Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 09:18
First… Thank you for the members of the School Action Team who helped plan our week’s activities for Mental Health Awareness Week. The week started with an assembly presentation by a TDSB high school student who fell into a debilitating depression after he was struck by a car. The assembly ran under the title, "Stop the Stigma. Stop the Silence." The student spoke about first suffering in silence and falling behind in school. His relationships became strained. It wasn’t until he reached out for help that he felt any sense of hope. And he had to try a few times until he arrived at the door of the person who was able to provide effective treatment. The clear message was that things can get better, but likely won’t by only hoping. Help is available. This was a very powerful and poignant message for our students who were a wonderful audience for the speaker. The talk finished with a review of resources available to students.
The week finished with ‘Issues Day,’ which saw representatives from a variety of agencies speaking to students in smaller class groups. Again, the speakers were excellent.
Second…Thank you also to the performers who made our hearts sing at the annual ‘Sounds of Toronto.’ This event brought together hundreds of students from high schools across Toronto who sang and performed together. The repertoire, performed on the stage and in the balconies at Massey Hall, was both challenging and beautifully executed. Congratulations to Ms. Dalamba and her performers.
1. April 29 to May 3: Spirit Week at FHCI
Here are the highlights of Spirit Week starting Monday and running through to Friday:
Monday: Blue and Gold Day; Tuesday: Trivia Question 1, Crazy Hair/Hat Day. Mascot Election; Wednesday: Trivia Question 2, Twin Day; Thursday: Trivia Question 3, Pajama Day; and Friday: Trivia Question 4, Jersey Day
2. All week…Spirit Wear Sale
The FHCI Athletic Council will be holding its Spirit Wear Clothing Sale this week. Athletic Council members will have samples in the main foyer and will be taking orders during lunch throughout the week. Purchased items will be ready for distribution before Culminating Activities begin at the end of May. You will find an order form attached to this email. A cheque, payable to Forest Hill CI) is the preferred method of payment. The Athletic Council will also accept cash payment.
3. Tuesday, April 30: Late Opening
We will follow our Late Opening Schedule on Tuesday morning to accommodate our monthly Staff Meeting. The schedule is on Page 44 of the Student Agenda Book.
4. Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3: Oh, my...it's Oklahoma!
Please join us on Thursday or Friday at 7:30 for the school performance of Oklahoma! Known as the “Musical of all musicals,” here is what you need to know: “The musical is set in the old west which was about to become Oklahoma after the turn of the 20th century. The high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story…The show is filled with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s memorable musical numbers including, of course, Oklahoma!”
Make a note of these events…
• The School Council Meeting in May will be held on Monday, May 6. Please note the change of date from the Agenda Book. You will receive an agenda prior to the meeting.
• I am attaching the schedule of workshops offered by Integra. From their website at http://www.integra.on.ca/ comes this description of their mandate, “Integra is an accredited Children's Mental Health Centre located in Toronto, Canada. We are dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioural problems related to their learning disabilities. We deliver services in a manner that strengthens the family, in the belief that the family can be the most valuable resource for children and youth.”
The schedule includes May workshops titled, “All About Moods: Anxiety, Depression and Learning Disabilities”; “Walk a Mile in My Shoes for Siblings”; and “ADHD and LDs in Teens: Supporting Self-Reliance.” Please see the flyer for full details.
If you have questions about anything in this email, please contact me.
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