Happy New (School) Year!
The September Ward 9 e-newsletter provides updates on critical work at the Board which took place over the summer – from progress on the selection of our new TCDSB Director of Education and Solar Panel Initiative to further improvements to Board-level governance and changes to our Catholic EIE Policy.
Closing the opportunity and access gap in our Board is an issue which will continue to be an area of sustained focus for me throughout this term. Highlighted in the September newsletter is action being taken by staff to respond to clear under servicing for families in our ward when it comes to access to Summer Literacy / Numeracy Enrichment Program and ‘best start’ Parenting & Family Literacy Centres as a result of statements I made at our two most recent Board meetings.
Also highlighted are recent and coming community events, including a planned ward‐wide event for this fall called “Schools Helping Schools”. The event will provide parents with an opportunity to hear from Board and community experts on topics which school communities across the ward have identified as areas they need support or for which they’d like to hear from others on best practices or innovative thinking (e.g. greening, parish/school partnerships, fundraising). I am seeking input from parents in planning the event – please go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/P63QNCD and complete the planning survey.
Finally, the e-newsletter provided below is slightly different from the newsletter being distributed next week to all Ward 9 schools (it will be going home with students) and parishes, as there was late-breaking news from St Joseph’s College School which did not make it on to the print version.
The students and teachers of St Joseph’s College School have created an installation entitled ‘Cloister’ for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche taking place on Saturday, 1 October (7pm to 7am). Throughout the evening, the installation will tell the incredible story of the Sisters of St Joseph in Toronto and their deep and active involvement in our city – from hospitals, schools and homes for the elderly to creating programs like ‘The Food Bank’, ‘The Furniture Bank’ and ‘Mustard Seed’. Their story will be revealed by the students through images, video footage, historical photographs and text woven into intervals of original music. A candle will be lit for every year of the schools existence – 156 years! St Joseph College School is located at 74 Wellesley Street West (at Bay St). Come on out – see what our students have created and hear the story of the Sisters of St Joseph!
SEPTEMBER E-NEWSLETTER: Ward 9 Trustee Davis September 2011 E-Newsletter