Summer Newsletter (posted June 24)
June Report Card
This year's final report cards will be sent via email. A copy will be sent to the parent email addresses and should arrive today, June 24th. If you do not receive a copy of the report card, please contact the school. For those students with IEPs, the two-page summary will also be sent via email. You may request the full IEP by contacting a school in September.
June is Pride Month in the TDSB!
In June, we celebrate Pride in the TDSB. It’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity and raise awareness among all staff and students about the rich culture and history of our LGBTQ community. Click on the Pride Picturebook Read Alouds to learn more.
June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day
On June 21st, the TDSB also recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day. June 21st is a day of significance for many Indigenous Peoples in the country we call Canada today. It marks the day when the Sun is closest to the Earth. It is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples celebrate Summer Solstice. It is a time that reminds us to remain grounded, humble and appreciative. It is usually celebrated by coming together with family and community for a feast, although ceremonies and traditions are being marked in different ways this year due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditional foods are an important aspect of the feast as they signify connection to the land and animals. Please see Indigenous resources for elementary students prepared by our school librarian Ms. Kopka here.
Talking About Race and Racism with Children
Discussing race and racism can be a difficult conversation for many adults and the thought of speaking directly with children about it can be daunting. Nevertheless, it cannot be ignored if we are committed to living in a more just world where everyone’s human rights are upheld equally. The recent events in the United States and Canada depicting acts of anti-Black racism, as well as the rise of other forms of hate, including anti-Asian racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and Antisemitism, have made it incumbent upon all of us to have informed and regular conversations with children about these issues. While these events are not new and have historical roots, it is essential that we raise our children’s awareness about their own biases and prejudices, the different forms of discrimination and how to stand up against injustices. These discussions should occur at home and at school on a regular basis and not solely in reaction to current events.
To assist families in having these important discussions, the TDSB’s Equity, Well-Being and School Improvement team have developed TDSB Resource for Families (First Edition). The Urban Indigenous Education Centre has developed resources and reading lists on Anti-Indigenous racism. Additional resources are currently in development.
June Newsletter (Posted June 4)
Click on the June Newsletter to find the latest information.
Accessing School to Retrieve Belongings (Posted May 29)
Please click on the link to the letter that was emailed to parents on May 29th. Letter to Parents
May Newsletter (Posted May 5)
Please find our newsletter packed full with information for students and families! Newsletter
Financial Assistance (Posted April 20)
The Ontario Government has posted information on applying for short term financial assistance if you are in a crisis or emergency situation and don't have enough money for things like food and housing. Please find the information for how to apply at this link: Apply for Emergency Assistance
Financial Support for Education at Home (Posted April 20)
The Ontario Government is providing one-time payments to families to support learning at home for their children. To apply for this funding please go to: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families
Further information on the Ministry Website:
Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:
- $200 for children aged 0 to 12
- $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs
This funding can help parents with the costs of work books, educational apps, educational subscription services, movies and other tools to support learning at home.
Parents refers to parents, guardians, and caregivers. There is no income cap on this program. All parents are eligible if you have a child who is:
- aged 0 to 12
- aged 0 to 21 with special needs
If you have more than one child, you must submit one application per child.
Before you apply, please note:
- only one parent can apply for each child
- the parent who applies should have custody of the child
Food Support-The COVID-19 crisis has caused many difficulties for individuals and families including being able to afford food. Please share this food support information with anyone that you know who may be in need.
School Newsletter-Please click on the link to the April Newsletter that was emailed to families on April 6, 2020.
Parents Guide to the Google Classroom
Please visit the Gledhill Phys.Ed. google site for activities for keeping children physically active at home. A monthly exercise calendar, games, lessons and videos, and information about the Coronavirus for Kids can all be found on the site.
TDSB Mental Health Resources
As referenced by the Director in his Letter to Parents on March 25, The Toronto District School Board has published a webpage with mental health resources curated specifically for the Covid-19 outbreak by the Social Work Department. You can access the page here:
Our school psychologist has shared resources for mindful breathing to relieve stress and anxiety: Primary 4-7-8 Junior 4-7-8
Young children and children with special education needs may be having a hard time understanding COVID-19 and social distancing. Here are two social stories that may help:
Social Distancing (social story) Germs (social story)
Sample Home Schedule
Learning from Home: Schedule and Resources for ADHD Children taken from www.additudemag.com. This resource is useful for all children.
Resources for Being Quarantined with Kids This resource includes suggestions for physical activity for kids.
TDSB Resources for Learning at Home: Library to Go!
Here are two ways to access the Virtual Library:
- Gledhill Library - https://www.tdsb.on.ca/library/HOME/schoolno/5228
- Generic Access - www.tdsb.on.ca/library
All resources are password protected when used at home. Below are a few highlights of resources used by students at school. More passwords and resources are listed on the Virtual Library Learnmark.
Websites for Learning:
Free Apps for Learning and Creating:
Ward 16 Shared Google Drive Folder
Please click here for Ward 16 At Home Learning Resources shared by Trustee Michelle Aarts and collected by Teachers and Parents: Google Drive Folder
Letter to Parents March 26, 2020
Please click on the link to the letter from the Gledhill office that was emailed to Parent/Guardians. The letter includes links to the Learn at Home resources provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education and the TDSB: March 26-Parent Guardian Letter.