School News | Week of: 10/02/20

Hello Samuel Hearne MS Community,

This communication is being shared to provide you with School News from Samuel Hearne Middle School for the Week of Monday, February 10, 2020.

News You Can Use:

TDSB Parents As Partners Conference:

  • Please click the image above to learn more
  • The Parents as Partners Conference 2020 is on Saturday, March 28 and all parents are welcome!
  • This free conference – planned by parents, for parents – includes a variety of workshops and resources that will help any parent support their child in their achievement and well-being at school and at home
  • This year’s keynote speaker is Kim Katrin, an internationally acclaimed award winning educator, writer, artist & consultant. With a focus on student life, Kim explores how intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender impact mental wellness. Emphasizing these connections allows for an inclusive discussion and a holistic focus on mental wellness and community engagement
  • Technology micro-sessions are also being offered to help parents develop their computer literacy as well as bring them up to speed on many applications used by TDSB students
  • Transportation, food and translators are all provided, as well as free day camp for children ages 4-12 to support participants attending the conference
  • Registration opens mid-February at

TDSB Labour Negotiations News:

  • Please click the image above to learn more and to stay up-to-date

Friday, February 14, 2020 (PA Day – Parent/Guardian/Teacher Interviews ) & Monday, February 17, 2020 (Statutory Holiday – Family Day):

  • There will be no classes on Monday, February 17, 2020 to reflect the province-wide statutory holiday called Family Day – the holiday occurs on the third Monday in February of each year for the purpose of emphasizing and celebrating the importance of families taking time to be together
  • Students will also not be attending school on Friday, February 14, 2020 as this is a board-wide PA day – please see the letter sent by the TDSB for further information regarding Parent/Guardian/Teacher Interviews
  • This means all TDSB students will not be at school on Friday, February 14, 2020 or Monday, February 17, 2020
  • For more information about the school year calendar, please visit:

February is African Heritage Month at the TDSB:

  • February is African Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board
  • It is an occasion to recognize and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Peoples of African Descent to Canada and the world
  • The chosen theme for 2019-2020 is “UBUNTU: I am because we are” which is derived from the Nguni Bantu term in Southern Africa
  • UBUNTU is a South African term used by the Zulu community that represents an ethic of African traditional life
  • The philosophy of UBUNTU realizes that everything is interconnected; “everything that I do has an effect on you and your well-being and everything that you do has an effect on me and my well-being.”

Secondary Program Review & Optional Attendance:

  • The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is undertaking a review of secondary schools to ensure all students have equitable access to programs and opportunities, as close to home as possible
  • As part of the Secondary Program Review, the TDSB is reviewing the Optional Attendance policy (P013), which allows students to apply to schools other than their designated school by home address
  • A public consultation process for both the Secondary Review and P013 started in November 2019
  • Please visit the TDSB website for more information and opportunities to provide feedback:

  • If you have any questions and/or comments, please email

Winter Weather & Student Transportation:

  • From time to time, it may be necessary to cancel student transportation, classes and/or programs due to severe weather. On rare occasions, severe weather makes it necessary to close schools, administrative offices or sites
  • With approximately 246,000 students in 582 schools, any decision to cancel buses, classes and/or programs or to close sites can have a significant impact on thousands of families across Toronto. This decision is not taken lightly. When schools remain open on days with inclement weather, parents/guardians make the final decision on whether to send their children to school and they can keep children home from school if they so choose
  • Should a cancellation or closure be necessary, information will be posted on the TDSB web site, TDSB social media and provided to local media by 6 a.m. For more information, please see the TDSB’s Procedure for Severe Weather:

Recess During Cold Weather:

  • Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold
  • When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors
  • Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -20C and -28C
  • If a student’s medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, or if parents have other questions or concerns about how and when weather conditions affect your child’s school day, please contact the school office

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