Advocacy Letter for the TDSB

Hello Gledhill Families:
As you have likely heard by now, the Ministry of Education released it’s Guide to Reopening Ontario’s Schools late last week. The TDSB also released it’s reopening guidelines.
A TDSB “School Board Committee of the Whole” special meeting took place this morning (August 4th) to discuss and vote on the suggested guidelines.
We know many of you have ongoing concerns about the plans and guidelines as currently outlined.
Despite the short window to advocate in advance of today’s meeting, we wanted our school community to have its voice heard.
The result is the attached letter which has been forwarded to the Board and Trustee, as well as our school administration and our MPP.  Special thanks go to the Secord P.S.
School Council who provided us access to a great template from which to work. We tried to incorporate many of the common concerns we have been hearing, both generally and those specific to our school context. Given the time constraints, we engaged the Gledhill School Council Executive, as well as other council members and several parents/guardians in the creation/ adaptation of this letter.
Thank you to everyone who helped pull this response together. It was signed and sent by the Council Executive for consideration at this morning’s meeting.

Farewell Message

We’ve been through a lot this year – but we went through it together!

We wish our Gledhill graduates our congratulations and all the best in your future adventures.  We wish everyone a safe and fun summer.
Thanks to everyone who submitted artwork for the Quilt of Courage. Check out the finished product here:   (password Gledhill)
Have a wonderful summer!

Gledhill’s Quilt of Courage

Deadline Extended!

Submissions welcome until Friday night for our Gledhill Quilt of Courage.

It can be anything – a drawing, piece of art work, chalk art, poem, or even just write us a message telling us:

I am feeling ___________ or I look forward to _____________.

Just take a photo of your finished creation and email a JPEG to us at

Then watch for the finished product next week!


Gledhill Quilt of Courage

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Gledhill Parent Council Update


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 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

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!


Gledhill Tigers Ride and Roar


We have a surprise!

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


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.


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.



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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…

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.

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!



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.