Second Street Junior Middle School

    Weekly Update

    May 31 - June 4, 2021


    Upcoming Dates

    June’s Character Trait is Perseverance

    June 4 - PA Day (no school)

    June 8 - School Council Meeting

    June 11- Hat Day

    June 18 - Jersey Day or School Spirit Day

    June 25 - Beach Day

    June 25 - Report Cards and IEPs Sent Electronically to Families

    June 24 - Grade 8 Graduation (see below for details)

    June 29 - Last day of School for Students


    Good Evening Second Street Families,

    We hope everyone is keeping well. We are busy planning for the end of the year activities. Stay tuned! Please remember that this Friday June 4th, is a PA day for our staff to work on the final report card of the school year. 

    In preparation for the start of the 2021-22 school year, families that borrowed devices (e.g. iPad, Chromebook, Internet Hub) from Second Street or the TDSB,are asked to return them. Devices, power cables, cases and chargers can be returned to Second Street between Monday, June 14 and Wednesday , June 30 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. All devices that are not returned by June 30 will be administratively locked, preventing student login. These devices will need to be returned when school resumes in September. Students enrolled in a TDSB summer program may continue using the device for the duration of the summer program and should return the device in September. 


    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Louise & Edward

    Please reach out if you have any questions  @ edward.vella@tdsb.on.ca & louise.reis-bertini@tdsb.on.ca

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    Celebrating Black Excellence: TDSB Launches Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement

     On Tuesday, June 1, from 5-7 p.m. the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement is celebrating its virtual launch. The evening features a performance by Randell Adjei, who was recently named Ontario’s first Poet Laureate; and an engaging panel discussion about the Centre’s mandate with distinguished speakers, Dr. George Dei, Dr. Carl E. James, Dr. Nicole West-Burns and Dr. Njoki Wane. Moderated by Itah Sadu. To register for this event, click here.

    Reminders

    From Toronto Public Health:

    Re: COVID-19 Vaccine

    COVID-19 Vaccination continues to be an important way to protect ourselves, our family and our school community from COVID-19, including the variants. We encourage you to get vaccinated and consider vaccination for all those in your family who are eligible.

     COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 12 years and older

    • On May 5, 2021 Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15. Clinical studies showed that this vaccine was safe and effective for this age group. The Pfizer vaccine is now approved for all individuals 12 years of age and older.
    • Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or none at all. However, some children with COVID-19 can get very sick. Children can also spread COVID-19 to other people. Vaccinating children protects them from getting sick and reduces virus spread within their household and the community.
    • While fewer children compared to adults have gotten sick from COVID-19, they have been impacted in many other ways. Most children who live in Ontario have had to attend school remotely, miss out on extra-curricular activities, and spend extended amounts of time away from their friends and peers. This has a big impact on children’s mental health. Vaccinating all who are eligible, including children, will help to reduce the number of cases of COVID-19 in our community and allow kids to get back to participating in group activities they enjoy. For more information and resources, please visit our website: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources.

    Who is eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

    • Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is eligible for the vaccine now. To find out more information on how to get vaccinated, eligibility and how to book an appointment, please go to our COVID-19 How to get vaccinated webpage.
    • The province has announced that children/youth 12-17 years of age will be eligible for vaccination before the end of May.
    • Pop-up clinics for children/youth 12 and 17 years of age and their families in targeted hot spot communities in Toronto are beginning this week.
    • There will be dedicated youth and family clinics throughout the weeks of June 14 and 21 for first dose appointments at City of Toronto clinics. 

    In order to be eligible children will have to have had their 12th birthday prior to or on the day of vaccination.

    Where can I book my appointment?

    • All adults can book their appointments for City-run clinics through the provincial booking system or by calling the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). There are no walk-in or standby appointments available at City-run clinics.
    • Hospital and community healthcare partners also operate vaccine clinics, including pop-up clinics that target specific areas of the city. These clinics will be promoted locally.
    • Selected pharmacies are also offering the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine



    Graduating Grade 8 Second Street Students

     It is officially that time of the year where our Grade 8 students are preparing for their transition from elementary school to high school. As part of that transition we want to celebrate the learning and growing our Grade 8's have done during their time in elementary school and at Second Street. We will be having both our in-school and virtual Second Street students graduation together because even though the pandemic has kept them apart, we want them to celebrate together as they would have. 

    We will be holding a Virtual Graduation on Thursday June 24th 2021 at 1pm. We are inviting all Grade 8 students, parents, and guardians, to attend the virtual graduation as we celebrate this moment together. A Zoom link will be sent out and shared with every grade 8 family closer to the date. 

    Prior to the graduation ceremony we will be asking all the students to come by the school on a pre-scheduled and in a socially distanced manner ,to pick up their diplomas as well as to drop off any and all materials that they may have borrowed from the school ie. textbooks.

    We will be contacting students closer to that week to schedule a time. 

    If you have any questions please feel free to email your child's teacher (for in-school students) or our principal Mr. Vella (edward.vella@tdsb.on.ca), our Vice-Principal Ms. Bertini (louise.reis-bertini@tdsb.on.ca).

    Thank you,

    The Staff and Admin of Second Street JMS