Gledhill Parent Council Update

AN UPDATE FROM THE GLEDHILL PARENT COUNCIL

It’s hard to believe it’s been 9 weeks since we’ve been together at school!

We hope everyone is doing well and finding your way through this new (temporary) normal. We sure miss seeing all the kids and staff, and chatting with our fellow parents and caregivers.

As you can imagine, lots of things have been up in the air as we await updates from the Ministry of Education. (The TDSB and our school administration often learn new developments at the same time we do.)

We did want to provide a few updates on some decision that have been made…

1) Pizza Lunches

Clearly, we had an abrupt end to our planned Pizza Lunches. In order to make sure you get your money’s worth, we will be rolling over any previously paid pizza lunch orders to the fall of next year for returning students. Should your child not be returning to Gledhill next year and you wish to receive a refund, please contact the Pizza Lunch team at GSCPizza@gmail.com by Friday, May 29th.

2) Family Fest

Much to our disappointment, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Family Fest for this year. We will miss this opportunity for fun, community building, and fundraising for our amazing Council-supported events, but we know you understand. We hope to be back next year – better than ever!

3) Parent Council Meetings

In conjunction with the school administration team, we have made the decision to cancel all remaining Parent Council meetings for this school year. We were concerned about accessibility of all parents to join us remotely, and are obviously rather restricted in what we can do/plan for currently. We hope to re-group before the (hopeful) return to school in the fall, and will communicate any plans via the blog and Facebook page.

We know that this is a time of many unknowns, especially as we near the end of the school year which brings with it many transitions. Rest assured that our school administration team is hard at work supporting families and planning for next year. We know that things like graduations, Kindergarten orientations, and orientations/open houses to DA Morrison and other special placements would typically be happening at this time of year. These items are on the radar of staff and plans will be communicated to relevant families as they become clear.

Stay tuned for information on a council-led creative expression initiative coming soon. We hope you’ll participate.

Thank you for your understanding and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at thegledhillguardian@gmail.com

Finally, a big THANK YOU to the school staff, teachers, custodians and administration team for your continued hard work during these unprecedented times.

Until we meet again, take good care!

Gledhill Parent Council

April is Cooperation Month

Hi Gledhill families!

The Character Trait for April within the TDSB is Cooperation!  Check out the great video that our Kindergarten Team made to promote and show our students how they are working cooperatively together!

https://drive.google.com/a/tdsb.on.ca/file/d/1B2YoA9rnjn9JVBa6Hdn5xg4TQSOvk6am/view?usp=drive_web

GLEDHILL TIGERS

Gledhill Tigers Ride and Roar

Tiger

We have a surprise!

Join Mr. Webb and Mrs. Pace on Wednesday at noon from the comfort of your own home …

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Please have your child colour, paint, draw a picture of a tiger and have them placed in your front windows by noon on Wednesday, April 22nd. Mr. Webb and Mrs. Pace will bike north of Danforth, looking for tigers, and if you’re able to be on your front porch to wave to them and say hello as they pass by, that would be amazing! Ms. Ahmad and Mrs. Bailey will begin south of Danforth, and then flip flop with Mr. Webb and Mrs. Pace.

GLEDHILL TIGERS

We hope to see as many of you as possible, although we please ask you to respect social distancing, and stay on your porch, or in your window to wave as we bike past. We want to help build on the sense of community we all feel within Gledhill PS and also want to see as many tigers to show support for all our many front line workers.

CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR YOU ROAR WEDNESDAY!!!

GOOOOOOO TIGERS!!!

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Gledhill Staff Video

Hi there Gledhill families!

We hope you are all managing as best you can and are well during this time away from school and the routines we are used to.  This video was sent out in the Gledhill newsletter today and we wanted to post it to the blog as well in case some people hadn’t seen it!  It’s a video including many of the staff from Gledhill and was put together by Mr. Webb.  The school council wishes you and your families wellness and health!  Enjoy the video…

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11EchaJiCCUb0CmrD-nQQkqc1CCopjY6M/view?ts=5e8bd627

Resources and Information

Hello Gledhill families!

We wanted to send a note out to our school families to say that we hope you are all doing well and staying healthy!

We received some information from Ms. McAlesse and Ms. Bambrick today regarding information and resources for this school disruption due to the COVID crisis.  Please see the following link to TDSB Resources for Learning at home and a letter from the Gledhill administration.  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/gledhill/COVID-19-News

At the bottom of the webpage there is a “Ward 16 Google Drive Folder” from our Trustee Michelle Aarts.  It has a ton of websites including:

  • Education Resources, podcasts and apps
  • French Immersion Resources
  • Arts and Culture
  • Virtual Tours of Museums, Parks and Attractions
  • Crafts and Activities
  • Teenagers
  • Outdoor and Physical Activities
  • Well being Resources
  • Ministry of Education
  • Public Health Updates
  • Information on Social Distancing
  • TDSB Information

Stay well Gledhill!

 

TDSB UPDATE

Hello Gledhill families…

We hope all of our families and school community stay healthy over the break.

This evening the TDSB sent out the following message:

Good Evening Parents/Guardians,

As you may be aware, the Ontario Government announced today that all Ontario schools (including those at the TDSB) have been ordered to close from March 14 to April 5 amid ongoing concerns about Coronavirus. We know that parents/guardians have a number of questions. We are working to confirm additional details now and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Thank you.

 

What’s Coming up at Gledhill??

Hello Gledhill families!

Latest Update From the TDSB website:  Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Update: March 9, 2020

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced today that its members will resume rotating strike action (full withdrawal of services) on March 23 if an agreement is not reached. Negotiations between ETFO, the Ontario government, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) are set to resume on Wednesday March 11.  Additional information, including any potential strike dates impacting the TDSB, will be communicated to parents/guardians as soon as they become available.

Here’s your weekly update of “what’s coming up at Gledhill”!  

The character trait for March is “Honesty and Truth”.  Every morning the students hear a quote related to Honesty and Truth with the morning announcements.  

March is Greek Heritage month within the TDSB.  On the announcements, famous quotes from legendary Greek philosophers will be shared with the students.

What’s coming up?

  • Monday March 9th – Thursday March 12th: X-Dance is at Gledhill!!!
  • Friday March 13th: SPIRIT DAY- “March Madness”- Wear your favourite basketball or team jersey/team colours.
  • March 16-20th: March Break- No school this week!  Classes resume Monday March 23rd.
  • Thursday March 26th: Parent Council meeting 6-730pm in the school library.  All are welcome!!!  Pizza and childcare provided
  • Friday March 27th: Pizza lunch for students in Grades 1-5 who have signed up
  • Friday March 27th: TDSB Earth Hour
  • Wednesday April 8th: Wear Pink to Stand up to Bullying!!- Wear pink clothing or accessories and raise awareness about bullying!
  • Friday April 10th: Good Friday- school closed, no classes
  • Monday April 13th: Easter Monday- school closed, no classes.  Classes resume Tuesday April 14th

Note: These emails are typed up and posted by a parent volunteer on the Gledhill School Council’s Communications Committee. Edits or omissions are made occasionally to protect the privacy of student identities.  Some days part of the announcements are read by the students in French.  For the purposes of these posts, announcements will be in English.