School in TDSB will be staggered which means that ONLY some grades will begin on a certain day. Do not send your child to school unless it is their day to begin as they will not be allowed to enter. See below:

Tuesday September 15- Senior Kindergarten (SK), grade 4, grade 8

Wednesday September 16- Junior Kindergarten, grade 1, grade 7

Thursday September 17- grades 2,3,5,6

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)



No vistitors 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. Gorenkoff- cindy.gorenkoff@tdsb.on.ca

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

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


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

There will be a long table 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 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.

Additional first day details will be posted by September 8th. Please review these carefully as many procedures have changed to ensure student and staff safety.

WHEN CAN I SWITCH MY CHILD FROM Virtual to In-Person learning and VS?


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS during COVID-19 online school learning

A Parents' Guide to Google Classroom


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)




We are STILL accepting registrations during COVID-19 school closure. If you live in the Humberwood Downs school district please register online by clicking on this link. You are still required to have all of the required documents as proof of address. See below for details. Ms. Gorenkoff will be in touch with families who have completed the online registration regarding next steps.

The TDSB has updated the required documents for registration effective February 1st 2020. We will not register your child without the required documents. See list below:

For proof of address choose any two* of:

  • Utility bill (e.g. hydro, gas, water)
  • Cable TV, internet, home phone bill
  • Insurance policy (home, tenant, auto or life)
  • Mortgage statement
  • Rental or lease agreement or deed
  • Current purchase and sale agreement
  • Property tax bill or notice of tax assessment
  • Original correspondence from a government agency or legal clinic may be accepted as a second proof of address document.


HWD has a Twitter account!

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


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.




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)



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.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION begins in February 2020!

Registration for all TDSB Kindergarten programs begins in February. We look forward to welcoming you and your child at our school in September!

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four years old by December 31. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five years old by December 31. You may choose to register in person at the school or begin this process online. 

For more information about the Kindergarten program and registration requirements, please visit: www.tdsb.on.ca/kindergarten

Click here for more questions and answers about Kindergarten registration.


If your child is going to be away from school please call the Attendance Line at 416-394-4757 and PRESS 1. 


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.



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. Click here to view the website and details.

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. Lunch time is 11:10am-12pm. Students will play outside from 11:10am-11:30am and then they will come inside to eat their lunch. Dismissal time is at 2:45pm.

CONTACTING TEACHERS- Each teacher will communicate with you the best way to reach them. Each child in gr 1-8 will be given a planner (cost is $5) and parents/guardians are encouraged to write a note to the teacher with any questions and/or concerns. Many of our teachers use other 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.


CALENDAR- Click to view month to month events at our school

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. 


September 2019

November 2019



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- Wednesday November 20th @6:30pm. 

Interested in volunteering?
Please drop by the office and see Mr. Singh for an application.

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


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