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TFS Parents Handbook 2019-20

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30 Parents' Handbook 2019 – 2020 Senior School. House Heads work with the Citizens Assembly Deputies in order to organize spirit events and support initiatives organized by Deputies, Prefects and Club and Society Leaders. - WEB (Where Everybody Belongs), or CAP (Chacun a sa place), a transition program, is led by 24 selected Level I and II students. They welcome Grade 6 and new-to-TFS Grade 7 students to the Senior School with community-building and well-being activities on Welcome Back Day and throughout the school year. WEB leaders, or CAPitaines, receive specific leadership training, beginning with the Spring Play Day (June) and throughout the academic year, to prepare them for and support them in this important role. PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS CURRICULUM-BASED ACTIVITIES The Health and Physical Education courses, including in Level II, are part of the regular curriculum, after which Healthy Active Living Education becomes an option (Level III). TFS appreciates the benefits of physical activity to academic performance. Students with higher levels of fitness have a more developed brain structure, perform better on cognitive tests, and have heightened levels of focus and retention. Skating and swimming programs are scheduled throughout the year. They are an important part of the curriculum and all children are expected to participate. Parents acting in a supervisory capacity are not allowed to bring along younger siblings. Note that the school has to make a reservation based on the potential number of participants and it is responsible for paying the full amount for transportation and admissions, whether or not all children attend. In most cases, it is impossible to give a refund if your child is unable to participate. Parents accompanying children at the arena are asked not to buy drinks or snacks for the children. At both the Toronto and West campuses, a skating program is offered in JK and SK. All children are expected to go to and return from the arena on the school bus, unless a written note has been given to the teacher at the beginning of the school day. Grade 1 students in Toronto learn and practise yoga. A comprehensive program of swimming instruction is offered from Grade 2 to 5 at the Toronto campus, and from Grade 3 to 5 at the West Campus. Swimming is also part of the physical education curriculum at the Senior School in Grades 6 and 7. ATHLETICS In the pursuit of excellence, TFS' Athletics Department strives to have an innovative and successful athletics program, one that is both a part of the larger commitment to excellence in education and an integral component of student life at TFS. TFS' athletics program has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years. The TFS Cougars athletics program encompasses more than 90 competitive sports teams across 14 sports on our two campuses, from Grade 3 to Level V. We also offer clinics to Grade 2 and 3 students. Teams usually practise twice a week and play against teams from other independent schools. Team practices are typically held either before or after school. TFS is a member of the provincial Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) and competes for championships in a wide variety of sports. West Campus students compete mainly in competitions organized by the Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) in Peel region. TRYOUTS TFS competes in three athletic seasons per year. In order to reduce the amount of missed class time and to avoid scheduling conflicts, student-athletes at the Toronto campus are generally permitted to participate on only one competitive team each term. Prior to the start of each season, a period of tryouts is

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