Making Sense of Math

Trustee Ausma Malik and the TDSB Ward 10 Council is pleased to invite you to a special Ward Council Meeting – Making Sense of Math on Thursday October 19th from 6pm – 8pm at Dewson Street Public School, 65 Concord Ave.

The keynote speaker is Professor Trevor Brown, who will answer the questions “why is math being taught the way it is today?” and “how can we help our kids succeed in math in a fun and engaging way”.

Child care is provided and refreshments will be served.


Datenight Play Date

Datenight Babysitting is going to have a few babysitters in Stanley Park North to oversee recess-style play between 1 and 4 PM for the next two Sundays – Oct 15 and 22.

This is not a structured program but a step towards kids going to the park by themselves. Parents will check their kids in with a Datenight Babysitter when they arrive at the park, and the babysitters will watch over them as they play.  The idea is that kids get to play at the park with their friends while their parents can pool together resources to access affordable child care and get a few hours to themselves.

Kids must be 5 or older to participate.  Save your kids a spot and get your tickets now!  Play Date Tickets

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Creative Movement Classes

Fun and inclusive one-of-a-kind dance classes are once again being offered by award-winning professional Canadian dance-artist Jessica Runge. She has over twenty years of experience teaching creative movement and has been providing classes at the beautiful studio she shares at Artscape Youngplace since 2013.

Every Friday, beginning on Oct. 13th through to Dec. 15th, she will be teaching age-appropriate dance sessions at her studio.  Incorporating a variety of styles, such as ballet, modern, and more contemporary dance genres, the program will provide movement training, choreography skills, as well as opportunities to invent movement.  Each session finishes with an original performance created by the children.

All classes will take place at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., Unit 103

Every Friday from October 13th – December 15th

Pre-School: 3:30 – 4:15pm, $125 per session (10 classes)

JK/SK: 4:15 – 5:00pm, $125 per session (10 classes)

Grade 1/2: 5:00 – 6:00pm, $135 per session (10 classes)

For more information please visit or to register please email


Terry Fox Run

Yesterday afternoon our school participated in the annual Terry Fox National School Run.  After lunch, the kids all sat for an assembly in the gym and the grade students walked to Trinity Bellwood’s Park while the Kindergarten students went out to the school yard.

Classrooms have been collecting donations over the past week and will be forwarding all monies to the Terry Fox Foundation.  As part of the Terry Fox School Challenge we set our fundraising goal at $700. Did we reach that goal? You bet – over $1800!!

So now, during the last period on Thursday, October 6th, the teachers will participate in The Niagara Teachers Olympics in the school yard.  The classroom having raised the most money will be rewarded – they get to wrap their teacher in toilet paper!

Well done Niagara!!

Niagara School Curb Appeal

Members of the Niagara School Council have been getting down and dirty this summer working to improve our curb appeal. Thanks to a donation from Rock Valley Natural Stone and a bit of elbow grease (thanks Peter) we have the beginnings of a new nature trail along the north garden. We hope to eventually incorporate plants and grasses along the periphery as well.


You will also notice the addition of four concrete urns flanking the main and north entrances.  This wonderful donation from a neighbourhood condominium will help us create warm and inviting entranceways.  These urns will provide us the opportunity to add seasonal greenery and ornamentation, and even incorporate classroom art.

A quick update regarding NOELS: it seems that our expected construction of the upper deck playground has been delayed. Due to structural complications, outdoor work may not begin before next Spring.  The good news?  No construction means no disruption.