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.
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.
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.
Principal, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
730 Eglinton Ave W
Toronto, ON M5N 1B9
Home of the Falcons, award winning scholars, athletes and performers
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