We are very excited to welcome Melanie Florence who will be visiting this Wednesday afternoon to present to all of our kindergarten to Grade three students. Melanie is an award-winning author of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She will be presenting to our students about traditional storytelling and folktales, and will read her award-winning picture book Stolen Words. According to Melanie Florence's website, Stolen Words is the "story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language- Cree- he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again." This picture book has given many of our classes an understanding of the impact of residential schools and has allowed for rich discussions of this topic in an age-appropriate way. We are so honoured to have Melanie visit with our youngest students this week.
During the month of February the TDSB recognizes African Heritage Month.
A Parent Information Session on the topic of #the talk...Talking Race & Racism With Your Child and parental warnings on how to handle racial discrimination has been organized. The session will be facilitated by Michelle Munroe, Manager, Parent and Community Engagement.
Parent Information Sessions: #the talk..Talking Race & Racism With Your Child:
- Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the TDSB Boardroom at 5050 Yonge Street
- Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 3 & 4 at the Scarborough Civic Centre (140 Borough Drive).
The Parents as Partners Conference 2019 is on Saturday, March 30 and all parents are welcome! This free conference – planned by parents, for parents – includes a variety of workshops and resources that will help any parent support their child in their achievement and school and at home. Transportation, food and translators are all provided, as well as free day camp for children ages 4-12 to support participants attending the conference. Registration opens mid-February at www.parentsaspartners.ca.
Registration for all TDSB Kindergarten programs begins in February. Children who will be four by December 31, 2019, can start Junior Kindergarten in September 2019. Families have the option of registering their child in-person at school or beginning the registration process via online registration (OLR) at www.tdsb.on.ca/kindergarten. Regardless of which process caregivers select, they will be required to visit the school to validate registration information. Please visit the TDSB website for more information.