Hello Dovercourt Community,
I’m writing with an update on the TDSB budget town hall meetings that were held on February 20th and 21st. Unfortunately, the meetings were not that different from the ones held in previous years. They were not done in the spirit of consultation but rather to share information. The presentations were fast-paced and difficult to follow. Here is a link to the slides that were presented:
The most important piece of information that was shared is that more cuts are coming (on top of all the cuts from previous years). The Toronto School Caregiver Coalition (led by Katrina Matheson) is preparing a letter to be sent to the Trustees on Monday March 4th. On that day, a preliminary 2024/25 budget will be proposed. Cuts will be recommended because the staff don’t have the authority to present an ‘unbalanced’ budget (unlike Trustees). We need your support in opposing these cuts. Please sign the caregiver coalition’s letter by Sunday March 3rd as it will be sent to the Trustees on Monday, March 4th.
Here is the link to the letter:
We are also looking for parents/caregivers/guardians to attend the March 26 meeting as delegates. If you are interested, please get in touch with me email@example.com
It is crucial that we continue mobilizing against these cuts and that parents/caregivers/guardians create a common front with unions and progressive Trustees. Education workers, the Elementary Teachers of Toronto, the Labour Council and the OSSTF/FEESO have started their own campaigns against education cuts https://www.fundourschools.ca
Alejandra Gonzalez Jimenez
On behalf of the subcommittee Against Education Cuts
Bust out your dancing shoes: Our annual Dovercourt Dance-a-Thon fundraiser is coming up!
The Dance-a-Thon is a fabulous way for our kids to shake it in the gym while raising funds for our school.
Every class will take a turn busting moves to playlists by Dovercourt’s Student Council.
This is a free activity—there is no cost to participate. That said, students are welcome to get donations to support our school from friends, family members, and neighbours—via School Cash Online, cash, or cheque.
The money we raise goes to efforts that make our school more equitable and enjoyable for all students, from enrichment activities (including field trips) to community-building events (including our big Spring Fling celebration). Donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt. We’re raising money to put kids first!
How to donate:
Thank you for supporting Dovercourt Public School students. Your donation will help the terrific kids at our school by supporting enrichment activities, school events, and more.
We use School Cash Online, the Toronto District School Board’s platform for processing online donations. All funds submitted through School Cash Online go directly to our school.
Below are some instructions to help you navigate the site.
Step 1: Visit Dovercourt's School Cash Online donation page
You can find the link here. It looks like this:
An update on our SAC Movie Night taking place February 15:
Unfortunately, our Wish has been denied! The Disney movie Wish has been unexpectedly removed from our school's streaming licence.
But don't fear! The Trolls are coming to save the day! We'll be screening Trolls Band Together instead.
See you on the 15th for a fun night of food and film!
A message from the SAC Subcommittee Against School Cuts:
The TDSB will hold virtual budget town halls to discuss budgeting priorities on February 20th and February 21st. If you are able to, please attend.
As you know, our students, teachers, staff, Principal and VP are experiencing the ongoing education cuts. If your child is experiencing the lack of a Special Needs Assistant, Educational Assistants, Lunch Assistants, as well as issues related to large classes and overcrowded classrooms, please let the TDSB know at these meetings. The TDSB needs to hear from Dovercourt parents/guardians/caregivers about what our children need.
The TDSB trustees have voted to accelerate the budgeting process this year. This means that they will be creating an operating budget BEFORE the province provides its provincial funding calculations. This should put the TDSB in a better negotiating position because it creates a specific ask. It also enables parents/guardians/caregivers to make demands of our elected officials when there is a specific ask.
Last year, budget town halls happened in May - after the funding calculation was made, when the budget was more or less fixed because funding was so tight. This year, because of the accelerated timing, your contributions at these meetings will actually mean something. This 2024/2025 budget is meant to be centered around student needs: special ed, racial and socio-economic equity, ESL, fully staffed offices and classrooms, transportation, educational materials, libraries, facilities, repairs, etc. This is a chance to advocate for what our school has lost or missed over years of cuts.
Virtual Budget Town Halls
Public consultations are an important part of the budget process, and we want to hear from you! Please join us for a Virtual Budget Town Hall to share your ideas and feedback:
For reference, here is a link to the website with meeting schedules: Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee (FBEC) Meetings 2024
If you have questions, please email Alejandra (Jana) Gonzalez Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dovercourt SAC is hosting a movie night at the school on February 15th—the same night as parent/teacher interviews!
Join us for pizza, popcorn, a showing of Disney's Wish, and lots of fun.
We'll be serving up fresh popcorn for free, and selling slices of pizza on a cost-recovery basis. (Please bring cash or your debit card to pay for pizza. Note that we cannot accept credit cards.)
We'll also be selling an array of Dovercourt Dragons Spirit Wear t-shirts for $20 each—including some new pink options, for Pink Shirt Day on February 28th. First come, first served!
Here are the key details:
Volunteers needed! If you'd like to help set up, serve food, or clean up (especially the latter), please email us at email@example.com.
Join us as we beat the February blahs with a bit of movie magic!
With Pink Shirt Day coming on February 28th, and Orange Shirt Day in September, we've added new colour options to our Dovercourt Spirit Wear online store.
In addition to red, black, white and grey clothing, the store now offers orange and pink options for many types of Spirit Wear. If you're interested in purchasing a shirt, here are some quick links for popular styles:
We'll also have some pink t-shirts for sale at the school movie night on February 15th, for $20 each, while supplies last.
As a reminder, Dovercourt PS gets 10% of every Spirit Wear sale. If you have any questions about our Spirit Wear store, check out our FAQ here.
We're gearing up for our annual end-of-year school celebration—and we need your help!
If you're new to Dovercourt, Spring into Summer (formerly known as Spring Fling) is our marquee Spring event, a great afternoon and evening to bring our community together and celebrate our school.
Our Events team is hosting an open meeting on Wednesday, January 31st at 6:00pm, via Zoom, to start the planning process for 2024. It's open to anyone who wants to help with brainstorming, organizing, fundraising, or volunteering with the event.
We want to make this year's event the best it can be, so please join us! Send us an at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a link for the meeting.
The more, the merrier!
We've once again partnered with Mad Science to offer two after-school enrichment programs, starting on February 7th. These are paid, optional programs that take place in the school.
We're excited to offer options for both Kindergarten and older students this time!
Our November SAC newsletter is out! Read on for a message from your new 2023/2024 SAC co-chairs, Peggy Gibbons and Ben Peto, along with information about the Student Council Food Drive we're supporting, a preview of some upcoming event, and a great addition to your holiday gifting—via our new Spirit Wear online store.
Watch for the newsletter in backpacks later this week, or download it as a PDF by clicking the image above or the link below: