The Hodgson Update

November 30, 2019

Hi Everyone,

In our efforts to learn more about our school community we are asking families to share with us some artifacts and items we can display in our foyer display case.  Winter and seasonal celebrations are part of every cultural heritage but are not always something that we directly share with others.  We are asking that if you are comfortable to share with us please send these items to school with your child or drop them off in our main office. Please contact Lori, Kelley and/or Sandy to find out how you can contribute and take part.

This past Wednesday November 27th was our annual School Advisory Council Fundraiser, Hodgson’s Bid N Brew.  We had a great turnout and raised some money for our students.  If you are interested in hearing more we invite you to join us next Tuesday December 3rd at 7 pm in Rm. 101 for our next council meeting.  On a personal note it was so nice to see so many familiar faces and meet some of our new parents!  I look forward to seeing you all again at future School Advisory Council meetings or at some of our other upcoming events.

As many of you are aware Hodgson takes part in an annual Toy Drive with Toronto Police Services.  A number of years ago, a former student Ella Craig, brought the idea to us and we have been participating ever since.  It has become so popular that the Hodgson staff now takes part.  As part of our staff holiday celebration, we draw names for our Secret Santa and purchase a toy for that person as if they were a child.  All of toys then get donated with all of the student contributions.  Every year it seems we get more and more into this festive tradition of giving by presenting our gifts to each other in elaborate ways.  Mme Carette takes the prize every year for the songs she writes and performs for her Secret Santa.  We all can’t wait to see what she comes up with this year.  For our student donations we have added a new way for our students to donate this year:

  1. Toy Donation: Students are welcome to bring an unwrapped toy to the main office.
  2. Toonies for Toys is for any student who does not want to go out and buy a toy. Instead, they can donate a toonie.  Total class funds will be collected and gift cards or toys will be purchased.

If anyone would like to help purchase these gift cards (Cineplex, apple etc.) or toys that would be greatly appreciated.

Deadline is Thursday, December 12th!

As many of you know we like you to keep the lines of communication open with your children and provide you with some topics of conversation to have at home.  There are two things we would like you to discuss at home.  From time to time community members reach out to us and give us feedback about how our students behave in the greater community.  This feedback can be both positive and negative.  We are kindly asking that you open the lines of communication with your child(ren) and have open conversations regarding how they represent themselves in the community.  As is often the case, any issue a community member brings forward to us about student behaviour cannot be directly connected to Hodgson student but we feel that this is a solid opportunity to open up these discussions.  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.

From our Art department…It may be frosty outside but inside Hodgson, there is still a warm fall feel. Upon almost every corner that one turns, apple themed student artwork adorns the walls, each with its own unique qualities, inspired by various art history examples. Now that the Mind Meld of Apple and Art assignment has been completed, students are moving on to the Joseph Cornell inspired Shadow Box assignment. Please review this assignment with your child in Google Classroom. Students are encouraged to bring in materials/objects that they wish to include in their assemblages. We will be wrapping up this unit the first week of January.

This week in Sports:

  • Our Grade 6 Girls’ Basketball team won their 1Ž4 final against Westwood and will be moving on to play Rawlinson in the semi-finals next week.  Congratulations girls’!  The coaches said it was a tight game but our girls held their composure and stayed calm into their victory.
  • Our Grade 6 Boys’ Volleyball team played their 1Ž4 final at Hodgson on Friday against GA Brown and were victorious!  They compete in the semi-finals next week.  Congrats on a great effort!
  • And finally our Grade 7/8 Boys’ Volleyball team won their 1Ž4 final against King Edward and will be moving on to play Queen Alexandra in the semi-finals.  The boys served and passed up a storm on their way to victory.  Way to go boys!

As always have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Here is some other important information you need to know…

Hodgson School Council

The Hodgson School Council (Parent Association) has its own email list. Please click here to get more details and sign up for School Council updates.

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”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 

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 actually 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

Communication with your children during the school day

We have a number of students connecting with parents during the school day and during instructional time.  While we encourage a healthy level of communication between parents and their children however, when that interrupts instructional time it can affect everyone in the classroom. 
We ask that if you need to reach your child or your child needs to reach you that you use our office to make contact with your child.  Our office is happy to connect you with your child and conversely if your child needs to reach you we encourage them to come to the office to use their cell phone.  Below you will find out electronic device policy.  This is also outlined in our Welcome Package that went home on August 28, 2019.

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

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-Address-Questions-Concerns  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.

Guidance at Hodgson Middle School

Our new guidance counsellor is Gary Stewart.  We are excited to have Gary as part of the Hodgson team.  Please feel free to reach out to Gary at gary.stewart@tdsb.on.ca if you have questions or concerns regarding transitions.

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 Boroomand (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 on line (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.

Hodgson Strings Program

Our strings program will resume on Nov. 4.  More information will follow once they come into the school.

Student Safety

We want all of our students to be conscious of their personal safety in the community.  Over the year it has been reported that our students cross in a very unsafe fashion over Davisville Ave., most particularly during the lunch hour.   Please engage your children in conversations of personal safety in and around the school community before school, during the lunch hour and afterschool.  We have asked that students make personal safety their first priority and are grateful to our parents and guardians for continuing the conversation at home.

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 of our staff can be reached easily by email, telephone or by visiting the school (with an appointment).

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.  
Parents can sign up to receive daily or weekly updates on what is posted to their child's Google Classroom. Simply email your child's homeroom teacher to ask that they add your email address to the classroom's notification list.  We will provide more information for you at Curriculum Night.
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
.

A Week (or two or month) at a Glance

(Visit our school website to check out Google Calendar.)

Dec. 6:  PA Day - No school for students

Dec. 10:  Immunizations – please continue to hand in forms to the office and disregard the date as they were given to us in late September.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We have a lot going on in the building right now as all fall sports are well underway.  As try-out/meeting times begin, we will do our best to update you when they are.  Please encourage your children to come out to all of the clubs and teams our school offers as there is something for everyone.  Please have your child check the board outside the office for practice and try-out times.  If you require anything else please connect directly with the coaches.

The following is a list of what is about to begin in the coming weeks:

Hockey Gr. 6 Co-ed is coached by Mr. Tozer and Mr. Handelsman

Hockey Gr. 7/8 Co-ed is coached by Mr. Tozer and Mr. Handelsman

Basketball Gr. 6 Girls is coached by Mr. De Marco and Ms. McBurney

Basketball Gr. 7/8 Girls is coached by Ms. E. Cheng and Ms. F. Cheng

Volleyball Gr. 6 Boys is coached by Ms. Noda, Ms. Lisa Tassone and Ms. Grossman

Volleyball Gr. 7/8 Boys is coached by Ms. Prosper, Mr. Handelsman, Ms. Campbell

Fitness for Success is run by Mr. DeMarco, Ms. McBurney and Ms. Relleve

Wind Ensemble is directed by Ms. M. Cheng
Flute Choir is directed by Ms. M. Cheng
Stage Band is directed by Mr. D. Gooch

Rock Band is directed by Mr. Minta

Yearbook is run by Ms. Stewart, Ms. Buzadi and Mr. Mrkich

Math PALS run by Mr. Pugh and Ms. Relleve

Eco Club is run by Ms. Buzadi, Mrs. Spraggs and Ms. LaForest

Art Club is run by Ms. Buzadi and Ms. Stewart

Wellness Club is run by Ms. LaForest, Ms. Prosper and Lisa Tassone

Kahoot Club is run by Ms. Spraggs and Ms. Choudhury

Origami Club is run by Ms.  McBurney

Harry Potter Club is run by Ms. Choudhury, Ms. Spraggs, and Ms. McBride

Kids Lit Quiz Club is run by Ms. Stewart and Ms. Choudhury

Student Council is run by Ms. F. Cheng

As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us via phone (416) 393-0390 or email Ms. Campbell lori.campbell@tdsb.on.ca, Ms. Miller-Caise kelley.miller-caise@tdsb.on.ca or Ms. Colyn sandy.colyn@tdsb.on.ca


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.