Happy Mother’s Day!
May is Asian and Jewish Heritage Month at the TDSB
School Council Meeting
The next virtual school council meeting will be on May 26, 2022 at 6:30pm. Sergent Megan McGarry will be joining us to discuss internet safety.
Lost and Found
All next week our Lost and Found will be on display outside Door 1. Please stop by to see if any of your child’s lost items are located in the pile. All unclaimed items on Friday will be donated to a local charity.
Call for Donations of fabrics big and small for regalia making
Please see the poster attached and drop off any donations at our main office or room 319.
This has been a very challenging week at Avondale. The current wave of Covid-19 has significantly impacted our school
staff and student community. We urge all families to monitor for Covid symptoms as outlined on the TPH Health
Screening. If you or your child is feeling unwell, please stay home and take care. Administer a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
Supplies are available at the school, as are saliva PCR tests, if you need a test kit. If positive, follow TPH directives based on age and vaccination status. If negative, administer a second RAT 24-48 hours after the first. Remain at home until well with no new or worsening symptoms. While challenging, thanks to the incredible flexibility, support and collaboration of all Avondale staff, students, and families we continued to enjoy a rich and engaging week. Thank you for all you are doing to help keep our community safe and healthy.
For a picture of the Covid impact on our school and the TDSB system please visit COVID-19 Reporting webpage, which also includes our daily absence reporting. The weekly total will be uploaded each Tuesday for the preceding week.
We wanted to inform you that COVID-19 notification letters will continue for the remainder of this school year. In order to provide a more comprehensive picture of our school community, these letters will now be shared with the entire school community and include all impacted classes in the school.
Home Appliance Food Co. Food Truck Lunch
Let’s do Lunch!!! After these last two years we: students, staff and parents, deserve a fun lunch. We are planning a special lunch with Home Appliances Food Co. This company also supported our school with donations for our Family Virtual Bingo Night. Their food truck will be on site on May 24 serving FDK-grade 3 and May 31 serving grades 4-8 and staff. Please see the Interest Form at https://forms.gle/qcegrmDri2N58NQF7 if you are interested in participating in this lunch event. This form is NOT AN ORDER FORM but an expression of interest to aid in our planning. Please complete one form per child/staff if you would order for your child. An order form will be sent closer to the day to families using School Cash Online for final orders. See attached to wet your appetite.
Warm weather playing in playground after school and access to school building
As, hopefully, the warmer weather continues we can get outside after the long winter. Please remember that we are a very large school community and entry and dismissal times bring a very full school yard. While bikes, scooters and skateboards are a great mode of transportation to and from school please walk your bike, scooter or skateboard when on school property at these times for the safety of all students, staff and family members. For students and families remaining on property after the school day to enjoy the playscape, field or basketball hoops please remember that access to the school is not available as we have program through 6:00 p.m. If you are staying to play, we welcome you but please pee before the end of the school day.
As the war in Ukraine continues and the resulting humanitarian crisis worsens each day, the TDSB is launching the TDSBcares: Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal to support the Canadian Red Cross and UNICEF in their ongoing efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to those impacted. This is in line with the TDSB’s International Disaster Relief procedure (PR609).
The TDSBcares: Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal will run until May 31, 2022. Tax receipts will be issued by the Canadian Red Cross (for all donations of $1 or more) and UNICEF (for all donations of $10 or more).
Celebrating Birthdays at School
Many students and families wish to celebrate a special day at school with classmates. We welcome celebration and also acknowledge birthdays everyday on the morning announcements. We remind families that we have many students and staff with food restrictions and allergies. Therefore, if you wish to acknowledge a special day with classmates, we ask that you do so with non-food items. Full birthday celebrations are best organized outside school and school hours.
As provincial health restrictions are lifted, we welcome a gradual return of excursions, co-curricular activities, and volunteer opportunities within our classrooms. We are very excited to cheer on the grade 7/8 basketball and volleyball starting this week during the lunch period. In Ontario all volunteers working with children are required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police reference check). If you have never had a VSS you can pick up an application from our main office. There is a one time fee of $20, payable by certified cheque or money order to Toronto Police Services. If you have completed the VSS in the past an annual declaration is required. There is no fee for the annual declaration. This involves coming to the office, or you can simply email Michael, to declare if there have been any convictions during the past 12 months.
Getting ready for 2022-2023
We are already planning for the 2022-2023 school year. Kindergarten new student registration is well underway 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):
- Report online https://www.toronto.ca/studentvaccines.
- 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.
- 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.
2022-2023 School Year Calendar
The 2022-2023 elementary and secondary school year calendar has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Information can be found on www.tdsb.on.ca. Please note the key dates in the document below. The first day of classes for students will be Wednesday, September 7, 2022. September 6 has been designated as a Professional Development day. https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/AboutUs/docs/KeyDatesSYC2022-2023.pdf
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.
Infant-3.5 years Mothercraft Childcare
See attached for information and contact details for Mothercraft Childcare.
Learn more about EDP please visit Extended Day Program website at https://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/Extended-DayProgram.
Elementary Summer School 2022
The focus of the 2022 Elementary Literacy and Numeracy Summer School Program is to continue student engagement
through the month of July. Programs, embedded in Literacy and Numeracy, are developed by the local summer school
principal to reflect the local school focus.
Programs are offered in-person to students in K to Grade 8, from July 4 to July 29, 2022. This year, one online (remote) summer school program will be available.
For more information and registration information please visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Innovation/Elementary-Summer-School
Avondale EDP Summer Camp
A full summer camp will be operating at Avondale this summer by our Early Years Department. Registration has opened for families currently enrolled in the extended day program. Please visit the TDSB website for program information, registration, and details when registration will open for new families.
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.
Education Week and Children’s Mental Health Week
This year, the TDSB recognizes May 2 to 6 as Education Week and Children’s Mental Health Week (CHMW).
This Education Week, the TDSB is proud to share some of the amazing work staff and students across the system have been doing in both Virtual and In-Person classes and co-curriculars to show their commitment to achieving equity at the TDSB through their support and participation.
The Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression website was recently redesigned to ensure TDSB communities and families could easily access and learn about all the equity work the TDSB is committed to accomplishing. Equity is central in supporting mental health and well-being. This year, the theme is Intersecting Identities and Well-Being. For more information, check out the TDSB site: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/Supporting-You/Mental-Health-Well-being/Childrens-Mental-Health-Week
Be well. Be safe. We got this, together!!!! Michael & Dimitra