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LABOUR UPDATE – October 23, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are writing to update you about the continued impact of the ongoing, province-wide legal job action currently being undertaken by members of three unions:

  1. Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) which represents elementary teachers

  2. Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) which represents school support staff including custodians, school office staff, Educational Assistants, Early Childhood Educators and others

  3. Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), Professional Student Services Personnel Unit which represents education workers (not teachers) including Attendance Counsellors, Child and Youth Counsellors/Workers, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists and others


These unions are currently in contract negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. Details of the duties and services no longer being performed during this job action can be found at


During these exceptional times, we continue to focus on keeping schools open and safe for students and staff and ensuring that learning continues. We are closely monitoring the condition of our schools and assessing any health and safety implications for students, staff and visitors.


Continued withdrawal of services by ETFO and CUPE is having an impact on the normal operations of our schools. It is simply NOT possible for elementary principals to perform the many duties and tasks that nearly 11,000 elementary teachers and 15,000 CUPE support staff are not doing during this labour action.


As ETFO has directed its members to NOT prepare report card comments or complete or package progress reports, we are unable to issue Kindergarten to Grade 8 elementary progress report cards between November 6 and 12, as previously scheduled. Should a tentative agreement be reached with ETFO, we will revisit the situation.


In addition, ETFO has directed its members to NOT conduct parent/guardian interviews that are related to progress reports unless the teacher identifies a concern about a student’s progress. We also regret to inform you that ETFO has recently announced that beginning Wednesday, October 28, they are directing elementary teachers to withdraw from all voluntary extracurricular activities (e.g. sports and clubs).


At this time, OSSTF education workers (not teachers) are providing services and supports to students and parents/guardians only during regular school hours.

It is also important to note that if the current partial withdrawal of services by elementary teachers and school support staff is prolonged or escalated, it may have an impact on some daytime school activities, as well as evening programs and after-school permits.

TDSB is in contact with child care administrators who operate out of TDSB schools. E ery attempt ill be made to preserve access to licensed child care programs in our schools, however, modifications may become necessary (e.g. changes in hours of operation, limited access to alternate rooms except in an emergency, change in entry practices etc . Please contact your child care centre for more information.


We remain hopeful that collective agreements with these unions can be achieved in the very near future to bring an end to the labour action and return schools to normal. As always, we are committed to keeping you informed. Please continue to check and monitor local media for any developments, including the latest on province-wide contract negotiations.


Robin Pilkey                      Donna Quan

Chair of the Board           Director of Education

October 2015

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

This letter is for families interested in the Toronto District School Board's French Immersion or Extended French programs. We offer an online process for applying to:

  • Early French Immersion (EFI) which begins in Senior Kindergarten
  • Junior Extended French (JEF) which begins in Grade 4
  • Middle Immersion which begins in Grade 4 (available in a limited number of schools)

We guarantee an offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) to all on-time applicants. Transportation is provided as per the Board's Transportation policy.

  • Applications for Early French Immersion (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child), must be completed online between November 2nd 2015 and December 3rd 2015.
  • Applications for Junior Extended French or Middle French Immersion (for a child currently in grade 3), must be completed online between January 4th 2016 and January 28th 2016.

Offers of placement within your chosen program will be made to all on-time applicants in the weeks following the close of the application window.

Please note: families with an older sibling currently in a French program are still required to complete an online  application for a new student.

Further information on French as a Second Language programs and the application process is available online at


The French as a Second Language Department

Today we kicked off our Kiss and Ride and Safety Patrollers initiatives with the help of Toronto Police. A heartfelt thank you to our wonderful student and parent volunteers who made our first day such a resounding success and filled the morning with good cheer and laughter. Thank you as well to all our families who used this new service. There was a noticeable difference in the flow of traffic. Look for us tomorrow just east of the bus loop on the north side of Dunlace. We will have our Toronto Police friends helping us for the next couple of days. 

Sarah's Challenge

We only have two days left to reach our goal of filling our large yellow boxes for the Daily Bread Food Bank. We are almost half way there! Please consider sending in canned goods or non-perishable food items tomorrow or Friday. Some suggestions for donations are canned fruits/vegetables, baby food and formula, canned meat or fish, pasta, pasta sauce and canned beans‎. 

Online donations can be made at

Terry Fox - Toonies for Terry

Thank you to everyone who donated a toonie to this worthy cause. We collected $515.30 which will be donated to the Terry Fox foundation in Dunlace's name.


Lastly, we have started to 'tweet' in earnest! Follow us at @TDSB_DunlacePS. We have been posting regularly about the incredible things happening at our amazing school.

Warm regards

Mikki Hymus and David Laredo

Dunlace Kiss and Ride Update

Good afternoon Dunlace Parents,
Tomorrow is our ‘Kiss and Ride’ and ‘Safety Patrollers’ kick-off day! We will be stationed just to the east of the bus loop entrance on Dunlace, along the boulevard in front of the adjacent park. Cars are welcomed to line up here, and an adult volunteer will open the passenger door on the curb side to help your child(ren) out. Please ensure that backpacks are easily accessible on their laps, not in the truck of the car. Our Grade 6 Safety Patrollers will then escort the children onto school property to our supervision teachers who are on duty as of 8:30 a.m. All Kindergarten children will have their hands held by one of our Patrollers, and will be taken to Ms. Lefebvre (one of our Kindergarten ECEs) who will be in the primary play area just on the other side of the fence. Tomorrow we also welcome our Toronto Police friends who will be assisting us with launch of this program. We will be working towards a steady and constant flow of cars dropping off and driving off, so as to address the congestion concerns that we have been dealing with during this high volume period. We are still looking for adult volunteers to assist us with the car doors. Please email if you are interested in assisting in this capacity.
A reminder that this week is Sarah’s Food Drive. We are accepting any and all non-perishable food donations in the large yellow boxes on the main floor of our school. Tomorrow’s theme is “Pasta and Pasta Sauce”. Again, any food donations are welcomed.
With thanks,
Mikki Hymus and David Laredo



Congratulations Dunlace School on being part of the Sarah’s Food Drive School Challenge!



 Sarah (a student at Northlea School) started this food drive when she was in Grade One, after hearing a story on the radio about Daily Bread Food Bank. It made her sad to hear that there were people who lived five minutes away from her that did not have food to eat.  After hearing that story, she was determined to do something about it.  Sarah, who is now 13, has joined forces with her sister Claire, who is 9, to lead youth in getting involved with their food drive campaign. Read more about the story here:


  • Since it's inception, Sarah's Food Drive has raised over 150, 000 lbs. of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank

  • Sarah’s Food Drive is now the largest community-based food drive that supports Daily Bread Food Bank

  • This year, Sarah and her sister Claire are trying to raise 80,000 pounds of food

  • This year, 14 schools (7,000 students) will participate in the School Challenge


The School Challenge is a week long campaign where students at participating schools are asked to bring non-perishable food items to school. These items will be collected and donated to Daily Bread Food Bank. Please check our website, under Claire’s Corner, for a list of food that are most needed.

DUNLACE is on TEAM EAST (we use Bayview Avenue as the dividing line).


In addition to the collection of non-perishable food items, we also have an online donation option. We have created a specific donation page for the Dunlace School Community. This is a great way to donate to Sarah’s Food Drive and also have your contributions count toward the School Challenge.  Daily Bread considers every dollar donated as 1 pound of food.  ($1=1 pound)


Please share it with other family members and friends—it is a great way to have extended family participate in the School Challenge.

Thank you for participating in this years School Challenge.  Your donations will make a real impact on so many people that count on the support of Daily Bread Food Bank. 

Good luck to all of you at DUNLACE! Go Team EAST!


29 September 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We wanted to provide you with an update about job action being taken by teaching staff represented by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represent support staff.

Currently, both unions are in ongoing province-wide labour negotiations with the Government of Ontario and public school boards. As a result, members of ETFO and CUPE are taking part in a legal job action that will impact our schools.

It’s important to note that schools remain open and instructional programs continue to run. During these extraordinary times in our schools, principals and vice-principals are working together with staff to maintain a caring and positive school environment. As always, student safety and learning remain the top priorities of all TDSB staff, and superintendents are in daily contact with our schools to assess any concerns.

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

Recently, ETFO escalated its work-to-rule campaign to include a number of new measures — the full list of which was posted on September 18th at As a result, some activities and events (e.g. curriculum nights and fundraising events) may need to be postponed or cancelled. Wherever possible, schools are working to reschedule affected events.

ETFO has stated that if sufficient progress is not made in negotiations it MAY implement rotating one-day strikes in October. Should rotating strikes occur, we will provide you with as much notice as possible about the impact on our schools.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (e.g. custodians, school office staff, educational assistants)

Today, CUPE has started a partial withdrawal of services which includes:

 Not sweeping entrances and hallways

 Not doing school compost programs

 Not cutting grass or cleaning up leaves unless there is a safety concern

 Not collecting or accepting money for school-related initiatives and fundraising

A full list of CUPE’s directives to its members is available at

As the withdrawal of services continues, it MAY have a more significant impact on school activities and permits.

Please note, child care programs are currently operating according to their normal schedules.

As you can imagine, principals and vice-principals have had to take on additional tasks as a result of the ongoing job action and we appreciate your patience. During this time, there may be some delays when trying to contact your school office. While we appreciate offers of assistance from parents, volunteers cannot fulfill the duties of staff during a legal job action.

For all the latest labour information, visit

We remain hopeful that a fair agreement can be reached between unions, the Government of Ontario and public school boards in the very near future.


Robin Pilkey Donna Quan

Chair Director of Education

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