCDSB Awards Night

On May 7th, the TCDSB celebrated students and teams who excelled in academic and athletic completion. Locally, St. Joseph’s College School (SJCS) senior girl’s basketball team won gold at OFSAA AAA Girls Basketball in Guelph. SJCS defeated Cardinal Newman Hamilton 46 to 41 in the gold medal game. They are the first TCDSB school to win AAA Girl’s OFSAA Basketball, as well as the only all-girls school to every qualif, medal and win Girl’s OFSAA AAA Basketball. Congratulations to the school community, Principal Mrs. Lesniak, athletes and coaches Paull Weekes, Francesco Malfitano, Abraham To and Alan Hrabinski.


Local Ward 9 Exemplary Practices Winners:

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) & Monsignor Fraser, Isabella Campus

Each year, our Board proudly acknowledges innovative group programs and special projects at our schools with the Innovative Exemplary Practice Award. This year’s award ceremony on April 17th saw two local Ward 9 schools honoured for their achievements.

The Monsignor Fraser Isabella campus We Are/Ce’est Nous art exhibit, which was displayed as part of Nuit Blanche, took home an award for Innovative Catholic Leadership Practice. This system-wide art event provided each school community a blank tessellating tile to illustrate their uniqueness in Catholic education. The design of the space followed an Indigenous medicine wheel, aligned with the cardinal points. The Monsignor Fraser Isabella campus was also honoured with an Innovative Student Leadership Initiative award for their extracurricular leadership program which sees students meeting after school to bring to live projects that are conceptualized and developed in the classroom.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help was honoured for their Teacher Inquiry meetings. This group of committed kindergarten educators (DECEs and OCTs) regularly meet outside the instructional day to practice pedagogical documentation. Using the I see, I wonder, I think protocol, they “read” documentation of student work in order to uncover understandings of children.



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