PRO Grant Application, ECO-School Certification, School Health Survey, Capital Planning Consultation

A couple important updates to take note of as we go into the March Break.

1) Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants Applications: May 19th deadline
Applications for the Ontario Government’s PRO grants are open now until May 19th. PRO grants are aimed at projects that help break down the barriers with that prevent parent engagement in our schools. School Councils can apply for funding for projects of up to $1000 and can apply as an individual school or as a community of schools. More information can be found here.

2) ECO-School Certification: Wednesday April 15th
The deadline to apply to be certified as a eco-school is just over a month away. Please try to start your application early as all fields must be answered. Audits are planned to occur in May and June to be certified. For more information on applying, as well as TDSB’s Earth Hour and Bike to School Week, please read the Eco-School’s March Newsletter.

 3) Healthy Schools Survey Results
Toronto Public Health conducted a survey of 6000 Toronto students from grade’s 7 to 12. While there is much good to be said about the health of our city’s children, there are some concerns in areas such as bullying and second-hand smoke. A infographic of the key findings can be seen here: Healthy Futures Infographic

For more details about the survey results, please visit the Toronto Public Health website.

4) School Capital Planning Consultation
The  TDSB is working on ensuring that there is meaningful consultation on what is going to be done with our schools. Can there be creative ways to bring the city, schools, and the Ontario government together to address our capital pressures? Therefore, a website for parents and other stakeholders was created to provide the information you need to join in the conversation.