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									The Eagle Beakon
“An insight into your school community”
November, 2008

Want to bet? Got your ticket yet?
To Abbey Park’s annual dinner/dance
February 6, 2009
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Support your school and be a part of the tradition of fundraising that makes our school great! Enhancing your kids’ education

Tickets $80 each Contact for details

Or, visit the school council table in the foyer at parent/teacher interview night November 13

At Our Next Council Meeting, Nov. 24

 Talk to our principal, Mr. Heffernan at 6:30pm about curriculum or other matters  Join the tour of the tech department with teacher Tara Ashley at 7pm  Presentation by staff members Nadine Zilkey and Dana Stubbert on “Take 48” film productions  Staff wish list discussed with respect to funds raised this year ***

Parent Council will be holding a used book sale, November 13 during parent/teacher interviews. This is a great opportunity for you to clear your bookshelves and help our school. We are looking for donations of young adult and adult fiction. Beginning Monday, November 10, books can be dropped off at the front office. Please sort your books into fiction and non-fiction and put them in shallow boxes. No textbooks, magazines or children's books please. Thank you for your support! ***

Who: Parent What: To organize silent auction catalogue Where: APHS Fundraising Committee Why: Because we need all the help we can get! When: December/08 to January/09 At a minimum, patience and knowledge of Excel program is necessary. Please contact Cathy Dwyer for more information at (905) 469-0537 ***

Shop and Support News
Testimonial: “It was convenient. It was easy. Happy to raise money for the school with something we do anyway.”
A satisfied parent.

of household and cell phone batteries is also available and they will be taken to the toxic waste area of the dump. Remember to visit your local pharmacists to return old, outdated prescriptions. APHS earned a gold eco status last year for their greening efforts, creative innovative projects, conserving energy and reducing waste at our school. Thank you to students Meagan McKeen and Hiba Mohajir of the Environmental Council and their staff advisors Julie Kelly and Michele Murray for presenting at our October council meeting to raise awareness on how everyone can help the environment. Students will be encouraged to join the “I Commit” crusade during the first week of December, culminating with the International Day of Action on December 8 when students are asked to make a solid commitment to help the environment. Abbey Park will be hosting an environmental conference coinciding with Earth Day on April 22. Funding comes from the Halton Learning Foundation and Oakville Community Foundation. If you wish to help by way of monetary support, donating “green” items for take-home items for the 200 in attendance or if you know of a possible guest speaker, please contact Julie Kelly at ***

Christmas is coming! Shop
and Support can help you with your shopping by providing you with gift cards for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list and Abbey Park High School receives a percentage. There are cards for clothing and shoe stores, restaurants, department stores, home improvement stores, furniture stores, sports stores, specialty stores, travel and entertainment, and don’t forget to buy yourself cards for your everyday grocery and gas needs. The beauty of Shop and Support is that you don’t have to buy anything you don’t need or pay any extra. You shop at the stores you want, you buy the things you need, but you pay for your purchases with gift cards/certificates you’ve purchased through Shop and Support. You receive full value for your money, and Abbey Park High School receives a percentage of what you’ve spent. You can support Abbey Park without spending anything you wouldn’t normally spend.
Visit to see the list of over 200 participating retailers. “Join” using our group number 0100328627. Then “Login” and order often—this fundraiser continues year round. Deliveries are every Thursday.

It is time for the Abbey Park’s annual school production. This year’s play is “Myth Adventures”, an anthology of Greek myths, written by Eric Coble and directed by Elizabeth Almeida. It runs November 27 to November 29 at Abbey Park in the theatre. Tickets will be sold daily as of November 3, from 11am to 1:30pm at our ticket booth. Seniors and students $8.00 Adults $10.00 Children (under 12) $6.00 Tickets will be available at the door but history tells us that they sell out fast so don’t wait! ***

Principal’s Report

 Reviewing Pathways Conference and coordinating grade 9 and 10 student field trips before next year. May organize differently for grade 11 and 12 with two sessions  Proud of staff on their discussion of wish list and implementation of computer infusion. We were the second high school (after Iroquois Ridge), the largest and most technically literate school to have infusion done. Two years from now, remaining 50% of computers will be replaced. ***

Our Environment
Parents, you too can join the efforts of our student Environmental Council to help keep our environment safe. Please dispose of used ink and laser cartridges and cell phones in the large Think Recycle Box located in the main office rather than in our landfills. Check out for more information. For every 24 qualifying products collected, a tree is planted on behalf of APHS by Tree Canada. A separate box for disposal

If you have any questions about Shop and Support please contact Sandra at (905) 827-3139 or at ***

QSP Subscription Fundraiser Is Here!
If you need to renew subscriptions or are looking for some great gift ideas, check out the insert with today’s reports. Take advantage of great discounts and earn money for APHS! ***

recommended by library associations or well-reviewed in major reviews. If you are attending the Chapters Arts With Abbey Park High School Appreciation Night, there will be a Tuesday, November 25 table set up where library supporters 6:00-9:00 pm can purchase a book from the list and donate it to the APHS library. We Wander through a would be very grateful for your gallery of works by support, including such titles as: our student artists 1984 (George Orwell); A Fraction of Delight to the sounds of our Abbey Park bands Enjoy a hot coffee and a treat prepared by Family Studies students A perfect opportunity to do some gift shopping (books, CDs, cards, wrapping) Or…. Pick up reading material for those cold winter nights Don’t forget to pick up your tickets for the 50/50 draw and… Submit your entry for a Chapters $25 gift certificate
Please join us at our FUNDRAISING EVENT to benefit all Abbey Park students. Chapters at Dorval Crossing Shopping Centre (Dorval at North Service Road) will donate 15% of all in-store sales, (excluding clearance items, gift certificates and items purchased with IREWARDS) to the Abbey Park High School Library

Chapters Arts Appreciation Night


Great Books We’d Love to Have
Bob Hepburn, our librarian has prepared a list of books that they would love to have on the library shelves but currently don’t. Some are short-listed for literary prizes,

Edwards); The Northern Clemency (Philip Hensher); The Secret Scripture (Sebastian Barry); The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Peter Sis); The Wordy Shipmate (Sarah Vowell); The World According to Garp (John Irving); Through Black Spruce (Joseph Boyden); Tis (Frank McCourt); To Siberia (Per Petterson); War Brothers (Sharon McKay); When Will There Be Good News? (Katie Atkinson); You the Whole (Steve Toltz); About a Boy Can’t Be President (John R. (Nick Hornby); After School Nightmare MacArthur); Your Sad Eyes and v1 to v5 (Setona Mizushiro); Barnacle Unforgettable Mouth (Edeet Ravel) Love (Anthony De Sa); Bombay Anna (Susan Morgan); Brooklyn Bridge Thank you for your support. If you (Karen Hesse); Called Out of have ideas on how to make our great Darkness (Anne Rice); Classrooms library even better, please contact Bob That Work (Stan Shapiro); Cold Hepburn at Mountain (Charles Frazier); Dolphin *** Song (Lauren St. John); Emma v1 to v5 (Mori Kaoru); Four Kings (George Kimball); Good to a Fault (Marina Endicott); Hate the Cat (Sharon Creech); Hot, Flat, Crowded (Thomas Friedman); King of Thom v1 &v2 (Yuji Iwahara); Laika (Nick Abadzis); Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Did you know that Brain (Oliver Sacks); Nation (Terry Pratchett); On the Road: The Original  1 in 10 children arrive at school without any breakfast, snack or Scroll (Jack Kerouac); Payback lunch to sustain them through the (Margaret Atwood); Pretty Monsters day (Kelly Link); Re-Gifters (Mike Carey);  50% of food bank recipients are Sea of Poppies (Amitav Ghosh); Sick children Girl (Amy Silverstein); Sidescrollers  Childhood obesity has tripled since (Matthew Loux); State by State: A 1981 due to poor eating habits, Panoramic Portrait of America (Matt sedentary lifestyles and a lack of Weiland & Sean Wilsey); Steel Drivin’ access to nutritious foods Man: John Henry, the Untold Story  31% of grade 4 students don’t eat (Scott Reynolds Nelson); Suite breakfast and by high school this Francais (Irene Nemirovsky); Thank increases to 62% You for All Things (Sandra King); The Boys in the Trees (Mary Swan); The Clothes on Their Backs (Linda Grant); Halton facilitates 75 breakfast or snack programs within Halton The Condition (Jennifer Haigh); The involving over 17,000 children. Eight (Katherine Neville); The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Enjoy the Halton Food for Thought Barbery); The Fire (Katherine Gala on Saturday, November 15 with Neville); The Five People You Meet in CHCH anchor Dan McLean. Take in Heaven (Mitch Albom); The the incredible sounds of Hot Buttered Hemingses of Monticello (Annette Soul. There’s a little something for Gordon-Reed); The History of Love everyone with live and silent auctions. (Nicole Krauss); The Joy Luck Club For tickets contact Teresa at (905) (Amy Tan); The Lovely Bones (Alice 319-1616 or Sebold); The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (Ann Marie Fleming); The *** Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Kim

School Focus
We thank John Phillips, our Vice Principal for outlining at our October council meeting, one of the latest staff initiatives regarding "16 credits on the way to graduation". Each school develops their own school effectiveness plan and APHS staff has determined a goal for the junior grades since two main concerns during the 2007-08 year were the achievement levels for young students and closing the gap between the sexes. The focus of a team comprised of Andreas Rehm (English Department), Pat St. James (Math), John Phillips (Vice Principal) and the grade 9 teaching team is to have everyone teach students about specific learning skills as lessons are taught, expecting that boys will benefit most with more direct teaching methods. Ministry curriculum identifiers are in five key areas in each subject: whether students can work independently and in teams, rates their initiative, organizational skills and homework habits. Phase I of the Abbey Park project has teachers building specific examples of these learning skills into each class. The plan is to collect data, in the compulsory courses (pilot projects) and then to extend the learning skills focus to all grade 9 courses in the second semester. Data will be tracked from mid terms through to final exams. The bottom line is the total credits accumulated by the beginning of grade 11. Abbey Park expects that 98% of the students entering grade 11 will have achieved 15 credits towards their graduation requirement of 30 credits. If you have any further questions on this, please contact John Phillips at ***

“What should I say if he asks me to sleep with him??”
Teens have questions… and so do you.

we can do the shopping for food, clothing or as kitchen or other needs arise, it would be much appreciated. All items submitted should be purchased new and can be handed into the Guidance Office at your convenience. Thank you for your support! ***

Parent Information Meeting
Parents and guardians of APHS students, especially those in grade 11 and 12 are invited to an information session, given by our Guidance Department, on the university/college application processes, on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00pm in the theatre. ***

As a parent you might have questions about your teen with regard to sexuality and relationships. Join us in the Abbey Park library Wednesday, November 19 7pm to 9pm to discuss some of your questions and concerns with a Public Health Nurse.

Important Dates

▪ Nov 11, Remembrance Day ▪ Nov 12, Birth of Baha’u’llah ▪ Nov 13, Teacher Interviews 6:30pm ▪ Nov 13, Interact poinsettia sales ▪ Nov 15, Janana Panchami ▪ Nov 18, Link Crew breakfast ▪ Nov 19, Full disclosure ▪ Nov 19, Parent Education Session, *** “Teen Sexuality and Relationships”, If You 7pm, library ▪ Nov 20, Recognition Assembly Would ▪ Nov 20, Coffee House/Party in the Like to Park, 6-10pm Help ▪ Nov 20, Parent Information Session, “Application Process” Out… ▪ Nov 24, Parent Council Meeting7pm ▪ Nov 25, Chapters Arts Appreciation Last year, we found that there were Night, 6pm several students and families in need ▪ Nov 25-26, Grad ring sales of some necessities to make their holiday time less stressful and so, the ▪ Nov 26, School to Career Assembly Guidance Department began to collect ▪ Nov 27-29, Fall Drama Production donations and prepare gift baskets so ▪ Nov 30, Advent begins ▪ Dec 1-8, “I Commit” pledge week that some people wouldn’t be without something under the tree. At present, ▪ Dec 4, Sounds of Holiday concert a combination of parents and staff are ▪ Dec 5, PA Day ▪ Dec 10, 15 week reports working hard to get donations for the ▪ Dec 11, Semi-formal dance Angel Fund. Would you like to help? ▪ Dec 12, Link Crew social If you are able and can find it in your *** heart to donate some toiletries (toothpaste, hair brushes, soap, curling irons, deodorant), towels or…. some money towards this project and

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