Message to Families - May 26

Posted On Friday May 26, 2023

Dear Pine Ridge Families;


Student Census:

The DDSB is completing a student census.  We ask that you sit with your child to ensure that they log in to complete this census if they have not already done so.  Please see the attached document for instructions.  Additional information about the census can be found on the DDSB website.


Have Your Say in DDSB’s Next Strategic Plan!

The Durham District School Board is inviting all community members to have their say in the next multi-year strategic plan. We encourage you to complete the Multi-Year Strategic Plan survey and participate in upcoming community consultation events. Learn more about the DDSB’s next Multi-Year Strategic Plan and upcoming feedback opportunities on the DDSB website. Your time and effort completing the survey makes a difference. Should you have any additional questions, please email or reach our voicemail line at 905-666-6975. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on the future direction of the DDSB!


BSU Spirit Week:

Next week our Black Student Union is holding a spirit week with a variety of event.  See below for what is happening.

Monday May 29th is Guess How Much Candy is in a Jar. Pay  50 cents for a guess. 

Tuesday May 30th is Wear Your Cultural Headpiece or Wave Your Flag

Wednesday May 31 is Karaoke in the theatre room. 

Thursday June 1st is Throw Back Thursday 

Friday June 2nd in a Cultural Performance.


Exam Preparation for students:

A Child and Youth Service Worker with DDSB will be coming to Pine Ridge on June 8th and June 13th for the school day. She is offering exam preparation tips around managing the stress students often experience during their study periods. These sessions will be offered in group settings during lunch time, and will also offer students the option to meet with her throughout the day to work on specific strategies that would support them.  Further details and sign-up information will follow.  Please contact Guidance if you have any questions.


Black Foundation of Community Networks Scholarships & Awards: 

We are happy to announce that the 2023-2024 BFCN Scholarships & Awards application process is now live! All online applications and supporting documents must be submitted by July 31, 2023. This year BFCN will be awarding six (6) $1000 scholarships and awards. We will be once again awarding two scholarships to Black students pursuing graduate studies in addition to Black students pursuing undergraduate studies at accredited Canadian institutions. Click here to learn more about the BFCN Scholarship Program and access the online applications for the BFCN 12th Annual Scholarships and the BFCN 9th Annual Aim 2 Achieve Awards. For any questions about the application process or to support the BFCN Scholarship program, please contact


We are also happy to announce that we will be hosting another online edition of the BFCN Scholarship Application Workshop for Black students and their families on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. The workshop is free and our Scholarship Program Coordinator will be present to answer any questions. There is limited space available so please register via Eventbrite ASAP at or For any additional questions about the workshops please send us an email at or call 416-566-2731.


Click here to register for the BFCN Scholarship Application Workshop on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Click here to access and share the BFCN 2023 Scholarship Directory! 


Looking Ahead at a Glance:

May 30                 Music trip to Roy Thompson Hall

May 30                 Track Regionals

May 31                 MADD Assembly for our Grade 12’s

May 31                 Grad BBQ

May 31                 Museum in the Library event

June 1                   Track Regionals

June 13-15           EQAO Math for Semester 2 Grade 9 Classes

June 14                 Last Day of Classes for Grade 12 Courses

June 15-20           Grade 12 Exams

June 20                 Last Day of Classes for Grade 9 – 11 Courses

June 21-27           Final Exams for Grade 9 – 11 Courses

June 23                 Grad Formal

June 29                 Commencement

July 7                     Final Report Cards distributed electronically


Have a wonderful weekend!



The Pine Ridge Admin Team