Principal’s Notes - September 27, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

We have had another great week and are delighted that the student agenda books finally arrived!  They were distributed to all students in Home Form classes yesterday.  At our welcome assemblies, we reviewed the Code of Behaviour, School Policies and general school information.  This information can be found in the front pages of the student agenda book.  Please take an opportunity to review these pages with your child.  We will also review them during Home Form class.


Yesterday, our Student Council hosted Club Fest.  During lunch, students had an opportunity to learn about YMCI’s various clubs.  We thank all the staff advisors, student leaders and participants for coming out to support Club Fest.  Information about how to join sports teams, clubs, etc. are announced in the mornings and posted daily in front of the Main Office.  Please encourage your child to be involved at the school!


York Mills School Advisory Council (YMSAC):

Our first YMSAC meeting took place this week.  Thank you to all those who attended!  Welcome to our 2019-2020 YMSAC Executives:  Naziha Mahmoud (Chair), Rubina Rawji (Vice-Chair), Sally Pang (Treasurer) and Amanda Kistindey (Secretary).  Our next YMSAC meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there! 


Orange Shirt Day:

On Monday, September 30, students and staff at York Mills and across the TDSB will come together and wear Orange Shirts to recognize the harm that the Residential School System did to First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and to recognize that "Every Child Matters."  Orange shirt day is a movement that officially began in 2013 but in reality it began in 1973 when six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC. The date, September 30 was chosen because that was the time of the year the trucks and buses would enter the communities to “collect” the children and deliver them to their harsh new reality of cultural assimilation, mental, sexual and physical abuse, shame and deprivation. The impact of residential schools affects every Canadian.  (Bob Joseph, Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples, 2015). 


Grade 9 Curriculum Night

On Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., we will hold a Grade 9 Curriculum Night. All parents and guardians of Grade 9 students are encouraged to attend this evening.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Grade 9 academic and extra-curricular programs at York Mills, and to meet the Grade 9 teachers.  Please see the attachment.

Curriculum Night 2019.pdf 

English-as-a Second-Language (ESL) Information Night:

On Wednesday, October 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., there will be an information session for all parents and guardians of ESL students.  This information session has been planned in conjunction with the Grade 9 Curriculum Night.  If your child is taking any grade 9 courses, we hope you will join us afterwards for Curriculum Night. 


School Photo Day:

Photo Re-take Day is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 15.


Academic Awards Ceremony: 

On Thursday, October 17 from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. there will be an Academic Awards ceremony in Titan Hall.  At this ceremony, students with highest academic achievement in courses from 2018-19 will be recognized.  Award winners will receive a personal invitation from the school, and their parents will be invited to attend. 

Interim Reports:

Students will receive an interim report and student attendance report on Friday, October 18. 


Parent/Teacher Interviews:

Parent/Teacher Interviews is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 24.  There will be an afternoon session (2:00 - 4:00 p.m.) and an evening session (6:00-8:00 p.m.).  Appointments with teachers will be made on-line.  Instructions on how to book on-line appointments will be forthcoming.


Guidance Notes:


Parent Workshop:

Students attended a workshop this week on ‘How to Apply to College/University’.  The same workshop will be available to parents on Tuesday, October 1 from 1:00-3:00 pm in Titan Hall.  No registration is required.  Hope to see you there.  The presentation is attached.  Feel free to contact your child’s Counsellor if you have any questions.

Ontario University Fair:

The Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) began in 1997 as a way to help high school students gather information about Ontario’s 21 universities.  Today, the OUF gives families an opportunity to talk to representatives from each Ontario university about programs, campus life and anything else that may help students make a decision about which Ontario university to choose.   Each university has its own booth, staffed with representatives who can answer your questions and provide additional materials about programs, admission requirements and student life.  Each university also offers a scheduled info presentation session several times throughout the OUF weekend.  If your child is planning to apply to an Ontario university, don’t miss the OUF.

The OUF is taking place September 27-29, 2019 between the hours of 10 am – 5 pm daily at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Admission is free.

Register for a passport at  With an OUF Passport, you can provide your contact details once, instead of up to 21 times.  An OUF Passport is the easiest way for you to share your contact information with the universities you’re interested in so they can send you information.  York Mills CI will be hosting a similar event, PSIE – Post-Secondary Information Event on November 5 at the school, however, not all schools will be in attendance.  More details to follow.


Scholarship News: 

Students interested in being nominated by the York Mills Scholarship Committee for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship in order to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and/or the Loran Scholarship, should submit the online application by noon on or before October 2, 2019.  Students are encouraged to pick up a Scholarship Package in the Guidance office for details and for the online application website. 


Declaring Post-Secondary Intent:

Any grade 12 students deciding NOT to apply to college or university this year, should report their intention to their Counsellor on or before October 18, 2019.  This declaration will enable us to refrain from sending pertinent information to the application centres.


Ontario College Fair:

The largest college information event in Ontario will take place on Wednesday, October 23 (5pm to 9pm) and Thursday, October 24 (9am to 2pm) at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.  You will be able to visit 26 college booths in one location!  A series of info sessions will also be available to help you get familiar with applying to college.  Past sessions have included the following topics:  Individual College Information sessions, How to Pay for College, Career Planning workshop, College Degrees Programs, How to Apply, Credit Transfer in Ontario Post-Secondary and many more.  You will have the opportunity to talk to recruiters, staff and students, get insight from professors, recruitment advisors, current students and alumni. For more information, visit


Upcoming Dates:


Parent Workshop – How to Apply to College/University’- October 1

Grade 9 Curriculum Night – October 2

ESL Information Night – October 2

PA Day – no school – October 11

Thanksgiving Holiday – school closed – October 14

Photo Retake Day – October 15

Staff Professional Learning – Late Start Schedule – October 15

Academic Awards Ceremony – October 17

Interim Reports Distributed – October 18

Parent/Teacher Interviews – Early Dismissal Schedule – October 24

Late Start Schedule – October 25

Staff Meeting – Late Start Schedule – October 29


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