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September 22, 2023 - Newsletter Featured Article

Friday, September 1, 2023

Dear MGCI Parents/Guardians/Caregivers/Students:

It’s been another busy week at MGCI! We have sports teams starting up and clubs and organizations preparing for the Clubs Fair on September 28, field trips starting and classes are in full swing. I had the pleasure of meeting with the Muslim Student’s Association and seeing the Robotics Team prepare for competition and both groups are wonderful examples of the energy and leadership that Garneau students regularly demonstrate! 

Guidance has completed their review of student timetables and change requests and class lists have now stabilised. Students requesting Semester 2 changes should book an appointment with their guidance counsellor using the form in the google classrooms (codes below in this newsletter).

We look forward to welcoming our Grade 9 families to the school for next week’s Grade 9 Curriculum Night at 7pm. See the poster here for more information. The evening is a great time to learn about Grade 9 courses and opportunities for students both academically and through extra curricular activities. 

Have a great weekend Garneau!

Gillian Evans, Principal


  1. Student Ambassadors - Leadership and Volunteer opportunity!

To all grade 10, 11, and 12s…..Want to represent your school community by helping volunteer for school and community events? Looking for a leadership opportunity or community hours? Then consider joining the School Ambassador Team! For more information and for the application, please go to the Guidance Google Classroom. Paper copies of the application are also available outside of the Guidance Office. Please review the information and presentation carefully to see if this is right for you.

School Ambassador applications and Executive applications are due Mon. Sept 25th by 3:30 p.m. to Ms. Mavromihelakis or the School Ambassador Application drop box in the Guidance Office.  Teacher referrals must be given from the teacher to Ms. Mavromihelakis.

2.   Model Parliament for High School Students

Are you in Grade 10-12? Are you interested in the Legislative Process? Do you want the chance to debate your own legislation in the Legislative Chamber? Then sign up for our Model Parliament program through the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2023. See the website for more info: 

  1. Caring and Safe Schools Committee

Each school must have a safe and accepting schools team that is responsible for fostering a safe, inclusive, and accepting school climate that should include at least one student, a parent, teacher, non-teaching staff member, one community partner, and the principal. VP Kwon is looking for interested members from the community who would like to join. Please contact if you are interested.

Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 8:15am in the main office conference room.

  1. US University Applications

For all grade 12 students - Are you looking to apply to a US University or curious about the application process? Please join Ms. Solorzano in room 122 on Tuesday September 26 at lunch for a lunch and learn (please bring your lunch). This is open to all graduating students. 

  1. Toronto Public Health Back to School Information

As you prepare your child to return to school in September, here is some important health information from Toronto Public Health (TPH) for the upcoming school year. Please make sure that you read their advice on how to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses and communicable diseases - especially the advice to stay home if you are sick!

  1. Worth Repeating - School Calendar and Vacation Planning

The 2023-24 School Calendar is now available on the TDSB website. Please click here for Exam and holiday dates. Please note that we will be scheduling final Exams and culminating activities for the 2023-24 school year in both January and June. A reminder that vacations are not considered a legitimate absence from instructional days or Exam days. Every effort should be made to avoid scheduling family vacations during school time. In the event of a missed evaluation due to a family vacation, teachers are not required to provide an alternative form of evaluation or Exam and a mark of zero may be assigned. 

  1. Guidance Update

To book a Guidance appointment or find out more information about school events, volunteer opportunities, course selection and post-secondary pathways, please join your Grade specific Google Classroom:

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For more Guidance information, please check out their newsletter, the Guidance Gazette!

  1. School Council Update

Congratulations to the new members of the 2023/24 MGCI School Council! Your new council co-chairs are Yogesh Kumar and Massod Alam. More information about upcoming meetings and events will be shared in future newsletters. We invite all parents and guardians to attend council meetings and join council committees.


Land Acknowledgement: We, the students and staff of Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, acknowledge that we are hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Wendat. We also recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, M├ętis, and the Inuit peoples.

Best Regards,

MGCI Admin Team