Parent Involvement Committee

Email Summary (March 16 – April 15, 2014)

Last updated on Wednesday, November 09, 2016
  • Save the Date!  September 26-27 is the Ontario Physical Literacy Summit. Summit will be hosted in Hamilton and is for all Community Leaders (education, health, sport and recreation).  Visit for details, itinerary and registration.
  • Ontario News Release: Shedding Light on Summer Job Opportunities.  Ontario is helping over 100,000 students find jobs and launch their own businesses this summer so they can build the skills they need to succeed.  Visit for tools to help find a job, strengthen resume writing skills, starting their own summer companies.
  • Ontario News Release: Young Entrepreneurs Across Ontario.  Ontario has announced a new program to help young people (age 18-29) succeed in today’s global economy. The Starter Company program provides Ontario’s youth with training, business skills development, mentoring from local business leaders and capital to start, grow or buy a small business. Visit for more information.
  • COPA: Lilies and Roses, and Soft Vengeance for Positive Change.  Informative blog and discussion focusing on Anti-Apartheid activist Judge Albie Sachs and his experiences and strategies and how they relate local Anti-bully practical strategies. For more COPA program information contact
  • Ontario News Release: Ontario Strengthening Education Sector for StudentsBill 122, The School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014 passed third reading in the Ontario legislature. The legislation will allow the province to move forward with its commitment to make the collective bargaining process in the education sector clearer and more reliable, to support stronger, more stable schools for Ontario’s students.
  • HWDSB Stands up and speaks out against bullying! HWDSB staff and students joined millions of people worldwide by wearing pink on April 9 in recognition of the International Day of Pink.  For more information, visit
  • Ontario News Release: Opportunity and Security for Health Care and Education.  Ontario is investing more than $150 million over three years in technology and learning with such tools as new digital tablets, netbooks, cameras, software and professional development for teachers. This fund will speed up the way in which students learn and prepare them for good jobs in the global economy.  For highlights from Premier Kathleen Wynne’s announcement, visit
  • Ontario News Release: A renewed Vision for Education in Ontario.  The province expands focus on higher-order skills, technology and wellbeing, Achieving Excellence, continues to focus on basics like reading, writing and math, while placing a new emphasis on higher-order skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration and entrepreneurship. It also recognizes the importance of student well-being inside and outside of school.
  • Ontario News Release: Food for Thought for More Ontario Students.  Ontario is expanding and enhancing its Student Nutrition Program so that 56,000 more children and youth will get the nutritional boost they need to succeed at school. The province is making an initial investment of $32 million over the next three years as part of its five year plan to enhance the Student Nutrition Program. Under the new plan, 340 new breakfast programs will be established in elementary and secondary schools that need it most across Ontario. The program will also be expanded to on-reserve First Nations schools, beginning in northern Ontario.
  • No time to read the recently released “Achieving Excellence, A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario” Report?  Let help, see their website for an overview.
  • Ontario News Release: High School Graduation Rate Stays Strong.  The five-year graduation rate is stable at 83 per cent, which is 15 percentage points higher than the 2003-04 rate of 68 per cent. The percentage of students graduating in four years is now 75 per cent, up from 74 per cent last year. This rate has steadily increased by 19 percentage points since 2003-04, when it was only 56 per cent. A number of innovative programs introduced by the Ontario government as part of its Student Success Strategy are credited with helping to improve the graduation rate since 2004. These include Specialist High Skills Majors, dual credits and expanded cooperative education.
  • COPA Blog: Because I Said So. This week’s blog focuses on the importance of children’s rights including writings by Yonah Lewis.  Fundamental questions are discussed including, Are Children’s rights important to you?  Visit COPA to investigate further the issue of children’s rights.
  • Ontario News Release: Giving More Kids Access to Free Dental Care. As of April 1, 70,000 more kids from low-income families can get dental services including regular cleanings, diagnostics and treatment through the newly expanded Healthy Smiles Ontario program. For more information visit
  • Mark your Calendars!  2014-2015 PRO Grant submission deadline is Friday, May 16, 2014.  For more information visit the ministry website at:
  • People for Education Newsletter:  This issue holds information regarding the major changes in school board funding, digital learning, kid’s social-emotional skills, the powers for the ombudsman’s office and much more.  To find out more visit
  • “Check It Out”.  Come and check out your child’s development… If you have questions regarding your child’s development and health (children 0-6 years old) then drop by to speak with some of the available experts.  For more information dates, times and locations please call Health Connections at 905-546-3550 or the Hamilton Early Years Information Line at 905-524-4884.
  • A Voice of Hope.  Human Rights Activist, Journalist and Author, Sally Armstrong, is coming to Hamilton on May 8 for book sale and signing. Her latest book, Ascent of Women, “tells the dramatic and empowering stories of change-makes and examines the stunning courage, tenacity and wit they are using to alter the status quo’.  For tickets call 905-765-5487 or visit Bryan Prince Booksellers.
  • Ontario News Release:  Helping Aboriginal Families Make Healthy Choices. The province is doubling its support for three successful health promotion programs run by Aboriginal organizations and tailored to their unique cultural traditions and knowledge. The programs are: The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program, delivered by the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres. The Healthy Eating and Active Living program, delivered by the Centres. The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program, through partnership with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.
  • Ontario News Release: Ontario Strengthens Political Accountability, Enhances Oversight. New legislation recently introduced to increase transparency in Public and Broader Public Sectors.  The proposed Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014, which, if passed would strengthen political accountability, enhance oversight and increase transparency in the government and broader public sector.  For measures in this proposed bill, visit
  • COPA Blog: We All Have Feelings.  We all Belong.  COPA discusses disabilities and all the real forms they may take, for example mental health and how these relate to bullying.  For more on the discussion including training and educational resources, visit COPA
  • Mark your calendars: May 7 is National Child and Youth Mental Health Day!  For more information on events, visit
  • Ontario News Release:  Helping Vulnerable Babies Get a Healthy Start.  Nearly 500 vulnerable newborns and infants in Ontario had a healthier start in life over the past year, thanks to the benefits of donated human breast milk.  One year ago, the Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank opened through a partnership between the Ontario government, Mount Sinai Hospital, Hospital for Sick Children and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The Milk Bank collects, pasteurizes and dispenses donated human breast milk to ensure that babies who need it most have access to the significant health benefits in breast milk.
  • Ontario News Release: Helping Youth with Eating Disorders Get Care Closer to Home. The province will open its first public residential treatment program for children and youth with eating disorders at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby this fall. The program will have 12 beds and treat approximately 32 patients annually.