TDSB Trustee Anu Sriskandarajah
I was honoured to bring forward a motion that I am deeply passionate about at our Planning and Priorities Committee meeting on the issue of student nutrition. As food prices have soared in the recent past, increasing food insecurity, we are seeing students being adversely impacted.
We are still hoping for a federally funded national nutrition program, but in the meantime I put forward a motion to get a better picture of our current food nutrition program in the hope that this will lay the groundwork to grow a sustainable program.
The motion asks the Director of Education to provide a report that includes:
a) a status report on nutrition funding and programs in elementary and secondary schools, including sources of funding,
b) a brief needs assessment drawing on current evidence about the role of nutrition on growth and development and learning,
c) a draft strategy to increase students’ access to nutrition programs and possible strategic partnerships including Toronto Public Health.
Orange Shirt Day
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 2023 on September 30 marked the 10th anniversary of Orange Shirt Day and the third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The TDSB honoured this day, on Friday, September 29. Visit the Urban Indigenous Education website for more information: tdsb.on.ca/Community/Indigenous-Education
Ventilation in Schools
The TDSB has focused on several areas to improve ventilation in schools and keep students and staff healthy. Learn more about the ventilation measures underway for the 2023-24 school year. tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Facility-Services/Ventilation
Reminder on Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. This medical condition can cause a severe reaction to specific foods or other materials and can result in death within minutes. Although foods such as peanuts, milk, eggs and sesame seeds are the most common cause of anaphylaxis, insect stings, medicine or latex can also cause a reaction. If your child has health problems of any kind, please inform their teacher or office staff as soon as possible so that the necessary health protection steps may be taken.
TCDSB Trustee Garry Tanuan
As the crisp autumn air fills our days, our schools are bustling with our students’ vibrant joy and eagerness to learn and excel in a fresh academic year.
Secondary School Open Houses
To help prepare for the transition to high school, Grade 8 students and their families are invited to attend our secondary school open houses from September 27 to October 19. These informative sessions provide a great opportunity for students to check out school facilities and learn about the various programs, courses and activities available to them.
We have two high schools in Ward 8 (Scarborough Rouge Park and Scarborough North). Open house for St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy is scheduled for October 5 at 6 p.m. tcdsb.org/o/stmotherteresacatholicacademy/page/open-house and Francis Libermann Catholic High School is slated for October 12 at 6:30 p.m. tcdsb.org/o/francislibermann/page/open-house.
Refer to our open house schedule for more information: TCDSB Secondary Open House 2023-2024
New Academic Superintendent Appointment
Roy Fernandes was formally appointed as our new Superintendent of Equity, Indigenous Education and Community Relations during the Toronto Catholic District School Board 2023 Director’s Annual General Meeting on August 29 at the Catholic Education Centre. He was the former principal of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Catholic School, the newest school in Ward 8. tcdsb.org/o/blessedpiergiorgiofrassati
Professional Activity (PA) Day – Friday, October 6
There are seven Professional Activity (PA) Days and 194 School Days in the 2023-2024 Academic Year. The next PA Day is on Friday, October 6 for both elementary and high schools.
FAQs and Questions? tcdsb.org/page/parents
Contact: Trustee Garry Tanuan 416-512-3408 or 416-222-8282 ext. 2660