March 15-19, 2021
Greek Heritage Month
March’s Character Trait is Honesty
March 14 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 15 - School Spirit Day (School wear, navy, teal)
March 16 - Hat Day
March 17 - Green Day!
March 18- Beach Day (tacky tourist)
March 19 - PJ or Jersey Day
March 26 - TDSB Earth Hour 2021
March 30 - School Council Meeting (6:30 pm details and link to follow)
April 2 - Good Friday (no school)
April 5 - Easter Monday (no school)
April 6th - Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with Us
April 12th-16th - Spring Break (no school)
April 14th - Day of Pink
April 22 - Earth Day
Good Evening Second Street Families,
We certainly enjoyed the sunshine and warmer weather this week. It was so nice to see classes outside being active and enjoying the fresh air. We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and has time to do something they enjoy.
Public Health Nurse
We had a visit by our Public Health nurse on Wednesday. She commented on the importance of completing the daily health pass, wearing a mask while on school property, hand sanitizing and physically distancing.
Please send your child to school with lunch in the morning. If there is an emergency and you need to drop off a lunch please have it labelled with your child’s name and room number and place it on the table in between the doors at door number 2. Public health is still recommending that we do not have food delivered to the school by delivery services. If it is an emergency and you must have a lunch delivered to the school please make sure that the order has your child’s name on it and it is dropped off at door # 2.
Students must wear non-medical masks or face coverings while in school. The TDSB’s requirements are consistent with the City of Toronto requirement that anyone aged two years and older must wear a mask/face covering in indoor public spaces.
Public Health is still stating that we are not to be having large crowds in the school yard before and after school. Thus the playscape, basketball courts and field are closed.
We are reevaluating pick up and drop offs on Maple street. We ask that people do not park directly in front of the staircase in order to allow for people to pull up and let their children off. Hopefully this will eliminate the stopping of vehicles in the middle of the road and the u turns which occur creating a safety hazard. There is parking on Dwight Ave which will hopefully alleviate some of the congestion.
For the week of March 15th we have come up with Spirit days to make the week an enjoyable one. Please remember that these days are meant to be fun, inclusive and creative venues for students and we have come up with ones which do not require anything to be bought. Reuse and be creative!
Monday March 15 - School Spirit Day (School wear, navy, teal)
Tuesday March 16 - Hat Day
Wednesday March, 17 - Green Day!
Thursday March 18 - Beach Day (tacky tourist)
Friday March 19 - PJ or Jersey Day
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Second Street Junior Middle School
New Outdoor Learning Portal Launched
We are excited to launch a new online, outdoor learning portal for staff and families in the TDSB. This portal brings together information, ideas and resources to help support and encourage learning in the outdoors.
While many educators regularly integrated the outdoors into their daily learning, the pandemic has encouraged all staff to look beyond the walls of their classroom and find innovative and creative ways to learn outside.
This portal provides valuable and current information for educators, including research, resources and best practices, to help them get started or explore new ideas. Staff are also encouraged to share their outdoor learning in action with #TDSBoutdoors on social media to inspire other educators interested in trying new learning opportunities outside.
The Family Resources area of the site provides tips for preparing for the weather, resources for why and how to get started as well as a comprehensive list of activities for families to enjoy together in the city.
The website will continue to be updated with new information and resources and will continue to serve as a hub of ideas and innovation that educators use not only in the coming months, but for years ahead.
Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with Us on April 6th
World Autism Day, April 2nd, 2021, is on Good Friday this year and will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021.
In previous years, the TDSB joined Autism Ontario and 300 schools and municipalities across the province in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day by holding a Raise the Flag ceremony at 5050 Yonge St. and in many schools.
The first Raise the Flag event was held in April 2010, when Shari Bishop-Hume of London, Ontario, thought about how a community could bring more awareness to Autism. With support from her family, the community, professionals, and advocates, it was proposed that we raise a flag in support of World Autism Day.
This year, we invite our staff and students to join a virtual Raise the Flag ceremony. Please see the link below.
Toronto Student Transportation Group
If your child is in Kindergarten to Grade 3 they would have received a purple tag which was attached to their backpacks by Mr. Vella and Mrs. Bertini along with a note for parents/guardians. The Purple Equals Parent or PEP program is designed to help bus drivers identify young bus students that need to be met at their bus stop. If you are in need of new tags please let your child’s teacher know.
TDSB Earth Hour 2021
On Friday, March 26, schools across the TDSB are recognizing Earth Hour from 2 - 3 p.m. Schools are asked to reduce their electricity usage for one hour.
During Earth Hour, our school will be using as little electricity as possible in the office, halls, classrooms, library, gym, cafeteria. Where possible, schools will also be reducing their electricity usage over the weekend.
More information is available on the EcoSchools website at http://www.tdsb.on.ca/ecoschools.
Steps to Address Your Questions and Concerns
The TDSB wants to hear your questions and concerns, and makes every effort to address them as quickly as possible.
In any situation, your child's classroom teacher is the first point of contact, followed by the school's principal, the school superintendent and your Trustee.
For more information visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Contact-Us/Steps-to-Address-Questions-Concerns.
High Water Levels Brings Increased Risks
The Toronto and Region Conservation monitors hazardous ice conditions as thaw begins and are reminding everyone to be very careful around all bodies of water. The first hint of warming weather and the promise of spring thaw can bring extreme danger to the shores and surfaces of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes, according to Toronto and Region Conservation.
As warmer temperatures arrive, stream banks become increasingly slippery and unstable. Lake and river ice weakens, becoming thinner or with higher flows breaking with little or no warning. During this time, the potential for flooding and ice jamming is high.
Higher, faster-flowing water and extreme cold temperatures combine to create increased dangers on or near rivers, streams and ponds for people wishing to enjoy the seasonal changes. Parents and caregivers are being asked to keep children away from stream banks, ponds and lakes.
City of Toronto Automated Speed Enforcement Redeployment
The City of Toronto will soon be redeploying Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) systems in new school zone locations. 'Coming Soon' signage will be posted in the area within the next few weeks and enforcement at these locations is expected to begin in early May 2021.
Refer to the city-wide listing, for a breakdown of these new ASE locations by city ward.
ASE uses a camera and a speed measurement device to detect and capture images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. Images are then reviewed by Provincial Offence Officers and tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle. Upon conviction, the penalty is a fine. ASE is focused on altering driver behaviour to decrease speeding and increase safety.
More details on Automated Speed Enforcement in the City of Toronto are available at www.toronto.ca/ASE.
We are pleased to hear that Second Street will be receiving hepa filters in the coming months. We continue to remind our students to social distance and to keep their masks on and thank our community for doing the same while on school property. The playscape will continue to be closed before and after school and we thank everyone for leaving school after dismissal.
Dogs in the School Playground
A family pet can bring great joy and happiness for many years. We remind parents that the school playground is full of many children who have a range of comfort with dogs. We ask families to be considerate of the needs of our students and refrain from bringing dogs of any size onto the school property during school hours. We understand that many dogs are well trained and docile, however, some of our students continue to experience anxiety around dogs. We also remind the wider Second Street community that the school yard is not to be used as an off leash dog park before and after school hours. Thank you to those dog owners who are considerate of our play area and pick up after their dog. We thank you for your support in this matter.
Student Verification forms were sent home this week. Please check that we have correct information including current email addresses and phone numbers and please return it to your child’s teacher along with the beginning of year forms if you haven’t done so already.