June is Pride Month, National Indigenous History Month, Italian Heritage Month and Portuguese Speaking Heritage Month at the TDSB
Thank you to Avondale’s School Council for the after school Freezie sale.
A special acknowledgement to Maki for spearheading the event for us
A Message from interim Principal, Clifford Leigh-Mossley
It is a pleasure to be at Avondale. I am very pleased to be working with the staff, students and Avondale community throughout the month of June. It is a busy and exciting school with great kids and a great staff. I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of students in the classrooms, hallways and playground throughout the past week. Should you have any questions, please reach out to me. Clifford.Leigh-Mossley@tdsb.on.ca
A note from our Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) about Avondale’s upcoming marketplace
On Tuesday, June 14, Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 from 2:30 pm to 5 pm the TRC will be hosting
Avondale’s Marketplace in support of Indigenous owned and operated businesses. We are inviting all families, caregivers
and community members to come out and show your support. Our goal is to promote Indigenous owned and operated
businesses from across Canada. This marketplace is a hybrid model with some in-person tables and some virtual stands
with sample products, links to their websites and a QR code to scan and to take with you for future purchases.
Over the next few weeks we will be spotlighting some of the businesses that will be included in our marketplace. We
look forward to seeing you June 14th, 15th and 16th!
Avondale’s TRC Committee
We have rescheduled our EQAO assessments to take place this week, each day excluding Wednesday. Grade 3 classes will write their test in the morning and grade 6 classes will write their test in the afternoon. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
Intermediate Book Club/Discussion Group
This past Thursday after school was the final Book Club meeting for the year. Avondale’s book club consisted of intermediate students, staff and a couple of parents who met once a week to discuss Emmanuel Acho’s book titled “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy”. Staff and students noted that it was a highlight of their week to discuss the difficult topic of racism. “I really liked how Emmanuel Acho explained issues related to blacks and racism in a way that I can understand.”, “Book club was one of the highlights of this school year.”, “The book is about conversations, uncomfortable conversations”. We look forward to putting our learning into action in months to follow. Those who were not able to join this year, don’t fret, we will be having another Book Club reading, “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy” in the new school year.
Excursion Management Application
Please note that TDSB has now introduced the Excursion Management Application (EMA), which is a web-based application online. This digital platform allows Parents/Guardians to complete excursion forms online. Once you login, each section must be completed and submitted in order to confirm full authorization for your child to leave school property. If you are unsure, please contact the homeroom teacher for further assistance. Below is step-by-step reference guide will assist on how to login to EMA:
- Login in to https://parent.ema.tdsb.on.ca/#/
- Click the purple login icon
- Next, enter the email address attached to your child or children used for initial registration
- Enter the password for the same email address
- Once you login, you will access to all the excursion forms attached to your child.
Also, something important to note is that for each excursion sent out there may be an additional step that needs to be completed, which is paying for the cost of the trip on School Cash Online. You child’s teacher will notify you if this is the case.
We have a number of Junior and Intermediate students who bring their cell phones to school, primarily so that they can communicate with their families and let them know that they’ve arrived safely at school or home. While we appreciate the need for students to connect with their families, we have set some parameters to cell phone and personal device use to ensure that they are being used at appropriate times or in appropriate ways.
Cell phones are not to be out during class time unless a teacher has given permission:
Explanation: Cell phones can be great learning tools, but they can also be major distractions. We have had cases where students are texting with friends, or playing games. This causes a major distraction, both for the student who owns the phone and for others. This rule is in place to minimize distractions and have a safe learning environment The use of personal mobile devices is permitted during instructional time under the following circumstances
- For educational purposes, as directed by the educator in the classroom,
- For health and medical purposes,
- To support special educational needs (e.g. SEA Claims).
Students are expected to follow our Online Code of Conduct and Avondale Schools Code of Care.
In particular, students are expected to be kind in words and actions towards others.
Explanation: Cyber-bullying is a very real phenomenon, and cyber-meanness is just as big an issue. Online activities can have a major impact on the students, their classes, and on school climate. Students will be held responsible for any online activity that negatively impacts school climate, even if that activity occurred outside of school hours.
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.
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
Please visit the TDSB website for program information and registration.
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.