MaCS program presentation for students: Oct.19th

Grade 8 and 9 students interested in the MaCS program (Math, Computers, Science) are welcome to attend an info session during their lunch period on Thursday, October 19th. The MaCS program coordinator, Mr. Leder, will be coming to SAJH to do a presentation and answer student questions.

Interested students need to be registered with Ms. Wong in order to attend; those students will receive a special lunch pass for that day. Students should bring a lunch that day, so that they can be present for the whole presentation.


  • Please provide Ms. Wong with the full name of the student, homeroom, and what period lunch the student has on Day 4 (period 4 or 5).
  • Registration via email ( or Remind message.
  • Also, please have your child signed up on Remind so that I can nudge them about this info session (and future events)!

Take Our Kids to Work – forms home Oct.5; due Oct.13

The grade 9s received the forms for Take Our Kids To Work on Thursday near the end of period 7. If your child needs a form, please have them pick one up from the Guidance office next week. Forms are due back to Ms. Wong by Friday, October 13th.

Take Our Kids to Work is an experiential learning opportunity where grade 9 students get to see a work day first-hand. Students across all of Ontario and in many provinces and territories participate in this program. All of the grade 9s at St. Andrew’s are required to participate, whether they are attending work with a parent/guardian, family member or family friend, along with a classmate at another workplace, or with a community host.

Ms. Wong is in the process of arranging a community opportunity with local businesses. Spaces are extremely limited. If your child cannot attend your workplace for safety reasons, please try with classmates or family friends first. Students who cannot find a work site to visit must speak to Ms. Wong BEFORE OCTOBER 13th.

TDSB Summer programs

There are a number of programs available to our students over the summer months. The full list and details are available online at We have highlighted a few below.

Note that each program has a different application method, so please read the pages carefully!

Elementary Summer Programs

Elementary Summer School, July 5 – July 28, 2017

Elementary summer programs are tailored to increase engagement and build self-confidence in our students. These locally driven programs support students to build literacy and numeracy skills. There are also programs designed for ESL learners. Each school has a different program and application.

TDSB Music Camp

Join one of our three instrumental music programs this summer. For students in Grades 3 to 9, we offer two day camps in the city – Summer Sounds and Downtown Summer Strings. In addition, we offer Toronto Summer Music Camps, an overnight program at the Mono Cliffs Outdoor Education Centre in Orangeville.

High School Summer Programs

Credit Courses for Summer High School, July 4 – July 28, 2017

Get ahead with secondary summer programs! Reach ahead or catch up on high school credit courses.

e-Summer School

Ontario high school students can keep cool and earn credits online this summer. There are dozens of courses available in July or August.

Summer EduTravel Programs

Earn credit while you travel this summer! Be part of an exciting, affordable, experiential learning program this summer, that enables you to earn high school credits on the road. TDSB and EduTravel are offering a variety of courses in locations across Canada and the US.

Summer ESL Program for International Students Ages 12-17, July 17 – August 4, 2017

Learn English and explore Canadian culture, with the Toronto District School Board this summer! International students, aged 12-17, will enjoy intensive English classes – taught by our qualified teachers – at world’s most multicultural and multilingual school board.

Activity Day: permission forms due tomorrow!

Just a gentle reminder that the permission forms are due back tomorrow (Wednesday, December 21) for our Activity Days. Students need to bring in their completed permission form and payment, and hand them in to the teacher leading their activity. The main office will NOT take student forms/money.

There are some activities with space still available. Please let us know if your child would like to participate in:

  • Improvedy Slam (improv and comedy workshops)
  • Game room (board games, role-playing games, tabletop games, etc)
  • Games (cottage games: ping pong, cards, scrabble, etc)
  • Bump Set Fore (mini golf and indoor volleyball)
  • Experienced Ski/Snowboard (travels to Mt. Saint Louis-Moonstone)

If your child will not be participating, please provide a signed note stating your child’s full name and homeroom, the two dates (January 26 and February 2) and the reason your child will be absent from school (appointments, training, travel, etc) for the days.

Music By the Lake 2017

Music By The Lake (MBTL) is an eight day residential instrumental and vocal music camp for Toronto District School Board students in grades 6 – 8. It will take place Saturday, June 3 through to Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Music By The Lake is a life changing experience for many young musicians.  Their participation in MBTL continues to develop their appreciation of music, and their musicianship (from a week of playing and singing 4 hours a day, seeing professional performances every night, and performing for the entire camp in a small ensemble concert).  It also develops their ability to think critically and to work as part of a team.

The MBTL application is now happening online. Attached is all necessary information on how to apply.  Links to information and the application are available on the website:


Students who are eligible to attend MBTL include:

  • Instrumental students (band, strings, guitar and steel pan) in grades 6, 7, or 8 who are currently enrolled in their school instrumental program and have been for a minimum of one year,
  • Vocal students in grades 6, 7, or 8 who are currently a member of their school choir. In the absence of a school choir, interested students are welcome.

Scholarships are available – contact Ms. Cocco if you would like to request a scholarship application form.

Students are expected to remain in this program for the full duration, so please make sure there are no school conflicts.

Activity Day update

The following Activity Day choices are FULL:

  • Hoops
  • Culinary Adventures
  • Spoke n’ Motion
  • Beginner Ski/Snowboard
  • Explore, Imagine, Create


  • Games Room
  • Games
  • Bump, Set, Fore
  • Math, Math, More Math (limited spaces)
  • Experience Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Improvedy Slam
  • Phun with Phish and Physics (limited spaces)

Students are encouraged to bring in their forms and deposits quickly to get one into of their choices.

Activity Days: selections needed

Our activity days for early 2017 have had some great responses, however we are still waiting on preference forms for about 1/4 of our students. Note that the following activities are FULL:

  • Spoke n’ Motion
  • Culinary Adventures
  • Hoops
  • Beginner Ski/Snowboard

ALMOST FULL: Explore, Imagine, Create (clay)

The activity days are a full-school event, and all students are expected to participate. If you want to participate but have financial concerns, please contact Ms. Cocco to discuss support.

The booklet listings activities can be found here: 2017-activity-day-booklet-rev