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Skate night & Silent Auction – February 2019

Skate night is February 8th, and the Silent Auction will start on February 3rd… for more information CLICK HERE

Extracurricular Programs – Winter 2019

Davisville has tons of extracurricular options for all ages this winter – ALL programs are held at lunchtime due to bussing.

For more information on what’s available, CLICK HERE

Welcome Back to School – things to know Jan 7, 2019

Happy New Year to all Davisville Families!

Here’s what’s news around our school this week. Be sure to check our NOTABLE DATES for the month at the bottom of the newsletter!

FROM COUNCIL

  • SNACK
  • PIZZA LUNCH
  • WINTER CONCERT VIDEO
  • EXTRACURRICULAR SIGN UP – STARTING TUESDAY!

FROM AROUND THE SCHOOL

  • PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOUR CHILD IS SICK
  • WEAR PROPER CLOTHING FOR THE WEATHER

WARD NEWS

  • SHELLEY LASKIN WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
  • WARD FORUM JANUARY 22ND
  • PIAC WARD REPRESENTATIVE AND ALTERNATE
  • FSALC REPRESENTATIVE AND ALTERNATE

WORTH REPEATING

  • MILK BAG COLLECTION FOR THE ECO CLUB
  • MABELS LABELS

FROM SCHOOL COUNCIL

SNACK IS BACK
Our snack program is up and running starting tomorrow.  We would love to see some more friendly faces join the team – if you would like to volunteer to be on the snack team please contact Treya or Nachely at davisvillesnackprogram@gmail.com

PIZZA LUNCH
This Friday, January 11th, will be a regular pizza lunch – if you have placed a full year’s order then your child will see their order fulfilled.  If you are paying by term and have not yet signed up your child you may do so now through SCO.  Orders placed before tonight at midnight (January 6th) will be honoured this Friday – orders placed after tonight will be honoured the following Pizza Lunch Friday (January 25th).

WINTER CONCERT VIDEO

Hello parents, staff and theater fans. The video version of the Davisville Winter Concert is ready for you to purchase, delivery of DVDs or downloads will happen after the purchase deadline – please order by January 18th via school cash online!

Order WINTER CONCERT VIDEO available as a DVD ($15) or a download ($10) or both ($20) Additional DVDs or downloads also $10.

Orders open until Jan 18, delivery by Jan 21.

Any money raised will go to the Davisville school council toward educational enrichment. If this cost is a financial hardship, please contact Mrs. Farrelly to make arrangements.
EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAM REGISTRATION
Please keep an eye out for our dedicated email this Tuesday (January 8th) that will have all the details and registration links for our winter term extracurricular programs – We will also be noting the teacher run programs (no fee!) and sports teams practice schedules as well!!
FROM AROUND THE SCHOOL

We ask that if your child has been sick, kindly keep them home until they are a good 24 hours without contagious symptoms.  This means no fever or stomach ailments for 24 hours.

Please insure that your child comes properly dressed for the weather – the kids go outside for recess and lunch time!

FROM OUR TRUSTEE – SHELLEY LASKIN

If you are not already signed up for Shelley Laskin’s Weekly Newsletter – you may do so by following the below link.  the newsletter finely details information for parents regarding items that include our school, neighbourhood, ward, board proposals and decisions and how to stay connected.  Please do sign up.

https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/1787552/1752436/?v=a

The next Ward Forum we will be electing our Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) Representative and Alternate and also our French as A Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC) Representative and Alternate. 
Each TDSB Ward has two PIAC Members, a Representative and an Alternate. They are advocates who provide information and advice on parent engagement to the TDSB; communicate with and support school councils of schools; and undertake activities to help parents of pupils of the board support their children’s learning at home and at school. According to the PIAC By-Laws, in order to serve for the two-year term, you must be a Toronto District School Board parent or guardian, reside in the ward and have a TDSB-enrolled child who resides in the ward, or have a child who is enrolled in a TDSB school in the ward. If you are interested, please read the information package on elections here. And please review PIAC’s website here .
The FSLAC consults with and advises the Board on French as a Second Language matters and contributes to the work of trustees and staff. This partnership of trustees, staff and parents fosters excellence and growth in FSL programs at the Board. The FSLAC is comprised of parent representatives and alternates elected by ward councils, a parent co-chair elected by FSLAC parent representatives, a trustee appointed by the Board as co-chair and designated TDSB staff. Thank you to Lauralyn Johnston and Nadya Phelan who were the former Ward 8 Representative and Alternate. For more information on the FSLAC, please click here.
If you are interested in representing our Ward at FSLAC, you can attend the next FSLAC meeting to check it out. It is on Tuesday, January 8, 7 pm at 5050 Yonge. The FSLAC is happy to have additional alternates.
Please let me know by e-mailing me to shelley.laskin@tdsb.on.ca if any of these positions interest you.

WORTH REPEATING

MILK BAG COLLECTION
For the duration of the year our Eco Club will be collecting the outer milk bags for their project to hand weave sleeping mats for those in third world countries.  Please send in your clean, outer milk bags for this amazing project!!

Don’t forget to label ALL of your child’s belongings!! Our school is partnered with Mabels Labels – for all labels purchased through Mabels Labels a portion of the cost is donated back to our school!!  Please see the below link on how to purchase labels!

https://mabelslabels.com/c/?funId=1935&cur_website=base

NOTABLE DATES FOR JANUARY

JANUARY 7TH – FIRST DAY BACK
JANUARY 8TH – EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPENS
JANUARY 15TH – SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING AT GLEBE – 7PM
JANUARY 18TH – PA DAY

Midtown Toronto Schools Parent Group

Dear Midtown Toronto Parents,
 
We are reaching out to you today on behalf of the Midtown Toronto Schools Parents Group, a committee of parents who live in the local community and have school-aged children currently attending one or more of the following schools: Hodgson, Eglinton, Davisville, Maurice Cody, and Oriole Park.
 
As I’m sure you’re aware, these are times of extreme change and growth in Midtown Toronto.  Our neighbourhood is in the midst of an unprecedented wave of development, creating new pressures on the social and physical  infrastructure of our local community. While the development has lead to some exciting changes, it has also exposed some very real shortcomings in how prepared the city was for this growth. Over the past half decade or so, we have seen our local schools pushed beyond capacity as enrollment figures continue to rise. With tens of thousands of new housing units projected for Midtown Toronto as this development boom continues, this is the new normal for Midtown Toronto and there is no relief from this pressure in the foreseeable future.
 
In response to this increase in local population, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has been making plans to create additional capacity in our local schools by way of expansion, renovation, and in some cases, the complete demolition and rebuilding of schools.  In the case of Hodgson Public School, the TDSB is proposing plans that would require removing our children from their neighbourhood school for a number of years and sending them by bus to Vaughan Road Academy (for some additional detail you can view the TDSB’s plans as presented June 11, 2018 http://www.tdsb.on.ca/portals/_default/ARC_helpful_info_docs/P20180429-HodgsonCommunityMeeting-V3.pdf).
 
While we understand the efforts to create sufficient school capacity, we feel strongly that the best place for our kids to go to school is right here in their own neighbourhood. To relocate them by bus has the potential for negative consequences and removes them from their familiar environment.  At a time when these kids may have the freedom to leave school grounds during the day, this would see them doing so in an unfamiliar neighbourhood far away from home.  In addition, busing them offsite will create significant complications for those kids who are enrolled in before or after-school programs, clubs and teams, and could seriously erode the parent and community support that is so important to the success of our schools. Putting them on a bus for up to 90 minutes in traffic per day creates a serious disruption to their lives and that of their families.
 
Like us, you may have chosen to live in our neighbourhood because of the positive environment it presents for raising a family, and a significant piece of that environment is the local public school.  We fully understand that keeping kids on site during renovations or expansion of a school will require creative and innovative solutions to ensure that educational goals can be reached and that heath and safety of the students and staff is maintained.  But we believe that those solutions are available and need to be developed to their fullest.  This is why we believe that the parents should have a voice in the conversation with the TDSB and the City of Toronto, and that collectively we can find a way forward that lets our kids stay in the neighbourhood during this time of renewal of our Public Schools.
 
Our goal is to be that voice for parents by creating a dialogue with our local school board Trustee, Rachel Chernos Lin, and through her to build a bridge of communication to the TDSB. We think that more communication and transparency will help all stakeholders be heard and understood, and to ultimately reach a solution that sees our local schools capable of educating all of the children of Midtown Toronto without the need to relocate our children outside of the neighbourhood.
 
If you would like to join the Midtown Toronto School Parents Group, please find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/271830393674374/ and request to be added to the group. From there you will be able to learn more about the proposed plans for Hodgson PS and alternative ideas that we are working on to present to the TDSB, stay up to date on recent developments, communicate with other group members, find meetings and become as involved as you wish.
 
We thank you for your time and hope that you will join us in working to keep our local public schools open and operating through these exciting and challenging times.
 
Best Regards,
 
Joe Kiervin and Mo Tantawi, on behalf of the MTSPG

Things to know for the week of Oct 29, 2018

Here’s what’s news around our school this week. Be sure to check our NOTABLE DATES for the month at the bottom of the newsletter!

  • SCHOOL PHOTOS RETAKE DAY – today!
  • HALLOWEEN – Wednesday
  • DIWALI CELEBRATION – Friday
  •  FRENCH IMMERSION REGISTRATION
  • MINDFUL PARENTING WORKSHOP
  • RAPTORS GAME!
  • UPDATE DAVISVILLE PS/SPECTRUM NEW SCHOOL – SHELLEY LASKIN

For more information, click here!