March Meetings – Ward 7/Home and School

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

Ward 7 Parkdale-High Park Education Town Hall

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

 

 

Ward 7 Update: Fix Our schools campaign

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

All Candidates Debate – Ward 7 School Trustee – TONIGHT!

Ward 7

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:
TONIGHT
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
Jim Henderson:
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

Ward 7 – School Trustee – All Candidates Meeting

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

 

 

Demand More For Your Children

Ontario funds won’t cover capital needs, funding not enough, TDSB head says  The Globe and Mail, Friday, Apr. 04 2014

TDSB ranks lowest among GTA school boards in annual Fraser report card” Toronto Sun, March 2014

No School Today: Kids with special needs kept from school CBC Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne admits hiring teachers only by seniority is an ‘overcorrection’  The Toronto Star,  November 2013

The challenges facing public education in Ontario are not simple – we need our elected officials and the TDSB to work together in a dedicated effort to resolve them.  Parents need to take the opportunity that an election presents to ensure politicians make education a priority.

Talk to the candidates and ask how they plan to ensure your child receives a quality education in a safe, well-maintained, well-funded school.

Don’t Forget … Join us this Thursday

Parkdale-High Park All Candidates Meeting on Education

The attending candidates are Jamie Ellerton (Conservative),Nancy Leblanc (Liberal) and Cheri DiNovo (NDP) and Tim Rudkins (Green).

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00–9:00 pm

Lithuanian House – Lower Hall (Please Note the Change in Location for the Meeting)

1573 Bloor Street West – Bloor and Dundas – Just south and west of Dundas West Subway Station

Lithuanian House has a large parking lot just north of Bloor which can be accessed off of Dorval Road.

Tell Provincial Candidates that Public Education is Important to You!

Tell Provincial Candidates that Public Education is Important to You!

The 2014 Ontario Provincial Election is fast approaching and will take place on June 12.

Trustee – Irene Atkinson, TDSB and Trustee – Barbara Poplawski, TCDSB have organized an evening to meet and hear from the candidates seeking election in our riding of Parkdale-High Park.

There are many significant education issues facing teachers, parents, students, and our community from funding inequities, testing results, over capacity schools, school rejuvenation, learning in a digital world, to support for special needs students. All of these issues are directly impacted by provincial politics.

This All Candidates’ Meeting is your chance learn the candidates’ views on public education, ask your own questions and show politicians that education is important to you!

Parkdale-High Park All Candidates Meeting on Education

The attending candidates are Jamie Ellerton (Conservative), Nancy Leblanc (Liberal) and Cheri DiNovo (NDP) and Tim Rudkins (Green).

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00–9:00 pm

Lithuanian House – Lower Hall (Please Note the Change in Location for the Meeting)

1573 Bloor Street West – Bloor and Dundas – Just south and west of Dundas West Subway Station

Lithuanian House has a large parking lot just north of Bloor which can be accessed off of Dorval Road.

Demand More For Your Children!