April Madness

Break out of the winter blahs and welcome spring.

April Madness (April 7th to 11th) is the reincarnated, reinvigorated version of Spring Fling run for students by the Student Council. It consists of fun and varied daily lunchtime activities in which all students have the opportunity to take part.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Athletics

-Dodgeball

-Jersey Day

 Location: GYM

Arts

-Song competition

 

Location: rm 215

Knowledge

-Trivia Competition

 

Location: AUD

Leadership

-Games

-Relay Race

 Location: CMNS

Spirit

-Changing Room Survivor

 

Location: CHG ROOM

Interested students should join the Facebook event (North Toronto April Madness Week) and listen to announcements for more information.

Next Parent Council Meeting – Wednesday, April 9th

In addition to hearing reports and updates from parent, student and staff reps we will host the following guest speaker presentation:

SLEEPY NOT LAZY!  TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT ADOLESCENTS’ SLEEP AND HEALTH
Robyn Stremler, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Adolescents are often in limbo in the health care system, beginning to develop maturity and independence, yet often treated too much as children or adults.  In particular, the sleep patterns of adolescents are unique and, in spite of the importance of sleep during this developmental stage, often overlooked.  Adolescents who complain about waking up early for school or other activities may be perceived as lazy by their parents and teachers, but there is a biological basis for the need to sleep later.
Robyn Stremler, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, will facilitate discussion of issues related to sleep for adolescents and share research evidence related to healthy sleep habits, barriers to achieving sleep of adequate quantity and quality, consequences of sleep loss and strategies to improve sleep for adolescents.

When?  Wednesday, April  9th,  7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where? Room 215

This special event is brought to you by the NTCI School (Parent) Council.  Attending these meetings is an excellent way to keep current on NT activities and to share information with other NT parents. We look forward to seeing you!

Next Parent Council Meeting – Feb 11

Please mark your calendars for the next North Toronto CI Parent Council Event.

In addition to hearing reports and updates from parent, student and staff reps we will host the following guest speaker presentation:

HOW TO TALK ABOUT THE “TOUGH STUFF”: CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUR TEENS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
presented by Sarah Cannon, Executive Director of Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH). She was awarded the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award for her work in children’s mental health and her efforts to eradicate the stigma that surrounds children, youth and their families who are touched by mental health issues. Sarah sits on the Child and Youth Advisory Committee to the Mental Health Commission of Canada and serves as an advisory member to the Ontario Provincial Centre of Excellence.

When? Tuesday, February 11th, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where? Room 215

This special event is brought to you by the North Toronto School (Parent) Council. Attending these meetings is an excellent way to keep current on NT activities and to share information with other NT parents. We look forward to seeing you!

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Challenge for Adolescents 2013-2014 **** POSTPONED UNTIL FEB 12 ****

Re: Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Challenge for Adolescents 2013-2014

**** POSTPONED UNTIL FEB 12 ****

Through a formal evaluation and accreditation process known as Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), students enrolled in TDSB secondary Schools and Continuing Education programs may have their skills and knowledge evaluated against the overall expectations outlined in provincial curriculum policy documents in order to earn credits towards the secondary school diploma.

Students’ prior learning is assessed for the purpose of granting a credit for a Grade 10, 11 or 12 course developed from a provincial curriculum policy document published in 1999 or later. Students in Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 may apply to challenge for credit for certain Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses.

Please note the following rules which govern the challenge process:

*   Students may challenge and earn a maximum of four credits for prior learning, including a maximum of two credits in any one discipline.
*   The PLAR challenge process requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through assessment procedures that will include formal tests (70%) and other assessment activities (30%).
*   Students can only challenge for courses that are currently taught in TDSB schools.
*   There are some courses that cannot be challenged.  (Please refer to the PLAR Fact Sheet available through Guidance).
*   Students must be registered with a Toronto District School Board school and will not be charged a fee.
*   Only successful challenges will be recorded as credits granted on the student’s OSR; however full disclosure will apply to attempts made at the Grade 11 and 12 levels.
*   A complete challenge application and accompanying supportive documents, materials, proof, evidence to show knowledge and skills which meet all curriculum expectations for a course must be submitted by the set deadline.

Students are responsible for initiating the challenge process.

As the first step in preparation for this process, all interested students and parents/guardians/caregivers must attend a mandatory Information/Orientation session on:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(Registration from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.)
Earl Haig Secondary School, Auditorium
100 Princess Avenue, Toronto,
(Yonge and Sheppard area)

Registration is from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the presentation is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The challenge process will be clarified and curriculum specialists will answer questions with regard to the expectations of the challenge process.

Application forms will be available from the school Guidance office from Thursday, February 6, 2014. Students in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who wish to challenge for a Grade 10, 11 or 12 course must complete an application and return it to the school Guidance office by March 19, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Applications will be initially checked for completion by school Administrator or Guidance Counsellor. Those deemed to be complete and appropriate will be assessed by central curriculum staff to determine if the challenge application is approved to proceed to the final evaluation.  All applicants will be notified in writing of the status of their challenge application by April 8, 2014. The challenge process of assessment and evaluation will be conducted during the month of May.

If you have any questions about PLAR or the challenge process, please contact the Guidance office.

NEW DATE – Course Selection Information Night for Parents

Please join us to find out more about your child’s options and requirements for next year’s course selection.  North Toronto’s Guidance Counsellors will be providing grade specific advice on this process to help you support your son or daughter’s choices.

Tuesday, January 28th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

CHOIR GALA NIGHT

Choir Gala Night: January 17, 2014
(Revenues from this event go to support the NTCI Choir tour: COPENHAGEN 2014)

THE BEST YEARS by Lesley Arden
Join us for a special evening featuring music by Leslie Arden, Canadian musical theatre composer, lyricist, and librettist, described as “arguably Canada’s most talented musical theatre writer.”
Performances by the North Toronto Choir, NT soloists, and special guest NT alumni band The Fox and the Moon.
Come for dinner and enjoy a delicious assortment of local foods, mingle with your friends, and participate in many more fun activities.
Doors open 5:30: Performance 7pm.
Tickets, $25 per person, available from any of the students going to Copenhagen or the NT music office.

NT’s annual White Ribbon Campaign

NT’s annual White Ribbon Campaign runs December 2-6. Please support this worthy cause!

· White ribbon sales in the foyer, Dec. 2-6
· White ribbon sales in classes, Dec. 5
· Male Staff Bake Sale in the foyer, Dec. 3
· Memorial assemblies, Dec. 6

Next School (Parent) Council Meeting – Tues, Nov 19

Please join us for a great meeting on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 215. In addition to hearing reports and updates from parent, student and staff reps we will host the following workshop:

Mark Franklin, Practice Leader at “Career Cycles”
PREPARING FOR UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE: CONNECTING THE DOTS BETWEEN EDUCATION & CAREER
-Linkage between education & careers
-First year success and program choices
-Clarifying strengths, desires and other people’s influences
-Changing role of parents