September 24, 2021
End of Week Two Message
Dear T.A. Blakelock Families,
We’re two weeks into the new school year and students have now completed one full cycle or “rotation” of their timetable!
Schedule for the Week of 20 – 24 September
We are now heading back into a Week 1 schedule now – that means students will return to the classes they attended during the first week of school!
IMPORTANT: Changes to Student COVID Active Screening Procedures
Beginning on Monday, 20 September students will no longer need to show their active screening result (“green checkmark screen”) to their first period teachers upon entry. Parents/guardians are expected to continue to complete daily screening at home and school will continue to actively monitor for students with symptoms as per past practice.
IMPORTANT: Student Verification Forms
Permission forms were sent out to parents/guardians this past Monday. Student participation in field trips, athletics, and a variety of other school activities are dependent on the return of these forms. Additionally, we often celebrate our students' achievements by posting photos on our website and/or social media.
We appreciate that this may not be ideal for all families and, therefore, we ask you to please take a few minutes to complete and submit the forms.
Check the main TAB website for a quick cheat sheet on how to simplify filling out the forms. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Saldia in the Main Office.
Federal Election Reminder
Just a quick reminder that TAB is a polling station for the federal election on Monday, 20 September, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Only the small gym (Gym C) will be affected; the gym has direct access from the parking lot and the public will never move within the school beyond the small gym and come in contact with our students.
Photo Days! – Tuesday, 28 and Wednesday, 29 September
Mark the mornings of Tuesday, 28 and Wednesday, 29 September on your calendars! School photos are back!
There is no sitting fee and students will receive a free TAB student card that can be used in the community for additional benefits such as reduced transit fare on Oakville buses and Presto cards.
Families may choose to purchase additional photos. Ordering information will be posted on our school website and through our social media.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day) – Thursday, 30 September
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (on the 30th day of September each year moving forward) seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
In anticipation of this day, we must ensure that we go beyond wearing orange shirts. Creating meaningful learning opportunities that centre Indigenous voices, focus on Indigenous rights, contributions, histories, truths and contemporary realities that are rooted in colonization helps to create a more complete picture of the historical truths and realities of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. We all play a part in upholding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.
Schools will be open and we encourage Blakelock students to wear an orange shirt to school on this day to recognize that every child matters.
Terry Fox Campaign – Friday, 1 October
On Friday, 1 October, the entire school will be meeting on the school campus for the Terry Fox Run/Walk. Mrs. Woodhead's senior Phys Ed Leadership class will be leading the event. Student leaders will be stationed throughout the school campus to cheer on the student participants.
Participation is free however students will have the option to contribute to this annual fundraiser through a variety of activities. All proceeds will be donated to cancer research.
Permission forms in the start-up package previously sent via email on Monday, 13 September must be completed by parents/guardians for any student who wishes to leave campus and participate on the Community Route. Students without permission will participate in the event but remain on the school campus.
Cafeteria Servery Update
We have been advised that full service is set to resume in our Cafeteria on the week of 18 October – so we’re about a month out from hot food, etc. being served in our Caf. If you’re stuck making lunches for your child in the meantime, I apologize – relief is on the way!
Grade 9 Homeroom Visits
Mrs. MacRae, Mr. Williamson, and I were thrilled to be able to visit every Grade 9 homeroom this past Tuesday morning and spend some time speaking with the newest members of our Blakelock community! After quick introductions and a review of masking requirements, we strongly encouraged students to:
become involved in the life of the school
demonstrate respect for themselves, their peers, and the school itself, and
connect with our social media, particularly our Instagram account (and we’re really pleased to learn so many of them already do!).
Social media is perhaps the best way now to keep informed about developments and opportunities at the school. I encourage parents and guardians to follow us on social media:
Twitter: @ TigerLife
To book an appointment with your student’s Guidance Counsellor, please visit the appropriate
link below. The online appointment booking system will be available on September 20th, 2021.
For "how to" instructions for appointment booking, please click here.
Ontario University Fair
Ontario Universities' Fairs (OUFs) are fast approaching. This annual event is very helpful to students and families in terms of post-secondary planning. The OUFs will consist of 2 virtual events:
All Ontario universities will participate in these free events and anyone may attend - pre-registration is not required. Each event will be divided up into four 30-minute sessions where students can learn about the universities of their choice and ask questions. Some universities will offer presentations in French. These events are great opportunities to get answers about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more. More info is available at https://www.ontariouniversitiesfair.ca/
Please click here for information regarding upcoming Scholarship information. You can also visit https://bit.ly/TABGuidance for additional information and resources.
As always, feel free to contact the school with any questions or concerns.
Have a great weekend, Tigers!
Principal, T.A. Blakelock High School