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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:http://www.eqao.com/Parents/Secondary/09/09.aspx?Lang=E&gr=09
 
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

 

Attendance
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
Principal

 

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 athttp://fhcigoldenfalcon.com 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 athttp://fhcigoldenfalcon.com

 

News
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 atwww.lifetouch.ca/toronto , 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: http://www.dailybread.ca/#sthash.E8E1IorR.dpuf
 
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.

 

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

 SENT ON BEHALF OF MS. AITCHISON
 
 

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 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 http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/events-workshops/come-to-our-conference/

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: www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference 

 

News
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.
 

 

News
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 soe4aday@tdsb.on.ca.  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 atsuruchi.srivastava@tdsb.on.ca.
 
 
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 outreach@tdsb.on.ca.
 
Full conference information can be found at www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference. You may email outreach@tdsb.on.ca
 
 
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 shelley.laskin@tdsb.on.ca
 
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.

 

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