The Northlea News

02 December 2019
Issue Twenty
Dates to Remember
Administrator Update
OPAL:  Outdoor Play & Learning
Parent Concern Protocal
Safety @ Northlea
Identity Months @ TDSB
Communication Between Home & School
French Immersion Application Information
Transition From Grade 8-9 
Northlea Elementary and Middle School - TDSB
416 396 2395
305 Rumsey Road
Toronto, Ontario, M4G 1R4
CA

Dates to Remember

Please Note:

The 2019-2020 school year at the TDSB begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 following the Labour Day long weekend. For more information about important dates and holidays for the upcoming school year, please refer to the 2019-20 School Year Calendar.

 

This page is a summary of what is on the Northlea Google Calendar. While we make every effort to include relevant dates on this page, we ask that you please also cross reference with the Northlea Google Calendar as that is the most up to date and comprehensive source of information. Teachers will also share their personal class information with you that will not be reflected on the school-wide calendar. 

December 2019

Monday, December 2nd- Thursday, December 5th - Book Fair (see Admin. Update for details)

Tuesday December 3rd - Cookie Dough Deliveries 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Staff Room

Thursday, December 5th - 4:00 pm -5:00 pm - Family Learning Land Map Opportunity  & Book Fair until 7:00 pm

Friday, December 6th - PA Day

Tuesday, December 10th  - Winter Concerts - Afternoon and Evening  **Pls. note the Revised Date

Wednesday, December 11th - Cross Country Pizza Lunch

Wednesday, December 18th - Kindergarten Winter Concert 1:45-3:00 PM

Thursday, December 19th - Pizza Lunch & Snowflake Festival (Intermediate Students and Kindergarten Students)

Monday, December 23rd  - Friday, January 3rd - Winter Holiday

January 2020

Monday, January 6, 2019 - 1st day back at school.

Wednesday, January 15, 2019 - Grade 5/6 Leaside Cup

Thursday, January 16, 2019 - Grade 7/8 Leaside Cup

Thurssay, January 30, 2019 - Pizza Lunch

 

Administrator Update

Northlea is Proud to be an OPAL School

 

Newsletter Updates

The Administrator Update and Dates to Remember sections have been updated with new information. 

Topics Covered in This Newsletter

Northlea School Improvement Plan

Healthy Relationships Week

Book Fair

Indigenous Peoples' Atlas of Canada

PIzza Lunch

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Home and School Meetings

Me to We Food Drive

High School Open House Evenings @ Secondary Schools

Winter Concerts - Save the Dates!

Exemption Procdure from Human Development and Sexual Health Instruction, Grades 1-8

Trustee Corner

Northlea School Improvement Plan

Each year, we review our data and identify areas for improvement.  This year, we continued our co-planning with staff and parents and we are working to infuse more student voice into both our improvement planning and the general school experience.  

 

Please follow the following link for this year's School Improvement Plan.  It is a 'living document' which means we will make adjustments throughout the year.  The summary version is below and the link takes you to a more detailed version.  Our core priorities are infused across the 3 areas of focus:  Achievement, Well-Being and Equity.  We welcome your input and continued participation in helping to make Northlea the best it can be.  

 

Healthy Relationships Week @ Northlea

We had numerous special events planned for Healthy Relationships Week.  Below are some photos and a video from the events during the week:

 

Book Fair

Last year, the success of our fair allowed us to purchase $200 worth of books for each homeroom, as well as adding new titles and resources to our school library.  We hope that our fair is successful again this year, as we continue to promote the love of reading in our school!

 

Indigenous Peoples' Atlas of Canada

We have been enjoying learing together using the giant land map.  We can't wait to welcome families on Thursday, December 5th between 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  

 

Pizza Lunch

Friendly reminder that Pizza Lunch is this Thursday, December 19th, 2019.   

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Cookie Dough will be available for pick up on Tuesday, December 3rd between 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Staff Room.  If you have any questions please contact Allison Maselli or Alison Dixon Thank you for your support.  Happy Baking!

Home and School Meetings

Below please find our list of Home and School meetings for this school year:

  1. November 6th - 6:30 PM @ Northlea in the School Library 
  2. November 8th - 9:00 AM @ Northlea in the School Library - ISP Program Parent Roundtable
  3. November 13th - 8:45 AM - post bus departure  - Discussion with French Immersion parents who bus their children to Northlea hosted @ Thorncliffe Park School
  4. November 25th - 6:30 PM @Northlea in the School Library
  5.  February 6th - 2:30 PM  @ Northlea in the School Library
  6. April 6th - 8:35 AM  @ Northlea in the School Library
  7. May - Date TBD - 6:30 PM  @ Northlea in the School Library
  8. Annual General Meeting - Time TBD - Post or pre volunteer breakfast perhaps.

We are working to ensure that there are many parents able to participate in these discussions.  You will notice that we are introducing a few new meeting times (8:35 am and 2:30 pm) and even certain thematic meetings.  We hope this approach will open up new opportunities for parent perspectives to be shared.

 

A special thank you to the Home and School for their diligent efforts with the funding proposals.  Thank you as well to everyone who shared proposals and joined the proposal meeting.   The generous contributions directly relate to our school improvement plan priorities.  

Me to We Food Drive

Thank you for contributing to the Food Drive.  We were able to share a signifiant contribution with the Daily Bread Food Bank.  Bravo to our Me to We team for leading this important initiative.  

 

High School Open House Evenings @ Secondary Schools

Please follow the TDSB website and our 8-9 Transition-specific section in this newsletter for detailed information and timelines.

 

To help you make an informed decision when choosing a school, TDSB schools host open houses and information nights for parents and students each year between October and January. Learn everything you need to know about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. Please click here for the schedule https://www.tdsb.on.ca/OpenHouse. If you have questions about a specific school or open house, please contact the school directly for more information.

 

Please note that not all programs/schools are open to Optional Attendance if you do not live in the school's catchment area. Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. The procedures, conditions and timelines relating to optional attendance are described in the Optional Attendance Policy and the Optional Attendance Operational Procedure.

 

Each year in December, schools are classified as limited or closed to optional attendance based on the space they have available for the upcoming school year.

 

In particular, we draw your attention to Leaside High School's Information Evening:

 

Winter Concerts - Save the Dates!

Grade 4, the Grade 5/6 Choir and the Grade 8 Honour Band will be performing at the two Winter Concerts on Tuesday, December 10th in the afternoon at 1:30 pm and the evening at 7:00 pm. Both concerts will be at Northlea United Church. Please note that we have changed the date from December 11th to December 10th.  

 

Grade 3 classes will perform in the Spring Concert in celebration of Music Monday.  We are delighted that they will also be able to share some of their learnings with the Ghanian Drumming instrument set.   Grades 1 & 2 perform in the springtime and the Grade 7 Band will perform later in the year as well. 

 

Our Kindergarten students will perform at the their Winter Concert on site in our South Gym on Wednesday, December 18th between 1:45 pm -3:00 pm. 

 

Exemption Procedure from Human Development and Sexual Health Instruction, Grades 1 to 8 

The TDSB has developed an Exemption Procedure from Human Development and Sexual Health Instruction, Grades 1 to 8 to comply with the direction set out in the Ministry of Education’s Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No. 162. This PPM requires school boards to develop a policy or procedure that allows for students to be exempted, at the request of their parents/guardians, from instruction related to the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations found in Strand D of the Ontario Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, Grades 1-8, 2019. The report can be found here.

 

That said, the TDSB continues to acknowledge the importance of a student’s understanding of human development and sexual health and remains committed to building positive school cultures that support the mental health and overall well-being (physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual) of all students. Staff will continue to create inclusive environments where all students’ identities and lived experiences are respected.

Optional Attendance

Students who reside within the City of Toronto have the right to attend a school which is designated to serve their residential address. The "Find Your School" section of the website identifies the designated schools for each residential address.

Students also have the opportunity to access schools outside of the school that is designated to serve their residential address by applying on optional attendance.
Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. The procedures, conditions and timelines relating to optional attendance are described in the Optional Attendance Policy and the Optional Attendance Operational Procedure 

Each year in December, schools are classified as limited or closed to optional attendance based on the space they have available for the upcoming school year. A school classified as limited can accept students on optional attendance. A limited school is not obliged to accept all students who apply on optional attendance. Acceptance is conditional upon space being available in the appropriate grade and program. A school classified as closed cannot accept any students on optional attendance. Only students residing within the school's attendance area will be accepted. If a school is classified as limited, and you are interested in applying to that school, please contact the school's principal. 

Please note that the optional attendance status is updated every December for admission in September of the coming school year. Many schools that are limited have their available spaces filled in the spring. Please confirm if a limited school has space available by calling the school directly.

 

Please Note the Following:

1. Priority of placement in the requested school will be based on a lottery if applications exceed the space available at the requested school.

2. If admitted, a student is expected to continue at the requested school until graduation.

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR SCHOOL ADMISSION BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 2020

ELEMENTARY Form

Applications must be received by Friday, 14 February 2020.

A lottery, if necessary, will be held to determine the successful applicants.

Parents/guardians will be informed of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than March 6, 2020.

Parents/guardians must inform the requested school of their acceptance of the offer by Friday, 20 March 2019.

 

SECONDARY Form

Applications must be received by Friday, 31 January 2020.

A lottery, if necessary, will be held to determine the successful applicants.

Parents/guardians or students 18 years of age or older will be informed of acceptance or non-acceptance prior to Friday, 14 February 2020.

Parents/guardians or students 18 years of age or older must confirm the offer of admission by completing a course selection sheet by Friday, 28 February 2020.

No student will be admitted into all secondary grade levels through optional attendance after Friday, 28 February 2020 unless the student does not have a timetable at another school.

 

Note:  It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to deliver the application to the school or schools of choice.

Trustee Corner

Please visit Trustee Chernos Lin's website for updates about Ward 11:  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/ward11/

Thank you to Trustee Chernos Lin for hosting an excellent Ward Forum on the topic of Mental Health and Well-Being

You can also find the latest newsletter here:  

 

Community Coffee Meetings . . . A Message from Trustee Chernos-Lin

"Community Coffee" meetings are informal gatherings where parents and constituents are invited for a round table-style discussion of information sharing, best practices and interesting conversation related to education in our ward. We often have superintendents and sometimes even principals who drop by, so these are fun and engaging events. These meetings are usually held at Longo's Leaside (93 Laird Drive), unless stated otherwise. I hope you can join us at one of upcoming dates below!

  • January 15, 2020 at 9:15am

OPAL:  Outdoor Play & Learning

Outdoor Play and Learning - OPAL @ Northlea
- School Improvement Through Play - 

The TDSB has partnered with Earth Day Canada and the Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) initiative from the United Kingdom to support programming enhancements in play and outdoor learning in the TDSB.  Northlea worked through a competitive process to be selected for the third phase of this partnership. 

 

We are pleased to let you know that our application was accepted and we have been invited to participate in the OPAL program.  We will join the ranks of a handful of OPAL certified schools within the Toronto District School Board.  

 

OPAL in the News:

CBC Interview about OPAL & TDSB 

The Globe & Mail feature on OPAL in TDSB

CBC Interview with a pediatric occupational therapist on the importance of outdoor play

What Exactly is OPAL?

Earth Day Canada & OPAL write:

 

We’re on a mission to bring back what has been disappearing from childhood for decades – the time, space and permission for children and youth to play outdoors in a freely chosen, intrinsically motivated and self-directed way.

 

The school day is structured to accommodate outdoor play during recess, lunch and after school, but studies show that only 9% of children aged 5-17 get the 60 minutes of heart-pumping activity they need each day.

 

Earth Day Canada is working to bring a comprehensive play strategy to schools across Canada to support creative and diverse outdoor play experiences, so children can explore their imaginations, their physicality, their friendships and the world around them.

 

OPAL is the first program in Canada that aims to make play an integral part of the school day. Children engage in self-directed play with “loose parts” (tools, boxes, spare tires, fabric, etc.), boosting their sense of agency and creating a more inclusive and reciprocal social environment.

 

 

How Does OPAL Work?

 

What Are The Benefits of OPAL?

The OPAL approach has been shown to improve relationships between students, create the conditions for healthy risk taking and increase physical activity for many students.   Below are some additional research-based benefits of OPAL programming:

 

Why OPAL @ Northlea?

At Northlea we are committed to fostering a comprehensive approach to child and youth development.  We are proud of the programming that has been offered to date and feel that OPAL is a beneficial next step.  Play accounts for a significant amount of their time at school.  We want to make every moment count!

 

What's Next?

1.  We have consolidated the student feedback from the inclusive playground inquiry to inform the design of the front yard.  

2.  Our OPAL lead team will meet with Earth Day Canada to begin our planning.

3. We ask that you please send your child to school with rain pants, rain boots and a raincoat on rainy days.  This will enable students to enjoy outdoor play on rainy days.   We will officially begin this approach in September 2018.

4.  You may wish to read a few resources about OPAL and the value of open-ended and (almost) all-weather play with loose parts. 

      a.  Ryerson Study - OPAL in School Communities:  Results from the Pilot Programming in Toronto

      b.  Report - The Impact of OPAL 

5.  Stay tuned for more information throughout the school year.  This is a program that evolves over time. 

6.  Learn with us.  We are new at this too so we all get to begin together - students, staff and families!  What a wonderful opportunity for all of us . . . Join the conversation - ask questions and share your wonderings with the school administration.  

Parent Concern Protocal

Parent Concern Protocol

At Northlea, we value the partnership we share with parents and guardians.  Productive collaboration between home and school enables us to support students in meaningful and effective ways and affords families with confidence in Northlea.  We take this commitment and responsibility very seriously.  

 

There are times, however, when concerns arise and need to be addressed.  This dialogue is an important, albeit challenging, aspect of education and supporting student success.  

 

Arguably, the manner in which we move through these issues is as important as the issue itself.  Below is a copy of the TDSB Parent-Concern Protocol.  The protocol promotes respectful and productive dialogue between all stakeholders and offers families a transparent road map for addressing concerns.  

 

 

 

 

 

Safety @ Northlea

Traffic Safety Tips

As the new year begins, we are thrilled to see our families walking and biking to school.   We also understand that many families need to use vehicles to bring children to school.  Northlea is fortunate to be located in a very vibrant area.  This is a bustling neighbourhood.  The associated traffic also contributes to some concerns about safety.  We ask the following to help keep our students and neighbours safe:

 

1.  Please follow all Toronto parking and traffic regulations (ie.  as related to STOP signs, driveways, etc.)

2.  Please consider the "Walk-A-Block" campaign.  If everyone who drives opts to park a block away from the school, that will disperse the congestion and create a safer walking environment for our families.  An added bonus is the experience of walking to school.  

3.  Please drive slowly and be on the look-out for children.

4.  When walking or biking with your children, use those experiences to capture teachable moments so they know the safety rules.

5.  Please use our Kiss n' Ride program once it is up and running if you have to come directly to the school.

6.  Remind older students that they need to use their eyes and ears to travel safely. Texting and loud music in headphones are distractions that can impede safety.

7.  Please share the following Traffic Safety Tips with your children:  

Below are a few resources you may find useful in support of the “Walk A Block” program:

 

Legal Parking Options:  Northlea Legal Street Parking Guide

 

Pedestrian Safety Guide from Parachute Canada - This guide shares best practices for pedestrian safety.  They recommend that adults walk with their children to be role models.”

“Be a role model. Talk to your child about safe pedestrian practices while you walk. Over time, your frequent demonstrations will become ingrained in their approach to crossing roads.”

Pedestrian Safety Message To Parents - Toronto Public Health 

 

WALK & ROLL: The optimal choice is to walk and roll with our kids whenever possible. Exercise, a couple minutes chatting together and no traffic hassles. Who can beat that? 

Parking at Northlea

PARK: If you can’t walk, there is plenty of legal parking available where you can park and be on the school property within minutes. Please observe the parking signs to help keep our students free from harm and teach them respect for the law.  Legal Parking OptionsNorthlea Legal Street Parking Guide

 

RUMSEY PARKING LOT: A few friendly reminders about parking at the lot on Rumsey Road:

  1. Pedestrians are asked to please use the walkway parallel to the lot rather than walking through the lot.

  2. There is one spot reserved for people who need accessible parking.  Please only park in this spot if you require accessible parking.

  3. 2 spots are reserved for TDSB at all times of day.  Please refrain from parking in these spots even if they are empty. 

  4. There are only 3 first-come first-served spots available.  These spots are designated for TDSB staff, visitors to Northlea and families from the Northlea Community Child Care (NCCC) and Northlea EMS.  These three spots are intended to be short term parking.

  5. Please ensure you back into the parking spots so you have strong visibility upon exiting.  

  6. The lot is not available between 8:30 am - 9:00 am, as you will not be able to enter or exit the lot during this time.  Please plan to leave the lot before 8:30 or after 9:00 am.

  7. Please do not park in the fire lane.  Cars can only park in designated spots and not perpendicular to those spots.

The safety of all of the children who access NCCC and Northlea EMS is our top priority.

 

SUTHERLAND STAFF PARKING LOT - There are no designated parking spots for visitors in the larger parking lot at the back of the school. All spots have been assigned to Northlea staff. 


Parents are not permitted to park in this lot for any reason during school hours.

Crossing Guards

There are 3 school crossing guard locations in close proximity to the school:

 

City_ID

Location

556

BROADWAY AVE & RUMSEY RD

557

BROADWAY AVE & SUTHERLAND DR

572

EGLINTON AVE E & RUMSEY RD

 

There are two other locations that will be studied this Fall. The results will be available in Spring 2020:

 

Request_ID

Location

49

DONLEA DR & RUMSEY RD

54

BAYVIEW AVE & BROADWAY AVE

Street Proofing Tips

Attached our some safety tips for students in the elementary and intermediate years.  We ask that you please review them with your children.  

 

Visitor Policy

When you visit, please go to Door 2 and get buzzed in by an office staff member.  Once you enter the building, please proceed to the main office to sign in at the office.

 

Visits to classes should be planned ahead of time so the teacher is aware of potential guests.  If you have made previous arrangements to work in a classroom, please borrow a visitor's badge before you make your way to the classroom.  We ask that you please coordinate classroom visits ahead of time with the teacher.  

 

All volunteers need to have police reference checks completed before you are able to volunteer at Northlea.  Please refer to the "Police Reference Checks" section for more information.  

Police Reference Checks

 Please submit either a money order  or  a certified cheque. 

Amount:  $20.00

Payable to:  Toronto Police Services

2.   ** Please collect a Police Reference Check form from the office.

3.  Then return the completed form +  payment to the Northlea office.  Northlea office staff will submit the form and payment on your behalf.

4.  Once you receive the CLEAR form at home (approximately 4-6 weeks) please resubmit to the office to clear in our system. **

Identity Months @ TDSB

November is Hindu Heritage Month & Indigenous Education Month

Hindu Heritage Month

“In 2016, the Government of Ontario declared the month of November each year as Hindu Heritage Month. Further to this, On April 18, 2018, the TDSB Board of Trustees voted to recognize the month of November as Hindu Heritage Month. The theme chosen this year is OM – The Sound of the Universe. The sound OM, or AUM, is energy, a vibration from which all the universe originates. It is believed that form and creation emanate from this vibration. OM symbolizes vibrations of being, life, and consciousness in all worlds and all creatures. By chanting OM correctly, one feels a connection to the creation and transformation of the cosmos. And then, it is traditional to pause, sit in silence, and experience that creative void of complete peace and understanding. 

 

Canadians of Hindu faith have greatly contributed to civic life in Canada for decades, and are a vibrant part of the growth and prosperity of Toronto, Ontario and Canada. November is an opportunity to celebrate the Hindu way of life, examine its impact and contributions to the world culture, and recognize values which promote compassion, tolerance and inclusion – and hey, it is the birthplace of the number zero, without which the binary code in computers could not exist!”

 

Indigenous Education Month

 

“In November, we honour Indigenous Education Month at the TDSB. This month provides an opportunity to centre First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives, histories and contemporary realities. In classrooms across the TDSB, it is an opportunity to learn about treaties, Indigenous leadership, achievements, and resistance. Over the course of this month, students, staff and community members will be recognizing a number of important days to deepen knowledge and learn together about our shared history and build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. First Nations, Métis and Inuit Days of Significance Over the course of November, students, staff and community members will be recognizing a number of important days to deepen knowledge and build stronger relationships between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples in Canada. This includes Treaty Recognition Week (Nov. 4-8), Inuit Day (Nov. 7), Aboriginal Veterans’ Day (Nov. 8), Louis Riel Day (Nov. 16), and an opportunity to Rock Your Mocs (Nov. 9-16).

 

Communication Between Home & School

Communication Between Home and School

Below are the main sources of information you can expect to access:

1.  The Google Calendar - The Google calendar is linked to the Northlea website.  On this Google Calendar, we will endeavor to include information that is relevant to the whole school such as Photo Day and, at times, major events for a specific age group such as overnight trips. Please familiarize yourself with this calendar as we use it often.

2.  School-Wide Newsletter - The school administration will send a newsletter to the community twice a month.  It will be mailed to you directly through your email address via our School Messenger program.  These newsletters are also posted on the school website and we generally post them on our Twitter feed as well.  

3.  Twitter  (@northleaTDSB) - We will use Twitter to highlight events and moments of interest.  We'd love for you to share your summer pictures with the hashtag #NorthleaSummer and then also share your 1st day pictures at the hashtag #NorthleaFirstDay  

4. Staff Communications - Staff members will share their individualized information sharing approaches with you at the start of the year.  

5. The Northlea Home and School Website - This website- www.northleaschool.ca - will also contain updates.  It contains information about both the school and the Home and School Parent Association. *On the bottom left hand corner of the website is a section that allows you to subscribe to the website.  If you opt to sign up, you will receive updates to your email whenever the website is updated.  

6.  The Home and School Association Email List - Northlea's Home and School Association is a pivotal part of the Northlea school experience. We encourage all families to stay up to date and involved with H &SA. The #1 way to ensure you are informed is for you to consent to share your email and phone contact information.  If you want to receive correspondences from the Home and School Association, please sign up at the start of the school year:  https://www.northleaschool.ca/signup2019/

7. Northlea School Website. -Northlea is piloting a new link that will provide information to the community about various athletic and co-curricular opportunities that are being planned for the 2019/2020 school year.  The website link is sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/wearenorthlea.

Home and School Meetings

Please join us at our Home and School meeting on Wednesday, November 6th @ 6:30 PM.  

 

Below please find our list of Home and School meetings for this school year:

  1. November 6th - 6:30 PM @ Northlea in the School Library 
  2. November 8th - 9:00 AM @ Northlea in the School Library - ISP Program Parent Roundtable
  3. November 13th - 8:45 AM - post bus departure  - Discussion with parents who bus their children to Northlea hosted @ Thorncliffe Park School
  4. November 25th - 6:30 PM @Northlea in the School Library
  5.  February 6th - 2:30 PM  @ Northlea in the School Library
  6. April 6th - 8:35 AM  @ Northlea in the School Library
  7. May - Date TBD - 6:30 PM  @ Northlea in the School Library
  8. Annual General Meeting - Time TBD - Post or pre volunteer breakfast perhaps.

We are working to ensure that there are many parents able to participate in these discussions.  You will notice that we are introducing a few new meeting times (8:35 am and 2:30 pm) and even certain thematic meetings.  We hope this approach will open up new opportunities for parent perspectives to be shared.

French Immersion Application Information

Early French Immersion Parent/Guardian Information Sessions

This year, there will be two virtual (online webchat) information sessions for parents/guardians interested in the Early French Immersion (SK entry) application process. For more information on dates/times for each virtual online webchat session, please visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs website or click on Information Sessions.

French Immersion Application Information

Families interested in Early French Immersion or Junior Extended French should record the timelines noted on the TDSB website.

 

For families interested in the Toronto District School Board's French Immersion or Extended French programs, TDSB uses an online process.


At this time, TDSB guarantees an offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) to all on-time applicants. The timelines for applying for these programs for September 2020 are:


• Applications for Early French Immersion which begins in SK (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child), must be completed online between November 4, 2019 and November 29, 2019.


• Applications for Junior Extended French which begins in Grade 4 must be completed online between January 6, 2020 and January 31, 2020. Please note that this will be the last entry class for this program as it will be transitioning out - Grade 4 Immersion Program will continue.


Offers of placement within your chosen program will be made to all on-time applicants in the weeks following the close of the application window.

Please note that families with an older sibling currently in a French program are still required to complete an online application for the new student.

 

Please also note that transportation for French programming is currently being reviewed and there may be reduced bussing offered for all in French programming from 2020 and onward. Please note there may be uncertainty at the time of the application.

 

For further information about French as a Second Language programs, the application process and important dates, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/french.

 

Families in JK looking to move to FSK should pay close attention to all notices about Early Immersion timelines and information evenings.  

 

**Please note that, current TDSB policies and procedures, guarantee that all JK students who register on time are offered a placement in FSK.   It is imperative that families take  the required step to "accept" the placement when it is offered.  You are encouraged to check your SPAM/Junk Mail folders regularly during the offer timeframe.  As well, please note that, according to current policies and procedures, students are guaranteed a spot (if the above steps were followed) but they are not guaranteed a site.  If the applications from local families exceed our allotment of FSK spots at Northlea, then families will be redirected to an alternate FSK site.  

 

 

 

Transition From Grade 8-9 

Panel Transitions

Grade 8 is an exciting time for students and parents.  At TDSB we are very fortunate to have a range of options and an Elementary Itinerant Guidance Counselor to support everyone through the transitions process.   Our EIC is Ms. Bianca Angheloni.  She works at numerous TDSB schools and is assigned to be at Northlea one half day a week.  

Grade 8-9 Transition - Parent Information Evening 

Bianca Angheloni, our Elementary Itinerant Counselor, will lead an introduction to the “Beyond 8” program at a Grade 8 information evening at Northlea EMS on Thursday, October 24th in the South Gym from 6 to 7pm. It is highly recommended that all families of grade 8 children attend this very important meeting.   Families of grade 7 children are also invited to attend. The session will provide information about: key dates, timelines, Secondary School programs and requirements, Secondary School Open House dates and times, Course Selection and much more.    For those who are unable to attend, the presentation will be emailed to you the week of October 28.

 

Beyond Grade 8 TDSB Website

The Beyond 8 website is a valuable resource full of information about the wide range of learning opportunities available at the TDSB. It will help students and their parents make decisions that will influence their experience throughout high school and the future.  

 

For students just beginning high school, visit the Beyond 8 | Choices for 9 interactive website for more information about this important transition year. To help make an informed decision when choosing a school, TDSB schools host information nights for parents and students each year between October and January. Learn everything you need to know about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. 

 

TDSB is committed to creating an equitable school system where the achievement and well-being of every student is fostered through rich, culturally authentic learning experiences in diverse, accepting environments where all are included, every voice is heard, and every experience is honoured. Enjoy the journey as you explore and learn more about the range of courses and programs available in the TDSB. 

High School Open House Evenings

To help you make an informed decision when choosing a school, TDSB schools host open houses and information nights for parents and students each year between October and January. Learn everything you need to know about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. Please click here for the schedule https://www.tdsb.on.ca/OpenHouse. If you have questions about a specific school or open house, please contact the school directly for more information.

 

Please note that not all programs/schools are open to Optional Attendance if you do not live in the school's catchment area. Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. The procedures, conditions and timelines relating to optional attendance are described in the Optional Attendance Policy and the Optional Attendance Operational Procedure.

 

Each year in December, schools are classified as limited or closed to optional attendance based on the space they have available for the upcoming school year.

 

A Note from Ms. Angheloni

The students will learn to create effective Individual Pathways Plan (IPP) using an online program entitled My Blueprint.  You can learn more about My Blueprint by reading this pamphlet.  My Blueprint will assist them in reflecting and exploring their interests and strengths.  The process enables the students to establish and monitor their progress towards academic and personal goals in collaboration with their teachers and parents.

 

Grade 8 to 9 Transitions: 
The grade 8 students will be working on “Choices for Nine”, their transition program to grade 9 throughout the year.  The introduction to the program begins in early October. I will be making regular visits to the grade 8 classes to ensure that information goes out in a timely manner. 

 

I am always happy to talk to the families of students. You are the most important people in your child’s life!    If you have any questions of concerns please contact me via email Bianca.angheloni@tdsb.on.ca

Looking forward to another great year,

 

Bianca Angheloni

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