Category Archives: Davisville School Community

Davisville Family Skate Night is this Friday!

Davisville P.S. will be holding our annual Davisville Family Skate night this Friday, February 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Grab your skates and helmets, and come join us on the rink behind Hodgson Senior Public School (282 Davisville Ave, just east of Mount Pleasant) for some fresh winter air and good family fun!

We hope to see you there!

French Immersion Open House Tonight at 7:00pm

All junior kindergarten (JK) students whose home address is in the English attendance areas of Davisville P.S., Deer Park P.S., Forest Hill P.S., Maurice Cody P.S., Oriole Park P.S., Rosedale P.S., Whitney P.S., Rolph Road P.S. and Thorncliffe Park E.S. are eligible to apply to the Davisville P.S. Early French Immersion program.  All JK students in this area should have received application forms for French Immersion in early January.

If you are interested in learning more about enrolling your child in the French Immersion program, we encourage you to attend the French Immersion Open House being held at the school tonight, Thursday, January 19th, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.  All area JK parents are invited to attend this information session.

Parent / Caregiver Workshop with Cindy Smolkin- A Summary, A Forum for Sharing Resources & Many Thanks

“Do any of you happen to have children who have the odd meltdown?” Cindy Smolkin asked the audience of 50 parents who attended her parenting workshop on November 21. It was one of many questions to be answered with 50 vigorously nodding heads. Smolkin, a social worker and therapist, is an advocate of Connected Parenting, an approach to parenting whose methods she explained in her concise and entertaining workshop. Cindy provided strategies and suggestions for parents dealing with children that don’t always do precisely as they’re told. She was refreshingly non-judgmental in her approach, encouraging parents to use those tools that resonated with them and leave the rest behind. The key seems to be empathy, understanding where our children are coming from and accepting that these emotional creatures can’t always be expected to transition smoothly to the rational plane that adults (try to) operate on. The hour and a half workshop flew by and we are lucky to be having a second installment in March 2013. Details to follow. – Naomi Buck, JK parent


Last night I attended the parenting workshop given by Cindy Smolkin. Cindy proved to be an excellent presenter and judging by the number of nodding heads her information resonated with many of us in the audience. Parenting is more challenging than ever these days with issues such as anxiety, self esteem and bullying impacting our children. Having insight from a professional and hearing the experiences of other parents was both heartening and empowering. It left me wanting more.

While there is going to be another workshop I thought it would be great to find a way for parents in the Davisville community to connect in the meantime to share resources (for example I have found the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud to be great), tips or just connect as parents as we all work so hard to raise our children well. Since no one raises their children in isolation but rather as part of a community it would be nice to further develop the parenting community at Davisville. – A JK & SK Parent

Please add a comment to this post in response and/or share resources to continue the discussion online. 

Thank you to the 50+ parents and caregivers who attended the workshop and contributed honestly and enthusiastically to the discussion. Thanks also to the 25 among them who responded to the “call for helpers” and volunteered in some capacity to make the evening run smoothly and assisting with follow up items. Thank you to the 30 attendees who provided immediate feedback through an online survey which will assist in the design of future workshops! An engaged group of people!

More words of thanks go to Cindy Smolkin, our informative and approachable expert, Shona, Norah & Terri (Spectrum office) for their support in the preparations, and caretaking team Jason, Nermina and Darryl for all the logistical help. Merci to Madame Potter for letting us use her class for babysitting; the children truly appreciated access to all the classroom supplies.

Thank you also to the Ministry of Education for approving our application for the Parents Reaching Out grant. Thanks also to the TDSB’s Continuing Education department for giving us additional funding. We are grateful for this support.

Please note that there will be a second workshop with Cindy in March 2013 (exact date to be confirmed – stay tuned!). Everyone is welcome (even if you did not attend the first workshop). Keep it in mind! We would love to see you there.

Free Parent / Caregiver Workshop: November 21st, 7 – 8:30pm – Register

Thank you to those who completed the survey to help prepare for the upcoming workshop – there has been a great response! Wednesday November 21st was the date that worked best for the largest amount of parents and caregivers. Please register by completing the online form (it will take no more than 2 minutes)

Learn how to better connect with your child in this empowering workshop. Therapist Cindy Smolkin will lead us through a series of proven techniques enabling parents to use mirroring and empathy to better attune to their child’s feelings. Learn how these techniques can help you to set limits, shift negative behaviours and avoid ugly power struggles. Over time, by applying the tools of this workshop, you can assist children and teenagers to organize and control their emotions – leading to more confident and emotionally resilient individuals.

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.

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 / guardian who attends.  We are happy to have this support!

Ward Forum (Oct 25) and Next School Council Meeting (Oct 29)

Thank you to all of you who attended our first council meeting of the year – it was a truly fantastic turnout! For those who missed it, the minutes can be found here.

Our next school council meeting will be next Monday, October 29th at 6:45pm in the gym.  As always, everyone is welcome, and childcare will be provided.

In addition, tonight (Thursday, October 25, 6:45), TBSB School Superintendent Ian Allison and Director Chris Spence will be holding their first Ward Forum. This forum will discuss issues around education in our ward.  It will be held at Hodgson Senior Public School, 282 Davisville avenue, just east of Mt Pleasant. Everyone is welcome.