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Welcomes and Goodbyes

It’s been a school year full of changes, and they just keep coming! While we still don’t know what September will look like, it will have a few new faces.

First off, a farewell to Karin Vollmer. Karin has been at SOLE for nine years, and has been an integral part of our team. As our Guidance counsellor and classroom teacher, she has been the heart and soul of SOLE. She is leaving us for Cedarbrae CI, and we all wish her the very best.

As well, a (temporary) farewell to Perryne Constance, who will be on leave for a year. Have fun and don’t forget about us!

Next, a warm welcome to two new staff members, Berardo Manari and Christina Belli. Berardo will be replacing Karin as ACL of Guidance, as well as teaching English and Philosophy. Christina will be teaching Science and Health & Phys. Ed. courses. We’re so excited for them to join the school!

Finally: New and returning students—we want to hear from you! Specifically, we want you to register if you’re new, and pick your courses if you’ll be with us in September. You can apply here if you’re a current TDSB student, and apply here if you are coming from outside the TDSB.

All students must pick their courses for next year! You can do it easily online by completing this form.

If you have any questions or need technical support, email rachel.rosen@tdsb.on.ca.

A SOLE Success Story!

Congratulations to Dawson, who is a recipient of one of this year’s Merit Bursaries! An outstanding student both academically and in his volunteer work, he exemplifies hard work and community spirit, and we know he’ll go on to great things next year!

Credit Recovery Summer School

Credit Recovery Summer School is available for any TDSB  student who has failed one or more credits in the last two years, and would like to recover one or more credits this July online only.  The program focuses not on time, but on the overall expectations the student must attain before earning the credit. Interested students need to connect with their guidance teacher to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria so that the home school can get the necessary credit recovery paperwork completed. Students can register for the program through e-Reg by selecting RCR1O1. The registration deadline is this Friday, June 26th at noon.

Click to register.

2020-21 Course Selection

New and returning SOLE students, it’s time to pick your courses for next year!

We have our course option sheet available in PDF and Word formats. Descriptions for next year’s electives can be found here.

Enter your first and second course choices here!

You must pick at least 3 courses to be registered as a student at SOLE.

The guidance counsellor must confirm that you have the required prerequisite before your course selections can be finalized. If you have any questions, email karin.vollmer@tdsb.on.ca

Black-focused movies from Cineplex

Cineplex is offering an amazing collection of Black-focused films…for free! From their site:

In a time when many are turning to movies to become informed and empowered, we want to help. This collection of important films was curated to elevate Black stories, artists and filmmakers and spark discussion. These films are available to view at no cost.

To view the collection, click here!

The Criterion Collection is also offering a selection of free Black-focused films to stream. To see what they have to offer, click here!

Congratulations, Olivia!

SOLE student Olivia Stewart has been selected to receive an $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship to study STEM in the college of arts and science at the University of Saskatchewan! She will be entering Interactive Systems Design Program this fall.

Olivia’s hard work, insightful ideas, and commitment to SOLE’s community have stood out to everyone here, and we are all so proud of her! We look forward to seeing what she’ll accomplish in what we know will be an incredible career.

Olivia is featured in the Beach Metro this week!

Addressing Anti-Black Racism

The staff at SOLE stand in solidarity with Black communities, against anti-Black racism, and all forms of bigotry. If you are personally struggling, we want you to know that you can talk to us. Here’s a list of resources for support and further action. SOLE will continue to work against oppression in our school and the world as a whole.

Toronto For All: Anti-Black Racism & Mental Health Resources

Anti-racism resources

Statement from TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey and Director John Malloy

Black Youth Helpline
Call: 416-285-9944 | Toll-free: 1-833-294-8650 | Email: info@blackyouth.ca