Recently at FHCI
Submitted by Aneta Costin on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:46
The last several days have been extra busy at FHCI! On Thursday morning we held our Student Council Election Campaign assembly followed in the evening by our music night, “Sounds of Spring.” Elections were held during Period 1 on Friday morning.
Today our Gay-Straight Alliance staff/student group put on an excellent assembly intended to create a more positive and accepting school climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students. The MCs, guest speaker and the students who read the reflections of FHCI students had a very powerful impact on the audience. There was resounding support among the students for the development of more inclusive schools.
Mr. Vanek and I joined the 2013-2014 Prefects for a ‘congratulations and thank you’ lunch today. This is one way we repay the many hours of work the Prefects give willing to FHCI events and ensure those events are a success.
Coming up this week at FHCI…
1. Celebration Assembly: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
After a few weeks of preparation, we are set for tomorrow’s “Celebration Assembly.” Through this annual event, we recognize the contributions that students have made to make FHCI a better school for us all. In total, we are honouring 117 students for their contribution in 24 different areas. Parents/guardians of those students have already been invited to join either assembly—9:45 and 10:45. If you come to the second assembly, please stay for the reception in the 3rd floor FHCI Gallery of Art.
2. School Council Pot Luck: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Please plan to attend the potluck supper on Tuesday evening. You can provide a warm welcome to parents/guardians of incoming Grade 8 parents who have also been invited to this event. If you don’t know what to contribute to the potluck, don’t worry…just bring yourself. See the attached flyer for full details.
3. Coffee House: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Please come to Coffee House, our informal evening of wonderful music performances set in the FHCI foyer. The program starts at 7:00.
Looking ahead to next week…
4. Victoria Day: Monday, May 19, 2014
Schools will be closed for this holiday.
5. Prom: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Please note the arrival times as outlined in the Prom letter distributed to students/parents/guardians. Please also ensure your child’s pre-prom activities and activities during the prom are consistent with the requirements outlined in that letter. If you wish another copy, please let me know.
Upcoming opportunities for students and/or their families…
A) Parents/guardians, please pass along this message to your child…
May 30th, Be A Superintendent for a Day.... Interested?
The "Superintendent for a Day" initiative is an opportunity for students in Grades 9 to 12 to shadow a Superintendent of Education and be exposed to the inner workings of the TDSB for a day.
• Visit schools
• Attend to executive meetings
• Tour the TDSB head offices
• Learn about the roles of a Superintendent of Education
• Meet the Director of Education
• Voice concerns and ideas for the TDSB
Students may submit one of the following items related to the question: "What does the TDSB mean to you?"
• A piece of writing (500 word max)
• A photograph
•A recorded video uploaded to YouTube (2 minute max)
• A work of art (take a picture and email it)
Students may submit their work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, school and grade with your submission. You must be available on May 30, 2014. The submission deadline is on Wednesday, May 21st at 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Suruchi Srivastava email@example.com.
B) For parents/guardians, from the TDSB website…
7th Annual Parents Make a Difference Conference
Registration is now live for the 7th Annual Parents Make a Difference Conference. This year the theme of the conference is Parents Advocating for Student Success. The conference will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, north of Yonge and Sheppard.
Keynote Speaker: Michael Reist
Michael Reist is a nationally recognized authority on the needs of children. He is the author of the Canadian bestseller Raising Boys In A New Kind Of World and The Dysfunctional School: Uncomfortable Truths and Awkward Insights on School, Learning and Teaching. His most recent book is entitled What Every Parent Should Know About School. He has published over 90 articles on topics ranging from education, spirituality and parenting to movies, books and popular culture.
Michael’s work has been featured on CBC Television and Radio, Global TV, CITY TV, TV Ontario, Today’s Parent Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and the Toronto Star.
Advocacy Panel Discussion
Parents, educators and community representatives will engage in an honest and thought-provoking discussion about the benefits, challenges and roadblocks faced by parents who feel the need to advocate for their child(ren). The discussion will explore the roles/responsibilities of school boards, parents/guardians and the community in supporting the needs of all students.
Information Marketplace (available all day)
Stroll through the information marketplace and collect ideas, strategies, resources, tools and gifts that will support you and your child’s education journey. The marketplace will feature an array of community agencies, TDSB programs and services, and vendors offering great educational ideas and giveaways throughout the day.
Child-minding and interpretation will be available through registration only! For more information, please contact 416-397-3529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full conference information can be found at www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference. You may email email@example.com
C) For the FHCI Community, from Trustee Shelley Laskin
What your child is learning, how your local school operates, and how much of your tax dollars are spent on education are directly affected by the policies and decisions of the Ontario Provincial Government. With a Provincial election just around the corner, your vote matters.
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association has declared May 27 as Education Day. In support, Trustees from the Toronto District School Board are organizing a candidates’ meeting in our ridings.
These non-partisan events are a great opportunity for citizens to hear directly from their local candidates of the major provincial parties. Please join us to:
• learn more about key issues that affect public education in Ontario
• find out where your local candidates stand on questions that matter to parents in your community
Your local meeting for the St. Paul’s riding will take place on Tuesday, May 27th – 7pm at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in the Auditorium. Childcare will be provided.
For more information or to learn about other meeting locations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the primary purpose of these Provincial Candidate meetings?
To ensure that every MPP in the upcoming session at Queens Park understands:
• the issues affecting public education (K-12) in Ontario and, specifically, the Toronto District School Board
• that the future of public education is extremely important to many voters in their local riding
• that public education is the second largest line item in the provincial budget
• that education issues had a profound effect on the outcome of the last two provincial elections, and their ongoing electoral success may depend in large part on their performance on education issues.
Why organize meetings by riding?
• To ensure that each candidate, in every riding, learns about public education issues and personally makes their position clear on these issues in the presence of their voters.
• To give local voters information regarding views and education platforms of candidates who will be on their ballots and who (if elected) will be responsible for representing them at Queen’s Park.