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Making bannock in World Cultures: The Global Potluck

Rachel’s World Cultures: The Global Potluck class made bannock, a popular First Nations frybread. Bannock, muqpauraq,  skaan (or scone), or Indian bread, is found throughout North American Native cuisine, including that of the Inuit of Canada and Alaska, other Alaska Natives, the First Nations of the rest of Canada, the Native Americans in the United States, and the Métis, and was probably traditionally made with maize, roots, and tree sap.


Special Schedule-Thursday, Feb. 16

There will be a special schedule on Thursday, with an early dismissal.

Period 1 9:15 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Period 2 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Break 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Period 3 11:15 – 12:00 p.m.
Period 4 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

First week roundup!

Welcome back, SOLE students! We hope you had a great first week. Here are some highlights from a few of our classes.

Michael’s Math classes saw a 50% increase in the number of students!

Dan’s Politics class had students playing Risk to learn about alliances, treaties, strategy, leadership, and luck in history.

students playing risk students and kim playing risk

And in Law, students conducted mock trials. Here’s one of the closing addresses to the jury!

student in a judge's gown

Rachel’s Media Arts: Game Design course is a class students would kill to take! Students are playing a game of Assassin, where they stealthily track down their classmates until only one is left standing. Watch out for those pink plastic spoons!

students spoon-fighting

Lieutenant Governor’s Climate Change Essay Challenge

lg essay contest poster

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), launched an essay competition for all grade 12 school students across the Province of Ontario. Essays from students in 5th year are also accepted.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Climate Change Essay Challenge, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, is an opportunity for Grade 12 students in Ontario to articulate their vision for how Canada will help to end climate change by 2067.

Winners will receive cash scholarships, with a value of $3,000 for first place. The top three essays will be featured on, an award-winning digital publication focused on Canadian foreign policy.

“As we look to address climate change, the insights, creativity and energy of young people are more important than ever,” says the Lieutenant Governor. “I am delighted to partner with CIGI in providing this exciting opportunity for Grade 12 students in Ontario to submit their bold visions for how Canada can lead in addressing this most difficult challenge of learning to live in a carbon-constrained world over the next 50 years.”

Essays in English or French will be accepted until Friday March 3, 2017. To coincide with Earth Day, the winners will be invited to the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite in Toronto for a reception on Friday, April 21. Further information on eligibility and submission guidelines can be found on the at

LG Essay Contest 2016

Skills Ontario Career Exploration Event for Young Women

Are you female-identified and interested in a job in the skilled trades or technologies?

Females in grade 9-12, join us at the Skills Ontario Career Exploration Event in Toronto! You’ll have the opportunity to learn about careers in the skilled trades and technologies through the stories and experiences of female trades/tech professionals.

Wednesday March 1st, 2017. 9:15 a.m.— 2 p.m. (Lunch Included) Cost: $15 / student
Casa Loma Campus– Student Association

146 Kendal Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1M3

Registration deadline: February 23rd 2017

For more information, please contact: Amy Kearns at

Toronto CEE Flyer

Get ready for Semester 2

Welcome back to our returning students, and a warm hello to our new students! We hope you’re pumped for semester two!

If you would like to see your marked exams, Exam Review Day is Wednesday, Feb. 1st.

You can pick up your timetable on Friday, Feb. 3rd. Returning students, please pick up your timetable between 9 am and 12 pm only in the SOLE office. New students, please come between 1:30 pm and 3 pm.

The first day of full classes is Monday, Feb. 6. Period 1 starts at 9:15.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Cooking with Student Voice

Thursday cooking demonstrations are back! This time, Rachel demonstrated how to make delicious noodle soup in a mason jar. Join us every other Thursday to learn how to make affordable, healthy meals in 15 minutes.