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November 15, 2019

Message from the Assistant Head of School

Today, Midterm Reports will be sent, showcasing students’ achievements thus far in the semester. We hope that students feel proud of their accomplishments and look forward to achieving continued success in the coming months.

This week concluded with a whole-school House Launch Event in our gymnasium. Students from JK-Grade 12 united in their houses to celebrate school spirit and learn more about namesakes of their respective houses. We are excited to collaborate with the Fieldstone Day School community and hope that this was the first of many exciting joint spirit initiatives between the two schools.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Stephanie Long – Assistant Head of School

 

 


Upcoming Dates to Put on Your Calendar

  • November 20th: OSSLT Mock Test #2 and Parent Teacher Interviews (3:30 – 6:30) 
  • November 25th: Last Day to Drop Semester 1 Courses
  • December 18th: Winter Showcase
  • Winter break: December 23 – January 3, 2020

 


Parent Teacher Interviews – November 20th

Interviews allow parents and guardians to meet with students’ teachers individually to learn about their progress in courses thus far. This year, interviews will take place from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on November 20th.

To schedule an interview, please contact Ms. Ellis at tellis@fieldstonekcschool.org or call the Main Office. 


Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test – Mock Test

Our next mock test will be on November 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Gym. Students should be actively reviewing their first mock test and making corrections. 

The class schedule will be released on the literacy board in the coming weeks.

A reminder to students and families of our OSSLT procedures:

  1. Students who are not yet at the ESLDO in semester 2 of the school year will be deferred from writing the OSSLT (both mock and real).
  2. Students must demonstrate that they are ready for the OSSLT in order to be enrolled. Evidence to make this decision includes:
    1. Scoring 70% or higher on the mock OSSLT
    2. ESL and English class achievement
    3. Literacy block achievement
    4. Literacy Tutorial achievement (literacy tutorials will commence later in November after we have the second mock test data).
  3. These four factors are considered when determining suitability for the EQAO OSSLT in spring.
  4. Students will be sent their OSSLT enrollment status in early December – once all of the mock test data has been collected and midterm reports are released.

Winter Break is Coming: But not until December 23rd!

Students are reminded that classes and community events continue until the end of December 20th. Students are expected to be in school until the end of that week and attendance policies will be in effect as usual. It is important to our community to have all students present throughout scheduled school days leading up to the holiday period.


The Student Handbook and Important Forms

All Fieldstone students and families are expected to review and be familiar with Fieldstone Policies and Procedures. Our School Calendar provides detailed information on the policies and procedures. Please take some time to review them in preparation for the school year.

Please remember to complete the online Student Information Form

Students need permission to leave school for lunch and during spares. If you would like your child to be able to leave school during lunch, please indicate so on the student information form. Students who leave school property are reminded to ensure they practice safe street smarts including not wearing expensive clothing or walking with headphones on unaware of their surroundings. Fieldstone is not able to supervise students who have left the school ground and will not be liable for the students during this time.

Students who do not have permission to leave school grounds are asked to stay in the school cafeteria or attend a lunch club. Students found leaving school property without parental permission will be in breach of the student code of conduct as this is a serious breach of trust between the school and the student.


Tutorials

Tutorials Serve 4 main purposes:

1- Enrichment – As teachers cover concepts in their classes that have Cambridge Extensions, they will have a follow up tutorial to take up the extension. This allows students to be preparing for Cambridge examination topics that are directly related to what they are learning in class at that time.

2- Homework Club – Students are encouraged to get their homework done at school. Doing it in the tutorial allows students to ask questions as they encounter difficulty. 

3- Remedial – students who are falling below level 3 will be assigned mandatory tutorials. Attendance is mandatory. In these tutorials students will receive additional help from the teacher or even possibly a peer-tutor, to help the achieve the provincial standard of the course.

4- Skills based tutorials – throughout the year, teachers will hold specialty tutorials that are open to everyone. These can fall under many categories such as – general conversation skills, literacy skills, career planning, career stories etc. 

 

Please see the tutorial schedule here


Messages from our Guidance Team

 

Community Service Hours

A reminder to the graduating class that you need a minimum of 40 community service hours to graduate. The number of hours graduates still require is posted on Google Classroom. 

The number of volunteer hours everyone from Grade 9 to Grade 12 has achieved is posted on the Guidance Board. 

The code to join the “Volunteer Opportunities” classroom is: rnlj01


University Spotlight:  University of Waterloo

This week, we were visited by the University of Waterloo. It is located in Waterloo, about an hour and a half west of Toronto. It has an Admission Information Form (AIF) where you can fill in information about yourself, like your extracurriculars and your accomplishments. This is required for programs in the Faculty of Mathematics and the Faculty of Engineering, along with programs like Architecture, Computing, Financial Management and Pharmacy. It is highly recommended for all other programs. If you have any questions, please come see Ms. Wu.

OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Centre)

We have finished all of our tutorials! If you have any questions about program choices or submitting your application, please book an appointment with Ms. Wu.

University Visits for November – it will be a busy month for university visits. They will be at lunchtime in the cafeteria, unless otherwise stated. 

  • Queen’s University – Monday, November 18 (from 10:30 to 11:15)
  • Brock University – Tuesday, November 19 
  • University of Windsor – Thursday, November 21
  • Western University’s Huron Campus – Friday, November 22
  • University of Ottawa – Friday, November 29 (from 9:30 to 10:15)

Semester 1 Midterm Report & Last Day to Drop

Semester 1 Midterm Reports will be issued on Friday, November 15.

The last day to drop Semester 1 courses is Monday, November 25.


University Viewbooks

Feel free to drop by the bookshelf in the Cafeteria to check out our university viewbooks and to learn more about post-secondary institutions.


Community Reminders and Updates

Co-Curriculars Provide Valuable Experience

Click here to view our exciting and jam-packed co-curricular schedule.


Community Service Hours: Google Classroom Reminder

Throughout the year, volunteer opportunities will be posted on a Google Classroom. The code to join the “Volunteer Opportunities” classroom is: rnlj01.


Fieldstone Uniform- Wear it Proudly

We expect students to come in complete uniform every day. We love seeing our students wear their uniforms with pride.

Uniform items may be purchased from DGN Kilters. For directions to the uniform store, or to purchase Fieldstone uniform items online, please click here.

All shoes must be black and polishable dress shoes.

Please see our Uniform Infographic for more details.


Signing-In and Signing-Out

Fieldstone is a safe community. To maintain this standard, we need to know who is in the building and who is not in the building at any time.

  •  Visitors are reminded to sign-in at the front desk upon arrival to the school. They will be issued visitor passes.
  • Students who are over 18 and need to leave school property for an emergency or personal appointment, need to sign out at the front desk.
  • Students under the age of 18 can only sign out with parent or custodian permission.
  • Students are expected to attend class on-time and thus should use transition time to prepare for the next period of learning. There is not enough time in transition time to leave school property.
  • Students who arrive late to school MUST sign in at the front desk.

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.


Emergency School Closure Protocol

  • Emergency school closures due to inclement weather, or for any other reason will be announced, no later than 6:45 a.m. on the day of a closure. The announcements will be as follows:
  • An e-mail blast to all addresses that normally receive the weekly Friday File
  • An announcement on the website
  • Announcements via local media outlets that announce school closures

SMS messaging

Please send a text message to 978338 with a Y or Yes to be able to “opt-in” receiving our communications via SMS messaging.  Text messaging will be used for communications that require immediate responses such as school closures and emergency events.


Student All-Stars

Please click here to read about students who have exemplified Fieldstone character values this week. Each “all-star” has earned two points for his/her House! Thank you to our all-stars for their valuable contributions to our Fieldstone community.


Social Media

Please follow us on social media to keep up with our latest events, photos, and activities.

Click below for links.


FKCS in Recent Pictures (clockwise from top left)

Snowy weather arrived to campus and was captured by our eager student photographers, Communications Technology students worked together on script building, Grade Twelve English students created “foldable” resources to aid them in studying Othello, and our Girls Basketball Team continued to be more successful with every game.


2019-2020 Important Dates:

Click here to review important dates in the coming school year.


Homestay Families: A Valued Part of our Fieldstone Community

We would like to invite Fieldstone families to be part of international students’ Canadian experience. Homestay families promote Canadian cultural immersion by integrating students into family life. Short-term options are available, as we look forward to welcoming two students from Europe next year on their “Year Abroad” experience.

Interested families are asked to please contact Ms. Kristine Foy by email kfoy@fieldstonekcschool.org or by phone 416-854 4897 today.


Please stay up to date with school events by checking our weekly Friday File throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

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