Terry Fox Secondary eNews - February 25, 2021    
School Calendar

Feb 26th - Pro D Day
Mar 8th - Q3 Flip
Mar 14th - Change Clocks forward 1 hour
Mar 19th - Last Day of Classes before Spring Break
Mar 19th - Last Day to order Grad Gown Sizes
Apr 2nd - Good Friday
Apr 4th - Easter
Apr 5th - Easter Monday Holiday
Apr 6th - First Day of Classes
Apr 23rd - Pro D Day
Apr 24th - After Grad Legacy Bottle Drive
Apr 26th - Q4 Begins
May 24th - Victoria Day Holiday
May 25th - Q4 Flip
Jun 23rd - Commencement Event at Terry Fox

Spirit Store Spring Sale Ends March 14th

Terry Fox School clothing merchandise in now on Sale at Terry Fox.  Hoodies, Crewneck, Sweatpants, T shirts, Longsleeve T’s and Hats!!! Have a look at the online store and place your order now – Sale starts now and ends on Sunday March 14th!! (Goods will arrive to Terry Fox after Spring Break)

Here is the link to the Fox Spring Spirit Store: https://tfsspiritspring2021.itemorder.com/sale

Commencement RSVP and Gown Size Needed Before Spring Break

Graduation Commencement planning is well under way and we need some important information from our grad 2021 students. Gowns need to be ordered well in advance of the ceremony so please have your grad complete the Commencement RSVP. If  submitted after March 19th we will not be able to order you a cap and gown. This information has also been posted on the TFS Grad 2021 TEAMS page.

Graduation Commencement 2021 RSVP

Grad 2021 Meridian Market Fundraiser - February 28th


Grad 2021 will look a little different for our students this year, and we are still determined to give them a little something memorable!  We have started fundraising, and our first fundraiser is Meridian Meats!  It is the easiest ever - you spend $100, and you get $100 in cash cards!  Any denomination works!  We have $25, $50, $75, and $100!  Meridian Meats gives us 30% back in cash for your fundraising efforts but you still get exactly what you paid - $100 gets you $100 cash card!  So amazing!  

If you'd like some cash cards, please email Gina at ggirney@gmail.com and please include your name, phone number and student’s name, the total $ amount of cash cards with preferred denominations, the password for the e-transfer. Once the e-transfer is received, you will get a confirming email, and your cash cards will be ready March 8th!  This fundraiser ends February 28th. If you would like to collect money for this fundraiser to help out a little more, the form is linked here Please fill it out and then email Gina on February 28th!  Thank you so very much for supporting Grad 2021 and all our fundraising efforts! 

Legacy Fundraiser February 15th to March 15th

March 2021 Post Secondary School Virtual Events

Due to COVID-19, post-secondary events have been moved online. In the events below you can find out more about the institutions’ programs, their admission requirements, and how to apply. Post secondary school applications have opened on October 1, 2020. If you have any questions regarding post secondary and/or scholarships, please email Karen Tsang.

Douglas College Information Sessions - March 23rd, 25th at 5:00pm
Register here: https://www.douglascollege.ca/future-students/explore-douglas/information-sessions

University of British Columbia - Various dates in March
Campus tours: https://account.you.ubc.ca/s/events

Simon Fraser University - Check back for dates in March
Applicant Information Sessions: https://www.sfu.ca/students/admission/campus-tours/applicant-info-session/sessions.html

University of Victoria (Discover UVic) - March 22nd at 4:00pm
Register here: https://www.uvic.ca/undergraduate/tours-events/events/index.php

BCIT Information Session For SD43 students - March 4th at 4:00pm
Information Sessions: https://www.bcit.ca/infosessions/Join here: https://bcit.zoom.us/j/82876060024?pwd=Y1F0eEhUajB2ZEVVeHBXcU85UHhBZz09

Meeting ID: 828 7606 0024       
Password: 674593

University of Waterloo Wednesday Webinars

University of Alberta Events & Tours - Various Dates

University of Toronto
Get to know U of Toronto, Live info sessions & webcasts:https://discover.utoronto.ca/live

McGill University
Live with a Tour Guide: https://future.mcgill.ca/portal/live_with_a_tour_guide

Western University
Info session recordings: https://welcome.uwo.ca/presentations/index.html

Queen’s University
Undergraduate admission- Webinar Recordings: https://www.queensu.ca/admission/webinar-recordings

February Edition of the Career & Trades Programs Newsletter

Click on the latest February Edition of the Career & Trades Programs Newsletter. Below  are some poster advertisements for our upcoming Info Session for Indigenous Students interested in trades. This session will take place over zoom on February 26, 2021 from 10:00-11:00am. All parties interested are asked to complete the registration survey using the QR code. If you know someone who is interested but cannot attend please let them know that session will be recorded and posted to our website: 43careers.com

In this edition we have important information about;

  • Student feature: Oliver & the Millwright Program
  • Indigenous Peoples in Trades month
  • ACCESS BC- Support network for Indigenous students in trades
  • Women in Trades Conference: March 8, 2021.

Prefer video format? Watch a slideshow of our newsletter HERE!

2021 Grad Information

This is a special message for grade 12 students and parents regarding the 2021 graduation.

Graduation is a milestone that each of us remember fondly, and while COVID will impact and change the traditional activities we usually enjoy, it is our pledge to you that we will do what we can to make this event memorable.

It should come as no surprise, but we cannot offer a Dinner-Dance, after-grad event or a Grad Cruise this year. PHO orders against such gatherings are still in effect and even if they were to be lifted in the spring, the time required to book and organize just wouldn’t be there.

While there will be no after grad event, we do have parents interested in fund-raising to enhance the commencement and provide mementos to the grads.  Our parent contact is Lisa Currier  lisacurrier@shaw.ca. She is asking parents who want to support this effort to contact her directly.

We also have a new Terry Fox PAC Facebook Page that will be helping us share information. You are encouraged to visit the page and sign up.

Grad Commencement Plan

As you recall last year, we offered a drive-through commencement where students had the opportunity to cross a stage and family members had the chance to watch this special event. A similar style commencement is in the works for the upcoming year and we have scheduled Wednesday June 23rd as our Commencement Ceremony day.

We will begin to work out the details in the upcoming weeks and while the Drive-Through commencement is our current plan, should the PHO lift restrictions and if we are given more flexibility we will do our best to reflect that relaxation in our planning.

Some other things to consider:

  • Grads will have a Valedictorian as selected by their peers
  • Grads will have a cap and gown to keep
  • Grads will have great and moving speeches to inspire you
  • Grads will have decorations
  • Grads will have input: please bring any suggestions about how to make Grad the best it can be to Ms. Fridge and/or Ms. D'Alfonso

The Grad fee this year is $50 which covers the cost of a cap and gown and goes a little way towards the cost of decorations and rentals and some potential grad swag. This fee is on your School Cash Online account.

Grads will have some work to do before Grad. Most importantly they will need to complete their Capstone and CLC as they are Grad Requirements. Please read below:

All grade 12 students are enrolled in Career-Life Connections 12 (CLC 12) which is a 4-credit course required for graduation. Each student is on a CLC 12 Microsoft Team where they can find explanations for their assignments and course work. During monthly Flex classes, grade 12 students and their CLC 12 teacher have been working on strengthening self-awareness, refining employability skills, and planning for life after graduation.

In March, our grads will be offered a workshop on financial literacy to support some of that planning. But the most exciting part of CLC 12 is the Capstone Project. We hope your child has connected with you about their Capstone Project ideas. If they haven’t, please strike up a conversation with them about it!

The Capstone Project (and sharing of it through the CLC Presentation) is the final assessment for CLC 12, worth 50% of the course grade. All components of the project are due no later than Tuesday June 1st, 2021. 

The Capstone Projects are student-designed and personal to each student’s career-life motivations, and so they can take many forms. For examples and more information on the Capstone Project and CLC Presentation, please see your child’s CLC 12 Team or contact their CLC 12 teacher.

By our MARCH 19th Deadline:

  • Grads will need to sign up to confirm attendance
  • Grads will need to submit their height for a cap and gown
  • Grads will need to write a short message for us to read out as they cross the stage

Also- you will need to work with Ms. D’Alfonso and squad for Legacy and you will need to connect with Ms. El to make sure you let her know about your scholarships so we can add them to the school total and celebrate the genius that is you.


There will be a specific commencement Link on the TFS Website put up soon. That will be your hub for grad information. 

Grads: This is the beginning of significant amount of very important information. Your CLC teachers will be your main source of information so please make certain you are checking your Teams on a regular basis.

Parents can also email Ms. Passaglia at  terryfoxgrad2021@gmail.com  if they want to help in any way as well.

Forms And More Information

Student Registration Form
Medical Alert Form
Career Centre, Volunteer Opportunities, Scholarship Info
Burke Mountain Bus Information
Terry Fox App
New Daily Health Check
School Fees Online

Terry Fox Secondary Administration and Counsellors

Terry Fox Administration

Mr. David Starr - Principal (dstarr@sd43.bc.ca)
Ms. Kate Shorthouse  - Vice-Principal - students A-G (kshorthouse@sd43.bc.ca)
Mr. John Campbell - Vice -Principal - students H-N (jcampbell@sd43.bc.ca)
Mr. Dave Phelan - Vice-Principal - students O-Z (dphelan@sd43.bc.ca)

Counselling Department

Ms. Rhonda Trunkfield - students A-H (rtrunkfield@sd43.bc.ca)
Mr. Rich Chambers - students I-Q (rchambers@sd43.bc.ca)
Ms. Karen Edgell - students R-Z(kedgell@sd43.bc.ca)

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