Hello Howard Families,
Just a reminder that Howard is hosting this month’s Ward 7 meeting on Tuesday March 24th at 7pm in the library. Chief Technology Officer Peter Singh will be joining us to discuss the TDSBs IT policy.
The Home and School meeting is Wednesday March 25th at 7pm in the library. Please let us know if there are any items you wish to add to the agenda.
Linda and Michelle
MPP Cheri Dinovo is hosting an education forum to talk about ward 14 issues on January 22nd at 7pm at the Parkdale Library auditorium.
Robin Pilkey (Trustee – TDSB Ward 7 Parkdale High Park), a representative from the Ministry of Education, MPP Peter Tabuns (Education Critic) & Krista Wylie of the grass roots organization, Fix Our Schools (www.fixourschools.ca) will all be there. As well, local community organizations have been invited to set up information tables. The agenda will involve a panel discussion and an opportunity to ask questions.
All are welcome. For more details please see attached flyer.
PHP Education Town Hall_MPP Cheri Dinovo_Jan 22
Dear Howard families,
We have been working with other Ward 7 Reps on a campaign called “Fix Our Schools.” Our aim is to work alongside Ward 7 Council and all other TDSB Ward Councils to focus on achieving our vision of safe, well-maintained schools in the TDSB…and having public schools be considered an integral part of our public infrastructure – on par with roads, transit, and water.
We have been lobbying the TDSB, the Ministry of Education, and the City of Toronto to work together to achieve this vision.
Fix Our Schools now has a website where parents/guardians can sign up for our mailing list: www.fixourschools.ca
You can also find out what we’ve done so far: http://fixourschools.ca/2014/10/29/what-has-fix-our-schools-done-so-far/
We believe there’s power in grassroots parental/guardian advocacy and strength in numbers so please help us build our mailing list by encouraging others in your network to sign up for our mailing list.
By expanding our reach to create a large base of engaged parents/guardians, we can share information more easily and have more influence.
A heartfelt thank you for helping with this campaign,
Krista Wylie & Jen McLean
Runnymede PS Council Ward 7 reps
Make a Difference For Your Kids
Make an Informed Vote on October 27th for Local School Board Trustee
All parents are encouraged to attend the All Candidates Debate for the Ward 7 School Trustee position:
Runnymede Public School Gym (enter via Runnymede Road door and follow signs)
7:00 – 9:00 pm.
This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and help make educated decisions about the October 27th School Board Trustee election. Hear candidates present their platforms, answer some predetermined questions from Ward 7 Council Representatives and answer questions from the community members in attendance. The moderator will be Dan Abrahams, a local lawyer and parent who is also an excellent moderator, to which anyone who attended the spring provincial debate on education can attest. There are seven candidates running to replace Irene Atkinson, links to information on 6 of the 7 follows.
The following article poses some great questions about how municipal politicians and parents OUGHT to pay more attention to public education … if you are keen to have some good questions to ask all municipal candidates, have a read! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-is-ignoring-the-public-school-system-at-its-own-peril/article19271342
Visit this Ministry of Education funded website for an overview of school boards, trustees and all the candidates that have sent in their info to be posted: http://elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org.
Here are websites for each of the trustee candidates:
Gordon Foster: http://gordonfoster.bandcamp.com
Jeffrey Freeman: http://www.jeffreyfreeman.ca
Noel Kent: https://votenoelkent.wordpress.com/my-platform
Robin Pilkey: http://robinpilkey.com
Marcela Saitua: http://www.marcela4trustee.ca
Linda Torry: http://lindatorry.ca/site/home
Additionally, you may be interested to read this Villager article which highlights many issues facing Ward 7 Schools: http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4866635-tdsb-wants-development-funding-for-overcapacity-schools-and-3-5b-in-repairs-backlog
On October 7th Runnymede Public School will be hosting an all candidates debate for the Ward 7 School Trustee position. This event will be held in Runnymede’s library from 7-9pm. This is an opportunity to meet the candidates and help make educated decisions about the October 27th School Board Trustee election.
2014_Oct 7_Trustee Candidates Meeting Notice