Ward 10 Summer Newsletter from Trustee Chris Moise

Message from Chris

Upon reflection it has been a difficult, yet fruitful year, filled with many shifts and changes that have challenged myself and my colleagues, and pushed us ever-more to fight for our community, community members, and education system.

In the past year we have seen the results of a municipal election, we have welcomed twelve new dedicated and hard-working Trustees to our board, and we have had to take up the fight against the difficult changes that have been brought on by our new premiere and governing provincial government.

Throughout the past year we have worked closely with the Director of Education towards strengthening our commitment to our students, ensuring that all students have the best quality of education.

Throughout my time as a Vice Chair of the Board, I have been committed to the bettering of our communities and community-run programs.  Along with serving as the Director of the Ontario School Board Association, I have worked tirelessly to support a number of initiatives, including the the Black Student Achievement Advisory Committee and the Toronto Lands Corporation.

The sun is shining and the gardens are blooming full! I would like to congratulate all graduating students celebrating this week! The summer days are beautiful and it is time to revel in the accomplishments of all your hard work! Whether you are venturing into middle-school or high-school, or you are taking the plunge and diving into an apprenticeship or college program, know that your hard work and dedication will shine through! Keep going, keep pushing, keep learning!

I am thankful that, together with my colleagues, we are working towards a better tomorrow for everybody. I wish everyone a safe and healthy summer and very much look forward to connecting further in the coming fall months!

And don’t forget: SCHOOL BEGINS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd. See you there!


On Sunday, June 23, students, staff and Trustees came out to celebrate Pride at the parade. I am very proud of our TDSB schools, who held events and activities in support of Pride througout the month of June.


2019-20 Budget Update

Trustees Approve Budget Reductions to Balance Budget for 2019-20

The Toronto District School Board approved a budget reduction plan for the 2019-20 school year that required $67.8 million in staff reductions and changes to program/service delivery. The operating budget of approximately $3.4 billion will continue to support the TDSB’s commitment to equity, and the achievement and well-being of all students.

To balance the budget, trustees had to determine reductions to offset $42.1 million in Ministry of Education funding cuts and a budget deficit of $25.7 million. While the focus of the Board’s attention has been on budget reductions, the Board expects to maintain, and in some cases exceed, funding for key areas such as Special Education, Early Years Literacy & Intervention, school safety and security, Model Schools and initiatives to promote equity and Anti-Racism initiatives throughout the school system.

The TDSB is committed to aligning resources with its Multi-year Strategic Plan that includes academic achievement for students, equitable access to programs and resources and increased opportunities to be successful in school. Collectively, trustees made changes to the proposed budget reductions based on more than 100 public delegations and more than 250 written submissions, as well as many meetings, calls and emails with constituents. Trustees were also guided by the reaction of more than 15,000 online comments about the budget strategic drivers.

Quick Facts

  • The TDSB’s operating budget is approximately $3.4 billion and is divided into the following categories: instruction (78%), school operations (15.5%), administration (2.5%), transportation (1.9%) and other operating costs (1.9%).
  • Trustees approved a detailed list of staff reductions and changes to program/service delivery.
  • Over the next few years, the Board forecasts that there will be a small growth in overall enrollment.
  • Learn more about the 2019-20 Budget.
P042, Appropriate Dress Policy Review, Phase 5 [3627]

The Board approved (16.1, 5) revisions to P042 and officially changed the name of the policy to P402, Student Dress Policy. The new policy will come into effect in September 2019. For more information, please refer to the Questions and Answers available online.

French-as-a-Second-Language Communitee Advisory Committee: French Programming

Trustees referred recommendations (16.2, 3) from the French-as-a-Second-Language Community Advisory Committee to staff and asked that they be taken into consideration as part of the French review report in June 2019. The recommendations are related to the following areas:

  • Improving Equity of Access to French Immersion/Extended;
  • Achieving Equity: Supporting Participation (Enrollment and Retention) of Students With Special Education Needs in FSL;
  • Improving Core French;
  • Improving Student Achievement, Engagement and Retention in French in Secondary;
  • Seamless Access to Before- and After-School Care for French Immersion/Extended Students
Ward 10 News

Excellence Awards

Each year, staff, students, parents and community members are invited to nominate a TDSB staff member or team whose efforts have made a difference in their lives. This year, the TDSB recognized 11 extraordinary individuals who truly go above and beyond for their school communities.

For more information, including a list of winners, please read the TDSB web story.

Ward 10 – Principal Alana Grossman (Beverley School) was among the 11 individuals who was recognized at this special event.

School Year Calendar 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 school year at the TDSB begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 following the Labour Day long weekend. For more information about important dates and holidays for the upcoming school year, please refer to the 2019-20 School Year Calendar.

The official school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board runs from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, inclusive.

Also please note Days of Significance – click for the complete list 2019-2020
You may also find this Days of Significance Resource Guide helpful.

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

TDSB Summer Music Camps: spots still available

The TDSB summer music camps provide an excellent music-learning opportunity for students over the summer. Although filling up quickly. there is still space in the Downtown Summer Strings and the Mono Cliffs overnight experience.

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Toronto Public Health: Eye See Eye Learn for JK Students

Attention Parents/Caregivers of Children in JK (born 2014)

Is your child currently in Junior Kindergarten and has not had their vision checked this year by an Optometrist?  Be sure to book an appointment by June 30th to take advantage of the Eye See Eye Learn program.  Students born in 2015 and starting JK in the fall can participate any time after July 1st 2019.

Eye See Eye Learn® is a program through the Ontario Association of Optometrists that provides an eye exam and a free pair of eye glasses if required.  Find a participating  Optometrist near you.

For more information about Vision Health in School Age Children, please visit the Toronto Public Health website.

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Ward 10 Forum and Year End Celebration June 13th

Ward 10 Ward Agenda June 13 2019 (2)
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Essex School Council Meeting June 4th 6-8 pm

Essex School Council Meeting
June 4th 6-8pm School Library
In our last meeting of the year we will wrap up the year and make plans for next year. We will be holding a vote for School Council positions for next year. Positions will be presented and nominations heard. Those present will vote to approve nominations.
All welcome!
Please email if you require childcare.     essexparentcouncil@gmail.com
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Picnic Lunching outside next week June 4th to 6th

Hi there,

The Lion King production is fast approaching.

The performances will be taking place from Tuesday, June 4th to Friday, June 6th. 

To accommodate for the performances, the entire East Gym will be set-up for the 3 days.

As a result, we will be doing “picnic lunch” outside, weather permitting.

If there is inclement weather, alternate arrangements will be made for students.


Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)


Join us in celebrating an amazing year at Essex & Hawthorne Schools and kicking off the warm weather together as a community!
We will have two bouncy castles – one for smaller kids and one for older ones!
Food for sale will include Pizza, Samosa, Veggies, Watermelon, Popcorn, Ice Cream, and Freezies!
We will have TONS of new carnival games and a circus tent full of prizes! The nose game will be back!
Lots of free fun, including games with the staff from Central Tech Stadium, an Adventure Playground from our OPAL team, and a GIANT Jenga!
We still need more adult volunteers to make this event happen – especially for the 5:00-6:30 time slot. We also need more help for clean up! 
Please click the link to sign up http://bit.ly/2DDBeAm

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

What do a tax lawyer, realtor, comedy bar, auto shop, realtor and contractor have in common?


A huge thank you to all our sponsors for being a part of this year’s Spring Fling. To all our families, thank you for taking the time to check out their websites and support local businesses who give so generously to our school community!
Thank you to…..

Rosen Kirshen Tax Law
Lead Sponsor
Rosen Kirshen Tax Law is a boutique tax law firm that represents taxpayers in disputes against the Canada Revenue Agency.

Their focus and expertise is centered around the complex area of tax law placing Rosen Kirshen Tax Law (“RKTL”) in a unique position to deliver the quality of service and legal tax defense rightfully expected by hardworking Canadians.

They provide tax advice to domestic and international clients alike. Their practice encompasses all aspects of taxation including tax planning and restructuring, tax litigation at all court levels, and advice on compliance obligations.

Get in touch!
Toll – Free: 844 53-TAXES


Mike Dunford Construction
Lead Sponsor
MDC is a full-service general contracting company. We specialize in complete renovations, from restructuring to create more space and openness, to modernizing all facets of a home. Our crew and our extensive network of licensed sub-trades can help you turn your ideas into beautiful results.

With MDC, you can rest assured that you are dealing with a fully-insured professional company that ensures the job is done right. Mike is involved in every step of a project, doing everything it takes to keep his clients happy. Phone for a free quote, and see how MDC can help you to utilize the full potential of your home.

Get in touch!
Phone: 416-886-5050
Website: https://mdcbuilds.ca/


Josee Couture Realty
Lead Sponsor
Please meet Josee Couture! Here is what Josee had to say about her business: “Having sold real estate in Toronto for the past 25 years, I must confess one of my favourite things about my job is that so many clients have become close friends with me. That’s because I regard my clients as more than simply people hunting for a new home or selling their current one. When people come to me, they’re entrusting me with their hopes and dreams and I feel a real commitment to fulfill those.

Not only am I an accomplished real estate salesperson, I’m trained in both interior decoration and as a Master Gardener, which allows me to maximize my clients’ experience. Whether you’re buying or selling, I have a wealth of information to share with you.

Josee can be reached at:
Phone: 416.564.9450


OK Tire
Event Sponsor
Located at Dupont and Bathurst. Vince and his team at OK Tire are here to help with all your tire and automotive needs! Fast, friendly and well priced services in addition to being a part of our community makes OK tire a good choice!

Check out his website HERE
Or call to book a service: 416- 964-2250


Alex Beauregard
Event Sponsor
Alex Beauregard is the familiar go-to guy in our neighbourhood when it comes to real estate. You won’t just see his name on ‘sold’ signs around the area, you can find him at school/community fundraisers, local BBQs, on bike rides with his family, or walking to the pool to swim laps in the morning.  He’s an upfront, honest, top-producing Toronto real estate professional offering a full-service experience with proven results (he currently holds the record for highest sales price in Seaton Village!).

Connect with Alex through his website HERE
By Phone: 647-898-4663
By Email: Alex@AlexBeauregard.com


Comedy Bar
Event Sponsor
Comedy Bar is Toronto’s premier venue for independent comedy hosting over 150 shows per month featuring the best Sketch, improv and Stand Up Comedy in Canada, 7 nights a week.

Located just down the street at 945 Bloor Street check out their shows, workshops and comedy classes.
Visit their website HERE to see all the exciting things they have to offer!


Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Baked goods wanted for Spring Fling

Calling all Bakers!

The Bake Sale is an integral part of Essex-Hawthorne’s Spring Fling, coming very soon on Friday May 31st (3:30 – 7:30 pm).

We’re asking, please, for yummy, baked-good donations (sweet and/or savoury), but most importantly NUT FREE.

And if you’re not into baking or pushed for time, please bring store-bought goodies, as long as they are nut free (and better still, made in a nut free facility).

A sign-up sheet is on the Essex notice board in the main foyer.

Please drop off baked goods on the day of Spring Fling at the Essex office or bring them directly to the Bake Sale table at the event.

Thank you!

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Tickets on sale for the Lion King Jr. performances

Attention all Essex and Hawthorne families: the Lion King Jr. performances are just around the corner (June 4, 5, 6) and tickets go on sale this week!  There will be a table set up under the overhang every morning and afternoon this week and next (May 21-31).  Find the table to get your tickets. $5 each. Find us there between 8:30-8:45am and 3:00-3:30pm. 
If you are available to help sell tickets during one of these times, please email jessica.arshinoff@tdsb.on.ca
If you are unable to get to school to buy tickets during these times, please send in money with your child.
Thank you!
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)