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Senior School Newsfile

April 10, 2018

Dear Parents,

On Friday, April 13 students in Grades 9 - 12 will be participating in their fourth GLP day of the year. It will be a busy and enriching day! Grade 9s will be presenting their plan for making PC and the local community more sustainable to the Puma's Den. We wish them great success on this final pitch! Grade 10s will be learning about First Nations culture and social justice from indigenous educators and our PC faculty through a series of interactive activities and workshops. Grade 11s will be in the local community speaking to experts and collecting primary research on their capstone solutions while Grade 12s will be analysing the data from their action projects and planning how to scale up their solutions.

There will be a Senior School Excursion Information evening on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Joseph McCulley Meeting Room. This is for anyone whose child(ren) is(are) interested in participating in one of the planned trips or excursions next year, including: Greece and Italy Adventure; exchanges to Australia, United Kingdom and Spain; Music Festival in Banff, rafting on the Ottawa River and student leadership conferences.

Friday, April 20 will be a Blue and Green Dress Down Day in support of Pickering College's Earth Week 2018. Students from JK to Grade 12 are encouraged to wear blue or green in acknowledgment of environmental causes. $2.00 will be collected from each student and the money will be used to support Green Initiatives at the school, such as vegetable garden maintenance and supporting Green Team events throughout the year. The Green Team will be facilitating a number of activities throughout the week of April 16-20 and will be hosting Morning Meeting on Friday morning, This will include presenting this year's winner of the Farmer Environmental Stewardship Award.

On Monday, April 16, all Pickering College community members are invited to attend the screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, which will be shown in The Joseph McCulley Meeting Room at 3:45pm. This is a Canadian documentary about the food waste issues in Canada and around the world. Students may sign out of their regular co-curricular activity to attend the screening of this informative and entertaining film. The film is 74 minutes in length.

Pickering College is proud to offer its summer math camp program, Mathtasia for a second year. Mathtasia is open to all students in Grades 10 – 12 looking to reinforce their mathematical knowledge in preparation for the coming school year. To secure your place in the camp complete and return the Expression of Interest Form. For more information, contact Janet Downer, Director Senior School.

This summer Pickering College will be offering an Online Advanced Functions Course. The course runs for three months allowing students to work around vacations, summer jobs and other commitments. Many Grade 12 students require the Advanced Functions (MHF4U) course in order to gain entry into the university program of their choice. In addition to this, in order to take the Calculus & Vectors course (MCV4U), students must take the Advanced Functions course (MHF4U) either prior to taking Calculus & Vectors or at the same time. A registration package is available in Guidance for students to pick up. There must be a minimum of three registrants in order for the course to run and the final decision will be made on or before June 11, 2018.

Invitations to this year's Grade 12 Commencement Ceremony will be sent out this week. The ceremony will take place on Friday, June 15 at 11:00 am. An invitation to the Grad Celebration the evening before will also be included.

Final exams are scheduled from Friday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 12, inclusive. The exam schedule is now available on Edsby. Please ensure that your child's travel plans coincide with their exam schedule.

A reminder from the Business Office; if you selected full payment of 2018/19 tuition and fees, deadline for payment is April 18, 2018, in order to qualify for the full payment discount. Please note that, your March 2018 e-statements, were emailed on April 6 from studentbilling@pickeringcollege.on.ca address. If you did not receive your e-statement, please contact Joanne Golding, Accounting Manager at studentbilling@pickeringcollege.on.ca or 905-895-1120 extension 223.

A reminder to our parents regarding traffic flow: students in Grades 7 to 12 are to be dropped off at the back of the school in the designated areas. This driveway is one way during drop off and pick up time --- enter at the north end of the school and exit at the south end. Thank you for your courtesy, patience and cooperation to ensure pick up and drop off periods run as smoothly and safely as possible.

Step Right Up – Join us for the Cirque de Rêves Gala Auction! We invite you to bid on one of the many exciting auction prizes that will be available to the PC community through the Givergy gala auction. Givergy is an electronic auction system that offers our entire community the opportunity to join the fun from anywhere in the world, while supporting generations of happy, inspired students here at Pickering College. Click here for more auction details. Thank you to Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. for generously sponsoring this year's gala auction!

Congratulations to Carrie and Rico Dente, winners of Cirque de Rêves limousine service, kindly sponsored by Treasure Mills.


Janet Downer
Director Senior School

Archived Newsletters

February 20, 2018

Dear Parents,

The Middle and Senior School Drama Club is pleased to present the acclaimed musical, School of Rock (School Production) onstage in The Joseph McCulley Meeting Room. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wanna-be rock star, who decides to earn a few bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. The show will run Wednesday, February 28, Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, with a 7:00 p.m. curtain. Tickets are $15 each. Senior students can obtain tickets during lunch recess. Junior and Middle school students and other community members can purchase tickets by emailing schoolofrock@pickeringcollege.on.ca. In your email, indicate the number of tickets you are requesting, your student's name, and the performance date. Tickets will be charged to the student's account. Get your tickets soon! Past musical productions have sold out so order early to avoid disappointment. The Middle School YEO committee will be running a refreshment table in the foyer prior to the show and during intermission.

All Grade 10 students and some Grade 11 students will be writing the Literacy Test on Tuesday, April 10. It is imperative that students be at school as the next opportunity to write the test is in 2019. Grade 11 students who miss the test will be enrolled in the Literacy Course in their Grade 12 year. The successful completion of the Literacy Test is a graduation requirement.

Final exams are scheduled from Friday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 12 inclusive. The exam schedule will be issued prior to the March Break. Please ensure that your child's travel plans coincide with their exam schedule.

On Friday, February 23 Pickering College students will support The National Anti-Bullying Movement by wearing a pink shirt with their uniforms. Pink Shirt Day was created to make a visible stand against bullying, and now raises awareness for the issue and promotes resources available to bullying victims. We are asking you to join in and show your support by wearing a pink shirt. Official Pink "Together, Pickering College Anti-bullying Day. Everyday!" T-shirts are available for sale in the Hilltop Shop for $5.50 for youth sizes and $6.00 for adult sizes. Additionally, pink shirts will be available for purchase outside of the Dining Hall on Wednesday, February 21, Thursday, February 22 and in Egan House before Morning Meeting on Friday, February 23.

We are excited to announce Our Global Online Experience (GOE), set for Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29. These are the four days between the end of March Break and the beginning of the Easter long weekend. Our International students will be able to extend their time at home while also completing course work.

Our Global Leadership Program stresses digital citizenship and technological communication as important skills that are required for their future. Online learning teaches students how to use technology for deep, sustained learning. During the GOE, all course materials will be provided online through Edsby, our learning management system, and other online applications. Students will complete meaningful tasks through appropriate technological mediums either on-site with their teachers during their regular lesson time, or independently as a distance learning option. Regular classes will not be running, but the four days are full school days and teachers will be in their classrooms as usual. We expect that most of our students will choose to participate online. The expectation for students is that they are fully engaged in the online classes and must complete all course requirements during this week. There will be homework and assignments that will be assessed as a part of their overall mark and participation is mandatory.

This innovative week gives our students an opportunity to experience online learning, while providing learning flexibility. Current educational research predicts that the majority of university students will interact with at least one online course during their degree program; this is an excellent opportunity to guide our students through an effective online learning process, while still fully supervised by their teachers. This program is applicable to Senior School only. Junior and Middle School students will have regular classes. We will continue to provide updates on the Global Online Experience. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Kim Bartlett at kbartlett@pickeringcollege.on.ca.

Please be advised that your 2017 Child Care Tax Receipt(s) will be mailed to you by February 28, 2017. However, if you also have child(ren) in Grades JK to 5 in the Junior School, you will receive the Child Care Receipts with the Junior School Newsfile today.

As part of her Grade 12 Capstone Research Project, Jenna Skurnac is taking action. In conjunction with a local restaurant, Made in Mexico, she is planning a Mexican Earthquake Relief Give-Back Dinner. The dinner takes place on Wednesday, March 7 anytime from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Made in Mexico on Main St., Newmarket. Ten per cent of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity Mexico. Come out for a Mexican meal and support this initiative.


Janet Downer
Director Senior School