Category Archives: Davisville School Community

An exciting day for Davisville PS!

Today Davisville Junior Public School was extremely fortunate to host Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Laureen Harper, Queen Rania of Jordan, President Kikwete of Tanzania, and Melinda Gates (co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), as part of the “Saving Every Woman, Every Child” summit.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper at Davisville PS

Prime Minister Stephen Harper at Davisville PS

While at Davisville Public School, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada is committing $3.5 billion between 2015 and 2020 to improve the health of mothers and children in less developed countries. This money will go towards efforts like immunization and nutrition programs to help fight against the largely preventable deaths of millions of women and children around the world.

Principal Shona Farelley addresses the Prime Minister, foreign dignitaries, media, parents and students

Davisville Principal Shona Farrelly addresses the Prime Minister, foreign dignitaries, media, parents and students

Prime Minister at Davisville PS

Prime Minister and students at Davisville PS

It was an amazing opportunity for many students, teachers, staff and parents in the Davisville community to get to be a part of such a special event in support of a very important cause.  It was also a wonderful opportunity to showcase to people across the country our incredibly diverse, talented and spirited community in the Davisville, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Spectrum Alternative programs.

Melinda Gates at Davisville PS

Melinda Gates at Davisville PS

We are so thrilled that they choose our school. Davisville is very excited to have had this incredible opportunity!

Thursday is Family Fitness Night

To promote a healthy, active school environment, all Davisville school families are invited to the first ever Family Fitness Night!

It is being held this Thursday, February 20th, 6:15-7:40pm.  The deadline to hand in RSVPs has been extended until tomorrow, Tuesday, February 18th.  So don’t forget to send your form in!

Please arrive by 6:15pm and make your way to the gym. After an introduction by Ms. Francesca, families can move together and can choose from a variety of fun activities that promote health, fitness and well-being, such as:

  • Family Yoga
  • Karate
  • Tennis drills
  • Soccer skills
  • Personal training
  • Circuit training
  • Nutrition and snack making
  • Massage therapy
  • Stress Management

Also, please come to the event dressed in comfy clothing and wear your running shoes!

French Immersion Open House for families of kindergarten students

The application process for Early French Immersion opened this week on January 6. The deadline for applications is January 30, 2014. All JK students should have received a bright pink information package this past week.

There will be an information session on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. Staff will be presenting in the gym. Please note: childcare is not available for this Open House.

Senior Kindergarten is the only time your child can begin in the Early Immersion program. All placements into French Immersion programs are based on your home address (this will impact you if Davisville is not your home school by address). To find the French Immersion school for your area, please visit the following website and enter the name of your English school in the designated search window:

Applications are now on-line for September 2014. There is NO paper registration option. Please visit the application site On-time applicants will be offered a placement online via the email address you have provided. You MUST take action to accept this placement by the deadline requested when you are offered a placement. THE SCHOOL DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR INFORMATION UNTIL AN OFFER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED. ALL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE FRENCH DEPARTMENT.

Davisville Fundraising Pub Night on Friday!

Calling all Davisville parents: we invite you to join us this Friday, May 31, at The Bull and Firkin, 1835 Yonge Street (just south of Davisville Ave.) from 8pm onwards, for a super-fun fundraising pub night!  A donation of $20 is suggested – but pay what you can, every bit helps.

The proceeds from the pub night will be used to revamp the area outside the school office with some new shrubs and ground cover to create a nicer garden that the students and whole community can enjoy.

We will be dedicating this new garden to Alexandra Buswell-Martinez, a former Davisville student and daughter of Heather Martinez (part of our Davisville/ MTSD teaching staff) who tragically passed away at the beginning of this school year.

If you can’t attend, but would still like to contribute money towards flowers, shrubs or the memorial marker, please send your donation in an envelope marked “School Planter” to the school with your child. You may also leave a donation with Norah in the office.

Free Workshop on April 4: Shifting Negative Behaviours (Part 2)

Please register at

Cindy Smolkin will be back for a follow-up to our November workshop. Learn how to better connect with your child in this empowering workshop which will guide us through techniques to help set limits, shift negative behaviours and avoid ugly power struggles. Over time, by applying the tools of this workshop, you can assist your children to organize and control their emotions – leading to more confident and emotionally resilient individuals. This workshop is open to parents / caregivers at Davisville PS (even if you weren’t at part one in November).

This workshop is being funded through a Ministry of Education grant we received (Parents Reaching Out Grant). We will also be receiving a subsidy from the TDSB that gives us $3 for every parent / caregiver who attends. We are happy to have this support!

Please register by completing the online form (it will take no more than 2 minutes!). There will be free babysitting and light refreshments.

Cindy Smolkin, M.S.W, R.S.W., associate with Connected Parenting is a therapist who has been helping children, teens and families for 18 years.