Toronto, May 1, 2015 – Listed below are events taking place across the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) that may be of interest to you. Please contact the schools at the numbers provided for further information and to confirm times. As a reminder, please remember to check in at the school’s main office when attending events.
Saturday, May 2 Drewry Secondary School Celebrates 25 Years — Drewry Secondary School is celebrating 25 years in the community. All past and present students and staff are welcome to walk through the halls and catch up with friends and teachers. Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Location: Drewry Secondary School 70 Drewry Avenue, Yonge Street & Drewry Avenue Contact: Saverio Zupo, Principal, 416-395-3260 X 20010
Mary Weiss, Teacher, 416-395-3260 Monday, May 4 Crescent Town Celebrates ECO Night — Crescent Town Public School is proud to announce its first ever ECO Night Celebration. This event marks the celebration of ongoing classroom and school activities on Environmental Stewardship and Crescent Town’s commitment as a leading ECO School. Students, staff and the parent community will engage together in creating ECO-related art, planting and a school scavenger hunt to find ECO displays in hallways and a hands-on opportunity to see where waste goes. Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Crescent Town P.S. (Victoria Park and Danforth), 4 Massey Square Contact: Harpreet Ghuman, Principal, 416-396-2340
Tuesday, May 5 tdsbCreates Dance and Spoken Word Showcase — Secondary students created original dance works and spoken word performances that say something powerful about their connections to the city of Toronto. Throughout the year, teacher and artist mentors have supported the students as they developed their creative voices and artistic skills through engagement in a rich creative process. A jury of professional artists has viewed the students’ creations, provide meaningful feedback, and selected performances for a final showcase. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto Contact: Christine Jackson, Coordinator, The Arts, 416-394-6416
North Kipling JMS Tree of Learning Mural Unveiled –Students at North Kipling Junior Middle School will officially unveil their “The Tree of Learning” mural during a full-school assembly and showcase how the mural came to life. Created by students in grade 4-8 Visual Art classes under the instruction of Visual Arts teacher, Julia Walker, the mural highlights student silhouettes against a lively and colourful backdrop. Inspirational quotes and painted books speak of the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to succeed. This unique combination of imagery is a visual culmination of a creative hands-on learning process designed to inspire, engage, and nurture the students’ voice. Creativity in teaching and thinking outside the box to capture and engage students in their learning are crucial elements in educational programming. This project was no exception. Students were inspired to create positive representations of themselves, their education, and their dreams for the future. The Tree of Learning is a metaphor for educational growth and pays visual homage to the rich and diverse cultural roots found in our student population. A strong tree requires strong roots in order to survive. And like a tree, each and every student has strong cultural roots. It is their combined histories that help to make North Kipling JMS school a vibrant and unique place to learn. Time: 9:30 am Location: North Kipling JMS, 2 Rowntree Road (Kipling and Finch) Contact:Alex Tracey, Principal, 416-394-6340
Mental Health and Wellness Conference at Robert Service PS — Robert Service Senior Public School will be hosting the second annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. Grade 7 students from Anson Park, Chine Drive, Fairmount, John A Leslie, and Robert Service will be attending this full day event which includes a variety of wellness information sessions as well as physical and arts activities. Students will develop an awareness and gain understanding of strategies and resources to manage mental health. The conference begins with keynote speaker, Sean Mauricette a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL. Time: 9:30am Location: Robert Service Sr. P.S. – Cafeteria, 945 Danforth Rd, (Midland Ave. and Danforth Rd) Contact: Ann Murray, Principal, 416-396-6540
Wednesday, May 6 The TDSB and Toronto Police Celebrate Asian Heritage Month! — The Toronto District School Board and Toronto Police Service will come together at Winston Churchill CI to celebrate Asian Heritage Month and to acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. The event will feature rich cultural performances by students and will recognize a select number of students, police officers, and community members for their contribution to multiculturalism. Director of Education Donna Quan, Chief of Police Mark Saunders, Chair of The Toronto Police Services Board Alok Mukherjee, TPS Superintendent John Tanouye, TPS Staff Superintendent Rick Stubbings, Inspector Dave Saunders, and Staff Sergeant Debra Houston will all be in attendance for the celebrations. Time: 10:30 am Location: Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute, 2239 Lawrence Avenue East Contact: Ian Bain, Principal, 416-396-6883 Mental Health and Well-Being Student Summit – As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, hundreds of TDSB students from Grades 7-8 will come together for the Mental Health and Well-Being Summit, organized and facilitated by TDSB high school students. Students from three Toronto high schools, who are champions of mental health and well-being, will highlight the anti-stigma programs they have implemented and will be working with their younger peers to help them develop their own mental health and well-being plans. This summit reinforces and supports the statistic that was recently identified through the Stop the Stigma Program that 86% of youth would turn to other teens for mental health concerns. All students will also hear from motivational speaker Asante Haughton, who has a passion for fostering awareness and education about mental health and well-being. Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Eastern Commerce CI, 16 Phin Avenue, Toronto Contact: Ryan Bird, TDSB Media Relations, 416-540-4449
Third Annual West Region 6 Film Festival at AGO – Almost 400 students from schools across the TDSB are participating in a student film festival screening at the venerated Art Gallery of Ontario. Students from grades 1 to 8 created stop motion claymation animated films focussing on the theme of “friendship.” Each participating school held their own local festival to choose the top films for the AGO screening. Although originally a TDSB West Region 6 Family of Schools event, this year’s edition includes submissions from a number of students in other areas of the city, promising even more great films to see. With advances in technology and increasing interest in film as an important art and communications medium, more and more students are expressing themselves in cinematically creative and innovative ways, and the results are impressive. Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm Location: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Jackman Hall (Dundas and McCaul Contact: Tim Kamino, Vice-Principal Islington JMS, 416-394-7874, ext. 20011
Navigating the Teenage Mind at George S Henry Academy — The level of anxiety in students is at an all-time high and parents want assistance to support their children as they navigate the teenage years. The TDSB’s Mental Health Committee in the east region is hosting an information night for parents of students in grades 7 to 12 at George S Henry Academy. Keynote speaker Joe Rich has practiced social work for more than 25 years and is best known for his role as guest therapist on CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show and for years of helping parents on City TV’s City Line. Joe has been able to bring his "figure it out and fix it" approach to audiences in Canada and the United States. Joe is a Family Therapist and author of “Parenting - The Long Journey” Time: 7pm to 9 pm Location: George S Henry Academy, Cafetorium, 200 Graydon Hall Drive, North York (Graydon Hall & Don Mills) Contact: Todd Bushell, Vice-Principal, Victoria Park CI, 416-395-3510 Liga Miklasevics, Principal, Victoria Village PS, 416-397-2930
Thursday, May 7 Twelve to Success at Albert Campbell CI — Albert Campbell CI will be the first secondary school in the province to host a Mental Health and Well-Being symposium that targets graduating students. It will focus on creating an awareness of potential mental health issues and strategies to cope. Should students find themselves in need of support they will know what to expect, how to advocate, and recognize where to access supports on and off campus throughout their post-secondary journey. Representatives from Ontario colleges, universities, public agencies and specialized school staff will be present and provide a series of workshops and hands-on activity sessions on various topics, including resiliency, nutrition, yoga, fitness, study and coping skills, post-secondary expectations, and healthy active living activities. Scott McRoberts, Director of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Toronto Scarborough, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Zabedia Nazim, Professor of Teaching and Learning at Centennial College, and Dr. Curtis Cole, Univeristy of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Dr. Chana Korenblum, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Fellow, Hospital for Sick Children`s Hospital along with others will be present during the day Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Location: Albert Campbell CI, 1550 Sandhurst Circle (McCowan & Finch) Contact: Carol Richards-Sauer, Principal, 416 396 6684
Asian Heritage Month Secondary Students Symposium – May is Asian Heritage Month and this year’s theme is Aspire. Act. Achieve. Throughout the month, the TDSB will be hosting and participating in a number of events and activities to recognize Asian Heritage Month, and acknowledge the tremendous history and contributions of Asian Canadians within our school communities and throughout the world. Next week, TDSB students will be participating in the Secondary Students Symposium, a full-day conference with informative and engaging workshops. Workshops will be conducted by community representatives, TDSB staff and students, and industry professionals who have expertise in various disciplines connected to this year’s Asian Heritage Month theme. The conference’s keynote speaker will be Sang Kim, an award-winning writer, chef, restaurateur, and graduate of C.W. Jefferys CI. Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Eastern Commerce CI, 16 Phin Ave. Contact: Lisa Schwartz, Co-Chair, TDSB Asian Heritage Month Committee, Lisa.Schwartz@tdsb.on.ca, 416-396-6615
Friday, May 8 Model Schools iPad Initiative Expansion – Please join us at Market Lane Junior and Senior Public School where TDSB Director of Education Donna Quan will make an important announcement about the expansion of the Model Schools for Inner Cities iPad initiative. The initiative, launched last year, saw each TDSB Model School and the next 100 schools on the Learning Opportunity Index receive iPad Minis to be used in Grade 1 classes, giving students the opportunity to use the iPads to take part in innovative and engaging learning. The Director will make the announcement and spend time with students in Grade 1 at Market Lane to see firsthand how they’ve been using iPads in their class this year. Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Market Lane Junior and Senior Public School, 246 The Esplanade, Toronto Contact: Ryan Bird, TDSB Media Relations, 416-540-4449 Islington JMS Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts – Kindergarten and grade 1 students at Islington JMS will be pulling out all the heartwarming stops to welcome moms, grandmothers, aunts and other special guests at the school in advance of Mother’s Day. A special hand-crafted gift will be presented as guests are pampered and treated to baked goodies prepared by older students in the school’s baking club. Time: 10:00 am Location: Islington JMS, 44 Cordova Ave (Bloor and Islington) Contact: Rocco Coluccio, Principal, Islington JMS, 416-394-7874 Celebrating Mom’s at Brimwood Blvd. Jr PS — Kindergarten students at Brimwood Blvd. Junior Public School would like to show Mom the Love with food and fun. Throughout the week, students will be baking and creating crafts for mom. On Friday morning, moms will be invited to tea where students will share their baked goods and present moms with a hand-made craft all created by their talented child. The afternoon fun will include playing games with mom outside and include fish for points, marble and spoon race, catch me if you can, ball in the bucket and many more. Time: 8:45am, Breakfast with mom; 2:30pm, Playtime with mom Location: Brimwood Blvd. Jr. PS, 151 Brimwood Blvd. (Finch Ave. & McCowan Rd.) Contact: Claudette White, Principal, 416-396-6085
TDSB Awareness Walk for Children’s Mental Health – Senior staff will be leading a walk with students and staff to bring awareness of mental health needs during Children’s Mental Health Week. The TDSB is celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week from May 3 to 9. One in five students are impacted by a mental health needs and only one in six of those students get the help that they need. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is about increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health needs, decreasing the stigma, and understanding the help that is available. Time: 10:00 am Location: TDSB Main Office, 5050 Yonge Street, Toronto Contact: Ryan Bird, TDSB Media Relations, 416-540-4449 EdAppHack 2.0: Think, Innovate, Care…App At-Hack! – This collaborative, experiential, inquiry-based learning initiative brings together secondary students from the TDSB West Region 9 and 10 Family of Schools and Humber College School of Media Studies teachers and students to identify challenges in their community, craft innovative solutions, use technology to create prototype apps, and work together to pitch their strategic business design with an acute lens on empathy, ethics, and responsible innovation. Using the “Creative Problem Solving” process emphasizing ideation and creative thinking, students will identify real-world school or community needs/problems and look to create app-prototype solutions. Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Location: Monarch Park Collegiate, Library, 1 Hanson Street (Danforth and Coxwell) Contact: Steve Yee, Vice-Principal, Monarch Park Collegiate, 416-393-0190, ext. 20011
Saturday, May 9 Second Annual Arts on the Road Celebrates Student Artists — The Arts Management class at R.H. King Academy will host Arts On The Road - a free, one day arts adventure for the whole community. More than 140 student artists from five area schools will animate 20 different shops, restaurants and banks, from the local Canadian Tire to the Cliffcrest Public Library, along Kingston Rd! In its second year, Arts on the Road is a City of Toronto, Cultural Hotspot legacy project. The event will kick off at R.H. King at 11am with award winning poet, performer, producer, Dwayne Morgan, singer Abigail Deslandes andYTV’s Next Star Super-group winners Rebel Coast.
Artists will be on the road from noon until 2pm, with singers, dancers, poets, performers, visual artists and musicians; “sketch hubs,” mural painting and JANE’S WALK. Time:11am – 5pm Location: R.H. King Academy, (Kingston Rd and St. Clair), 3800 St. Clair Ave E. Contact: Alice Walter, Teacher, R.H. King Academy, 416-396-5560 x 20090, Cell: 416-452-0195
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