Hebrew language & culture classes provided by the TDSB at Dewson


I’m a Dewson mom from the area. There’s space in Hebrew language & culture classes provided by the TDSB at Dewson. $20/yr. Wednesday’s from 3:30-6. We Need to meet min numbers for class to run.

The class is open to all.

It would be great if you could help get the word out to the OOPS community for them to be able to take advantage of his great opportunity.

For More info & registration details see: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/Elementary/docs/International/ILE%20Brochure%2016-17.pdf

Happy to discuss further.

Jocelyn Schaffer

By |September 22nd, 2016|home|

Our Syrian Family Update

As some of you know, the family that OOOPS helped sponsor to settle in Toronto from Syria arrived in February. We worked with other schools in the area, from which many generous people gave of their time, energy, creativity and money. Thank you to everyone of course.

The kids at OOOPS and the other schools have also been very interested, supportive and curious about this initiative, taking this chance to learn more about Syria and the plight of refugees to the types of vegetables commonly used in Syrian cooking (which they have planted in our school garden!)

We thought that you’d all like to know a bit more about how the family is settling in – as would your kids – so are sharing this brief but excellent update. The family took part in preparing this and have approved sending it to you. They are also coming to our Fun Fair on June 17th to get to know us a little too.

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!

Click link to see pictures: Update – Family from Syria settles in

By |May 31st, 2016|home|

Apple Seeds for April – Now Available!

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By |April 13th, 2016|home|

Apple Seeds Newsletter (November 2015)

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By |December 1st, 2015|home|

Message from Donna Quan (Director of Education)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The purpose of this letter is to update parents/guardians on the timeline for elementary student progress reporting for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.

Grades 1 to 8:
As previously announced, teachers will complete progress reports for students in Grades 1 to 8, which will be sent home on December 10, 2015. Progress reports are designed to provide a broad sense of your child’s progress to date, as well as insight into the development of important learning skills and work habits. The progress reports will be completed in line with the Ministry of Education’s Growing Success document. Teachers will use their professional judgment in completion of these reports.

Reporting Dates for Students in Grades 1 to 8 – December 2015 to June 2016

  • Grades 1 to 8 progress reports will be sent home on December 10, 2015.
  • Term 1 report cards will be issued the week of February 8, 2016 with parent/guardian-teacher conferences scheduled for February 12, 2016.
  • Term 2 report cards will be issued the week of June 27, 2016.

Junior and Senior Kindergarten:
As part of the recent provincial agreement, Kindergarten teachers will not be completing progress reports for students in Senior Kindergarten (SK) in December 2015. Parents/guardians of Junior and Senior Kindergarten students will have an opportunity to schedule a class visit or an interview in February 2016.

We value the ongoing, meaningful communication between the home and school to support student learning. Students learn best when parents and educators work together. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress, we invite you to contact your child’s teacher directly.


Robin Pilkey
Robin Pilkey
Donna Quan
Donna Quan
Director of Education


By |December 1st, 2015|home|

Gingerbread Fair


By |November 22nd, 2015|home|

Campaign Launch for Syrian refugee sponsorship!

Today we launch our fundraising initiative to sponsor a Syrian refugee family in partnership with Givins-Shaw and First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto.  Once we are matched with a family, they will provide mentorship to our volunteer team.  We will identify a family here with relatives who are Syrian refugees.  This process takes approximately 6-9 months.

If you would like to participate in our school initiative, please go to our campaign page 1000schools.ca/OOOPS.

We are going to be holding a popcorn sale on Tuesday November 24 to involve the children in the fundraising effort.  All bags will be $2. As well Dewson is working on an educational component to be shared with teachers and parents.

Here are two videos of Angelina Jolie-Pitt visiting Syrian children in a refugee camp in Lebanon, in 2014 and then one year later.


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By |November 18th, 2015|home, refugee|