January 15, 2021
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
This week, we announced that, in accordance with the government’s decision to close schools in Ontario’s COVID-19 “hot zone” until February 10th, we will be extending our campus closure. We hope to resume on-site learning on February 11th. While we are disappointed that we cannot welcome students back to campus as soon as we had hoped, we are confident that our students will continue to be supported and successful online learners.
Today, students wrote the third Mock OSSLT. This experience allows students to receive personalized feedback on their reading and writing skills and to see how these are developing. It also allows us to see who is ready to be enrolled in the OSSLT in the spring. We are still waiting for a final decision regarding this year’s OSSLT from the EQAO and the Ministry of Education. We will notify the community about the details once we have more information to share.
We have our Semester One Exams beginning at the end of next week and would like to remind students to show up to exams at 8:30 to ensure we have time to work out any technical difficulties and address questions. Please check your classroom Moodle or contact your teacher if you have questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing how your hard work has paid off this semester. You will receive your Semester One Final Reports on February 1st.
Semester Two begins on Tuesday, February 2nd. If you have questions about your Semester 2 timetable, please contact our Guidance Counsellor, Ms. Wu.
Finally, we would like to remind families that our 2021-2022 re-registration information was sent last month. Please note that families who re-register before January 29th will receive an early bird discount. Once payments are received, a letter of acceptance will be issued for your study permit and/or visa renewal. We look forward to continuing to support our non-graduating students as they return to our school in the coming years.
We hope that everyone in our community enjoys a safe and restful weekend.
Ms. Ginie Wong and Mr. Brian Munshaw
Head of School and Assistant Head of School
Exams and CCTs
This semester, we will hold all of our examinations online through Moodle, Office 365, and Zoom/Microsoft Teams. The exam schedule will be as follows:
- January 22: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Period 2 exams. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. is extra time.
- January 25: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Period 3 exams. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. is extra time.
- January 26: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Period 5 exams. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. is extra time.
- January 27: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Period 6 exams. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. is extra time.
Your teachers will also have this information posted on your classroom Moodle. If you are an online learner only and are unsure of what “period” your class is – please check on your Classroom Moodle. Your teacher will also provide you the link to your exam meeting on the day of your exam.
Students are asked to arrive to their examinations at 8:30 a.m. for the security preclearance stage. During this preclearance stage, students will each be asked to do a 360 degree sweep of their exam room using their web camera, as well as show their desk, and have their microphone on. Only one computer monitor is allowed for exam writing. Students are asked also to close all apps other than the ones required for the examination – failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your results.
Your teacher may ask you to turn your microphone on or off throughout the examination process. Please be sure you have your speakers on.
Your teacher will also be recording the examination screens.
Any activity deemed suspicious by the teacher will be recorded and reported to the Assistant Head of School and the teacher will work together to decide the best follow up. If a student’s answers look suspicious compared to the work completed throughout the course, the student may be requested to do a follow-up oral interview regarding the examination for authentication.
Any cheating or plagiarism on examinations will result in a mark of below level 1 on the entire examination. Work may be checked using cheating analysis software. Students should be writing their exams in their own words and use their own styles used throughout the class to prevent plagiarism or cheating accusations.
Additional information can be found in the Online Addendum
Students are also reminded of our academic policy on Page 34 of the Fieldstone King’s College School Course Calendar 2020 – 2021 – Appendices. Students must write the examinations at the scheduled time unless they have made prior arrangements with the Assistant Head of School and teacher prior to the exam series.
Students must write their examinations according to the exam schedule and cannot leave the country before a scheduled exam is to take place. Course Culminating Tasks will not be rescheduled unless extenuating circumstances were discussed with both the course teacher and the Assistant Head of School prior to the absence.
- Students who do not complete a significant portion of Course Culminating Task (including the examination) will not earn the course credit.
- Students who do not complete a significant portion of the Course work will not earn the course credit.
If you have concerns regarding your exams, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Safety Updates and Reminders
Toronto is still under lockdown and that we must all keep this in mind as we plan festivities during the upcoming winter break. Please read guidance from Toronto Public Health HERE.
Toronto Public Health recently updated the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for children. The tool for staff, volunteers, and adults was updated on October 7. Thank you for continuing to screen your child(ren) before sending them to school.
Toronto Public Health has also shared the following documents:
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.
We appreciate your ongoing support for the well-being of our community.
Cambridge At Fieldstone
Fieldstone prides itself by offering the challenging and enriching curriculum and examinations of Cambridge International Assessment International Education. As we enter the final months of our first semester, it is a good time to start thinking about taking the challenge of Cambridge. If you are a level 4 student and looking to improve your knowledge in Sciences, Maths, French, Chinese, English, or English as a Second Language please email Mr. Munshaw (email@example.com) or speak directly to your subject teacher of your Cambridge Options.
If you are interested in writing an exam that is not listed here – please book an appointment with Mr. Munshaw to discuss the options available.
Upcoming Dates to Put on Your Calendar
- January 22- 27, 2021
- January 28 -29, 2021
- PD Days – No classes
- February 1, 2021
- PD Day – No classes
- Final Reports released
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 (see Health and Safety Reminders)
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
Semester Two Timetables
If you would like to meet with Ms. Wu to discuss your Semester 2 timetable, please send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We aim to have any timetable changes completed before the start of Semester 2.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Requirement
The Literacy Requirement is waived for students graduating in the 2020-2021 school year (January 2021 or June 2021). This means that graduating students do not need to take the OSSLT test, or the OLC4O course. However, if students need the OLC4O course to count as a credit in order to graduate, then they must still take it.
Students who are not graduating in the 2020-2021 school year are still asked to write the test in Spring 2021.
OUAC Application Deadline
Please note that the deadline to submit your OUAC Application is January 15, 2021.
Ms. Wu has sent the students who have not submitted their applications multiple reminder emails. Please check your emails and make arrangements to submit your application before the deadline.
University Guides Moodle Classroom
Ms. Wu has added links to Virtual Tours, Virtual Open Houses, and Viewbooks for many of the universities in Ontario.
She will add universities in other provinces and countries in the coming days.
Please take a look and register for any events that interest you!
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! email@example.com
We are enjoying another successful year of co-curricular activities.
Japanese Club will continue to meet on Wednesdays once on-site learning resumes.
The Prefects are planning wonderful events to boost school spirit. Please contact Ms. Bai and Ms. D. if you would like to join.
Coding Club will resume in Semester Two. Please see Mr. Munshaw for Details.
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
Click HERE to view profiles of students who have recently shown exceptional character within our community. We appreciate all of our students and their contributions to our wonderful school.
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.