COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding Project
Our School has a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding Project.

Humberwood Downs Junior Middle Academy

 

 


VACCINATION INFORMATION for FAMILIES- 

Schools and parents work in partnership. The role of the school is to support families. Please find the information below to read and make an informed decision about vaccinating your child. Calling your family doctor and/or your child’s pediatrician is always recommended should you have additional questions and/or concerns about the vaccine.

Canadian Paediatric Society- This site has many other links to sources.

Vaccines for Children and Youth (Toronto Public Health)

Benefits of Being Fully Vaccinated (Toronto Public Health)


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES for FAMILIES- 

The TDSB has put together resources for families. Please review the link.

Mental health resources for students link

REXDALE COMMUNITY HUB- 

Need help and you are not sure where to go? Look no further. The Rexdale Community Hub offers a range of services for all families right in our area. Please visit the site and click on “Services.“


SCHOOL START-UP INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We know that parents and students are feeling anxious about starting school. Please take the time to read the school start-up information carefully. We are looking forward to seeing all of our students on Thursday September 9th.

SCHOOL START-UP INFORMATION


REGISTER YOUR CHILD

If your child is starting Junior Kindergarten in September 2022 OR if you have just moved into our school district, please apply online. The secretary will call you once you have completed this registration with the next steps. You must have proof of residence in order to register for our school. You cannot apply for Optional Attendance.

REGISTRATION LINK AND DETAILS


NEW PARENT COUNCIL CO-CHAIRS 2021-22

 

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SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL (SAC) MEETING DATES FOR 2021-22

All meetings this year will continue to happen virtually. The ZOOM link will be included in the weekly email which will continue to be sent out each Friday. Below are the remaining meetings for the school year. Our meetings start promptly at 6:30 pm.

  • January 20- Join Zoom Meeting- cancelled
  • February 24
  • April 21
  • May 26

PARENT INFORMATION PACKAGE for the start of school

 

The attached package outlines important information that all parents and guardians need to know. Please review it carefully. 

(POSTED September 13/20)


 DAILY SCREENING and PASSPORT

Staying home when you are sick is one of the most important things we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19. Toronto Public Health has strengthened its screening tool, based on provincial direction, that all students and staff are expected to do before coming to school each day. Please review and become familiar with the screening tool, including the second page which provides direction on isolation measures in a variety of scenarios based on age and vaccination status. Please complete the TDSB Health Pass or Health Screening App daily.

Please screen your child daily using the updated screening tool above. Your signature on your child’s Passport means that your child has no symptoms.


MAY I COME INTO THE SCHOOL?

No visitors are allowed in the school. If you need assistance please call the school at 416-394-4750 or email the secretaries. See below:

Mrs. Upward- janet.upward@tdsb.on.ca

Ms. McDonald- Judy.McDonald@tdsb.on.ca

Mr. Gentile (Vice-Principal)- tony.gentile@tdsb.on.ca

Ms. Skordakis (Principal)- roula.skordakis@tdsb.on.ca


LUNCH TIME

Due to COVID-19, food deliveries (Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes etc) are NOT permitted.

There is a cart in the Great Hall by the Humberwood Downs buzzer to drop off your child's lunch ONLY in an emergency. We DO NOT supervise this table and are not responsible for items that are missing. It is simply not safe to drop off your child's lunch anywhere as many hands may be touching the bag and contaminating it. 

We strongly urge all families to send a packed lunch with their child before they leave for school.This is really the safest option.

Students will continue to eat lunch in their classrooms under the supervision of their teachers. During the regular lunch time they will have indoor and outdoor recess where they will be supervised by the lunchroom supervisors.

We strongly recommend that you send fragrance-free hand sanitizer for your child to use if they'd like to do so. Please label your child's hand sanitizer.

Every classroom has a sink and we have installed a hand soap dispenser in every classroom. Students will be required to wash their hands at various points throughout the day under the direct supervision of their teacher.


SAFE ARRIVAL

If your child is going to be absent from school please call the attendance line by 8 am. If you do not call in your child’s absence you will continue to receive calls throughout the day from the automated system.

The Attendance line # is toll-free- 1-833-250-2290.


CALENDAR- 2020-21


ONLINE FREE RESOURCES

Math websites for families (FREE!)

IXL- Teachers have added this to their Google Classrooms for parents to access.

University of Cambridge

The University of Waterloo

Youcubed (rich math tasks)

 Mathease

ONLINE HOMEWORK LESSONS gr1-8


TWITTER (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be tweeting daily)

Want to know and see more about student life at Humberwood Downs Junior Middle Academy? Follow us on twitter @HumberwoodDowns. Get tweets about special events, sports, clubs, and amazing student work. 


Top 10 Homework Tips for Parents/Guardians


STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH?

If you or some one you love is struggling with mental health you need to know that you are not alone. There are people who can help you and resources at your fingertips. The resources below are supported by the Ministry of Health and provide solid information and resources for you. You can access them 24/7.

Mindyourmind.ca

KidsHelpPhone

eMentalHealth

More Mental Health Resource for Families

Mental Health Resources on TDSB's website

Toronto Public Health- COVID-19

A Calendar full of resources and activities

Wellness Together Canada (Government of Canada)

 


LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES AT SCHOOL

Nuts (all) and sesame seeds are NOT permitted in lunches and/or snacks. We have many students with life-threatening allergies and if exposed to these allergens they will develop an anaphylactic reaction and may die. If you are buying snacks for your child the package must say nut-free on it. If it doesn't then it is not safe to send to school. Fast-food lunches where the hamburger buns have sesame seeds are not allowed. Please be careful. We have already had 4 incidents of students having an anaphylactic reaction to food a classmate brought to school. Our students' lives depend on you.


 

CALLING IN A STUDENT ABSENCE

If your child is going to be away from school please call the Attendance Line at 1-833-250-2290. This is a FREE call.


ARE YOU A STUDENT AND FEELING DOWN OR UPSET?

You are not alone. The Kids' Help Line is created just for students who are having difficulty in the following areas:

  • emotional well-being
  • bullying and abuse
  • school 
  • relationships
  • friends and family
  • identity
  • physical health

Kids' Help Line can be accessed by phone, live chat, text and has many resources for you to access. Click here for quick access or call 1 800 668 6868 24hours a day, 7 days a week 24/7.


NEED HELP QUICKLY?

Are you or a family member experiencing distress and need support in any of the following areas?

  • health
  • legal areas
  • social areas
  • employment
  • cultural services

Please contact the Rexdale Hub located at 21 Panorama Court 416-741-3000. 


COLD WEATHER- When do students stay inside?


HOURS- The bell rings at 8:10am and it is important that students arrive to school on time each day. Due to COVID-19, students now eat lunch with their teacher during period 4 from 10:45am-11:10am. Outdoor play time is from 11:10am-12pm, weather permitting. Dismissal time is at 2:45pm.

CONTACTING TEACHERS- Each teacher will communicate with you the best way to reach them. Many of our teachers use various methods of communication such email, websites etc. Each teacher will let you know how you can communicate with them. You may also call the school at 416-394-4750 and leave a message for your child's teacher.

HOMEWORK POLICY


Cash Online Registration Form


EYE EXAMS- Was an eye exam on your child's back to school checklist?

  • Eye exam done
  • Immunization up-to-date
  • School supplies purchased

Make your child's eye exam a part of the back to school routine.An eye exam is the best way to help detect a vision problem and is covered by OHIP every year for children and youth age 19 and under. To find an optometrist near you visit www.optom.on.ca

For junior kindergarten students, the Eye See Eye Learn program provides an eye exam as well as a free pair of eye glasses if required. 


 

PARENT COUNCIL NEWS


Parent Council, A Guide for Members

All parents and guardians are invited to our meeting. We will be voting for this year's Parent Council Chair.

Next Meeting- Thursday February 4th @6:30pm


Interested in volunteering?

Due to COVID-19, volunteers are not permitted in classrooms.



FREE Dental Care for low-income families.
Read and find out if your family qualifies.


KIDS' MENTAL HEALTH

Worried about your child's mental well-being? Kids Help Phone web page is an excellent resource for kids, teens and their parents!