This Week At Leaside

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2013-2014 Website updates
The Leaside High School website is currently being updated for the 2013-2014 school year by the new LHS Web Development Team. The front page will always have the most up to date news with the This Week @ Leaside and Upcoming Events section being updated weekly. Thank you for your understanding.

June 2014 Exam Schedule [pdf]

There is a new club at Leaside High School that students in any grade may join. It is the Leaside Duke of Edinburgh Award Club. The Duke of Edinburgh Award encourages young people to ake a difference, take on new challenges and achieve success. It is a non-competitive program award designed to encourage young people to develop positive skills and habits. Participants benefit through their own effort and develop self-confidence, motivation and life-long friendships.

The award is comprised of three levels:
Bronze, Silver and Gold. Within each level, there are four program areas: Community Service, Skill Development, Physical Recreation, and an Adventurous Journey. To achieve the award, all four of these sections must be completed.
For more information, follow the link Or you can write to with any questions.

From Eco team, please take a moment to fill out our survey to reduce the plastic water bottle consumption at Leaside High School.
Click on this link and answer five quick questions to help us reduce our carbon footprint:

Congratulations on achieving Gold certification status on the recent EcoSchools audit!

Quick Communicator May 2014

Leaside Metrolinx Update Meeting

Tuesday May 20th, 2014 from 7:15PM-9:00PM in the Auditorium. See here for more information.

This is a reminder that nominations for the Co-Chair position must be submitted by Tuesday, May 6th.

Congratulations to all the candidates who ran for an executive position on the Student Council for next year. It was a busy week of campaigning and the results are finally in.

Please join us in extending our congratulations to next year’s Student Council Executive!
Male Captain: Hussein Kassam
Female Captain: Kristen Yee
Presidents: Jonathan Chung & Jared Potts
Social Convenors: Julia Dietrich & Chloe Taylor
Communications Officer: Lexie Diemer
Treasurer: Julian Surdi
Design/Tech Specialist: Dimitra Michelis

Leaside School Council Election Letter - May 20, 2014

Metrolinx Crosstown Construction Notice - April 24, 2014

Northlea will be hosting a Blood Donor Clinic on Wednesday, April 9 from 2:00 - 8:00 pm.
Northlea Public School, 305 Rumsey Rd. Call 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book an appointment.
We continue to count on the support of the community.

The Leaside School Council has hosted FREE parent presentations for the past three years. Guest Speakers have been invited to speak on topics related to parenting youth. On Monday April 7, at 7pm, one of North America's leading parenting experts Dr. Karyn Gordon will be presenting: "Raising Kids and Teens in an Age of Overindulgence"

Doors will open at 6:30 for light refreshments and the presentation is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All parents are welcome!
Mark your calendar: Mon. April 7, 7:00 p.m. for this rare free event and bring a friend.

Save the Date - April 7th: Raising Kids and Teens in an Age of Overindulgence - Dr. Karyn [Info]

*New* Online test-sign up for Resource Students

Important Information about March 27th Grade 10 Literacy Test [Letter 1] [Letter 2]

The Leaside Student Council invites all students to its 'Mystery Dance' on Fri. Mar. 28th, 2014 at Spirale Banquet Hall (888 Don Mills Road).

Tickets will go on sale starting March 3rd for $20.00 (early bird incentive). After the March Break the ticket prices will increase to $25.00.

We would like to encourage all Leaside students to attend the dance. The Student Council hosted a successful 'Semi Formal' in the fall and they would like another successful dance in March. The Student Council is hoping to increase the participation in the dance especially by students in grades 9 and 10.

The dance is a School Sanctioned Event and will be supervised by Leaside staff (teachers and administrators).

Ethnocultural Community Network Meeting - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ward 13 Forum Flyer

Volunteering Opportunity: Toronto Pond Hockey Festival

PLAR(Prior Learning Assessment Recognition) Letter for Parents

TTC – 56 Bus
This is a reminder of the additional bus that will be added to the morning route effective January 6, 2014. Please see the attachment for further information.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SAFETY FOR PARENTS @ Blythwood Jr. PS on January 15, 2014 [ Information and Registration ]

Preparing Students with Special Needs for the transition to Post-Secondary Institutions @ Nothern SS on January 23, 2014. [ Information and Registration ]


- Math Homework Help from grades 7-10, funded by the Ministry of Education of Ontario
- Short videos on various subjects, including Math, Science, Computer Science, History (e.g. causes of WWI/WWII), Economics and Finance, Art History, and more that review topics like a lesson with visuals and colours and practice questions.
- Various strategies and skills offered to support studying, test preparation, and more for both literacy and numeracy.
- Peer Tutors may be available for homework and study skills support (limited peer tutors). Get a sign-up sheet from the bulletin board outside room 320.

56 Leaside - Transit options to Leaside High School

Quick Communicator November 2013

Preparations and tryouts are under way for the following winter sports:
Boys' Basketball
Girls' Ice Hockey
Boys' Ice Hockey
Ski Team
Swim Team
Table Tennis
Girls' Volleyball


Blythwood Jr. PS invites you to: Nutrition for Healthy Childhood - Dr. Joan Jory

At our School Council meeting this week, we were informed by both the TTC and Councillor John Parker that starting January 6, 2014 another bus will be added to the morning 56 bus route.
The expected morning schedule for the 56 bus is as follows:
7:51 – 7:59 (@ LHS)
7:58 – 8:16 (@LHS) – THIS IS THE ADDED BUS
8:04 – 8:22 (@LHS)
The departure times listed are from Donlands Station.


Check out our Leaside student Art and Photography pages!

Congratulations To...


On Mon. June 2, the Girls' Fastpitch Team went on a mission to win its 5th straight City Championship. The team won their semi-final game against York Mills and went on to face a tough Northern team. Northern took an early lead with aggressive base running. However, stellar pitching kept Northern from generating much offense. Meanwhile, Leaside's bats came alive and we scored 9 runs to go onto win by a final score of 9-6.
Congratulations to the athletes and their coaches for an exceptionally successful season - wear your medals proud!

This week Leaside High School competed in a number of 2013/2014 TDSSAA South Region Championships.

• Senior Boys' Track & Field team, TDSSAA South Region Champions

• Senior Girls' Softball team, TDSSAA South Region Champions

• Senior Girls' Slo Pitch team, TDSSAA South Region Champions

Congratulations to all our athletes and their coaches


The Toronto French Contest was open to grade 11 and 12 students studying French as a second language. All secondary schools in the City of Toronto as well as in the Peel, Durham and York regions were
invited to enter their top students from Core French as well as Immersion and Extended French. The contest which consisted of both a written and oral component tested the contestants' listening, reading, creative writing, oral and grammar skills.

A grade 12 graduating student from Leaside placed first in the Immersion/Extended French category. At
the awards ceremony held on May 28, 2014 at Glendon campus, York University, the students was awarded a York University Entrance Scholarship valued at $3000 as well as a cheque for $350.
Leaside was presented with a trophy to be held at the school for one year.



On Wednesday May 14, 2014, The Leaside High School Archery team competed at the Ontario High School Invitational Archery Tournament.
Our Girls' team came in first in the standard class, with our Archers individually placing first, fourth, seventh, and twentieth.
Our Boys' team also had an impressive day; they secured fifth place as a team, with our archers individually placing sixth, twenty-third, twenty-eighth, and thirty-second.
Congratulations to all our athletes and their coach Michael Griffin.

Ayanna Badali, a grade 12 student at Leaside competed at the National Canadian Age Class Championships in Prince George, B.C. in March where she won three gold and two silver medals in five speed skating races!
Please refer to the attached ‘Town Crier’ article which highlights Ayanna’s accomplishments. (in the weekly e-mail parent communication )
Congratulations to Ayanna on her success

Emily van den Akker, a grade 12 student at Leaside returned from The Senior World Synchronized Skating Championships in Italy this past weekend where she represented Canada placing second in the world!
The event will be televised on CBC television this Saturday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Congratulations to Emily on her success. Dreams do come true!

Congratulations to the ski team on an amazing performance at the city finals on Wednesday. The level 1 girls' team finished 3rd in the giant slalom. The level 1 boys' team finished 3rd overall. The level 2 boys' team also finished 3rd overall and one of our level 2 skiers has qualified as the top individual for OFSAA. The level 2 girls' team also qualified for OFSAA. Way to go team!

The Leaside Band participated in the Ontario Concert Band Festival on Monday, February 10 in Markham. They played very well, many of them acting as soloists on their parts, and were commended by the judges for their professionalism, musicality, and passion.

The Leaside Swim Team participated in the South Region finals on Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12 at Riverdale CI. The team had 15 top finishes from senior swimmers and two fifth place finishes from one of our junior swimmers who competed against senior swimmers in the Open category. The Senior Men's 200m Freestyle relay team placed fifth in a field of over twenty teams. A senior swimmer had an outstanding meet, placing sixth in the 50m freestyle, third in the 100m freestyle and first in the 100m backstroke, advancing to City finals on February 19.
Congratulations to all our athletes, musicians, their coaches, and staff advisors.

Thank you and congratulations to all our athletes and their coaches on a successful Fall Season, some of which have ended and some with teams moving into the playoffs:
Football, Jr. & Sr. – Jim Georgiadis and Mark Chambers (Csaba Vegh & James Roseborough, community coaches)
X-Country – Helen Panayiotou and Lisa Slaven on their wonderful x-country results. Eighteen athletes competed at OFSAA in Sudbury last week.
Field Hockey (girls) – Mary Morrison and Sara Jones (Susan Smith, community coach) An excellent season with Tier I and II field hockey. Both teams made it to the semi-finals.
Tennis – Elizabeth Crisostomo - The Tier II Tennis Regional Champs!
Girls Basketball, Jr.& Sr. – Patrick Keeves & Sonya Ugarkovic (Geoff Collins, community coach) Both teams are TDSSAA South Region Champions!
Rugby, Tier I & II (girls) – Vanessa Mo
Rugby, Jr. & Sr. (boys) – Alf Scharlach
Alf Scharlach not only coached but also covered the boys' tournament league during the season.
Weight Room – Drew Tse
Drew Tse supervises the weight room after school with a large group of students.
Table Tennis – Chi Ho
Intramurals – Sara Jones and LAA organized activities over the lunch hour for students.

TDSSAA Championships
Congratulations are extended to all the athletes and their coaches for the TDSSAA Championships this week.
Eighteen of our cross-country athletes qualified for OFSAA in Sudbury next week


On Wednesday the cross country team had a great race in Durham Forest. A Leaside student stole the show coming in first place and leading the Junior Boys to a second place victory.
The Senior Boys came in second and the Senior Girls came in fourth.
Congratulations to all the athletes and their coaches!

Congratulations to Cathy Lansdowne as one of the 10 inaugural inductees into the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Lansdowne "represented Ontario as a speed skater in the first Canada Winter Games in Saskatoon in 1971, winning two gold medals and a bronze. She represented Canada at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan and has been a physical education teacher at Leaside where she has coached a number of sports and has been a significant influence on the lives of two generations of young women."
The inductees will be honoured at a ceremony on Nov. 29 in the William Lea Room at Leaside Gardens.
Congratulations to Cathy Lansdowne and all the inductees.

• The girls' tennis team placed first in their division.
Next steps – playoff matches within the division.

• The junior and senior boys' football teams put forth a valiant effort on Thursday against Lawrence Park.

• The cross-country team competed in their first competitive meet on Thursday. The senior girls came in third while both the senior boys and the junior boys won their race.

"Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try"

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