Category Archives: Back To School

Anticipating a Busy Month Ahead!

Well we are four school days into 2016 and after three weeks of (relative) relaxation and re-energizing, everyone quickly got back into their regular school routines. For me, the only differences between 2015 and 2016 that I have noticed is that it is a bit colder and that the QEW from Erin Mills to Hurontario has much less traffic between 7:00 and 7:30 (I would be interested to hear your theories on the traffic part, by the way!).

We have welcomed a few new students into our schools this week and based on the phone calls and emails at the campus offices the past four days, we are anticipating one of the busiest January Open House Saturdays for prospective families we have seen.

Remember that if you have children who are not currently at the school, we want to see them in January so we know we have a spot for them. Please also realize that beginning January 18, we will be admitting 2016-2017 students to Mentor’s JK to Grade 8 classes so we would like to have those registration forms back as soon as possible.

There are many extra-curriculars next week and then the mid-year evaluations for many of our students are near the end of the month. Please take a look at the online calendar as we have a VERY busy month coming up.

Chris Starkey
Administrative Principal
Mentor College / TEAM School

New Year, Get Involved!

With the first day of the school year in our rear-view mirror and back-to-school routines slowly falling into place, it is time for all of us to start looking further ahead into the school year.

Next Tuesday, a notice will be sent home with all of the extra-curricular activities available to your child this year. I will warn you; it will seem like a very daunting list and no matter how much your child may protest, there is no way that he/she can do everything. I do want to encourage you, however, to ensure that your child is getting involved in something each term.

For new students, it might be tempting to say “let’s concentrate on academics and then join something later in the year” but we think it is important for our new students to get involved right away. When I look back at being the new kid at a school 4 times in my educational career, it was the almost-instant feeling of acceptance by getting involved in extra-curriculars that made the transition easier.

You know your child the best, though. If they are the type of student who needs a little “nudge” to get involved, please let the homeroom teacher know.

Chris Starkey
Administrative Principal
Mentor College/TEAM School

See You In September!

See you in September.
See you when the summer’s through!

That song was an oldie but a goodie. The lyrics are actually written from the perspective of a teenager saying good-bye to his girlfriend before they part ways in June for summer vacation but the advertising industry has focused on those two specific lines and it has been used many times over the years in back-to-school advertisements.

Speaking of oldies but goodies, my mom was a teacher until her retirement and for her, these days in August were the ones when she started to prepare herself (and her kids) for the upcoming school year. She began to put things aside for her classroom, her school day planner began to fill up and my sister and I would need to try on all of our fall clothes to see if a shopping trip to London was required.

Next week, our teachers will start to trickle into the schools and turn cold, empty walls and bare bulletin boards into a warm “home” for their students to start the school year. The MT Room has seen a number of Moms like mine in the past week…ones who have started checking if the gym clothes and blazer still fit and want to avoid the last-minute rush there or at InSchoolwear.

There is still a bit of summertime left, so in between your back-to-school shopping trips, get outside and enjoy the summer while the weather stays warm!

Bye-bye, so long, farewell
Bye-bye, so long, farewell

Chris Starkey
Administrative Principal
Mentor College/TEAM School