October 22, 2021
Fall Is In The Air....
Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,
Well, fall is definitely in the air now – the leaves are turning and we’ll see the change in temperature next week! This means more students are likely to begin spending lunchtime indoors – be sure to check out the information below about all the activities and opportunities going on at TAB during lunch!
Schedule for the Week of 25 – 29 October
It’s a Week 2 schedule next week – details provided below.
Update from School Council
Save the date! Please join us on Monday, November 15th at 7pm for the next School Council meeting and a presentation by the Guidance Department on MyBlueprint, course selection for 2022/2023, and how course selection at all grade levels ties into Post Secondary education.
In addition, we will be discussing the new HDSB Dress Code Policy and how it will be implemented at the school, and Mr. Shoss will provide an update on all the construction being done on the east side of the school.
If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information about the upcoming meeting, please contact us confidentially at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristina Kriston and Joanne Chubb,
T.A. Blakelock School Council Co-chairs
IMPORTANT: Student Engagement Update
Did you know that T.A. Blakelock now has a common lunch from 10:50 AM to 12:10 PM each day? Students have plenty of time to either walk home for lunch or stay at school and enjoy a range of activities and opportunities! The cafeteria servery is now open so students have the option of purchasing lunch from the cafeteria or bringing their own lunch. Those who opt to stay on the premises have a variety of activities available to them. For your information, some of the lunch time activities available students are listed below.
The large gym has now reopened for supervised intramural sports:
The Fitness Room is open on Thursdays.
We also offer a number of clubs including but not limited to Wellness, Computer Programming, Knitting, Music, Art, Math, and Debating, as well as a Muslim Students Association (MSA), Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), EcoClub, Athletic Council, and Student Council.
For more information about clubs, check out our Instagram account @blakelocktigers
Learning Resources (Room E210) and Student Success (next door to Guidance) are open to support students with extra help, assignments, test preparation, etc. every lunch hour.
If students are looking to chill out, study, relax, or simply hang out with friends, there are lots of little spaces spread throughout the building. Additionally, the Cafeteria and the School Library Learning Commons are open all day. Students are welcome to bring a deck of cards, their own board games, or technology. They may want to use our TVs in the Cafeteria for gaming with friends - we even supply the HDMI cords!
With the weather changing, we encourage you to take a moment to discuss with your teenager how they might use the lunch hour to take a break from the classes, meet new people, and benefit from a full high school experience!
The large outdoor learning space on the east side will be completed by mid- to late-November. It’s going to be an amazing space for all of our students! Work is underway at the back of the school to resurface the pathway leading from the rear parking lot toward the creek and the renewal of that entire space with rocks, etc.
Message from the Halton District School Board: Join the HDSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
Dear HDSB parents/guardians,
The HDSB is looking for parents/guardians to join the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). PIC supports, encourages, and enhances parental engagement at the Board level to improve student achievement and well-being. In the past, PIC has focused on a well-attended parent conference covering a wide range of subjects, as well as parent information evenings. This year, much of our work will be undertaken virtually.
Although this year will look different from years past, we still plan to achieve our purpose by communicating with and supporting school councils, undertaking activities to help parents/guardians support their children’s learning, and providing information and advice on parent engagement to the Board.
PIC consists of 12 parents/guardians, serving one or two-year terms, representing all regions of the HDSB
PIC members commit to participating in four public meetings per year, some planning meetings and possibly committee work
PIC representatives are appointed by the Superintendent of Education responsible for Parent Community Engagement, PIC co-chairs, a parent/guardian member and a Trustee
While we currently have previously elected parents that will continue to be members, no school should have more than 1 representative in any category.
PIC members are chosen based on their interest in working with parents/guardians and staff to support school councils and parent engagement as well as prior volunteer experience and geographical need
This year, we need to appoint 4 new members from the following areas:
1 elementary parent rep from Oakville
1 secondary parent rep from Halton Hills
1 elementary parent rep from Milton
1 secondary parent rep from Milton
Burlington parent reps are not required this year.
If you are interested in becoming a member of PIC, please complete this form by October 29, 2021.
Please join PIC for our first Public meeting on November 18 (live stream details to follow).
To learn more, please visit the PIC page on the HDSB website or reach out to your school principal.
Take Our Kids to Work Day - Wednesday, 3 November, 2021
HDSB is participating in a virtual format for Take Our Kids to Work (TOKTW) Day on Wednesday, 3 November. Students will participate in TOKTW Day via virtual sessions in their Period 1 and Period 2 classes. Each session will be 20 minutes long – one session in the morning and another in the afternoon. Sessions will cover various areas such as careers in technological innovation and the critical skills required for future career pathways.
Grade 12 Presentation for students and families
Additional Post Secondary Planning presentations are now available!
If your student is applying to university, we ask that you please review this presentation: https://bit.ly/OUACPresentation2021
The slides for this presentation are available here: https://bit.ly/OUACSlides2021.
A resource sheet is available here: https://bit.ly/OUACResource.
If your student is applying to an Ontario college, we ask that you review the College presentation: https://bit.ly/OCASPresentation2021.
The slides for this presentation are here: https://bit.ly/OCASSlides2021.
A resource sheet is available here: https://bit.ly/OCASResource.
We ask that families review this information closely as there are many important dates and processes included. Please reach out to your student’s Guidance Counsellor with any questions. These resources will also be sent to Grade 12 students via email and will be posted on https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for future reference.
For upcoming Scholarship information, please click here.
You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.
Have a wonderful weekend, Tiger families!
Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School