TDSB Trustee Anu Sriskandarajah
Navigating the pandemic
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. This year we continue to navigate through the unpredictable nature of the pandemic. I commend the hard work and dedication of our students, parents/guardians and staff.
TDSB System Calendar
There are many ways for parents/guardians and school community members to get involved, learn, connect and participate in TDSB activities and events. Check our new system calendar at tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/School-Year-Calendar
Black Student Achievement
The fall newsletter is now available for the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement. For additional information, visit tdsb.on.ca/cebsa
This free online program welcomes JK to Grade 8 students to learn a language (except for English and French) for 2.5 hours a week. Learn more about International Languages: Elementary and African Heritage (ILE-AH) at tdsb.on.ca
Learn4Life Adult Program
Learn a new skill or take up a hobby in person or online this winter. Visit the Learn4Life website for more information: tdsb.on.ca/Adult-Learners/Learn4Life
Mental Health and Well-Being
Trustees with the TDSB have approved a $5.9 million plan to support the mental health and well-being of students amid the ongoing pandemic. During the Special Board Meeting in November, Trustees unanimously approved the hiring of an additional 106 staff members following the release of a report earlier that highlighted the impact of the pandemic on student mental health and well-being.
National Day of Remembrance
On December 6, TDSB students and staff marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day coincides with the anniversary of the death of 14 young women who were tragically killed on December 6, 1989, at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal because of their gender. To find out how you can help prevent violence against women visit ontario.ca/page/lets-stop-sexual-harassment-violence. Within the TDSB, contact tdsb.on.ca/gbvp for further support or questions related to gender-based violence.
TCDSB Trustee Garry Tanuan
Happy New Year to one and all! I trust you and your family had a peaceful Christmas break and are ready to bring forth new and exciting possibilities for 2022. I look forward to continuing to serve you and to advocate for the betterment of our community in support of Catholic education and in collaboration with all our community stakeholders.
Special Funding Announcement
On December 10, I was honoured to attend the announcement of the Ontario government’s combined investment of $2.4 million to create new childcare infrastructure with a total of 98 childcare spaces at St. Florence and St. Malachy Catholic Schools.
We thank the Ontario government through Education Minister Stephen Lecce and MPP Vijay Thanigasalam for their continued priority and care in Catholic education, which ensures Toronto Catholic schools can support working families in Scarborough with affordable on-site childcare.
Multi-Year Strategic Plan
The TCDSB is currently in Phase 3 of 4 in the development of a new Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP). The mission of the new three-year plan: Nurturing the faith development and academic excellence of our Catholic learning community.
On November 22 and 23, I had the opportunity to host, along with my colleagues, senior staff, students and student leaders, two student-centric MYSP consultation webinars. For more, visit tcdsb.org/Board/MYSP/Pages/MultiYearStrategicPlan.aspx
Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year begins on January 19 at 10 a.m. Any registrations entered before this time will not be accepted. For more information, refer to our registration procedures page at: tcdsb.org/kindergarten.
Contact: Trustee Garry Tanuan 416-512-3408 or 416-222-8282 ext. 2659 (Constituency Officer: Ida Serpe).