School Cleanup Day, E-Learning, Mental Health, Active Transportation and Primary Inclusion

1) School Cleanup Day
The City is organizing a School Cleanup Day on April 2nd. For 20 minutes, schools throughout Toronto will be getting to know their community and helping their neighborhood becoming a cleaner space. Participating schools receive a free kit of education materials, gloves, and garbage and recycling bags. Thanks to all the Ward 7 schools that are taking part. For information to register, please visit the City of Toronto’s website.

2) E-Learning Registration
Registration is now open for those wanting to take credits online this summer. Please register here.  Non-TDSB students can start registering on April 7th so I would not wait if you would like to confirm a spot.

3) TDSB Mental Health Newsletter
The March edition of the newsletter discusses the various TDSB initiatives that help build resilience in an increasingly fast and stressful society.  This includes mindfulness exercises and teaching children how to build their internal and external resources to deal with challenges.

5) Active Transportation Tips
Spring is here and the days are getting warmer. Take the opportunity to walk or ride your bicycle to school! Kristen Evers from Ecoschools wrote a great article on tips of promoting safe, active transportation in your school.

6) Primary Inclusion Phase One
Beginning this fall, greater inclusion of students with special needs will occur in congregated classes. This process will depend on the decision of parents as well as be done with the understanding that some students have more complex needs that requires more intensive support. For more details, you can read the Phase One update.

Following the above two points, Richard Evers, TDSB’s senior manager for sustainability, will be speaking at our April meeting at Parkdale CI. And in June, executive superintendent for special education, Uton Robinson, will be our Ward 7 Council guest speaker at Lucy McCormick. If you need any information to help prepare for the discussions, or if you have any questions for the speakers, please send them to me and I will ensure they are addressed in the presentation.