Terry Fox Secondary
Newsletter #2, October 2009
1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Z5 604-941-5401 Fax 604-941-1777 Web Site: terryfox.sd43.bc.ca
Terry Fox Administration’s Message Important Dates
We’ve hit the ground running at Terry we are to our community and to our
Fox Secondary School. families the more connected our
The 2009 – 2010 school calendar is students’ are to our school. We ask that
already full of many exciting activities, you will be an active participant in your October 1
celebrations and learning opportunities. child’s education. Please take the time to • Post-Secondary Evening
Our start up was very smooth; perhaps visit our website and register your email (7:00pm)
the best ever! I have to thank the address to receive important reminders October 5
counselors for all their hard work and the and alerts from the school. • World Teacher Day
many hours they spent working to get all
of our students into timetables that work October will be another busy month at October 6
for everyone. Our enrolment is right on Terry Fox. Here are some dates to be • PAC Meeting (7:00pm—
target: 1700 students. Thanks to the aware of: library)
teachers and students for their patience October 12
while we balanced and added some Oct. 1st—Post Secondary Evening • Thanksgiving Holiday
additional staffing to our timetable. Oct. 13th—Photo Retakes
Oct. 22nd—First Report Card
September was a busy month at Terry • Photo Retakes
Oct 23rd—Pro-D Day
Fox as we joined the nation and the
Oct. 28th—School Dance October 15
international community to recognize
Nov. 3rd—Grade 9 Immunizations • Music Concert
and support the efforts of Terry Fox. We
participated in the Hometown Run on This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday • Immunization forms due
September 13th and our entire school night. As a staff, we are concerned about October 22
participated in the Nation wide run on the welfare of our students and the • First Report Card
September 24th. To kick off our school building. To this end, we would like to
run, Leah Pells, the three time Olympian, ask all parents/guardians to know the
gave the staff and students an inspiring exact whereabouts of your son or
• Pro D Day
speech about how to achieve personal daughter at all times while they October 28
success in the face of hardships. This celebrate Halloween. The best advice is • School Dance start (5:30-
year, our goal is 50 for the 50th. We to stay home or together as a family on 9:30pm)
hope to raise $50,000.00 in light of the this night. Please have a safe and Happy November 3
50th Anniversary of our school for the Halloween! • Grade 9 Immunizations
Terry Fox Foundation.
• Parent/Teacher Interviews
Special thanks to the many parents who November 11
came to our Grade 9 Parent Information
• Remembrance Day Holiday
night. We know that the more connected
• 50th Anniversary Open
Register To Receive Newsletters by Email House (6:00-9:pm)
Parents can now register online by • 50th Anniversary Dinner/
going to our school website and clicking Dance (6:00-11:00pm)
on the left navigation bar under Quick November 23-26
Links “Register for Email Newsletters”. • Grad Photos
We will also send out special alerts and
announcements as well as grade
specific notices as well. Please register
separately for each sibling.
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Mother of Pearl Jazz Combo
The Terry Fox Music Department and International
Education is proud to host the Mother of Pearl Jazz Combo
(www.motherofpearljazz.com) for an interactive
performance presentation in the Terry Fox Theatre on
Friday, October 2. This professional all female jazz group
has performed all throughout BC and Alberta and is
recognized as a shinning light in jazz education and
performance in BC. The day will also include some Terry
Fox Jazz Students who have been working in jazz combos
and will sit in with the band on an improvised jam. Terry
Fox Secondary is very happy to host Mother of Pearl for
Terry Fox Students to enjoy and learn from!
Terry Fox Music Fall Concert—Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm
The first Terry Fox Music Department
Concert of the year is happening on
Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm.
Colourfully named “Blow and Sing Out
the Dust”, the evening will feature
members of the school’s Concert Bands,
Jazz Groups, Choirs, and Vocal Jazz. We
plan to both impress and to
entertain! Reception to follow.
Tickets are available from Band and
Choir Students, Mr. Cho, or at the
door. Please come out and support our
fabulous students and celebrate the
great work that they are doing.
We hope to see you there.
PoCo/Terry Fox Secondary 50th Anniversary
This school year marks the evening. We will also have a silent auction with
50th Anniversary of Port proceeds supporting programs at Terry Fox
Coquitlam/Terry Fox Secondary. If you or someone you know in the Port
Secondary. On Friday Coquitlam community would like to make a
November 13th and Saturday donation to the silent auction please contact Ms.
November 14th, 2009, all Plummer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PoCo/Terry Fox alumni and
current and former staff are For more information about the event please visit
invited to attend a our website at:
celebration at Terry Fox Secondary. Events will www.pocoterryfoxsecondary50thanniversary.ca/
include a Wine and Cheese Mix and Mingle on (effective September 25th).
Friday evening and a Dinner-Dance on Saturday
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Terry Fox Music Email Listserv:
All Music Parents with students in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Choir, or Vocal Jazz should please register
their emails for the online Terry Fox Music Email Listserv. All Music Department announcements, infor-
mation, and documents will be disseminated through this channel (and NOT through printed letters
home). This will allow for real time information updates and is also meant to lessen the environmental
impact of printing documents at the school. If parents are already registered from the 2008/2009 school
year, they do NOT need to register again this year. To register for the listserv, please complete the fol-
1. Go to the Terry Fox website at
2. Click on the “Teachers Virtual Class-
rooms” tab across the top of the screen
3. Click on “Music Department” link un-
4. On the page entitled “Terry Fox Mu-
sic Department” go to the top right
section of the screen entitled “Join the
Terry Fox Music Parent/Student
Listserv” and press on the web link en-
5. Click on “Join or Leave the TERRY-
6. Input you name and email into the
labeled boxes, and press “Join TERRY-
FOXMUSIC” (button is at the bottom of
1a. send an email to: TERRYFOXMUSIC-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@NETPALS.LSOFT.COM
7. You will receive a confirmation email in your in box informing you that you have subscribed to the
group. Please make sure that you click on the confirmation link in that email to confirm your subscrip-
8. You are now a part of the TERRYFOXMUSIC listserv. If you wish, you can leave the group at any time,
but of course you will want to stay with the group for as long as you or your child is a part of the Terry
Fox Music Program.
Parents: If you are confused, please ask you child for support.
BCIT Computer Information Systems Technician Program at Riverside Secondary
Riverside has a BCIT Computer Information Systems Technician Program. The program covers computer
hardware, operating systems, networking and internet technology. It starts in February, students will
receive high school credit as well as first year credit toward their diploma. There is no tuition cost to
the student. Parents can receive further information by contacting their counselor or by going to the
district website at http://public.sd43.bc.ca/district/Transitions
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Spring Break 2010—Quebec City—Montreal
The Language department is thrilled to announce that
we are planning a trip to Quebec city and Montreal for
Spring Break 2010. Highlights of the trip include a cable
car ride to the top of the Olympic Stadium Tower, a visit
to Montreal's underground city and ice skating at the
Atrium Le 1000. In Quebec city take a ferry ride on the
St. Lawrence River, see the Montmorency Falls, dine at
an authentic sugar shack, and walk on the Plains of
Abraham. For a complete itinerary and application form
please see Ms. F. D’Alfonso in room 223 or email her at
Social Studies 11 Travel to Victoria
The Social Studies 11 students will have the history of the downtown area. This trip is always a
opportunity to travel to our provincial capital on highlight for participating students. The trip is $35
Thursday, October 22nd for the annual Victoria and provides our Social Studies 11 students a full
Field Trip. Students will visit the Parliament day of activities.
Buildings, Provincial Museum and experience the
Grade 9 Immunizations
Attention Parents/Guardians of Grade 9 students Please note: School is your best opportunity to
receive these costly vaccines for FREE. Individual
The Ministry of Health is once again offering a 3 doze
appointments will be very limited at the health unit.
series of Human Papillomavirus (HPV for grade 6 & 9
Physician offices do not distribute these vaccines.
females only). All grade 9 students will be offered a
single booster dose of Tetanus, Diptheria and For more information visit: www.immunizeBC.ca,
Pertussis vaccine. www.hpvinfo.ca or contact public health nurse,
Marilee Hare at the Newport Health Unit
Immunization forms are due back by October 15th
regardless of whether you elect to have your child
immunized or not. The first immunization will be
After Grad—2010 Graduating Class
It's that time of year again, and the After Grad student volunteers for a variety of duties. The call
Committee is already hard at work putting together is also out for Crafters to rent tables. A Crafter's
a memorable after grad experience for the Registration Form is available on the Terry Fox
graduating Grade 12's. We are looking for parent website. Click on PAC on the upper toolbar, then
volunteers to help us put together this event. Our on After Grad Website. Scroll down to the pdf
next meeting will be on Thursday, October 29, 2009 Crafter's Registration Form. We have also opened
and we are looking forward to seeing some new an account at Biggar Bottle Depot - simply bring in
faces to help share in your son or daughters Grade your bottles and ask them to be credited to the
12 experience. Our first event is coming up on Terry Fox After Grad account. Keep posted for
Saturday, November 7th - the annual Christmas future notices regarding an exciting Cruise Raffle
Craft Fair. In order to make this event a success that is coming soon.
we are looking for both parent and Grade 12
Post-Secondary Evening—Thursday, October 1st (7:00—9:00pm)
Many of our local post secondary institutes are coming to Terry Fox. This is a great opportunity to receive
individual/specific information regarding post secondary plans for our Grade 12 students. Don’t let this
opportunity pass you by.
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Graduation Transition Plan (GTP) and Daily Physical Activity (DPA)
In order to graduate from a high school in British also need to complete a “healthy living plan”.
Columbia, each student must complete the Graduation Community Connections (Work experience or
Transition Plan (GTP). This program starts when you Volunteer work) - participate in at least 30 hours of
are in grade 10 and must be completed in order to work experience and/or community service and
graduate in grade 12. If you would like more describe what was learned.
information about this program, please go to the Career and Life (Graduations Transition Planning) -
Ministry of Education Website. Students at Terry Fox complete a transition plan and present significant
will need to complete a series of assignments in areas accomplishments.
listed below that are posted on the Terry Fox There has been a preliminary email sent to parents in
Secondary website. regard to this. If you have not received an email,
The key areas of the GTP are: please contact Mr. Cameron at email@example.com
Personal Health (Personal Health and DPA logs) - and you will be added to his email list. This will
maintain a personal health plan and participate in at enable you to get progress reports, as well as
least 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous information that you may find useful. If you have any
physical activity. Complete the online Daily Physical questions or concerns feel free to get in touch with Mr.
Activity log for grades 9, 10 11, and 12. Students will Cameron.
Terry Fox Football
Our Senior Boys Team has had a very good start to the season. With Pre-Season victories over St
Mark’s, from Ottawa, Carson Graham (North Vancouver) and Vancouver College, our defending Provincial
Champs have now won 15 straight football games dating back to last season. Led by the likes of Seniors
Sukh Chungh, Steven Mawa and Patrick Mpuanga, grade 11s Jared Soll, Jacob Patko and Matteo Nardone
have made some very valuable contributions. The Seniors kick off their regular season, on Friday,
October 9, in Abbotsford vs WJ Mouat, who they defeated in last year’s BC Final Subway Bowl Game.
The Juniors have not had such a smooth start. After two losses and a 0-0 tie with Seaquam of Delta, the
Juniors are working hard on fundamentals and improving each week. Grade 10s Mike Hemsworth, Gage
Brunet and Dallas Callender have teamed with Grade 9s Trevor Casey, Chandler Walter and Brett Boyce
and together they look to earn their first win of the season when they host Notre Dame on Thursday,
October 1. The Junior’s season does not kick off until Thursday, October 8, when they travel out to
Abbotsford to face the WJ Mouat Hawks. Good luck to the boys this season!!
If you are a volunteer parent driver, please remember to fill in the necessary volunteer package which
includes current driver insurance information and criminal record check form. Those applying to be
volunteers and are going to apply for their Criminal Record Check at the Coquitlam RCMP detachment will
require a letter of verification included in this package in order for the application fee to be waived.
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Welcome back! We are pleased to welcome some Computer/Internet student permission forms:
new staff to the library this Fall - Ms. Feng is the Several students have not yet completed and
teacher assigned to the library for D and E blocks returned this legal document to the library.
and Ms. Manojlovic joins us as our Library Students who do not complete a form do not have
Assistant. access to school computer resources which may
hinder their ability to complete coursework or
Terry Fox Library database subscriptions: assignments.
EBSCO – Student Reference Center and Novelist
ProQuest – eLibrary curriculum edition, History Student Computer Passwords:
Study Center, and ProQuest Learning: Literature Some students have not received their computer
password information. Students are invited to drop
We also subscribe to 3 online encyclopedias: by the library and ask for their personal information
Encyclopedia of British Columbia,The Canadian so that they are able to access their district-
Encyclopedia, and World Book provided email account as well as log on to any of
our school computers.
User ID and passwords are found on page 16 of the
student planner and students may access these Did your summer cleaning tasks unearth Lost
databases from any school computer or remotely Library materials?
(i.e. from a home computer or laptop). Access is If by chance, you have found a “lost” library item
through the Library Search tab on the school recently, library staff would gratefully accept its
webpage. Students may ask at the library for a return – no questions asked!
brief tutorial demonstrating easy search methods
for these databases. Due to licensing agreements, Circulation Policy:
these passwords may not be posted on our school Students may borrow up to 5 library items for up to
webpage. 2 weeks at a time. Magazines are available on an
overnight basis. If necessary, books may be
renewed for another 2 weeks.
Terry Fox Secondary Gift Box for Third World 2009
Terry fox Secondary will once again cooperate with Operation Christmas Child
(OCC) this Christmas in packing gift boxes for children in Third World
countries. OCC is an initiative of the Samaritan Purse, an international relief
organization that goes to remote corners of the world to bring hope and joy to
children who have been victims of war, disease, and poverty. If you are looking
for practical ways to show love and compassion to children around the world this
participating in this project
with us. The power of this
simple gift is profound. Not
only does it meet the critical
needs of children and their
families in poverty stricken and war torn counties, it also
communicates the message of hope. Cultural misunderstanding
crumbles in the face of a simple gift of love.
Last year, Terry Fox students were able to pack and send 116 boxes
to various nations around the world. This year, we hope to send
200. Contact any of the 4 sponsor teachers Ms. Chung, Ms. Block,
Ms. D’Alfonso or Mr. Grossi for more information. The gift boxes
need to be packed and delivered to the center depot to be flown
off by Friday November 13th.
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