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New School Presentation from Second Community Meeting

On Tuesday, May 30, our TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin hosted a community meeting where TDSB staff and Snyder Architects presented the latest revision of the design for Davisville’s new school

Click here to see the May 30 update to the new school design, presented at the community meeting

Please note: there are reports of difficulty opening this file on iPhones and iPads

The TDSB’s traffic consultants also presented their report about their expectations for traffic and pedestrian safety around the new school. There were many questions about this from parents and residents of the neighbourhood. Further discussions are taking place between TDSB staff, City of Toronto staff, parents and residents in order to address these concerns.

Parent Meeting about the New School Tonight

Principal Farrelly and Vice-Principal Robertson will be hosting a meeting for all Davisville and Spectrum parents to discuss plans around construction of our new school, including the construction timeline and the possibility of relocation/busing during construction.

When: Tuesday, April 25, 6:30-8:30
Where: Davisville 2nd Floor Gym

Please note: this meeting is for parents only. The TDSB will be holding a public meeting for the entire community on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

To see the latest plans for the new school, please click here.

Second Update on New School Design

On March 23, our TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin and TDSB staff, including Principal Farrelly, VP Robertson and our Head Caretaker Pat, met with parent, teacher and community representatives to review and discuss the latest revision of the design for Davisville’s new school, done by Snyder Architects.

Click here to see the second update to the new school design, presented at that meeting

Please note: there are reports of difficulty opening this file on iPhones and iPads

The latest site plan is shown below:

Here are a few features and highlights:

  1. The orange area of the site plan is the new school building. The front entry will be on Davisville
  2. Parent dropoff will continue to be on Millwood, from which a new gate will open directly onto the playground, which is labelled “Learning Grounds” on the site plan
  3. The open area left (west) of the new school building is the site of the future City of Toronto aquatic centre and Midtown Hub
  4. The driveway on the right (east) of the school has been moved as far east as possible and the space used has been minimized
  5. A large, wide walkway will be built between the school and driveway, fenced off from the playground. There is also space reserved for a walkway at the western edge of the site
  6. Next to the new triple gym will be a new kitchen. The architects presented a detailed kitchen plan with a layout similar to the existing kitchen, but more functional in many ways
  7. On the roof of the triple gym will be a large play area with green roof elements along the south and east sides. This will be accessible from the third floor
  8. The large trees along Millwood will be preserved, as will as many of the existing trees which now stand south of the existing school

Before the plan is finalized, the TDSB will hold a public meeting to present their recommended plan and to seek additional feedback from our community. This meeting is planned for April or May of this year and the date will be well-publicized, including on this site, once the meeting date is set.

New School Announcement!

Some great news to share from Principal Farrelly, Vice-Principal Schneider, and our school council co-chairs, Tanya Murdoch and Tamara Kolber: Davisville is getting a new school!

Here is the news, as they shared by email a few minutes ago:

What an excellent way to start our week. We just found out the Ministry of Education has approved a new school for our site. We are thrilled that the new school will be funded by the Ministry and that we have the opportunity to continue exploring what a community hub on our site could look like.

This could not have happened without countless volunteer hours by staff and community members. There has been incredible support from our school trustee, Shelley Laskin, and City Councillor Josh Matlow. We would also like to extend thanks to the members of the Building Land Use (BLU) committee who have been working on this since 2010, our past and current School Councils, and our many parent and school staff volunteers. It truly does show us that it takes a village (and a lot of dedication and resiliency) to raise a child (and build a new school).

We look forward to continuing this great work with staff and our community as we look to build a 21st century educational and community space for all.

Watch for more information and details coming. For information regarding how this came to be, please check out We will also be discussing this at our next School Council meeting on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

Thank you to MPP Dr. Eric Hoskins for sending us this most excellent news. We look forward to continuing to work with you.

Harvest Fair 2015 on Mt. Pleasant

Today is the sixth annual Mt. Pleasant Harvest Fair.

Join our local Mt. Pleasant shops today, Saturday, September 26, as they celebrate all things Fall from 10am to 4pm.

The 2015 Harvest Fair is on between Eglinton and Davisville Avenues and features sidewalk sales, food samples, an apple pie eating contest (all ages!), a pumpkin carving contest, plus giveaways and prizes from our neighbourhood merchants.

For the kids, there is the petting zoo, clowns, balloons, tattoos, face painting and games.

See you there!