In Fall 2022, Gledhill’s administration was approached about the opportunity to re-pave the rear yard to Gledhill Junior Public School. Upon discussion, it was discovered that additional funds were in place and a more fulsome redevelopment of the entire rear yard could be completed.
In consultation with the Board, the Ministry of Education, our Parent Council co-chairs, teachers and administration from Gledhill, a design has been finalized that will completely update the yard. The design plan as it is now is attached to this communication. It features a re-design of current elements that the school has, but allows for better flow and opportunity for play for our kids. The design includes more sitting areas, an additional outdoor classroom/stage feature, changes in location of current hockey and basketball nets, a proper soccer field and baseball diamond and a better situated kindergarten play area. In addition to those, this plan also accounts for a better drainage system for the rear yard. This will hopefully alleviate the ice and slush that many of our walkways tend to accumulate. At this time, the general timeline is for this to begin in Summer 2023 and be completed towards the end of this calendar year. As we all know, construction projects tend to have a more fluid timeline than other things and we will communicate any adjusted timeline to the best of our ability.
While much of the budget for this is being covered by both the Board and the Ministry of Education, there has been a request made for parent council funds to be donated to support this project. Despite the lack of fundraising over the last couple of years, Parent Council feels that we are in a position to support this project in the amount of $15,000. This will be a combination of funds that we have raised in the past as well as fundraising activities that will take place between now and the end of the year. What you will see from parent council in the coming months are the following fundraisers: Family Fest, Pizza Days, Family Pizza Nights, School Movie Nights, a Dance-A-Thon for the kids, a parent focused night out and a letter campaign requesting contributions.
We are offering you the opportunity to vote on this funding support at a meeting on Tuesday, February 7th at 4:30 p.m (Zoom details below). This meeting will be held virtually on Zoom and run for 45 minutes. Richard Christie, Senior Manager of Sustainability at the TDSB will be joining this call and able to answer any questions that you may have regarding the designs of this project. If you are unable to attend this meeting but do have questions, we ask that you send those by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 6th to email@example.com.
This is an incredible opportunity to re-develop Gledhill’s yard in a way that will transform it for our children for decades to come. Join us in building this legacy for our community!
This will be a VIRTUAL meeting on Zoom only, please join us Tuesday Feb 7th at 4:30pm
Updated zoom link: https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/j/92739241420?pwd=V2tZc1J6c1JGSXZnVlpnT0NoUEJnZz09
Below is the current proposed scope of the project