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Second Street Junior Middle School

Second Street Junior Middle School

Weekly Update September 5-9

“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” ―Bono

Upcoming Dates

September’s Character Trait - Respect

September 5 - Labour Day

September 6 - PA Day

September 7 - First day of classes for students 

September 9 - Welcome Back and Character Assembly

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Orange Shirt Day

School Hours:

Supervision before School: 9:00 am  9:15 am

Entry Bell for al Students: 9:15 am

Lunch for Kindergarten and Intermediate Students: 11:45 am - 12:55 pm

Lunch for Grade 1-6: 11:55 am - 12:55 pm

Supervision after School: 3:25 pm - 3:55 pm

Dismissal for Kindergarten and Intermediate Students: 3:25 pm

Dismissal for Grades 1-6: 3:35 pm

Welcome Back Second Street Families!

We are so excited to start a new school year with you! 

Thank you for your patience.  Today we are sending out to individual families your child’s teacher’s name. I have included a teaching list below to clear up any confusion regarding those of you who have more than one child attending Second Street.

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 7th. Students can arrive at the school at 9:00 am in the playground at the back of the school. Staff will be outside wearing orange vests to assist you. Teachers will have a clipboard marked with their name and class. 

Looking forward to an exciting year!


Best,

Edward & Sylvia

Please reach out if you have any questions  @ edward.vella@tdsb.on.ca & sylvia.ghobranios@tdsb.on.ca

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Second Street Junior Middle School

English

M. Galati 109 JK/SK-A

A.Archer 105 JK/SK-B

D. McKay 106 Grade 1/2-A

A. Buś 102 Grade 1/2-B

C. Purboo 216 Grade-3/4-A

S. Ali 218 Grade 2/3-A

R. Falconer 118 Grade 5/6-A

J. Greene 117 Grade 5/6-B

FRENCH

E. Saliba 108 JK/SK-A Early French Immersion

K. Teixeira  107 - JK/SK -B Early French Immersion

C. Newman 107 JK/SK-B Early French Immersion

J. Merrick 103 Grade FI-1/2-A Early French Immersion

E. Laanvere 104 Grade FI-1/2-B Early French Immersion

B. Chabot 217 Grade FI-1/2-C Early French Immersion

C. Triantafillou 213 Grade FI-2/3-A Early French Immersion

I. Celaj 215 Grade FI-2/3-B Early French Immersion

J.Habanbou 219 Grade FI-3/4-A Early French Immersion

K.Simunovic  224 Grade FI-4/5-A Early French Immersion

A.Satdeo  223 Grade MFE-4/5-A Middle French Immersion

V. Del Bove

203

Grade 7/8-A

J. Grigorenko

201

Grade 7/8 -B

FRENCH

D. McClenaghan

204

Grade FE-6-A Extended French

E. Osario

220

Grade FI- 6-A

A. Aquan-Assee

205

Grade FE-7-A Extended French

M.Wulf

207

Grade FE-8-A Extended French

Please remember as per last year dogs are not permitted on school property. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Playscape will be  closed before and after school due to no supervision..

If your child rides the school bus to school, they will be met at the front of the school and escorted to the backyard.  A staff member will help them to find their correct classroom.  If your child attends the Before School YMCA program, the YMCA staff will accompany your child to the backyard and wait to ensure your child knows who their classroom teacher is and will be supervised until the classroom teacher takes the children inside.


Lunch

  • Students will eat lunch in the lunchroom.  Students will be supervised by a Lunch Room Supervisor as well as support staff.  
  • As an eco-friendly school, students are expected to bring a litterless lunch, which means all unconsumed items and/or packaging is returned home each night in their lunch bag.  This helps parents to see how much your child eats as well as allows for packaging to be reused.  
  • Once the students have finished lunch, they will go outside to play and socialize with friends.  
  • Lunch ends at 12:55 pm.  
  • Students going home for lunch will be dismissed to a parent/guardian in the backyard playground area at 11:45 am for Kindergarten and grades 7 and 8 and 11:55 am for grades 1-6.  Please ensure you have made contact with the teacher prior to leaving the school as we want to keep your child safe at all times.  
  • Children going home for lunch can be dropped off at 12:50 pm to the school yard.
  • Grades 7 and 8 students will need signed permission forms to leave school property. 
  • We will have a desk set up at the main entry for you to drop off forgotten lunches and materials. Please label with your child’s name and room number.

Dismissal

Students being picked up by a parent/guardian will be picked up in the playground area.  The yard will be supervised until 3:50 pm  Students taking the bus will be escorted to the bus.  Please ensure there is someone to pick your child up from the bus stop.  Students not met by an adult will be brought back to Second Street and will need to be picked up from the school.  Students attending the YMCA After School program will be picked up by the YMCA staff.

Bottle Filling Station

Second Street  has 3 water bottle filling stations which can be used for refilling water bottles..  Students are encouraged to carry individual refillable water bottles that come filled from home.

*Allergy Awareness*

If your child has an allergy please make sure to fill out the medical emergency forms sent by the board and notify your child’s teachers. 

https://foodallergycanada.ca/allergies/sesame/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI77OJksTb8gIVYzizAB1Azg_nEAAYASAAEgKCu_D_BwE


Kiss and Ride

Second Street’s “Kiss ‘n Ride is located on Maple Street. Please pull up to the curb and a staff member will help direct your child to the school yard. The parking lot is for staff parking only due to the lack of spaces. 

From TDSB

Supporting the health and well-being of both our students and staff is a priority for us as an organization. Ensuring that our staff have healthy and professional boundaries between work and home is an important part of that commitment and is an investment in positive mental health and the ability to serve and support students. 

As part of a strategy to support and encourage all Ontarians in achieving greater work-life balance, the province passed the Working for Workers Act in December 2021. In line with that, the TDSB has developed the Disconnecting from Work Policy which sets parameters for employees’ availability (e.g., responding to emails) and supports a positive shift in our organizational culture. 

Maintaining open, responsive lines of communication with you is important and connecting with staff during regular work hours connected to the school day, Monday to Friday, is always best. This means that while you can always send emails after hours, staff will respond during their normal work hours and are not required to respond after hours.

There are, of course, certain times in the year that staff will reach out after-hours for parent-teacher meetings, or previously agreed to meetings. However, they are not expected to respond to emails or messages into the evening. It is also critical to note that student safety remains a priority and if there is an emergency after hours, staff will be available as needed.

This policy is one of a number of strategies we are employing to support our employees’ health and wellness. We appreciate your patience and support on this and we know it will make a positive difference in your school community.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

Last Updated: September 1, 2022

Over the past 30 months, TDSB staff have been diligent in following the health and safety directions provided by the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health to manage COVID-19 and keep our schools and sites as safe as possible. Earlier this month, the Ministry of Education released its guidance for the new school year. They have stated that schools will begin the year in the same way that we ended last year, with only the most necessary COVID-19 measures in place. We continue to take our health and safety direction from the Ministry and Toronto Public Health and it is important to note that this is the current information and can change based on a change of guidance. 

Screening – Students and staff should continue to do a daily self-assessment before entering school or Board buildings and stay home if they are sick. The Government of Ontario has provided a revised screening tool for schools and childcares. Toronto Public Health is developing a printable version and will be shared as soon as its available.

Masks – The TDSB continues to be a mask-friendly environment inclusive of all staff and students. While the Ministry of Education and public health officials are not mandating the use of masks, Toronto Public Health strongly recommends wearing a well-fitting, high quality mask, especially in indoor public settings. The TDSB will continue to provide medical masks for staff and students who request them. Non fit-tested N95 masks will also continue to be provided to staff who request them, while fitted N95 masks will be provided to those who require them as part of their role.

Reporting and Absenteeism Monitoring –  The Ministry of Education no longer requires COVID-19 cases or absences to be reported. Of course, principals working closely with their superintendents will determine when to contact public health due to high absences due to illness. More information will be shared regarding internal practices for absenteeism monitoring and reporting next week.

Testing – Rapid Antigen Test kits will continue to be available to both staff and students and are to be provided to staff/students upon their request and/or upon return from an unplanned absence. As rapid antigen tests are readily available in other public settings, it is not the expectation that all students/staff in a school are provided tests proactively. Please note that SickKids will no longer be accepting any remaining saliva PCR test kits from TDSB staff or students. Should you require additional tests, they can be ordered through the TDSB Distribution Centre.

Vaccines – The TDSB will continue to work closely with Toronto Public Health to support their vaccination efforts for COVID-19  and other illnesses. School-based clinics may continue to operate to support local communities and you will be contacted if a clinic is to take place at your school. 

Cohorting – Cohorting classes is no longer required for health and safety reasons.

Ventilation – More than 17,000 institutional-grade HEPA filters are in the TDSB with at least one in every occupied classroom. Caretakers will continue to increase ventilation in schools and classrooms with mechanical systems by adjusting the air exchanges and running them before and after class as well as increase natural ventilation by opening windows for short periods of time.

Enhanced Cleaning – Caretaking staff will continue to perform routine cleaning of general facilities throughout the day and enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces such as light switches, handrails, door handles, etc.