Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board
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Looking Ahead
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 10:38

1. Markbook printouts delivered last week
You should have received a Markbook printout for each of your child’s classes sometime during this week. I know a few teachers will be giving out printouts on Monday, so they can include an assessment from this week, but all the other teachers gave them out this week.
 
The results are based on the first month of the semester and there are four months yet to go, so please view the results in that light. If you have concerns about your child’s early, initial results, please contact the teacher.
 
2. Progress Reports distributed this coming week
On Wednesday, March 5 students will bring home their Semester 2 Progress Reports. These reports will show Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory progress in each subject. The progress report will include information about booking an interview appointment with teachers for Parent/Guardian-Teacher interviews on Thursday, March 21 in both the afternoon and the evening. Interviews are five minutes each. If you want more time to discuss progress with a teacher, you are invited to have a second meeting outside the Parent/Guardian-Teacher schedule.
 
3.  Four-Year Secondary School Program – Thirty-four credit Threshold
I am attaching information from the Ministry of Education with frequently-asked questions about the 34-credit threshold to be implemented in September 2013 for students in Ontario high schools. There will be no charge to students who wish to take more than 34 credits. The parameters about the new policy are outlined in detail in the attachment including the credits that are included on a student’s transcript but not in the 34-credit threshold. If you read through the attachment and have questions, please contact me and we can go over the document together.
 
4. Dropping off students in the morning
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. If you are dropping off students on Mayfair, please pull up to the stop sign further down the block or at the pathway south of the small lot that leads directly into the school. This will speed up everyone’s trip in the morning. I appreciate your help with this.
 
Looking ahead…
5. March Break, no classes, March 11 to 15.
Full classes will be held through to the end of day on Friday, March 8. If you receive a report that March 8 will be a movie day in all class, you will have been misinformed.
 
6. School Council Meeting, March 20
 
7. Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews, March 21
 
8. Late Opening, March 22

 

 

Upcoming Events
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:43

1. Let the games begin!
You may have heard the very positive news that the leadership of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) today made the statement, “We encourage members to review recent information and decide if they are willing to return to participating in the activities we know they feel so passionately about.” It is important to remember that teacher involvement in extra-curricular activities remains voluntary, but Forest Hill has a long-standing tradition of broad teacher involvement in coaching teams and supervising clubs and events.
 
2. Course Selection Sheets required from all students
We need a course selection sheet submitted to the guidance office by all students currently in the school. That includes students who will not be returning to FHCI in September 2013. Students not returning (moving, graduating, etc.) can log on at www.myblueprint.ca using their email and password. Then go to their High School Plan-->Add course-->Select “unlisted courses” from the list-->NOTRET. Then go back and click “Add to plan”-->submit-->confirm-->submit.  Please complete that process before Monday.
 
3. Free Online Tutoring Sunday to Thursday Evenings
The Independent Learning Centre provides free online tutoring by qualified teachers from 5:30 -9:30, Sunday to Thursday. All the tutors on “Ask a Teacher” are certified by the Ontario College of Teachers, and have submitted clean police checks to TVO. Most teach in classrooms during the day. Students can receive homework help in English and sciences for grades 9-12 and math for grades 11-12. It's live and anonymous! You can get more information herehttp://www.ilc.org/aat/chat.php.
 
In addition, “Homework Help” is a free online math help resource for students in Grades 7-10. Homework Help provides free, live one-on-one tutoring from Ontario teachers Sunday to Thursday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm ET. Homework Help is funded by the Ontario government and administered by TVO's Independent Learning Centre. Look here for information https://homeworkhelp.ilc.org/ and here to register https://homeworkhelp.ilc.org/secure/login.php. Students who logon for the first time need their OEN number. That is printed on the top of the student’s timetable. Please contact me if you need the OEN number which I will send to you.
 
Upcoming Events
 
4. Monday, February 25 to Friday, March 1: Markbook printouts
Teachers will be issuing Markbook printouts to students next week. Please be sure your child shows you a printout from each class. The printouts will have very few entries this early in the semester, but will give some information about your child’s start in Semester 2 courses.
 
5.  Tuesday, February 26: Staff Meeting. Late opening.
Schedule on Page 44 of the Student Agenda Book.
 
6.  Thursday, February 28: “Preparing Students with Special Needs for the Transition to Post-Secondary Institutions”
You are invited to Northern Secondary (851 Mount Pleasant Road) on Thursday evening to hear a presentation titled “Preparing Students with Special Needs for the Transition to Post-Secondary Institutions.” Maureen Haig, Manager of Learning Disability Services at York University, will deliver the presentation. The session will be held in the Northern SS library beginning at 7:00 PM. Signs at all entrances will direct you to the library.
 
Looking ahead
 
7. The recently released TDSB Student Census identified serious concerns about teen anxiety. If anxiety/depression are interfering with your child’s happiness, then consider attending “Time to Talk about Teen Mental Health: From Causes to Cures.” This seminar will be held on March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Jarvis CI (495 Jarvis Street). The sponsor is the highly acclaimed Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
 
8. If you are the parent of a TDSB music student, please plan on attending the Band Chamber Music Night at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6. 

 
As we proceed with the remainder of the school year…
Please remember that all students have the right to learn in an atmosphere characterized by acceptance of individual differences. If your child is in a situation that is interfering with the quality of learning or the high school experience, please talk to me about it. No child need feel apprehensive about coming to school. I cannot solve all problems, but I can always make things better.

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
416 393-1860 x 20010
peggy.aitchison@tdsb.on.ca

 

News
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 08:28

1. Black History Month Assembly
This year our Black History Month Assembly on Thursday was titled, Songs of Freedom. The goal of presenter, Jonathan Emile, was to engage our students by showcasing cultural influences of black music with an emphasis on social cooperation between and across cultures over time. He spoke about music as a tool for communication and social justice. He emphasized that Black History is inseparable from the history of the whole of society.
 
Jonathan is a Grammy Award nominee, urban poet, composer and performer. His energetic and thoughtful presentation was very well received by the students in both assemblies. Many students stayed at the end of the assemblies to speak to Jonathan about his presentation and to have a photo taken with him.
 
 
2. Course Selection Verification Sheets, February 19
Course selection verification sheets, signed by a parent/guardian, are due to be handed in to the Guidance Office by Tuesday, February 19. The courses selected now form the foundation for our school timetable next year and so solid thought needs to go into selecting courses.
 
 
3. Lunar New Year Banquet, Thursday, February 21

A few tickets are still available for Thursday’s Lunar New Year banquet. The cost is $25/person. Parents/guardians are welcome to join us for this annual FHCI event. You may purchase a ticket through your child.
 
 
 
4. Student Attendance
Whenever a student is absent from class, we notify home via an automated phone call. We can direct that auto-dialed call to whatever number is best for you to receive it. That can be a home number, cell phone or work number. Please let me know if you wish the phone number updated.
 
In response, we require contact from a parent/guardian with the reason for absence. We then note that reason in your child’s attendance record.  You can notify the school by email at foresthill.ci@tdsb.on.ca; by phone at 416-393-1860 x 0; or via a note sent with your child. Those notes come to the main office—we keep the original and give your child a copy to take to teachers.
 
I will be in touch with parents/guardians via email about absences thus far in February for which we have no absence reason so that we can bring our records up to date.
 
 
5. Family Day, Monday, February 18
There are no classes on Monday, February 18, “Family Day.” I hope your family has a great day together.
 
 
6. Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, April 11…Advance Notice
Students who were in Grade 9 for the first time last year (2011-2012) are slated to write the Grade 10 Literacy test on April 11, 2013. Also writing the test that day will be students who were absent from last year’s test, were deferred from writing last year, or who were unsuccessful in last year’s test.
 
The test evaluates a student’s skills and knowledge from Grade 9 English. If a student is scheduled to write the test this year but has not completed ENG1P/1D or ESLD, then the student will be deferred from writing the test in April. I will be in touch directly with all students who are to write the test and those who are deferred. Students writing the test will all be engaged in practice sessions with extra sessions planned for students who will benefit from additional preparation for the test.
 
Students who are not writing the test on April 11 will not come to school that day.
 
 

 

Semester 2
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 11:41

1. Start Up for Semester 2
On Monday we will be holding school-wide assemblies to kick-off Semester 2. I will use that time to share the achievement results of Semester 1. 
 
Part of my message to returning students will be the requirement that they use only the locker assigned to them in September. The information that students receive when they get their locker assignment clearly says that students may only use the locker assigned to them and none other.  When new students arrive, we issue them lockers based on our list of vacant lockers. When possessions are missing or a combination forgotten, we can only access the locker that has been assigned to the student. Please check with your child this evening about locker usage and ensure your child is in the assigned locker. If you need me to check our records for that assignment, please let me know. After noon tomorrow, locks will be removed from lockers not assigned to the current ‘occupant.’ Thanks for your help with that.
 
On Tuesday we will have a meeting with all students new to FHCI this semester so they can meet some of the key people at the school who will help them make a smooth transition to FHCI.
 
2. Report Cards Issued February 5
Report cards will be issued to students immediately before the end of the school day on Tuesday to ensure that reports get delivered to parents/guardians on Tuesday evening. For students who are unable to be at school on Tuesday, reports will be available from Semester 2 Home Form teachers on Wednesday.
 
When I reviewed the student results for the semester, I was very pleased to see that the academic achievement level remains high with an overall average mark of 77%. That is up by 3% over a few years ago. I was also pleased to see the average number of classes missed by students in each class fell to only five. That is down from an average of about nine classes a few years ago. We continue to see a close connection between consistent attendance and strong achievement.
 
With each Ministry report, I send letters to full-time students (three or four courses in the semester) with outstanding achievement, improvement from their November report average, and/or exemplary attendance. This semester, I will be issuing 368 Achievement letters, 316 Improvement letters, and 305 Exemplary Attendance letters. In total, 607 students will receive one or more letters, with 79 students receiving all three. In addition to receiving letters, the student names will be included on the Principal’s List, which will be posted outside the Main Office.
 
When you receive your child’s report card, please review all components of the report to see where congratulations are in order and/or where renewed emphasis needs to be placed. In addition to your child’s marks, you will see the median mark for your child’s classes as well as total absences and lates for your child in each class. For comparison, across the school, the average absence per class is five and the average lates is three. Please note the teachers’ comment and assessment of your child’s learning skills. A mark of exactly 50% means your child’s mark was below 50% and the teacher increased the mark out of consideration for your child’s learning profile in the course.  If you have questions about the report card, please contact me.
 
3.  Course Selection Process
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, students will come to assemblies by grade to hear about the process for selecting courses for 2013-2014. I will be sending home further information about ‘My Blueprint,’ the online program students will use to choose their courses. Students will select their courses, print their course selection list, have the list signed by parent/guardian for approval, and then submit the list to Guidance.
 
Normally the best predictor of success in the next grade’s course in a subject is determined by performance in the current or previous courses. The provincial standard for achievement in a course is 70%. Most courses are offered at two or three levels: Essential/Applied/Academic, College/Mixed/University. If your child is far below the provincial standard (less than 60%), then success at that level in the next course will be increasingly difficult to achieve. In that case, you would benefit from speaking to one of our counselors about the best course choices for your child. The counselors will work with you to ensure the course choices you are making will set up your child for on-going success.
 
4. Looking ahead…
• Tuesday, February 12: School Council Meeting (Agenda to follow)
• Thursday, February 14: Black History Month Assemblies; Lunar New Year Banquet (more info to follow shortly about this annual FHCI banquet)
• Friday, February 15: Professional Activity Day for TDSB high schools, no classes
• Monday, February 18: Family Day in Ontario, no classes
 
5. Student Voice – Minister's Student Advisory Council
The Minister's Student Advisory Council is a group of sixty students from all parts of the education system and regions of the province.
 
Members share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on how to ensure Ontario's schools remain the best in the world. The council is about empowering youth to 'be the change.' Council members think big, SpeakUp and take action to help other students across the province. They share perspectives and act as change agents by expressing their views directly to the Minister of Education.

If your child is interested in applying for a spot on the Minister’s Student Advisory Council, you can find full information at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students/speakup/msac.html.  The application deadline is March 1, 2013.

 

Culminating Activities
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 09:14

1. Participation of students in culminating activities. Materials ready for submission.
Students are required to be at school to participate in culminating activities and final exams according to the schedules that students received and I emailed home to parents/guardians. Students must bring all required materials with them to class as outlined by their teachers for the culminating activities. As we moved into presentations, etc., today, we have encountered several students who did not bring the required material with them. Please understand that culminating activities carry the same weight and responsibilities as final exams. Please review the specific culminating activity requirements with your child now and again on the day(s) your child has a culminating activity scheduled so you can be sure your child gets full credit for work complete. Late work cannot be accepted for culminating activities.

 

2. Absence from a culminating activity or final exam
Students are very rarely absent from end-of-course evaluations. The schedules I sent included instructions for addressing a student’s absence from a culminating activity or final exam. Please ensure you follow those steps in the unlikely event your child is absent for a culminating activity or final exam. If you child is too sick to participate in an evaluation (culminating activity or final examination):
·  Phone the school (416) 393-1860 before the evaluation is written. It is important that the office receive notification prior to the evaluation.
·  Obtain a Missed Evaluation Procedures Form from the Main Office.
·  Complete all necessary documentation including verification by a medical doctor who signs the Missed Evaluation Procedures form.
·  Submit the above form(s) to Mr. Vanek or Ms. Forster within two school days.

 

 

Events
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 09:09

1. Recent events
The many events that affected our school board this week have provided all of us with a reason to reflect on what is important within our roles and within our souls. I hope that FHCI families will take time this weekend to talk about the importance of achieving goals the right way, without compromising basic beliefs and principles. Perhaps the one thing that is important to guard above all other ‘possession’ is personal integrity and one’s good name. This is a teachable moment for parents/guardians; a chance to talk about a challenging question in life—do the ends ever justify the means?
 
2. Upcoming events
Monday, January 14: Valedictorian applications from Grade 12 students are due by the end of the day
Tuesday, January 15: Valedictorian selection vote in home form
Thursday, January 17: Teachers review future courses with students in preparation for 2013-2014 course selection in February
Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18: Grade 9 EQAO math test for Grade 9 students taking mathematics in Semester 1.
 
3. Hold the date
Wednesday, January 23: School Council Meeting
 
From the whole FHCI staff, Happy New Year! May the whole FHCI community enjoy a year of good health and great happiness as we at this fine school continue to share our days with your children.
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
416 393-1860 x 20010
peggy.aitchison@tdsb.on.ca

 

News
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 09:56

From the FHCI School Council…
 
The Wishlist campaign continues!
 
Thanks so much to the families who have already donated to the Wishlist fund.  This campaign allows us to purchase smartboards, computers, eReaders, art supplies, gym equipment and so much more. Please see the attached Wish List letter for details. 
 
But our school still needs your help.  
 
As the holidays approach, please consider making a donation to your child's school. It can be made as a general donation, or can honour a special teacher, assistant, or member of the support staff who has been special to your child.
 
Please help our students and make a contribution. Any amount is gratefully accepted and will go a long way to enhance the education of our children. Please note that donations of $25 or more, received before December 14th will receive a 2012 tax receipt.

 

 

1. Daily Bread Food Bank Donation Campaign • Monday, December 3
The Daily Bread Food bank drive begins Monday, December 3rd. The Social Action Club completed a highly successful campaign for the Daily Bread Food Bank in early November, collecting over 550 lbs of food. We know we can exceed that November total. There will be large donation boxes available in the foyer. Students and their families are asked to join the staff in donating non-perishable food items.
 
2. Grade 8 visits • Monday, December 3
On Monday, December 3, we are hosting Grade 8 students as part of their search for the right Grade 9 school. The visits take the full afternoon on Monday and so we are running a morning-only schedule for FHCI students. The schedule for the day will be:  
Period 1: 9:00–9:35; Period 2: 9:40–  10:15; Period 3: 10:20–10:55; Period 4: 11:00–11:30.

3. Grad Pictures for Yearbook • December 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10
Members of the yearbook staff will be taking pictures of grads for the 2012-2013 yearbook. The sign up sheet, with specific times, is in the main office.

4. Music Assembly • Wednesday, December 5
A long-standing tradition at FHCI, the annual Music Assembly is set for Wednesday, December 5. We hold two assemblies as our full student body no longer fits in the auditorium in a single sitting. That allows us the flexibility to offer seats to parents/guardians and other family members who wish to come to the performance. Regardless of what they say, I know students love to have their family attend their performances.

The schedule for Wednesday is: Period 1:    9:00–11:15. Assembly for Grade 9 and 10 students: 9:05–10:05; Assembly for Grade 11 and 12 students: 10:10–11:10; Period 2:11:15–12:15; Lunch: 12:15–1:15; Period 3: 1:15            –2:15; Period 4: 2:20–3:20.

Please come if you can. I will reserve seats in the balcony for families.

5. Celebration of Music • Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 PM
The choirs, ensembles, strings players, band members, stage crew and staff have been giving their all in rehearsals for the 2012 Celebration of Music at FHCI, 7:00 PM in the auditorium. If your child is part of the music program at FHCI, you must come and witness what your child is part of as a member of the Music Family at FHCI. If your child is not part of the music program, come on Thursday evening and just enjoy the music. You will thank me for pushing this invitation on you.

6. Professional Activity Day • Friday, December 7
There are no classes on Friday, December 7 as teachers will be engaged in Professional Development activities for the full day.
 
7. Culminating Activities Schedule
Earlier today, I emailed you the Culminating Activities Schedule. Please note that if your child’s course is not listed, that the 30% end-of-course mark will be in the form of a final exam.

Looking ahead...

8. School Council Meeting • Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 PM
From the FHCI School Council...The Forest Hill School Council would like to remind you of our next Council meeting set for Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00-9:00 pm.  Trustee Shelley Laskin will be joining our meeting for an informal discussion including a question/answer period. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to meet our school trustee and share ideas. All Forest Hill parents and guardians are welcome to attend.
In keeping with time constraints, we are requesting that interested parents submit any questions they might have, in advance of the meeting, which they would specifically like Trustee Laskin to address. All questions can be emailed to: fhschoolcouncil@gmail.com by December 5th. We hope to be able to have all questions answered; however once again, time constraints may limit our volume.
 
We hope to see you on December 11th! In the meantime, please check out our new and updated FHCI School Council website at: www.fhschoolcouncil.blogspot.ca
 
9. Formal portraits of graduating students • Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14
Students scheduled to graduate this school year are invited to sign up for a formal grad portrait. Those appointments are for December 13 and 14.

and…

Resources for Parents/Guardians: Parent Tool Kit
Students who receive support and help at home are often more successful at school. With the goal of helping more parents to support their students, the Council of Ontario Directors of Education developed a Parent Tool Kit.  The kit is full of tips and ideas to supplement what families are already doing to support their students’ learning at school and at home. I have attached a copy of the tool kit for parents of teenagers, which can also be found at http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/Parent_Engagement/PA%20Downloads/34963_CODE_Teen_Tool_Kit-ENG.pdf
 
Essay competition for students: RBC Black History Month Essay Competition
Royal Bank of Canada sponsors an essay competition for Black History Month in which the prizes are scholarships of $1,000-$3,000. Essays are reviewed by a distinguished panel that includes Dwight Drummond, journalist with CBC, and Ontario Court Justice Irving Andre. The essays must be on the topic of how black Canadians have helped define Canada’s diverse heritage and identity through their achievements and contributions to the broader society.  Essays must be no more than 750 words and can be submitted until December 17th, 2012.  Full details are available at www.rbc.com/essay. If your child wishes to submit an entry, please let me help by reading and giving feedback on the submission.

 

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
416 393-1860 x 20010
peggy.aitchison@tdsb.on.ca

 

Looking ahead…
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 11/26/2012 - 08:38

1. Change in schedule
Tuesday, November 27 will follow a regular Day 2 Schedule. There will not be a late start that day. Classes begin at 9:00 and end at 3:20.
 
2. Athletics at FHCI
Several winter sports teams have been announced this week with try-out schedules posted. Students are invited to try out for swimming, boys basketball, girls volleyball, ski and snowboarding. Details are in the morning announcements which are posted on the notice board in the Massey Foyer.
 
 
3. Daily Bread Food Drive
We kick off our annual Daily Bread Food Drive on Monday, December 3. Details will follow, but please start gathering your contributions this week.
 
4. Thursday, December 6
Join us for a Celebration of Music at 7:00 in the auditorium. You’ll be in for a treat listening to the performances of our beginning and experienced musicians alike
 
5. Friday, December 7
This is a professional activity day. There will be no classes on December 7.
 
6. Tuesday, December 11
School Council meeting at 7:00 in the Staff Room. Agenda will follow. Special guest is Trustee Shelley Laskin.
 
 
Peggy Aitchison
Principal
Forest Hill Collegiate
416 393-1860 x 20010

 

"Anti-Bullying Week" Events at FHCI
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 11/26/2012 - 08:32

The issue of bullying among young people is an ever-present topic in the media. At Forest Hill, like every other school, we want students to feel part of the school and feel valued for who they are. I am sending you this email to outline the anti-bullying programs that our students were part of this week at FHCI
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November 19 – through – November 23 was dedicated to the topic of Bullying Awareness and Prevention in the TDSB. At FHCI, our School Action Team organized and ran a variety of programs during this week. There have been:  announcements about bullying and bullying prevention; an opportunity for students to come to the foyer during the lunch hour to sign a pledge to stand up against bullying;  two special presentations that addressed the issues of bullying, the bullied and the bystander and what each can do to stop bullying from occurring.
 
All Grade 9 students had the opportunity to see Showdown 2.0, an interactive theatre performance that tackled the issue of bullying as well as the influence of technology on bullying.  Once the performance was over, the actors deconstructed various scenarios in the play with the group.  Students were asked to share their thoughts on other options the characters in the play could have explored that would have led to a more positive outcome.  Student volunteers were then able to implement these options by taking on the role of one character and re-enacting a specific scene with the remaining actors.  This interactive experience generated an honest, positive discussion on what options were available to students if they became victims of bullying or were witness to someone else being bullied.
 
The Grade 10 – through- Grade 12 students went to a separate presentation by Scott Mills from the Toronto Police Services on cyber-bullying. This presentation focused on issues surrounding the use of  social media. A broad discussion occurred with the students about being smart about what they put out for public viewing in social media as it then becomes accessible for anyone who wishes to access the information. It was explained that not putting content on social media that could be embarrassing or could cause teasing will reduce the opportunities for potential bullies to target an individual. It was explained that companies now do background checks of prospective employees on social media, so it is important not to put anything on social media that might result in  a company choosing not to give you a position.
 
 
This led into a discussion about student awareness of the parameters that they can put in effect on the social media sights they use through privacy restrictions. This was linked directly to how individual students can restrict access to their profiles on sites like Facebook for those who are looking to bully. PC Mills extended the discussion with the assembled group of 600 students to include a discussion about being responsible for one’s friends. His message was that if you see a friend about to do something that will open them up to being bullied on social media or being a bully on social media then don’t be a bystander. He suggested that the one-to-one interactions between friends can prevent or solve many of the issues surrounding bullying. To conclude PC Mills provided a list of resources to access if one is being bullied – ie: a responsible adult that they trust, Parents, Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Administrators, Kids Helpphone, and the Toronto Police. This interactive assembly allowed students to share their knowledge and gain new information to support the efforts of all of us to stop the bullying.
 
Our conclusion of our week of events will actually take place on Monday, where the School Action Team, will be distributing “gel bracelets” that say Stop the Bullying as part of their fundraising campaign to support the Kids Helpphone in the work they do with youth and teens around the issue of bullying.
 
Please take some time this weekend to cement the messages that your child heard in this week’s anti-bullying activities. If you wish to discuss this with me further, please let me know.
 
Peggy Aitchison
Principal
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

 

This Week
Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 11/19/2012 - 07:57

1. FHCI puts the spotlight on anti-bullying initiatives
We will be having two different assemblies on Monday at the beginning of the day. Each assembly will have anti-bullying initiatives as its focus. The content of the assemblies has been designed for two specific groups—after morning attendance, the Grade 9 students will meet together in the gym while Grade 10-12 students will meet in the auditorium. Please take some time to discuss the content of the assembly with your child when you are together this week. The more opportunities students have to talk about bullying issues, the better they will be able to handle those issues if or when they arise.
 Here is the schedule for Monday to accommodate the assembly presentations.
 9:00-9:05           Anthem/Announcements
9:05-10:10          Gr. 10-12 students in Auditorium
9:05-10:45          Gr. 9 students in Gym
10:10-11:10        Period 1 (gr. 9 classes begin at 10:45)
11:15-12:15        Period 2
12:15-1:15          Lunch
1:15-2:15            Period 3
2:20-3:20            Period 4

2. Seeking donations of used hockey equipment
Are you wondering what to do with outgrown or unused hockey equipment? Starting on Monday, you can drop it off at FHCI. The organization, “Skate to Great,” will have collection boxes set up in the Massey Foyer. The skates, helmets, and hockey equipment that you donate will go to children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate because lack of equipment..
Skate To Great is a not-for-profit organization that provides new and used donated skates and hockey equipment to children and at-risk youth. You can learn more about the organization at http://theeyeopener.com/2012/03/skating-for-a-cause/
 
Please gather up your hockey equipment donations and drop them off at the school this week.

3. Help us prove that every penny counts!
The Forest Hill CI Social Action Club is launching Free the Children's 'We Create Change' PENNY DRIVE
Starting THIS MONDAY - November 19th until Friday November 30th
 
Help us kick off our campaign with a bang! Today and tomorrow, collect as many pennies as you can and send them to school with your child.  Students can drop off penny donation with our representatives in the main foyer as they come to school each morning.  They will also have opportunities for penny donations at the Monday morning assemblies and daily during lunch in the cafeteria.
 
Nearly one BILLION people worldwide do no have access to clean, safe drinking water.  Just $25 worth of pennies is enough to provide clean drinking water for one person for LIFE. Stay tuned for more details about other ways to donate and contribute this week.
For more information check out the "We Create Change" official we page at http://www.freethechildren.com/get-involved/campaigns/we-create-change/

The Forest Hill CI Social Action Club sends each of you 'thanks' in advance of their Penny Drive.

4. Come and join us for Coffee House, Thursday, November 22
Come and enjoy student performances in an informal, coffee-house setting. This wonderful evening, organized by the Music Directorate, is where students and their families come to enjoy the considerable talents of FHCI musicians. Performance start at 7:00 PM on Thursday.

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
416 393-1860 x 20010
peggy.aitchison@tdsb.on.ca

 

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