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:

Access to SOLE to pick up belongings

Dear parents/guardians,

We have established a process, using TDSB guidelines approved by Toronto Public Health, for students to come into the school, should you wish to do so, to collect anything left behind and as well as to return any outstanding items.   Our process will follow all physical distancing requirements, which means that it will take some time for everyone to have the opportunity to come in.  Please remind your child to follow instructions in the attached letter, access schedule and floor plan when visiting the school next week.

End-of-year deadlines

The end of the year is fast approaching! You should have some idea of your marks (if not, email your teacher for an update). Now it’s time to make sure it’s a mark you’re happy with!

The school-wide official deadline is June 19th at 3 pm, but we can continue to accept late work until June 22nd. It is in your best interests to try to make the earlier deadline, as this will give your teachers time to mark your work and give you useful feedback. Your teacher may also have class-specific deadlines.

If you are having difficulties hitting deadlines, please reach out sooner rather than later. You will need to talk to your VP (Craig or Lesley) if you need an extension.

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.

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