Hodgson Update

For September 19th, 2021

Good Morning Hodgson Families,

With the first full week of school completed I think it is safe to say we are in the full swing with our learning again.  It has been so nice to re-establish our routines.  Our new Grade 6 students have made a seamless transition into Hodgson having become a big part of our school community.  Also, our Grade 7 and 8 students are really demonstrating the leadership we expect of students in our senior grades.  It makes us all proud to see students engaged in active learning in their classrooms and outside.  Staff are trying to integrate movement outdoors as much as possible while our weather is still warm.  Our newest addition to our physical education program; outdoor education, is becoming a fast favourite with many of our students.  Throughout the year students will take part in a variety of outdoor activities, twice per cycle, that focus on lifestyle sports, cooperative and collaborative learning as well as learning to survey and respect our biological environment.

Coming up on Monday our students will take part in Hodgson votes!  We have set up our library as a student polling station so our students can simultaneously take part in a student vote on election day Monday September 20, 2021.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about civic responsibility and how democracy works.  Each class will have the opportunity to come and individually cast their votes for a candidate from our riding.  Elections Canada does a fantastic job of mirroring a real polling station will privacy screens, ballots, and ballot boxes.  This is a great opportunity for families to engage in a discussion over the weekend not only about the current federal election and the candidates but also about the history of democracy in Canada.  Elections Canada has some great resources if you are interested https://www.elections.ca/home.aspx

It was so nice to have our photo vendor, EdgeImaging, in our school yesterday!  However, it was a very busy day and many of our staff and one homeroom class missed their photos.  Not to worry as Edge will be returning to complete these photos within the next two months. 

On several occasions since school began on Sept. 9th, we have had a few parents follow students into the school and they have shown up at our office unannounced.  We are asking that if you have a need to come into the school that you do not enter the building until you have been screened at the front door by one of our office staff.  Please understand that this is for the safety and security of all members in our school community.  It is imperative that you engage in COVID 19 screening and sign in and out of the building.  Every TDSB employee is required to do this and follows the same procedure.  We do this as a precaution so if needed we can accurately contact trace everyone who enters our school.  Feel free to call our school office if you need to pop by for any reason so we can expect your arrival. 

I am both sad and excited to announce that this will be the last traditional update that comes in this format.  As a way to move our school and community into the future and create a more interactive platform, I am happy to announce a new format for our weekly updates…stay tuned for and fresh new update next week. 994c-Screening-Questionnaire-Child-Care-Day-Camp-School.pdf.  Here is the link to our student health pass TDSB Student health pass.pdf  and instructions to download the app COVID Health Screening App.pdf .  Please ensure that the self-assessment is completed at home every morning before school and that your child arrives with their QR code on their phone or with their Student health pass signed and dated.  This practice assists teachers to quickly complete attendance and gets our students in their classrooms.

Masks: are required at all times inside the building by all staff, students and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

Lunch: We encourage, and it is highly recommended that all students remain at school for lunch.  We ask that students come prepared with a litterless lunch and a full water bottle for the day.  Many of our students are making the choice to go home or off property for lunch.  We want to remind students and families that all students who leave property are not permitted back on property until after their 40-minute lunch has concluded.  While on property ALL students need to remain cohorted.  We cannot ensure proper cohorting for those students who have chosen an unsupervised lunch and therefore it is too difficult to supervise and manage these students on property.   If you have not already done so, please fill out the following lunch permission form and return to your child’s Homeroom teacher Lunch Permission Form (2021-2022).pdf .  Hard copies are also available in our office.  It is imperative that we keep accurate records and monitor students over the lunch hour.

Drop off and pick up:  You are welcome to escort your child to school but please understand that it is imperative that you wear a mask on school property.  Visitors and all non-essential personnel are not permitted inside the school at this time.  If you have questions or concerns, we are more than happy to chat on the phone or answer your emails.  Please ensure that when you pick up your child at the end of the day that the teacher dismissing them knows they are leaving.  It is imperative that we account for every child.

Personal Electronic Devices:  PED’s come in all forms and are useful with Google classroom.  A number of years ago we made a conscious effort to reduce our use of paper and have made Google classroom an integral part of learning, assessment, and evaluation at Hodgson.  In conjunction with our school council we have been able to raise money and purchase a number of devices that have been placed in classrooms for student use.  Students are welcome to bring their own but if they do not have one, we will do our best to provide use of one for our students.  Please keep in mind that these devices will be shared in the classroom

Congregating on school property:   We ask that all students and parents be cognizant of arrival times (between 8:55 and 9:00 am) and leave the school property immediately after dismissal. 

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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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 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 us.  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.