I never tire of hearing how much our retirees enjoy the Retirement Dinner. We have a new crop of guests each year at this event and it is the perfect opportunity for us to say good bye to a wonderful group of individuals who have spent their careers making sure that our students get the best attention each and every day. The event marks for many the true beginning of the next stage in life. At last night’s event we heard many tales about plans for overseas trips, golf games, visits with grandchildren, and more. On behalf of all of us – trustees, senior administration, and all TLDSB staff, students, and school communities – we wish all retirees the very best in their future.

There are a few years to go before many of us will get to ring the retirement bell. And there’s plenty to keep us busy as we continue to work and focus on student engagement and achievement.

We have recently launched this year’s school climate survey. This survey, for all stakeholders including students, staff, parents and community partners, will help to determine areas of concern within our schools and buildings as well as highlight the areas where people feel safe and supported. The data generated from this survey is immensely helpful to many of our departments. We appreciate your participation – the survey will be open until the end of the school year and may be found on our home page at www.tldsb.ca

Speaking of surveys – it’s that time of year when we look for feedback on Strategic Directions. In the next week or two you will see a link on our website asking for your thoughts on the implementation of the 2012-2013 Strategic Action Plan.

Our schools are busily preparing end of year wrap up and celebrations. From the youngest students who participate in a kindergarten “graduation” to those who will walk across the stage at the end of their time in high school, this time of year is a very special “end of an era” for many.  Our grade 12 graduates have an exciting future ahead of them. Students in all grades are looking forward to year end trips, class celebrations, and more. I know that our families and students appreciate all the hard work that goes into making these events possible.

As the school year draws to a close I’m looking forward to speaking with many of you when I am visiting schools and community events. As always I am so appreciative of all that takes place in our schools and in our communities each and every day to help our students become the best they can be.

Larry Hope
Director of Education