Trustee Shelley Laskin – Ward 8 Letter to Parents

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Toronto District School Board
Trustee Shelley Laskin
Ward 8, Eglinton-Lawrence & Toronto-St Paul’s

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

For those of you who have not met me yet, let me introduce myself. I am your local school trustee. I am your link with the Toronto District School Board, which governs Toronto’s public schools. As your elected representative, I make decisions with the rest of the trustees on the Board and act as your advocate and “sounding board,” should the need arise. We are, more than ever, focused on ensuring that all students have access to the programs, opportunities and supports needed to reach high levels of achievement and well-being.

As the new school year begins, you will find helpful resources for both parents and students here Information includes homework tips, transportation updates and supports for mental health, healthy living and anti-bullying.

If you are unable to find the information you need, please feel free to contact Araz Hasserjian, TDSB Administrative Liaison, who will be supporting me and answering the Trustees’ shared line during office hours. Araz can also be reached directly at 416-397-3061 or via e-mail at

Your involvement in your child’s education and school life will contribute to their success. There are a number of ways you can get involved – to explore these opportunities please speak to your classroom teacher, School Council Chair or Principal or visit

If you would like to stay regularly informed on what is happening at the Board and its impacts on the schools in Ward 8, you can read my weekly e-update. To receive it every Sunday evening, click here. You can also visit my webpage at Trustee Webpage or follow me on twitter

For system-wide news about the Toronto District School Board, subscribe to TDSB Update at https://www.tdsb. and follow the TDSB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I am always looking to learn more about your local school successes, issues and priorities. If you have something to share or wish to speak with me directly, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at or call and leave a message at 416 395-TRUS (8787). We may be the largest school board in the country, but it’s the relationships that make our schools feel like family. I look forward to working in partnership with you and your child’s school this year.

Shelley Laskin

Trustee Ward 8 – Eglinton-Lawrence & Toronto-St Paul’s

2019-20 Information

Parent Concern Protocol

Step One Classroom Teacher

If you have any questions or concerns, the first person to go to is your classroom teacher. The classroom teacher can help with:

  • Any questions about the classroom
  • Classroom rules and consequences
  • Homework and assignments

Step Two School Principal

If you would like more information or you have questions that are beyond the classroom, the school principal can help.

  • Concerns about an individual school
  • Student registration
  • Student schedules
  • Student suspensions
  • Report card concerns
  • Classroom concerns
  • Code of Conduct
  • Safety and security
  • Budget and fundraising
  • School Council

Step Three School Superintendents

Superintendents are responsible for a Network of Schools. They support school staff and can be contacted if you have questions that have not been answered or for help with:

  • Alternate attendance request
  • Suspension appeals

Step Four Trustees

Trustees are your elected community officials. They are available to help you with the following areas of the TDSB:

  • Concerns about your community
  • Ideas and suggestions for the Board
  • Items on Board Agenda
  • Board policies under review
  • Board budget
  • Collective bargaining

Board Office

You can contact the Board Office directly for any questions or concerns related to:

  • Continuing Education
  • Night and summer school
  • Adult education
  • ESL
  • Board documents

Phone: 416-397-3000 • Email:

Your School Trustee

Shelley Laskin

Eglinton-Lawrence and Toronto-St. Paul’s – Ward 8 Schools


Your School Superintendent

John Chasty

Learning Centre 1


PA Days & Holidays

Labour Day, September 2, 2019.

Board-wide PA Day, October 11, 2019.

Thanksgiving, October14, 2019.

Board-wide PA Day, November 15, 2019.

Board-wide PA Day, December 6, 2019.

Winter Break, December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2019 (inclusive). Last day of school is December 20, 2019. School resumes January 6, 2020.

Elementary PA Day, January 17, 2020.

Secondary PA Day – (Semestered Schools only), January 30, 2020*.

Board-wide PA Day, February 14, 2020

Family Day, February 17, 2020

March Break, March 16 to 20, 2020

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Easter Monday, April 13, 2020

Victoria Day, May 18, 2020

Elementary School PA Day, June 5, 2020

Secondary School PA Day (Full Year Schools only), June 24, 2020*

Secondary School PA Day, June 25, 2020

Board-wide PA Day, June 26, 2020

*The first day of second semester is January 31, 2020. Secondary school calendar includes a PA day for semestered schools only on January 30, 2020 and a PA Day for full-year schools only on June 24, 2020.

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Also please note Days of Significance – click for the complete list 2019-2020. You may also find this Days of Significance Resource Guide helpful.