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Hodgson Middle School

Hodgson Update

For November 13th, 2021

Good Morning Hodgson Families,

We hope you enjoy the Hodgson Update for November 13th! https://youtu.be/_n8nPqTu0rQ.  I want to take this opportunity to extend a huge thanks to our update crew of Blake Parkinson, Neve Di Buono, Theo Buck, Isabelle Lau, Ryland Caravello and Madelyn Patterson!  The six of you are doing a remarkable job of making our update happen every week!  Thank you for all of your effort and creativity!

  • Report cards will be coming home on Monday November 15th.   At this time of the year interviews set the tone for the rest of term 1.  We encourage you all to make an appointment to speak to your child’s teachers.  If appointments are full, don't worry, our staff are committed to ensuring that all parents who want an interview will have one.  Teachers are happy to make alternative arrangements with you.  We have changed our process slightly this year and are using a similar booking system to what we have in the past.  In the event that we have technical difficulties we will go back to our old booking system and get that out to you on Monday.  Please follow the instructions very carefully in the document provided and be sure to record your confirmation number as we will not have access to that number once you have booked Hodgson Parent Teacher Interviews Fall 2021.pdf 
  • We were honored this week to be joined for our special Remembrance Day by our Director of Education, Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Ward 11 Trustee Chernos-Lin, Ward 8 Trustee Shelley Laskin, our Executive Superintendent for Learning Centre 1, Uton Robinson, our Superintendent for LN 5, Andrew Howard and from TDSB Communications, Shari Schwartz-Maltz and Marcy McMillian as well as our School Advisory Council Co-Chairs, Carmen Hanna and Katie Bardyn.  We want to thank everyone for taking time out of their very busy schedules to be part of our solemn walk of remembrance to the Cenotaph at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and to be part of a very special ceremony of remembrance.  We also want to congratulate Ava Kassam, Henry Lane and Jerry Sankar for representing our school with the media.  Way to go guys!!!! Mr. Gooch also deserves a shout out as well for playing his trumpet at the ceremony.  Here are a few links to the media coverage from Thursday November 11, 2021:

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2319707

https://toronto.citynews.ca/video/2021/11/11/bridging-the-generations-through-remembrance/

  • Our amazing School Advisory Council has already begun their fundraising efforts for this year!!  Please see the flyer Hodgson School_Fundraiser_Letter Nov 23, 2021.pptx  for more information about our Pizza Fundraiser.  We did this last year and it was a big hit!  It is the perfect way to take a night from making dinner and support our school.
  • We want to remind everyone about safety in and around our parking lot during drop off and pick up times.  Please ensure that you do not congregate in the parking lot and block cars from entering and exiting.  We are asking that students do not walk through the parking lot and would rather they make use of the pedestrian walkway so that they can remain safe at all times.  Safety is our top priority at Hodgson, and we want all to be mindful in and around the school so that we can keep all of our students safe.
  • Toronto Public Health is hosting a webinar for parents and guardians about the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. Please see the flyer from Toronto Public Health for more information.

This session is presented by Dr. Vinita Dubey, TPH Associate Medical Officer of Health, the webinar will cover:

  • Information on COVID-19 vaccines in children
  • Facts about vaccines and fertility
  • COVID-19 vaccination and schools
  • Tips and approaches to address vaccine hesitancy

Monday, November 15, 2021

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Click here to join online

join by telephone: 416-915-6530 Access Code 2460 732 7459

Make sure to get outside and spend some time connecting with nature this weekend before we head into a cold snap.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Upcoming events:

  • November 15th: Progress Reports go home
  • November 18TH: Parent/Teacher Interviews PM
  • November 19thParent/Teacher Interviews AM
  • November 19, 2021: Board-wide PA Day *NO SCHOOL*
  • December 7th 2021:  School Advisory Council Meeting 6:30 PM with our special guest Ward 11 Trustee Chernos-Lin

Here is some other important information you need to know…

Grade 8 to 9 Transitions:

Please click on this link to hear the recording from Monday November 1, 2021: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Guidance

Please click on this link to read about the grade 8 to 9 Transitions process:  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Going-to-High-School/Beyond-8

Please click on this link to read about the TDSB’s Optional Attendance Policy:  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Going-to-High-School/Beyond-8/Optional-Attendance

Please see attached the link to secondary school information nights: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Going-to-High-School/Open-Houses-and-Information-Nights.

Applications to the The Claude Watson Arts Program are accepted online.  The application system is now open.  Please see below the link to apply for the 2022/2023 school year. The application system closes on Friday December 17, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. 

PLEASE NOTE: Late applications are not accepted.

https://sprs.tdsb.on.ca/public/Welcome.aspx

We have a few hard copies of applications to Rosedale School for the Arts if students are interested. You can also get that application here:  http://rhsa.ca/

COVID 19 Protocols:

  • 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
  • Daily COVID 19 screening:  It is a requirement that all staff, students and persons entering our building will conduct a daily COVID 19 self-assessment.  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.
  • COVID 19 Decision making guidePlease see attached the revised screening tool 994c-Screening-Questionnaire-Child-Care-Day-Camp-School.pdf   9506-What-to-do-if-your-child-has-Covid-19-Symptoms-Fact-Sheet.pdf   9747-Understanding-COVID-19-Symptoms-in-JK-12-Students.pdf 
  • Returning to school after illness:  Please see attached the return to school attestation form that must accompany your child when the return to school after illness 98ef-Attestation-for-Return-to-Child-Care-Day-Camp-School-Parents.pdf 
  • 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 Hodgson Lunch Permission 21 22.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.
  • 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. 

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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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.

Our next meeting is November 9th, 2021.  Please RSVP to Ms. Campbell lori.campbell@tdsb.on.ca to receive the link. 

Hodgson Electronic Device Policy: 

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.

From time to time we do run into issues and we ask that all families become familiar with our school-based policy.  Our endeavour to:

  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:  Phone will be confiscated and sent 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

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 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.