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Parkdale C.I. News

October 20, 2014
THURSDAY, October 30, 2014
1:30 – 3:30 pm; 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dear Parent/Guardian:

On Monday, October 20th or Tuesday, October 21st, all students will receive informal mark printouts for each of their courses. It is important to your child’s success that you are informed of any difficulties that he/she might be experiencing. This year, parent/teacher/student interviews will be held on Thursday, October 30th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the school’s gym. We encourage you to attend the parent/teacher/student interviews with your child so that you can jointly discuss their progress to date and address any academic issues that may be impeding their success. Translators will be at the school to translate. Official report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
Please make your appointments online by following the instructions in the link provided below. You will be able to go online and schedule appointments from October 22 to October 29, 2014. If you do not have Internet access, you may call (416) 393-9000 and speak with Ms. Correia and she will be happy to book an appointment for you. We ask that you have the names of your child’s teachers or a copy of his/her timetable available when asking Ms. Correia to schedule the appointments.
Please keep in mind that each appointment is only 10 minutes in length. More detailed discussions with a teacher could be arranged for an alternate date. Parents who cannot attend these interviews should contact the school at (416) 393-9000 and leave a message for the teacher you wish to speak to regarding your child’s academic progress. Please leave your name and telephone number of where you can be reached during the regular school day.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 30, 2014. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Diane Rogowski
Vice Principal

OPTIS Parent Instructions Parkdale Collegiate Institute.doc
Schedule October 30.doc

School Advisory Council (SAC)

 The place for parents and guardians to be a part of Parkdale C.I.!
Next meeting: Thursday, November 20th  7:00 p.m. in the library

NEXT MEETINGS for 2014/2015: Join in any time!!!

Thursday, January 15th

Thursday, February 12th

Thursday, April 16th

Thursday, May 21st

Learn about the issues facing our school. Share ideas and opinions. Help with fundraising.
Meet other parents and guardians.

Want more information? Contact: Monique Schwarz, 416-536-1829

Pitch in for the planet and
for our schools!

Our school is participating in Team Up For Green,
a brand new fundraising initiative that encourages
TDSB families to sign up for Toronto Hydro’s
conservation programs and paperless services.
If sign up goals are met, the TDSB will receive
$250,000 towards the purchase and installation
of 500 new bike racks at our schools!
Unlike other fundraisers, there’s no cost to
participate. You can easily help us reach our
goal by visiting TeamUpForGreen.com and:
• Switching to paperless billing
• Setting up Pre-Authorized Payment
• Signing up for peaksaver PLUS®
Not a Toronto Hydro customer? You can still
help by encouraging friends and relatives to get
involved! The more families that sign up, the more
likely we are to meet our fundraising goal. While
you are on the website, download saveONenergy
coupons to save on energy-efficient products.
Team Up For Green is an environmental
initiative of Toronto Hydro in partnership with the
Toronto District School Board. Working together
we can benefit our students, the environment
and schools. To sign up, please visit TeamUpForGreen.

Our school is participating in Team Up For Green,a brand new fundraising initiative that encouragesTDSB families to sign up for Toronto Hydro’sconservation programs and paperless services.If sign up goals are met, the TDSB will receive$250,000 towards the purchase and installationof 500 new bike racks at our schools!Unlike other fundraisers, there’s no cost toparticipate. You can easily help us reach ourgoal by visiting TeamUpForGreen.com and:• Switching to paperless billing• Setting up Pre-Authorized Payment• Signing up for peaksaver PLUS®Not a Toronto Hydro customer? You can stillhelp by encouraging friends and relatives to getinvolved! The more families that sign up, the morelikely we are to meet our fundraising goal. Whileyou are on the website, download saveONenergycoupons to save on energy-efficient products.Team Up For Green is an environmentalinitiative of Toronto Hydro in partnership with theToronto District School Board. Working togetherwe can benefit our students, the environmentand schools. To sign up, please visit .SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2014-2015

School Councils are governed by Regulations 612 and 613. Regulation 612 outlines the roles, responsibilities, and the processes for school councils. Regulation 613 outlines the responsibilty of the principal in supporting school councils. Please review the Summary of School Council Regulations #612, #613 (2001).

The regulations contain very clear guidelines with regard to school council elections. Principals are reminded that elections are to be held during the first 30 days of the school year. Written notice of school council elections must be communicated to parents at least 14 days before the election. Notice of the election must be posted in an accessible location in the school. All schools are encouraged to host elections regardless of the number of parents/guardians who will be participating. Additional information about school council elections can be accessed by opening the attached document or by contacting the Parent and Community Engagement Office at outreach@tdsb.on.ca.
SAC executive committee nomination form.docx

Excellent news Parkdale!

Parkdale Collegiate is now a PLATINUM ECOSCHOOL! Thanks to everyone for making this possible. Some strengths noted from our Final EcoSchools Platinum Audit Report include, "the large amound of students and clubs that are part of the Ecoteam", and "fostering student leadership." Our collaboration with Heydon Park S.S. and Parkdale Jr P.S. was an important idea exchange and earned our application many points. It was also noted that our participation in Sweater Day, as well as our energy conservation efforts by checking lights, blinds and vents and other greening initiatives from the Horticulture programme and the Ecoclub were "impressive."

While we celebrate our successes, we can continue to be even greener. Some key steps that we need to work on, according to our Ecoschools Auditor include reducing paper consumption and "making use of the school grounds... for new learning opportunities".

Great work PCI!

Parkdale C.I. grade 12 International Baccalaureate student Jaimie Adams has won "Write Across Ontario"!

 “Write Across Ontario” is an IFOA creative writing competition open to middle grade and high school students across the province. Students write a story using the story-starter provided for their age group by one of four well-known authors. The story is used as a place for students to begin their story, but where the story goes from there is in the hands of each individual.
One winner is chosen from each age group. Winners receive $500 and the opportunity to have their work published online in the Open Book Magazine.
Jaimie was interviewed by the CBC’s Matt Galloway on 16 December, 2013. You can listen to the interview here:CBC Interview



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