Student Nutrition Program

The TDSB and the Toronto Foundation for Student Success program will support our school in 2020/2021 to offer Breakfast Program. 


Need to Know!

October 2, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I wanted to provide you with more information about a COVID-19 case that has been identified in a student at George Harvey CI. We are working closely with Toronto Public Health (TPH) with regards to this case and have attached a letter from TPH. TPH will continue to provide advice and communication to those directly affected and/or the school community as necessary.  

As a result of this case, TPH has asked the affected cohort at our school to self-isolate until October 10th as a precaution. As TPH had no similar concerns for the remainder of the school, only the parents/guardians of the students in the impacted classes were informed as per our protocols.

As per our procedures, staff and students are required to wear masks while at school and practice physical distancing, as well as proper hand hygiene (hand washing, sanitizer, etc.). As a precaution, an enhanced cleaning will be conducted in the impacted areas.

As always, should you have any questions, please contact the school.


Marios Tenentes,


September 13, 2020

Hello George Harvey C.I. Families,

Welcome to all our new and returning families. We hope that you are all doing well and looking forward to the beginning of a new school year. Our George Harvey Team has been working hard to ensure the safe reopening of our school. We are in the process of rebuilding our classes and schedules based on the most recent information. By now, you should have already received an email from the TDSB with specific information about school entry procedures in order to ensure a safe and seamless first day. Please see link below for further information on the board website:

Just a reminder that our school opening has been rescheduled and the first day of school will be Thursday, September 17, 2020. Depending on your child’s timetable, they may be starting class in-person on the first day beginning at 8:45 a.m., or they may be participating through synchronous online learning on day one.

This means that some students will be starting school at home with online synchronous learning on day one and attending school in-person for the first time on Friday, September 18, 2020.

Please check your child’s timetable to confirm which day they will be attending school in-person and which day they will be learning synchronously online at home.

You will be receiving your timetable from the tdsb (by email and/or tdsb connects app) early next week. Due to recent changes in staffing and course selections, some of you may find that your schedule is slightly different from what you expected. If you have any questions, please contact our guidance department at 416-394-3180, Extension 20040. Our Guidance secretary will be happy to connect you with a guidance counsellor. Or youmay email your counsellor directly:

Students with last name starting A-L, please contact Ms Kootar at Students with last name starting M-Z, please contact Ms Szczurko at

We are here to support you and help you to have a successful year.

Entry doors: There will be three designated entrances. All students must enter through one of these doors perform a COVID screening verification before entering the school. Please arrive early in order to avoid line-ups and ensure that you maintain a physical distance of a minimum of 2 meters.

1.) Main Entrance #1 off Keele St.

2.) Entrance #5 near south parking

3.) Entrance #10 off Bicknel Ave.


Parents/guardians are responsible for screening their children for COVID-19 symptoms daily and keeping them home if they are symptomatic or feeling unwell. Staff will conduct self-screenings prior to entering the building (the TDSB is piloting an app). If a child does not pass the screening (answers yes to any of the questions) parents/guardians will be contacted and asked to pick them up and take them home.

Accessing Brightspace In order to access their synchronous online classrooms, students should go to , and under RESOURCES, go to Brightspace. To log on, students should use their student number as the username and their tdsb network password. If your child does not remember their password, they can use the “Forget Your Password?” link, or they can search for the password manager on the tdsb website.

COVID Procedures: Please ensure that your child arrives at school with a mask. Students will also be provided with a cloth mask by their teacher. These masks should be washed before they are worn again, so students should have several masks.

When students enter the building, please remind them to follow the directional arrows in the hallways and obey all signage regarding COVID safety procedures.

If you have not had an opportunity to review the Returning to School: A Guide to the Safe Reopening of the TDSB, we encourage you to do so.

Grade 9 Students: We are arranging for a member of our Harvey Heroes student leaders to connect with your child. They should be receiving a phone call in the coming week.

We are looking forward to seeing our students again as we begin another school year!


George Harvey C.I. Administration Team

August 21

Opening day for school is being delayed a week to September 15. Before this date, the school will message all families and will distribute student timetables to parent and student email addresses.


August 18, 2020

Please find the attached flyer (PDF ) and message below with information regarding a Joint Ward Forum-Return to School, on Monday, August 24th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Senior staff will be in attendance to answer parents questions and to discuss return to school in September.

Information on the return to school in September including reports, plans, timeline, survey results, and Q&A can be found at

Registration is required. When registering parents will be able to submit their questions in advance. Trustees will attempt to answer as many questions as possible on Monday.

Please click here to register for the meeting

Information on the return to school in September including reports, plans, timeline, survey results, and Q&A can be found at

Registration is required. When registering parents will be able to submit their questions in advance. Trustees will attempt to answer as many questions as possible on Monday.

Please click here to register for the meeting

The meeting will be hosted on the WebEx video conferencing platform. Registrants will be sent a meeting invite with a link and call-in details for the session. If you are not familiar with WebEx you can refer to this YouTube video

Feel free to distribute the flyers widely, as the contents will be of interest to many families. Additional details can be found on the TDSB Ward 2 website at


June 19, 2020 -Our Superintendent, Vicky Branco, would like to share a message for Graduating Students 2020. Please access this message via link:

Vicky Branco's Video


June 16-Congratulations to Class of 2020 Valedictorian...Obria Campbell!  We hope to celebrate commencement on October 16, 2020.

June 16, 2020-Today, June 16, is the International Day of the African Child. Since 1991, the Day of the African Child has been marked on June 16 to commemorate those who took part, including many who lost their lives, in the Soweto Uprising in South Africa, and to recognize the courage of the students who marched for their right to an education. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness for the ongoing need to improve the education of children living across Africa.

Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, co-founded an organization called Giants of Africa, which is dedicated to the mission of using basketball as a means to educate and enrich the lives of African youth both on and off the court.

This year, Giants of Africa is celebrating by giving back with local community initiatives around the world. GOA team members in Africa, the US and Canada will be marking the day with activities that celebrate hope and youth development.


Here in Toronto, Giants of Africa would like to congratulate and celebrate the graduating classes and students of 2020. Masai Ujiri and the Giants of Africa team have put together a video for the graduating classes in the TDSB that provides an inspirational message, along with some tips and trips from coaches with the Raptors and Raptors 905.

Giants of Africa video


June 15, 2020

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

At the end of the school year 2019/20 report cards will be sent via email to student and parent/guardian available email addresses. Report Cards will arrive by July 3.

Parent/Guardian , if you do not receive a copy, please check your child’s TDSB email.


For those students with IEPs, the two-page summary will be sent and you can request a full IEP by contacting the GHCI school administrator.

If you have any questions please email Ms. Prekajski ( or Mr. Vanek(


June 1, 2020

Hello George Harvey Students:

The Calendar or Revised Student Retrieval Dates schedule  outlines the days on which each Grade can enter the school to go to their locker for 15 minutes to take what they need and then proceed out of the building. Entry is by Grade and alphabetically by the last name of the student. Younger siblings, pets and non-George Harvey students cannot come with you to the building to help. Please read the calendar carefully. The calendar is colour coded to help you know which days you can enter the building to pick up the materials from your locker:

Grade 9s are colour coded in RED

Grade 10s are colour coded in BLUE

Grade 11s are colour coded in PURPLE

Grade 12s are colour coded in GREEN

Upon arriving at the school, please proceed to the entrance by the sports field (Exit 5). Please line up using social distancing rules of 6 feet between each person. There will be markers that will help you keep a safe distance apart.

Upon entering the building you will need to sign in and put on a mask or a personal face covering. It is best if you can bring your own mask or face covering as the school have a limited supply.

Only the washrooms by the Main Office will be open....remember to Social Distance!!!


May 25-Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

A brief summary has been provided below and additional information can be found here. Please share this important information with prospective graduates and their families.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of:

$1,250 for each 4-week period


$2,000 for each 4-week period, if you have dependants or a disability


May 25-Student Devices

Q: Some parents are finding the tech restrictions on the computers preventing students from downloading software/tools that the teachers are using. How can this be addressed?

A:Students can select apps from the TDSB AirWatch catalogue, there are 145 to choose from. Staff can make a request for additional iPads apps through for apps to be added to the AirWatch catalogue.

Families can receive assistance with questions about student devices, through two options:

Questions about digital learning tools such as Google Classroom, Brightspace etc. should be directed to the child’s teacher.


May 21-Registration dates for Grade 11 and 12 e-Learning - TDSB courses for 2020-2021 are currently on hold and are being reviewed to ensure they align with the TDSB back-to-school strategy that is being developed. We will update you with the revised registration dates once they have been determined. 

May 20-TDSB Play Areas Opening -Following today’s announcement that the City of Toronto will be re-opening park amenities, the TDSB has made a similar decision and will be re-opening its sports fields and basketball and tennis courts for individual/non-organized use beginning Thursday, May 21

May 19-School Closure LettersMinistry of Education Letter- May 19, 2020 and TDSB School Closure Update

May 11, 2020 Update- for information regarding the George Harvey-York Memorial Review

Parent Letter- May 1, 2020 Update

April 25, 2020 Update- Ministry of Education- School Closure Extended at least to May 31, 2020, as explained in the Update School Closures Letter.

April 14, 2020 Remote Learning- Update from the Director of Education

April 14, 2020 Update Remote Learning- Update from Director of Educationscroll to bottom of letter for over 20 translations. 

George Harvey/York Memorial Pupil Accommodation Review

Dear Families, due to the Covid-19 restrictions, our regulary scheduled Public Review Meetings are Cancelled..


Virtual Classrooms

Dear Hawks, if you are looking for your teacher's email address or the type of online classroom available, go the About Us/Staff page.

March 31, 2020

The Province has closed schools until at least May 4.

The TDSB and GHCI teachers will be reaching out to George Harvey students and families; please answer "private number" calls to find out, it may be one of your teachers.

We hope to start teaching using the internet and/or by non-digital methods starting the week of April 6. Students please check your TDSB accounts and log in to whichever virtual classrooms you have been using before March Break.

If you need to email us, the full email list is on the "About Us (TDSB) Staff" page.

If you need our Social Worker, let Mr. Miceli know at

If you need our Child and Youth Worker Shelle, find her on Instagram..... "cywshelle"

Sent on Behalf of Vicky Branco, Superintendent LN3- Mar. 24, 2020
We understand that parents and students are very concerned about this interruption to student learning. We also understand the importance of teachers, administrators and all education staff to provide the learning opportunities and programs our students need. We ask for your patience as we collaborate with all stakeholders to finalize how this direct support to students will be offered over the next while. We are committed to working through all aspects of this situation quickly and effectively under these very challenging circumstances.
The TDSB has been working to resolve a number of challenges that lie in creating conditions where all students and teachers have access to devices and the internet and supporting our Special Education and English as a Second Language students. We are committed to working through all aspects of this situation quickly and effectively under these very difficult circumstances. We are working on our plan and once finalized, we will share it with staff, students and families.

Important Update: All TDSB schools will be closed from March 14 to April 5, 2020.


Yearbook Cover Contest 
GHCI Staff and Students the Yearbook Cover Contest is on NOW.  Please VOTE for your favorite cover. All covers are posted outside of Room 003 and in the Main Office. 

Contest ends Wednesday March 11th.
Go to Link:


Labour Update- The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced on Feb. 28 that, should a tentative agreement not be reached, its members (teachers and education workers) will conduct a one-day walkout (full withdrawal of services) on Thursday, March 5, 2020and return to work on Friday, March 6, 2020.


GHCI-YMCI Pupil Accommodation Meeting Schedule

# Stakeholder Group Date Time Location
1 York Memorial Students Feb. 24, 2020 A.M YMCI
2 George Harvey Students Feb. 27, 2020 10am GHCI
3 York Memorial Parents Mar. 9, 2020 7-9pm YMCI Busing required
4 George Harvey Parents Mar. 10, 2020 7-9pm GHCI Aud
5 Alumni of Both Schools Mar. 24, 2020 7-9pm GHCI Aud
6 Elementary Feeder School Council Chair Mar. 31, 2020 7-9pm GHCI Aud
7 Public Meeting Apr. 27, 2020 7-9pm GHCI Aud

March 10 , 2020 George Harvey Parents Meeting

Labour Update- Today, Feb. 12, the Ontario Secondary Schools Federation (OSSTF) announced they will be taking part in a full strike on Friday, February 21, 2020 that will impact all TDSB high schools. There will no school for George Harvey CI students on Fri. Feb. 21, 2020.

Parent Council Meeting- Tues. Feb. 11, 6:30pm- George Harvey CI Library- See you then!

Vision & Hearing Screening Clinics- Will run March 4, 2020 if a mininum of 25 students is registered. a nominal fee is required along with the registration form to be returned to the school by February 26. Information forms are being sent home the week of February 10, 2020.

Update letter on George Harvey CI and York Memorial CI Pupil Accommodation Review-

February 7, 2020

On Wednesday, February 5, the Board of Trustees approved the start of a modified pupil accommodation review
The purpose of the review is to develop a student accommodation plan for George Harvey CI and York Memorial CI to address under-utilization at George Harvey CI, identify the best location for the schools, and determine the long-term future of the York Memorial CI site.
Consultations will be an important part of the review process which will take place between February and June 2020. A Final Staff Report will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval in June 2020. This report will include the feedback received during the consultation process as well as TDSB staff’s recommendations.
We are committed to keeping you informed throughout the process. We will hold individual meetings with individual stakeholder groups as well as a public meeting in April 2020. For more information, please visit From the dropdown menu, select: Pupil Accommodation Reviews  2019 - George Harvey CI and York Memorial CI.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our superintendent, Vicky Branco,  at 416-394-3911.


George Harvey CI and York Memorial CI Pupil Accommodation Review- Please visit this page for developments.

Jan. 23, 2020

The TDSB is a proposing a review of YMCI to determine the future of the YMCI site as soon as possible and to determine how best to accommodate GHCI where the utilization rate is 37%, given that the two locations are within 700 metres of one another.

 The G. Harvey Y. Memorial Pupil Accommodation Review Jan. 2020  explains the context for this process.

Jan. 24, 2020

Please refer to the PAR Letter and the Questions and Answers for specific details.



Labour Updates

Jan. 20, 2020

Should the Tues. Jan. 21 OSSTF walkout take place, the TDSB would, once again, have no other option but to close all secondary schools (9 to 12)  as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. All classes, including secondary e-Learning classes, and any out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) on that day would be cancelled

(All TDSB elementary schools (JK to 8) are closed to students on Monday, January 20 as a result of a one-day walkout by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. Parents/guardians are required to make alternate childcare arrangements for their children. Elementary schools will re-open to students on Tuesday, January 21.)


January 6, 2020

Happy New Year to all members of the George Harvey Family. We look forward to a bright and successful 2020!

Update- December 13, 2019:

OSSTF has announced that a third one-day walkout is scheduled to take place at some Ontario school boards on Wednesday, December 18 if an agreement is not reached. It is important to note that this walkout does not impact the TDSB. Wednesday December 18 is a regular school day- no late start.


Dec. 9, 2019

Larissa Marques and Alissa Nguyen at the ESL Speech Competition on December 9. They represented George Harvey well. Alissa won a silver medal! Thank you Ms. Mandelbaum for your leadership.

Speech contest winners Larissa and Alissa

Important News- Dec. 6

Please be advised that OSSTF just announced another one day strike at select school boards -including TDSB - on Wednesday December 11th. There is no school for George Harvey  students on Wed. Dec. 11.

Nov. 29 Update

Dear Secondary Parents/Guardians,

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has announced today that, should a tentative agreement not be reached, its members (teachers and education workers) will conduct a one-day walkout (full withdrawal of services) on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 and return to work on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Should there be a walkout on December 4, the TDSB would have no other option but to close all secondary schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure their safety. This would include all TDSB secondary schools, ...and, any out-of-school activities (e.g. field trips, sports, etc.) would also be cancelled on that day. As a result, parents/guardians should make alternate arrangements for their children if required.

OSSTF is in negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) to achieve new collective agreements for secondary teachers and education workers (including Child and Youth Workers, Social Workers and Speech-Language Pathologists).

As always, for ongoing labour updates, please visit the TDSB website and follow @tdsb on Twitter.


Important News- Nov. 25

Late Start Wednesdays are post-poned due to labour actions starting this Wednesday November 27, until further notice. Therefore, all classes all week start at 8:50am.


The Home of Champions!

Congratulations to our Girls' Basketball team in their semi-final victory over Humberside, 39-38 and their Tier 2 Championship over Etobicoke School of the Arts, 40-35. Wow! Way to go Coach Szczurko, our managers and especially our wonderful players.

We enjoyed seeing well over a hundred of you at Grade 8 Open House- Thursday November 7:00-8:30pm...kudos to Ms. Reid for organizing this triumph! 

Parent-Teacher Conferences- Tuesday November 12; 1:00-3:00pm & 6:00-8:00pm

Early Dismissal Schedule

Period 1:8:45-9:36

Period 2: 9:38-10:24

Period 3: 10:26-11:12


Period 4: 11:14-12:00


Job Fair- Thursday November 14

Professional Development Day- Friday November 15- No School for Pupils.

Parent Council Meeting- Tuesday November 19, 6:30pm- GHCI Library

Excursions & Events

Currently, all excursion and events plans are pending due to the COVID-19 situation.