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Happy March Break… and preparing for after… from Michael & Dimitra

2022-2023 Virtual Learning Registration

As you may be aware, the Government of Ontario recently announced that all school boards must provide a Virtual Learning option for all elementary and secondary students for the 2022-23 school year.

While we expect a larger number of students to attend In-Person Learning next year, we recognize that some parents/caregivers and students will choose Virtual Learning to meet their needs.

With plans and staffing already underway for September, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is asking families interested in requesting Virtual Learning for the entire 2022-2023 school year to complete a Virtual Learning Registration Form.

If your child will be attending school in-person next year, no action is required. The Virtual Learning Registration Form is available online now and the deadline to complete is Monday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. Please note, there will be no opportunity to switch in either direction between In-Person and Virtual Learning once the Registration Form closes.

To learn more about Virtual Learning for the 2022-23 school year, including details around program availability, technology, extracurricular activities, etc. please visit https://tdsb.on.ca/VirtualLearning.

If you have more than one child in a TDSB school (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12), please complete a separate Virtual Learning Registration Form for each child using this same link.

For students newly registered to TDSB who will begin attending in September, 2022, information regarding the process to select Virtual Learning will be shared at a later date.

Thank you for your cooperation as we prepare for the 2022-23 school year ahead.

Grade 8 Graduation Photos

Missed Photo Day or had on the wrong shirt?

Edge Imagining will be hosting a popup studio in York Region, during March Break for students who missed graduation photos. Below is the link to our booking site to make an appointment:

Some notes for parents

  • When entering your school’s name, please be careful to select your school in the correct city. (There are many schools in Ontario with the same name! 😊)
  • If entering a school with a “Saint” name, use “St.” (example; St. John Bosco)
  • Signups are open now at: https://edgeimaging.ca/en/graduation-photography-studios/

We have a studio that will be set up for missed grad photos or retakes on April 23rd. Our North York studio will be located at the North Toronto Christian School.

Avondale Update

Thanks to the incredible teamwork of Avondale staff, students and families we have risen to each challenge to support each other and ensure a safe school environment. The weeks ahead will undoubtably bring familiar and unknown challenges. We thank everyone for your continued support and flexibility. We will continue to do everything possible at Avondale to keep everyone safe and informed as we continue to navigate these times.

  • Covid – it is essential that all staff and families follow Covid protocols of daily health screening hand hygiene, etc
    • We request that families inform Michael directly of a Covid positive test result: PCR or Rapid Antigen (RAT)
    • As per new TDSB requirements we will notify the class of a reported positive.
    • Reported cases resulting in class notifications this week (cases where the individual was in the school at least two days prior to testing positive or onset of symptoms: 2
    • Average Daily absenteeism rate: 11.9% (average daily absentee rate in “normal” times in January/February 8-10%)

Summer 2022 Extended Day Program

The TDSB Early Years Department will be operating a Summer Camp Program at Avondale in 2022. Registration will be by the week. Full registration details and weekly camp themes are expected to be released prior to the March Break. Watch this space or check the TDSB Early Years website at https://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/Extended-Day-Program.

Getting ready for 2022-2023

As we open 2022 we are already planning for the 2022-2023 school year. In February we begin Kindergarten new student registration for Avondale Public School. If you have a child born in 2018 they are eligible to begin Kindergarten Year 1 in September 2022. All registration will be conducted remotely. Beginning in February please visit the TDSB Kindergarten Registration website in order to register on line. Once you have completed the registration we will receive notification and contact you to schedule a Google Meet to confirm documentation. The following documents are required to complete the registration:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian Citizenship card or certificate or baptismal record)
  • Proof of address, including any two of the following current documents: Utility bill (e.g. hydro, gas, water), cable TV, internet, or home phone bill, insurance policy (home, tenant, auto or life), mortgage statement, rental or lease agreement or deed, current purchase and sale agreement, property tax bill or notice of tax assessment. Original correspondence from a government agency or legal clinic may be accepted as a second proof of address document.
  • Proof of immunization (the card that shows a list of needles your child has received):
    1. Report online <www.toronto.ca/studentvaccines>.
    2. If unable to report online, parents can provide immunization information to the school and the school will mail a copy to Toronto Public Health. Toronto Public Health accepts and translates foreign immunization records.
    3. If requesting an exemption, call 416-392-1250.
  • Verification of date of arrival, if your child was not born in Canada. Families who are permanent residents and refugee claimants may register directly at the school. Children without immigration status are welcome in our schools and information about them or their families will not be shared with immigration authorities. To register, please visit the International Programs and Admissions Office at 5050 Yonge Street, on the main floor, for a TDSB school admission letter.

This process does not include Avondale Elementary Alternative School. All 19 TDSB Elementary Alternative Schools adhere to a different admission process by application.

Childcare and Extended Day Program for 2022-2023 Infants to 3.5 years and School age from FDK-grade 6.

If you are looking for childcare for 2022-2023 we have two options available right here at Avondale. See attached for information and contact details for Mothercraft Childcare and to learn more about EDP please visit Extended Day Program website at https://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/Extended-Day-Program.

TVO Learn Resources for Students and Families

Help your child learn, straight-forward resource to support at-home learning. Understand the Grade 1-8 curriculum requirements and make a plan or immediately access engaging resources and activities to start the learning now. Also features a catalogue of high school courses to support Grade 9-12 study.

https://www.tvo.org/education-tools

The Home/School Partnership Avondale Schools’ Council Pizza Night Success $485.00 to support Avondale students

The parents of our School Council are working on several initiatives to offer parents more opportunity to engage with Avondale and some fun family events.

Share your insights and suggestions:

  1. Q&A for upcoming School Council Meetings - https://forms.gle/8GAbmKWNk7Znh8269
  2. We are building our database of parents and the volunteers for upcoming ideas. Please share your skills and knowledge by completing the form. https://forms.gle/PfNDv9c9wEYWa9BGA

Save the Dates:

  • Thursday, April 7 – Avondale Virtual Family Bingo Night – stay tuned for more details
    • Do you have connections with a local community business that would like to support our Bingo Night by donating prizes? Please contact our School Council at parentcouncil@avondaleschools.ca to learn more and obtain a business donation letter.
  • Thursday, April 14 – School Council Meeting

Thank you for your support and insights.

Avondale Schools’ Council


Be well. Be safe. We got this, together!!!! Michael & Dimitra

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