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Wanted: Manager of All Lost Things!

The Lost & Found bin at school is always full and for some reason, students rarely seem to recognize anything that might belong to them!

We’re looking for someone to take charge of the Lost & Found bin. It includes:
* trying to keep it sorted to make it easier for students to find what they’re looking for
* putting articles on display every few months to encourage students to take a look
* anything else one could do to help lost articles get found!

If you are interested in helping out, even just for the spring season, send an e-mail to

Preserving Roden’s History

Roden has a long history and the school has a collection of items that need to be catalogued and recorded. If you would like to help, please send an e-mail to

Jennifer Story – next Ward Council Meeting

Next Ward Council Meeting
Thursday, April 23, 7-9 pm
Host school: Leslieville PS
(254 Leslie Street)
Childcare provided
All are welcome

In addition to regular business and updates, we have a presentation and Q&A on Tech for Teaching (the use of technology in our schools, the benefits and limitations, and the board’s overall tech strategy).

Regular business starts at 7 pm, with updates from trustee, superintendent and committees. The presentation starts at 8 pm.

If you have any particular issues you want covered under reports or new business, please email me at See Jennifer Story’s Newsletter for agenda.

Has your school chosen a Ward Council Representative? If not, please do. We’re hoping for increased representation from middle and high schools in particular, and welcome your assistance in ensuring our Ward Council reflects the diversity of our community.

SOCIAL MEDIA ZOMBIES: A Presentation for Parents and Educators by Steve Chapelle

Join Westwood School Council for an examination of the importance of applying critical thinking during social media usage. We will explore these concerns from an Android and iOS perspective:
Willful self-exposure
Unsecured confidential information

Risks, examples and most importantly, prevention measures will be presented. Questions will be welcomed after the presentation.

When: Tuesday, May 5
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Where: Westwood Middle School, 994 Carlaw Ave

Childcare will be provided, but the presentation is for parents and educators only. Please feel free to invite your friends from other schools too. All adults are welcome.

Steve Chapelle ( has been providing social media behaviour education to Ontario schools and parents since 2006. Through this period he has also given information management best practices training to Canadian small business associations. Prior to this, he spent 25 years in management and analyst roles across a range of technology.

Next council meeting: April 8 at 6:00 p.m.

Parents & caregivers: here’s your chance to get involved in your school community. Come out to our next parent council meeting. Pizza and childcare available for the kids, free of charge.

Apr8 meeting poster

2015 Parent Academy Conference for Parents and April’s CPAC Meeting

The Cluster B CSW team is proud to invite all interested families in our cluster to the :

When: Saturday April, 18th, 2015
Where: Cedarbrae High School - 550 Markham rd Scarborough
Time: 10:00 a.m.  - 2:30 p.m.
What: Workshops for Parents / Caregivers to impact positive change on a Personal, School and Community level & to effectively Support their children’s success and well-being 
When: Tuesday April, 21st. 2015
Where: D.A. Morrison Middle School – 271 Gledhill Ave 3rd flr in the library
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
What: CPAC meeting focus will be CAT – 4 Testing & School Gardening Sharing…
There is something for everybody so please spread the word and hope to see you there.
Please take a look at the flyers and registration attached for more info and you can contact our Community Support Worker if you have any questions.
Duane Spencer
Community Support Worker
Toronto District School Board

Fri Mar 27 – Planes Fire and Rescue

movie night

Roden Council Fundraising Committee Presents:
Planes Fire and Rescue
Friday May 30th
Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 6:30pm
Admission $2 per person
VIP LOUNGE raffle ticket: $1 eac
Grab your blankets, pillows and come out and support us!

The parents’ lounge is back since it was well received at last movie night. It will be located at the back of the gym so that parents can socialize, albeit quietly, through the movie without disturbing movie-watchers.

As usual, we’ll have food: hot dogs, pizza, samosas and baked goods along with popcorn and drinks.

So please come early enough to eat in the gym ahead of time.

Parent Event at Westwood Middle School

Westwood School Council has invited all community members (in our Family of Schools) to an event that they have organized entitled:

Parents for Parents: Exploring the exciting mind of the adolescent learner and sharing how to support them…and yourself

WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 2015
WHERE: Westwood Middle School, 994 Carlaw Ave
TIME: 7:00-9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.

We’ll be using Open Space Technology, whereby every participant has the opportunity to opt in and out of conversations that will take place around the room. Comments/thoughts will be charted. At the end of the night, there’ll be a plenary session of sorts, during which we’ll review the charts and pick out the key themes. Based on the key themes, we’ll determine focus of our next event (tentatively scheduled for May 5, during Mental Health Week).

Please see attached poster for more details and contact information.

Parent Conference

The TDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) are hosting a FREE one-day conference for PARENTS AND GUARDIANS on Saturday March 28th.

Special Education: Empowering Families through Knowledge and Networking

Registration is online, and child-minding, including special needs children, is available by advance registration.

Check out the attached flyer for more details such as descriptions of the workshops and agencies that will be present.

Please contact Duane for more information:
Duane Spencer
Community Support Worker
Toronto District School Board

Done Like Dinner

By Mercedes Lee

In last month’s column, I made the declaration that I could probably fill 2 years’ worth of columns with rice recipes alone. “Please,” you scoffed, probably thinking I was exaggerating. YET HERE I AM, a woman of my word, with a recipe that makes the most of leftover rice, whether from the fridge of the freezer.

Kimchi fried rice is a spin on a time-honoured everything-but-the-kitchen-sink dish that is generally a crowd pleaser. Fried rice is elastic – you can chop up any combination of vegetables and protein (now is a good time to clear out the fridge in a creative way), toss it together with some rice in a pan, flavour with a little soy, and – if you’re really trying to nail all my food triggers – top with a runny fried egg for a quick, satisfying, and budget-friendly weeknight dinner.

Kimchi Fried Rice
serves 4-6

2 Tb. cooking oil of your choice
1 lb of ground pork, ground turkey, ground beef, or chopped leftover protein (feel free to omit, or substitute scrambled eggs, or 1-2 cups of chopped protein of your choosing)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1” piece of ginger, peel and minced
3 cups cooked rice
1 jar of cabbage kimchi (available in the refrigerator section of the Asian grocery stores on Gerrard), or 2 cups of cabbage kimchi, roughly chopped
1-2 cups of frozen peas (or equivalent chopped kale, napa cabbage, or swiss chard)
2 Tb light soy sauce
1 Tb seasoned rice wine
1 tsp. white sugar or brown sugar
1 bunch of scallions, chopped

- In a large wok or very large skillet, or dutch oven, heat the oil. When it’s hot, cook the meat until cooked through. If you’re using leftover protein, heat it in the oil until warmed through.
- Add the minced garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant
- Add the rice, kimchi, and frozen peas (or additional vegetables) and cook until heated through, peas are cooked and/or greens wilted.
- Add the soy, rice wine, sugar and toss with the fried rice to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust with additional soy, salt and pepper if desired.
- Mix in chopped scallions.
- If desired, top with a runny fried egg
kimchi rice