Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


Student Absence
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:05

Student Absence

Note 1: If your child wishes to leave school during the day, be sure your child first comes to the office to sign out.

Note 2: If your child is absent for the morning or the full school day, please be sure to contact the school with the absence reason before 2:00 PM on the day of the absence.

Peggy Aitchison
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 15:45

This week at FHCI…
1. School Council Meeting: Tuesday, May 5
All parents/guardians are welcome to attend the May meeting of the FHCI School Council. The meeting is in the staffroom at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

2. Celebration Assembly: Wednesday, May 6
On Wednesday, we honour and celebrate the contribution of students to Forest Hill Collegiate. These are students who help shape the character of the school—from those who volunteer in the library to the student prefects. Nominated by their sponsoring teachers, we will be issuing 270 certificates to 180 students. Parents/guardians of the180 students will receive an invitation to join us on Tuesday at the 10:45 assembly and the reception that follows.

3. Student Council Election Assembly: Thursday, May 7 during Period 3
On Thursday, students contesting positions for next year’s student council will be delivering their speeches to Grade 9-11 students who will then vote for next year’s council members on Friday morning in Period 1 class. Grade 9-11 students without a Period 1 class may vote until 11:45 AM by coming to the main office for a ballot.

4. Fashion Show: Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 PM
The show is called Beauty & Brains. Part of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the LivWise Foundation for brain cancer research []. It will be an exciting night filled with four different scenes, which include modeling, dancing and videos made by students. Pink Martini, Hudson’s Bay, Topshop, Berman & Co., Original and Sense of Independence have generously provided clothes for the models. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Please join us for this exciting production.

Looking ahead…

5. GSA Assembly: May 11
6. Library closed for meeting: May 12
7. Sounds of Spring: May 14 at 7:00 PM

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Annual Celebration Assemblies
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:49

Dear Parents,
FHCI will hold our 7th Annual Celebration Assemblies on Wednesday, May 6. 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.
I am pleased to tell you that your child has been selected to be honoured in Wednesday's assemblies. Students in Grade 11 and 12 and ESL classes will come to Assembly 1 and students in Grade 9 and 10 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 will be given to your child by letter on Monday at school.
I am writing to invite you to the assembly also. You are welcome to come to the second assembly and to the reception that follows the second assembly in the 3rd floor Gallery of Art. I will reserve a seat for you in the balcony of the auditorium.
I hope to see you on Wednesday, May 6 at 10:45 for our Celebration Assembly.

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Thu, 04/30/2015 - 08:44

Today is our ‘Super Duper Events’ day. About 150 of our 950 students have signed up for a variety of activities. Sign up finished on Monday. For students who have not already registered for an activity, classes will continue as regularly scheduled. Please ensure your child understands that attendance in class is required of all students who are not on the list for an activity. The lists are posted in the front foyer if students wish to check their participation status.
Thank you for your assistance.
Peggy Aitchison Principal Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


This week...
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:52

 • Congratulations to Ms. Dalamba, the cast and crew of “Into the Woods.” The actors interwove their characters masterfully. The students behind the scenes made sure the performances ran without a hitch. Thursday and Friday night’s audiences were delighted with every aspect of the play.
• The deadline for the early bird special for Grade 9 students signing up for Camp Wanakita, October 2015, is Thursday, April 30. You are encouraged to get your forms and payments in by Thursday.
This week at FHCI…
1. Spirit Week: Monday, April 27 to Friday, May 1
Starting with a pep rally on Monday morning, the Student Council and Prefects have a week’s worth of spirited activities planned. Everyone is encouraged to wear school colours—blue and yellow—to Monday’s pep rally.
2. Super Duper Sports—and more!—Extravaganza Day: Permission forms due Monday, April 27
Students who wish to participate in any of Thursday’s special events…FHCI vs Police Hockey Game, sports activities, tour the Ontario College of Art and Design…must submit their permission forms on Monday.
3. Late Opening: Tuesday, April 28
We will follow the Late Opening Schedule, Page 44 of the Agenda Book, to allow for the monthly staff meeting.
4, School Council Education Series: Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 PM
The FHCI School Council looks forward to welcoming you on Tuesday night to the presentation by Dr. Stuart Shanker, research professor of philosophy and psychology at York University. His topic is teen stress and how you can help you child de-stress. This is coming at a good time as students start to think about--and stress about!-- end of year evaluations. The presentation is in the FHCI Library at 7:00 PM.
5. “Full Disclosure Date:” Tuesday, April 28
The Ministry of Education has a policy of full disclosure. This policy states that all Grade 11 and 12 courses attempted by students must be recorded on the Ontario Student Transcript. Full disclosure does not apply to Grades 9 or 10 courses. Any Grade 11, 12 course completed, dropped or failed will appear on a student transcript along with the marks earned in the program. Full disclosure will take effect five instructional days following the issue of the April Provincial Report Card. This year’s ‘Full Disclosure Date is Tuesday, April 28. Grade 11 and 12 courses dropped by Tuesday will not appear on the student’s transcript. Please contact the Guidance Office if you wish more information.
6. Super Duper Sports—and more!—Extravaganza Day: Thursday, April 30
Students who submitted permission forms will participate in the variety of activities planned for Thursday. Classes will continue for students who have not signed up for activities.
Looking ahead…
7. School Council Meeting: Tuesday, May 5
8. Student Council Election Assembly: Thursday, May 7
9. Student Council Elections for 2015-2016: Friday, May 8
Peggy Aitchison


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

 I hope you enjoyed today’s Family Day!

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

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

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


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

 Information for all students and parents/guardians:

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



9:00 – 9:45

1 (A)

9:50 – 10:35

2 (B)

10:40 – 11:25

3 (C)

11:30 – 12:15

4 (D)

12:15 – 1:15


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



1:15 - 1:45

1 (A)

1:50 - 2:20

2 (B)

2:25  - 2:55

3 (C)

3:00 - 3:30

4 (D)



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

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

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

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

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


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