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School Council October 8

Our very first School Council meeting will take place on Wednesday October 8th at a NEW time - 11:00 a.m. We will meet in the Meeting Place, which is located in the Main Office on the 2nd floor of the school. As this will be our very first meeting we need to elect a Chair or two co-chairs. Get involved in your child’s education. Join our council where you can have a voice in the running of the school.

Speak Up Project Grant

With reports of rising levels of stress, anxiety and depression among students and within school communities, the Student Equity Committee at L’Amoreaux CI set a goal to raise awareness and provide students with strategies to address this growing concern. They began by asking one question: how do external stressors affect student engagement at L’Amoreaux? and the S.C.O.P.E. (Students Coping Openly in Positive Environments) project was born.

To better understand the problem, the school began with a survey of its student body. Two-thirds of both the junior and senior sample groups indicated that they experience feelings of nervousness and/or anxiety on a weekly basis, get an (inadequate) 3-6 hours of sleep each night and find that financial challenges, gender issues and bullying are currently a problem with the L’Amoreaux school community.

Based on these responses and suggestions, the Student Equity Committee created a series of activities and events to meet the needs of the student body, including games during lunch, outdoor activities, workshops/assemblies, a stress relief lounge and the introduction of therapy dog sessions. The supports introduced were so well-received and successful that the school plans to continue many as part of its ongoing stress-relief programming.

The S.C.O.P.E project at L’Amoreaux CI was one of 92 approved SpeakUp projects across the TDSB in 2013-14. Other projects covered such diverse topics such as Contemporary Aboriginal Identity, Girls Entrepreneur Club, Developing Digital Citizenship, Gay-Straight Alliance, Student-Centred Conflict Resolution, Mindfulness Club, and Boys to Men Mentoring.

Applications for SpeakUp project grants open in September and close at the beginning of November. Schools can apply for up to two SpeakUp project grants per year and each is valued at up to $1,000. Visit the Ministry’s Student Voice site for more information.

Robotics Team Heading to Worlds' Championship!

The Robotics Team 2198 - Paradigm Shift made history over the March Break!  Our team participated in the 3 day Greater Toronto East Regional (March 6-8) At the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College in Oshawa. The competition was intense and fierce, with a field comprising 35 teams from Ontario, 7 from Quebec, 1 from Alberta, and 6 American teams.

Despite some technical issues in the early rounds of the qualification matches, we were able to qualify for the playoffs.  We faced the former world champions in the semi-finals and pulled off an upset victory; we then faced the current world champions and scored another major upset.  By winning the Regional, we qualified for the world championship in St. Louis, Missouri in April.

We have decided to attend the world championship and will need to raise additional funds; the Toronto District School Board will cover the registration fee of $5,000, but we will need another $9,000 for transportation and hotel accommodation.

Congratulations to Team 2198 - Paradigm Shift, staff advisors Mr. Blenman, Mr. De Grosbois, and Mr. Kordbacheh, as well as volunteers Mr. Dave Morrison, Mr. Paul Morrison, Mr. Justin Keung, and Mr. Richard Gardener.

Freedom With Responsibility

L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute opened in the fall of 1973 in Scarborough near Warden and Finch.  Designed by Raymond Moriyama, the open-area concept of the school space is epitomized by the central Market Square area where school events are held under the flags of countries around the world.  Our community is a very diverse mix of languages and cultures, and we celebrate our diversity in many events, including the Diwali Show and International Buffet. 

L'Amoreaux offers several specialized academic programs: Extended French, and Specialist High Skils Majors (SHSM) in Business (Finance) and in Information and Communication Technology.

What's Happening

October 7
6:30pm  Grade 9 Curriculum Night

October 8
11:00am School Council

October 9
Grade 9 Leadership Retreat
@ Camp Robin Hood

October 14
Interim Reports

October 20
Ontario College Fair

October 30
Parents/Teachers Night
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