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Here We Go Again
Summer's lease hath all to short a date; yet, we look forward to a wonderful school year that 2016-2017 promises to be!

School resumes on Tuesday September 6, *** at this time we are developing contingencies in response to an anticipated labour action that will require new methods to process registration and the collection of activity fees. What you see in your late August mailing is therefore subject to change. We will inform families by email, telephone and this site of the structure of the first two days of school. 

Until, then, enjoy the warm summer days!



Thank you to departing Staff Members
To Mr. Magwood and Mr. Pylypczak, we wish you the best in your retirement.

To departing teachers, your time with us was all too short.

Tes Berhane-Kiflue
Sandra Centofante- on leave
Domenico Donatelli
Andrew Giroux
Tatiana Goutovets
Andrea Ibsen
Carla Johston- Position of Responsibility at Northview Heights
Song Kim
Laureta Malile
Ryan Panas
Lino Ragno
Stacey Tsourounis
Vanja Vukosaljevic
Brendan Zapfe

Important Update from TDSB re Negotiations and Implications for Report Cards
Please review this Parent Letter.

Farewell Assembly Year in Review- Farewell 2016
Thank you students, staff and parents for another wonderful year and to Mr. Ragno's Yearbook class for a tremendous Rizmah and this slideshow.
Have a wonderful summer!



National Concours d'artes oratoire

Amna Majeed, First Place, Extended French!!!

On May 28, 2016 thirty-nine high school students from across Canada visited the Nation’s Capital to compete in Canadian Parents for French’s (CPF) National Concours d’art oratoire. Finals 
The Concours d’art oratoire final event draws students from across Canada in the competition that offers over $500,000 in scholarships from the University of Ottawa, Université de Moncton, University of Prince Edward Island, Université Sainte-Anne, and Université de Saint-Boniface.
The students, having won at their provincial or territorial championships, competed in five categories ranging from Core French to Francophone for this final competition. They spoke on topics including feminism, islamophobia, the impact of social media and the power of music.



STEM
A marvellous conference was enjoyed by hundreds of parents and youngsters on May 14, 2016 throughout Richview's first floor classrooms and learning spaces. From robotics, to primates, inventors to pilots and from learning skills to drones- this conference had it all including a smash opening lead by Dan Riskin's introduction of Anthony Morgan, the Science Ninja. Thank you Michelle for your lead on an amazing event that is sure to have ripples for decades to come!

Flag Friday Night Lights
It is the dawn of a new era! Congratulations to our talented Girls' Flag Football players and their coaching staff lead by Mr. Sexsmith for the launch of our first ever event this past Friday May 13 at Centennial Stadium. The team did very well defeating Marymount from Sudbury 20-12 and following this up with a thrilling overtime tie of 15-15 versus Markham. We are delighted that these teams could join us to help ensure that this marvellous game only gets bigger and better!


Youth Art Show
The Assembly Hall is pleased to present our sixth collaborative youth art show featuring works from
Lakeshore Arts - Youth Arts Movement, Martingrove Collegiate Institute and Richview Collegiate Institute.

The show opens May 19 and runs until June 16 at the Assembly Hall, 
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Drive.
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 12 to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 1 pm.

Creating a Circle of Hope
Richview is proud to partner with Meagan's Walk in support of both cancer research and families battling cancer.

Our December Saints Week campaign raised almost $3000 for the cause and we were delighted to present the "cheque" to Denise Bebenek at the May 4 Pep Assembly. Kudos to Mr. Sexsmith's Leadership Class for running a spirited and successful campaign.
See you Saturday May 7, 8:30am at Fort York for the 15th edition of the walk and hug culminating at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Alumni /Grade 12 Post-Secondary Transition Program
In it's 5th year, Richview Grads are invited back  to dialogue with Grade 12 students.

On May 2nd and 3rd, a bevy of newly-minted "first year" university/college students each provided an overview of their respective programs and then shared a Q and A session with Grade 12sin each of our 7 senior English classes. We are grateful for the insight, honesty and encouragement they provided to their peers and we thank Mrs. Calabria and Mrs. Haden-Reeves for organizing the event. The present and future are bright!

Student Nutrition Program
The application has been approved, funding has arrived, the volunteers are in place and the equipment has arrived. The morning grab and go breakfast plan will enable students to start the day right with a rotating offering of a fruit/veggie, a cereal/grain and a dairy product all for a contribution of $1. We rely now on our trades people to ensure proper plumbing and electrical support for the equipment. The plan is to run a pilot in May (twice a week) and to run it daily in September.

Asylum- Update, April 11, 2016
The cast and crew have done it! Out of 66 provincial entries, Asylum is one of 8 finalists to appear in the provincial showcase next month at Hart House, U of T.

A remarkable collective achievement by writers, musicians, AV Crew, players and directors, our drama community gave a strong voice to those who were powerless to communicate it and the professional community has validated your work. Bravo!

March Break Update, 2016
The Saints continue their tour of England, Spain, France, and currently sites in Italy including the Piazza della Signoria in Florence.


Breakfast Program Coming to Richview
with thanks to the Principal's Advisory Group, we have applied for and will receive funding and support for a Nutrition program (likely breakfast). Parents interested in volunteering can meet with our coordinator and school staff on March 29, specific details to follow. Please email sam.miceli@tdsb.on.ca for inquiries.

Update-March 11, 2016
Bravo Richview Dramatists and Players! 

Congratulations students and directors Ms. Beaulieu and Ms. Johnston. Their entry is 3 of 18 moving on to regionals at Hart House U of T, Fri.April 8. Additionally, the production garnered several awards: Award of Excellence for the Ensemble; the Outstanding Production Award and Best New Play. Bravo! We wish you every success representing Toronto at the regional festival at U of T. Please join us; tickets at Hart House!

Our Drama production, "Asylum", opened the Sears Drama Festival on Feb. 26 at  Silverthorn C.I. in competition with our sister schools, Martingrove and Silverthorn. Asylum will be presented again at Richview, 8pm, March 3.

"Asylum" is a ground breaking piece of theatre is based on the lives of psychiatric patients at the Lakeshore Asylum, 1889-1979.The work is researched, documented, written and performed by Richview students. We will be performing at Richview on March 3rd. See the attached poster for all the exciting details. Tickets can be purchased by any cast or crew member.



Richview Life Savers
Eternal thanks to the 14 senior Richview students, some pictured here, who donated their time, care and blood to save the lives of others; they and Mr. Boyd cannot be thanked enough! Our gratitude to Ms. Di Marco whose planning ensures this key event takes place each year! This marks Mr. Boyd's incredible 159th donation! Incredible.
student staff blood donors



The Field of Dreams
football field The TDSB has approved our plans to develop a first class athletic facility for our Richview Saints students athletes:
Artificial Turf- Additional Bleachers- Lights- A Running Track- A Electronic Scoreboard
kids on running track
Participatory Design- Students and Staff will be amassing input from all community stakeholders and we want your input also. 
Please share your input with Sam Miceli to ensure our development is truly reflective.




Meagan's Walk

the tally is in; after all the fun of a week's worth of extended lunch periods, the student body raised over $3000 for the venerable charity. Congrats to all and to Mr. Sexsmith's Leadership class.







Back up to Speed at Richview- January

Two weeks into the new calendar year, curricular and co-curricular activity abounds...

Culture Day- International Food Extravaganza

Thanks and compliments to the students under Ms. Stuart's leadership for the vibrant Jan. 15 music, fashion, education and food celebration enjoyed by hundreds during lunch hour. Richview, like Toronto and Canada is a as strong as it is diverse.

Junior Boys' Invitational Basketball Tournament
A highly efficient tournament was run by Mr. K's Athletic Council wherein our team played with skill and vigor making it to the final losing to winners Northern Secondary. Congratulations to the players and to coaches Dipchand and Sexsmith.

Gr. 12 Functions Exam
A great deal of preparation is underway for the Jan. 22 Exam that is critical for many grade 12's in preparation for their post-secondary applications. A moratorium is in place on all other Gr. 12 activity on both Jan. 20 and 21. 

 

Update for 2016-2017

1. Auditorium Stage- the wooden surface has been replaced and refinished where needed.

2. Gymnasium- the floor has been freshly cleaned and finished with two coats of finish.

3. The sloping stairs at the corner of Islington and Eglinton. Permission granted from City to redesign the slope into proper stairs in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act; we await the order and delivery of components from the US. It is expected that this job is still a year away and the slope will have to again be boarded for the winter. 

4. Staffing- Richview was allocated 51.5 staff members, one more than last year. Regardless, we expect that this will not be sufficient and will require the unfortunate re-alignment of classes in late October.

5. Nutrition Program- launched last spring as a pilot, we plan to run the breakfast grab and go daily. This will likely start in the second week of September.

6. Solar Panels- with the roof job having been completed this past Nov/Dec, we expect that solar panels will be installed on our roof during this school year. Date to be determined. With the panels, we hope to secure access to the hydro dashboard so that our science classes/clubs can incorporate the data into their curriculum.

7. Excursions- there are a great variety of worthwhile classroom experiences being arranged outside of school and into the wider community. We are pleased to confirm that among them are the perennial excursions to New York in May for senior media studies students; the March Break  Western Civilization-Culture excursion to London, Paris, Florence and Rome; and, the Immersion excursion to the Battlefields of Western Europe. New this March Break is the Business department excursion to China.

8. Field of Dreams- The Steering Committee of students, parents and staff has met with board personnel and architects to make preliminary designs and will meet again early in the fall to complete the Master Design. 

9. Cashless Schools-  While families can still transact in cash, we welcome the program that will allow families make all transactions (e.g. activity fee, field trips, spirit wear, etc.) securely on-line even for multiple students at multiple locations. Richview is part of a wide pilot that will be standard practice for all schools in the system. Please refer to information about this initiative in the August mailing.

Summer Hours
The Main Office and Guidance Office will be open from 8:00am-4:30pm July 4- July 15, and open again on August 22

Report Cards

Can be picked up in the Main Office until July 15.

Summatives and Exams
We have entered the "summative season," that is the 8 weeks before the end of classes when a portion up to 30% of the total mark can be demonstrated. Like exams, these culminating activities are legally required and cannot be re-scheduled outside of school-sanctioned activities or by medical/legal notes. 

With the exception of Languages and the Arts, no courses shall require students to complete both a "summative" and an exam.
The exam period runs from June 9-22, schools cannot accommodate exams missed due to vacations. An exam schedule will be available later in the coming weeks.

Music Department Garage Sale Fundraiser
On behalf of Mrs. O'Brien and our Music students, thank you Richview Families for your support of our fundraiser, we raised well over $3000 to support our programming needs!


OFSSAA Gold Medal Curling Champions, 2016!
Catch the team on City News, Athlete of the Week on May 2, 2016.
Direct from North Bay, Congratulations to Team Garner: Matt, Brendan, Russell and Sean and their incomparable coach, Ms. Haden-Reeves.



Inside Ride 2016
Congratulations Richview!
Thanks to your spirit and generosity, you raised over $23 000 dollars in support of families battling cancer and the fight to defeat cancer. Special thanks and compliments to our master organizer, Jennifer Beemer!

Visit the Co-Curricular page for more images.

Reinvigorating Richview Update
Parent donations are now finding their way into learning spaces. The library for example now has 3 full computer labs: 28 desktops in the front lab, 26 desktops in the back lab and, pictured here, 30 laptops for the Table Lab (mobile).

Read our Reinvigorating Richview Plan of Action.pdf to learn about the upcoming IT benefits for Richview students.

Congratulations- Ontario Curling Association Provincial Champions!
Matt, Brandon, Russell and Sean of Team Garner saw the lads go from High Park to Leaside to the Land O' Lakes Curling Club in Tweed, Ontario. 

The team went 8 and 1 in the tourney and the most impressive win took place in the semi-finals in the 7th end with the game tied and Matt threw a control weight hit through a very small port to hit and stick a score- the only 2 of the game. This is the first time in the 77 years of the event that our school has won. On another matter, it is the first time in Ms. Haden-Reeves' 22 year coaching career that one of her teams has won a provincial championship. Our gratitude and congratulations are extended to our brilliant Coach!


Muskoka Woods Leadership Week- Jan. 25-29
snowboarders posing
Congratulations and welcome back to our 380 campers and senior student leaders and their dedicated staff advisor team of 15! Our week was bountiful and rich: indoor and outdoor stations building on the character traits that form the foundation of our program helped us further our mission to break down walls and to build community. What a fine family of students, staff and parents we are. Well done Richview! Enjoy the images from our camp on the "Leadership" page under "Departments."



All for One! Richview supports Canadian Blood Services!
On February 5th we are holding a Blood Typing/OneMatch Stem Cell Registration Event in Cafex from 9:30 am to 3 pm
This will be followed by a blood drive on February 8th at Etobicoke Civic Centre.
Please see the attached information - All in one poster and Parent Info letter

Milk Bags Matter
Students with milk bag mattresses
What do you get when combining 10 keen students, 4000 milk bags and 1 supportive staff advisor?
You divert enormous waste from landfill and create 7 mattresses to benefit families in Third World countries. Congratulations students and Ms. Haden-Reeves!
Visit Milk Bags Unlimited for more information.

New Professional Activity Day
All TDSB schools will have a newly designated P.A. Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. This additional P.A. Day has been mandated by the Ministry of Education as a result of provincial labour negotiations


Here's an easy way to promote Richview Athletics!
 Support the athletic program at Richview by purchasing a magazine subscription. Ten dollars from every subscription ordered goes directly towards Richview Athletics. Many of the most popular magazines are offered at a great discount. Magazine Fundraiser 2015 2016.doc Give the gift of reading and support athletics at Richview.
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