TDSB Trustee Anu Sriskandarajah
Toronto District School Board Updates
Winter Well-Being Guide
I invite you to explore the TDSB’s Winter Well-Being Guide, which is filled with activities, games, wellness tips, resources and community agencies to support wellness for all students, parents/guardians/caregivers, and school communities. This Winter Well-Being Guide is available in the top 20 TDSB spoken languages. tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/Supporting-You/Mental-Health-and-Well-Being-Professional-Support-Staff-PSS/Well-Being-Guide
Online Tutoring for TDSB Students
I am pleased to share that on-demand tutoring supports are available online 24/7 for TDSB students this winter. Elementary students can access homework help and enrichment opportunities in all subject areas and grades through Brainfuse. Families or students (18+) interested in online tutoring services can view the Brainfuse Poster for more information or contact Brainfuse. TDSB secondary students are able to access tutoring for all courses and grades through Paper. Families or students (18+) interested in online tutoring services are encouraged to view the Paper Poster for more information or contact Paper directly.
English Kindergarten Registration
Registration for English Kindergarten programs starts in February. For Junior Kindergarten enrollment in September, children should be four years old by December 31. Senior Kindergarten registration requires children to be five years old by December 31. To learn more, visit the Kindergarten Registration page at tdsb.on.ca.
Climate Action at the TDSB
At the end of 2019, the Board of Trustees endorsed the City of Toronto’s climate emergency declaration. In October 2021, the Board established a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
Some of our initiatives so far include:
- Approval for the design and construction of Ontario’s first mass timber school here in Scarborough;
- A 10% reduction in electricity consumption across 40 schools between April and September last year, for a savings of $142,763 and a reduction of 892,268 kWh of electricity: equal to the annual consumption of 94 average Ontario households;
- 1,190 large trees will be planted this year, approximately four times more than our annual average;
- 134 TDSB schools and outdoor education centres EcoSchools certified in 2022/23;
- Launch of Youth Climate Action Grant program in 2021/22 in collaboration with the City of Toronto.
TCDSB Trustee Garry Tanuan
Love is the virtue of the month of February. Exciting things continue to happen at the TCDSB. Our staff and students continue to amaze us with their dedication to Catholic education, learning, and most importantly, spreading love and having fun.
Awards Night Nominations
TCDSB community members are encouraged to submit nominations to celebrate the accomplishments of your alumni, students, staff and friends of Catholic education. For more information, visit tcdsb.org/page/awards-night.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) has a long and distinguished history of providing excellence in Catholic education. Registration for the 2024-2025 school year will start on January 24 at 10 a.m. Applications entered before the above start time are considered for the current school year (2023-2024) and are invalid for September 2024.
National Indigenous Scholarship Program
Three awards at $50,000 each are available to Indigenous students who are applying from Canadian high schools for full-time studies at Western University. Apply before the deadline of March 14.
Catholic Parent Involvement Committee
Congratulations to John Del Grande for being elected Chair on January 15. The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) is a provincially mandated and funded committee of the school board. The focus of the committee is to support student academic achievement through increased parental involvement. tcdsb.org/page/catholic-parent-involvement-committee
FAQs and Questions? tcdsb.org/page/parents
Contact: Trustee Garry Tanuan 416-512-3408 or 416-222-8282, ext. 2660.