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Talking about Race and Racism With Children

Discussing race and racism can be a difficult conversation for many adults and the thought of speaking directly with children about it can be daunting. Nevertheless, it cannot be ignored if we are committed to living in a more just world where everyone’s human rights are upheld equally.

The recent events in the United States and Canada depicting acts of anti-Black racism, as well as the rise of other forms of hate, including anti-Asian racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and Antisemitism, have made it incumbent upon all of us to have informed and regular conversations with children about these issues. While these events are not new and have historical roots, it is essential that we raise our children’s awareness about their own biases and prejudices, the different forms of discrimination and how to stand up against injustices. These discussions should occur at home and at school on a regular basis and not solely in reaction to current events.

To assist families in having these important discussions, the TDSB’s Equity, Well-Being and School Improvement team have developed TDSB Resource for Families (First Edition). Additional resources are currently in development.


Retrieving Personal Belongings
Hey Mustangs!
  • Starting the week of June 8, 2020, students/parents/guardians will be able to pick up their student belongings and return school property following the TDSB Access to School Protocol.
  • Please refer to Ms. Drummond's letter emailed to parents/guardians June 1, 2020 using School Messenger for specific details.
  • To view the schedule for next week, please click on this link:  Access to York Memorial CI- Student Schedule



Statement from TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey and Director John Malloy

Subject: Recent and Ongoing Events of Anti-Black Racism in the United States and Canada

Racism in all forms is deeply rooted in our history. This week reminds us of the ongoing impact of anti-Black racism on individuals and communities. Through the media, we have witnessed violence and harassment against members of the Black community. We are acutely aware of the devastating impacts of anti-Black racism in our world, in our community and in the Toronto District School Board.

These events are felt personally, and in different ways by our students, staff and community at the TDSB. We recognize that there are a myriad of feelings being experienced by Black staff and students in the TDSB. There is a heightened sense of vulnerability and reactions of sadness, insecurity, anger, and grief – to name a few. It is incumbent upon all of us to stand up and do whatever it takes to end racism, hate and oppression of all kinds. Silence is not acceptable. The profound harm it causes to individuals, families and communities can no longer be debated or tolerated and must be stopped.

The Toronto District School Board continues to be committed to equity and inclusion, and we acknowledge the importance of addressing anti-Black racism. As we continue to serve students and communities, these acts of violence are critical reminders that we need to remain focused and committed to the changes that need to happen for our students and families. We need to continuously examine our commitment on how we make schools safe places for all students, staff, parents and communities.

In the TDSB, we do not always get things right, but we will maintain an unwavering focus on ending anti-Black racism and all forms of oppression. We know we need to hear the voices of our students, community and staff, and make sure our equity efforts are informed by these voices. In our sadness, let us work towards change and hold each other accountable for taking a stand against individual and systemic acts of anti-Black racism. Let us work together to make a difference and fight against all forms of racism and hate as we strive to change the future in the lives of our TDSB community and beyond.

Please click on the following links for more information, resources and to access additional supports:


Heather Birrell


York Memorial would like to congratulate Heather Birrell on winning the 2020 Gerald Lampert Award from the League of Canadian Poets for her book Float and Scurry.

What a privilege to have an award-winning author as part of our school community! We are all very proud of Heather, well done!


Hey Mustangs!
Do you need support?  Dont worry, as the York Memorial School Wide Student Success Team are here to support you alongside your classroom teachers.
Please click on the hyperlink to see who they are and how they can help you and your families - York Memorial CI - School Wide Student Success Team

Google Calendar
Starting the week of April 27, 2020, parents/guardians will be able to click on the appropriate Google Calendar by Grade to find out when  teachers are hosting live instructional sessions.
For more information, please click on this link - Google Calendars by Grade.

Melissa Leong, the personal finance expert, from the talk show, The Social, clearly explains the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) and how to apply.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).
From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of:
$1,250 for each 4-week period or $2,000 for each 4-week period, if you have dependants or a disability.
For more information, please click on the CESB link.

Food for Kids Program
We know that the closure of schools has been difficult for many families, especially those who rely on school-based Student Nutrition Programs. The TDSB and the Toronto Foundation for Student Success have teamed up to provide families at your school with $50 grocery store food cards (one per TDSB student). If your family would benefit from this card, please complete the registration form online.
Online Registration Form

Ministry of Education
Get Support for Families
While schools remain closed due to COVID-19, Ontario has announced financial support for parents
Please click on this link to apply online if you are eligible: - Support for Families 

Please click on the hyperinks below to access letters and/or updates from York Memorial CI Principal, Donna Drummond, our Director of Education, John Malloy, the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce and our Superintendent of Education, Vicky Branco.


AP 2020 Exams (May 11- 22)

Please watch this informative AP 2020 Exams (May 11-22) Youtube video regarding the overview of the AP 2020 Exams.

(Also, please don't forget to read the important information posted on April 20, 2020 from the York Memorial's Advanced Placement Team in the Principal Update)




AP Exam Information
AP - Course-Specific Exam Information
See exam dates and times, descriptions of what you’ll be asked to do on your exam, and more in the tables below by clicking on this link - Course-Specific Exam Information


AP  Exam Schedule
AP Exam Schedule
To view the AP Exam schedule,(exam dates and times, what's covered and what's not, the types of questions that may be asked, how those questions will be weighted, and more) please click on the following link - AP Exam Schedule

AP Updates
AP Review Lessons
To access free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country,  please click on this linkAP YouTube Channel
The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course.  Students can take a 45- minute online exam at home. 



AP Exam Security

AP Exam Security
AP exams have been to designed to address three key issues: exams are designed with security criteria in mind, tools will be utilized to detect plagiarism, and students who violate AP exam security will receive consequences. For more information about AP Exam Security, please click on this link - AP Exam Security

Spec Ed
The Special Education (DD) Department has created a portal to provide parents/caregivers with a range of online resources to help with homeschooling responsibilities. The website contains links to:
Popular educational websites
Printable handouts to support practical academics
Educational games and Videos
Ebooks and audiobooks
Colouring pages and other creative activities
Resources to help explain the coronavirus to special needs individuals
Online application for parents to apply for $250 from the Ontario government to help offset homeschooling costs
If you need a place to start or are looking for additional activities, then visit this website: YMCI-Sped/Home

Password Reset
Student Password Support
Students can receive account & password assistance through a webchat by clicking on this link - Student Password Support


Please click on the graphic ABOVE OR on the hyperlinks below to access the following Student Learning Resources which provide resources for families so that students can continue learning while schools are closed.
Ontario Ministry of Education (Learn at Home)
TDSB Virtual Library Online Resources