WEEKLY UPDATE

  1. September 21-25
  2. September 28-October 2
  3. October 5-9
  4. October 13-16
  5. October 19-23
  6. October 26-30
  7. November 2-6
  8. November 9-13
  9. November 23-27
  10. November 30-Dec 4
  11. December 7-11

VIRTUAL FAMILIES

Need help and don't know where to go? Don't worry. We are here to help.

Below is the updated list for all tech support as well as vice-principals and principals.

CONTACT LIST


NEW COVID-19 SCREENING TOOL (Effective October 4th 2020)

Toronto Public Health has updated the screening tool that parents/guardians and schools must now use. Each student has been given their updated Passport on October 5th. Please ensure that you review it carefully before screening your child each day. Thank you for your continued support. REVISED TOOL


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)


 

MAY I COME INTO THE SCHOOL?

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)- (gone to virtual school)

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.


Whnen can I switch my child from virtual learning to in-person and VS?

The TDSB no longer has switch dates. If a parent would like their child to switch they must email the principal, Roula Skordakis, with this request and the reason for this request. The principal will put in the request to the Superintendent's office. Approval is based on a number of factors and acceptance is rare. Supporting documentation will be required.


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. 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.

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 December 3rd@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!