Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


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

 To parents/guardians of select FHCI students...

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

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

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

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

I hope to see you on Tuesday, May 13 for our Celebration Assemblies.
Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Ave W
Toronto, ON  M5N 1B9
Where students and staff take a stand against bullying
416 393-1860 x 20010


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 09:14

 1. Note to parents/guardians who drive their children to school and drop them off along Mayfair Avenue:
We have a small parking lot on the east side of Mayfair, just north of Eglinton. That lot is reserved for staff parking only. Parents who pull into the lot to drop of students create a difficulty for staff waiting to access the lot. The volume of piled snow further restricts mobility for teachers accessing the lot.
If you are dropping off students on Mayfair, please pull up to the stop sign further down the block or at the pathway beyond of the small lot that leads directly into the school. Do not pull into the staff parking lot.
This will speed up everyone’s trip in the morning and address safety concerns the staff have express to me.
I appreciate your help with this.
2. Security of Valuables During Phys. Ed. Classes
Please reinforce with your child, as our teachers do, that they are to use the ‘lock box’ to store their valuables when they are in Phys. Ed. (gym) class. Nothing of value is ever to be left in the change rooms. The lock box is to be used for valuables during Phys Ed classes without exception. If there is ever a difficulty accessing the lock box, the student is to speak to the teacher directly. I recommend leaving irreplaceable items at home.
3. “Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch!
Please share the attachments with your child regarding this campaign to encourage young people to develop and ‘pitch’ a business idea on video. FHCI is the best advertisement for this opportunity as one of our Grade 9 students was a winner in last year’s competition! The information is included in the attachments. Note that the deadline for online submissions is March 28, 2014.
Happening now at FHCI…
4. Markbook Printouts Week
We are at the midweek point for teachers to provide Markbook printouts to students. Please ensure you have followed up with your child—our courier—by the end of the week and have seen a printout for each course on your child’s timetable.
5. School Council Meeting: Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 in the Staffroom.
The School Council Executive would be delighted to welcome regular attenders and newcomers alike.
6. Progress Reports Distributed: Wednesday, March 5
Students will pick up their reports at the end of the day to take home to parents/guardians the same day.
7. Unpaid Day and March Break: March 7, March 10-14
Teachers are taking a mandatory unpaid day on Friday, March 7 followed by the March Break week, common for all schools in Ontario. There will be no classes and the school will be closed for that period. If your child will be absent from school in addition to March 7 and March Break, please inform the office in advance. Please note that teachers will continue with curriculum delivery and assessment/evaluation through to March 6, and will resume curriculum delivery and assessment/evaluation on March 17.
Looking ahead…
8. Parent-Teacher Interviews: Thursday, March 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 and 6:30 to 9:00.
Further information about booking appointments will follow.
9. Late opening: Friday, March 21
See schedule on Page 44 of the Agenda Book for class start times.



Happening now at FHCI…
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:11

Happening now at FHCI…

Note: The ski/snowboard field trip scheduled for Friday February 21st has been postponed until Tuesday February 25th. This decision was based on the poor weather forecast for Friday– steady rain and dropping temperatures, which could lead to a flash freeze. The teachers decided not to risk the possibility of driving back to Toronto in freezing rain. If your child is unable to reschedule to Tuesday, please have them go to Mr. Oosterhoff in room 252A for a refund. Thank you for your understanding.

Congratulations to our sports teams who have distinguished themselves this season.

The Girls’ Volleyball Teams qualified for the playoffs and the Junior Girls won their division championship.

The Swim Team competed in the city championships, brought home medals, and is sending competitors to the provincial finals.

The Boys’ Hockey Team is set to play their semi final and hopefully championship games next week.

The Ski and Snowboard Team finished its season strong and is sending a team member to the provincial championships.

The Senior Boys’ Basketball team will be playing in the semifinal game at Monarch Park this afternoon and hopefully in the championship game here next week.

To all our athletes comes the encouragement of all the students at FHCI. Go, Falcons!!!

Last night the ESL teachers, guidance counselors and Admin hosted an information meeting for parents of our ESL students to provide information about course selection for next year.

Today our talented mathematics students are joining students in schools around the world who are writing the Canadian Mathematics Competitions for students in Grade 9-11.

Tonight, Ms. Ibe and Ms. Halas are holding an information night for Grade 9 students and their parents/guardians regarding next September’s first-ever, FHCI Leadership Camp. Invitations and reminders have already reached the families of our Grade 9 students.

This week at FHCI

1. Course Selection Sheets Submission Date: Friday, February 21
Please have your child return the signed course selection sheet generated by MyBlueprint to the Guidance office before the end of the day tomorrow.

2. Club Fair: Friday, February 21
Students will have the opportunity to see all the clubs and groups at FHCI during Club Fair, which will run in the foyer during lunch. Students will have the opportunity to sign up to join these clubs.

Next week at FHCI

3. Ski Trip: Tuesday, February 25
See note at the top of the page

4. Staff Meeting, Late Opening: Tuesday, February 28
Please note we will be on a late start schedule on Tuesday. Class times are printed in the agenda book, Page 44.

Looking ahead…

5. School Council Meeting: Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 PM, FHCI Staff Room
6. Band Chamber Music Night: Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 PM, FHCI Music Room
7. Progress Reports and Parent Teacher Interview Information Distributed to Students to Deliver to Parents/Guardians: Wednesday, March 5
8. No classes: March 7 to March 14. Note that March 7 is an unpaid leave day for all teachers. Following is the March Break Week.

Peggy Aitchison
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute


School Council
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:46

 From the FHCI School Council...

-----Original Message-----

Due to (once again!) the winter storm conditions, there will NOT be a February Council meeting this evening  as scheduled. 

Hopefully everyone will receive this notice in time to switch plans and breathe a sigh of relief that they can be at home, warm and dry.

Drive safely and Happy Shoveling. 

The FHCI School Council


This week
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 08:45

 1. Semester 1 Report Cards Distributed: Tuesday, February 4
Students will be dismissed early from their Period 4 class to return to their Period 1 class to pick up their report card envelopes. We rely on your child to deliver the report card envelope to you. Please ensure you ask your child for the report card envelope on Tuesday. I will send home a reminder on Tuesday.
2. Course Selection Assemblies: Wednesday to Friday
By February 21, you and your child will have settled on course choices for 2014-2015. The formal part of that process begins for all students this week. There will be two assemblies for each grade. The morning assembly for each grade will explain diploma requirements, prerequisites and the computerize process for selecting courses. The afternoon assembly for each grade will feature information about ‘elective’ courses. Of the 30 credits required for a diploma, 18 are ‘compulsory’. The other 12 courses are the student’s choice. Our goal in the afternoon assemblies is to provide students with the information they need to decide on those elective courses. Our plan is to send information on elective courses to parents/guardians as well.
3. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 PM in the Staff Room
Please see the attached agenda. All parents/guardians are invited to attend. Come for the cookies; stay for the conversation.
Looking ahead to the next week…
4. Lunar New Year Banquet: Thursday, February 13
Our celebration of the Lunar New Year, which officially began on Friday, Janaury 31, will be held on Thursday at the Mandarin Chinese Buffet at Yonge and Eglinton. Cost is $25/person. Parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to join this special event. You may purchase a ticket through your child or by contacting me.
From Wikipedia come this description of the Lunar New Year:
Lunar New Year refers to the first day of a secular, sacred or other year whose months are coordinated the cycles of the moon. The whole year may account to a purely lunar calendar, which is not coordinated to a solar calendar (and, thus, may progress or retrogress through the solar year by comparison to it, depending on whether the lunar calendar has more or fewer than 13 months); or the year may account to a lunisolarcalendar, whose months coordinate to the cycles of the moon but whose length is periodically adjusted to keep it relatively in sync with the solar year - typically by adding an intercalary month, when needed.
5. Black History Month Assembly: Friday, February 14
Our Black History Month assemblies are scheduled for Friday, February 14. Our school enrolment exceeds the space in the auditorium so we will we hold two assemblies. Parents/guardians who would like to attend the assemblies are welcome to join us. I will send information about timing later this week.
This is from the Government of Canada website…
     About Black History Month
Despite a presence in Canada that dates back farther than Samuel de Champlain’s first voyage down the St. Lawrence River, people of African descent are often absent from Canadian history books.
There is little mention of the fact that slavery once existed in the territory that is now Canada, or that many of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes were Blacks. Few Canadians are aware of the many sacrifices made in wartime by black Canadian soldiers, as far back as the War of 1812.
In an attempt to heighten awareness of black history in the United States, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed an observance to honour the accomplishments of black Americans. This led to the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926. Woodson is believed to have chosen February for this observance because the birthdays of the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass (February 14) and former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (February 12) fall in this month.
During the early 1970s, the week became known as Black History Week. It was expanded into Black History Month in 1976.
In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.
In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially recognize February as Black History Month. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008. The adoption of this motion completed Canada’s parliamentary position on Black History Month. Senator Anne Cools was the first black woman to be appointed to the Senate.


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:30

 Change of hours for the school food servery:
Please note that the cafeteria staff will be closing the servery from 11:00 to 11:30 each day starting on Monday to allow for more effective preparation for the lunch period. The servery will open again at 11:30 for the lunch period.
Culminating Activity due dates:
As we come to the end of Culminating Activities period, please refer to the Culminating Activities schedule you received in December for submission and presentation dates. Please note that Culminating Activities carry the same significance as final exams and so submission and presentation dates are firm deadlines.
In the coming week:
1. Distribution of Grad photo proofs: Monday January 20:
Lifetouch Photo will be in the foyer from 11:45-12:45 for grads to pick up their proof packages to take home. Lifetouch will return to FHCI on Friday, February 7 from 3:15 to 4:15 to take orders from students for their Grad Photo packages.
2. EQAO Math Exam: Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21
Semester 1 Grade 9 mathematics students will write their EQAO math test during class time on Monday and Tuesday.
3. Civics Exam: Tuesday, January 21
Grade 10, Semester 1, Term 2 students in CHV2O1 will write their end-of-course exams during class time on Tuesday.
4. Tutorial morning: Wednesday, January 22
There will be no scheduled classes on Wednesday morning so that all teachers can be available to provide individual help in advance of January exams.
5. Exams: Wednesday, January 22 (PM) to Wednesday, January 29
Please be sure your child knows when and where each of the January exams will be held.
Looking ahead:
6. Last day for Semester 2 timetable changes: Wednesday, January 29
All Semester 2 timetable changes must be completed by Wednesday, January 29. Counsellors are available now to assist with timetable change requests. Classes have upper limits for student enrolment and we cannot add students if it means piercing that limit.
7. P.A. Day: Thursday, January 30
There will be no exams and no classes on January 30 as teachers prepare for Semester 2.
8. First Day of Semester 2: Friday, January 31
Please note that there will be a full set of Semester 2 classes on Friday morning. All students must attend. The afternoon period is dedicated to a review of Semester 1 exams. More details will follow.


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