French Carnival (Carnaval) Kick-Off

Tumpane had a lively kick-off to the school’s upcoming French Carnival (Carnaval). With a special performance hosted by Gotta Love That French, students and teachers sang and danced their way to celebrate a very important part of Francophone culture. We’re all looking forward to the week-long celebration starting on Monday. For additional Carnval information, visit the official site:

Around the school, many students were preparing decorations for the upcoming festivities. The colours in their artwork were vibrant and jolly, adding to the excitement of the big event.








Karen Shadd Speaks to Tumpane’s Students

Tumpane welcomed a very special visitor today. Karen Shadd, whose great-aunt was Mary Ann Shadd, spoke to Tumpane’s students about African Heritage Month and showed students Canada’s Black History Virtual Museum.


Mary Ann Shadd was a pivotal person in Canada’s and America’s history. She helped American slaves escape via the Underground Raliway.

To visit the Black History Virtual Museum, simply click here.


TDSB’S Vocal Music Academy

There’s a new TDSB school for students in grades 4 to 8: the Vocal Music Academy at Ryerson Community School. Starting in September of this year (2012), there will be two grade 4 classes, two grade 5 classes, and two grade 6 classes. For students interested in specialized music training, this opportunity could be for you!

There will be an information night for parents and students at Ryerson Community School (96 Denison Avenue: click to view map) on Thursday, February 23rd, at 7:00pm.Click here to view a pdf of the Vocal Music Academy flyer.

3D Computer Model of City: Tumpane’s Tech Club

The Tumpane Tech Club is proud to display Alexis’s 3D, computer-generated model city. Led by a challenge and inspired by her creativity, Alexis created a fantastic city complete with roads, buildings, houses, and even swimming pools. Awesome job, Alexis! Check out the Tech Club page on the school site to view more pictures. To view the video interview, click here.

French Carnival School Celebration – Friday, March 2nd

We are happy to announce that the preparations for Tumpane’s French Carnival are well underway! Students and teachers are learning about customs and celebrations of French culture, and we will be , showcasing our learning in a week-long event at the end of February. Please keep Friday, March 2nd free on your calendar. We will invite parents and community members to attend our school-wide French Carnival activities.

If you’d like more information about the French Carnival in Quebec, please visit the official Quebec Carnival / Carnaval de Quebec website for further details.

Free Hearing Clininc at Tumpane

All schools participating in the Model Schools for Inner Cities will have free hearing screening clinics. Certified Communicative Disorders Assistants will be at Tumpane to check your child’s hearing. This will take place on Tuesday, February 28th, at 12:45pm. If you have any qeustions concernig this free service, please don’t hesitate to contact the school: 416-395-2950. To view the letter as electronically (MS Word doc), simply click on this link.