General Alert
Toronto Public Heath has announced that all schools in Toronto - including those at the TDSB, will be closed to in-person learning as of Wednesday, April 7, 2021, and remain closed up to and including Sunday, April 18, 2021.
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Hodgson Update

For March 13tH, 2021

Hi Everyone,

As you spring forward this weekend, we hope that you are make sure to take some time and get outside.  This week was a welcome change from the grey cold days we have endured over the last few months.  It is nice to feel spring in the air.  However, we cannot relax too much at this point as we still need to remain vigilant in our efforts to follow public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Please continue to follow the guidelines set out by Toronto Public Health if your child exhibits 1 or more symptoms.  Attached is the attestation form (now in a fillable PDF format) that we collect when your child returns to school 95fb-Attestation-for-Return-to-School-ParentsFillable.pdf .  Please ensure that your child brings this form to the office upon their return to school or please send it electronically, after fulfilling one of the following options:  a 10-day isolation or an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.

In the last few weeks many of you have asked about HPV and meningococcal vaccinations that are often administered by public health at the school.  In early November we let you know that the school vaccination program was on hold for this year as the public health nurses have been redeployed to assist with COVID-19.  Please make sure to connect with your family doctor to get up to date with your child’s vaccinations. 

Please remember that if you are moving or will be attending another school next year, please let us know as soon as you can so that we can update our system as we plan for next year. 

Please remember that to report student absences you should be emailing our office team of Ms. Colyn, Ms. Boroomand, Ms. Miller-Caise and Ms. Campbell.  Please include all of us in your emails and send the notification to:  sandy.colyn@tdsb.on.ca; sahar.boroomand@tdsb.on.ca; kelley.miller-caise@tdsb.on.ca; lori.campbell@tdsb.on.ca.   If your child needs to be away, arrive late, or leave early for an appointment please make sure you let our office team and your child’s Homeroom teacher know.  Please remember that you child cannot just leave class if need to be dismissed early.  All students must come to the office to sign out before they leave early.

Have you ordered Spirit Wear yet?  If so, we would love to see you in it!  Please feel free to share photos with us.  A few families have shared their photos and the spirit wear is fabulous.  We are hoping to receive enough photos so that, with your permission, we can put together a collage of students in their Hodgson gear!  Don’t forget that a portion of the proceeds get donated back to our school and if you order through our link you get a 10% discount.  Check out the flyer attached.

Hodgson Gear Flyer.pdf 

Remember:  The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to:

  • maintain physical distancing where possible
  • wear a mask or face covering at all times
  • wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently
  • practice proper respiratory etiquette by covering you sneeze or cough
  • avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth

It is important to remember that we all need to do our part in this…especially now.  We need to be committed as a school community to keeping everyone safe.

Please be sure to spend some quality time with those who live in your household this weekend! TDSB Student health pass.pdf .  There have been some updates so please read carefully.

  1. Please make sure this tool is completed electronically or on paper every single day before students come to school.  By completing this at home we get students into class and learning quicker each morning.  Students who have not completed the screening will not be admitted into the building until this screening is completed.  You will receive a phone call from us if the screening is not completed so it can be done before entering the building.
  2. If your child has a symptom and is sent home, it is important that you are aware that one of the following will need to take place before your child is able to return to school.
    1. Get a COVID-19 test
    2. Isolate at home for 10 days
    3. See a medical practitioner.  Please note:  When obtaining a medical note, we ask that you ask your physician or nurse practitioner to write on the note that your child’s diagnosis is NOT a COVID-19 diagnosis and what the illness is that your child suffers from.  This will make it much clearer to our staff when it is time for your child to return.  Please understand at this time, alternative diagnosis for a cold or respiratory condition will not be accepted as these are in fact symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot be ruled out without a negative test.
  3. Toronto Public Health is now recommending that people get tested if they exhibit only one symptom.
  4. Please find attached the attestation form that is required in order to return to school 95fb-Attestation-for-Return-to-School-ParentsFillable.pdf .  If your child is sent home with a symptom this must come back to school when your child returns, even with a negative COVID-19 test.

Lunch:

  1. Toronto Public Health highly recommends and strongly encourages that all students remain in their classrooms and on property during the supervised lunch hour.  Students are asked that if they go home for lunch, that they leave the school property immediately and do not return until it is time to re-enter their class. 
  2. We are concerned at the number of students that leave property for the lunch hour and congregate off site with students from other cohorts.  We want to remind you that we are still under current stay at home restrictions and students and families should not be socializing outside of their households.  We ask that for the next little while, where possible, students do not leave the property at lunch until some of the restrictions in the City of Toronto have been lifted.  Please connect with your child’s teacher if you wish to temporarily have your child remain on property over the lunch hour.
  3. Also added to some of the lunch restrictions is that students stay seated and do not talk to one another while they are eating with their masks off.  Once lunch is finished students will be allowed to chat with each other.

Masks:

  1. We have encouraged the use of masks outside for all students, parents and visitors while on school property since we came back to school in September.  With anticipated new guidelines it is expected that the wearing of masks will be mandatory while inside the school.  When outside on the school property students will be allowed to remove their masks only when they are able to maintain a 2-metre distance from others. 
  2. Mask breaks will be offered frequently and if masks come off for any reason, the windows will be opened for ventilation.

Visitors:  While we still discourage visitors from entering the building we do ask that if you need to enter school for any reason that you press the buzzer at our front door and wait outside for someone to come and greet you so that we can assist you to complete your COVID-19 screening.  Please do not follow transitioning children into the building for any reason.  We need to keep very strict records of who is entering and exiting our building .

Congregating on school property:   We ask that all students and parents be cognizant of arrival times (between 8:50 and 8:55 am) and leave the school property and go straight home immediately after dismissal.  Remember our stay at home order allows us to only mingle with our own households.

Toronto Public Health:  If you require further information regarding public health measures, we urge you contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 or  TPH website for parents

Hodgson Electronic Device Policy:

  1. Make sure students are clear about our expectations.  Cell phones and personal devices are only to be used for educational purposes at the direction of the teacher.  Students wishing to call home are expected to come to the office (where they will be supervised) to use their personal device to make a call or send a text message.
  2. CELL PHONES MUST BE OFF AND AWAY DURING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME – THIS INCLUDES THE 2 MINUTE TRANSITION TIME.
  3. Progressive discipline approach:
  1. First time: Warning
  2. Second time: Give the phone to the teacher until the end of the day.
  3. Third time:  Give the phone to the teacher and call home.
  4. Repeat offenders:  Take the phone and send it to the office

Bullying Awareness and Prevention

Bullying awareness and prevention is a great way to steer our focus towards maintaining a positive school climate here at Hodgson MS.  However, there are many misunderstandings and misperceptions about what bullying is.  Please have a look at the information provided and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/Supporting-You/Bullying

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Caring-Safe-Schools/Prevention-Programs

Hodgson School Advisory Council

Our Parent Council is an excellent way for parents to get involved in their child`s education. Our school's parent council is an important forum for involving all members of the school community in issues that affect the education of students. The parent council is made up of a volunteer committee of parents, staff and student representatives, the principal, and a general membership which includes all parents of children attending Hodgson Middle School. The parent council advises the principal on a variety of issues and activities relating to student achievement, curriculum goals and priorities, school budget priorities, school safety, renovation plans, after school activities, and, most importantly, fundraising. For more information about our parent council, please sign up for our newsletters using the button below.

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School Council: Our next school council meeting is Tuesday April 6th at 6:30 pm.  Please RSVP to lori.campbell@tdsb.on.ca to receive an invitation.

If you recall our School Advisory Council sent out a donation letter in December.  As of last week, we have raised over $4000.00 in parent donations.  Thank you so much to those that made a contribution to our school.  Please see attached an updated letter from our school council fundraising committee.  Updated FundraisingLetter2021.pdf . 

Did you know Hodgson is on social media? For regular reminders, important dates and other school info, follow us on Facebook @ Hodgson Middle School Parent Group and Instagram @hodgson_middle_school.

Student Accountability

Discrimination (bias, prejudice, hate and harassment) that is directed and related to our students is something that all staff in our school take seriously.  All students who violate “the Code of Conduct” and/or TDSB policies and procedures (this information can be found in our welcome package) related to any form of discrimination will be subject to formal school discipline.  We will consult central staff when dealing with any incident we believe to be discriminatory in its origin. We aim to facilitate education, training and awareness related to discrimination for our entire school community. We will work with all parties involved to take corrective action that will assist and support everyone who has been affected by a word or action we believe to be discriminatory.  Our goals are to prevent, respond to and deal with discriminatory acts as it relates to all Human Rights and Caring and Safe Schools policies and procedures.

Please see attached a two-page resource for parents on Promoting Human Rights and Addressing Discrimination in Our Schools. Promoting Human Rights and Addressing Discrimination in our Schools.pdf 

We also want to invite you to join us in open and honest conversations to address discriminatory actions/words and how they can impact others. Students do not always know what to do or how to deal with situations that involve acts of discrimination.  As a school we have a clear policy (outlined below) of how to deal with acts of discrimination but we feel we need to engage parents so that we can assist our students to identify and appropriately address situations they may encounter.   We look forward to your input and feedback when you are able to have such conversations with your children.

Parent Concern Protocol

As many of you know, the TDSB has a Parent Concern Protocol that is designed to help parents navigate how best to express concerns that they may have at their child’s school.  You can find more information about the Parent Concern Protocol here: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Contact-Us/Steps-to-AddressQuestionsConcerns  At Hodgson we share the practice of being completely open to engaging with our parents and school community to address any concerns.  While you do have the Parent Concern Protocol to support you and to provide direction, please also know that you can always talk to us, call and/or email us.

Reporting Your Child's Absence

If your child is going to be absent for any reason, please let the office know in advance, or as soon as you can.  We use an automated system that calls parents about absences as soon as attendance is completed, which is 9:15 am for the morning and 1:15 pm for the afternoon.  The system continues to call until it reaches a parent or guardian.  You can call Sandy or Sahar at (416) 393-0390 or you can email Sandy Colyn & Sahar Booromand (Please be sure to copy both.) You can also feel free to copy Lori (lori.campbell@tdsb.on.ca) and Kelley(kelley.miller-caise@tdsb.on.ca)Read more about TDSB's Safe Arrival program

Cash online (school cash account)

You must register yourself through School Cash Account (or Cash Online) which is our online payment system.  You will need your child’s student number and his/her full name accompanied by whatever method you will be paying.  When ordering anything from Cash Online (http://.schoolscashonline.com), please print or forward a copy of the receipt.  You can simply forward the one you get from the website so that we can verify your purchase.  If the office is not able to verify your purchase it will take much longer to get the items, you have paid for.

How to Connect with Hodgson Staff

Please use our school website for the contact information of our school staff.  If the person you need to reach is not listed, please call the office for an accurate email address.  All staff can be reached easily by email or by telephone.

Google Classroom

Our teachers and students all use Google Classroom. We have created a Google classroom for each homeroom as the one, online location for students, parents and teachers to go to get or share information, assignments and homework.  
If you have any questions or need some assistance, please connect with our Google Gurus, Mr. Spraggs or Ms. Buzadi  You can find more info on our school's website and also the Google for Education website.

 

How Can My Child Attend Hodgson?

Hodgson is a middle school with Grade 6, 7 & 8 students. Students who graduate from Davisville PS, Eglinton PS, Maurice Cody PS and Oriole Park PS can attend Hodgson starting in Grade 6.

If your child is coming to Hodgson from one of these schools, you do not need to do anything.  Your child's current school will transfer students attending Hodgson to us.

If your child's primary address is in our attendance area, but doesn't attend one of these schools, you can register your child at Hodgson.

Our school office re-opens on Monday, August 27.  We will be registering new, in-area students on August 28, 29, and 30 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Please connect with Sandy.Colyn@tdsb.on.ca to arrange a registration appointment.  

Please make sure you have the following documents.

  • Proof of age (birth certificate or passport)
  • Proof of address (two pieces of identification that show your address, such as a residential phone bill)
  • Proof of immunization (the card that shows a list of vaccinations your child has received)
  • Verification of date of arrival, if your child was not born in Canada. Families who are permanent residents and refugee claimants may register directly at the school. Children without immigration status are welcome in our schools and information about them or their families will not be shared with immigration authorities. To register, please visit the International Programs and Admissions Office at 5050 Yonge Street, on the main floor, for a TDSB school admission letter.

Please note: We cannot register students who do not live in our attendance area because we are closed to Optional Attendance for the 2019-2020 school year.