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Gerri Gershon

When the LRT and new condos are completed along Eglinton there won’t be space in our neighbourhood Leaside schools for hundreds of new students. The TDSB may have no other option but to bus these children across the city to schools with room. Why can’t we renovate or add to our existing schools to accommodate [...]

Welcoming the holiday season at our schools

In December, Toronto stores are filled with music, bright lights decorate homes, and our schools welcome the holiday season…Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. We get ready to bid goodbye to 2017 and greet 2018. The TDSB embraces children from around the world, and although our school board is a secular system, it is open to teaching [...]

Transitions can be difficult and stressful. Do you remember how you felt when you began a new job or moved to a new home? Leaside students, moving from middle school to high school, can also experience anxieties. After all, not only do they face greater academic expectations but also expectations of being more independent and [...]

Leaside students, get ready for a revolution in education!

I love the first day of school! It’s a joyous event and full of promise. Yes, there is the occasional tear, but during those first days, the anticipation of the coming year is palpable and so filled with hope. At this time I always ask: are we adequately preparing Bennington, Rolph, Bessborough, Northlea and Leaside [...]

Bits and bites about our Leaside schools

Principals Mike Kennedy at Rolph PS and David Ehrlich at Northlea EMS are moving to new schools in the TDSB. Thank you Mike and David for your contributions to our schools. I would like to introduce the new principals: Sandra LaRosa at Rolph and Barbara Sandler at Northlea. Both are outstanding educators who will continue [...]

When Swedish statistician Hans Rosling died recently, the world lost an incredible communicator – someone who brought to life the concept that decisions should not be based on hunch or instinct but on the facts. In this tradition, the TDSB wants to make the best possible decisions for our students so we are about to [...]

Our Schools in Leaside are old – Bessborough is the oldest, built in 1923. Rolph Rd was constructed in 1939 and Northlea and Leaside High School in 1943. The newest school in our neighbourhood is Bennington Heights, constructed in 1950. The physical spaces that our schools occupy – the buildings and the grounds – have [...]

Did you ever carelessly throw a recycling item into the garbage? Are you lax about how much waste you create or energy you use? Do you really understand the effects of global warming? Well, the students in our local schools understand how to recycle, reuse and conserve. Each school voluntarily takes part in a unique [...]

In November, thousands of students in the TDSB celebrate two important events – Remembrance Day and Aboriginal Education Month. It is a time of reflection and enquiry when we examine our past and look to the future. Recognizing the month provides an opportunity to re-examine how Aboriginal perspectives, histories and contemporary realities are crucial to [...]

Old schools need new money

As a community we want our schools to be healthy, well-maintained places of learning for our students. The maintenance and upgrading of our schools is a serious challenge faced by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). But this was not always the case. As your trustee, I represent portions of three former school boards – [...]

Huge quality rating for our schools

Our neighborhood schools have a “HUGE- really huge” quality rating. And I say this not because I am partial to hyperbole like Donald Trump, but because I am a long-time trustee and I have had some unique experiences. As former president of both the Ontario and Canadian School Boards Associations, I have visited schools across [...]