Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Toronto District School Board


Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 08:34

 Opportunity for parents/guardians:
From Shelley Laskin, our school trustee, comes an invitation to the upcoming Ward Forum on Thursday, December 12 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the cafeteria at Hodgson Sr Public School, 282 Davisville Ave. The topic for the meeting is Websites and Social Media. Presenting are Erin Moroz, Executive Officer, Communications & Public Affairs; and Scott Ion, Web Manager. Full details are in the attached flyer. 

Opportunity #1 for students up to the age of 16:
Again this year, the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ottawa will be happy to receive new applications for the Canadian Future Achievers Program (CFA). Students meeting the eligibility criteria may receive: 
•            In their first year of involvement with the CFA: a monetary gift for the amount of $50;
•            In subsequent years of involvement, annually, and until their high school graduation: a monetary gift for the amount of $100;
•            Upon graduating from high school: a 500$ OR $1000 scholarship to the postsecondary institution of their choice.
The eligibility criteria are:
·            Be between the ages of 9 and 16 years;
·            Be either First Nations, Inuit or Caribbean origin;
·            Have a minimum academic average of “B”;
·            Have demonstrated commitment to and engagement in extracurricular activities;
·            Be recognized by his/her teachers as being capable of acting as a role model among peers.
Application file of new candidates should include the following documents:
·            Application form
·            Parental consent
·            School confirmation
·            Letter of reference from the school
·            Additional documents supporting the application of the student: awards, certificate, etc.
Many of those documents are attached to this e-mail. If you have any question regarding the documentation required, do not hesitate to contact me. 
For additional information on the program (awards and recognition, and nomination procedures), you may consult the website:
You may also contact Geneviève Sarazin at 613-562-5800, ext. 2663 or

Opportunity #2 for students:
Across Experiences is a Co-operative Education opportunity for students with an interest in social justice and a passion for the arts. This program is facilitated by the TDSB ARTS Department, in collaboration with the Aboriginal Education Centre.
Across Experiences aims to build cross-cultural understanding with participating students through the arts. Students will be mentored and supported by artists and Aboriginal Elders as they draw upon their diverse backgrounds to tell their stories through drama and dance. Aboriginal perspectives will be woven into all options of the program and priority consideration will be given to Aboriginal students. The theme of INTERSECTIONS will invite students to explore issues of identity, power, and their personal connections to place. The program culminates with a tour of Gr. 7/8 schools and a Gala Showcase Performance at a professional theatre.

For full information, see the attached flyer.

This week at FHCI...

1. Daily Bread Food Drive Begins: Monday, December 2
From the DBFB website ( this information: "Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. Daily Bread serves these people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 170 member agencies."

Bring you food donations to school starting this week. We hope to see the donation bins fill quickly and repeatedly.

Most needed food items:
• Peanut butter
• canned fish & meat
• canned fruits & veggies
• rice, grains, lentils & beans
• dried pasta & sauce
• baby food & formula
• cans of soup & stew
• powdered, canned & tetra pak milk
2. Early closing on Monday, December 2
Classes will end at noon on Monday to allow for the visit of prospective Grade 9 students from a variety of elementary schools. 
Here is the schedule of periods:
Anthem:   9:00 - 9:05
Period 1:   9:05 - 9:35
Period 2:   9:40 - 10:15
Period 3: 10:20 - 10:55
Period 4: 11:00 - 11:30
There is no cafeteria service on Monday.
3. Music assemblies: Wednesday, December 4
Wednesday will be a morning of wonderful music as our talented musicians and singers present assemblies for Grade 9 and 10 classes (9:05 - 10:05) and then Grade 11 and 12 classes (10:10 - 11:10). If your child is performing, I would be delighted to have you join us for your child's assembly. Please come to the office and I will arrange for special auditorium seating for you.

4. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, December 4 @ 7:00 PM
Please join us for the monthly school council meeting on Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the staff room. The agenda is attached and the meeting is intended for all parents/guardians in our school community. 

5. Celebration of Music: Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 PM
This annual music night is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Please come and support our students as they showcase what they have learned in music classes and extra-curricular performance groups.

Looking ahead to the following week...
6. Grad photos commence: Thursday, December 12
I will send information separately to students and their families about how to book appointments for Grad photos that are included in the composite graduation photo.

7. Drama productions: December 13, 12:45-3:20
We have changed up our fall drama productions. Rather than do a major evening performance, this year the drama teachers have coached their students to produce a series of six short performances. These will be showcased on Friday, December 13. The Grade 9-10 classes will view the performances from 12:45 to 2:00 followed by the Grade 11-12 classes at 2:00. If your child has had a hand in these productions, please be sure to come and be part of the audience. I will arrange special auditorium seating for you. These are outstanding performances you won't want to miss.

Looking ahead to the week of December 16...
• Locker clean out: Monday, December 16
• Staff Meeting and Late Opening: Tuesday, December 17
• Pancake breakfast in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank: Thursday, December 19
• PA Day, set by Ministry of Education for all Ontario Schools: Friday, December 20. No classes
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


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