Math Resource for Parents released

The math resource for parents that was announced at the 2015 PIC Symposium has just been released in print. Thought you might like to have a look.

 Penny Patrician

Parent and Community Engagement Office

Ontario Ministry of Education

Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math


Encourager votre enfant à apprendre et à aimer les mathématiques 


Ontario's First Culture Strategy - you can participate

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will be developing Ontario’s first culture strategy, which will lay out a vision for culture in Ontario and ensure government programs and services are meeting the needs and priorities of Ontarians. To do this, we are interested in speaking to people across the province about how arts and culture are important to them and their communities and what priorities they feel the government should support through its culture budget. These consultations are currently underway and will be ongoing until December 8th.


Currently our ministry supports four culture sectors: arts, cultural industries (music, interactive digital media, film and television production, and book and magazine publishing), heritage (built heritage, community museums and archaeology), and public libraries. 


Culture intersects with many aspects of people’s lives including education. We also have a special interest in hearing from young Ontarians to discuss how they can be more engaged as creators and consumers of Ontario culture.


The Ministry of Education shared the names of some stakeholders, including your organization that they thought might be interested in the development of Ontario’s first culture strategy.


Attached, you will find a document in English and French that provides information on the consultations and outlines ways to participate. We invite you to share this information with your networks.


Please let us know if you are able to accommodate our request and if you require any further information.



Thank you,


The Culture Strategy Team


Help develop Ontario’s first culture strategy:

Join the conversation at:

Twitter – @ExploreON; use the hashtag #ONculture

Facebook –


Letter from Minister of Education re: New Sex Ed Curriculum

Please remember that Catholic Curriculum has not been approved by the Bishops yet


When kids were heading back to class in 1998, they were listening to CD players, not texting on smartphones.

The eventual creator of Facebook was entering Grade 8.

And in Ontario, the last update to the health and physical education curriculum, including sex education, was introduced.

When we talk about preparing our children to make safe and healthy choices, what worked 17 years ago is not going to work today.


The new curriculum gives kids the information they need to make informed choices and stay safe in today’s online world. It will improve our students’ understanding of healthy relationships, consent, inclusivity and mental health.

Parents, teachers, students and organizations across this province agreed the old curriculum was dangerously out of date. The update is the result of the widest set of consultations ever undertaken for an Ontario curriculum document. 

Meanwhile, the Patrick Brown PCs are continuing to spread misinformation about the curriculum, even as their new leader refuses to say what exactly it is in the curriculum that he opposes. There is no excuse for bringing their divisive fear-mongering into a conversation about the health and safety of our children.

Thankfully, the school year is underway and the new curriculum is now giving students the information they need to stay safe.

Thank you for your support.

Liz Sandals, MPP

Read the new curriculum for elementary grades here.

Read the new curriculum for secondary grades here.



Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol

A memorandum from Deputy Minister George Zegarac regarding the Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol which has been developed in partnership with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.  You can also find the revised Model Protocol on the Ministry’s website

Provincial Highlights of 2015 EQAO OSSLT Results Released

Provincial highlights of the results of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) for 2015 have been released on our Web site, All related public release materials are also available on this site.


On September 23, school and board reports for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test will be released. A full provincial report on the OSSLT will also be released on this date.


These results will also be accessible on the EQAO Web site.


A note from Dr.Ash regarding the Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference

My experience at this conference with my daughter Lindsey who is "gifted with Down syndrome" was an opportunity to celebrate the gift of our Catholic Faith. The event was filled with a commitment by youth to change their lives by dedicating themselves to following Jesus. The power of our young people was inspiring and their Catholicity visibly displayed through their response to the music, participation in the discussions and the celebration of Eucharist. The question “Who am I?” was posed and reiterated throughout the three days. I witnessed their search for an answer and felt privileged to have journeyed with them.

Kudos to Fr. Frank Portelli who leads the Office of Catholic Youth .His work with the volunteer team provided an exemplary experience for Lindsey, myself and the1500 participants. The Theme was Limitless and it certainly spoke to what one can achieve when in unity with Our Lord. I left the conference with a new appreciation and better understanding of the precious gift of my Catholic Faith. Thanks to our priests and religious who nurture our spiritual lives so devotedly and especially my pastoral team of Father Paul, Father Michael, Deacons Ken and Rudy at St. Isaac Jogues.


We are both already looking forward to Steubenville Conference 2016 where Lindsey and her peers will once again be warmly welcomed to a conference that demonstrates inclusiveness.

"God made us in His image and likeness" Thank you Lord.


My reflection on this weekend can best be summarized with words from the Nicene Creed:


 I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


This is the link which provides a brief promo clip of the conference.


World Catholic Education Day

Every year, 40 days after Easter on Ascension Thursday, Catholics across the globe give thanks for the gift that is Catholic education through the celebration of World Catholic Education Day.

The next World Catholic Education Day will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Catholic education has served nations for centuries through teaching students in their faith. Throughout Canada, provinces, territories and dioceses dedicate special days or weeks to celebrate Catholic education. In keeping with these celebrations, World Catholic Education Day is a time for Catholics around the world to take a moment to pause, reflect and pray on the gift that is Catholic education.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association has once again generously offered the use of their Catholic Education Week resources to help celebrate World Catholic Education Day in Canada.  Visit OCSTA’s website to view these resources.

Catholic schools, boards and parishes across Canada are asked to recognize World Catholic Education Day through prayer and celebration on May 14th.

"Talk with Our Kids about Money" Program

Talk With Our Kids About Money’ (TWOKAM) is a no-cost program created by the charitable, non-profit, non-partisan organization, the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE). Having both a School Program and a Home Program, TWOKAM provides resources promoting financial literacy. The Home Program resources and activities found at support conversations for families preparing their children to to face the challenges, and opportunities, of their financial future. The fun and engaging ‘Home Program’ for families and the ‘School Program’ for teachers, providing curriculum-based activities, enjoy FREE information and resources thanks to the support and partnership of BMO Financial Group. Shining a light on the TWOKAM program is ‘Talk With Our Kids About Money Day’ on the third Wednesday in April every year, April 15, this year encouraging families to make a point of talking with kids about money.


Every day can be a good day to talk with our kids about money, whether round the breakfast or dinner table, at bedtime, while reading a book, or listening to a TV show. To learn more and support families to naturally and comfortably talk with our kids about money, visit and click on the ‘Home Program’.