Job Posting: nutrition program coodinator at Blake

Blake needs a new Student Breakfast Nutrition Program Coordinator. Details on the position are below:

Casual Position – School Year 2018/19 (possibility of renewal depends on funding)

Name of School: BLAKE STREET Junior Public School

Hours: Mornings 7:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Days per Week: Monday to Friday

Rate of Pay: $30.00 per day

The Nutrition Program Co-ordinator is NOT a Toronto District School Board Position.  The co-ordinator is to ensure that the nutrition program is universal and open to all students; that the program is non-stigmatizing; that students are made to feel welcome; that the program is delivered in a safe, clean environment that adheres to public health standards.


The co-ordinator is responsible for the day-to-day operation and supervision of all activities for the nutrition program which include:

Menu Planning – which adheres to Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. Work in consultation with the school’s Student Nutrition Advisory Committee and Public Health to ensure dietary constraints due to cultural and allergy criteria.

Food Safety and Environmental Practices– ensure the highest sanitary practices for food handling and safety are maintained. The co-ordinator must be trained in safe food handling.

Food Shopping  – purchase food according to menu that is nutritious, cost effective and culturally acceptable e.g. Halal foods.

Record Keeping  – keep confidential records of volunteers and participants in the program, including registration forms, attendance, medical information regarding allergies, religious/cultural considerations.

 Volunteer Recruitment/Management – Recruit and register volunteers in accordance with the Toronto District School Board guidelines; schedule work and training periods; participate in volunteer recognition.


The successful candidate should be able to work independently using a budget and follow simple and varied menus.  They should have experience in purchasing and preparing large amounts of food on a daily basis.  They must possess basic bookkeeping and record keeping skills.  They must be comfortable working in a multi-cultural environment and as part of a team.

Definite Assets: previous experience in a nutrition program; safe food handling certification from Public Health; experience recruiting and working with volunteers.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume with a covering letter detailing your experience to the Student Nutrition Advisory Committee c/o of Blake Street Jr. P.S..

Applications may be dropped off at the school office or faxed to 416-393-9414

Only those persons meeting the qualifications and experience will be contacted for an interview.




Bike Rodeo!

Due to popular demand (aka lots of pressure from the kids!), the Blake Street Bike Rodeo will take place Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6th!

Grade 1-3 students will participate on Tuesday (grades 1-2 from 8:55-9:55, grades 2/3 from 10:15-11:15) , and Kindies will participate on Wednesday from from 8:50 – 9:50. Scooters are welcome, and children without wheels will be able to have fun on the field and equipment, so nobody will feel left out.

The children will rotate between 4 bike stations, each with a different theme.

Helmets are mandatory.
If you can help out by volunteer to pump tires at any/all of the shifts, and/or if you can bring a bike pump (labeled!), it would be greatly appreciated. Please email Kelly Dyment at

Volunteering for School Council Initiatives

While volunteering at the Fun Fair is on your mind (have you contacted Ms. Barr or Ms. Church yet?), we’d like you to start thinking about the School Council teams and our activities for next year. If you’d like to get involved with an initiative in the next school year, please consider attending the next School Council meeting on June 13th. On that date, we’ll review which teams need help and in what capacity. We definitely need support for the Clothing and Book Swap, which takes place in the fall, and more people to join the Pizza team.
When you are thinking about how you can support your school and your child, consider:
  • whether or not you are available during the day (pizza lunch?)
  • whether or not you are available in the evenings (becoming a voting member and attending meetings, help organize the new PRO Parent Workshops?)
  • if you like to write (help out with grant writing?)
  • if you are tech savvy (help out with the newsletter?)
  • if you are interested in fundrasing or more interested in community building (not necessarily mutually exclusive!)
  • if you prefer to be independent or part of a team
  • if you like to cook (yay! bake sale!)
  • how much time you want to contribute and how often
No matter how much time you have or where you like to work, we have a way for you to support the school and the children in it. Please email or attend the upcoming meeting.

Warmer temperatures in the classroom

Concerned about warm temperatures in your child(ren)’s classroom? Read this May 30 note from the TDSB:

As we come to the end of May, we have already started to experience warmer temperatures in Toronto and for many of our schools, that means uncomfortable conditions are possible inside classrooms.

Across the TDSB, while some schools are fully air conditioned and some are partially air conditioned, others have no air conditioning. During these warmer temperatures, particularly during days of extreme heat which are no doubt around the corner, our schools do their very best to keep students cool by closing blinds, using fans, relocating to cooler areas where possible, encouraging students to drink water, reducing strenuous activities such as some gym activities, etc. As always, if there are students that have a particular susceptibility to heat or have medical concerns, students and/or parents are encouraged to speak with the Principal and they’ll do their best to accommodate them during warmer days.

The TDSB is in the process of creating cooling centres at all of our schools that don’t have full building air conditioning. This plan would cool large areas such as gyms or libraries so that students would have access to a cooler area on days of extreme heat. While we have recently accelerated the rollout of these cooling centres, given the hundreds of schools involved, the plan is expected to take approximately 4 years to fully implement. In the meantime, staff are now working to install temporary air conditioning units in school libraries to act as a temporary cooling area for any school that does not have A/C or does not already have a cooling centre. This work is expected to be complete by the end of this week.

We appreciate your understanding of the situation as we work to make our schools as comfortable as possible during this warmer weather. For more information on heat at TDSB schools, including the challenges we face to provide full building air conditioning, visit this link.

Blake’s May 27 newsletter: read it here!

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Summer weather has arrived at Blake, and along with it, Bike to School Week! Read more in this week’s newsletter.
Speaking of which….As we approach the end of the school year, we’d like to hear what you think of our e-newsletter. Do you read it? What could make it more accessible or informative?
We could also use a few more volunteers to help put the newsletter together for the 2018-19 school year. This would only require a couple hours committment every month, and it’s a great way to get involved in the school community, especially if you’re unable to be at the school in person.
Comment below or send an email to sarah0rogers (at) gmail (dot) com. We appreciate your input!

Drinking water safety & testing in Ontario’s schools

drinking fountain

There have been recent amendments to Ontario’s Safe Drinking Water Act which change the way drinking water is tested in the province’s schools.

The TDSB provides some information below:

1. Is the water in TDSB schools safe to drink?

Yes, drinking water in our schools is safe to drink and we follow Ontario ministry regulations by testing our drinking water to ensure that it remains safe to drink. The ministry designates drinking water fixtures to be tested for levels of lead on a regular basis and our plumbing is regularly flushed, according to provincial regulations.

On July 1, 2017, the Ministry introduced a change to the regulation regarding the testing of drinking water locations in schools (Ontario Regulation 243/07, Schools, Private Schools and Child Care Centres under the Safe Drinking Water Act) that impacts school boards across Ontario.

The change in the regulation requires us to continue testing drinking water locations in schools to ensure the water is safe to consume. However, it also requires us to place signage at water dispensing locations that are not designated for water consumption such as hand washing locations. Those locations require signage that clearly outlines that the water is not to be consumed, only because the Regulation does not require such testing.

2. How has the new ministry regulation changed the way the TDSB tests water quality?

Under previous provincial legislation, the TDSB tested nearly 600 fixtures each year. Under the revised regulation (Ontario Reg. 243/07), approximately 24,000 fixtures would have needed to be tested. As a result, boards were directed to identify which fixtures were for drinking water or food preparation and which were not. The TDSB, similar to a number of other school boards, decided that, for testing purposes, most classroom taps would not be designated as drinking water sources for student consumption. It’s important to note that all students have access to a nearby drinking water source. In cases where additional drinking water sources are required, we are already in the process of adding drinking fountains and/or bottle filling stations.

3. Why are “Hand Washing only” signs displayed on some fixtures?

The “Hand Washing only” signs are a visual indicator that these fixtures won’t be tested for lead and therefore are not considered to be designated drinking water sources for student consumption. Instead, they are to be used for hand washing and other classroom purposes only.

4. What happens if there is a lead exceedance?

Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change monitor any exceedances at the TDSB to ensure we fulfill all safety requirements. When testing water for lead, two samples are taken: one is a “standing” sample, which is taken directly from the tap without having run it first. The other is a “flushed” sample that is taken after running the tap and letting it sit for a period of time.

If there is an exceedance in the standing water sample, daily flushing will be
recommended for that fixture. If there is an exceedance in the flushed sample, the fixture is taken ‘out of service’ to eliminate any further risk to occupants of the building. Re-sampling or replacement of the fixture is done in accordance with the standards set out by Ontario Reg. 243/07. The TDSB will ensure safe drinking water is available within the school while these individual fixture exceedances are being investigated or addressed.

5. What are the water testing results for my child’s school?

All lead sampling results for a school are kept in the ‘Flushing and Sampling for Lead in Drinking Water Systems’ binder in the head caretaker’s office. It provides information on all designated drinking water sources in the school. Parents can request to review this binder on site at any time.

6. Does the TDSB’s backlog limit the board’s ability to test water in schools?

The TDSB’s backlog is $4.05 billion and is expected to grow. The TDSB has been advocating for additional provincial funding and access to Education Development Charges to improve the condition of our schools. However, despite our backlog, our water sources are safe.Drinking water sources in our schools are tested for lead on a regular basis and our plumbing is regularly flushed, in accordance with provincial regulations.

Ward Forum: Supporting our Kids in the Digital Age

kids using cellphones
How can we help our kids keep a healthy balance of media and technology?
Join us for a special screening of Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age followed by a Q&A with our guest speaker Saleem Haniff, TDSB Mental Health & Well-Being Lead, on the impact that cell phones, screens, and social media is having on students’ relationships — in and out of school.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
6:30 to 8:30pm
Blake Street Junior Public School/EAST
Refreshments will be served and childcare is available.
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