October 16, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
Welcome back from your long weekend. We hope you have come back refreshed and relaxed, and that you used the time to reflect on the year thus far.
Returning students received their 2019-2020 yearbooks this week. We hope that memories of all the good that happens every day at Fieldstone will be a driving force to get our community through these unique times. Additionally, students have received their photo ID cards and Edge Imaging picture order forms.
This Friday was a literacy block day, wherein students got to see the breakdown of the OSSLT. The EQAO has announced that the OSSLT will be online for the 2020-2021 school year. We expect that the breakdown will remain the same and, as more information is available, we will continue to prepare our students accordingly.
We wish you all a wonderful weekend.
Ms. Ginie Wong and Mr. Brian Munshaw
Principal and Vice Principal
Health and Safety Reminders
In order to maintain the utmost safety of our school community, Fieldstone has decided that anyone exhibiting any possible COVID-19 symptoms should be tested; however, if the parents/guardians are advised by their medical provider that a COVID-19 test is not necessary, a COVID-19 test will not be required by the school. Parents/guardians should follow recommendations/advice provided by the medical providers as to when their children should return to school.
This policy is made in accordance with the following guidance provided by the Ontario government on September 21:
It is recommended that schools advise the ill individual and/or their parent or guardian to have the ill individual seek medical advice, including the recommendation of testing for COVID-19, as appropriate or advised by their medical practitioner.
The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education updated the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for children and another one for staff, volunteers and adults on October 7. Thank you for continuing to self-screen your child(ren) before sending them to school.
We appreciate your ongoing support for the well-being of our community.
Upcoming Dates to Put on Your Calendar
- Monday, October 19
- Progress Reports Emailed to Families
- Wednesday, October 28
- Wellness Wednesday – Classes end at 12:05.
*Please let your teacher know on Monday October 26 if you will be staying for study hall.
The Student Handbook and Important Forms
All Fieldstone students and families are expected to review and be familiar with Fieldstone Policies and Procedures. Please ensure you have reviewed the following documents:
Students are reminded that attendance is mandatory for both online learners and onsite learners. If you will be absent or miss an assignment due to a reason such as sickness, please inform your teachers so that they can make alternate arrangements with you.
Online learners are expected to login regularly and keep up with the course material. Students who are not putting forth an honest effort will be considered absent and will be subject to our Attendance Policy and Student Code of Conduct.
If you are going to be absent, we ask you to notify the office of the reason to maintain the safety of our community.
Students who are arriving late or have spares are asked to sign in at the main office upon their arrival.
Messages from our Guidance Team
OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Centre) Tutorials
By the end of next week, Ms. Wu will have contacted you with information on your OUAC Tutorial date. She will post a tutorial video in the University Guides Moodle Classroom, which all Grade 12 students must watch before they meet with her. This contains all of the information that students need to know to apply to the OUAC website.
Please check your emails next week for more information and tutorial times!
Community Service Requirement
For the 2020-2021 school year, the Ministry of Education has changed the community service requirement to a minimum of 20 hours of community service.
This recognizes that graduating students have had barriers to earning their community involvement hours last school year and there may be continued barriers this school year.
Students are encouraged to consider volunteering virtually, such as connecting with seniors, organizing virtual fundraising events and facilitating discussions with newcomer youth. Outdoor volunteer opportunities could include, for example, picking up litter. You can find virtual volunteer opportunities through websites like Spark Ontario.
You can also earn community service hours by tutoring other students in class, as long as you verify with your teacher first.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) for January 2021 Graduates
Students who are graduating in January 2021 must sign up for the OLC4O course with Virtual High School in order to meet the literacy graduation requirement.
You should have received an email from Ms. Wu regarding this matter. If you would like more information, please contact her.
OUAC & Guidance Important Dates
Please see this document for the Important Dates related to OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Centre) and Guidance.
University Guides Moodle Classroom
Grade 11 and 12 students have been added to Ms. Wu’s University Guides class on Moodle. This provides resources on university terminology, admission requirements, and how to complete supplementary applications. If there is anything else that you would like to know about applying to universities, please let Ms. Wu know.
Virtual University Visits
Over the next two months, universities across Canada will be holding virtual visits to Fieldstone. We will be streaming their visits from the Boardroom at 11:40 am. Please see this document for the dates. If you are unable to attend in person, please email Ms. Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will forward you the Zoom information.
Presentations in October:
- October 20th – University of Ottawa
- October 21st – University of Guelph
- October 29th – University of Waterloo
If you are interested in IELTS classes held at Fieldstone, please let Ms. Wu know.
Community Reminders and Updates
We look forward to kicking off another successful year of co-curricular activities.
The Prefects have already started their meetings please see Ms. Bai and Ms. D. if you would like to join.
If you are interested in joining DECA, please see or contact Ms. Wells.
If you are interested in joining Outreach, please see Ms. Peter.
If you are interested in joining Math club – please see Ms. Mao or Mr. Bell.
If you are interested in joining Drama club – please see Ms. Code
If you are interested in joining Yearbook club – please see Ms. Gordon
If you are interested in joining Coding Club – please see Mr. Munshaw starting Tuesday at lunch in room 308 for our initial meeting to see interest. See you there!
Click HERE to see profiles of students who have shown great character in recent classes. We are impressed by all students’ commitment to learning and to strengthening our school community.
No Smoking or Vaping Policy A reminder to students that smoking/vaping is not allowed within 20 meters of the school perimeter and is strictly prohibited on school property. This is both a school policy and provincial law.