Congratulations to our GSS Wolves for maintaining our spot in the EL Classico! Way to go!!
February is African Heritage Month and Chinese Heritage Month in the TDSB:
During the month of February, the Toronto District School Board proudly recognizes African Heritage Month. It is an occasion to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent to Canada and the world. The chosen theme for 2021-2022 is NIA: Walking in Our Purpose.
The first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine, introduced a motion to recognize February as Black History Month. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons. In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada. At the Toronto District School Board, a motion to recognize African Heritage (Black History) Month was carried in January 2002 and reaffirmed again in January 2004.
The Toronto District School Board is proud to recognize Chinese Heritage Month (CHM) during the month of February.
This year CHM coincides with one of the most important Chinese celebrations, the Lunar New Year which begins on Tuesday, February 1st. Lunar New Year is also known as the spring festival and begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar 15 days later. We encourage everyone to participate and make our Chinese Heritage Month spectacular. This year’s theme is YEAR OF THE TIGER– Brave, Compassionate, Adventurous, and Optimistic.
|Hello Danforth and Greenwood Families,
I hope that the past two days of virtual learning have been as smooth a transition as possible. Sadly, we’ve become somewhat practiced in making the euphemistic “pivot” (which is so much more than a simple turn). I would like to acknowledge and thank the hard work of our teachers and support staff who have moved mountains this week to be ready to support our students following the provincial announcement on Monday (how far we’ve come since then!).
I would also like to acknowledge how challenging this has been for so many of our students and parents, who have had to move mountains of their own to adjust work schedules, arrange child care, and manage the mental strain and stress this transition has brought.
Though we are physically apart, please know that we are here for you. Your guidance counsellors and professional support staff are available to help you through this transition. Please feel free to reach out to these individuals for support:
Basil Elwazani (last names A-E) – Basil.Elfirstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Chan (last names F-L) – Jessica.Chan@tdsb.on.ca
Alexis Martin (last names M-O) – Alexis.Martin@tdsb.on.ca
Kim McFadden (last names P-Z) – Kim.McFadden@tdsb.on.ca
For a complete staff listing, please see the contact list posted here: http://www.danforthcti.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=69&action=edit
Dritan Bylykbashi – Dritan.Bylykbashi@tdsb.on.ca
Melissa Hurst – Melissa.Hurst@tdsb.on.ca
For a complete staff listing please see the contact list posted here: http://greenwoodsecondary.com/?page_id=72
While the school schedule will be maintained (Period 1 from 9-11:30, Period 2 from 12:15-2:45), I would like to make parents and students aware of the Ministry of Education’s expectations for synchronous vs. asynchronous time during the school closure.
In understanding that 2.5 hours of synchronous instruction would be an immense strain on student and staff alike, and not authentic to in-class experiences which would include a variety of activities, breaks, and opportunities for enrichment, individual and group support, and peer-to-peer interaction, schools have been asked to implement 120 minutes (2 hours) of synchronous time per class where teachers will be available to students for instruction, enrichment, facilitation of group work, and provision of extra help, and will build in 30 minutes of asynchronous/independent time as needed into their class schedule (which may be in addition to other wellness breaks as needed to support student mental health and wellbeing).
As per PPM164, as of tomorrow January 7, teachers will be following this schedule:
Remote Schedule during School Closure
9:00 – 11:30
120 minutes of Synchronous and
30 minutes of Asynchronous & Independent work
11:30 – 12:15
12:15 – 2:45
120 minutes of Synchronous and
30 minutes of Asynchronous & Independent work
All classes will start at either 9 or 12:15, but may dismiss early to provide for the 30 minutes of asynchronous / independent learning as dictated by Ministry guidelines.
Vaccinations and Testing
I would like to share the following information from our partners at Michael Garron Hospital, who continue to support us with vaccination clinics, outreach PCR testing support, and tracking of rapid antigen test results:
MGH will continue to support and accept the take-home COVID-19 PCR test kits for schools and childcare centres in East Toronto. These kits will be prioritized for symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility.<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/VMzNOx2bvBJu9xn5TaF6YQ~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P4QxAWh0dHBzOi8vbmV3cy5vbnRhcmlvLmNhL2VuL2JhY2tncm91bmRlci8xMDAxMzg3L3VwZGF0ZWQtZWxpZ2liaWxpdHktZm9yLXBjci10ZXN0aW5nLWFuZC1jYXNlLWFuZC1jb250YWN0LW1hbmFnZW1lbnQtZ3VpZGFuY2UtaW4tb250YXJpbz91dG1fc291cmNlPW5ld3Nyb29tJnV0bV9tZWRpdW09ZW1haWwmdXRtX2NhbXBhaWduPSUyRmVuJTJGcmVsZWFzZSUyRjEwMDEzODYlMkZvbnRhcmlvLXVwZGF0aW5nLXB1YmxpYy1oZWFsdGgtbWVhc3VyZXMtYW5kLWd1aWRhbmNlLWluLXJlc3BvbnNlLXRvLW9taWNyb24mdXRtX3Rlcm09cHVibGljVwdzY2hvb2xtQgph1T9912HcFawoUhZCcnlhbi5XaXJlc0B0ZHNiLm9uLmNhWAQAAAAC>
Symptomatic students and education staff who meet testing eligibility<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/VMzNOx2bvBJu9xn5TaF6YQ~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P4QxAWh0dHBzOi8vbmV3cy5vbnRhcmlvLmNhL2VuL2JhY2tncm91bmRlci8xMDAxMzg3L3VwZGF0ZWQtZWxpZ2liaWxpdHktZm9yLXBjci10ZXN0aW5nLWFuZC1jYXNlLWFuZC1jb250YWN0LW1hbmFnZW1lbnQtZ3VpZGFuY2UtaW4tb250YXJpbz91dG1fc291cmNlPW5ld3Nyb29tJnV0bV9tZWRpdW09ZW1haWwmdXRtX2NhbXBhaWduPSUyRmVuJTJGcmVsZWFzZSUyRjEwMDEzODYlMkZvbnRhcmlvLXVwZGF0aW5nLXB1YmxpYy1oZWFsdGgtbWVhc3VyZXMtYW5kLWd1aWRhbmNlLWluLXJlc3BvbnNlLXRvLW9taWNyb24mdXRtX3Rlcm09cHVibGljVwdzY2hvb2xtQgph1T9912HcFawoUhZCcnlhbi5XaXJlc0B0ZHNiLm9uLmNhWAQAAAAC> can also pick up and drop off take-home COVID-19 PCR test kits at our MGH COVID-19 Assessment Centre<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/kfASYG9TpSZubxeicIe8TA~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0QjaHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWhuLmNhL0Fzc2Vzc21lbnRDZW50cmVXB3NjaG9vbG1CCmHVP33XYdwVrChSFkJyeWFuLldpcmVzQHRkc2Iub24uY2FYBAAAAAI~> or COVID-19 Outreach Centres<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/1m4xayK9rudPS8oKOdl2RA~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0RKaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGVobi5jYS9jb3ZpZC0xOS9jb21tdW5pdHktY292aWQtb3V0cmVhY2gtY2VudHJlcy1lYXN0LXRvcm9udG9XB3NjaG9vbG1CCmHVP33XYdwVrChSFkJyeWFuLldpcmVzQHRkc2Iub24uY2FYBAAAAAI~> . You do not need an appointment to pick up or drop off a take-home test kit. Please also find attached an updated schedule of our outreach centres.
In addition we wanted to highlight opportunities for vaccination for students, staff and families.
MGH continues to offer first, second and/or third doses at both our school based clinics and also our MGH vaccine clinics.
Students/Staff and families can book a first dose, second dose and/or third dose appointment at:
* An MGH/ETHP vaccine clinic<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/3FEngDUPJWY3NULR0IYWcw~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0QhaHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWhuLmNhL1ZhY2NpbmVDbGluaWNzVwdzY2hvb2xtQgph1T9912HcFawoUhZCcnlhbi5XaXJlc0B0ZHNiLm9uLmNhWAQAAAAC>
* Use the provincial booking system online<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/GutfnQPdlThmDGSdedB2Nw~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0QpaHR0cHM6Ly9jb3ZpZC0xOS5vbnRhcmlvLmNhL2Jvb2stdmFjY2luZS9XB3NjaG9vbG1CCmHVP33XYdwVrChSFkJyeWFuLldpcmVzQHRkc2Iub24uY2FYBAAAAAI~> or call 1-833-943-3900.
* Call the MGH COVID-19 vaccine booking office at 437-537-5131.
* If parents would like their child aged 5-11 to receive their second dose before the 8 week interval they can call the provincial booking line to book a second dose appointment >21 days after their first dose. Parents and guardians will be asked to give verbal consent over the phone. Our vaccine clinics at schools will also accept children for 1st or 2nd doses.
* A participating pharmacy<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/h7PqQMMleivTUJtzqyMllw~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0QtaHR0cHM6Ly9jb3ZpZC0xOS5vbnRhcmlvLmNhL3ZhY2NpbmUtbG9jYXRpb25zVwdzY2hvb2xtQgph1T9912HcFawoUhZCcnlhbi5XaXJlc0B0ZHNiLm9uLmNhWAQAAAAC>
Mobile WALK-IN school clinics across East Toronto will also offer:
· First and second dose: Open to individuals aged 5 and older who live and/or go to school in any postal code. At This time Children need to have had their 5th birthday to be eligible. We expect there may be any update to this eligibility in the coming days.
· Third (booster) dose eligibility: Open to individuals aged 18+ who live and/or go to school in a priority postal code designated for that clinic.
· Walk-ins welcome from eligible individuals while supply lasts. Either Pfizer or Moderna will be administered.
· See all upcoming school clinics: tehn.ca/VaccinePopUps<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/e2ZJFqwnqcFWXX8ptv0xlg~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0QgaHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWhuLmNhL1ZhY2NpbmVQb3BVcHNXB3NjaG9vbG1CCmHVP33XYdwVrChSFkJyeWFuLldpcmVzQHRkc2Iub24uY2FYBAAAAAI~>.
· Attached is also a flyer to share with the Vaccination Clinics<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/NRTliawnNtfQfhbldvFdmQ~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0RSaHR0cHM6Ly9kcml2ZS5nb29nbGUuY29tL2ZpbGUvZC8xbjhLbXJIZ1hRZEtlRnFxYVVYYU1Xb0l6d0V4Si1LNWgvdmlldz91c3A9c2hhcmluZ1cHc2Nob29sbUIKYdU_fddh3BWsKFIWQnJ5YW4uV2lyZXNAdGRzYi5vbi5jYVgEAAAAAg~~> from Jan 4-9.
Please also share and encourage your community to report positive results on a rapid antigen test to a secure reporting page at Microsoft Forms<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/LT1w5bPECjYo1QVD-aGVVA~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0QlaHR0cHM6Ly9mb3Jtcy5vZmZpY2UuY29tL3IvWTlhc0hNNE1LWlcHc2Nob29sbUIKYdU_fddh3BWsKFIWQnJ5YW4uV2lyZXNAdGRzYi5vbi5jYVgEAAAAAg~~>. The Michael Garron Hospital Infectious Diseases team will be notified of your result and will do our best to contact you to help to ensure you have the information you need to manage the infection and prevent further spread.
We recognize that we are seeing more and more challenges during this wave of the pandemic. MGH is committed to working with principals and schools to serve the East Toronto community during this difficult time. Thank you all for your continued support.
Please follow these links for information on Vaccination Clinics<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/NRTliawnNtfQfhbldvFdmQ~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0RSaHR0cHM6Ly9kcml2ZS5nb29nbGUuY29tL2ZpbGUvZC8xbjhLbXJIZ1hRZEtlRnFxYVVYYU1Xb0l6d0V4Si1LNWgvdmlldz91c3A9c2hhcmluZ1cHc2Nob29sbUIKYdU_fddh3BWsKFIWQnJ5YW4uV2lyZXNAdGRzYi5vbi5jYVgEAAAAAg~~> and Testing Outreach Centres<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/HlowgdjfSNT6N7J6vsTpDQ~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRjuLC_P0RSaHR0cHM6Ly9kcml2ZS5nb29nbGUuY29tL2ZpbGUvZC8xUHVjcklaYnZmOEx5a2pQcWhjaFA0VlpibjE3T0RtMVAvdmlldz91c3A9c2hhcmluZ1cHc2Nob29sbUIKYdU_fddh3BWsKFIWQnJ5YW4uV2lyZXNAdGRzYi5vbi5jYVgEAAAAAg~~>.
Deepest thanks to Dr. McCready and the team at MGH for your support in these incredibly difficult times.
We successfully rolled out devices for most of those who needed them yesterday (Wednesday January 5). Some who requested devices did not come to collect them at this first opportunity, and while the school is now closed, we continue to be responsive to your needs. If you missed your opportunity to receive a device, but still require one, please contact JP Bernier (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) if you are a Danforth student, or Dritan Bylykbashi (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) if you are a Greenwood student in order to make an appointment to collect a device.
For those families without internet access who have requested support, we continue to pursue this with the TDSB. We have been told that limited support is available, but do not yet have a timeline for when families might expect an LTE device or internet hub will be made available. We will update you as we receive more information.
While the school offices are closed, you can continue to use the regular process to report absences – clerical staff can pick up voicemails from home and will continue to update attendance records and inform staff of absences.
We also encourage you to reach out to your teachers if you are unable to attend classes and make arrangements to ensure your circumstances are accommodated and you don’t fall behind in your studies.
If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out and we will do our best to support you.
Thank you as always for your continued support.
Danforth CTI and Greenwood SS
As you are aware Parent – Teacher Interviews are scheduled for today, Tuesday, November 9th 2021.
School Schedule for Tuesday November 9th
09:00am – 10:15am: Course 3
10:15am – 11:30am: Course 4
11:30am – 12:30pm: LUNCH
1:00pm – 3:00pm Parent/Teacher Interviews – Session 1
5:30pm – 7:30pm Parent/Teacher Interviews – Session 2
School Schedule for Wednesday November 10th – Late Start
10:00am – 12:00pm Course 3
12:00pm – 12:45pm LUNCH
12:45pm – 2:45pm Course 4
Dear TDSB Families,
As new details continue to be finalized, below is the most recent information to help families and students prepare for school.
Daily Health Screening
Mask Wearing and Daily Checklists
To help remind families and students of health and safety measures in place and how to prepare for school each day, please review the Daily Checklist for Elementary and Daily Checklist for High School.
Updates to Practices and Protocols
Specific guidelines, practices and protocols for elementary and secondary are available on the TDSB Return to School website. Some recent updates are available in the following areas: extra-curricular activities, music programs, and school council meetings.
Exemptions from Synchronous Learning
Complete School Forms Online
Watch for an email from TDSB Online Form (email@example.com), which will arrive after your child’s first day of school. You can then visit the secure site to complete and submit your child’s school forms (e.g. medical information, media release form, etc.). Learn more.
We appreciate your continued understanding as we establish new practices and school routines. It will take some time for everyone to adjust and for everything to run smoothly but working together we can make the start of the school year a positive experience. Stay healthy and safe and enjoy the last few days of summer.
Before coming to school each day, all students must conduct an active student health screening self-assessment. This is the most up-to-date screening tool from Toronto Public Health and has key changes from last year’s tool, including:
- A shortened list of symptoms that are most commonly associated with COVID-19
- Consideration for immunization status
- Revised isolation period protocols
- Revised international travel protocols
- Consideration for rapid or home-based self-testing kits
If, based on the answers, you are clear to come to school, you must either complete the TDSB Health Pass (paper) or the TDSB Daily Health Screening app, to enter the school.
Welcome to Danforth/Greenwood SS: Vaccination Clinic at the School this Sunday June 6th 8 – 4 p.m.
I hope you’re all doing well and looking forward to coming to Greenwood S.S. in September! We’ll be sending out an invite for an information evening shortly, along with some dates for August and September, but I did want to get this special invitation out to you as soon as possible. (This message is only going to students, unfortunately, as we are unable to capture all of your parent/guardian emails until next week. Please share this email with your parent(s)/guardian(s). Thanks!)
I have just had it confirmed that we are able to include our incoming students and their families at our second vaccination clinic this Sunday, June 6th, running from 8 am until 4 pm (or until the vaccines are all used).
As I keep saying to our community, we’re hoping that next year will be as ‘normal’ a year as possible. What will help make this happen is to have as many people as possible, students and their families, vaccinated. Everyone in your household who is 12 years of age or older will be able to come to the school on Sunday and receive a Pfizer vaccination. To access the clinic, please come to the north side of the building (Glebeholme Blvd) where you’ll see a white tent at the entrance to the clinic. As proof that you will be a member of the Danforth/Greenwood school community, please just bring this email.
If you have any questions, please feel free to write me at Rob.MacKinnon@tdsb.on.ca.
Welcome to Greenwood S.S.!
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM TDSB REGARDING STATUS OF IN-PERSON LEARNING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Special Announcement and Update From Principal McKinnon:
After 5 wonderful years at Danforth and Greenwood, I wanted to let you know that I will be retiring as Principal as of June 30th.
I would like to thank the students, their families, the community and all the staff at Danforth/Greenwood for making our schools such great places to learn and work.
It has been an amazing journey and I think that we have worked together well to make our school a more positive and inclusive place. I believe we have made real strides in our work to improve the lives of all students, but I know that that work is not complete. Until the end of June, I will continue to commit myself to an action plan on Gender Based Violence and Harassment prevention and continue to work on issues of equity that recognize and support students with special needs, students who identify as Indigenous, and students who identify as LGBTQ2S+, among others. We will also continue our work on fighting Anti-Black Racism and expanding our resources to be inclusive of all students. I know that staff will continue to work on these key areas of focus over the coming years.
As I said to staff, I will not really miss some of the forms and paperwork that are such a big part of my job, but I will miss my interaction with the people with whom I have worked every day.
Students, I will especially miss greeting you in the morning, seeing you in the halls/classes and at games/in clubs, and saying goodbye to you at the end of the day. I feel very fortunate to have worked with all of you – thank you.
I wish you all well and look forward to seeing you here at the school before the end of the year, (if we’re able to be here), and at future school events.
Thanks and best wishes to all of you,
IMPORTANT UPDATE! (May 21, 2021)
Good Day Everyone,
Keep next Saturday, May 29th open for your COVID vaccine shot at Danforth/Greenwood!
We have confirmed that we will be holding a vaccine clinic in the Danforth North Gym from 8 am to 4 pm (or until they run out of vaccines). The clinic will be open to students, their immediate family members over the age of 12 (including brothers, sisters, and parents who reside in the same home), and staff. Everyone getting a shot will need to bring government ID that shows their home address – more options/info on the sheet in the link below. This clinic is only for first vaccines and they will be administering the Pfizer vaccine. It is a drop-in, so no appointments are necessary. Here is the information on the vaccine for young people that I sent out before: http://www.danforthcti.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Youth.pdf.
And here is the flyer from Michael Garron Hospital on the clinic itself: http://www.danforthcti.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Danforth-Collegiate-ETHP-Pop-up-COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinic-Poster-May-29.jpg
And finally, because there may be questions, Dr. McCready is also offering a town hall to directly answer any questions you may have about the clinic or the vaccines. Here is the note from Dr. McCready:
Michael Garron Hospital is excited to be hosting a vaccination clinic at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Collegiate Institute / Greenwood Secondary School on Saturday, May 29th. The clinic will run from 8 am until vaccine supply runs out. The clinic will be open to your students who are 12 years old and above and their families. Please see the attached flyers for details.
As eligibility expands to include 12-17 year-olds in Ontario’s vaccine rollout, Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) is hosting a Town Hall on the COVID-19 Vaccine for Students and Families at East Toronto Schools to empower you with the information you need to make confident, educated decisions about the vaccine.
The virtual town hall takes place on Tuesday (May 25) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is open to ALL students and families at schools in East Toronto hosting upcoming school-based vaccine clinics. During the call, Dr. Janine McCready, infectious diseases physician at MGH, will share the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine and answer your vaccine-related questions in real-time.
We invite you to attend the call using the following meeting details. We encourage you to ask vaccine-related questions during the meeting. You may also send your questions in advance to Jonah.Chevrier@tehn.ca with the subject line “Town Hall”.
How to Join the Town Hall on the COVID-19 Vaccine with Dr. Janine McCready on Tuesday, May 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Open to ALL students and families at schools in East Toronto hosting upcoming school-based vaccine clinics.
Webinar ID: 614 4880 6755
Enter the password:758381
For audio only, call in to the Town Hall by telephone or mobile:
Dial: 1 647 375 2970
Meeting ID: 614 4880 6755
Participant ID: Press pound (#)
Good day to all, and please let me know if you have any questions about this.
Vaccination Site at Danforth/Greenwood?
An early week, time-sensitive mail-out on the potential use of our school as a vaccination site!
I think that everyone is hoping for a return to ‘as normal as possible’ as soon as possible. One way that we can get there sooner, I think, is by vaccinating as many people in our building as possible. To that end, I have been talking with Dr. McCready at Michael Garron Hospital about the possibility of using our site for the vaccination of our two schools’ students, their families and staff (who don’t already have a shot). She writes:
“As eligibility expands to include 12-17 year-olds in Ontario’s vaccine rollout, Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) is working with Toronto Public Health and our schools to ensure our community has low-barrier access to vaccinations for 12-17 year-olds. Currently we do not know when the clinic will be happening but discussions are ongoing based on eligibility criteria and vaccine supply.
In order to empower you with the information you need to make a confident, educated decision about the vaccine, please find attached an information sheet; as well, Michael Garron will be hosting a Town Hall on the COVID-19 Vaccine for Students and Families at East Toronto Schools in the next few weeks. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.” Here is the link to their information sheet: http://www.danforthcti.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/COVID-19-Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Youth.pdf
In order to make this happen at Danforth/Greenwood, we need as many people as possible to say that they are willing to get vaccinated if we hold the clinic here (way easier than driving/getting a bus across the city to the convention centre!). You can register your interest by clicking on the appropriate link below and registering your intention to get your shot.
Parents/Guardians/Caregivers can access the survey through the following link: https://forms.gle/NbYVw6fE5vWaxLYr6
Students can access their survey through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjSFza8TTMfQ0y1K6QRYDoBCz_F4T4F_x3YLU6Ed62llFi5g/viewform
Please respond by the end of day, Friday, May 21st.
In my conversations with Dr. McCready, she has confirmed that your information is not registered in any way when you answer the survey.
Again, I would like to thank Dr. McCready for her work and for reaching out to us and offering this great potential opportunity.
Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions about this.
Remote Learning Timetable
Test Kit Results – Danforth CTI and Greenwood SS
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,
We had great participation in our school-wide testing at both Danforth and Greenwood. I think that we were expecting to identify positive cases from the kits that were distributed (in fact, it was one of the purposes of the process), and I wanted to keep you informed as the information comes in.
So far, at Danforth, we have had 5 positive results among students, from our kit testing; they were all asymptomatic at the time of testing. We have informed all students, their families and the staff who will have to isolate as a result of this news.
So far, at Greenwood, we have had 1 student and 1 teacher test positive through the kit testing. Again, all students, their families and staff have been informed.
For both groups in the affected cohorts, letters from Toronto Public Health are being sent out this afternoon. These letters will provide further information, including dates of return to the school.
As I mentioned before, staff and students are required to wear masks while at school and to practice physical distancing, as well as proper hand hygiene — hand washing, sanitizer etc. While enhanced cleaning is conducted every day, we have made sure to conduct an enhanced cleaning in all affected areas of our school. TPH is monitoring the situation and, as always, will let us know if further precautions, actions or communications are required.
The health, safety and well-being of staff and students is our top priority. One of the most important things we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, is for students and their families to screen themselves daily for any symptoms of COVID-19 using the TDSB Student Health Pass or the TDSB Health App.
Should you have any questions, please contact the school, visit the TDSB website or visit the TPH website for general information. For general questions, please call the TPH COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM, to speak with an agent. If you need immediate assistance, please call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day at 1-866-797-0000.
I know that this can all feel a bit unsettling, but I wanted to remind everyone that as far as we know, the cases are not being transmitted at school; there is no link between any of the cases at either school. That said, this is a good reminder for all of us not to let our guard down and to remain vigilant in monitoring student (and our own) mask, social distancing and hand hygiene discipline. Thanks for that.
As the tests were coming in (and being sent to Michael Garron Hospital) all week, it is possible that we will identify other cases. I will keep you all apprised of any other information as it comes in.
COVID-19 Screening & Return To School Process
Entering the School
Students and Visitors to TDSB Sites must complete a Daily Health Screening.
To access the Daily Health Screening online app, click here: https://tdsb.service-now.com/tswp
For information on the Screening Process and to download resources such as the paper Health Pass, click here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/In-Person-Learning/Health-and-Safety/Daily-Health-Screening
Staying Home from School
If you, or anyone in your home is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you or anyone in your home has been identified as a close contact of someone with a confirmed case, please stay home.
To view the Toronto Public Health Decision Guide for Schools, click here: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/9858-COVID-19-Decision-Guide-for-Schools.pdf
We encourage you to contact the school to document your absence and your teachers to arrange for support while you isolate.
Returning to School
Once you are clear to return (after completing a period of isolation, or receiving a negative test depending on the situation), please complete the Toronto Public Health Back to School Confirmation Form (there’s a version for adult students here) and bring it with you on your first day back.
Please bring the signed form to the office for our records.
As always, if you should have any questions, or need any help navigating this process, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school at 416-393-0744
Mr. Wires and Ms. Michael have organized a Virtual Parent Support Group for Parents and Guardians of students with special needs, facilitated with the support of Woodgreen Community Services.
Our recent survey of parents and students found that students with special needs and their parents were 2.5 times more likely to report feeling overwhelmed during this difficult time.
Through the support group, we hope to give parents and guardians an outlet to share, access supports, and make connections with other parents who understand what they are going through.
Our first meeting is on March 18, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining, please click on the link below:
UPDATE FROM PRINCIPAL MACKINNON:
Here is a great opportunity to practice your English, participate in the Arts and get paid $150! Ms. Hurst shared this:
Do you want practice speaking English while meeting new people and practicing drama, photography, story-telling and presentations? The North York Arts Centre is running a program called “Second Act” which is free for newcomers between the ages of 13 and 17.
This special program will take place outside of school time and it is online. There is space for 12 students. Students who live in North York will be given priority. Apply before February 7th.
To apply, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Make sure to mention that you are interested in the “Second Act” program and say that you are a newcomer student. You can also check out the website: www.northyorkarts.org
For more information: Julian Carvajal, Program Coordinator North York Arts 5040 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M2N 6R8 (416) 733-9388 ext 7067. Ms Hurst can answer questions or help you! email@example.com
Here is also a link so you can sign up directly: https://form.jotform.com/203505349327252
It sounds like a great opportunity!
I hope you are all having a good day,
Update from Principal MacKinnon
Contact Info for Danforth and Greenwood SS
I hope your start of this stage of online learning for everyone has been ok and mostly glitch free!
As the school offices are now closed, I wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of how to contact staff, if there is a need.
You all have my contact info, through this email, if you need to reach me.
Mr. Bryan Wires (Students with last names that start with A – K) Bryan.Wires@tdsb.on.ca
Mr. Darren Gani (Students with last names that start with L – Z) Darren.Gani@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Tracey Reavell-Roy (Last names A – G) Tracey.Reavell-Roy@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Jessica Chan (Last names H – K) Jessica.Chan@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Alexis Martin (Last names L – M) Alexis.Martin@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Kim McFadden, ACL (Last names N – Z) Kim.McFadden@tdsb.on.ca
All Teachers can be located on our website, under Contact Us: https://www.danforthcti.com/
Mr. Alvin Ng Alvin.Ng@tdsb.on.ca
Mr. Dritan Bylykbashi (All Students) Dritan.Bylykbashi@tdsb.on.ca
Ms. Melissa Hurst (All Students) Melissa.Hurst@tdsb.on.ca
All Teachers can be located on this document:
Ari Zokaieh Ari.Zokaieh@tdsb.on.ca
Thanks and hope you are all keeping well!
Greetings from Principal MacKinnon:
Happy New Year to all of you!
I hope that you have had a safe and enjoyable holiday.
As you know, as of Monday, January 4th, all students will be continuing their classes online. Students who were online through Virtual School or through our Local Virtual School will continue their studies as before the winter break. For students who were coming to school for their classes, they will now also be studying fully online. For those students, classes will begin at 9:00 am on Monday; it will be a Day 1. They will access their classes with the same codes used prior to the Break, unless they have heard otherwise from their teachers.
As you may recall, the school sent out a contingency schedule for online learning starting on January 4th. On the Friday before the winter break, the Board sent out another, different schedule for this synchronous (live) teaching time/independent learning time. After discussing these two options with VPs, Department Heads and seeking feedback from School/Student Council (DCTI), I have decided to continue with the schools’ plan. For both Danforth and Greenwood, classes will run from 9 – 11:30 am, with some part that may be dedicated to 1 on 1 work with the teacher/small group work. Students will continue their independent learning from 11:30-12:30 and then have their afternoon class as they did before the break – from 2 – 3:15 pm.
If there is a need to re-visit this model or if the online learning extends beyond the end of January, I will reach out again.
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to write.
Again, best wishes for a positive start to 2021!
Parents/Guardians and families, please see the latest letter from the TDSB with regards to the latest announcement on the latest Province-Wide Shutdown by the Government of Ontario:
PLEASE CLICK HERE: Parent-Guardian Letter – December 21, 2020
Principal MacKinnon’s updates:
December 11, 2020: VSS Students/Textbooks/COVIDInfo/HollandBloorview
December 4, 2020: New COVID Screening/Learning Resources/Old School
November 27, 2020: Mental Health/Wolf Den/ Fitness/ Library/Resources
November 20, 2020:
November 13, 2020:
November 6, 2020:
November 2, 2020:
PHONE LINE / COMPUTER CONNECTIVITY INTERRUPTION
We are having a new firewall installed for our computer network at school and this means that the schools will not have any phone lines or computer connectivity from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Monday, November 2nd. If there is an emergency, please contact Principal MacKinnon directly at email address: Rob.MacKinnon@tdsb.on.ca or Vice Principal Bylykbashi @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,
I wanted to provide you with information about a case of COVID-19 that has been identified in a student at Danforth CTI. We continue to work closely with Toronto Public Health (TPH) on this case, which last saw the student in the school on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. This student will not return to the school until cleared by TPH to do so. As a result of this case, students who were in this student’s classes (cohorts) have been informed and instructed to self-isolate. Our Vice-Principals have called all families to inform them directly and answer any questions students and their families may have.
As per our procedures, staff and students are required to wear masks while at school and to practice physical distancing, as well as proper hand hygiene—hand washing, sanitizer etc. While enhanced cleaning is conducted every day, we have made sure to conduct an enhanced cleaning in all affected areas of our school. TPH is monitoring the situation and, as always, will let us know if further precautions, actions or communications are required.
The health, safety and well-being of staff and students is our top priority. Should you have any questions, please contact me directly, visit the TDSB website or visit the TPH website for general information. For general questions, please call the TPH COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM, to speak with an agent. If you need immediate assistance, please call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day at 1-866-797-0000.
As always, students, parents/guardians, please let me know if you have any questions.
October 16: STUDENT FEEDBACK/COLLEGE/TPH/DEVICES/VOLUNTEER
October 9: SHSM/UIEC/EGALE/COVID/TUTORS/211
September 30: YEARBOOK/LOCKERS/MENTAL HEALTH/GUIDANCE/DROP-OFF
September 28: Orange Shirt Day/Health and Communication
September 18: First Days, Sign In, Quad Dates, Tech
September 16: First Days of School, Signing In, Guidance, Student Info
September 11: First Day, Masks, Orientation, Sign-In, Mental Health
September 4: Schedules/Transitions/SpecEd
August 28: School Survey, MaST, Spec Ed
Supporting your Safe Return to School with Access Alliance
Attention Greenwood SS Families:
Access Alliance is hosting an information session TODAY to support newcomer youth and their parents getting back to school. This is part of a series we started last week to support parents of school age children, from elementary, middle and secondary schools. Join us!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Return to School Plans for September 2020 – Letter from Interim Director of Education, Carlene Jackson: