The Northlea News

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

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)

Friday, December 20th - PJ Day

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

January 2020

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

Tuesday, January 14th - Coffee Morning with Trustee Rachel Chernos Lin   9:15 -11:15 am @  Longo's on Laird

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

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

Friday, January 17th - PA Day

Thurssay, January 30th - 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. 

Northlea Pride

Check out this amazing, student-initiated, time lapse video prepared by Ryan T. in our Intermediate program.  We are thrilled Ryan shared this with us and we have some special plans in store for him to share more of his art with our school


Topics Covered in This Newsletter

Greetings from the Administration

PJ Day - Friday, December 20, 2019

Snowflake Festival

Book Fair

Winter Concerts

Snowsuit Collection

Holiday Hampers

Deep Learning Through Technology

Spotlight on Building Relationships Through Play:  OPAL & Best Buddies

Therapy Animal Program - New Addition!

Forest of Reading

Staff Appreciation Breakfast - Thank you to the Home and School

Athletics Update

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

Optional Attendance

Junior Extended French Application

Home and School Meetings

Trustee Corner

Greetings from the Administration


As 2019 comes to a close, we are reflecting on the important work done at Northlea. We hope that the Northlea experience offers students a well-rounded and inclusive approach to learning.  We feel such gratitude to work in the Northlea community, with your children, you and the stellar staff team.  We share best wishes for a restorative Winter Break and we can't wait to see everyone back at school on January 6, 2020.  

Merry Christmas
Joyeux Noël
Happy Hanukkah
Joyous Kwanzaa
Happy Winter Solstice
Season’s Greetings
Happy New Year

PJ DAY - Friday, December 20, 2019

We made it!  But boy are we pooped!  It's time to conjure the power of cozy.  Roll on out of bed and make your way to Northlea in your coziest pajamas this Friday.  


Snowflake Festival

A special thank you to our wonderful Intermediate students and staff for leading the annual Snowflake Festival.  It is a highlight of the season.  It makes us so proud to see our upper grades take on this leadership opportunity and bring joy to our primary students.  We loved the origami community tree, where every participant shared their name,  the other handmade crafts and the classroom story reading visits.  


Book Fair

The Book Fair was a huge success.  Thank you to Ms. Ivancic and all the parent volunteers and staff supporters.  Again this year, we will use the return proceeds to grow classroom libraries based on student interests.  Classroom teachers have been asked to engage their students in the book selection process.  


Winter Concerts

The Kindergarten concert was a joy.  We loved welcoming families and watching our youngest students shine.  


The concerts last week were superb.  It is wonderful to listen to our students perform.  We were so pleased that Leaside High School was able to join for the afternoon concert.  We share special appreciation with our staff team, led by Natalie Sommers, for offering this program.  Events like this happen because of the staff, student and parent commitment.  Check out one of the early morning rehearsals:


At the concert, we were very excited to welcome MPP Wynne and Trustee Chernos Lin to our concert.  Below is a short video.


Snowsuit Collection

Northlea is collecting snowsuit donations on behalf of the Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy.  The Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy is located right in our backyard, Thorncliffe Park, and services over 600 kindergarten aged students, provides an onsite child care and community spaces.  We are hoping to collect 20 kindergarten aged size snowsuits to donate.  Please donate your snowsuits in the OPAL bins outside of the office until winter break.  Thank you for your support!

Me to We - Holiday Hampers

Thank you for generously contributing to the Holiday Hamper program in partnership with the YWCA.  We were proud to support numerous local families and engage our students in community building.  


Deep Learning Through Technology

We are proud to be growing our capacity with technology at Northlea.  Our staff are modelling life-long learning and students are exploring varied experiences with technology.  From coding to GSuite, Northlea's technology inventory and skill set are growing.  


We were really proud to have Northlea represented at the First Lego League competition on Saturday, December 14th, 2019.  Thank you to Isaac Simms and Kendra Dunlop for their leadership. Thank you also to our numerous graduates who came back to mentor our team.  Our team was full of smiles and determination and we had a blast watching them thrive.  Bravo to this hard working team!


Below is a little video showing a taste of technology at Northlea:


Spotlight on Building Relationships Through Play:  OPAL & Best Buddies


Our OPAL program offers students enormous benefits including physical literacy, creativity, problem-solving and social skills.  2019 is the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.  Play is an important aspect of a well-rounded childhood and, at Northlea, we are proud to centre play as an integral part of our programming.  Check out this article about the importance of play.  In this article, it notes:


A recent position statement on active outdoor play, endorsed by the Canadian Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, concluded:

“Access to active play in nature and outdoors — with its risks — is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings — at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.”

Check out this wonderful video which shows students who created an obstacle course together.  

Our OPAL student leaders are always keen to lend a hand.  They decided they wanted special identifying markers when they are helping at recess.  Together with Ms. Ivancic and Ms. Berger, our Healthy ECO PALS made ECO PAL sashes using re-purposed fabrics we had at school.  


Best Buddies

Our Best Buddies program is another approach we use to support relationship-building at Northlea.  On a weekly basis, students from the large class settings and small class ISP settings come together to get to know one another and play together.   We plan to have a few celebrations later in the year so stay tuned for more information.  


Therapy Animal Program - New Addition!

We are very excited to welcome a 2nd dog and handler to Northlea.  Andrea (Handler) and Kisha (beautiful doggy!) have joined the Northlea community.  They are here once a week.  Numerous classes have signed up to host the program.  Teachers are leveraging this opportunity to promote community building, encourage students to share their language and math skills and, in general, to support student well-being.  We are delighted to have two dogs in the school on a weekly basis.  


Forest of Reading

One of our favorite programs is up and running.  Students in Junior and Intermediate were invited to introductory book talks led by Ms. Horton and Ms. Ivancic.   In January, staff will be running book clubs about each of the books.  We love to watch our students dive into reading and we couldn't be prouder of our staff team for their high levels of engagement as well! 


Staff Appreciation Breakfast

We share gratitude with the Home and School for putting together an amazing Staff Appreciation Breakfast.  It was an unbelievable spread and our team was thrilled to join together for this special occasion.  Thank you to Neggar Shafai for coordinating this event.


Athletics Update

Grade 5/6 Boys Volleyball: What an amazing season! The boys practiced on a daily basis and embodied enthusiasm and sportsmanship. They lost a very close Quarter Final match that went to a third set. Thank you to M. Shapiro and Jaime Purvis for all of their guidance and leadership.

Grade 5/6 Girls Basketball: After practicing during lunches for about a month, the girls showed grit and determination during their qualifying tournament. They were very close to qualifying for the playoffs after winning a game in their tournament, but narrowly missed out. A big thank you to Ms. Cioban and Ms. Zaharia for their coaching. Great season girls!!

Grade 7/8 Boys Volleyball: The boys entered the Semi-Finals with a 13-1 record. They showed a great deal of energy and determination during their Semi-Final match but lost by a very thin margin. The boys should be commended for their commitment to the team. They always practiced hard and deserve a lot of credit for battling back in games that they were behind in. Thank you to Mr. Luthra and Sandra King for co-coaching this team. Awesome season boys!


Grade 7/8 Girls Basketball: A big thank you to Mr. Ellis and Eran Gilady on being such amazing coaches. The girls practiced 3 times a week to prepare themselves for the Basketball season. They won their Quarter Final match and lost a very close contest in the Semi-Finals. You had an amazing season girls and deserve a significant amount of recognition for your commitment and fight during your games. 

Cross Country: The 2019 Cross Country season is officially completed! A big thank you goes out to all of the parent volunteers for their support and commitment during the Cross Country season. Thank you especially to Megan and Alexis for all of their energy and for organizing the Pizza Lunch celebration.

Ice Hockey: The teams are set and have already began practicing! The 5/6 and 7/8 teams are getting ready for the upcoming Leaside Cup. They have one more practice in the new year and numerous League games during January. 

Please ensure you check the website for timely and relevant details:


Up Next: Girls Volleyball, Boys Basketball, Swimming


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.




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.



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.

Junior Extended French Application

While admission to the Early French Immersion (SK entry)/Junior Extended French (Grade 4 entry) program is guaranteed at the entry points to all on time applicants, admission to a specific school is not guaranteed if the school reaches capacity.


Please Note: At the November Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees approved to leave transportation status quo for the 2020-2021 school year. Therefore, there will be no service changes for transportation in K-8 in French Immersion/Extended French programs for the 2020-2021 school year.


The application for Early Immersion has closed. 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.  Northlea does not host the Junior Extended French Program.


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 click here for more information -

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. 

Trustee Corner

Please visit Trustee Chernos Lin's website for updates about Ward 11:


You can also find the latest newsletter in full 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!



Guest Speaker, TDSB Director, Dr. John Malloy

Thursday, February 6th, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:30pm @ North Toronto Collegiate


Please join me for my next ward forum coming up on February 6th from 6:30-8:30pm at North Toronto Collegiate. Trustee Shelley Laskin and I will be hosting a joint ward forum with special guest, TDSB Director of Education, Dr. John Malloy. Mr. Malloy will speak on a variety of current topics including the Secondary Review, French programming, and the Multi-Year Strategic Plan and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers with the Director and Trustees. Please see the flyer below, or click on this link, for more information on parking, child care and more. We hope you will be able to join us!



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:











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








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. **

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- - 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:

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

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.

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 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

Looking forward to another great year,


Bianca Angheloni

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