Maker Summer Camps – Toronto Tool Library

Still looking for summer camps?  Toronto Tool Library has some great  camps that are now available for sign up
Here’s a video that highlights their approach and what we’re about:

For more info:

Michelle Mismash, Youth Programming Coordinator
Toronto Tool Library
A project of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy
Toronto Tool Library
1803 Danforth Avenue Toronto M6R 1A3

Have you booked your babysitter? Parents Night Out April 1st!

We hope that every body had a great March Break!   Our Parent’s Night out is just 2 weeks away.  So book your babysitter and get your tickets on muncha lunch today!

It’s going to be a great event.  Come meet up or re-connect with McGregor parents,  relax and have some FUN!  DJ, Dancing, Photo Booth and Silent Auction items.


See you at Remarks on April 1st at 8:00.



FSLAC Newsletter

Bonjour from Kristina Laperle,

Parent Co-chair French as a Second Language Advisory Committee


In this issue:

  1. Toronto Public Library – Free March Break Fun in French
  2. Children in Paris 1950- free exhibit
  3. Parents as Partners Conference
  4. Reviews at the TDSB
  5. Enrolment Update
  6. Gifted and French Immersion
  7. Planning Ahead – Summer French
  8. Meet our New FSL Principal
  9. You are Invited!


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  1. FREE March Break Fun in French

Toronto Public Library will be hosting lots of entertaining events in French for children including Reptilia en français, solving a mystery using science, interactive theatre and musical performances at branches across the city. Some performances require registration. Details here.


Kids age 10-14 are invited to ‘Seul à la maison!’, a workshop on staying at home alone at the Woodside Square branch on Wednesday, March 15 at 6 pm. Registration is required at 416-396-8979 


  1. Children in Paris 1950 – Free Exhibit at the Alliance Française

From March 8th to April 1st, the Alliance Française is hosting a photography exhibit called Photographic Memories Of Lost Spaces : The Children Of Cité Lesage-Bullourde And Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris 1950. Admission is free. Details here.


The Alliance Française is a not-for-profit French language and culture centre. It was established in Toronto in 1902 by University of Toronto professors. Among its first language students were Canadian military officers who were shipping off to France during World War I. Their downtown centre, at Spadina and Bloor, offers French programming for children, language classes and workshops for adults, an art gallery, a theatre and a bookstore with a great children’s section. Language courses are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the internationally recognized language proficiency benchmarks and they are an official testing centre for the Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française (DELF) Their other locations are in North York, Markham, Oakville and Mississauga.


  1. Parents as Partners Conference

Saturday, April 1st, TDSB parents will be gathering at the Allstream Centre (at the CNE) to learn about improving student achievement and well-being at school and at home. The conference is free but registration is required. Keynote speakers are Director John Malloy who will speak about the Learning Centres and Itah Sadu, writer, entrepreneur and community builder. There will be more than 80 workshops to choose from, including session C19 on Supporting All Learners in FSL Programs presented by Kirsten Johnston, FSL Program Coordinator. More information and registration here.

  1. Enrolment Update

Applications for SK Immersion and Grade 4 Extended French are up this year. As a result, these schools will have new SK Immersion programs in September: Ellesmere-Statton (Scarborough, Ward 19), Ernest (North York, Ward 17), O’Connor (North York, Ward 17), Secord (East York, Ward 16). For Grade 4 Extended, one new site is expected.


Full details will be in the Enrolment Report that is published in May/June. A big thank you TDSB staff for continuing to expand opportunities for our students.


  1. Reviews at the TDSB

Three Pupil Accommodation Review Committees (PARCs) are currently looking at recommendations on potential changes such as school closures, relocation of special education classes, French programs and configuration of grades. Info here.


Detailed planning information for 2016-25 is here.


Alternative School Review – public consultation meetings March 23 and 28, 2017. Info here.    Currently, there is one alternative school with a focus on French, Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative Junior School.


Access and Secondary School Review – as part of the Equity Strategy, Framework and Action Plan. For the 2016-17 school year, consultation is on-going with students in grades 7-12. In 2017-18, parents and community members will have the opportunity to provide feedback and input.


  1. Gifted and French Immersion

Parents ask…

How does the new screening process for gifted for all students work with French immersion?


Starting this school year, every grade 3 student (with prior parent permission) wrote the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) in class. This is a paper and pencil test that is done in English and each of the three parts takes 30 minutes. The purpose of the screening is to improve equity of access to differentiated programming including gifted. It gives the classroom teacher and parents information on the strengths and learning needs of the student. Results are confidential and do not affect the student’s report cards.


The screening identifies students who will be assessed further by their classroom teacher and the School Support Team which includes the principal and the special education teacher. If a student meets the criteria on the Gifted Rating Scale and obtains a 98th percentile in General Abilities Index of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, the Identification Placement and Review Process starts. An offer may be made to place the student in a gifted class starting in grade 4. (IPRC information)


For parents of a French immersion child identified as gifted, there is choice between staying in French immersion or joining a gifted class in the English program. The TDSB does not have classes that are both French immersion and gifted. Students identified as gifted who stay in immersion have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which outlines how the student’s strengths and needs will be accommodated by the teachers. If the French immersion student goes into a gifted class in grade 4, the language of instruction is English with Core French for 40 minutes a day where most of the class will be learning French for the first time. It is important to note that accommodations are made within the expectation of the student’s grade or from grades below. If a student is identified as gifted, the IEP allows for broader and deeper work at the current grade level, never for work from a higher grade.


Angela Caccamo, Central Co-ordinating Principal, Teaching & Learning


  1. Planning Ahead – Summer French

The TDSB offers French programs for elementary students and French credits for secondary students over the summer at several locations. Information is posted here as it becomes available.


EduTravel offers travel and secondary French credits including Civics/Careers, Grade 10 History and core, extended and immersion French credits. Info here.


FRENCHSTREET.CA   is the go to site for finding French summer camps, exchanges and all kinds of opportunities for kids to use their French outside of the classroom. Search for opportunities by region and by age group and then, link right up to the organization providing the opportunity. This site is a project of the Ministry of Education andCanadian Parents for French.


The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange gives 16 & 17 year olds the opportunity to live and do paid work in a French community during the summer.

Applications due March 15th. Details here.


  1. Meet our new FSL Principal – Angela Caccamo

Born and raised in Toronto, I began learning French in the regular Core French Program. Languages were soon understood to be a passion of mine. My love for the French language led me to several French summer camps, various trips to French speaking countries, and to the volunteer teaching of French classes on weekends through Continuing Education. My French studies continued well throughout my high school and university years. I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Languages & Individual and Society at the University of Toronto, and then,  a Bachelor of Education specializing in International Languages & Literature. Subsequently, I earned a Specialist qualification in French as a Second Language and English as a Second Language.


Passionate about languages and the instruction of children, teaching was a natural fit for me.  As a young first year teacher, many moons ago, I remember the excitement I felt to be able to share my love of the French language and culture with grade 7 students; what could be better! And so began a life-long career of teaching Core, Extended and Immersion French at TDSB schools. Ultimately, I brought my passion for teaching and making a positive difference for children to educational leadership roles. I have been a Vice-Principal and Principal in several schools including triple track schools and a French Immersion Centre.


I now proudly serve as the Central Coordinating Principal in Teaching & Learning. I hope to continue to make a positive impact on student success, achievement, and wellness as we all work together to meet the needs of all learners.


Angela Caccamo, Central Co-ordinating Principal, Teaching & Learning

  1. You are Invited!

Parents, students, trustees, teachers and staff are invited to attend and participate in FSLAC meetings. The Board’s mission for the FSLAC is:  “to consult with and advise the Board on French as a Second Language matters. As a Board community advisory committee, the FSLAC will contribute to the work of trustees and staff. This partnership of trustees, staff and parents will foster excellence and growth in FSL programs at the Board.” Meetings start at 7 pm at the TDSB offices at 5050 Yonge St., ground floor. FSLAC information is posted on the TDSB .

Upcoming meetings are: April 4, May 9, June 13, 2017.


Note: This email list is being maintained by FSLAC parent volunteers and will be used for this newsletter and occasional FSL news for interested community members. To get on or off the distribution list or to get in touch, please email . Please provide your first and last name and the name of your child’s school, if applicable.


Parent Councils: This email has been sent to TDSB school email addresses and trustees with the request to forward it to parents. Please share this newsletter with your school through your own distribution network. If your parent council has its own permanent email address, please let us know at .


Have a great March break,


Kristina Laperle

FSLAC Parent Co-chair

PSC Meeting – March 2nd 7:00

We will be having a  general meeting coming up this Thursday in the library. Child care will be provided.   All our welcome.  The agenda is below:

-Welcome and Introductions
-Approval of Agenda
-Approval of last meeting’s minutes

7:05-7:10: Thank you to Lex for Staff Appreciation Dinner

7:20-7:30: SSON (School Statement of Needs)

7:30-7:45: Principal’s report/Admin Update: General update, Sponsorship opps, school climate survey, cashless system and pizza lunch. Interest in Lego Club/Next semester

7:45-8:00: Teacher’s report

8:00-8:10: Ward and FSLAC Report – Sarah

8:10-8:45: Committee Updates:

Fundraising – Karen
Finance – Glen
Communications & Tech – Cindy
Garden – Andrea
Hot Lunch Program – Danielle Hornung
Maker Fest – Kate

8:45-9:00: Other Business


Movie Night – This Friday!

Just a few more days before our next movie night.  It’s this Friday, February 24th @ 3:30pm


Get your tickets by Thursday night @ 8p online on

You can purchase tickets, popcorn and pizza on or line up at the door to get them on Friday.


Also, if you can volunteer, please email

We need volunteers to:

  • pop corn during the day
  • serve pizza, popcorn and drinks during the movie
  • take tickets
  • general cleanup after the event


Clothing Labels Fundraisers

We now have 2 great options for clothing labels to keep track of your kids clothes & gear.  With the winter season well upon us, you have undoubtedly made multiple trips to the lost and found in search of a lost mitten, hats, jackets and other items.  Help get these items back by labeling all of your kids clothing and items.

We have 2 partners which will give back 20% of the proceeds to our parent and school council.  Don’t forget to use the links below to order your clothing labels and help out our school

Mabel’s Labels

Use the drop down menu to select R.H. McGregor Public School



Lovable Labels:



PSC Finance & Fundraising Meeting – Jan 25th @ 7:00

On Wed, Jan 25th, the Finance and Fundraising Committees of the Parent and School Council (PSC) will be meeting in the school library at 7pm. The meeting continues discussions with teacher representatives regarding the fundraising plan and budget for this school year. As with all PSC meetings, this meeting is public and open to all members of the school community (parents, guardians, community members, school teachers and staff etc). Childcare will be provided. As always, should you have any questions or input for your school council, please feel free to contact us at Thank you.

Week at a Glance

  • Pizza lunch is this Thursday January 26th.  Order your pizza TODAY if you have not already done so.


  • Our next Ward Council will be Thursday January 26, 2017 at Morse Street Junior Public School from 7 – 9pm. As always, we will include a themed topic along with our regularly scheduled business. This month’s topic is French Language Learning in the TDSB, and we will have Mary Cruden as our guest speaker. Mary is from Canadian Parents for French Ontario, and we will have time for discussion after her presentation.

Volunteer openings

Parent conference Setup – We are looking for a few parents to help setup and sign parents in the morning of the conference.  You would be needed for approximately an hour before the conference starts and if you are already attending the event, this is a great quick volunteering stint.  If interested please contact

Teacher Appreciation Night.  Each year, the parent and school council serves a dinner to the teachers at our school as a partial thank you for all their hard work during the year.  These year’s dinner will be Thursday, February  16th and we are looking for a 4 volunteers.

We need 2 people for setting up the room from approximately 4:00-6:00 at night.  This includes setting up the room, getting the buffet set up and making everything pretty.

We also need 2 people from 7-9pm which will be breaking down, light washing and getting rentals back to the car.

If you can help out with this event, please contact