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News items from the Toronto District School Board

Alternative Schools for Grade 7


Starting next school year, both the English and French classes at Gledhill will go to D.A. Morrison for grade 7. Many parents are looking forward to D.A. Morrison’s Open House which will take place later on in the school year. In the meantime, some grade 6 students and parents of grade 6 students may be interested in alternative schools and options.

Below is a list of school offering alternative programs for a grade 7 start. Please check to confirm locations, dates and times. These events begin in mid-January so parents should check as soon as possible. Middle School Open Houses for 2016 2017 school year include …

Quest Alternative – Tuesday, January 26th, 6:30 pm

Students are accepted through a lottery system. Each student is required to submit a report card, a teacher referral and a piece of writing on a topic outlined by Quest. Their open house is January 26 at 6:30.

Horizon Alternative – Wednesday, January 13th, 6:20 pm

Horizon Alternative is located downtown near Kensington Market at Kensington C.S., phone # 416 – 393-1298. Students are accepted through a vetted lottery. Please call the school directly for open house information. Their open house is January 13 at 6:20.

Spectrum Alternative – Wednesday, January 13th, 6:00 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:30 pm (link to application)

Spectrum Alternative is located at Eglinton and Mount Pleasant at Eglinton P.S., phone # 416-393-9311. Students are accepted through a vetted lottery. Their open house is on January 13 in three sessions at 6:00, 6:45 and 7:30.

EAST Alternative – Thursday, January 28th, 6:30 pm

EAST has an open lottery where each student who hands in an application has his or her name placed in a lottery. Names are randomly drawn and assigned an acceptance number. Their open house is January 28 at 6:30.

Delta Alternative – Monday, January 18th, 7:00 pm

Reminder – PARC Meeting Tonight at DA Morrison – 7:00pm

Gledhill Public School

     Special Meeting #2

           On the French Immersion Pathway


   Middle School

On Monday, November 2nd, Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher, as part of the

Programme Area Review committee (P.A.R.C.) held an open forum parent meeting/information session for our school community.

In conjunction with the Principals, Superintendent Lucy Giannotta, Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher and Central Coordinating Principal John Tancredi a second special meeting has been arranged to take place as outlined below:

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Location: D.A. Morrison Middle School, 271 Gledhill Ave. Art Room, Room #106, First Floor

Time: 7:00 pm

Extended French Application Deadline


Extended French programs are designed for students who are not in French Immersion and do not speak French at home. A Junior Extended French Program (Grade 4 entry – not at Gledhill) and an Intermediate Extended French Program (Grade 7 entry) are available. The application process for admission to both Extended French programs begins in January. It is an online application process. The Deadline for applications is January 29th, 2015.

For more details please see the following link.


French Immersion Deadline – December 5th

The Early Immersion Program deadline is this Friday, December 5th. If you have a child in Junior Kindergarten and are interested in applying to the program, please check the TDSB French Immersion information page.


The Early Immersion Program begins in Senior Kindergarten. It offers 100% French instruction in the classroom until the end of grade 3, although some specialist subjects may be taught in English. English instruction is gradually introduced beginning in grade 4 until it becomes a half-day program from Grades 6-8.

Gledhill Gets Proactive on Mental Health

The efforts of Gledhill’s teachers, administration and students in addressing mental health has been recognized in an article in the Toronto Star!

Read the Toronto Star Article here.


photo from the Toronto Star


TDSB’s Parent Involvement Conference

The TDSB’s annual ‘Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference‘ is an excellent opportunity to learn more about supporting your child and supporting your school. It takes place next Saturday, November 15th.

For more information and to register, go to


School Trustee All Candidates Meeting – Tonight!

Want to learn more about the role of School Trustee? Interested in hearing what Trustee candidates have to say about their plans and platforms?

We hope many of you can make it out to the Ward 16 Public School Trustee All Candidates Meeting tonight!

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TDSB Community Budget Consultation – February 6, 2014

Earlier today in the media, the TDSB announced it will be hosting a number of ward forum and community consultations in the coming weeks to discuss the 2014-2015 budget and proposed recommendations to address a $12.4M funding shortfall.

The first of these Community Budget Consultation meetings will be held for members of the Inner City Advisory Committee, Parent Academies, Ward 16 Council, and Beaches-East York Constituents at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Secord Elementary School, 101 Barrington Avenue.  The primary focus of this presentation will be the issues of inner city children and communities within the TDSB.

We sincerely apologize for not providing you with more notice, but meeting dates and locations were only recently confirmed.

Cathy MacKenzie
Constituency Assistant to Sheila Cary-Meagher
5050 Yonge Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario  M2N 5N8

Office: 416-395-8413

No school Tuesday…

Teachers in the TDSB will be on a one-day strike on Tuesday, December 18.–teacher-protest-tdsb-elementary-teachers-to-walk-off-job-tuesday

Ethnocultural Community Network

What is the Ethnocultural Community Network?
The Ethnocultural Community Network (ECN) is an umbrella group for ethno-cultural communities within the TDSB.  The mandate of the ECN is to work with ethno-cultural communities and the TDSB staff to develop and support the implementation of a plan of activities that will enhance the successful integration and academic success of children of parents of the ethno-cultural communities represented in the Network in TDSB schools. The ECN volunteers & support staff meet several times a year to discuss issues of interest to parents from ethno-cultural communities whose children may not be succeeding in school as well as they should be and those who are succeeding. Discussion topics include:

Settlement issues
English as a Second Language
International Languages and Cultural Programs
Academic Success for Minority Students
Other topics of interest to the Network
For more information, visit the ECN website at or e-mail

The next meeting of the ECN will be held on Tuesday, November 27 starting at 6:30 with a light dinner.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

We provide childcare.  Translation can be provided if requested.