Supporting parents and students
A social media training session has been scheduled for Co-chairs on Feb 28th, 2018 6:30-8:30 pm, 5050 Yonge Street, 5th Floor-Trustee Meeting Room. Please attend to learn best practices for your school's social media pages.
Save the date and register now! The Parents as Partners Conference is coming up on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Join us for a full day of informative workshops, networking and speakers. Registration opens March 1st and is FREE! The conference includes free childminding, lunch and bussing. Register online at http://parentsaspartners.ca
The PLUG at TAIBU works to assist Black students to enhance their success, by connecting them and their parents/caregivers to the proper and appropriate interventions and community services, i.e. academic support programs, employment, health support etc. Please see poster HERE
The LEARN After School Program at TAIBU is geared towards increasing academic success and advocacy skills for children 8 to 17 years for more information contact 416-644-3539 ext. 244
Supporting School Councils
As PIAC and Principals are receiving multiple requests/inquiries regarding teleconference for school council meetings. The following options are being explored:
On January 27th, Bill C-20 received Royal Assent. Effective immediately schools and any other TDSB department that plays the National Anthem must use the new anthem, and any resources available to schools (such as anthem recordings) should have the updated anthem lyrics. The lyrics were changed from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command”.
The Ministry of Education is looking for parent input regarding Transportation Services, which can be submitted here https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-new-vision-student-transportation . Responses are required by March 28 2018 .
School Councils are allocated funds by the Board to support their work. The Board has allocated $1.25/student with a minimum of $300.00 and a maximum of $1,000 to all councils. The funds can be accessed by contacting the Principal
P/VP Interview Process training for parents took place on Tuesday February 13, 2018. There were approximately 35 parents trained. Parents have been assigned to interview teams and notified of interview details. Interviews for new principals and vice-principals will take place on: February 27 -Elementary, March 6 –Secondary
If you would like to share details about your Black History Month events or upcoming school Parent Engagement sessions, or if your council is in need of assistance, please feel free to email me.
Today Democracy Kit along side the Institute for Changemakes is hosting training workshops for those interested in running or volunteering in Municipal campaigns. I'm hoping to learn more about Fundraising and the new rules for the 2018 election, one of which is posted below.
The Connect Sheppard East Meet & Greet will highlight the status and need-to-know facts of transit in Malvern, provide a platform for residents to share their transit experiences, and share opportunities to make real change in Malvern through the Connect Sheppard East campaign.
Your input is important to us. If you have ideas on how to improve transportation in north-east Scarborough, or just want to learn more about these issues and get involved, we encourage you to join us at the Connect Sheppard East Meet & Greet!
Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-sheppard-east-meet-greet-tickets-41510118883
For more information, please contact Jennifer Gawor at 416-284-4184 ext. 220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Today I began my journey into the Institute for Change Leaders at Ryerson as taught by Olivia Chow. As she walked into the classroom with that gusto of a rockstar and voice of a leader, I was excited to finally see her after so long. The last time I saw Olivia I had worked on her Mayoral campaign in Scarborough, trying to drum up support for the only candidate who wanted to keep to the committed Sheppard Subway to Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River (as it is still written to this day in the official City of Toronto plan). She was a powerful and candid as ever and I look forward to tomorrow's class to learn from this brilliant woman who is a legend of her own.
This annual TDSB event showcased workshops from School Council Parent Engagement Strategies to How to Understand Your Child's IEP (Individual Education Plan). A great time was had by all, however it was disheartening to see so few Trustees in attendance. Personally I enjoyed the TDSB PIAC (Parental Involvement Advisory Committee) Conference in October over this conference due to the increased resources presented and diversity of workshops, but that event wasn't as well attended as Parents as Partners. Scarborough Trustees I'm going to start taking note of the events you choose to attend (or not attend) and put you on notice to the parents of your wards if you don't start to come out and act as the liaison between the Board and parents as you were elected in to do!
As I walked to the Scarborough Civic Centre in the freezing rain, I looked to the sewer grate that wasn't catching the water and absent mindedly removed the garbage that plugged the sewer and had a flash back to my childhood on Allister Avenue where each and every rain storm I would put on my boots and raincoat to make sure the water was flowing well on my street, moving any debris in the way of the rushing water, ensuring no one would get splashed by cars driving through puddles on my street.
What I do and who I am are intrinsically. I've always been working for a more efficient and liveable city!
While meeting with Ward 42 residents yesterday I heard time and time again the same concerns of residents:
Residents are happy with the increased sense of safety and community policing as well as the introduction of the National Rouge-River Park and the environmental protect it provides.
Please feel free to message me with your thoughts on the great things happening in the community as well as the issues you'd like to see address by your soon to be named City Councilor.
I was planning on releasing the majority of my platform at the 42 Voices Debate all night, however due to the cancellation, I will be releasing it today, please see below:
1) What/who are the key resources (community organizations, resident, etc) in Ward 42 and how do you plan on collaborating with them? External partnerships for community re-branding and neighbourhood development
1. Peace builders programming at TDSB & TCDSB
3. Ladies that Code at City Library / The Spot
4. Seedy Saturdays
5. Repair Café
6. Tool Library
7. Bike Toronto Bike Fest to support 42 Riders
8. College of Building Trades March Break & Summer Camp
9. Pre/ Postnatal/ Seniors Yoga
10. Adding a bee apiary to local community gardens with the Toronto Bee Co-op or Food Share
11. Not Far From The Tree fruit collection
12. Farmers Market
13. Ward Spelling Bees competetions
14. Encourage free Math Tutoring for students
15. Bringing Engineering Month to Malvern Mall with OCETT and POE
15. Volunteer Toronto
16. Rotary Club – Target funding for space investment
17. Girl Guides / Scouts Canada / Cadets Cultural Focused troops
18. UTSC & Centennial College for March Break / Summer Camps or Saturday Clubs such as York and Ryerson University offer
19. Leaf Toronto – Tree Tenders training
20. Visions of Science for MFRC after school clubs ANC to build volunteer opportunities for intergenerational learning and cultural teachings