TDSB Trustee Anu Sriskandarajah
Reminder for drivers about safety near school buses
On Monday, November 11, students and staff at our schools and across the city marked Remembrance Day with classroom activities and school assemblies. For Remembrance Day, teachers make connections between global events and students’ lives by promoting peace within our school community. On this solemn occasion, staff, students, parents and the wider community all join together in a call for peace.
As a point of interest, TDSB’s Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute has the recognized distinction of having the greatest number of students, graduates, teachers and other staff enlist in the military during the Second World War than any other school in the British Commonwealth.
Learning is not just for kids!
Learning is not just for kids! Registration for Winter Learn4Life classes started November 13. Classes begin Saturday, January 11. Keep up with your New Year’s fitness goals, learn a language, or even learn to tango! Take up a new sport, or even learn how to make your own jewellery. Register at www.learn4life.ca. Facebook.com/TDSBLearn4Life @TDSB_ConEd
Keeping Kids Safe
Drivers are reminded to do their part to keep children safe near school buses.
Drivers should follow these tips:
- Stop and never pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing.
- Leave space around school buses and avoid blocking school bus loading zones so children can enter and exit safely.
- Be prepared to stop for a school bus at any time, not just during school hours.
- Always obey the rules of the road and watch for children, especially in school zones.
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and school crossings.
Parents can also help keep their children safe by reminding them to be aware of their surroundings when they are on or near school buses.
TCDSB Trustee Garry Tanuan
Updates for Toronto Catholic District School Board
As the TCDSB Trustee for Ward 8, I would like to send all Scarborough residents and the Centennial community peace and joy over the Christmas holidays. I would also like to share with you some updates about what has been happening in Ward 8.
I am proud to report that I am the elected Chair of the TRCA-OETF (Toronto Regional Conservation Authority and Ontario Education Task Force). We have developed a mandate that includes a framework and recommendations for out-of-classroom learning experiences related to the natural sciences and the environment that meets the needs of students up to the year 2040.
This mandate will:
- Enable partnerships and collaboration between public sector agencies that maximize the use and value of public assets and infrastructure.
- Strengthen experiential connections between the urban and natural environments, considering the impact of urban intensity on student access to greenspace.
- Provide recommendations related to long-term financial sustainability.
Status update: we are finalizing and sending out a letter and current-state questionnaire to eight participating GTA boards
Child care capital projects are moving ahead as the City of Toronto Council approved new operating funding for all 19 TCDSB sites. The approved Ward 8 sites are St. Dominic Savio Catholic School and St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic School.
Ward 8 playground improvement update: $100,000 allocated per ward previously approved; encourage all schools to apply based on new criteria.
At Corp. Services on Nov. 14, an additional $300,000 was approved to be distributed equitably board-wide based on socioeconomic factors.
Wishing you a safe and blessed holiday.