Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


Grade Nine
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 08:19

On Wednesday, November 4, over 200,000 Grade 9 students across Canada will spend the day at work, job shadowing a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host. This is a great opportunity to participate in a shared experience with your child and discuss possible career paths based on actual experiences. This program is sponsored by "The Learning Partnership". You can read about the program at
Please return the permission form to the Period 1 teacher by Monday, October 26th.
All Grade 9 students will participate in this program. Where possible, parents invite their own child to spend a day on the job. If you are unable to host your own child, there are still ways for your child to participate. Here are some suggestions:
·         Ask a relative, neighbour or family friend to host your child at his/her workplace.
·         Ask the parent of another Grade 9 student who is participating if your child could join him/her for the day.
·         Contact Ms. Papadopoulos by Monday, October 26th to ask for assistance in finding a suitable placement.
Thank you for your support of "Take Our Kids to Work Day."


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 Wed, 10/21/2015 - 11:33

Progress reports were given to students at the end of the day on Monday to take home to parents/caregivers. These reports come to you in advance of the Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews to be held on Thursday, October 29. The interview times run from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon and 6:30 to 9:00 in the evening on the 29th.
This semester, we are again using an online process for parents/guardians to book appointments with teachers for our parent/caregiver-teacher interview day. Full instructions are in the attachment, “Online Booking Instructions”.
Interviews are set for five minutes each. If you wish to extend the interview time, you may make an appointment for another day.
I will send a second email message shortly with your personal login information—username and password. You will copy andpaste both the username and password into the booking program. You may begin booking appointments when you receive that email. Full instructions for booking appointments are in the attachment included with this email. The login site is . Please contact me if you run into any difficulty using the online system. Interviews must be booked and the interview schedule printed by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29. Please print your personalized appointment sheet when you have completed your bookings. You cannot print your sheet after 11:00 AM on October 29.
Please remember that during our Parent/Teacher interviews, over 1,800 interviews occur. Our Student Prefects and Student Council act as secretaries for our teachers. They make every attempt to keep to the interview times to allow all parents/guardians to meet with their child’s teacher according to their schedule. If there is a delay in meeting with your child’s teacher, please know that the secretaries are informing the teachers that their next appointment has arrived. We know this may require patience on occasion.
If you wish to see your child’s Guidance Counsellor, please go to the Guidance Office upon arriving for your Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews or call your child’s Guidance Counsellor in advance to arrange an interview time.
Mr. Lamont will be available for appointments in the afternoon period only. If you would like to speak to Mr. Lamont and cannot come during the afternoon period, please contact him directly by calling 416-393-1860 x 20100.
Mr. Li will be available for appointments in the evening period only. If you would like to speak to Mr. Li and cannot come during the evening period, please contact him directly by calling 416-393-1860 x 20031.
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, 10/19/2015 - 08:04

It is another busy week at FHCI! We will have an especially busy day on Monday as FHCI is being used as a voting location for tomorrow’s Federal Election. The polls will be set up in the auditorium, so there will be no impact on our classes.

This week at FHCI...

1. United Way Fund Raising Week, Monday October 19 to Friday, October 23.
Forest Hill Collegiate is a strong supporter of the annual United Way Campaign. You can read about the work of the United Way in Toronto and York Region at We kick off our week’s campaign with assemblies for all students. Our tradition at FHCI is for each home form class to work with their teacher to generate a plan for a class-based fund-raising activity. Here is the schedule of fund-raisers during lunch this week starting on Tuesday. In addition, our PhysEd Department is organizing lunch time teacher-student games. If you are able, please provide your child with the funds to donate to the home form fund-raising activities.

Kick OffAssembly

11A1- Mario Kart

11H1- Grilled Cheese

10F1- Mini Golf

12C1-McDonald's Sales


12D1- Teacher Quotes

12G1- Donut Sales

10J1- Temp. Tattoo Sales

9A1- Bake Sale


9D1- Crazy Hair Salon

11E1- Candygrams

12F1- Charity Jar

11F1- Fortune Teller


11B1- Giant Jenga

12E1- Guess How Many

12B1- Balloon Pop


2. Ontario Colleges Information Fair: Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20
If your child is exploring the programs at Ontario Community Colleges, be sure you and your child visit the Ontario Colleges Information Fair on Monday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. The Fair is held at the Enercare Centre (formerly Direct Energy Centre), which is at Exhibition Place at 100 Princes' Blvd, Toronto.

3. Progress Reports Issued: Last Period, Monday, October 19
15 minutes before the end of the day on Monday, students will return to their Period 1 classroom to pick up their Progress Report envelope to take home to parents/caregivers. The envelope contains a one-page report showing your child’s progress to date. The report contains letter grades (E = Excellent; G = Good; S = Satisfactory; U = Unsatisfactory) as well as teacher comment and a count of absences and lates for each class. Please note that when you report your child absent to observe a holy day, the absence is not included in the count. Please review the report with your child. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher, guidance counsellor, vice principal or me.
The Progress Report leads up to Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 29 in the afternoon and evening. Parents/caregivers sign up online for five-minute appointments. If you wish to speak to a teacher longer about your child’s progress, you are invited to make a follow up appointment.
Full information about booking appointments will be sent to you via email.
4. School Council Pot-Luck Supper followed by School Council Meeting: Wednesday, October 21
Please join the School Council for their pot-luck supper at 6:00 PM and then, if you wish, stay for the School Council meeting which begins at 7:00 PM. For parents/caregivers of students new to FHCI, this is a great opportunity to meet other new parents/caregivers. Bring a dish for the ‘pot’, if you can, but more importantly, bring yourself. I have attached the invitation to this email for your reference.
Looking ahead at FHCI…
5. Late Opening for Staff Meeting: Tuesday, October 27
6. Photo retake day: Tuesday, October 27
7. Parent/Caregiver-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, October 29
8. Late Opening: Friday, October 30
8. Markbook Printouts Issued: Monday, November 2 to Friday, November 5
9. Take Our Kids to Work Day, Grade 9 students: Wednesday, November 4. Information will be sent to parents/caregivers.

10. Academic Awards Assembly, Grade 10-12 students: Wednesday, November 4. Invitations will be sent to parent/caregivers of award winners.

And...Let's Go, Blue Jays!

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 Tue, 10/13/2015 - 06:01

 This is a special message for parents/caregivers in the FHCI community...

The Northern SS school community suffered the tragic loss of a student last week. I am passing along this message to our community from Mr. Felsen, principal at Northern SS:
It has been a most difficult week, to say the least. We are all deeply moved by the outpouring of support from the entire community for the family, the students and the staff who are affected by the tragic loss. I am writing to invite you to an event that we have planned for parents/caregivers.
We have invited Andrea Warnick to come to Northern on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM in the NSS library to speak to parents/caregivers. Ms. Warnick has extensive experience as a grief counsellor and has specialized in the area of supporting youth and children who have experienced the loss of someone close to them. More details can be found in the attachment. We hope that you will find this session useful so that you can gain more tools to speak with your son/daughter.


Note: If your child will be absent from school, please notify the school office before the missed school time. Please remind your child to sign out in the office before leaving school for any reason.

Recently at FHCI…
We finished last week with our annual graduation ceremony. It was wonderful to have so many of the graduates, their families and friends ‘come home’ for this milestone in a young person’s life. Preparing for graduation is a very large undertaking and all the staff contributed to the success of our graduation ceremony.
Our next recognition of the academic accomplishments comes on November 4 when we hold our annual Academic Awards Assembly. This assembly, for students in Grade 9-12, recognizes the student with the top mark in each Grade 9-11 course in the 2014-2015 school year. Parents/caregivers of the award winners will receive an invitation to the Academic Awards Assembly. 
That is the same day that new Grade 9 students will participate in "Take Our Kids to Work Day."
All students received Markbook printouts last week with the direction to take them home to their parents/caregivers. If you have not seen all your child’s reports, please follow up at home. If you need my help to intervene and have your child’s teacher reprint the report, please connect with me.
Looking ahead…
1. Ontario Colleges Fair: Monday, October 19 (5:00-9:00 PM) and Tuesday, October 20 (10:00 -3:00 PM)
Full information about this special learning opportunity for senior students is at All the colleges in Ontario will be present for this two-day fair. We are fortunate to have this program located in Toronto so students and their families can attend on Monday after school hours and not miss classes.
2. Progress reports distributed to students to take home to parents/caregivers: Monday, October 19
Along with the progress report (letter grades: E = Excellent, G = Good, S = Satisfactory, U = Unsatisfactory), you will receive information about booking Parent-Teacher Conferences to be held in the afternoon and evening on Thursday, October 29.
3. School Council Pot Luck and Meeting: Wednesday, October 21
All parents/caregivers are invited to come for a pot-luck supper at 6:00 PM and then stay for some or all of the October School Council meeting at 7:00 PM following dinner.
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 2001


This week news
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 07:54

Attendance Reminders · If your child is going to be absent for one or more classes, please be sure you contact the office via email ( or phone (416-393-1860) before the absence. · If your child wishes to leave school for part of a day, your child must come to the office first to sign out. The office staff will contact a parent/guardian prior to signing out your child.
This week at FHCI…
1. Markbook printouts to students: Monday to Friday, October 5 to 9 All our teachers keep records of student achievement on an electronic grade book called “Markbook”. Three times each semester, the teachers provide their students with a printout from Markbook that lists each mark earned to date in the course. The first printout will be issued over the five days of this week. I am sure you already realize this first printout will contain only a few marks and will reflect only minimal information. This is a very early indication of your child’s achievement in the first semester courses. The teachers give the printouts to students to take home to you on their behalf. Please be sure you see a printout for each of your child’s classes by the end of the week. I invite you to contact me if your child does not bring home each printout by the end of this week.
2. Post-secondary information night for parents/guardians: Monday, October 5 at 6:45 PM, FHCI Auditorium All parents/guardians are invited to an information evening where our guidance counsellors will outline options for students after high school graduation. They will talk about the application process for college and university, how to seek out financial assistance, and steps towards apprenticeships and the work of work. This will be of more significance to parents/guardians of students in Grade 11 and 12, although all parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Students receive the same information in presentations at school, but are also invited to join their parents/guardians at this information night.
3. Commencement: Friday, October 9 at 2:00 PM All four classes are scheduled for the morning on Friday with dismissal at 11:45. The early closing allows us time to prepare for the arrival of our graduates and hold our annual graduation ceremonies. The schedule for Friday is: Period 1: 9:00 - 9:40 Period 2: 9:45 - 10:20 Period 3: 10:25 - 11:00 Period 4: 11:05 - 11:45 Dismissal: 11:45
Looking ahead
4. School closed: Thanksgiving Monday, October 12. I hope you are able to enjoy a happy Thanksgiving Monday with your family.
5. Progress reports and information about online booking for Parent/Teacher Interviews (Thursday, October 29) issued to students to take home to parents/guardians: Monday, October 19
6. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 PM
7. Staff meeting, late opening: Tuesday, October 27
8. Photo retake day: Tuesday, October 27
9. Parent/Teacher Interviews: Thursday, October 29, 1:00 to 3:00 PM and 6:30 to 9:00 PM (more information to follow)
10. Late Opening follow Parent/Teacher Interviews: Friday, October 30. See Late Opening class schedule on page 44 of the Student Agenda Book.
Peggy Aitchison Principal 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


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:28

Note: Parents/guardians, please remember to contact the school office ( or 416-393-1860) in the morning of your child’s absence from one or more classes that day. Include the absence reason in your message and it will be logged in your child’s record. Otherwise, in response to the phone message you will receive regarding the absence, please send your child to the main office early the next school day with a note from you with the absence reason. Thank you for your support in providing advanced absence notification.
The week that passed

  • Grade 9 Orientation at North York Civic Centre;
  • School Council Meeting;
  • EQAO Numeracy Test Information Assembly;
  • American Universities Application Information Meeting;
  • Special Education Information Night;
  • Terry Fox Walk/Jog/Trot/Run;
  • Club Fair. Whew!

It was a busy but very productive week at FHCI thanks to the efforts the organizers put in to ensure the success of each event. Our student leaders have done an excellent job this year in setting up major activities. We are lucky to have such talented and committed students.
This week at FHCI…
1. Tuesday, September 29: Late opening for monthly staff meeting Please check the schedule on page 44 of the Student Agenda Book for the day’s schedule. Teachers will be in morning meetings prior to the 9:50 AM start of Period 1.
2. Thursday, October 1 to October 6: Guidance Orientation for Students in Grade 9 The students in each Period 2 Grade 9 classes will cycle through a session in the Guidance Office to make students familiar with the services offered by our Guidance Counselors. The counselors will outline for the students all the sources of personal and academic help available to them through the Guidance Office. Looking ahead…
3. Markbook Printouts to all students in all classes: October 5 to October 9
4. Post-Secondary Programs Information Night for Parents/Guardians: Monday, October 5 at 6:30 PM
5. Early closing for Commencement: Friday, October 9. Shorten classes with curriculum delivery. Students will attend classes in the morning and be dismissed at 12:00 noon
6. Thanksgiving Monday: October 12. No classes. 


This week at FHCI
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 07:49

This week at FHCI...

1. Culminating Activities Continue: Monday, June 8 to Monday, June 15
Culminating activities count for up to 30% of a student's final mark. Be sure your child knows when culminating activity evaluations occur as shown on the schedule I sent you. Students must be present for culminating activity evaluations or a mark of 0 will be recorded.

2. Vocal Chamber Music Night: Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 PM
Please come and hear outstanding vocal performances by our senior students.

3. Grade 8 Welcome Reception: Wednesday, June 10 at 4:30 PM
On Wednesday we host a reception for Grade 8 students who will be joining us in September. It is exciting to be meeting the future leaders of FHCI.

4. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00 PM
You are invited to join us for the final School Council meeting of the year. The School Council meeting is open to all parents/guardians and is held in the Staff Room on the main floor.

5. EQAO Grade 9 Math Test: Thursday and Friday, June 11 and 12
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.

6. Civics Exam: Friday, June 12
Students enrolled in Grade 10 Civics this term will write their final exam in class on Friday, June 13.

Looking ahead...

7. Final Assembly: Monday, June 15
Special Schedule to follow next week.

8. Tutorial: Tuesday, June 16
Special Schedule to follow next week.

9. Exams: Tuesday, June 16 PM to Tuesday, June 23
Exams count for up to 30% of a student's final mark. Please be sure your child knows when his/her exams occur. Students must be present for exams according to the schedule I sent you or a mark of 0 will be recorded for the exam.

10. Exam Review: Wednesday, June 24, AM
Special Schedule to follow next week.

11. Report Cards Mailed Home: Friday, June 26

Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 08:16

• As we are about to round the corner to June, I wonder, like you, where the school year has gone. Please remind your child of the critical importance of daily, on-time attendance from June 1 to June 15 as it is the material covered during this time period that will contribute to 30% of your child’s final mark.

• I believe we are also entering the final days of our roofing project. The fans are still in place in the halls, the AC in running on recirculated air during the day at an external temperature of 18°+, outside air is being pulled into the school overnight, and the odor neutralizer is available to classrooms that detect asphalt odors. I am grateful for the patience shown by students, parents/guardians, and staff as our new roof was installed. Next step is to have the solar panels mounted, but I understand that is a much less intrusive process and no smell!

• Have you received all the Markbook printouts owing to you from last week? If not, speak to your child and if that doesn’t bring the wanted results on Monday, please contact me. It is important that you know where your child stands in each course going into end-of-course evaluations.

• Have you completed the Parent-Guardian-Caregiver version of the School Climate Survey? I sent the information to you last week and I am hoping for a reply from every family in the school. Students and staff have their own individual surveys to complete. Please access the survey at (copy and past into your browser). The survey for parents is also available in paper copy in all the languages listed on the back of the letter I sent in my previous email. If you need a translated version, please request one from me via email.

This week at FHCI…

1. PA Crew Tryouts: Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2
If your child wants to be part of the morning announcements crew that starts our school day was a smile, encourage your child to attend the PA Crew tryouts on Monday and Tuesday after school.

2. Athletic Banquet: Wednesday, June 3.
If your child played on a sports team, I hope the Athletic Banquet is on the family calendar. Students and coaches will share an evening of awards and happy memories from this year’s season. The awards ceremony and banquet are held after school. If your child would like to attend, but finances pose a challenge, please let me know so I can ensure your child can attend.

3. Coffee House: Thursday, June 4
Please come for a delightful evening of student performances in the foyer. This is a casual evening featuring good music and good fun. Performances start at 6:00 PM.

4. Grad Breakfast: Friday, June 5
On Friday morning, we host a breakfast from 8:15 to 8:45 AM for our graduating students. This is an informal gathering in our Fountain Courtyard, a chance for grads and the staff to connect before the students head off to their new destinations. Our 2015-2016 Prefects will be serving breakfast. Please check with your child and if I haven’t received an RSVP to the invitation I sent, please have your child send it along now.

Looking ahead…

5. Vocal Chamber Night: Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 PM

6. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 PM

7. Grade 9 EQAO Math Test: Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12

8. Civics Exam: Friday, June 12

Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Special Event
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:58

Please come to an extra special FHCI event, "So You Think You Can Slam," Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 PM. I had the wonderful privilege of watching the performers rehearse and found their 'Slam Poetry' both poignant and inspirational. This will be an evening that will stay in your heart and your mind for weeks to come.

Here are the details of the event:

A fundraiser for Frontier College’s Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps
Brought to you by FHCI's Social Action Club
Tuesday May 19th @ 7pm.  $5 per ticket.
(warning: some poems use strong language and mature themes)
Don’t miss FHCI’s first ever slam poetry competition!  We have an incredible show prepared featuring 10 outstanding student slam poets who are guaranteed to stir you, challenge you, and inspire you.  We are also excited to bring you two featured poets, Kay Kassirer and Anne-Marie Woods.  But perhaps the best part is that while you are entertained you are simultaneously reaching out to help children in aboriginal communities across Canada.  All of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Frontier College Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps established by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, James K. Bartleman in 2005.  These summer camps have had incredible success across more than 40 aboriginal communities across Canada and are having a tremendous positive impact on hundreds of youths and their communities. 
For more information about the Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps, download their 2014 annual report here:
Or visit
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the show!

Doors open at 6:30
Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Youth Mental Health
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:55

Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
invites you and a fried to an evening of learning and discussion about
Youth Mental Health, Anxiety and Addiction Problems
on Monday, May 25th at 7:00 PM in the FHCI Library, 730 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto
presented by
The Family Navigation Project and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
The Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook is a non-profit program designed to provide expert navigation of the mental health and addictions service system for youth aged 13-26 and their families.
This is a description of the project and mission statement from the Family Navigation Project website at
About the Family Navigation Project
We are committed to supporting families and their youth in the path to recovery and optimum functioning. Our promise to families is to engage with them to help them navigate the health care and related services system, connect to appropriate and credible assessment and treatment resources, receive assistance in as timely a way as possible and negotiate challenging situations that may arise, all the while knowing that help and support is available for them every step of the way.
Our promise to the health care system is to help build relationships with treatment providers, centres and programs that will facilitate connections for families and youth. In launching this innovative model of care, we hope to encourage positive change within the system.
Our mission statement
Developed by families for families, the Family Navigation Project seeks to engage with, inform, advocate and provide connections for, support, and empower the families of youth with serious mental health and addictions problems so that the youth and families receive the help they need at the right time, in the right place and from the right people.
On Monday, May 25, we will be joined for the presentation by:
• Staci Weingust, Manager for the Family Navigation Project
• Katie Wicik, Navigator for the Family Navigation Project
• Linda Conn, Social Worker at the Division of Youth Psychiatry
• Peggy Richter, MD, Psychiatrist and Head, Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to connect directly with the experts and service providers from the field or to simply learn more about your child’s mental health.
Please plan to attend and to bring a friend with you. Everyone is welcome. We are looking forward to seeing you all!
If you wish to obtain further information, please contact Peggy Aitchison, Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, 416-393-1860 x 20010, .


Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


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