What's Up, DoC?
This year's Grade 8 Graduation ceremony is taking place on Tuesday, June 25 at Monarch Park Collegiate. We are looking for parents of Grade 6 or Grade 7 students to help to decorate the auditorium, set-up refreshments, and help with the clean up after the event.
The ceremony begins at 3:45pm. Volunteers will be able to start setting up around 1pm.
If you are able to help for an hour or two to help create a beautiful send-off to our graduating students, please email Veronica Bulger here.
Dear Parents and Students,
This is a reminder that Monday June 17 to Friday June 21 is the last week of Morning Meal and Hot Lunch for the school year. During the last week of school, June 24 to June 27, the Nutrition staff and I will be closing and cleaning the kitchen for the season and there will be very limited food available i.e. rice cakes, melba toast etc. We will be offering Breakfast from 8 am to 8:35 am during the last week consisting of cereal, yogurt, fruit, milk and water. Please remember to send your child with a lunch.
Thank you for supporting the Student Nutrition Program at Duke.
Maureen, Shannon and Uzma
Frequently Asked Questions
In response to a number of questions from parents throughout the school year, SAC presented these questions to the school administration, in hopes of receiving answers to Frequently Asked Questions, that can be a starting point for parents who have questions or concerns about the progressive discipline approach at the school. We hope these FAQs prove helpful in the future.
The FSLAC provided recommendations to the TDSB and went to the Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, June 12. After 2 hours of discussion, most were approved by the board. Please see the PDF document for the list of recommendations.
The FSLAC delegated at the meeting and requested delaying recommendations 1 and 2 until the fall until a more developed plan could be done as there are many unanswered questions and no public process. The review was done over 2 years, the recommendations came out last Friday and were approved 3 business days later. These are major changes on how French will be delivered.
The board also approved elimination of TTC tickets for grades 7 and up. This amounts to approx. $800 per student.
TDSB Student & Parent Census 2016-17
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) conducts its system-wide Student and Parent Census every 4-5 years to help the Board understand the demographic makeup, the in-school and out-of-school experiences, and the ongoing needs of its student population. The intent is to use the Census data collected directly from students and parents to help the system and individual schools develop strategies and adjust supports that further strengthen the school community and help every student succeed.
The very first TDSB's Student Census and Parent Census were administered in 2006-07 and 2007-08 respectively, and the second Student and Parent Census was completed in 2011-12. In April 2017, the TDSB conducted its third Parent Census for parents of JK-Grade 6 students, and third Student Census for Grade 7-12 students. For the first time, Grade 4-6 students also participated in the Student Census. Over 220,000 completed survey forms were received representing 91% of Grade 4-6, 94% of Grade 7-8, and 85% of Grade 9-12 students, as well as 63% of JK-Grade 6 parents.
Parent Census 2016-17 School Reports for Duke of Connaught:
Grades 4-6 School Report [pdf]
JK to Grade 6 School Report [pdf]
Grades 7-8 School Report [pdf]
With all the community fundraising events that are organized by SAC each year, you may wonder how our funds are spent. Here are some of the ways in which we all help support our school:
All of these items are extras that we offer our students, which are not funded by the TDSB. We also continue to fundraise for the DUKE PLAYS campaign, which will support the eagerly awaited playground redesign, as well as recently announced renovation and redesign of the school library!
Not all of us have time to volunteer or attend our myriad events. If you still want to contribute to our efforts, here is your chance. Attached is Enrichment Fundraising form. Donations of 25$ or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.