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September 20, 2019

Message from the Assistant Head of School

Today, many students will travel to DGN Kilters to ensure they have a complete uniform to wear with pride during the school year. We are impressed by students’ positive attitude toward uniform this year, as it reflects on their sense of citizenship and community membership. 

We have enjoyed another engaging week of learning together, and are looking forward to upcoming events such as the Ontario Universities Fair and our annual retreat to Ontario Pioneer Camp.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Stephanie Long, Assistant Head of School

 

 


Upcoming Dates to Put on Your Calendar

  • September 27th: Ontario Universities Fair
      • All Grade 11 and 12 students will attend, accompanied by members of the Fieldstone faculty.
  • September 30th: School Picture Day
      • All students are expected to come to school in Number One Dress.
  • October 4th: PD Day (no classes)
  • October 9th: Camp Preparation Assembly
  • October 16th-18th: Ontario Pioneer Camp

Ontario Pioneer Camp Details

ALL FKCS students are expected to attend this trip. Sharing lasting memories in northern Ontario is a valuable experience for our students, and bonding with fellow students and staff will help increase their success, comfort, and confidence in the school year.

Monday will be the last day for cabin sign-up with Ms. Long at lunch. Ms. Long is always happy to answer your Camp-related questions and to help you feel EXCITED and CONFIDENT about your Camp experience!

Click HERE for more information about Camp.


Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

This year’s Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. This test is conducted at the school, however, is regulated and created by the province of Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).  

Students must demonstrate that they are ready to take the test, in order to be registered. Fieldstone uses the following evidence to make this decision:

i) Mock OSSLT tests – There will be three of these throughout the year to both practice the literacy test, but also to see how students are ready for it. Feedback reports will be given to the students on how they did and what they need to still work on. Students are expected to have a level 3 (70%) to be considered ready for the test. Students who fall below the 70% range may demonstrate their readiness through the other pieces of evidence listed below in their literacy portfolio.

ii) Literacy Tutorials – Following the Mock OSSLT tests, students will work through correcting their tests during the 25 minute literacy block each week. Additionally, specialized literacy tutorials will be offered following the first two tests for students to continue to practice and improve their reading and writing skills. Literacy portfolios are kept for each student to track their improvement over time and also to help determine readiness for the OSSLT.

iii) ESL/’English performance – ESL and English teachers have portfolios of work from the students. This is another consideration in the enrollment of a student. This includes writing drafts, outlines, and other assessment for learning activities that show the growth of the student, but not necessarily the mark of the student. Fieldstone community members are reminded that a level 3 on the Provincial Achievement Chart is what indicates that the students have met the provincial standard of the course. 

iv) ESL Level – Students must have completed ESLDO by the time the OSSLT is administered.

The determination of an English Language Learner being enrolled in the OSSLT is in accordance to Section 2.9.3 of the Ontario Policy document English Language Learners which states, “English language learners should take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test when they have acquired the level of proficiency in English required for success.” 

Fieldstone needs evidence from these 4 categories to make a decision on whether or not a student is enrolled in the OSSLT as we want students to experience success on this test. 

More information on the OSSLT can be found here.


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 following online forms: 

Student Information Form

University Fair Permission Form (Grade 11 and 12)

Ontario Pioneer Camp 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 commenced on Monday September 16. 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


New Plagiarism Education and Detection Tool

This academic year, Fieldstone has adapted the Turnitin.com Plagiarism detection and education tool to help student better understand properly citing information and crediting original creators. Please click here to see our letter to the community regarding this new tool.


Messages from our Guidance Team


Questions about Post-Secondary Studies

If you have any questions or concerns about your post-secondary plans, please book an appointment with Ms. Wu. She is more than happy to chat with you! 


Ontario Universities’ Fair

Please hand in your permission forms! The last day is Tuesday, September 24th.

A list of questions you may want to ask the university representatives has been posted in the Google Classrooms. You can refer to these questions on your cellphone when you are at the Universities’ Fair next Friday, September 27th, or you can choose to create your own questions.

If you haven’t already, please fill out your contact information here and create an OUF Passport here. These will help improve your Universities’ Fair experience!

Refer to the Google Classrooms for an Ontario Universities’ Fair Checklist to make sure you are fully prepared.

We will post a list of the bus groups and the teachers supervising your groups early next week on the Guidance Board, along with further instructions.


OSSLT Mock Test – Friday, September 27

For those who might be writing the OSSLT in March 2020, you will be writing a mock OSSLT before we go to the Ontario Universities’ Fair. Your Literacy Block teachers have already been helping you prepare for this mock test.


University Visits at Fieldstone for September

  •         Ryerson University – Tuesday, September 24
  •         University of Guelph-Humber – Wednesday, September 25 
  •         Ontario University Fair – Friday, September 27

IELTS Workshop & IETLS Exam at Fieldstone – October 22 to April 24

If you are interested in taking the workshop taught by Ms. Wu after school from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., please submit the registration form and payment. The workshop starts on October 22nd

and ends on April 24th. Detailed information can be found on the registration form in the Main Office.

If you are just interested in writing the IELTS exam here at Fieldstone on Saturday, December 14th, 2019, or Saturday, February 8th,  2020, you can just pay the exam fee of $320.


Community Reminders and Updates

Co-Curriculars Have Begun!

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- Updates

In the interest of helping our students to adhere to uniform expectations, we are transitioning to black rather than grey pants. For September 2020, students’ pants should be black only. For this year, we will accept grey or black pants during the transition period.

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

Suggested Uniform Purchase Quantities:


Item

Suggested Quantities

Dress Shoes

1-2 pairs

Fieldstone Polo Shirt

2-3

Fieldstone Button-Down Shirt

2-3

Fieldstone Tie

2

Fieldstone Blazer

1-2

Black Dress Pants

2-3

Fieldstone Kilt (to be worn with black tights)

(optional) 1-2


“Smart Casual September”

Due to high number of students who may still be awaiting uniforms this month, we have decided to initiate a “smart casual” dress code for September. This means that uniforms will not be made mandatory until September 27th.

In the meantime, the following items are part of our “smart casual” expectation:

  •       Polo shirt/shirt/blouse for everyone; these can be long or short sleeved.
  •       Sweater or cardigan can be worn.
  •       Trousers (can include jeans – no rips), ¾ length trousers, skirts or dresses
  •       T-shirts can be worn with no inappropriate slogans.
  •       Smart flat shoes– black or brown. Clean running shoes are acceptable. No boots.

The following items are not permitted and will constitute a uniform offense:

  •       Crop tops
  •       Short skirts
  •       Hats
  •       Ripped pants
  •       Leggings

We aim to help students to present themselves as polished and professional young people.


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

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)

Biology students got ready to do some research in our Science Lab, Photography students created caricature portraits, Ms. Misevski counted down to Camp in her classroom, and Zumba Club had its first session! 

 

 

 


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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