Thank you to Dr. Karyn; our next regular meeting is May 5

April 16, 2014

Thank you to all who participated in a thoughtful discussion about gratitude on Monday night at the special parent/guardian event at Thomas Street Middle School. Your support is truly appreciated! If you were unable to join us, please take the opportunity to visit Dr. Karyn’s website for her newsletters and other resources.

You are also invited to the Thomas Street Middle School Council meeting on Mon. May 5, 6:30 pm, at the middle school, and to the John Fraser Secondary School Council meeting on Thurs. May 15 at 7 pm at the high school.

As always, please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or wish to receive meeting updates and other council news. Thank you.

at Thomas Street Middle School
Hosted by TSMS and JFSS Councils
Thomas Street Middle School Council



What else is new? At our last council meeting on Mar. 24, councillors voted to assist the Peel District School Board (PDSB) with a government outreach. Since that vote, the issue in question was resolved before the council sent its support letters.

We also discussed a Staff Appreciation Breakfast scheduled for May 21 and asked for volunteers to help set up the event and/or donate items such as bagels and juice.

Additionally, council will welcome community members volunteering to speak to Grade 8 students about their career choices on Thurs. Apr. 24. If you would like to represent the council to greet visitors or provide morning snacks, please contact the council.  The keynote speaker is Kerr Smith of the Ontario Co-operative Association and formerly of the PDSB who has parlayed an education in teaching and animation into a career writing educational resources for young people.  In addition, Kerr is a member of the band From the Bridge which has opened for Serena Ryder, and is a recipient of the William Hlushko Award to Young Co-operative Educators.

Kerr Smith is our 2014 Career Day keynote presenter on Apr. 24 morning.

Kerr Smith is our 2014 Career Day keynote presenter on Apr. 24 morning.

The council also agreed to apply for another Parents Reaching Out grant for next school year to provide parents/guardians with tools that will assist them to support their students’ math and study endeavours.  The deadline for the application is the middle of May.

Councillors approved the minutes of our Feb. 10th meeting: Feb 10 2014 mtg minutes.

At our next regular meeting (May 5 at 6:30 at the school), we’ll review feedback from our Dr. Karyn event and Grade 8 Career Day. We’ll discuss the upcoming Grade 8 Graduation and Staff Appreciation Breakfast. We will also take a look at students’ progress in fundraising for a Mandela School—an effort they kicked off during Marc Kielburger’s visit to our school family’s high school, John Fraser SS, at the end of February.


Register to hear Dr. Karyn at TSMS on Apr. 14 at 7 p.m. FREE

March 24, 2014

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We look forward to seeing you there!



Meeting Mon. March 24, 2014

March 22, 2014

Please join us on Monday to discuss the visit to our school by Dr. Karyn and the outcome of the Marc Kielburger Me to We event.  Our agenda is attached:

march 24 2014 tsms council agenda


Could we ask for more? We are so fortunate to have our schools

February 28, 2014

Our students showed they are Leaders Right Now at the “Leadership Now: Building Me to We communities” on Wed. Feb. 26 at John Fraser SS. We can be so proud.  John Fraser SS and TSMS students created truly inspired videos describing their charitable works and the heart of their schools, and students Rebekah, Declan, Ria, Flora, Anisha, Angelie and Linta could not have represented us better as spokespeople introducing Marc Kielburger.

I counted the number of people who were part of our Character Committee: there were close to 40.  People moved in and out of the committee, but everyone helped move us closer to the event on Wednesday that will keep our generous spirit burning bright for a long time.

There were many others who contributed to Wednesday: From ambassadors Royal Treatment and TSMS students who ushered guests, took and sold tickets, to gym teachers (and a particular grade 10 class) who volunteered to load and unload chairs, and music students who kept the tempo beautiful.

Marc said that many would give anything to have the opportunities that our students have. He was speaking generally about schools in Canada. But he also noted that he had heard that what we have is something extra special.  It’s true and we’re so lucky.

Read about the event in the Mississauga News here.


Humanitarian Marc Kielburger inspired students and parents/guardians alike at John Fraser SS.

Cathy, Co-chair

Who we are

February 19, 2014

Thomas Street Middle School Council is a group of parents/guardians, school administrators, community members and teachers. We meet several times a year to discuss and learn about programs at our students’ school.  Council meetings are open, and we especially welcome parents and guardians of our students and those whose children will be joining Thomas Street Middle School in the new school year.  If you have questions, please contact us at:  Thank you for your interest.

Good meeting Feb. 10: finding out about funding, plus Kielburger and Dr. Karyn visits

February 10, 2014

Nineteen parents, guardians, staff and guests attended the meeting to learn about the many activities and changes involving Thomas Street Middle School.

Principal Catherine Lord described a move to an integrated curriculum at TSMS where students will have a core teacher (teaching math, LASS, etc.) and specialized teachers for subjects such as music, gym and French. This would replace the format where students travel to different classes to learn from teachers who specialize in particular subject areas.  She proposes to introduce the new format next school year and assures parents that it will offer more instructional time.

She also went through the #FixtheFormula campaign introduced by the Peel District School Board.  The board receives the lowest amount of funding per student in the province, largely due to an outdated funding formula.  PDSB hopes to engage parents to raise the issue with the provincial government.

The principal also strongly urged parents/guardians to use caution, respect and diplomacy when using the Kiss and Ride program to drop off students to school and pick them up.

In addition, the extreme cold spell has meant that students are kept indoors more often.  Catherine said it is difficult to convince adolescents to dress warmly for the weather.

Co-chair Cathy talked about the Teacher Appreciation Event, and councillors seemed most in favour of offering a continental breakfast to teachers and staff. Catherine suggested the council look at the week following the Victoria Day weekend to hold the event. Anyone who wishes to help plan this event should contact the council.

Students are also invited to attend a special character education event at John Fraser Secondary School (#JFSSM2W) on Feb. 26. Marc Kielburger will address students of both the high school and TSMS.  Councillors expressed their support and enthusiasm for the event. Tickets go on sale on Feb. 11. LN M2W FlyerLN M2W Poster-1

The co-chair also talked about adolescent-specialist Dr. Karyn Gordon’s visit on Apr. 14 to address parents and guardians of students at the middle and high schools. She said people will be able to register online soon, and all are welcome. There is no cost to attendees of the evening. Anyone wishing to help organize for this event is asked to contact Cathy at Reserve your free ticket by visiting:

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Minutes of our November meeting were approved: TSMS Council Minutes Nov 18, 2013 2

Our next meeting is Mar. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. All are welcome.

Join us on Wednesday! Bring your family

February 24, 2014

LN M2W Flyer

First meeting of Calendar 2014: Feb. 10

February 5, 2014

We haven’t met since November as a group, but councillors have been busy. We have lots to report on Mon. Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at our regular council meeting at the school.

  • After close to three and half years of work, we’ve been able to arrange a speaking engagement for one of the Free The Children and Me to We founders. Marc Kielburger will visit John Fraser Secondary School on the evening of Feb. 26 to address the students of Thomas Street Middle School (TSMS) and John Fraser Secondary School (JFSS). This is, possibly, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students. Please encourage them to attend.  LN M2W Poster-1 LN M2W Flyer
  • On Mon. Apr. 14 at 7 p.m., TV celebrity Dr. Karyn Gordon will speak to parents and guardians of JFSS and TSMS students. She will address Teaching Empathy & Gratitude to Your Teens.  Her presentation is free to attendees.   This event is made possible, in part, by a Parents Reaching Out grant. Reserve your free ticket at
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    reserve your seat

  • On Thurs. Apr. 24, TSMS will hold is annual Career Day for Grade 8 students. Parents, guardians and community members are asked to volunteer their time to speak about their professions or help welcome visitors to the school. If you would like to contribute to this popular event, please email the school council at 

Get the proposed council meeting agenda here: Feb 10 2014 tsms council agenda

We look forward to seeing you on Feb. 10!

Summary of our November 2013 meeting

November 20, 2013

Twenty attended the meeting at the school on Nov. 18 and introduced themselves. Principal Catherine Lord outlined the changes that would be required to introduce the French Immersion program to the school in September 2014.  She also reviewed the school’s EQAO results (which were above the school board and provincial averages) and said TSMS teachers were investigating ways to ensure students better grasp certain concepts in math.  She showed an excellent video produced by students in Teacher Amy Smith’s class that explains how responsibility, co-operation and other values play out for students.


Additionally, Catherine said the fundraiser wasn’t as successful as hoped, but a second major fundraiser won’t be run this school year. Councillors recommended revisiting the walk-a-thon format for next school year.

Councillors approved the meeting minutes of the last council meeting, posted here: TSMS Council Minutes Oct 21 2013

School staff left during the last 45 minutes of the meeting to allow parent/guardian councillors a chance to discuss character traits and skills needed in a principal and vice principal, suggest improvements to the school, and how the principal and vice principal can support desired changes. This exercise is part of an annual review required of school councils by the Peel District School Board. TSMS Council’s review will be filed with the school superintendent.

If you have any questions or suggestions for TSMS Council, please contact Co-chairs Behshad and Cathy at

Our next meeting is Feb. 10, 2014 at the school.

Thank you for your interest.

Last Council meeting for calendar year on Nov. 18

November 14, 2013

Principal Catherine Lord will talk about the French Immersion program coming to TSMS next school year.  In addition, parents/guardians will be asked what is required of school administrators. This is part of an annual consultation process.

Please join us Nov. 18 at 6:30 at the school.

Pick up your proposed Agenda here: nov 18 2013 council agenda tsms

Thank you.

Co-chairs Behshad and Cathy



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