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Virtual Prom

The Student Life Network is working with 36 students across Canada who are putting on a digital prom on May 22. They are calling it #PromIsOn2020. Link to the site – 

The program was launched on May 8, and already thousands of students have registered. With the help of Student Life Network (a division of 55rush) and our community of 2 million Canadian students, we expect many thousands to participate.

Not only will this bring happiness to thousands of students and families across the country, but the campaign is also supporting Kids Help Phone. With many brands already stepping up to support, it’s expected to raise $200,000. 

The students are also reaching out to many celebrities to have them provide shoutouts to the students during the event. So far, they have interest from the PM’s office, Russel Peters, Rick Mercer, Toronto Mayor John Tory, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger things), Jacob Tremblay (actor), Johnny Orlando (singer), Mitch Garner (Leafs), and reaching out to many others. 

Here are a few articles from just the first 24 hours – CBC News , Education News Canada , Vancouver is Awesome , Windsor Star , iHeart Radio Interview ,

To register, visit PromIsOn.

SOLE Alternative Virtual Tour

We may be physically distant, but you can still visit SOLE through our virtual tour. Check out our school and program in the video below!

If you’re interested in applying for the 2020-21 school year, you can find more information and application forms on our Admissions page.

An announcement about final grades

With all the bad news out there, here is something that we hope will put a smile on your face!

Normally, 30% of your mark would consist of a final culminating project and/or a final project and exam. Because of the pandemic, we will now be basing your final grade entirely on your coursework. We’ll be assigning work until June, and every assignment that you complete will increase your grade. This provides the opportunity to really improve your mark if you were struggling at the midterm.

For those of you who did well at the midterm, we hope this is an incentive to continue submitting assignments to broaden your foundational knowledge for the next grade level or your post-secondary education.

Help available for Black families

Black Food Toronto: The Afri-Can FoodBasket is providing emergency food support to individuals and families within the African, Caribbean, Black Community in Toronto.

If you have suffered hardship due to the coronavirus, please fill out this form and one of their volunteers will follow up with you.

Black Food Toronto

Run For It

The Online Run for It is a free program for students which combines mental health education and the important positive impact exercise has on your mental health. Since 2015, Run for It has helped thousands of Canadian students discover strategies to manage mental health. Now that COVID-19 has shifted our world and our students need our mental health support more than ever. 

Run for It has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to develop a NEW ONLINE program that will allow students to:

·      Discover the source of their COVID-19 related anxiety 

·      Take steps to self-care

Click the link below to find out more about the Run for It Online program to help support you and your community navigate these challenging new realities.

Accessing the library from home

If you’ve left your novel for English at school or want to use this time to catch up on some reading, Toronto Public Library and the TDSB have your back!

Even if you don’t have a library card, you can get access to Toronto Public Library’s Overdrive collection of ebooks and audiobooks using a temporary instant card!

Use Code TPL2020 to Get a Temporary Digital Library Card with OverDrive

You can also get access to NoveList through the TDSB Virtual Library. Click here to access the collection. The icon for NoveList is under Reading. There are two icons: one for k-8, and one nonspecific. Pick the nonspecific one. User name: trillium Password trillium

Happy reading!

Midterm deadlines

To comply with OCAS/OUAC deadlines, we need to produce midterm marks. The last day to hand in work to be counted on your midterm is Wednesday, April 15th at 3 pm.

Teachers will be emailing students this week with an up-to-date grade for each class. Students, please check these carefully and submit any late work before the deadline!

We realize that this is very short notice! If you have an issue, please talk to your teacher ASAP.

Telephone Mental Health Resources

We wanted to share the youth mental health ‘walk in’ hours that are currently available by telephone only. Skylark is also opening up their service to parents who may need support, which could be useful for some of their adult clients who are struggling with parenting during COVID-19 and require some evening support.

East Metro Youth Services will provide their walk-in hours by telephone during their normal walk in hours: Mon-Thurs 2-8pm and Friday 10am-5pm.

To reach a counsellor, clients can call (416) 438-3697, press 1 and then press 0 to speak to the receptionist.

Skylark Youth Services is offering their telephone ‘walk in’ at the following days/times:

(416) 482-0081 x 6
Monday, Tuesday, Fridays 9am-1:30pm
Wednesdays 11am-7pm

(416) 482-0081 x 5
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1:30pm-6pm.