In Birch class we use mandalas to help with developing a mindfulness practice, to encourage fine motor skill when colouring and to introduce patterning. This week as we explored two dimension shapes using pattern blocks, students began to spontaneously create mandalas on their own. As I walked around the room listening to them talk the students were discussing how a mandala is a growing pattering. Some students also began to discover the relationship between the shapes. “Two triangles make a diamond, and that’s why they fit together in this layer of the mandala.” Another student remarked, “Three triangles make up a trapezoid.”
Counting by Fives doesn’t need to be hard. In Birch class, we saved the pumpkin seeds from our fall pumpkins and use them as manipulatives. In this activity, students were asked to solve how many pumpkin seeds were in their bowls, but they were not allowed to count by ones. This student chose to organize her seeds by fives and label her count to make it easier to track. When each student finished counting their own seeds, their sums were added together to solve how many pumpkin seeds our pumpkin had.
Cancellation of TDESAA Events for Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Parents and students of LLPS & da Vinci, please note that there will not be a Cross Country Practice tomorrow morning. Weather permitting we will continue as usual on Thursday and the meet should not be affected on Friday.
A Message from TDESAA Program Co-ordinator for TDSB:
“Providing opportunities for students to be physically active in a safe and caring environment is a priority for all of us.
Today’s decision to cancel all TDSSAA and TDESAA events was made in consultation with Environment Canada’s forecast and the TDSB’s Extreme Weather Policy.
Tomorrow’s forecast is similar in nature to today. As a result, all TDSSAA and TDESAA outdoor scheduled events for Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 will be postponed.”
Thank you for your understanding.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) conducts its system-wide Student and Parent Census every 4-5 years to help the Board understand the demographic makeup, the in-school and out-of-school experiences, and the ongoing needs of its student population. The intent is to use the data collected directly from students and parents to help the system and individual schools develop strategies and adjust supports that further strengthen the school community and help every student succeed.
April 2017 is Census Month at the TDSB! We will conduct our third Student and Parent Census, which will include Grade 4-6 students for the first time, along with Grade 7-12 students. Students will complete the Census in class. Parents of JK-Grade 6 students will also be invited again to fill out the Parent Census form. Their forms will come home with students in April 2017.
This survey is voluntary. However, we encourage you to participate so that the census results will reflect the voices of all parents at our school.
Learn more about our previous Census findings through our Census Publications.
For further information about our Census, please contact Research & Information Services at email@example.com or 416-394-7404.
I regret that tonight’s parent talk is CANCELLED, due to circumstances beyond our control.
The growth of our province depends on high-quality, publicly-funded education. Education is the second largest item in the provincial budget and with the upcoming fall election, it is important that our community have the facts needed to make an informed decision on October 6.
To raise awareness about public education issues the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association has declared today, September 20, Education Day. In support, many Toronto School Board Trustees are organizing meetings across the system to offer our community an opportunity to:
- Learn more about issues affecting public education in Ontario
- Hear from each of your local candidates from the four major provincial parties and understand their position on key issues
- Speak up and ask questions
Meetings are being held across the city and we hope that you will join us and attend your local event and learn about the issues impacting Toronto schools.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
|Riding||Host Trustee||Location||Date and Time||Add’l Info|
|Beaches-East York||Sheila Cary-Meagher||Secord PS (Gym)||Sept. 20, 7 PM|
|Davenport||Maria Rodrigues||Bloor CI (small auditorium)||Sept. 20, 7 PM|
|Don Valley East||Organized and hosted by Angela Jonsson||Don Mills CI ( Cafetorium)||Sept. 20, 6 PM|
|Don Valley West||Gerri Gershon||York Mills CI ( Titan Hall)||Sept. 20, 7:00 PM||Moderated by former Student Trustee Zane Schwartz|
|Eglinton-Lawrence||Howard Goodman||John Polanyi CI||Sept. 20, 7 PM||Moderated by senior CBC and TVO journalist/anchor Piya Chattopadhyay|
|Etobicoke Centre||Chris Glover||Martingrove CI (auditorium)||Sept. 20, 7 PM||Moderated by Peter Kuitenbrower from the National Post|
|Etobicoke-Lakeshore||Pamela Gough||Etobicoke School of the Arts||Sept. 20, 7 PM||Moderated by Kate Hammer, education reporter for the Globe and MailAnnie Kidder of People for Education will be one of the community panel members who will ask questions of the candidates.
Childcare will be available.
|Parkdale High Park||Irene Atkinson||Bishop Marrocco SS (auditorium)||Sept. 20, 7 PM|
|St. Paul’s||Shelley Laskin||Northern SS (auditorium)||Sept. 20, 7 PM||Moderated by Toronto Star Education reporter Louise Brown|
|Scarborough-Agincourt||Organized and hosted by Marjorie Daw & Sude Singh||Kennedy PS (double gym)||Sept. 20, 6 PM|
|Scarborough-Centre||David Smith||Scarborough Civic Centre, Meeting Hall||Sept. 20, 6:30 PM|
|Scarborough-East||Jerry Chadwick||Sir Oliver Mowat||Sept. 20, 7 PM||Moderated by Bill Hindle, retired educator|
|Scarborough-Rouge River||Shaun Chen||Albert Campbell (Cafeteria)||Sept. 20, 7 PM||Moderated by Share columnist Murphy Browne|
|Scarborough Southwest||Elizabeth Moyer||CANCELLED||No Meeting|
|Toronto Centre – Rosedale||Sheila Ward||Jesse Ketchum Junior and Senior Public School||Sept. 20, 7 PM|
|Toronto Danforth||Cathy Dandy||Danforth CI (large auditorium)||Sept. 20, 7 PM||Moderated by Kris Rushowy, Education Reporter from the Toronto Star|
|Trinity Spadina||Chris Bolton||Central Tech (auditorium)||Sept. 20, 7 PM|
|Willowdale||Mari Rutka||McKee PS (double gym)||Sept. 20, 7 PM||Moderated by Toronto Sun Columnist Moira MacDonald|
|York Centre||Howard Kaplan||Sheppard PS/Africentric AS (Large Gymnasium)||Sept. 20, 6:30 PM|
|York South Weston||Chris Tonks||York Memorial CI (Auditorium)||Sept. 20, 7 PM|
|York West||Stephnie Payne||Brookview MS (gymnasium)||Sept. 20, 6:30 PM|