Hodgson Update

For June 12th, 2021

Thanks for being patient this morning...after an hour on the phone with SchoolMessenger in the US they have corrected the issue!  

Hi Everyone,

As our countdown to the end of our school year begins, we can all begin to breathe a sigh of relief that we made it!  We made it through a year unlike any other we shall ever see, or hope to see, again.  In the 2020 school year we ended very abruptly, and many items were left behind that needed to be retrieved from the school in June.  We are hoping that students were given enough time to prepare this time and have taken all personal items from their classroom when they left in April.  Please reach out to your child’s Homeroom teacher if there is something that needs to be picked up and we will set a schedule, similar to last year, for you to pick up your items.

Our amazing School Advisory Council it giving it one more go for fundraising for this year.  Please see the flyer attached for our last Reverse Fundraiser for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  A big thanks to Boland's restaurant and our fundraising committee for being so dedicated in putting this  all together.   Hodgson ReverseFundraiser 2.pdf  

If you have borrowed a device from either the school or the TDSB (last spring in 2020) or if you child has a centrally assigned device called a SEA claim, you would have received an email from Ms. Miller-Caise to coordinate drop off of your device.  If you did not receive an email and have a device that was issued by the TDSB please contact us so we can arrange to have it dropped off by June 29 th.

We are excited to share that Hodgson has partnered with Sunnybrook to host a 12+ vaccine clinic.  Please see the flyer attached for more details on how to register to receive a 1 st dose (only) on Tuesday June 15th between the hours of 2 – 8 pm.  Family Vaccine Clinic 12+ on June 15th at Hodgson MS.docx  .  This clinic is open to all students 12+ and their eligible family members.  Bookings close at 4 pm Monday June 14 th and all confirmations will come via email from the school.  Appointment times are assigned.  Please be aware that we are not able to offer alternate times if you cannot make your appointment.  If you are unable to attend your appointment it is important that you let us know immediately as only the required doses will be brought on site for the day.  There is no offer of second doses at this time.

We want to remind all grade 8 families that our graduation ceremony will be available to view on June 22 at 2 pm.  A link will be sent out closer to the day.  We are putting the finishing touches on our event are very excited to share with all of you.  The event will be available for viewing up until June 30 and will also be available on our school website.  This way families can watch at a time that is convenient for them.  As part of our device return and belongings retrieval process, for our grade 8 students only, we are creating an opportunity for them to come and pick up their grade certificates the week of June 21 -25.  A schedule will be posted by HR teachers in your child’s google classroom.

For all of our students attending North Toronto please see the message below from Ms. de Braux in the guidance department.

Dear New NTCI Student,

Welcome to Grade 9! We know this has been a difficult time and are hoping that this virtual welcome will help ease your transition to high school: https://classroom.google.com/c/MzMyMjYzNTM0NTMx?cjc=spt7x5i If you already have Google Classroom then use the code spt7x5i to enroll. [Please note that this Google Classroom can only be accessed with a TDSB student email account.]

You will learn about all the great things NT has to offer, both inside and outside the classroom; please click on "Classwork" and watch the informational videos, complete the Grade Nine Questionnaire, and complete the Math Skills Practice. This Google Classroom will also be our best way to send you information about the start of school in September, so please be sure to check in towards the end of summer to keep informed.

On behalf of the Staff and Students of NTCI, I wish you all a safe and happy summer holiday. We are so happy to have you join our school community in September!

Best wishes,

Ms. de Braux, NT Guidance Department

Included here for you again this week is the link to Northern Secondary School’s Grade 8 to 9 transition . https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/s/92739817241 

The TDSB has released a 2021 Summer Well-Being Guide  Summer 2021 Well-Being Guide (003).pdf  that has a variety of culturally responsive resources and accessible activities for students and families. Information on where and how to reach out for help is also included. In addition, on page 3 of the guide, there are details and contact information to register for various Summer Groups offered by our Professional Support Services Staff for students and caregivers.  

In order to welcome all incoming students for September we have put together this welcome video so that families could be familiarized with all that Hodgson has to offer and take a virtual tour of the school.  Please click on the following link to view our Grade 5 to 6 Transitions Video. https://youtu.be/JfoA0mhWxzQ.  A big thank you goes out to Mr. Gooch and our students for doing such a fabulous job!!!!!

As we prepare for our students who are beginning their transition into Hodgson for the upcoming school year, we also work with our secondary partners to facilitate a smooth process for our students who are graduating.  Please see below a note from Adam Marshall, Principal at Northern Secondary School:

Every year the TDSB runs summer school programs.  This year all TDSB summer school programs will be online.  If you are interested in your child attending a summer school program through the TDSB please use the following link to help you navigate and register.  In our neighbourhood, Deer Park is probably the closest location for families to access.  Please see the letter from the Summer School Principal (attach here).  The TDSB also runs a reach ahead program for Grade 8 Students.  You can find the information here.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

If you are interested in a summer day camp opportunity spots are available in Scholars' half day Summer Math Camp program for Elementary students in Grades 6 to 8!!!  Parents may find the additional math help beneficial for their child and elementary students will love the daily Lego Robotics activities included in this program. It's a win-win! The program runs during the weeks of July 12th, 19th & 26th specifically, with other potential opportunities in August. See the attachment for contact details and more info.  Scholars Camp Info.pdf  

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

  • maintain physical distancing where possible
  • always wear a mask or face covering
  • 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.

Get outside and take advantage of the gorgeous weather this weekend!

Here is some other important information you need to know…

Reporting Absences

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 your 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 or when they sign in.

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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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.  (attach here). 

 

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 your child’s teacher or our office staff.  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.