Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


This week
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:43



 This week at FHCI
1. United Way Week: Monday October 27 to Friday, October 31
All students will be participating in fund raising efforts for the United Way and its partner agencies. Each home form has been given the task of developing a fund-raising project for this week, so it will be great to see what creative activities (including home baking!) they come up with. Please encourage your child to participate in the activities and make a donation to United Way.
2. Markbook Printouts: Monday October 27 to Friday, October 31
During this week, students will receive an individual Markbook printout from each of their teachers. Please be sure to go through the reports to determine where you child is succeeding and where more help is required. Our teachers are all available for extra help and occasionally a little nudge is all that is required to kick-start improvement. If you have questions about a Markbook printout, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher at 416-303-1860 x 0. I am also here to help.
3. Late Opening: Tuesday, October 28.
We will follow the Late Opening Schedule on Page 44 of the FHCI Agenda Book.
4. Photo Retake Day: Wednesday, October 29
If your child was absent from school on Picture Day, then your child will be called on Wednesday in Period 1 or 2 to have the picture taken then. If your child did have a photo taken and you were not happy with the photo, your child will be re-photographed on Wednesday at lunch.
5. Term 1 Civics Final Exam: Thursday, October 30
Students taking Civics this semester will write their Civics exam during class on Thursday. Please be sure your child attends. 

6. Term I ends: Friday, October 31.
The last day of Term 1 is Friday, October 31. Students taking Civics this term will switch to Career Studies on November 3 while the Career Studies students will switch to Civics.
Looking ahead…
6. “Take our Kids to Work” Day: Wednesday, November 5
All grade 9 students will participate in this annual activity. Parents, please be sure you have returned the required permission form.
7. Academic Awards Assembly: Wednesday, November 5
On Wednesday morning, students in Grade 10-12 will honour their fellow students at the Academic Awards Assembly. Current students with the top marks in any Grade 9-11 course from last year will be presented to the student body for special recognition. Students and their parents/guardians will be notified of this year's academic awards recipients.
8. Report Cards issued: Thursday, November 6
Students will receive their mid-term reports on Thursday, November 6 to take home to their parents/guardians. Please mark the date on your calendar so you will know to ask for the report card on Thursday evening. 

You might be interested in…

Events of Interest to Parents/Guardians
A) People For Education’s 18th Annual Conference: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

This year’s Making Connections conference features keynote speaker Paul Tough, the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, as well as a range of panels and workshops covering financial literacy, education funding changes, entrepreneurship, community schools, sex education, and more. Register at

If you are an interested parent but can’t afford registration fees, please let me know and I will connect you with our trustee, Shelley Laskin for assistance.
B) PIAC Presents: The 8th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference Saturday November 15, 2014, 8:30 AM at Earl Haig Secondary School, Yonge and Sheppard. For information visit: 


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:06

 All returning students should now have their 2014-2015 timetables. Please note the message on the timetable that all change requests must be completed by 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 28. Our counsellors will be available on Monday, June 23 to process change requests (where possible) and then again during the last week of August up to August 28. The counsellors have been processing timetable change requests all week and some classes are at the maximum class size allowed. The counsellors have set up wait lists for those classes.
This coming week at FHCI…
1. Lockers Emptied: 12:00 noon on Thursday, June 26
All students must have their lockers emptied and the lock removed by the end of the day on Thursday, June 26. After that, the caretakers will begin their cleaning of lockers to have them ready for next year’s students. Please ensure that your child has emptied the locker and removed the lock by noon on Thursday.
2. Final Evaluation Review Morning: Thursday, June 26
Students will have the opportunity to participate in final evaluation review (culminating activity and/or final exam) on Thursday, June 26 according to an abbreviated Day 1 schedule:
               DAY 1
A     9:00     -     9:20
B     9:25     -     9:45
C     9:50     -     10:10
D     10:15   -     10:35
Final Evaluation Review Procedures:
·            Students may ask their teacher to re-calculate the exam mark if:
1.     An answer which is proven to be correct (factual) has been marked incorrect through genuine error.
2.     There has been an arithmetic error in adding up the marks on the examination paper.
·            Exam papers will not be remarked during the final evaluation review in-class period. If a student disagrees with the teacher’s marking, the student and teacher may meet with the Curriculum/Assistant Curriculum Leader after the final evaluation review in-class period to determine whether a marking error has been made.
·            All other issues concerning final evaluations should be directed to a Vice-Principal.
·            Examination papers will remain with the teacher. They will be retained in the school for one year.
·            Parents/guardians who wish to review their child’s examination papers may do so through arrangement with a Vice-Principal.
3. Final Marks: Thursday, June 26
Marks will be finalized following final evaluation review. Teachers will review term marks and determine a term mark that reflects the more recent, most consistent level of achievement over the semester, not including culminating activity or exam marks. The final mark is made up of that term mark (70%) and the final evaluation mark (30%). Because teachers use their professional judgement in arriving at the term mark prior to submitting the final course mark, there are no further changes to final marks. We do not change final marks based on student requests.
4. Achievement Reports Mailed: Friday, June 27
Report cards for all students will be put in the mail at the end of the day on Friday, June 27. If you have a new address that we have not received, please provide the updated address to the office staff now so your mailing address will be correct for next week’s mailing. Please contact me after July 7 if you have not received the report card envelope.
Looking ahead to July and August…
5. Assistance during July and August
Our school office is open through to July 29 as Ms. Papadopoulos and I are here for summer school. The office staff and administration return on August 18. The counselors are here to provide assistance from August 25 to August 28.
6. Return to school: September 2, 2014
School resumes on September 2. Finalized timetable pick up, SIP payment ($50), and locker assignments will all occur during the last week of August and the first day of school. I will send details about that well in advance of August 25.
7. Save the Date for Grade 12 Graduation/Commencement: Friday, October 10 
Graduating students and their families will receive a formal invitation in September to October's commencement. Please reserve the date and time: Friday, October 10 at 2:00 PM. Graduates are welcome to bring as many guests as they would like to this very special celebration of students' academic achievement at FHCI. I have sent a number of emails directly to Grade 12 students. Please check with your child to ensure they have received email directly from me as that will ensure I have your child's correct email address or will give me a chance to update me email list for grads.



End of Year News
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:10

 2014-2015 timetable for returning students

On Thursday, students received their timetables for next year. You may request a change of semesters to balance the timetable. The change will be made where space is available, provided the change does not increase an already large class. Please have your child book an appointment time with one of our counselors.
Summer school sign up
Summer courses will again be offered at Forest Hill in July as well as at many other TDSB schools. Dates are July 2 to July 29. If your child wants to take a new-credit course, s/he should already have signed up. If you think your child may receive a final mark in a compulsory course between 35 and 49, or received a mark in that range in Semester 1, then I recommend your child sign up now for an upgrading course.
Students must apply online themselves in order to register for an upgrading course at summer school. Classes fill quickly and students may not be able to get the course they need or a location that is close to home if they wait until the last week of June to sign up.
If your child signs up and ends up passing the course, or receives a mark below 35%, we will remove the name from the summer course.
The instructions for applying are in the attachment.  Once the student has applied, s/he will be sent an email with a parent/guardian consent form for you to print, sign and return to Guidance so that the student can be approved for the summer school course.
This week at FHCI…
1. Last day of classes, Semester 2: Tuesday, June 17
We will operate on an altered schedule on Tuesday to allow for end-of-course activities including our June staff meeting.
Class times on Tuesday are:
Period 1            9:05  -  11:00
Period 2          11:05  -  11:50
Lunch             11:50  -  12:50
Period 3          12:50  -    1:30
Period 4            1:35  -    2:15
We will hold our end-of-year assembly during Period 1.
2. Tutorial: Wednesday, June 18
All teachers will be available for individual tutorial help from 9:00 to 12:00 noon on Wednesday. Attendance is not required as the tutorial help is optional. This is an excellent opportunity to receive critical help before the exam period begins.
3. Exams: Wednesday, June 18 PM to Wednesday, June 25
Please review the exam schedule with your child to ensure your child is present for scheduled exams. Please also review the exam rules sent home with the exam schedule. If your child falls ill and is too sick to write an exam, please contact the main office on the morning of the exam and follow the instructions previously provided.
Looking ahead…
4. Exam Review Day: Thursday, June 26, AM
Students will have the opportunity to review their culminating activities and exams. The schedule for the morning will follow.
5. Report Cards Mailed Home: Friday, June 27
Report cards will be printed and put in the mail on Friday, June 27.


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 07:30

 Send along your encouraging thoughts…

Isabella Baston and Adam Flomen will be competing in Singles Tennis this week at the provincial championship (OFSAA) tournament at York University, having each won the City Championship for singles in the high school division. Forest Hill also sent the doubles pair, Jonah and Sam Wortzman to the City Championships in the Open Division where they achieved an impressive 4th overall for Toronto. 
This will be Isabella's third trip to OFSAA. She placed third in the province in her first two tournaments.
Adam and Isabella made fast work of their opponents to win the City Championships in their respective events, and we hope they serve up their best games as they go for Provincial Gold!
Go, Falcons!
This week at FHCI…
1. Athletic Banquet: Wednesday, June 4
In the 2013-2014 school year, we have had over 270 students participate on a school team! Our annual FHCI Athletic Banquet is an event where we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our student athletes and teams who proudly represented FHCI during interschool competition at the local, regional and provincial levels! This year's Athletic Banquet will take place on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 4:30-7:00 PM at the Mandarin Buffet Restaurant, Yonge and Eglinton. The awards ceremonies will commence at 5:15 PM. We will also have raffle door prizes for all who are in attendance!
The sale of tickets for the Athletic Banquet has been extended to Monday, June 2, 2014.  Tickets will be sold in the foyer during lunchtime only. Tickets are $20 each. Please encourage your athlete to purchase a ticket and join fellow FHCI athletes for this special event.
2. Grad Breakfast: Friday, June 6
I recently sent an invitation to the students of the Graduating Class of 2014 and FHCI staff to the 7th Annual FHCI Grad Breakfast to honour our graduating students. Staff and students will gather under the morning sun on Friday, June 6 in the Fountain Courtyard from 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM to celebrate the academic accomplishments and community contributions of the graduates, achieved with the support and encouragement of the FHCI staff. If your child has not yet replied to me with a “Yes” or “No”, please encourage that reply so we can more effectively plan our event. I am hoping every grad will be able to join us.
Looking ahead…
3. Vocal Chamber Music Night: Tuesday, June 10 at 7:00 PM
4. Grade 8 Welcome Reception: Wednesday, June 11 at 4:30 PM
5. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00 PM
6. EQAO Grade 9 Math Test: Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13
Parents/guardians of students in Grade 9 Applied and Grade 9 Academic Math this semester will receive more specific information about the test via an email to follow.
7. Civics Exam: Friday, June 13
Students enrolled in Grade 10 Civics this term will write their final exam in class on Friday, June 13.
From Shelley Laskin, Trustee:
Ward Forum, Monday, June 2, Forest Hill Jr/Sr Public School. Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Recently at FHCI
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:46

The last several days have been extra busy at FHCI! On Thursday morning we held our Student Council Election Campaign assembly followed in the evening by our music night, “Sounds of Spring.” Elections were held during Period 1 on Friday morning.
Today our Gay-Straight Alliance staff/student group put on an excellent assembly intended to create a more positive and accepting school climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students. The MCs, guest speaker and the students who read the reflections of FHCI students had a very powerful impact on the audience. There was resounding support among the students for the development of more inclusive schools.
Mr. Vanek and I joined the 2013-2014 Prefects for a ‘congratulations and thank you’ lunch today. This is one way we repay the many hours of work the Prefects give willing to FHCI events and ensure those events are a success.
Coming up this week at FHCI…
1. Celebration Assembly: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
After a few weeks of preparation, we are set for tomorrow’s “Celebration Assembly.” Through this annual event, we recognize the contributions that students have made to make FHCI a better school for us all. In total, we are honouring 117 students for their contribution in 24 different areas. Parents/guardians of those students have already been invited to join either assembly—9:45 and 10:45. If you come to the second assembly, please stay for the reception in the 3rd floor FHCI Gallery of Art.
2. School Council Pot Luck: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Please plan to attend the potluck supper on Tuesday evening. You can provide a warm welcome to parents/guardians of incoming Grade 8 parents who have also been invited to this event. If you don’t know what to contribute to the potluck, don’t worry…just bring yourself. See the attached flyer for full details.
3. Coffee House: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Please come to Coffee House, our informal evening of wonderful music performances set in the FHCI foyer. The program starts at 7:00.
Looking ahead to next week…
4. Victoria Day: Monday, May 19, 2014
Schools will be closed for this holiday.
5. Prom: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Please note the arrival times as outlined in the Prom letter distributed to students/parents/guardians. Please also ensure your child’s pre-prom activities and activities during the prom are consistent with the requirements outlined in that letter. If you wish another copy, please let me know.
Upcoming opportunities for students and/or their families…
A) Parents/guardians, please pass along this message to your child…
May 30th, Be A Superintendent for a Day.... Interested?
The "Superintendent for a Day" initiative is an opportunity for students in Grades 9 to 12 to shadow a Superintendent of Education and be exposed to the inner workings of the TDSB for a day.
Students will:
• Visit schools
• Attend to executive meetings
• Tour the TDSB head offices
• Learn about the roles of a Superintendent of Education
• Meet the Director of Education
• Voice concerns and ideas for the TDSB
Students may submit one of the following items related to the question: "What does the TDSB mean to you?"
• A piece of writing (500 word max)
• A photograph
•A recorded video uploaded to YouTube (2 minute max)
• A work of art (take a picture and email it)
Students may submit their work to  Please include your name, school and grade with your submission. You must be available on May 30, 2014. The submission deadline is on Wednesday, May 21st at 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Suruchi Srivastava
B) For parents/guardians, from the TDSB website…
7th Annual Parents Make a Difference Conference
Registration is now live for the 7th Annual Parents Make a Difference Conference. This year the theme of the conference is Parents Advocating for Student Success. The conference will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, north of Yonge and Sheppard.
Keynote Speaker: Michael Reist
Michael Reist is a nationally recognized authority on the needs of children. He is the author of the Canadian bestseller Raising Boys In A New Kind Of World and The Dysfunctional School: Uncomfortable Truths and Awkward Insights on School, Learning and Teaching. His most recent book is entitled What Every Parent Should Know About School. He has published over 90 articles on topics ranging from education, spirituality and parenting to movies, books and popular culture.
Michael’s work has been featured on CBC Television and Radio, Global TV, CITY TV, TV Ontario, Today’s Parent Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and the Toronto Star.
Advocacy Panel Discussion
Parents, educators and community representatives will engage in an honest and thought-provoking discussion about the benefits, challenges and roadblocks faced by parents who feel the need to advocate for their child(ren). The discussion will explore the roles/responsibilities of school boards, parents/guardians and the community in supporting the needs of all students.
Information Marketplace (available all day)
Stroll through the information marketplace and collect ideas, strategies, resources, tools and gifts that will support you and your child’s education journey. The marketplace will feature an array of community agencies, TDSB programs and services, and vendors offering great educational ideas and giveaways throughout the day.
Child-minding and interpretation will be available through registration only! For more information, please contact 416-397-3529 or email
Full conference information can be found at You may email
C) For the FHCI Community, from Trustee Shelley Laskin
What your child is learning, how your local school operates, and how much of your tax dollars are spent on education are directly affected by the policies and decisions of the Ontario Provincial Government. With a Provincial election just around the corner, your vote matters. 
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association has declared May 27 as Education Day. In support, Trustees from the Toronto District School Board are organizing a candidates’ meeting in our ridings.
These non-partisan events are a great opportunity for citizens to hear directly from their local candidates of the major provincial parties.  Please join us to:
• learn more about key issues that affect public education in Ontario
• find out where your local candidates stand on questions that matter to parents in your community
Your local meeting for the St. Paul’s riding will take place on Tuesday, May 27th – 7pm at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in the Auditorium. Childcare will be provided.
For more information or to learn about other meeting locations, please contact
What is the primary purpose of these Provincial Candidate meetings?
To ensure that every MPP in the upcoming session at Queens Park understands:
•  the issues affecting public education (K-12) in Ontario and, specifically, the Toronto District School Board
•  that the future of public education is extremely important to many voters in their local riding
•  that public education is the second largest line item in the provincial budget
•  that education issues had a profound effect on the outcome of the last two provincial elections, and their ongoing electoral success may depend in large part on their performance on education issues.
Why organize meetings by riding?
•  To ensure that each candidate, in every riding, learns about public education issues and personally makes their position clear on these issues in the presence of their voters.
•  To give local voters information regarding views and education platforms of candidates who will be on their ballots and who (if elected) will be responsible for representing them at Queen’s Park.


Celebration Assemblies
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 05/12/2014 - 07:54

 To parents/guardians of select FHCI students...

FHCI will hold our 6th Annual Celebration Assemblies on Tuesday, May 13. In this assembly, we honour students who have made an extra contribution to the life of FHCI or have achieved an impressive accomplishment this year.

Your child has been selected to be honoured in Tuesday's assemblies. Students in Grade 9, 10 and ESL classes will come to Assembly 1 and students in Grade 11 and 12 classes will come to Assembly 2. Award recipients will attend and be honoured in both assemblies. 

Assembly #1 begins at 9:45 and Assembly #2 begins at 10:45. The details of the assemblies were delivered to your child by letter last Friday at school by one of your child's teachers.

I am writing to invite you to the assemblies also. You are welcome to come to either assembly. I will reserve a seat for you in the balcony of the auditorium. You are further invited to the reception that follows the second assembly in the 3rd floor Gallery of Art.

I hope to see you on Tuesday, May 13 for our Celebration Assemblies.
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


Music Night - May 8, 2014
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:46

 Please join us for Thursday night’s annual FHCI music event, “Sounds of Spring”. If your child is performing, I will reserve a seat for you. If a friend of your child is performing, come and join the audience. If you enjoy music, then treat yourself to a delightful evening.
I guarantee you will leave with a smile on your face.
The curtain opens at 7:00 PM.


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 07:22

 1. Report cards issued April 17
Please ensure you have seen your child’s report card and reviewed the marks, comments, attendance and learning skills as reported by the teachers. Congratulations to the 392 full-time students who achieved an average of at least 80%; the 400 full-time students who improved their achievement over the January report card; and the 396 full-time students who demonstrated exemplary attendance to this point in the semester. Congratulations to the 638students who received one or more letters of commendation for these achievements.
Through the hard work of students and their teachers, achievement school-wide has increased again. The average mark school-wide on this report card was78%, the highest it has ever been. This is a wonderful accomplishment. Attendance remains excellent school-wide with the average number of absences per classes just 3 and the average number of lates per class only 1.
If you have concerns about your child’s progress, please don’t hesitate to contact the teacher, guidance counsellor, vice principal or me.
2. Hair: Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25
Hair, the ground-breaking musical, tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the "Age of Aquarius," living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. The FHCI production of Hair opens on Thursday and closes on Friday—enjoying a short but powerful two-day run. I guarantee you will enjoy seeing the product of months of hard work by the cast, crew and staff director, Ms. Dalamba. Tickets are $10, available at the door. The curtain rises both nights at 7:30 PM. We have a seat saved for you!
3. Course change requests for 2014-2015
Counsellors are meeting this week with students who requested courses not subsequently scheduled at FHCI for 2014-2015 but offered to our students through e-Learning. There is a deadline for students to register for these specific e-Learning courses which is why the meetings are happening now. Other requests for course changes will be addressed later in the spring.
Looking ahead…
4. Last day to drop Grade 11 or 12 Course without full disclosure: Monday, April 28
Any Grade 11 or 12 course on a student’s timetable after Monday, April 28, will be listed on the student’s transcript. This ‘full disclosure drop date’ is set by Ministry regulation. To drop a course, the student must receive a drop sheet from Guidance, have it signed by the teacher (having returned the book) and parent/guardian, then return the sheet to Guidance.


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:03

 Sounds of Toronto Concert at Massey Hall
Imagine sitting on the stage at Massey Hall with some of the best high school strings musicians in Toronto. The conductor raises the baton and the audience of 1500 goes quiet. The conductor signals the downbeat and the performance of the First Movement, Symphony No.5 by Mozart begins. Thrilling!
Now, imagine sitting on a chair on the risers at the back of the stage, surrounded by other FHCI choir members. Ms. Dalamba, your choir teacher, comes out from the wings and steps onto the elevated footstool to the applause of the audience. She raises her arms, motions to the piano accompanist, and you and your choir begin, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives” by F.C. Wood. Your voices reach the very back of the second balcony.
And then, for the grand finale, you join in on the medley of hits by Queen. Even the audience sings along. You really are the champions of the night.

This was the experience of our musicians and singers on Thursday at the annual Sounds of Toronto concert. FHCI performers were joined by performers from high schools across TDSB who had auditioned for a spot on the program. Parents/guardians (also school principals, trustees, and music teachers!) beamed while listening to their children and students perform. Congratulations to all involved in Thursday night’s outstanding performance!
This week at FHCI
1. Term 2 Begins: Monday, April 7
Students in Civics/Careers this semester switch subjects on Monday.
2. Markbook Printouts: Monday-Friday, April 7-11
All next week, teachers will be giving their students Markbook printouts showing all marks earned to date. Please contact the teacher if you have concerns or questions about a mark.
3. Stop the Stigma Campaign: Tuesday-Friday, April 8-11
Mental health for students and staff is an area of focus for FHCI and the TDSB. For the last several years, FHCI has run a “Stop the Stigma” campaign aimed at deepening the understanding of mental health issues. On Tuesday, we will hold kick-off assemblies followed by a Positive Mental Health Fair in the front foyer. On Friday, the whole school will be involved in Issues Day with presentations by outside groups to students in individual or combined classes.
5. Parent Presentation on Teen Mental Health: Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 PM
I am extending an invitation to you to an information session being held at FHCI on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:00 pm. The focus is how parents can help children who are suffering with anxiety/depression/mood disorders. This session is a part of our Stop the Stigma week. The presenter, Shelly Murphy, is from the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. Please let me know if you are coming so I can set up the presentation in the best location in the school according to the size of the audience.
6. School Council Meeting: Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 PM
The agenda for this meeting is attached. You are invited to attend!
Looking ahead…
7. Math Contests: Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16
Students will write the Euclid contest on Tuesday and the Fryer, Galois and Hypatia contests on Wednesday.
8. Mid-Semester Reports Distributed: Thursday, April 17
Reports will be given out at the end of the day through Home Form classes.
9. Good Friday/Easter Monday: Friday, April 18 and Monday April 21
No classes; school is closed.

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


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:28

 1. Mark the date…
Forest Hill Collegiate School Council presents its second event of their Education Series for Parents on April 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The topic is‘Parenting Your Teen, Healing Your Family,’ and is being presented by JACS Toronto. See the attached flyer for details.
2. Progress Reports Not Picked Up
If you have not received your child’s progress report, sent home with students yesterday, you may pick it up from the office tomorrow or following the Break. The office will be open from 9:30 to 3:00 on Friday.
3. Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews, March 20…Username and Password Needed
Information was emailed out last night regarding booking appointments for Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews on March 20. Booking requires a Username and Password. If your Username and Password didn’t reach you last night via separate email, please let me know and I will send the information to you. You can book appointments until 11:00 AM on March 20.
4. Unpaid Day, Friday, March 7
There are no classes tomorrow as teachers will be on an unpaid day, according to the decision last year by the Ministry of Education. This adds an extra day to March Break which runs Monday to Friday next week. I hope this is a restful and re-energizing week for you and your family as we come closer to saying goodbye to winter.
5. Band Chamber Music Night at 7:00 PM on March 19
You are invited to this special night of band music performed by our FHCI students in our Music Room.
6. Class Schedules for March 20 and 21
We will have an early closing on March 20 to allow for Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews. Here are the period times:
9:00-9:40…Pd 1
9:45-10:20…Pd 2
10:25-11:00…Pd 3
11:05-11:45…Pd 4
We will have a late opening on March 21 following Interviews. The schedule is on Page 44 of the Student Agenda Book.
7. Literacy Test (OSSLT), March 27
I have sent home information about the Literacy Test to parents/guardians of students who will be writing the test. We will meet with those 250 students in an assembly on Friday, March 21 to review the requirements of the test. On March 24, we will have a practice of test-type questions during three classes.
Students will be invited to participate in a mock test after school on Tuesday, March 25. We will start at 3:45 with Booklet 1 (75 minutes) and run the test exactly as it will be run on the 27. We will have a pizza break between sessions and then start Booklet 2 (75 minutes). Every student writing the test is invited to participate and will receive answers and feedback immediately at the end of the mock test.
The actually test will be written across Ontario on March 27 starting at 9:00 AM. There will be no classes that day as the full staff is involved in the test administration followed by the monthly staff meeting.
8. Student Absence Reporting
Please contact the office regarding any absence for your child other than school-planned activities. We record the reason for the absence, as required, and helps in our tracking of student absence. You can email [], call 416-393-1860x1, or send your student with a note. Waiting for the note to be processed after an absence can slow down the return to class, so an email or phone call in advance is the best way to report the absence.

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Ave W
Toronto, ON  M5N 1B9
Home of the Falcons, award winning scholars, athletes and performers
Where students and staff take a stand against bullying
416 393-1860 x 20010


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