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June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to celebrate and learn from First Nations, Métis and Inuit people about the diverse cultures, histories, experiences, creations, perspectives, and achievements.

Indigenous Month

Join the Urban Indigenous Education Centre (UIEC) throughout the month of June for opportunities for staff, students and educators to engage with Indigenous artists, authors, and speakers through various virtual workshops and panel discussions.

All month long, the UIEC is hosting several events and celebrations with Dr. Elder Duke Redbird, Dr. Pamela Palmater, Ange Loft, David A. Robertson, Becky Han and others, along with Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer Pride.

During the month of June, the TDSB recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day, which is celebrated on Tuesday, June 21. This year, UIEC will have a board-wide virtual celebration on Friday, June 17.

This is a day of significance for many Indigenous Peoples in the country we call Canada today. It marks the day when the Sun is closest to the Earth. It is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples celebrate the Summer Solstice. It is a time that reminds us to remain grounded, humble and appreciative. It is usually celebrated by coming together with family and community for a feast. Traditional foods are an important aspect of the feast as they signify connection to the land and animals.

 

June is Pride Month at the TDSB

June is Pride Month at the TDSB! It's an opportunity to celebrate diversity and raise awareness among all staff and students about the rich culture and history of our LGBTQ2S community.

To launch Pride Month, Director of Education Colleen Russell-Rawlins shared a message to 2SLGBTQIA+ students and staff and our entire TDSB community: Happy Pride! Message from the TDSB Director of Education Please share with your school community.

PrideThe TDSB GSA network is proud to present its second annual virtual Pride Week, taking place May 30 - June 3, 2022.

The attached Secondary and Elementary posters can be shared with your school communities and posted online!

Pride Week Highlights

  • Opening Pride Month Video (All ages)
  • Drag Storytime videos with Fay and Fluffy (All ages)
  • Tea Condo with live performances (Grades 6 and up)
  • Ace/Aro Event (Secondary)
  • Queer Kahoot (Quahoot) (Secondary)
  • Transition to High School panel (Grades 7-8)
  • Arts-based Creative Workshop (Grades 4 and up)

To learn more about our Pride Week activities and how to get involved, please visit the GSA website or GSA's Instagram.

We look forward to celebrating Pride Week 2022 with all our 2SLGBTQIA+ students, staff, and allies.

The TDSB GSA Network and TDSB Pride Committee

 

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Hey Mustangs,

Recreational Basketball

Recreational Basketball will start Friday, February 11 at lunch for Grade 11 and 12. Recreational Basketball on February 15 will be for Grade 9 and 10.

  • Please note that you must have the following form below signed in order to participate. You can either download the form in advance and complete it OR sign and complete it on February 11, 2022 as we will have paper copies in the gym on both February 11 and February 15.  If you are under the age of 18, you will need parental consent.

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  • Recreational basketball will be on a first come, first served basis with a maximum cap of 50 students.
  • Please remember to leave all valuables in your locker.
  • Finally,  please remember to display good sportsmanship at all times.

We hope to see you there.

 

 

 
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Ontario to Support Rebuilt and Improved Historic York Memorial Collegiate Institute

TORONTO— The Ontario government is investing $11 million to construct a major addition to York Memorial Collegiate Institute to help working families in York. This investment in the Toronto District School Board announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Kinga Surma, MPP for Etobicoke Centre, will support the creation of 368 additional student spaces as part of the province’s commitment to building modern, accessible, and technologically connected schools for Ontario youth.

The scope of work will include the ministry-funded addition as well as upgrades and improvements to the school as the Toronto District School Board seeks to rebuild the facility following a fire in 2019. The renovation portion of the project will be funded by the board. Together, these investments will support a newly rebuilt and improved school for students.

The project is part of a provincewide investment of more than $600 million to support new school and child care spaces that were recently announced by Minister Lecce. The overall investment will support 78 school and child care-related projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $565 million to create more than 19,700 student spaces and 1,500 child care spaces at schools across the province.

“The York Memorial Collegiate Institute has served families for generations and we are determined to rebuild this school for the community after the devastating fire in 2019,” said Minister Lecce. “This investment will deliver a modern school that is fully accessible, digitally connected, with state-of-the-art ventilation, that will ensure students are inspired to learn, discover, and create."

“By investing in the expansion of the York Memorial Collegiate Institute, our government is ensuring that students have the best learning environment possible. Schools are where our kids go to learn, develop, and grow.” said Minister Surma. “Whether it’s a new school, safer roads, access to high-speed internet, or a new community centre, our government is continuing to build Ontario. Investing in our infrastructure is investing in our health and safety, our economic future, and our quality of life.”

Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.

Highlights of the project include:

  • An addition of 368 student spaces to bring the total to 1,300 pupil places at the restored secondary school.

  • The school’s restoration will be funded through the board’s insurance proceeds.

“The TDSB is grateful to receive $11 million from the provincial government to help rebuild York Memorial Collegiate Institute,” said Chris Tonks, Board Trustee, Toronto District School Board. “These funds will create 1,300 secondary student spaces and allow our students to experience the benefits of a neighbourhood school that supports their diverse needs and access a broad range of course offerings to enhance their engagement and academic success.”

 

 

 

 

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Chinese Heritage Month

 

 

February is Chinese 

Heritage Month

The Toronto District School Board is proud to recognize Chinese Heritage Month (CHM) during the month of February.

This year CHM coincides with one of the most important Chinese celebrations, the Lunar New Year which begins on Tuesday, February 1st. Lunar New Year is also known as the spring festival and begins with the first moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first moon of the lunar calendar 15 days later. We encourage everyone to participate and make our Chinese Heritage Month spectacular. This year’s theme is YEAR OF THE TIGER– Brave, Compassionate, Adventurous, and Optimistic.

During the month of February, several activities will be shared to mark CHM. A poster contest was held and all students from the Toronto District School Board were invited to submit images that best reflected this year’s theme. The selected images are posted below. All students and staff were invited to share their stories through the Chinese Canadian Memory Minute initiative (video link to be posted shortly). To learn about Chinese Heritage a power point was created highlighting the symbolism for various foods that are shared at festivals celebrated by Chinese Canadians. Further a Kahoots Trivia challenge was developed by CHM members for students to explore their Chinese heritage knowledge.

 

 

 

February is African

Heritage Month

During the month of February, the Toronto District School Board proudly recognizes African Heritage Month.  It is an occasion to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent to Canada and the world.  The chosen theme for 2021-2022 is NIA:  Walking in Our Purpose.

The first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine, introduced a motion to recognize February as Black History Month.  The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.  In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada. 

At the Toronto District School Board, a motion to recognize African Heritage (Black History) Month was carried in January 2002 and reaffirmed again in January 2004.

African Heritage Month Virtual Celebration Launch

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

URL: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/stream/LiveWebcast-African-Heritage-Month.html

Everyone is welcome to join for a virtual celebration that includes speakers and entertainment.

 

 

 

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National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia: Jan. 29th

Five years ago, on January 29, 2017, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City was subjected to a tragic, hateful and Islamophobic crime.

A gunman entered the place of worship and opened fire on the worshipers, killing 6 men and injuring many more. This horrific attack continues to shake many hearts and bring deep sadness within our school communities. 

As we approach January 29, it is important for us to be mindful that this time can be increasingly difficult for Muslim staff, students and families. School communities are encouraged to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia with trauma informed conversations and classroom learning.

We encourage every class to participate in the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ (NCCM) Green Square Campaign. The Green Square Campaign takes place in the week leading up to January 29, every year to remember the victims and survivors of the Quebec City mosque attack.

Let’s stand up against all forms of hate and create safe and inclusive school climates for all students, staff, and families!

For more information, please contact seconded staff member, Aasiyah Khan from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, at akhan@nccm.ca 

 

 

 

 

January 27 - Designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD)


Since 2005, the UN and its member states have held commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims .of Nazism.

On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

The purpose of International Holocaust Remembrance Day is two-fold: to serve as a date for official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and to promote Holocaust education throughout the world.

While this day is used to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirms the need for education surrounding genocide awareness and prevention, some stories are undertold or even untold.

The stories of Sephardim and Mizrahim in the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA, Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) are seldom featured in Holocaust Education, despite the presence of concentration camps, systemic laws that reduced Jews to second class citizens, pogroms and even the Farhud in Baghdad, Iraq, on June 1-2 of 1941. These stories must be centred, as well, when discussing the expansiveness of the Holocaust and its impact of worldwide Jewry.

As we approach IHRD, it is important to recognize that the antisemitism that laid the foundation for state sanctioned persecution and the escalating stages of genocide still exists today.

We must all stand up against antisemitism and anti-Jewish racism, alongside all other forms of hate and discrimination, to truly create and model safe and inclusive TDSB schools.

For more information, please contact seconded staff member Jess Burke, from the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs at jburke@CIJA.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Semester 2 - Timetable

 

 

To view the Semester 2 Daily Schedule and Late Starts Schedules for Day 1 and Day 2 as a PDF, please see the link below:

Semester 2 Daily Schedule and Late Start Schedule

 

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York Memorial Open House

York Memorial Collegiate Institute held its Virtual Open House on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

If you were unable to this attend our Open House, and would like more information or have questions, please contact our ACL of GuidanceMr. Vujacic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homework Help

 

Our Student Success Team is hosting Virtual Study Hall from Monday to Thursday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity for students to receive individual support from teachers while learning remotely. Below is the link for students to join.

 

 

Student Grabbing a Snowflake

 

Parents and guardians, please view the TDSB Winter Well-Being Guide for resources/supports to help keep children active and healthy, and to positively support their mental health and well-being. 

 

 

 

Grade 12 Guidance Information Sessions

 
 

Grade 12s -  Please mark your calendar and don't miss these important Guidance Information Session dates.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Vujacic or Mrs. Ostermann.

 

 

 

Please view our student newspaper, Y.M.C.I. Phoenix  and learn about students different perspectives on key current events.