What's Up, DoC?
Leslieville Food & Drink Festival
Each year LFDF, in participation with @eastsideeventsto and its sponsors, seeks out a new Community Beneficiary to support and raise funds for. In past years we have helped raise funds for Michael Garron Hospital and their expansion project.
This year, in light of the many cuts to subsidies and funds that have been dedicated to school programs, we have chosen to align with Duke of Connaught Advisory Council to support their Nutrition Program. This program offers Breakfast, Morning Meals and Lunch programs to help the many children that don’t always have access to healthy & nutritional meals.
We hope you will join us this year and contribute towards this effort, while enjoying some great local food and drink!
Thursday June 6 - Friday June 7, 5-11PM
Stay tuned for tickets!
Where: Duke Building
When: Thursday May 16th - 5:30-7:10
Who: Everyone is invited to come!
Students in Choirs should meet in the Front Foyer of the school at 5:15 to get their choir shirts. All other ensembles should meet at their performance space 10 minutes before their scheduled performance time. Please see the revised schedule for performance times and spaces.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Volunteer Tea Invitation
Duke Staff will be honouring volunteers with a Volunteer Tea on May 28th, from 7:45-10AM. Click here for more info.
Kindergarten Open House
The Kindergarten Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5:30-6:30PM. Please join us for an introduction to the Full Day Kindergarten program, tour classrooms and have an opportunity to ask questions!
Duke's 2nd Annual Creator Fair
Save the Date!
Attention all Creators, Makers & Tinkerers! Mark Thursday, June 6 on your calendar because that’s the date for this year’s Creator Fair! Come out after school from 4pm - 7:30pm for some coding, sewing, experimenting, building, painting, stamping, balancing … and SO MUCH MORE! This year’s event is going to be bigger and better than last year so you won’t want to miss it!
Call for Community Makers!
We’re looking for members of the Duke Community who would be interested is hosting creative activity stations at this year’s event. Do you spend your weekends woodworking? Are you a knit-a-holic? Have you dedicated countless hours to model building? AMAZING! This is your chance to share your talent with the world! (Or at least our school!) Send an email to email@example.com, let us know your talent, and we’ll help you bring it to life at this year’s Creator Fair!
The lunch petition was presented to Duke Administration at the SAC Meeting on April 25th. At the time we had 101 signatures asking for a change (107 since then)! Click here to see a copy of the letter accompanying the signatures.
We are now looking for committee members to help develop improvements to the lunch period. Students and parents are welcome! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join.
SAC Budget Planning for 2019-2020
SAC is beginning to start working on the SAC budget for the 2019-2020 school year and we’re looking for your input!
If you would like to be involved on the planning committee, send an email to email@example.com by Monday, April 15.
Do you have a programme or idea that you would like to champion that requires money from the SAC Budget? Planning for the 2019-2020 school year will soon be underway and we want to hear your ideas. Submit your proposal! [pdf] by Thursday, April 18.
Changes to Ontario Education
As you likely know, the Ontario Government is planning to introduce many changes to education within the province.
The government has proposed to:
Trustee Jennifer Story has provided information and additional resources in an email titled "Education funding cuts and you". To view a copy, click here.
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.