May 7, 2021
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
While we wish we could enjoy the spring weather on campus together, it has truly lifted our spirits this week to see the enthusiasm and positive attitudes of our students as they learn together online. Our community has remained united, supportive, and inclusive as we connect in unique and creative ways every day.
Happy Mother’s Day (this coming Sunday) to the wonderful mothers of our FKCS students. We hope that you feel valued and appreciated on Mother’s Day – and every day!
It was a pleasure to meet with family members and guardians this week to discuss student success in Parent-Teacher Interviews. Thanks to everyone who came together to help make this event successful and productive. We are pleased to support the success of our students as a team.
Our Guidance Counsellor, Ms. Wu, has started meeting with re-registered students individually for 2021-2022 course selection. Students who are interested in taking summer courses this summer, please click HERE for the Summer School registration form.
The health and well-being of our Fieldstone Family is of paramount importance to us. We will continue to follow the advice of Toronto Public Health, along with the direction of the Province, in order to keep our community as safe as possible. Please find vaccine information in THIS letter from Toronto Public Health.
Ms. Ginie Wong and Mr. Brian Munshaw
Head of School and Assistant Head of School
Upcoming Dates to Put on Your Calendar
- May 7 – Last day to drop a semester 2 course without it appearing on the transcript.
- May 19 – Wellness Wednesday
- Period 1 – 8:10 – 8:30 (morning arrival)
- Period 2 – 8:30 – 9:15 (45 minutes)
- Transition – 9:15 – 9:25 (10 minutes)
- Period 3 – 9:25 – 10:10 (45 minutes)
- Transition – 10:10 – 10:25 (15 minutes)
- Period 5 – 10:25 – 11:10 (45 minutes)
- Transition – 11:10 – 11:20 (10 minutes)
- Period 6 – 11:20- 12:05 (45 minutes)
- May 24 – Victoria Day
- School will be closed.
- June 2 – Wellness Wednesday (see schedule above)
- June 23 – Last day of school.
Cambridge Exams – Our School Candidates Are Now Doing School-Based Assessment
We are happy to announce that we received approval from the Cambridge Exam board to move from exam-based assessment to school-based assessment. Students will work with their syllabus leaders to demonstrate their knowledge and skills of their Cambridge syllabuses.
Syllabus leaders will reach out directly to affected candidates with their new assessment tasks and schedules. We are incredibly grateful that we could ensure students do not receive a disruption in their education and our Cambridge scholars can still shine despite the pandemic.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Munshaw: email@example.com.
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (The OSSLT):
The OSSLT has been changed from paper format to electronic format. Currently, the EQAO is field testing this new format and it is only available to in class learners.
Due to the current campus closures, the test is on pause until further notice. We look forward to preparing our students next academic school year for this new format of test and we are always striving for improved literacy skills overall.
If you would like more information on the changes the EQAO is making, please go to Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test – EQAO. Please also note that this year the Ministry of Education has waived the literacy requirement for graduates in June 2021.
Yearbook Photo Reminder
We would like to ensure that our yearbook includes as many student portraits as possible. Click here for samples of yearbook portraits. If you did not attend Picture Day, please get a similar picture taken (no need for it to be professional) and send it to Ms. Gordon: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please try to wear a white dress shirt, navy blazer, and burgundy tie in the photo if possible. Any background is fine, as we will remove the background in the editing process.
Tutorials provide a time for students to receive additional help and enrichment in their courses. Our scheduled tutorials run after school from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. on the following days.
- Munshaw: Mondays and Thursdays
- Mao: Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Bai: Tuesdays and Fridays
- Dwivedi: Mondays and Tuesdays
- Wells: Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Wu: Thursdays and by appointment
- Code: Monday and Friday
- Gordon: Monday and Thursday
- Bell: Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Peter: By appointment
- Loucks: By appointment
If students are unable to make these times, they are encouraged to communicate with their teachers to see if they can be helped at an alternate time. As these tutorials are virtual while we are online, please be sure to contact your teacher to let them know you will be attending and when.
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 with the reason for your absence to maintain the safety of our community. A reminder that if a member of the community is experiencing a COVID-19 symptom, they follow the guidelines on the Toronto Public Health screening poster.
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
Graduating Students’ Community Service Hours
Graduating students, a reminder that this year, you need to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service. Please view this document to check how many community service hours you have so far. If you have fewer than 20, please use the next few months to seek out some volunteering opportunities.
Graduating students, when you receive your offers, please email them to Ms. Wu, or to email@example.com. Congratulations on your accomplishments and your perseverance!
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.
OUAC & Guidance Important Dates
Please see this document for the Important Dates related to OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Centre) and Guidance.
Community Reminders and Updates
FKCS students, are you interested in earning service hours? Promoting our wonderful school? Mentoring new students? Helping our community to grow? If your answer is YES, please email Ms. Long about getting involved with our new Fieldstone Ambassador Programme! firstname.lastname@example.org
We are enjoying another successful year of co-curricular activities. New students are always welcome to join our clubs! Co-curriculars are a great way to meet new friends and gain new skills.
Japanese Club meets each Wednesday and will resume when campus re-opens. Please contact Ms. Butcher for more information: email@example.com
If you are interested in joining DECA, please contact Ms. Wells: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in joining Outreach Club, please contact Ms. Peter: email@example.com
If you are interested in joining Drama Club, please contact Ms. Code: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in joining Yearbook Club, please contact Ms. Gordon: email@example.com
Trivia Thursdays has been postponed until on campus learning resumes. We miss the excitement this brought to lunch time and look forward to resuming it when possible.
Coding Club Our regular lunch time meetings have been postponed. You can continue to move forward in your Codecademy modules for C++. This week we would be covering Lesson 5 – Conditions and Logic Part 2 of 2. If you run into problems, please feel free to contact Mr. Munshaw (firstname.lastname@example.org)to debug.
Please click HERE to see a showcase of students who have recently displayed great character.
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.
Photography students created whimsical Hybrid Photos, Grade Nine Science students presented research on constellations, Visual Arts students completed their Self-Portrait Paintings, and we enjoyed a change of pace on Wednesday for Wellness Wednesday and Parent-Teacher Interviews.