Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


Day of Pink
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 07:26

 International Day of Pink, Wednesday, April 8. What will you be wearing?
Join the students and staff of FHCI tomorrow and wear pink to send your message of support to end bullying. FHCI and all our special guests will be ‘in the pink’ tomorrow as we unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop all forms of bullying.
“The Day of Pink is a symbol, a spark, that empowers and inspires youth across Canada to create amazing social change!”
Day of Pink Ambassadors are politicians and community leaders from all over Canada who are willing to stand up and speak out on behalf of the diversity of others. Some of those ambassadors will be speaking to our students tomorrow. However, the most important and influential Day of Pink ambassadors are you, your child, and every other person who takes a stand against bullying in schools, in the workplace and in the community. Together, we can make a change. The change starts with us and it starts now.
Join your child and all 1000+ of us at FHCI tomorrow—wear pink!
This week at FHCI
1. Markbook printouts distributed: Tuesday, April 7 to Friday, April 10
Please be sure your child brings home a printout of marks to date for each class.
2. International Day of Pink: Wednesday, April 8
All students will participate in an assembly in the morning and special activities throughout the day. We will be joined by special guests on Wednesday. All staff and students will be wearing pink to support this important anti-bullying message. Encourage your child to sign the “Together we can stop bullying” pledge in the Massey foyer.
3. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, April 8
Parents/guardians are invited to the monthly School Council meeting at 7:00 PM in the Staff Room, main floor. (PS…We’ll all be wearing pink!)
4. Civics Exam: Thursday, April 9
If your child is taking Grade 10 Civics this term, then your child will write the final evaluation in the course during class on Thursday. Please be sure your child is present for the exam.

5. Sounds of Toronto: Thursday, April 9
If your child is performing on Thursday night at Massey Hall, don’t miss this outstanding musical event featuring the best student musicians and vocalists from across Toronto. Get a ticket and join me at Massey Hall Thursday night.
Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
Where students and staff take a stand against bullying
730 Eglinton Ave W
Toronto, ON  M5N 1B9
416 393-1860 x 20010


This week
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 08:18

 Absence procedures:
•      Please review with your child the need to sign out in the office whenever your child is at school and about to be absent from one or more classes. Signing out is required of all students.
•      Save yourself an evening auto-dial call by informing the office in the morning of your child’s absence for part or all of that day. You may phone (416-393-1860) or email ( the absence details and reason for absence. If you are unable to phone or email in advance, please be sure you provide your child with an absence note upon return, including the absence reason.

Markbook Printouts
Did you receive and review your child’s Markbook Printouts last week? If you did not receive a printout for each of your child’s courses last week, please ask for them. If you have difficulty obtaining them, please contact me and I will assist.
Congratulations to the Senior Girls’ Volleyball Team for their strong showing in the A/AA City Championship on Friday. The team members played their hardest and added a silver medal to our school’s medal collection!
The many weeks of hard work of the Robotics Team came to a wonderful conclusion last week as the team packed up their robot and sent it off in preparation for the upcoming competition.
This week at FHCI…
1. Progress Reports: Wednesday, March 4
All students will receive progress reports at the end of the day from their Period 1 teacher. Students without a Period 1 class will pick up their reports in the main office. Please be sure your child picks up the report on Wednesday or if absent, on Thursday. On Wednesday, I will send you information about the online booking process for you to book interviews with your child’s teachers. Parent/guardian-teacher interviews will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and 6:30 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, March 12. Please let me know this week if you need the assistance of an interpreter for the interviews.
Looking ahead…
2. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM
All parents/guardians of FHCI students are welcome and invited to attend.
3. Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews: Thursday, March 12, afternoon and evening
Online booking information will be sent to parents/guardians on Wednesday, March 4. Classes will end at 12:00 noon on March 12.
4. Late Opening and Early Closing: Friday, March 13
Period 1 will begin at 9:50 AM following Parent/Guardian-Teacher interviews on Thursday evening. Period 4 will end at 2:30 to allow for the annual teachers’ survey.
From the weekly report from Trustee Shelley Laskin…
Ward Forum on March 3rd at Northern Secondary School from 7:00-9:00 PM
Presentation and Hands-On Learning Opportunity – Social Media 101: A Twitter Primer
With the support of OPSBA, TDSB, Ward 11 Principals, Teachers, ECEs, Parents and hopefully a few students! If you are not already on Twitter, come and learn how. After a presentation, we will organize breakout sessions with an assigned "expert" for each table to support interactive learning. Hoping for a great turnout.
Special Ward Forum on Capital Issues at the TDSB with Associate Director Carla Kisko. March 9th at Davisville Public School, 43 Millwood Rd (between Millwood and Davisville),
There have been many articles written about surplus capacity in TDSB schools, and most recently, the Minister of Education called for the board to present a three-year capital plan that addresses surplus space. The situation in Ward 11, however, tells a different story and demonstrates why the board has to approach its capital issues in a careful and thoughtful way. New development and enrolment growth along the Yonge Street corridor have put tremendous pressure on area schools. On March 9, come hear staff discuss planning data and options that are being considered to address overcrowding in our schools and the challenges associated with funding both renewal and capital.
Childcare Provided
Draft Agenda for Special Ward Forum
7:00 – 7:15 Welcome & Introductions –
            Trustee Shelley Laskin and Superintendent Sandra Tondat
7:15 – 8:45 Special Presentation & Discussion with opportunities for Questions & Answers
            Associate Director Carla Kisko and Planning Staff
8:45 – 9:00 Wrap Up/New Business
Special Education Conference – Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Earl Haig Secondary School (100 Princess Avenue)
Empowering Families through Knowledge and Networking. Register
The Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) and Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) are collaborating with the TDSB in delivering a conference for parents/guardians on Special Education topics. Learn about Individual Education Plans (IEPs); the Identification Placement and Review Committee process (IPRC); transition planning for elementary, secondary and post-secondary environments; use of technology; psycho-educational assessment; advocacy and more. Connect with agencies and personnel specializing in the support of children with special needs/gifts and their families. Connect with other parents of children with similar special needs/gifts, the specific agencies that support them and with TDSB staff in discussion sessions. Learn about specific resources and opportunities. Share challenges, problem solving strategies and success stories.

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Ave W
Toronto, ON  M5N 1B9
Where students and staff take a stand against bullying
416 393-1860 x 20010


This week
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:04

 I hope you enjoyed today’s Family Day!

This week at FHCI…
1. Falcons reaching for the gold
Tuesday: The Boys’ Hockey Team plays in their semi-final gameat North Toronto Memorial Gardens against North Toronto Collegiate at 1:30. We are all hoping the team wins to move on to the area championship game.

Tuesday: The Senior Boys’ Basketball Team meets Danforth Tech in the South Region, Tier II championship game at George Brown College at 1:00.

Wednesday: The Junior Girls Volleyball Team plays in their semi-final game at Western Tech at 3:00 PM. If When the girls win on Wednesday, they will play in the championship game at FHCI on Thursday.
If parents/guardians wish to attend any of the games, please contact me for the procedure for admission.
Go, Falcons!
2. Practice for Field Testing of Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT): Thursday, February 19
FHCI received a request to assist with the field-testing of the soon-to-be-implemented online version of the OSSLT. 80 of our students will be involved in the field test. Those students will receive information about the test on Tuesday and will participate in a brief explanation of the process on Thursday. This explanation is expected to require about 20 minutes of the students’ time during Period 1 or 3. The students will then participate in the field test on Wednesday, February 25 during Period 2 and 4. This test will not count as part of the OSSLT but students will receive feedback on their practice test in preparation for the test in late March.
3. Course selection sheets due: Friday, February 20
Please be sure you have signed and returned the course selection sheet for your child’s 2015-2016 courses. For students under 18, all course choices and course changes must be approved by a parent/guardian. We build our 2015-2016 based on student course choices so it is important that the course selections be completed with care and accuracy.
Looking ahead to next week…
4. Markbook Printouts: Monday, February 23 to Friday, February 27
5. Late Opening: Tuesday, February 24
6. Club Fair: Friday, February 27 during lunch


Semester 2 news
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:36

 Information for all students and parents/guardians:

1. Semester 2 Timetables, Deadline for Changes: 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, January 28
All timetable changes must be completed by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 28th.  There will be no timetable changes made after 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 28th. Please contact the guidance counsellor before the deadline if you wish to request a timetable change. Changes cannot be made into classes that are at their size limit.
 2. Examinations: Monday, January 26 to Wednesday, January 28
Examinations continue according to the schedule distributed to student and via email.
 3. Thursday, January 29: Professional Activity Day
There will be no classes on Thursday, January 29
 4. Friday Morning, January 30: Semester 2 Begins - Day 1
Semester 2 classes will be held in from 9:00 to 12:15 accord to the following schedule.



9:00 – 9:45

1 (A)

9:50 – 10:35

2 (B)

10:40 – 11:25

3 (C)

11:30 – 12:15

4 (D)

12:15 – 1:15


 Students who owe school material including textbooks will not be admitted to class until they have returned or paid for the item(s).
5. Friday Afternoon, January 30: Semester 1 Exam/Culminating Activity Review
Teachers will conduct exam/final mark review in Semester 1 classrooms from 1:15 to 3:30 according to the following schedule. Students who attend exam review will remain in their classes for the full period.
Semester 1, Day 1 Schedule



1:15 - 1:45

1 (A)

1:50 - 2:20

2 (B)

2:25  - 2:55

3 (C)

3:00 - 3:30

4 (D)



Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:33

 Semester 2 timetables were distributed to students last week. Please review the timetable with your child. All requested timetable changes must be completed by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 28.  After that time, no further timetable changes will be made. Students cannot be added to classes that have reached their enrolment limit.

Please note: Students in Grade 9-11 are expected to take four courses each semester. If your child in Grade 12 plans to drop a course, please have your child complete that process now so students on waiting lists can be accommodated.
This week at FHCI…
1. EQAO Math Exam: Monday, January 19 and Tuesday, January 20
All students who are enrolled in Grade 9 Academic or Applied Math classes this semester will write the provincial math test on Monday and Tuesday during their math class. The test is based on the curriculum students have studied in their math classes this semester. Students with an Individual Education Plan and students enrolled in an ESL course will receive up to double time to complete the test each day, in accordance with the testing procedures established by EQAO. Part of the test will count for 10% of each student’s final FHCI math mark. Students must be present to write the exam as scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
2. Civics Exam: Tuesday, January 20
On Tuesday, students currently enrolled in Grade 10 Civics will write their end-of-course exam during their Civics class. Students must be present to write the exam as scheduled on Tuesday.
3. Tutorial Morning: Wednesday, January 21 AM
There are no classes scheduled on Wednesday. All teachers will be available from 9:00 to 11:00 AM to provide individual help for students in preparation for their end-of-course exams. A schedule of teacher locations will be posted in the front foyer.
4. End-of-course exams: Wednesday, January 21 PM to Wednesday, January 28 AM
Formal exams begin at 1:00 PM on Wednesday according to the exam schedule distributed to students and emailed to parents/guardians. Please be sure you and your child know when exams are scheduled. It rarely happens, but if your child is too sick to write an exam when it is scheduled, please call the main office on the morning of the missed exam and request a ‘Missed Evaluation’ form for your child’s doctor to verify the seriousness of the illness. The form must be submitted to the Main Office within two school days of the missed exam. The teacher will then arrange a separate evaluation for your child.
Looking ahead…
5. PA Day: Thursday, January 29
There are no classes on Thursday, January 29. Our teachers will be in school preparing for Semester 2 classes.
6. Semester 2 Begins: Friday. January 30
Semester 2 begins on January 30. The Semester 2 start date ensures there are the same number of school days in each semester. In the morning, students will attend all four of their Semester 2 classes. In the afternoon, students will participate in exam review. During exam review, the teacher takes up the exam. Students double check to see that all questions have been marked and the addition of marks is accurate. If a student believes a question has been incorrectly marked, the student and teacher arrange a separate meeting to review the question. Teachers retain final exams in the school for one full year.

From Trustee Shelley Laskin…
Ward Forum – Thursday, January 22, 2014 at Davisville Jr Public School, 43 Millwood Rd, from 6:30-8:30 PM
Special Presentation – Balancing the 2015-16 Budget –Carla Kisko, Associate Deputy Director of Finance and Operation will speak at 7:30 PM

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Ave W
Toronto, ON  M5N 1B9
Where students and staff take a stand against bullying
416 393-1860 x 20010


This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:22

 Again, we have had a busy and productive week at FHCI.
On Monday our ESL students met at a local restaurant for their annual holiday dinner. The turnout was great and there was laughter all around.
Our students and staff have been treated to the results of the outstanding efforts of our students in art, drama and music. Student art work decorates our front foyer and main office. We’ve been treated to two plays including an original work, “Love or India”, written by one of our students. The senior drama class presented, “Under the Juniper Tree” for the whole school last week. This week, we were treated to music assemblies, featuring about 150 of our students in band, strings and vocal performances. Last night was the grand finale as we gathered in the auditorium for ‘Celebration of Music.’ Congratulations and thank you to all students and staff involved in enriching our lives.
Next week at FHCI…
1. Daily Bread Food Bank Collection Ends: Monday, December 15
Our Daily Bread Food Bank Drive bins continued to fill up but still have space for your donation. The need is great. Please donate if you can on Monday. Our bins will be picked up at the end of the day on Monday.
2. Filipino Club Holiday Party: Monday, December 15
Students in the Filipino Club will gather in the cafeteria from 3:30 to 6:00 for their annual holiday party with good food and good fun. If your child is in the club, be sure your child comes for the party.
3. Locker clean out: Monday, December 15
Our caretakers will set out bins in the halls so students can dispose of those items in their lockers that are of no further use to them. That way, students start the new year with more useable space in their lockers.
4. Grad Photos: Monday, December 15 and Tuesday, December 16
Please be sure your graduating student has signed up for the grad composite photo as well as the yearbook photo. Composite photo…sign up online according to the information previous sent; yearbook photo…sign up in the main office.
5. Late opening: Tuesday, December 16
We will follow a late-opening schedule on Tuesday to allow for our monthly staff meeting. The day’s schedule is on Page 44 of the Student Agenda Book.
6. Grade 9 EQAO Numeracy Practice Test: Thursday, December 18, Period 2
All students in Grade 9 Academic and Applied Math in Semester 1 will participate in an EQAO Numeracy practice test on Thursday in Period 2. This will give students practice with the test before they write the January 2015 test in class on January 19 and 20. Parents and students can review full information about the test, including actual tests from previous years at:
7. Pancake Breakfast: Friday, December 19
Hot pancakes, warm syrup, whipped cream, soft butter and orange juice will be served to anyone who comes down to the cafeteria before 8:45 on Friday morning. Teachers will be flipping pancakes, served by Student Council members as part of our annual Pancake Breakfast. All students are invited to join the breakfast on Friday. Flipping starts at 7:30 AM and serving starts at 8:00 AM. It’s worth getting up early for!
Looking ahead to 2015…
8. Classes resume: Monday, January 5
9. Culminating Activities Begin: Monday, January 5.
Please refer to Culminating Activities schedule previously distributed to students and parents/guardians.
9. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, January 7
10. Exams begin: Wednesday, January 21 at 1:00 PM
Tutorial in the morning. Exam schedule to follow.
11. Last day to change Semester 2 courses: Wednesday, January 28
12. PA Day: Thursday, January 29
13. Deadline to submit Optional Area Attendance Application to Requested School: Friday, January 30 


Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:09

 1. Optional Area Attendance
Students who currently attend Forest Hill Collegiate and wish to be considered for admission to another TDSB high school for September 2015 must complete and deliver an Optional Area Attendance application to the requested school by the January 31, 2015 deadline. The application form must be signed by me before it can be submitted to the requested school. You can obtain an Optional Area Attendance application form from the Main Office, from the TDSB website, or via an email request to me. The requested school must notify you of the acceptance outcome by the middle of February, and you in turn must reply to the requested school by the end of February. The process and significant dates are outlined on the application form.
2. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Through a formal evaluation and accreditation process known as Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), students enrolled in TDSB secondary schools may have their skills and knowledge evaluated against the overall expectations outlined in provincial curriculum policy documents in order to earn credits towards the secondary school diploma.
Students’ prior learning is assessed for the purpose of granting a credit for a Grade 10, 11 or 12 course developed from a provincial curriculum policy document published in 1999 or later. Students in Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 may apply to challenge for credit for certain Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses.
Please note the following rules which govern the challenge process:

  • Students may challenge and earn a maximum of four credits for prior learning, including a maximum of two credits in any one discipline.
  • The PLAR challenge process requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through assessment procedures that will include formal tests (70%) and other assessment activities (30%).
  • Students can only challenge for courses that are currently taught in TDSB schools.
  • There are some courses that cannot be challenged.  (Please refer to the PLAR Fact Sheet available through Guidance).
  • Students must be registered with a Toronto District School Board school and will not be charged a fee.
  • Only successful challenges will be recorded as credits granted on the student’s OSR; however full disclosure will apply to attempts made at the Grade 11 and 12 levels.
  • A complete challenge application and accompanying supportive documents, materials, proof, evidence to show knowledge and skills which meet all curriculum expectations for a course must be submitted by the set deadline.

Students are responsible for initiating the challenge process.
As the first step in preparation for this process, all interested students and parents/guardians/caregivers must attend a mandatory Information/Orientation session on:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(Registration from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.)
Earl Haig Secondary School, Auditorium
100 Princess Avenue, Toronto,
(Yonge and Sheppard area)
Registration is from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the presentation is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The challenge process will be clarified and curriculum specialists will answer questions with regard to the expectations of the challenge process.
Application forms will be available from the school Guidance office from Thursday, February 12, 2015. Students in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who wish to challenge for a Grade 10, 11 or 12 course must complete an application and return it to the school Guidance office by March 6, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Applications will be initially checked for completion by school Administrator or Guidance Counsellor. Those deemed to be complete and appropriate will be assessed by central curriculum staff to determine if the challenge application is approved to proceed to the final evaluation.  All applicants will be notified in writing of the status of their challenge application by April 7, 2015. The challenge process of assessment and evaluation will be conducted during the month of May.
If you have any questions about PLAR or the challenge process, please contact the Guidance office at 416-393-1860 ext. 20040.
Peggy Aitchison


Golden Falcon
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:19

 The Golden Falcon, student newspaper at FHCI, has gone digit! Now everyone can get their own copy of the newspaper at by downloading a print version or reading the copy online.
And brand new tonight on the same site is a delightful one minute video promoting the Yes We Can food drive by the Social Action Club in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. I guarantee reading the paper and watching the video will put a smile on your face and determination in your heart to support the food drive. The food drive continues all next week.
See and read it all on the Golden Falcon home page at


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 11:04

 If you wish to donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank, please send your donation to FHCI with your child to add to our collection. Our campaign runs until December 18.
1. Early closing: Monday, December 1
On Monday, December 1 we are hosting visits in the afternoon from current Grade 8 students who are soon going to make the decision about school selection for 2015-2016. Our prefects will act as student ambassadors that day as they tour these potential Forest Hill Falcons around the school. FHCI classes will finish by 12:00 noon. There will be no afternoon classes.
2. Drama Production: Thursday, December 4
The fall drama production will be presented on Thursday, December 4 in Period 3 and Period 4. If you child is performing, please come and we will have a special seat for you in the balcony.
3. PA Day: Friday, December 5
There will be no classes on Friday, December 5 as all staff participate in professional development activities.
Looking ahead to the following week…
4. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00 PM
All parents/guardians are invited to attend.
5. “Celebration of Music”: Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 PM
Is your child performing at the FHCI music night? Please be sure you are in the audience for this special evening.
6. Grad Photos: Thursday, December 11 and Friday, December 12
Graduating Grade 12 students, please sign up online for grad pictures , then scroll down to Forest Hill.


This week
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 06:38

 1.   Late Opening: Tuesday, November 25
Please refer to the Late Opening Schedule in the Student Agenda Book on page 44. The late opening allows for our monthly staff meeting.
2.   Teachers from Kazakhstan visit FHCI: Tuesday, November 25 to Thursday, November 27
We are hosting five teachers from an elite school in Kazakhstan, which recruits and selects highly talented students in mathematics. They are part of a 21-teacher delegation from Kazakhstan visiting four schools in our school board. They will visit classes and dialogue with teachers and students about teaching and assessment in Ontario and in Kazakhstan.
Looking ahead…
3.   Daily Bread Food Drive Begins: Monday, December 1
This is from the Daily Bread Food Bank website:
Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto and is the largest provider of food relief in the GTA.
Last year, Daily Bread distributed almost 9 million pounds of food to member agencies, and provided food hampers for 700,000 visits. More than a food bank, Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.
See more at:
If you can get a food item into your child’s backpack, we’ll get it into the donation bin. Here is the DBFB list of most helpful donations:
canned vegetables, pasta sauce, canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, canned meat in water, canned fish, dried/canned beans, peanut butter, rice, pasta, high fibre/low sugar cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, baby food—vegetable and fruit, baby cereal, baby formula, olive oil, and mayonnaise.

4.   Early closing: Monday, December 1
On Monday, December 1 we will be hosting visits from current Grade 8 students who are soon going to make the decision about school selection for 2015-2016. FHCI classes will finish by 12:00 noon. Our prefects will act as student ambassadors that day as they tour these potential Forest Hill Falcons around the school.
5.   Drama Production: Thursday, December 4
The fall drama production will be presented on Thursday, December 4 in Period 3 and Period 4. If you child is performing, please come and we will have a special seat for you.


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