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Submitted Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:03

 Sounds of Toronto Concert at Massey Hall
 
Imagine sitting on the stage at Massey Hall with some of the best high school strings musicians in Toronto. The conductor raises the baton and the audience of 1500 goes quiet. The conductor signals the downbeat and the performance of the First Movement, Symphony No.5 by Mozart begins. Thrilling!
 
Now, imagine sitting on a chair on the risers at the back of the stage, surrounded by other FHCI choir members. Ms. Dalamba, your choir teacher, comes out from the wings and steps onto the elevated footstool to the applause of the audience. She raises her arms, motions to the piano accompanist, and you and your choir begin, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives” by F.C. Wood. Your voices reach the very back of the second balcony.
 
And then, for the grand finale, you join in on the medley of hits by Queen. Even the audience sings along. You really are the champions of the night.

 
This was the experience of our musicians and singers on Thursday at the annual Sounds of Toronto concert. FHCI performers were joined by performers from high schools across TDSB who had auditioned for a spot on the program. Parents/guardians (also school principals, trustees, and music teachers!) beamed while listening to their children and students perform. Congratulations to all involved in Thursday night’s outstanding performance!
 
This week at FHCI
 
1. Term 2 Begins: Monday, April 7
Students in Civics/Careers this semester switch subjects on Monday.
 
2. Markbook Printouts: Monday-Friday, April 7-11
All next week, teachers will be giving their students Markbook printouts showing all marks earned to date. Please contact the teacher if you have concerns or questions about a mark.
 
3. Stop the Stigma Campaign: Tuesday-Friday, April 8-11
Mental health for students and staff is an area of focus for FHCI and the TDSB. For the last several years, FHCI has run a “Stop the Stigma” campaign aimed at deepening the understanding of mental health issues. On Tuesday, we will hold kick-off assemblies followed by a Positive Mental Health Fair in the front foyer. On Friday, the whole school will be involved in Issues Day with presentations by outside groups to students in individual or combined classes.
 
5. Parent Presentation on Teen Mental Health: Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 PM
I am extending an invitation to you to an information session being held at FHCI on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:00 pm. The focus is how parents can help children who are suffering with anxiety/depression/mood disorders. This session is a part of our Stop the Stigma week. The presenter, Shelly Murphy, is from the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. Please let me know if you are coming so I can set up the presentation in the best location in the school according to the size of the audience.
 
6. School Council Meeting: Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 PM
The agenda for this meeting is attached. You are invited to attend!
 
Looking ahead…
 
7. Math Contests: Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16
Students will write the Euclid contest on Tuesday and the Fryer, Galois and Hypatia contests on Wednesday.
 
8. Mid-Semester Reports Distributed: Thursday, April 17
Reports will be given out at the end of the day through Home Form classes.
 
9. Good Friday/Easter Monday: Friday, April 18 and Monday April 21
No classes; school is closed.

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
peggy.aitchison@tdsb.on.ca

 

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