Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


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: 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:
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.


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
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 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


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