Principal's Message

Dear Timberbank Parents/ Guardians and community members,

Welcome to Timberbank!  It has been a challenging year for our society.  I hope you and your families have been fortunate to remain safe and coping with the challenges of the global pandemic.  I look forward to hosting in-school learning for all our students in the Fall and  continuing to support those families who elect to learn in a virtual learning model format again.  We will continue to implement a variety of health and safety measures to keep students, staff and your families safe.  We expect a return to more "normal" schooling and follow the guidelines outlined by public health and the provincial government.  Our staff and support team are ready to provide your child(ren) with safe, rich and engaging learning experiences this year!

We continue to strive toward school goals in student achievement, well-being and equity.  Our dedicated staff offers dynamic programming to engage students in student-led inquiry, project-based activities, and collaborative and experiential learning formats.  We put forth great effort to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their skills as creators, communicators, collaborators and critical thinkers.  We integrate curricula to create relevant and meaningful learning that has a focus on early literacy and numeracy skills.  Our talented teaching staff provide the students opportunities to engage in extracurricular athletics, music and instrumental band, drama and dance, and visual arts.  We are developing the whole child.  We integrate environmental and social justice themes into their learning to make it more meaningful and relevant.  We aim to build inclusive learning environments by developing self-advocacy skills, building resiliency and providing accommodations to achieve success.  We connect assistive technology supports to students to ensure they are learning with their peers in the least restrictive environments possible.  We have a focus to build self-regulation and mindfulness with our youngest students and build leadership and independence to prepare our oldest students for transition to their middle school years.  

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support to help us coordinate the survey selections for registering for In-School or Virtual learning models.  There may be staffing changes and technological issues that continue to require our attention. Please note that we have a later start to our school year after Labour Day and Rosh Hashanah observances.  The first day of school will be on THURSDAY, September 9th.  You can find your child's tentative grade and homeroom placement at the main door windows by September 6th.  

All students from Grades 1 to 6 will receive a Progress Report Card on Monday, November 9th.  Kindergarten students will also bring home Initial Observations as part of their Communication of Learning report.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet and conference with your child's teacher on Thursday, November 15th (3:30 to 8 pm) and on Friday morning, November 16th (8:30 to 11:30 am) Please look for further details about face-to-face interactions during COVID-19 school procedures in advance to these dates.  Our teachers are always available to you.  Please contact your child's teacher by phone meetings or set-up virtual chats to discuss your child's learning or to share any concerns.  Please contact the school to make an appointment to conference with your child's teacher outside of the scheduled interview times.  All efforts are made to coordinate interpreter services to support parent-teacher conferences and assist with any translation needs. 

The first parent School Council meeting will be held on Monday October 4th.  This is the Council's first meeting of the year,  All parents and community members are encouraged to join us at these monthly meetings. Look fro emails and newsletters with links inviting you to participate.  We are happy to welcome back Ada Kwan and Jeffrey Kwok as co-chairs again this year. The Council continues to be a strong advocate for our students, to collaborate with staff in leading fundraising initiatives for school equipment and resources, supporting curriculum enrichment and student activities.  Parents will continue to support Timberbank staff to provide STEAM (integrated Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) opportunities again this year.  Our School Council is investing in technology to support goals for student digital literacy, creating opportunities to explore coding and robotics concepts and building 21st Century learning skills across our grades. 

Student safety in of paramount importance!  Please adhere to street parking signs and traffic laws to keep our community safe.  At school entry drop-off and pick-up at dismissal time, we kindly ask that you obey the signage to stay clear of bus lanes and avoid any stopping at or near the crosswalk.  It is everyone's responsibility to keep our kids safe.  Please take the extra minute or two to drive up the boulevard or around the block instead of potentially dangerous u-turns that create traffic congestion or limits sightlines for drivers.  We may be working with Toronto Police Services to develop student leadership opportunities as student safety patrollers in the near future. Please continue to perform your daily COVID-19 symptom checks before coming to school.  Students must present their signed/dated Student Health Pass to their teachers before entry to the school.  All staff and students must wear masks while inside the school.  All parent visitors on school premises are also asked to wear an appropriate mask to keep our community safe.

Timberbank students are recognized and celebrated bi-monthly at our On T.R.A.C.K. assemblies.  Students are recognized for outstanding efforts and displays of character traits such as teamwork and trust, respect and responsibility, attitude and achievement, cooperation and courtesy, and kindness.  The whole school works to be a safe and caring environment.  September is Teamwork Month and October is Trust month.  At the end of October, we will have an assembly to recognize students for demonstrating outstanding work and behaviour in school, particularly demonstrating these traits.  Parents of award recipients may be invited to join these recognition assemblies (pending Public Health and Occupational Health and Safety regulations for school visitation, of course)

We look forward to an exciting and engaging year!  Whether you elect to stay at home as a virtual student or take advantage of the opportunity to attend in-person, you are always included as a cherished member of our Timberbank community.  On behalf of all our staff and community, we also want to wish our new families to the area a very warm welcome.  Have a wonderful school year and feel free to contact me if you need to discuss anything.


Chris Hoisak