Friday, December 21, 2012 Announcements

The DD Program would like to thank all of the students and staff that supported our Holiday Sale.  We want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!  J. Zambito

The Public Relations Representatives for Student Council and your morning announcement deejays would like to wish you a safe and happy winter break and we’ll see back in the new year!  Thanks for listening and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Announcements

Candy-grams will be given out tomorrow during first period.  P. Weight

A reminder to all students who will be applying to university.  You must come to Guidance to pick up your PIN from your counsellor.  All applications are due on January 16, 2013.  D. Levogiannis

Helping Children Deal With A Crisis

TIPS FOR PARENTS – HELPING CHILDREN DEAL WITH A CRISIS

 

  • Bring up the topic at a time and place where a discussion can occur. If there are distractions, a shortage of time or if either you or your child is too tired or busy, it is likely the conversation will be interrupted.
  • Begin by questioning and listening. Open-ended questions are better than specific ones. It is better to ask ”How are you feeling about what happened?” than “Are you scared because of what happened?” You can be a bit more specific if general questions fail. Let your child tell you what they believe they know, how they learned it and how they are feeling. Don’t rush to correct or reassure. Allow them to finish their thoughts.
  • Respond to what your child tells you. Their concerns may be specific or general, concrete or abstract, closely related to the crisis or related very little. Address what they are concerned about. Don’t overload children with information or solutions. Talk to them with ideas they can handle at their age. If you help them with their concerns today they will likely share more in the future.
  • Be aware that new stresses may open old wounds. When a child is confronted with a crisis, losses and upsets from the past may be remembered. The child may, or may not wish to talk about these old issues.
  • It is normal for people to try to make sense of things when a serious loss occurs. Allow your child to share his or her ideas and speculations. Help them to separate what they know from what they are guessing about.
  • Talk about specific things you can do to make your child feel secure. Go over your home safety plan. Make sure they know that you and other adults will always be available.
  • When a crisis hits close to home we all feel vulnerable. Certain tragic events, while extremely upsetting, are statistically very rare. It can be helpful to remember that this type of event is very rare and almost certainly will not happen again in their neighbourhood.
  • Children deal with stress in many different ways and at different paces. While your child may not wish to talk today, he/she may wish to talk in weeks or days to come. Do checkups at least once a week until the crisis is over. Follow up discussions may be helpful.
  • If you have trouble speaking with your child, get help from family members or people at the school.
  • Try to continue normal routines. Reaffirm family goals and spiritual values.

Monday, December 17, 2012

SENT ON BEHALF OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, CHRIS SPENCE 

5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N8  Tel: (416) 395-8201 Fax. (416) 393-0889

December 17, 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We were all saddened by the events that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. As parents, we join with the community and share in their grief as they continue to deal with this unspeakable tragedy. We will hold them in our thoughts in the days ahead as they come to terms with the violence that has gripped their community and taken the lives of their loved ones.

Over the weekend, our thoughts naturally turned to our own children at the Toronto District School Board. Please know that every day our goal is to have children learn in a caring and safe school environment. We have put in place guidelines, resources and plans that make every attempt to ensure the safety of our children and staff.

The news reports over the weekend have raised questions about how we can help our children as they react to this news. As educators and parents we can work together to help our children and support them to deal with their many questions. Children, depending on their age, will have different understandings and awareness of these events.

We would like to offer a few suggestions about how to address this tragedy with your children:

 

Be reassuring

 

 

–the most important person in a child’s life is their parent/guardian and children learn a lot about how to deal with these kinds of events from interacting with their parents. It is important to answer their questions in a calm way and to offer reassurance about what you and others are doing to keep them safe.

 

 

Listen – most parents will already have had discussions with their child.  Listen to their responses, questions, feelings, and let them guide you as to what their needs are.  Respond to their concerns with age-appropriate explanations.

Be aware of access to media reports – some professionals are recommending that children should not have access to media reports about the incident.  They can be graphic and raise the anxiety of students.  However, you know your child and their age, it is important to monitor what they are watching and reading and to be available to answer any questions that they might have.

Maintain a sense of normalcy – it is important to maintain the same routines and schedules that you have at home.  This provides comfort and helps to reinforce security for children. 

Speak to your school – if you have any concerns about your child’s reactions or have questions, please contact your child’s teacher or someone else at the school.

More information and resources are available on our website, at www.tdsb.on.ca

In the days ahead, we will continue to work together to ensure the safety of our children.

 

For our children,

 

Chris Spence

 

Director of Education

 

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

This Thursday, December 13th in the Cafeteria the annual holiday lunch.  For just $5.50 you can get oven roast turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and a special treat!  See you there!  T. Kousoulos

Do you have any old toys that you want to donate?  Bring unwrapped toys to the Main Office and put them in the drop box.  Lets make this a happy holiday for everyone!  D. Martins

A reminder that “Chaos” ends today.  come by the Student Council Office, Room b05 at lunch or briefly after school to submit your cards.  The winner will be announced on Friday!  P. Weight

Congratulations to Nobu Chern-Warwick, winner of the Royal Canadian Legion’s “Remembrance” contest for senior essay writing.  Good job, Nobu!  We are all very proud of you.  S. Holyer

Candy Grams!  Candy grams will be sold today at lunch and for the rest  of the week.  One for $.50 and three for a dollar.  Come and spread some holiday spirit.  P. Weight

Attention all Boy’s Hockey players.  Please meet Mr. Triantafillou outside of Room Y02, the Phys Ed office, for a very short meeting at the start of lunch.  A. Triantafillou

We know it is cold outside……but just a reminder that hats and headwear should be removed upon entering the building and should not be on anywhere in the building.  Thank you.  D. Martins

Monday, December 10, 2012

There will be an important meeting at the beginning of lunch in Room B80 for the Senior Boy’s Basketball team.  T. Smith

Are you creative and love fashion?  Well come join “Fashion for Fun” every Monday at lunch in the Broadcast Studio, Room A37; new members always welcome.  We’ll see you there!  M. Bryan

Congrats to the Junior Boy’s Basketball team as they hammered Harbord CI on Thursday 46-33.  Kobe, Dante, Donando, Dimitri, Alex, Tristan, Scott and Nasir all played outstanding.  Come to Room B32 for a brief meeting at the start of luch.  P. Turnbull

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Anime Club is cancelled today.  V. Kee

Attention students in the Holiday Show with Ms. Dixon!  The rehearsal after school today is cancelled due to the “War Horse” field trip.  E. Dixon

Jazz Band is cancelled today.  J. Cheesman

Congratulations to the Junior Girl’s Volleyball team on an excellent game against the powerhouse team from Leaside C.I.  We lost 2 tough sets but will get them next time.  M. Graul

There will be an important Yearbook Committee meeting today immediately at the start of lunch in Room B08.  M. Creary

This is just a reminder that there are to be no spectators at any basketball games that are not home games.  Danforth CTI students are not to travel to other schools’ match games.  C. Carson

A reminder of the Boy’s Varsity Hockey game today at 1:30 p.m.  Dismissal is at lunch.  We play at Ted Reeve Arena.  Don’t be late!  A. Triantafillou

Attention Breakfast Club!  Starting Monday, December 10th Breakfast Club will be located in the Guidance Department.  Join use there from 8:00 to 8:40 a.m.   A. Ravera

All students going to the “War Horse” trip with Ms. Lajeunesse are reminded to meet at the start of lunch in Room B06 ready to go!  A. Lajeunesse

There will be a brief meeting at lunch in the North Gym for the Senior Boy’s Basketball team.  T. Smith

Good morning everyone.  Please drop by at lunch for a Multicultural Club bake sale in the main foyer.  Enjoy Portugese and Greek pastries today at lunch.  All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign to End Violence Against Women and to support the Red Door Shelter.  D. Liarakos

There will be a Prom Committee meeting today at lunch in Room C43.  See you there.  J. Panagiotakakos

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Please support the “White Ribbon” campaign which begins today.  This campaign is in support of remembrance and action for the prevention of gender-based violence.  Please take a moment to reflect on the words and actions you choose in the hopes of putting an end to violence.  D. Liarakos

There will be an Aboriginal Students Club meeting today at lunch in Room B30.  All students are welcome.  M. Da Silva

There will be an important Yearbook Committee meeting today after school in Room B08.  M. Creary

Are you a singer, musician, comedian or have another performance talent?  The Impressions Cafe will give you a chance to show off your gift to fellow students at lunch in the Music Room.  Sign-up sheets for auditions will be posted outside of the Music Room and outside of the Main Office.  Auditions will take place on Monday, December 10th with performances taking place on Thursday, December 13th.  J. Cheesman

All students interested in Archery must attend an important meeting at the start of lunch today in Room B02.  V. Kee

There will be an important meeting for all members of the swim team today at the beginning of lunch in front of Room Y02, the Phys Ed Office.  This includes those who were told they didn’t need to attend the meeting.  C. Hickey