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NT’s Dragon’s Den – October 2017

Last week the Foundation hosted our Semi-Annual Dragon’s Den, where students ask for funding for their various clubs. The Foundation gave out a total of $3500.00 to a variety of clubs.

As usual, the Foundation was happy to support Grafitti, the student newspaper – a long-established publication at the school. The Foundation also saw the merit in donating to the Prom Committee, who will set aside a lump sum of money to help those students who need financial assistance for this costly but memorable event. The Robotics Team received support for the cost of building their robots, as well as subsidizing the cost of attending competitions around the GTA.

For the first time, the Foundation donated money to the Archery Club. This club, affiliated with the NTCI Archery Team, received funding that will go towards the purchasing of bows and arrows, which often need replacing. Archery is currently one of the fastest growing sports in high schools around the province, and the Foundation is happy to promote its growth at the school.

In keeping with a long-standing tradition, the school’s annual Remembrance Day assembly, which is funded wholly by the Foundation, once again received support.

Celebrating Excellence: Keeping the Spirit Alive

It has been an exciting fall for the NTCI Foundation. Our first major Homecoming event culminated in the concert Saturday night, starring Jim Cuddy and The Skydiggers. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to watch multiple generations of NT musicians perform some of their best-loved music to the many generations in the audience. Let’s keep the spirit alive by making a lasting contribution to our scholarship fund.

The Celebrating Excellence campaign concludes at year end. As a result of contributions to date, we have been able to set up the new trophy case, restore some of the most iconic trophies and contribute over $3,500 to the scholarship fund at Commencement in October. We have decided to increase that amount by 10 percent next year. This will bring NTCI awards recognizing academics, athletics, arts and leadership more in line with current costs. We hope you will consider making a donation; one hundred percent will go directly to the scholarship fund.  

Generous donors will be acknowledged on a plaque on the trophy case itself. All contributors will receive tax receipts (over $25).

Pentagon Patron: $1,000 and above

NT Norseman: $500 to $999

Spirit Sponsor: $250 to $499

Naming rights for the trophy case: $8,000. This is available to an individual, family, team or a graduation class.

Please mail your gift to: The NTCI Foundation at 17 Broadway Ave, Toronto, ON, M4P 1T7. Specify the Celebrating Excellence campaign. If you have questions, email Nancy McFadden at nancyanddoug.mcfadden@gmail.com or 647-351-2850.

Thank you so much. We cannot support this legacy of excellence without you.

Year-End Bonus:

Gifts of $100 or more qualify for a free concert T-shirt (specify size); an NT pop socket or our NTCI centennial history book. If you donate $250 or more, you may select two. These NT heirlooms can be picked up in Room 412 at lunch and after school from Mark Kinoshita. Please contact Mark at mark.kinoshita@tdsb.on.ca to arrange a time and then check in at the office before going up. 

NTCI Homecoming 2017

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Come one, come all to NT’s inaugural Homecoming Weekend: October 12–14.
If you missed the 100th, this is the perfect opportunity to come out to see the school and reminisce with old friends. And even if you did make it to the 100th, it’s already been five years, so it’s really time to check in again. Here is how the weekend is starting to shape up:
Thursday, October 12 – Red and Grey Day

Featuring most of the fall athletic teams (football, girls’ basketball, boys’ soccer, field hockey, boys’ volleyball) in action in the gym and on the field, with games starting as early as 9:00 a.m. and continuing until late afternoon. Full details will be released in late September once the games have been scheduled.

R&G Day 2015
And here’s what’s on tap for the day:
  • Self-guided tours of the “new” (2010) school
  • Meet current athletes and coaches
  • NT Foundation will host refreshments for alumni in the 2nd- floor staff room from 1–4 p.m. Meet fellow grads! All grads are strongly encouraged to come back, especially those with significant anniversary years: 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007
  • Sale of vintage uniforms
  • A reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the Granite Brewery on Mt. Pleasant at Eglinton. Cash bar, light snack provided.

Friday, October 13 – Mix and Mingle

  • Student-led tours of the school starting at 1:00 p.m. (sign-up required)
  • Bring your treasured memorabilia for a show and share from 1–3 p.m. in the staff room on the 2nd floor. (There is an elevator if stairs are hard for you.)
  • Come out to a meet-up with fellow alumni for the evening at a local establishment (details TBD; please watch for email updates).

Saturday, October 14 – NT Homecoming 2017 Concert

  • NT’s auditorium will be THE place to be on Saturday, October 14. A really exciting concert is in the works, and you won’t want to miss it. Mark the date on your calendar and watch your inbox and social media for details and advance notice of ticket sales. This will be an alumni/staff-plus-one event, with ONLY 560 tickets, which are sure to go quickly. Purchasers’ alumni/staff status will be monitored, and tickets will not be sent until we verify that status. If you don’t receive Foundation emails, check here for updates.
NTCI Foundation presents the NT Homecoming 2017 concert
  • featuring
    • Jim Cuddy (’74)
    • The Skydiggers ( Andy Maize (’78) & Josh Finlayson (’82))
    • with special guests Devin Cuddy (’05) & Charlotte Cornfield (’06)
  • Saturday, October 14th
  • 7:00 pm
  • NTCI Auditorium
  • Tickets: $80
  • Limit 2 tickets per NT alumni or NT staff (a 19+ event)
  • Tickets go on sale August 28th on eventbrite:  nthomecoming2017.eventbrite.ca

NT’s Class Rep Program

In October 2016, the NT Foundation held an informative and beneficial workshop on running a class rep program, attended by alumni from various years and led by Martha Drake, Executive Director of Advancement, University of Toronto Schools.

As the Foundation strives to increase participation in the alumni community through new events like the upcoming inaugural NT Homecoming Weekend, we continue to look for new Class Reps— individuals who take the lead in locating members of their year and liaise with them regarding Foundation events or year-specific ones. Here are some examples of what current Class Reps are doing:

  • The Class of ’62 meets monthly at a local restaurant for lunch. Members know the date in advance and whoever can make it does. Get-togethers are organized by Sheila Moscoe and Stan Pearl.
  • A combined group of ’79–’82 alumni get together a couple of times a year at Gabby’s on Yonge north of Lawrence. Don Ross (’80) is the organizer. The date is circulated via email and there is always a large turnout.
  • A 40th reunion for members of the ’76 football team took place in November 2016.

If you would like to get involved in the Class Rep program, please contact Stan Pearl (’62) or Lisa Cain (’82) . To ensure you are included in upcoming events or get-togethers, contact your Class Rep. In the list below, the highlighted years indicate special anniversaries in 2017.


  • 1957
    • Looking for a rep
  • Facebook – NTCI alumni of the 50s (4 members)
  • 1962
    • Sheila Moscoe: moscoe-ntci62″at”rogers.com
    • Stan Pearl: stanpearl”at”rogers.com
  • 1964
    • Ron Wakelin: rwakelin”at”utschools.ca
  • 1965
    • Janice Gillespie: janiceigillespie”at”rogers.com
  • 1967
    • Susan Norwich: susannorwich1″at”gmail.com
  • 1968
    • Laurie Pascoe: lauriepascoe”at”gmail.com
  • 1970
    • Nancy McFadden: nancyanddoug.mcfadden”at”gmail.com
    • Alan Fairweather: afairwea”at”rogers.com
  • 1971
    • Lorraine Clarkson: wasagabeacher”at”gmail.com
    • Brian Maltman: bmaltman”at”ca.inter.net
  • 1972
    • Looking for a rep
  • 1976
    • Facebook – NTCI ’76 (2 members)
  • 1977
    • Looking for a rep
  • 1978
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’78 (28 members)
  • 1979
    • Katherine Smith: katherinegsmith.smith”at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI 1979 friends (125 members)
  • 1980
    • Don Ross: sales”at”universityfirewood.ca
  • 1981
    • Phil White: pleblanc997″at”gmail.com
    • Mike Clarry: michael”at”clarry.net
  • 1982
    • Lisa Cain: lisa-ian”at”rogers.com
    • Barbara Szelinger: barbara.szelinger”at”rogers.com
    • Mark Kinoshita: mark.kinoshita”at”tdsb.on.ca
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’82 (126 members)
  • 1983
    • Kirsten Sixt: ksixt”at”hullandhull.com
    • Andrea Fairweather: fairweatherandrea”at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’83 (54 members)
  • 1984
    • Marc Jamieson: marc.jamieson”at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’84 (48 members)
  • 1987
    • Jennifer Hellen Baldachin: jbaldachin”at”rogers.com
    • Jamie Farr: jamescolinfarr”at”gmail.com
  • 1988
    • Debbie Gray: d3bgray”at”gmail.com
    • Suzie Anderson: suzie”at”rogers.com
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’88 (83 members)
  • 1989
    • Facebook – NTCI ’89 – 25th anniversary (70 members)
  • 1990
    • Facebook – NTCI ’90 (5 members)
  • 1991
    • Facebook – NTCI class of 1991 (110 members)
  • 1992
    • Catherine Trueman: catherinetrueman”at”telus.net
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’92 (96 members)
  • 1997
    • Looking for a rep
  • 2002
    • Looking for a rep
  • 2003
    • Facebook – NTCI ’03 (5 members)
    • Facebook – NTCI class of 2003 (4 members)
  • 2007
    • Bogdan Tudose: bogdan.a.tudose”at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI class of ’07 (93 members)
  • 2008
    • Lyndsey Gott: gott.lyndsey”at”gmail.com
    • Lora Kikuchi: meiflower.932″at”gmail.com
    • Facebook – NTCI grads ’08 (70 members)
  • 2014
    • Facebook – NTCI grads 2014 (277 members)
  • 2015
    • Facebook – NT grads 2015 (296 members)

As we have new year reps, we will be listing them here.

NEW: Sports Parents Council

We all know that NTCI has a very successful Music Program, supported by a fabulous Music Parents Council. But while NT has also excelled in many City & OFSAA Championships, there has until now never been a Sports Parents Council.

A group of interested NTCI alumni and parents, with the support of current students, staff and the NTCI Foundation, have begun creating an NTCI Sports Parents Council. This council will support ALL sports occurring at North Toronto and raise much-needed funds for tournaments, uniforms, equipment, new locker rooms and so much more.

We need your help! Get involved! Learn more about how you can make a difference and be involved, even in a small way, in improving the already amazing sports at NTCI!

For more information, please contact Kirsten Sixt: ksixt@hullandhull.com.

Celebrating Excellence at NTCI

“Back to school” is a time for goal setting, and the NTCI Foundation has set its goals high. Please contribute to the scholarships, extra-curricular activities and heritage represented by our new initiative: a trophy case that will display our symbols of excellence in academics, arts, athletics and citizenship.

As we look forward to acknowledging the accomplishments of our graduates at Commencement on Friday, October 7, we hope you will join in to contribute to their scholarship fund. As we anticipate the enthusiasm, energy and skills of a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, we invite you to become a part of it. And this year, we will install a new trophy case to display our heritage of excellence. More details can be found in the 2016 Foundation newsletter (http://ntci.on.ca/foundation/files/2016/NTCI-FN-2016-web.pdf).

Please mail your gift to: The NTCI Foundation at 17 Broadway Ave., Toronto, ON, M4P 1T7 or use Canada Helps for online gifts. Specify the Celebrating Excellence Campaign. All contributors will receive tax receipts (for amounts over $25) and be acknowledged in the spring 2017 newsletter.

Generous donors will be acknowledged on a plaque on the trophy case itself:

  • Spirit Sponsor: $250 and above
  • NT Norseman: $500 and above
  • Pentagon Patron: $1,000 and above
  • Naming rights for the trophy case in the Commons: $8,000

Hail North Toronto!

And if you want to absorb some of that spirit, don’t forget Red and Grey Day at NTCI on Thursday, October 13. We will be there to fill you in on the details.

In the meantime, if you have questions, please email Nancy McFadden at nancyanddoug.mcfadden@gmail.com.

Dragons’ Den: Putting Your Donations to Work

Last November, the Foundation invited students seeking funding for their various clubs and endeavours into the socalled Dragons’ Den. The evening of presentations, planned and executed both intelligently and professionally, made one thing very clear: the kids are alright! Once again, NTCI students proved that they are reaching for the stars as academics, athletes and musicians.

The groups applying for grants gave some background on their respective clubs, and explained what they hoped to do with the grant money and why they felt they deserved funding.:

  • The Robotics Club needed funds to purchase the materials for creating, constructing, programming and testing a robot. Most of us on the Foundation have a less than perfect grasp of the field of robotics, but we all agreed to partial funding. (Not surprisingly, the club did well at the VEX Robotics Competition.)
  • Graffiti, the newspaper we all remember fondly, has now expanded its scope to include a digital version and made two separate presentations. One came from Digital Graffiti, asking for money towards various technological resources, including camcorders and software, to help launch this new digital edition of the newspaper. Print Graffiti asked for help with its printing costs—difficult for a free school newspaper to fund on its own.
  • The Symphony Orchestra and Choral Ensemble asked for help in funding an enriched workshop, available to all music students, towards the goal of performing Mozart’s Requiem at this year’s Maytime Melodies. (It was the 70th edition and a landmark achievement, which you can see and hear at  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2nR66Y54e5Wzm-9z1mEJl6hJyYIGS12w.)

So what did the Dragons’ Den actually agree to? Because of
the generosity of your donations, the Foundation was able to
give Digital Graffiti $450.00 and print Graffiti $900.00. The
Orchestra and Chorus received $1,000.00, and the Robotics
Club $200.00. In all, the Foundation gave $2,550.00 towards
programs that were not only deserving but also representative
of the Foundation’s mission.

The NTCI Foundation Video

In the newsletter we wrote:

A three-and-a-half-minute student-driven video outlining the Foundation’s activities is currently in production. Its creator, grade 12 student Leah Meddaoui, who’s been head of video production for Digital Graffiti, designer for the NTCI Prom and student council video manager, dropped by our meeting in May and showed us an impressive sneak preview. Stay tuned—we’ll post details on the NTCI Foundation website as they become known.

Well here it is: 

Thank you to Kirsten Sixt for coordinating the production of this video.