February 2020 News

Parent/Guardians are asked to review the key messages sent out to families on January 29, 2019

Elementary Report Cards

Teachers will continue to evaluate and assess students but will not enter marks and/or learning skills electronically. Due to the significant time and resources required to input accurate marks and learning skills for the TDSB’s approximately 174,000 elementary students, the TDSB is not able to produce Term 1 report cards. This difficult decision was made after careful consideration and a thorough review of all options.

We know that report cards are an important measurement of student progress. However, it is important to reiterate that teachers will continue to assess and evaluate students and respond to parent/guardian inquiries about student progress. See below for more information about parent-teacher interviews.

Parent-Teacher Interviews Elementary parent-teacher interviews scheduled to take place during the PA day on Friday, February 14 will continue as normal. Teachers continue to evaluate and assess students and are committed to keeping parents/guardians informed. Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s teachers directly to make arrangements to receive a progress update on their child.

In addition to the PA day, parents/guardians can also contact their child’s teachers to set up an interview/phone call as long as it falls within the reduced workday as per ETFO’s sanctions (30 minutes before the start of the instructional day and 15 minutes after the end of the instructional day). As always, if teachers have concerns about a student’s progress/achievement, they will proactively contact parents/guardians to discuss.

Spring Swim permission forms are being updated and will be sent to all students in grades 3-5. We ask that parents/guardians please complete the packages and online payment by March 27 so that we are ready to go after the March Break.

Kindergarten registrations will take place in February. If you have a child who was born in 2016 or know a family that is interested in registering please have them register online: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/KindergartenMonth?utm_source=Homepage&utm_medium=kinderpromo&utm_campaign=Kindergarten

Lastly we would like to remind you of the extra-long weekend coming up. Friday February 14 is a PA Day and Monday February 17 is Family Day. Please take this time to enjoy with your immediate and extended family as the purpose of this holiday is emphasizing and celebrating the importance of families taking time to be together.

Yours in partnership,

Michael Kanalec