February is African Heritage Month

Throughout February, we will celebrate African heritage: people, history, and stories to help us understand our world better.

Last month, Ms. Agbaje-Ojo’s Grade 2/3 class learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his incredible work and contribution to our world. To showcase their learning, Ms. Agbaje-Ojo had students imagine (and then respond in writing) what their world would look like if Dr. King had not achieved his goal of ending segregation. Pauline and Ateasia’s written samples were selected for the ideas they presented, and video interviews demonstrated their understanding of the assignment.

To view the stages of their written work as a PDF, click on links of the students’ names below.

(Click Here to View Pauline’s Writing)   (Click Here to View Ateasia’s Writing)

To view the videos, click on the picture below to be transported to our channel on schooltube.com.





A Call for Nominations from Parents for TDSB Excellence Awards

Nominations for TDSB Teacher Excellence Awards are now open. Please read a letter from the Director of Education, TDSB.

To view this letter as a PDF, click here: TDSB Excellence Awards

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

I believe in recognizing the significant things happening around us every day and celebrating excellence throughout our schools and departments.

Each year, our Board hosts the Excellence Awards – the premier staff achievement award at the TDSB. Last year I was amazed and inspired by the 17 winners, who demonstrated excellence in supporting our students. This year I hope to see even more nominations submitted!

This year, the Excellence Awards will recognize those individuals or groups who have best advanced the five Strategic Directions of the TDSB, namely:

1. Make every school an effective school;

2. Build leadership within a culture of adaptability, openness, and resilience;

3. Form strong and effective relationships and partnerships;

4. Build environmentally sustainable schools that inspire teaching and learning; and

5. Identify disadvantage and intervene effectively.

I encourage you, as a parent or guardian of a student in our system, to consider nominating an individual or group of staff who has created a program, project, partnership or event that realizes one or more of the Strategic Directions. We want to hear from you!

Download a nomination form and selection criteria and view profiles of last year’s winners now at www.tdsb.on.ca/excellence. The deadline for applications is March 2.

I’m looking forward to highlighting incredible achievements from across the Board and celebrating with everyone at the Excellence Awards Celebration on May 10 Earl Haig SS.

From Dr. Spence, Director of Education for TDSB

Building Snowmen

Today, Tumpane students created snowmen in the field. Some snowmen had hats, scarves, gloves, eyes, noses and arms. As the temperature reaches +8 C, the snow will melt by the end of today. However, our snowmen will live forever on our school website. Happy winter!




January 27th is Family Literacy Day

On January 27th everyone across Canada will celebrate our 14th annual Family Literacy Day! This day encourages families to find time to engage in literacy activities that promote the love of reading, writing and learning. 

In order to support early literacy, students in grade 1 will receive their own copy of the picture book Gifts /Cadeaux written by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Barbara Reid courtesy of the Toronto Dominion Bank. Every year, a different book is chosen and donated so early readers can add this book to their personal library and read it at their leisure.  

We encourage you to spend some “literacy time” each day with your child reading, playing board games, writing a letter or even following a recipe together.  Visit your branch of the Toronto Public Library or a favourite bookstore and browse the shelves!  For additional literacy activities, you can visit www.abclifeliteracy.ca 

Happy reading everyone!

Mrs. Giannetta, Your Friendly Teacher-Librarian

Valentine’s Day Candygrams Fundraising Drive

Valentine’s Day Candygrams for Sale!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Mrs. Simpson, Mr. Belizaire and Mlle. Given’s classes would like to spread some love.  Starting Monday, January 23rd we will be selling Candygrams in order to raise money for our upcoming trip to Medieval Times.  Candygrams include candy and/or chocolate attached to a student-created card.  They may be purchased at lunchtime in the Health Room for the following prices: 1 for $1, 4 for $3 or 6 for $5.  You will have the opportunity to fill out the card with the recipient’s name and who it is from, whether it be you or a secret admirer.  The Candygrams will be delivered to each classroom on Valentine’s Day.


The students of Mrs. Simpson, Mr. Belizaire and Mlle. Given’s classes

The Principal’s Message for January

Welcome to 2012!  Parents and guardians, we trust you had a wonderful holiday.  Now that the New Year is upon us we are bearing down for the cold months ahead.  More than ever our students are buckling down in their studies.  All students will begin a new literacy pathway next week and will work earnestly to meet their goals and persevere through challenges.  We appreciate your continued efforts to support our number one goal:  academic achievement in literacy!

Parents, as you know, we have a new website!  Many of you will already have access to it via your son or daughter. Please visit our site regularly to see updates on what’s happening at Tumpane.  In addition to our current tech purchases, we have recently purchased three iPads!  These iPads are currently being used by our Special Education and ESL team. At this time, plans for additional iPads will depend on what we plan to meet the diverse needs of our students.

Stay tuned for all the upcoming events! We look forward to seeing parents during our evening and day conferences to discuss the First Term Report Cards.  Evening and Day conferences take place February 16th and 17th.  At the end of February we will be hold our first French Fair!  Parents are invited to come out and celebrate French culture as it is expressed in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and of course, Canada! Voila!!

Best wishes to you from Ms. Dey, Principal.

1840 lbs (848.22 kg) of Food Donated!

The official result for our December Food Drive are in: 1840 lbs or 848.22kg of food was donated by our school. North York Harvest Food Bank’s goal was to raise 200,000 lbs, and Tumpane played a role in helping NYHB achieve its target.  Thank you parents, students, teachers, and lastly the Tumpane Girls’ Club and Ms. Bedward for her leadership. Well done Tumpane!

Click here to view the thank you letter we received from NYHFB..

Special Education Information Session for Parents

This is an invitation to all parents and guardians of TDSB students to attend an information session concerning two very important topics in special education: (Click here to view the information as a PDF. IEP SPEC ED FLYER)

1. The Individual Education Plan (IEP)

2. The Identification, Placement and Review Commitee (IPRC)

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Locations: EAST REGION — 140 Borough Drive, Council Chambers, Main Floor

WEST REGIONBloor Collegiate Institute, 1141 Bloor Street West, Auditorium