Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


Exams and EQAO
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Wed, 01/05/2011 - 11:14

Happy New Year! This message is for families in the FHCI Community. 
1. Semester 1 Exams
I have attached in the e-mail the schedule for January 2011 end of semester exams and the corresponding instructions for students. In the unlikely event that your child is too ill to write an exam, you will see the missed exam procedure included with those instructions. Students will also receive the schedule and instructions for their home form teacher.
*Please note that we have moved exam review to Thursday, February 3, 2011. That is the first day of Semester 2. Students will attend their Semester 2 classes in the morning and their previous Semester 1 classes in the afternoon. In the afternoon, they will have an opportunity to review their exams and calculation of their final course marks. February 2, 1011 is a PA Day and there will be no exams or classes that day. Friday, February 4, 2011 will follow the regular schedule.
2. Semester 2 Timetables
Semester two timetables were distributed in home form today. Students with a spare period 1 should pick up their timetables in the main office.
Please note that all timetable changes must be made by the end of the day on Monday, January 31st.  There will be no timetable changes made after Monday, January 31st, except for students who have failed a course and do not meet the prerequisite requirement of a second semester course.  Students must meet with their guidance counsellor before the deadline if they wish to request a timetable change. 
Students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities in Semester 2 must maintain a full-time commitment to the school, either by taking at least three courses in Semester 2 or volunteering in a class. Students who wish to maintain a full-time commitment through volunteering in a class may make arrangements with their vice principal.
3. PLAR: Prior Learning Assessment Recognition
PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) is a process whereby TDSB students may obtain credits toward their OSSD for knowledge and skills that they have acquired outside of the classroom. Students' prior learning is assessed and evaluated to determine whether they have met the provincial curriculum expectations in a specific course. This is a rigorous process and, while we have not had an FHCI student engage in the PLAR process in the past, there may be a student whose background would warrant consideration of this process this year.

I have attached in my e-mail a letter outlining the steps in the process as well as the PLAR Fact Sheet. Students who are interested in challenging a credit though PLAR must attend a mandatory information session:
Monday, February 7, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open for registration at 6:00 p.m.)
Earl Haig Secondary School, Auditorium
100 Princess Avenue, Toronto,(Yonge and Sheppard area)
4. Grade 9 Math EQAO Test
Students in MFM1P and MPM1D classes this semester will be writing the mandatory EQAO test on January 20 and 21. I will provide specific information about the test in a separate email.

Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate
416 393-1860 x 20010



Schedule for Friday, December 17
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Thu, 12/16/2010 - 15:09

1. Schedule for Friday, December 17
This is a final reminder of Friday morning’s $2 Pancake Breakfast. We are serving up hot pancakes with soft butter and warm syrup to the stalwart students who arrive in the cafeteria before 8:30 on Friday morning. I ha e upped the time to ensure we have enough time to flip and serve pancakes to everyone who arrives and have students in class on time. Each class will be one hour instead of 1¼ hours. Period 1 will begin at 9:30, Period 2 at 10:30, Lunch at 11:30, Period 3 at 12:30 and Period 4 at 1:30. Friday will be an early dismissal for students (2:30 PM) to allow for our monthly staff meeting.
2. Daily Bread Food Bank Drive
The FHCI community has done a great job of contributing non-perishable food for the DBFB. Our three boxes are full and we’ve set up a long table in the Massey Foyer to take further donations. I told you earlier that some donations had been taken by students from outside the school. I am delighted to report that those students have since met with us, apologized for their poor decision, and in turn made significant contributions to our collection—far in excess of what was originally taken.
Tomorrow is the last day of our collection. If you haven’t already made a donation, please send in an item, even one, with your child tomorrow morning so it can be added to the growing moun. It would be terrific if every family were able to be part of this annual food drive.
3. Backpacks
If you have a new or next-to-new backpack that you don’t need, please send it for the backpack collection to be used to make survival kits for the homeless in Toronto.  
Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate
416 393-1860 x 20010


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 12/14/2010 - 10:03

1. January 2011 Exam Schedule
The schedule for end-of-semester exams will be completed and distributed in the first week following the December break. Students will receive a printed copy in home form and parents/guardians will receive a copy via email.
2. Hockey Game
About 120 students signed up to attend the afternoon’s hockey game between members of Toronto Police Service 53 Division officers and Forest Hill boys and girls hockey teams. The game begins at 2:45. Students who purchased tickets and returned their signed permission forms will be dismissed from classes at 2:30 to go to the game. Purchased tickets will be given to the student’s last period teacher to hand out to students. The tickets will be printed with the student’s name, will be collected at the game, and will form the attendance check at the game. We encourage students to remain for the full game; they are required to remain at the arena until the end of the school day at 3:20.
The 830 students who did NOT purchase a ticket are to attend their regularly scheduled classes.
3. Students learn about child soldiers
On Friday, 65 of our students joined students from across Toronto for a seminar on the issue of child soldiers. The presentation included a talk by L. Gen Roméo Dallaire. Originally we were assigned 14 tickets to distribute for the event but the interest in the presentation was so great that we requested and received additional tickets to accommodate the teachers who wanted to take their classes. You can read about the presentation at
4. Student engagement when the classroom teacher is absent
Like students, teachers are sometimes absent from school. The absence is due to illness, school activities, or TDSB-mandated meetings. Whenever a teacher is absent, we arrange for coverage for the teacher’s classes. We do not cancel classes. We follow the rules set out by TDSB as to when our own FHCI teachers are called on to cover a class for an absent teacher or when we enlist the assistance of an outside supply teacher to take over the teacher’s timetable for the day’s absence. Teachers leave assigned work for the students to accomplish during class time and for homework.
Attendance does not become optional when the regular teacher is absent. Regardless of who has responsibility for the class, work will be assigned and students must attend. Similarly, acceptable behaviour does not become optional when the regular teacher is absent. The classroom teacher who is absent and leaves work for the class expects, as I do, that the students in the class will be respectful and helpful to the supply teacher. Students are required, without exception, to follow the directions of the teacher in charge of the class for the period. Given the challenges a supply teacher faces—unfamiliar with the layout of the school, unfamiliar with student names, uncertain of the school routines—the standard of student behaviour when a teacher is absent should be as high as or higher than when the classroom teacher is present.
Please take a minute to discuss this issue with your child and underscore the need for students to bring their ‘A game’ to class when the teacher is absent.
5. Holiday breakfast
The teachers will be cooking and serving hot pancakes with warm syrup and soft butter on Friday morning, Students are asked to contribute $2 to the Daily Bread Food Bank in exchange for their pancakes. Serving starts at 8:15 and we always have a hungry and enthusiastic crowd for this annual event.
6. Holiday Collections
Please contribute to our two current drives: Daily Bread Food Bank and Project Winter Survival.
Daily Bread Food Bank distributes your food donations to needy families in Toronto who rely on the DBFB to feed their families.
Project Winter Survival ( is a project which prepares survival kits which are distributed to homeless shelters and social services to be given to homeless across the GTA. This project has been run by The Bargains Group for the past 10 years. This year he Bargains Group has set a goal to create 2,500 kits. Please see the attachment to see the kind of things that go into the survival kits.
The largest problem The Bargains Group faces is that there are not enough backpacks to create these kits. In order to help The Bargains Group achieve their goal, we will have a drop-off bin in the front foyer where students and staff will be able to drop-off their new or nearly backpacks. You can send backpacks up until Thursday, December 16, 2010 when The Bargains Group will pick up the drop-off box.
Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate
416 393-1860 x 20010


Daily Bread Food Bank
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Fri, 12/10/2010 - 13:35

I am hoping that the FHCI community can cause me a serious problem—it will take all your combined efforts to cause the problem.
Here is the problem I want you to create: We have three medium-sized boxes in the Massey Foyer. They are there to accept your donations for our annual food drive in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. I want you to donate so much food via your childyou  that the boxes will be overflowing and I will have a terrible problem trying to find space for all the food you send before the DBFB comes to do their pick up in a week.
I want to arrive here each morning from now until December 17 to find the bins stuffed to the top with non-perishable food items and to find additional bags of non-perishable food on the floor around the bins because they can’t fit in the bins. I will spend some time every day emptying and store the collected food. It may be that my office will have to become the temporary storage facility. That will be the problem you cause me.
I want to see that this community is made of strong, upright stock that rallies to respond without hesitation when presented with a need in the community no matter how broadly we define ‘community.’ We know there is a need for food in Toronto. Young children, some the same age as your children and some younger, don’t have enough food to eat.
So, please, cause me a problem. Stuff your child’s backpack with food for the DBFB. Fill up the grocery bags and put the bags in the car, then drop them off here when you drop off your child at school. Tonight I will clear the shelves in my cupboards at home and bring in whatever I have that qualifies for the DBFB. Everything!

Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate
416 393-1860 x 20010


Music Night
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 15:47

1. Photos of Graduating Students
Ms. Sivarajah is coordinating our grad photos with Lifetouch photographers. We have heard from some parents and students that there are problems with the online booking facility. Lifetouch informed Ms. Sivarajah that they have booked off next week for FHCI just in case there is a need for more appointments. Please don’t worry if you cannot book an appointment at the moment.  We are working with Lifetouch to correct the problem and, if need be, Lifetouch will be back next week to take more appointments.
2. Music Night
Please join us on Thursday night, December 9, for an evening of masterful performances from our music students. “Celebration of Music” begins at 7:00 p.m. All the students in the school will be entertained at our annual December Music Assembly on Friday of this week.
3. Student/Police Hockey Game
We have 300 tickets available for sale to students who wish to ‘buy out’ on Tuesday, December 14 and watch the Forest Hill Falcons on ice as they compete against worthy opponents from Metro Toronto Police Service at 53 Division. Tickets are $5 now and go up to $7 at the end of the week. Students will be dismissed at 2:30 to go to the game at Larry Grossman Arena across from the school. Students may pick up permission forms in the main office. Forms must be signed by parents and submitted to the office with the ticket price by Monday.
We will not have a short period day that day as our monthly staff meeting has been moved to Friday, December 17. Classes will be held according to the regular schedule on December 14.


Drama Production
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Wed, 12/01/2010 - 15:00

The fall production at FHCI opens in our auditorium on Thursday, December 2 and closes on Friday, December 3. It is a short run!
This year’s play is called “The Servant of Two Masters”. It is a comedy in the style of Commedia Dell'Arte.
The curtain rises at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are only $7 dollars in advance and $10 at the door.
Partial proceeds will be donated to help send pediatric transplant patients to summer camp.
I guarantee you an evening of fun and laughter.
Please join us on Thursday or Friday night.
Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate
416 393-1860 x 20010


Grade 8 Visit - Choosing the right high school
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 16:37

Open House -  730 Eglinton Avenue West
Slide Presentation
Tuesday, December 1
Open house for students starts at 12:45 p.m. ends at 3:10 p.m.
Open house for parents starts at 6:45 p.m.

This is a special event for Grade 8 students.
We will start in the Auditorium just inside the front door.
Please arrive on time and with supervision.
Questions? Please call 416-393-1860.


Rugby raffle
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Wed, 11/24/2010 - 09:56

Congratulations to Lisa Osak.  Novembers rugby raffle winner!


Girls’ Basketball Team
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 11/08/2010 - 17:16

On Friday afternoon, November 5, 2010, our Girls’ Basketball Team played their final and most important game of their season against Riverdale. After going undefeated throughout their regular season 7-0, our girls continued their undefeated streak into the final round of the playoffs. There they played their toughest game yet and at times found themselves losing. Despite this, our girls played their game and with the support of the amazing fans, we won 43-41, a close two-point game.

Special shout outs go to Aleena, Sara ad Maddy for amazing rebounds; Lisa and Holly for outstanding defence, stopping Riverdale’s best players; and Sydney for scoring 20 points in last night’s game. Also the team would like to thank their coaches--Robert, Ms. Brown and Mr. Westgate—for their dedication and support for the team.

After four years of development where our team went form 0 wins and 10 losses to being undefeated and champions, every member of the team should feel outrageously proud. This hard-fought victory and undefeated season would not have been possible if not for the hard work, dedication and basketball skill of every single team member--Aleena, Angelica, Celeste, Dara, Erica, Holly, Lisa, Lucille, Maddy, Nancy, Sara, Sheridan, and Sydney—and our great coaches.

Our team gives our best wishes and best of luck to our five graduating players: Holly, Sheridan, Maddy, Sara and Aleena. You will be missed.



Rugby raffle
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 10/25/2010 - 14:26

Congratulations to Mary Pallattella, this months rugby raffle winner!


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