Choices Planning Guide went home today

Grade 8 and 9 students received the Choices 2017/2018 Planning Guide today (HPA students will receive theirs tomorrow). This handout includes details about going to high school; secondary school programs, locations and info nights; credits and course types; the course selection process; and much more. Please review the information carefully.

Students will only receive one printed copy of the Planning Guide. A PDF will be available on the TDSB website via

Peer tutoring: looking for tutors and clients

We are looking for students to participate in the Peer Tutoring program, both as clients and as tutors. Students are paired according to subject area, and we offer tutoring in English, English as a Second Language, French, Math, Science, Social Studies (History and Geography).

Tutoring will be a cross between “study hall” and individual pairs; multiple pairs may be working on the same subject at the same time/place. Tutoring happens once a week, before school, after school, and during both lunches; Friday lunches follow the rotating schedule. Please note that tutoring pairs are scheduled subject to availability of space and tutor matches.

If you’re interested, please download the appropriate form!

tutor-package     –     client-package

For the non-core subjects, we encourage students to speak to their classroom teacher for extra help and to possibly be paired with a student helper as required.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up Concerns

We are once again requesting your cooperation in ensuring that our students are safe as they come and go from St. Andrew’s:

  • Please observe local parking restrictions and do not stop in front of the school or in the north end driveway
  • When dropping off or picking up students, use the SOUTH parking lot
  • Whenever possible, have students walk to school, use the TTC, or set up meeting spots about a block from the school

Thank you!

Trustee Gershon’s Next Ward Forum

Hello Everyone,

Please join me for our first Ward Forum of the year. It will be enlightening as we hear about important educational initiatives in our community.There will be 3 panels -one of parents- another of principals and the third of Supervisory Officers. Please come and bring a friend.

Date: Thursday Oct 27

Place: Northlea Elementary and Middle School, Library 305 Rumsey Road

(Northlea is north of Eglinton and west of Laird)

Time: 7 PM                                                               See you then!

                                                                                                                 Gerri Gershon

Gifted pathway

Many families have asked about the path that students in the Gifted program will take following their years at St. Andrew’s JHS. Gifted program secondary placement (grade 9) is done by address, and the following link shows the boundaries on the map.

Map-Gifted Sec Boundary P20151030

PLEASE NOTE: This is the map provided to us by TDSB last year when the gifted boundaries changed. We have not been informed of any changes to it at this time, however changes may be made by the Central Special Education office.

Gr.9: Kids to Work forms due Monday

Take Our Kids To Work is an annual experiential learning program that allows grade 9 students to see a day in a real workplace, gaining information about what it takes to be successful in a role, and what other roles they may interact with. Our students will be in workplace visits on November 2nd. The three forms are due back to school by Monday, Oct. 24th, and are included here for your reference.

tokw Parent-Guardian permission form 2016

tokw-Media Release form

Parent/Guardian consent form (from The Learning Partnership)


There are a LIMITED number of spaces available for students to attend visits of local workplaces with St. Andrew’s JHS. Please contact me ( if your child is unable to visit your workplace due to health and safety reasons.


Halloween Bake Sale

St. Andrew’s parent council will be holding a bake sale on Friday, October 28th.

We need donations of yummy baked treats and also volunteers to help sell them.

Please refer to the halloween-bake-sale flyer for more information and email me at if you would like to help.

Thank you!  Senney Mark