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.

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.

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





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 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

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 

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