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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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Ontario Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week
November 18 - 24, 2012
 
Message from the Director of Education
 
Dear Members of the TCDSB Community,
 
Let me congratulate you on your commitment to raising awareness about the problem of bullying in our society, and for supporting strategies to create safe, healthy and inclusive educational communities. In this pastoral year of faith at TCDSB, we are all called to follow the actions of Jesus by helping to bring peace and justice to the lives of people who surround us.
 
Our Catholic teachings with respect to bullying prevention can quite easily be summarized in scripture through the words of Matthew: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” (19:19).
 
This love for our neighbour means that we must support those who are bullied, the bully and we must fully engage in the prevention of this negative behaviour by becoming “UPSTANDERS”. We must encourage our young people and provide them with the tools and support that they need to ensure that they can play a positive role in preventing and responding to bullying in their classrooms, schools and community.
 
We are all called to action by safely reporting incidents of bullying to the caring adults in our homes and our Catholic school communities.  We must stand up to bullying so that all of our students can enjoy safe, healthy and welcoming learning environments.  It means treating and supporting others in the same way you would like to be treated and supported.
 
All levels of government in Canada have called on individuals to stay focused on the topic of Bullying. Throughout Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, your school will provide activities, assemblies and other campaigns designed to motivate students to safely intervene in incidents of bullying and report these incidents of bullying to other students, staff members and parents.
 
We are all committed to working with the targets of bullying behaviours, the students causing the harm, and the students who witness these acts.   Greater peace and harmony is achieved when we all make the decision to be UPSTANDERS in our united efforts to stop bullying. 
 
I thank you for your active participation in the school’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week and I challenge you to become the change you wish to see in eliminating bullying behaviours from your schools and communities.
 
God Bless,
 
Bruce Rodrigues
Director of Education
 
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week Activities in TCDSB Schools
 
News Release: November 16, 2012
November 18-24, 2012:
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
The Toronto Catholic District School Board is marking Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week with a number of special events.
 
On Wednesday, November 21st from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., the Board hosted an elementary school symposium at the Canada Christian College, 50 Gervais Drive, Don Mills. This full day symposium was designed to raise awareness about the problem of bullying and to assist a small leadership team from each school to develop or enhance their current Bullying Awareness, Prevention and Intervention Plan. The theme this year was “creating a positive school climate through a whole school approach”. Teams will leave the event with several resources and great enthusiasm to continue the important work of Bullying Awareness and Prevention.  
 
The symposium saw the launch of Feathers Against Bullying. Sixty thousand paper feathers were distributed to elementary schools and each student will write or draw a message of hope relating to the theme of “Be an Upstander, not a Bystander”. Once completed these peace feathers will be affixed to a 20 cubic metre dove designed by students from the Ontario College of Art and Design. The dove, which will be officially unveiled during Catholic Education Week in May 2013, is expected to break the Guinness record for the world’s larges collaborative art installation.
 
“We must encourage our young people and provide them with the tools and support that they need to ensure that they can play a positive role in preventing and responding to bullying in their classrooms, schools and community,” says Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues. “We are all committed to working with the targets of bullying behaviours, the students causing the harm, and the students who witness these acts.   Greater peace and harmony is achieved when we all make the decision to be upstanders in our united efforts to stop bullying.” 
 
Local School Events
 
St. Dorothy Catholic School--Etobicoke
The grade 5/6 class at St. Dorothy had the opportunity to attend the Family Channel’s ‘Stand Up!’ to bullying rally in late October and they have decided to lead theschool in our Stand Up! to Bullying Week.  The students have decided upon a special theme for each day next week which they believe will bring awareness to the issue of bullying and prevention strategies. The themes for each day are as follows:
 
Monday- Pink Day Students are encouraged to wear the colour pink so that we can unite in celebrating diversity.
Tuesday- Mismatched Day- Students wear mismatched shoes, socks & clothes to show that it’s ok to be different!§  Wednesday-Switch-it up Day-Where the students will be encouraged to dress like teachers and the teachers will be encouraged to dress like the students.
Thursday-PJ’s and Stuffed animal Day- Students will be asked to wear their pajamas to school and bring a stuffed animal to ‘give bullying a rest’.
Friday-Pair up against Bullying- Students will pair up against bullying by dressing like a twin (or triplet) with a friend.
 
November 19
St. Barnabas Catholic School
30 Washburn Way, Scarborough
416.393.5351
 
 
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
G.R.O.O.V.E. Healthy School Climate Assemblies will present to the students. The program supports bullying prevention efforts by boosting students’ confidence, promoting inclusion and acceptance, improving peer relations and getting physically active.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
November 19
St. Jerome Catholic School
111 Sharpecroft Blvd., North York
416.393.5294
Bullying Awareness Prevention Week
Presentation: Heroes vs Bullies
Scott Dietrich presentation for students in grades 1 to 8
9:00 a.m.
 
November 20
St. Raphael Catholic School
3 Gade Drive, North York
416.393.5285
 
Bullying Presentation for Parent Community
7:00 p.m.
November 21
Safe Schools Department invites TCDSB Schools to Symposium
Location: Canada Christian College
50 Gervais Drive, Don Mills
416.222.8282 ext 2374
 
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Symposium
8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
November 22
St. Jerome Catholic School
111 Sharpecroft Blvd., North York
416.393.5294
Bullying Awareness Prevention Week
Presentation: The Power of Positive Thinking
Dwayne Morgan presentation for students in grades 1 to 8
10:30 a.m.
 
November 23
St. Barnabas Catholic School
30 Washburn Way, Scarborough
416.393.5351
 
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
“Freeze Out Bullying”
This program focuses on cultivating positive self-esteem, personal accountability and delivering the message that we all have a role to play in eliminating bullying.
12:35 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
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