The Hodgson Update

  March 28, 2020

  Hello Hodgson Community, I know this has been a difficult week for us in so many ways.  There is a lot of uncertainty and sadness in the world right now that is taking its toll on students and families in so many ways, not just in Toronto but globally.  The entire staff sincerely hopes that you are all doing your best to cope during these unprecedented times.  Please know we miss your kids!  Personally, I miss seeing students come into the office to check their class schedules and those special moments I get to share finding out about what is happening in their lives.  Quite frankly I am missing the human contact which is something I cherish most in my role as Principal. I have received many emails this week asking me for answers, that at this time, I simply do not have to give.  We expect as things evolve with how we deliver student learning in the days/weeks to come you will hear more from the Provincial Government and our Director of Education.  Please understand that we will follow the direction from the TDSB leadership as to how we will continue with teacher-led student learning.  As the situation continues to evolve, we will try to update you as soon as information becomes available. Please continue to visit the TDSB’s website for updated information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):  www.tdsb.on.ca/coronavirus. For more general information you can follow these links: City of TorontoPublic Health Ontario and from the Ministry of Health

  • The Ministry of Education launched a website to help students in Grades K to 12 learn at home. The website, www.ontario.ca/learnathome, provides students with supplementary learning resources to practice math and literacy skills during the closure of all public schools.  Please follow this link to view the letter from Education Minister Stephen Lecce. Letter from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce
  • The TDSB has also launched online learning resources so students can continue to learn while schools are closed. This site supports the Ministry of Education's Learn at Home initiative and includes a variety of resources that cover a range of grades and subjects. Please read the Director’s update:  Director of Education Letter - March 25, 2020.pdf 
  • If you need access to research materials students may also access the TDSB virtual library by logging into aw.tdsb.on.ca, click the HOME tab and select HODGSON, go to the VIRTUAL LIBRARY tab on the left where you will have access to lots of online resources.  Students will need their student number and password to log in.

With so much global, national, provincial and local uncertainty surrounding this public health crisis many of our students may be asking questions and feeling some anxiety around many issues.  To assist parents to open up conversations and to help our students deal with the enormity of this world-wide situation we are providing you with some resources.  The aim of this is to give you a quick link to some information and services that can assist you should you need them.  I want to thank those who have helped to pull together this list and encourage others to share resources they may be currently using so that I can provide these to our entire school community.

  1. This site links directly to the WHO:  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/healthy-parenting
  2. If your child has difficulty coping and you feel they need some additional supports please visit:
    1. Kids Help Phone: Students who require urgent support should contact the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. Alternative methods of contacting them are available at https://kidshelpphone.ca/call. Their counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
    2. Walk-In services:   Home | what’s up walk-in ® | Mental Health Counselling
    3. Anxiety Canada: https://www.anxietycanada.com/
    4. Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO): https://www.cmho.org/education-resources/parent-resources
    5. Talking to your Anxious Child:  https://ww.cmho.org/blog/blog-news/6519918-talking-to-your-anxious-child-about-covid-19

Please note that schools continue to remain closed.  Please consider the health and safety of our school communities and remember the importance of social distancing as a means to minimize contact and the potential spread of COVID-19 between people.   Please feel free to email me directly if you have questions @  lori.campbell@tdsb.on.ca On behalf of myself, Ms. Miller-Caise and our entire staff please know we are all thinking of you and your families and wish you all well.

 Sincerely,

 Ms. Campbell

Here is some other important information you need to know...

 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. (attach here) 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.   Immunizations As we begin to get set for our second round of immunizations that will take place in late May/early June of 2020 we want to remind you that you need to update your immunizations with Toronto Public Health.   The school is not able to do this for you as it is between Toronto Public Health and parents. This can be done via their website:   https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/health-programs-advice/immunization/.  If you are unsure you can inquire with the school if your child’s name is on our list of non-compliant immunizations but then it is up to you to connect directly with Toronto Public Health as the school is not able to report for you.   Safe Social Media Practices Last week our School Community Liaison Officer came to follow up on the social media presentations he gave in the fall.  Students were spoken to about leaving their digital footprint and about responsible social media use.  Officer Manny has put together some information that you will find helpful (attach here).   We live in a world that relies on technology, as a much as we would like it to disappear sometimes that is not the reality we currently face.  Please join the staff at Hodgson in modelling appropriate use of social media at home.   We invite you to share your conversations and struggles with us as this is an opportunity for all of us to learn from one another. Hodgson Spirit Wear Spirit wear is still on sale.   Please note:  When you see an item you like, click on the graphic and it will take you to all the different styles and colours of that item (i.e hoodies and sweatshirts).   You are able to choose different design graphics to put on the item as well as adding customized names, numbers, sports teams. To add these features, click on the back, left, or right tab  https://hodgsonmiddleschool.entripyshops.com/   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. 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

Guidance at Hodgson Middle School

Our guidance counsellor is Gary Stewart. 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.

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.

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 currently on hold:

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 Boys’ ls is coached by Mr. Tozer and Mr. Lynch

Basketball Gr. 7/8 Boys’ is coached by Mr. De Marco and Mr. Minta

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

Volleyball Gr. 7/8 Girls’ 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.