Welcome Back Everyone!!

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August 23, 2017

 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your son/daughter back to another exciting year at Fenelon Falls Secondary School. Classes will begin on September 5th at 8:10 a.m.  Student are to report to the cafeteria to check the alphabetical lists to find the location of their first period.  Timetables cannot be picked up before that date.

 

We post all important events and information on our website at http://ffs.tldsb.on.ca/. The school’s twitter feed @FenelonFallsSS gives great insights into events and student life and can also be seen on our website, so please follow us!

 

We piloted a new Cashnet program to allow all school related fees (ex. field trips, sports team fees, Student Activity Fees) to be paid online. We are continuing to use Cashnet for the upcoming school year.  If you have not already registered, please do so at https://tldsb.schoolcashonline.com. This link can also be found on our school webpage.

 

One of our school improvement pillars is to create and maintain a positive school climate. We will be promoting a philosophy of Feed All Four this year.  Supporting the mind, body, spirit, and emotions of an individual increases a sense of well-being, connectedness and resilience, and improves student achievement.  Last year we had a number of students who led many of our wellness activities at a school and district level.  We are hoping to continue fostering this student leadership trend.

 

Please ensure that the Student Information Form given out on September 5th is returned with accurate information to update our School Data Base and to allow our staff to share information with you via text, email or phone. Teachers will be communicating with you regularly, with the first progress update being sent home during the third week of October. This report will focus on learning skills.

 

We have a student attending our school with a LIFE THREATENING AIRBORNE PEANUT ALLERGY. This means that even indirect airborne contact with peanut allergens can cause a fatal reaction.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING PEANUT OR PEANUT PRODUCTS into the school environment.   

We have made the following changes to our facility:

-our gym floor has been refurbished

-based on its constant usage, we will continue to operate a second room devoted to student success, located in room 243.

-the school’s heating system is currently being converted from oil to propane

-new sound equipment will be purchased for school and community use

 

Our partnership with The Ontario Early Years Center will continue to operate in our school using room 133 during the school day. If you need to contact the organization, please call their Lindsay Head Office at 705-324-7900 or oeyc.ca. Parking for the Center will be provided in the bus loading zones during their hours of operation.

 

 

The morning periods 1 and 2 will remain constant. Only the afternoon classes will change, depending on odd or even days.  On a day A (odd calendar dates), the periods will flow 1,2,3,4, and on a day B (even calendar dates), classes will flow 1,2,4,3.  This will allow easier access to part time supply teachers and will help with aligning dual credit college programs and coop placements.

 

We will be hosting our first Parent Council Meeting on September 20th at 7 pm in the library.  All parents are welcome to join our Parent Council.  The schedule for upcoming meetings can be found on the calendar which is located on our website once the dates have been established.

 

If your son or daughter has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), the plan will be updated by mid-October. If you have any concerns or questions about the revisions to the IEP or would like to meet to discuss the IEP, please contact our Acting Head of Specialized Services Diane Kelly at diane.kelly@tldsb.on.ca, or at 705-887-2018 extension 32031.

Please note that IEPs can be updated throughout the school year as required. Teachers are already aware of which students have IEPs and the accommodations required for their classes should already be in place.

 

If your son or daughter will be driving a personal vehicle to school, they must park in the student designated spots in the shared staff/student parking lot. We encourage all student drivers to drive respectfully in and around the school to ensure they maintain the privilege to park at our school.

 

This is a very exciting time of year for all of us. If you have any concerns or suggestions regarding your child’s education here at Fenelon Falls Secondary School, please give me a call.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 Ray Este

Principal