Thursday, November 28, 2013

FIRST SPIRIT DAY

Hey Dante!

Our first Spirit Day will now be this coming Tuesday, December 3rd, so remember to show some spirit and wear any Spirit Wear with uniform pants! Just a reminder that you can also wear your Spirit Wear every Friday as long as you're wearing uniform pants. Students who ordered new Spirit Wear will receive their sweaters today. You must pick up your new Spirit Wear in Room 303 on the third floor. Spirit Wear distribution will begin before school starts, continued during all lunches, and concluded after school. Let's show some school spirit Dante!

Thanks
Student Council

BELL DRIVER EDUCATION INC.

Students of Dante Alighieri are you thinking of learning to drive? Remember you'll only do it once!

Join Bell Driver Education Inc. for the After School Program at 

DANTE ALIGHIERI ACADEMY

ORIENTATION DATE: Tuesday December 03, 2013

START DATE: To be determined at Orientation

FROM: 3:00 to 6:00 pm in Portable #4


  • MTO approved courses in driver education.
  • 20 informative in class hours once a week for seven weeks
  • 10 hrs of in car, instructions with free pick-up and drop off
  • Students will be certified on-line for DLH (Drivers licence history) upon completion of course and entitles the student to a discount on insurance rates.
Driving is a lifetime career
Enroll and learn to master safe driving

Information & Registration forms available at: MAIN OFFICE

For more information call: 416-551-1818





MONTREAL/OTTAWA TRIP FOR ALL FRENCH STUDENTS

A reminder to all French students wanting to go to Montreal/Ottawa in April. There is an important parent information meeting tonight (November 28th) at St. Basil's highschool at 7:00!

Thanks
Ms. Alaimo

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

GRAD WEAR

TO ALL GRADE 12 STUDENTS

Today is the very last day to buy your Grad Wear. Student Council will be selling Grad Wear during all lunches in the cafeteria for only $25! Remember your last year at Dante by purchasing Grad Wear today!

Thanks
Student Council

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"STEP UP 2 DANCE"

Do you enjoy Hip-hop, Salsa and Contemporary dance?

Do you like watching people perform?

On Thursday December 5th, join us for "Step Up 2 Dance" showcase held in the auditorium
periods 2 and 4.

$2.00 will be collected by those teachers who wish to take their classes down to watch the show.

We will also be selling tickets for friends and family to come and watch "Step Up 2 Dance"
on December 12th at 7:00 pm. For the small amount of $5.00. Also including an amazing photography exhibit by Ms. Pikula's students. You can get your tickets in the cafeteria during lunches.

Come out and help us to celebrate Christmas as one big happy Dante family!

Thanks
Ms. Dimza




VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT

COLUMBUS VILLA CENTRE
SCHOOL OF MUSIC 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT

DATES: December 10, 11 and 12 * Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This is a perfect opportunity for a high school student (16+) looking to support the community through any engaging volunteer experience. Your assistance will help enrich this festive event and provide you with opportunities to learn and develop valuable skills!

Contact Stephanie Mae Draker, Cultural Arts Administrative Assistant at
cultural@villacharities.com or 416-789-7011 ext. 248
for more information and to obtain an application form.

Deadline to apply: November 27, 2013

Thank you
L. Tonelli
Department Head
Canadian & World Studies



Monday, November 25, 2013

"WE SCARE HUNGER" FOOD DRIVE

HEY DANTE COMMUNITY

On behalf of the Me to We council we would like to thank everyone who contributed to our "We Scare Hunger" food drive.  In total the main campus raised 900 pounds of canned foods as well as another 200 at the Beatrice Campus. The food collected was donated to the North York Harvest Food Bank, which services more than 13,000 visits each month. Each year this number continues to grow. Your donations were very much appreciated, once again thank you and keep up the good work Dante.

Thanks
Ms. Saunders

HEALTHY SNACK DAY

A Message from Student Council

Today is yet another Healthy Snack Day! Student Council will be visiting Period 2 classes today to deliver chocolate milk to anyone who would like a healthy drink! We do caution that everyone throw away any garbage in the proper disposal bins to maintain a clean Dante environment! Starting next month, Snacks will be distributed once every two weeks alternating between Tuesday and Thursday. We encourage everyone to also eat healthy outside of school, and thank you for choosing a healthier lifestyle Dante!

Thanks
Student Council




SPIRIT DAY CANCELLED

ATTENTION TO ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF

Spirit Day is no longer this Tuesday November 26th due to delivery complications. Spirit Day will be postponed to another day this week. Everyone is to be in proper uniform on Tuesday. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and we hope you enjoy your healthy drinks during Period 2!

Thanks
Student Council

Friday, November 22, 2013

SPIRIT WEAR

Hey Dante!
Our  first Spirit Day will be this coming Tuesday, November 26th, so remember to show some spirit and wear any Spirit Wear Sweater with uniform pants! Just a reminder that you can also wear your Spirit Wear every Friday as long as you're wearing uniform pants. Students who ordered new Spirit Wear will receive their sweaters on Monday November 25th. Let's show some school spirit Dante!

Thanks
Student Council

GRAD WEAR

ATTENTION ALL GRADE 12 STUDENTS

I know you're all excited to graduate, but think about it.. In 10 years you're going to want something to remember your times here at Dante. What better way to keep your memories with you after graduating than to buy a Grad Shirt? Student Council has extended sales until Wednesday November 27th. We will be selling Grad Wear during all lunches in the cafeteria for only $25! Wednesday will be the last selling date, so buy them soon!

Thanks
Student Council

DENTAL SCREENING

FREE dental screening will continue Monday only.  You may be eligible for free dental treatment including professional dental cleaning. Complete dental exam or dental fillings available to full-time high school students. Pick-up forms today from Ms. Catania in the Main office.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

AMBASSADOR MEETING

There will be an Ambassador meeting today in the Chapel after school.

Thanks
Ms. Lopes

JUNIOR AND SENIOR BASKETBALL TEAM

In Basketball News.  The junior and senior basketball team went into hostile territory to face a new opponent in St. Frere Andre.  A new french school downtown.  The juniors played hard but came up short.  However the seniors battled the french school that with the crowd on their side would not go away.  St. Frere Andre kept hitting 3 pointer after three pointer.  The seniors led by Pedro Salazar and Akeem Williams on the defensive end regulated the attack and steadied the boys to a convincing 58 to 52 Victory.  Game number 2 will be played at home with the visiting Marshall Mcluhan this Thursday.


Anson Blackburn
Secondary Student Supervisor/Coach


INTERMEDIATE AND SENIOR MATHEMATICS CONTEST

A reminder to all students writing the Intermediate and Senior Mathematics contest will do so tomorrow Thursday November 21 during Period 1 and 2 in Portable 7.

Thanks
Mr. Quaglietta

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

GRADUATION PHOTOS

ATTENTION ALL GRADUATES

Brightpics will be here on Tuesday November 26, 2013 from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm for you to sign up for your graduation photos. They will be located near the cafeteria. It is important that you sign up in order for you to be part of your Grad composite!

Thanks
Brightpics

VARSITY BOYS' SOCCER

The following students:

Patrick Amorim, Gianluca Bellissimo, Alex Molina, Alex Chazi, Sergio Chazi, Christopher Cifuentes, Tory Dryden, Kristopher Garcia, Dillon Gordon, Garnett Graham, Gianlucas Perez, and Jason Rits must see Mr. Aldea tomorrow after the morning announcements in Portable 12. Ask your teacher for permission to leave the class after the announcements so that  you can see Mr. Aldea on Portable 12.

Thanks
Mr. Aldea/Mr. Turco

DANTE BREAKFAST CLUB

The Breakfast Club is happy to announce that we will be providing breakfast 4 days a week. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30-8:15. Everyone is welcomed! As well, for those students that may have forgotten their lunch or missed the breakfast club we will be providing snacks like bagels, toast & condiments at the front of the Cafeteria during all 3 lunches.

Thank you
Mr. F. Aldea

Monday, November 18, 2013

TEENS CATCHING FIRE

Teens Catching Fire

Get ready to enter the arena for the second time. Test your survival skills and if you are the ultimate victor, you will win a prize. Thursday November 21, 2013 4:00 pm ages 12-19. Register by calling
(416)394-1000.

Please see Mrs. DiBiase-Petrungaro in the Library for further details.


LIBRARY NEWS -NEW BOOK ARRIVALS

Be sure to visit the Library this week to view the new book arrivals that are ready to be signed out.....
and......
remember.......the more you read, the more you know....the more you know, the smarter you grow.

Thanks
Mrs. DiBiase-Petrungaro
Librarian

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SENIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The Senior Girls Volleyball season is fast approaching.For those girls interested in joining, there will be tryouts on Thursday November 14th at 2:45 pm at Main Campus.
See you there!

Thank you
Mr. Gallo and Ms.Sangiorgio

CHRISTMAS TALENT SHOW

A message from Ms. Reedy

Attention any students interested in participating in a Drama performance: On Monday November 18th, we will begin working on our Christmas Skit for the Christmas Talent Show. Any students interested are to meet in the Auditorium at Main Campus after school on Monday.


HUMANITARIAN AID FOR THE PHILIPPINES

As you may all know, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8, which destroyed buildings, crops, and infrastructure across several islands, leaving thousands dead. Estimates suggest more than 9.5 million people are in need of aid across nine provinces and more than 600,000 have been forced from their homes. To support humanitarian aid for the Philippines, the Toronto Catholic District School Board is encouraging all students, teachers, and staff from Dante to participate in a Toonie Tuesday on November 19th to support relief efforts in the country. Student Council will be visiting Homeroom classes on Monday, November 18th and Tuesday November 19th to collect donations from students, teachers and staff who would like to support the humanitarian aid for the Philippines. We are asking for a $2 or more contribution from anyone who would like to participate. The money collected from our school will be sent to the Archdiocese of Toronto, and the Canadian Government has pledged to match donations made. Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines, and we offer our prayers for the victims of this natural disaster and those who have been displaced from friends and family.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

MONTREAL/OTTAWA TRIP FOR FRENCH STUDENTS

Madame Alaimo would like to meet with all French students interested in going to Montreal/Ottawa in April. The meeting will take place on Tuesday November 19th at 3:00 in Room 306.

Thank you
Mrs. Alaimo

GRAD WEAR

Student Council will be selling Grad Wear from November 18 to 22 of next week. We will be visiting Grade 12 homeroom classes and selling during all lunches.

Thanks
Student Council

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

JUNIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL


Attention: Junior Girls Volleyball Team of last Year.

 There will be a team photo taken after school today in the main gym.

Thanks Ms. Pescador 

JUNIOR BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUT

There will be a FINAL Junior Boys Basketball tryout tomorrow morning at 7 am here at
Main Campus.

Be on time!

Thanks
Mr. Blackburn



Monday, November 11, 2013

SENIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SEASON

The Senior Girls Volleyball season is fast approaching. For those girls interested in joining, there will be tryouts on Wednesday November 13th and Thursday November 14th at 3:00 pm at Main Campus. See you there!

Thank you
Mr. Gallo and Ms. Sangiorgio

CSUNA

A reminder that all CSUNA members must attend a mandatory meeting at 2:45 on Monday in Portable 18. If  you cannot make it, please see Ms. Sangiorgio in advance.

Thank you
Ms. Sangiorgio

Friday, November 8, 2013

SENIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The senior girls volleyball season is fast approaching. For those girls interested in joining, there will be tryouts on Wednesday November 13th and Thursday November 14th at 3:00 pm at Main Campus.

See you there!

Mr. Gallo and Ms. Sangiorgio


VETERAN'S WEEK

Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join together to celebrate Veteran's Week. During this week, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to recognize the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The year 2013 marks the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War. At the beginning of 1918, the conflict had been raging for almost three and a half years and the front lines in France and Belgium had moved little since the opening months of the fighting. Both the Allies and the Germans had repeatedly tried to launch major offensives to break the stalemate but had failed. In the spring of that year, however, the Germans launched an offensive that saw them advance to within 70 kilometres of Paris before they were stopped.

On August 8, 1918, the Allies hit back and launched the Battle of Amiens. The Canadians were at the spearhead of this attack which saw a major breakthrough on what one enemy commander would call "the black day of the German Army." The Allies seized the momentum and continued the pressure. Our soldiers would be called on to lead the way in victory after victory during the series of battles fought in the late summer and fall of 1918 that came to be known as "Canada's Hundred Days."

The Canadians fought courageously through the Hindenberg Line, across the Canal du Nord and into Cambrai, before finding themselves in Mons, Belgium, on November 11, 1918 - the day the Armistice that finally ended the fighting in the First World War went into effect. Their success came at a high price, however, with more than 6,800 Canadian Soldiers being killed and approximately 39,000 wounded during the last three months of the conflict.


JUNIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Junior Girls Basketball team will have a brief meeting and a practice at Main Campus after school today.

Thanks
Mr. Griffith

Thursday, November 7, 2013

POPPY CAMPAIGN

The Canadian &World Studies Department is set to begin the Poppy Campaign at Dante. The Poppy Campaign will begin on Monday November 4th to Monday November 11th.

Students will be visiting Period 1 classes during the Poppy Campaign and asking Dante students for a donation to receive their poppy which everyone will wear at the Remembrance Day Assembly.

Today, the Poppy Campaign is one of the Royal Canadian Legion's most important programs. The money raised from poppy sales provides direct assistance for ex-service people in financial distress, as well as funding for medical appliances and research, home services, care facilities, and numerous other purposes.

Thank you for supporting the Poppy Campaign!


VARSITY BOYS' SOCCER

Gianluca Bellissimo, Alex Chazi, and Kristopher Garcia must hand in their payment to Mr. Turco tomorrow Nov. 8 after the morning announcements in Portable 6.

Christopher Cifuentes and Tory Dryden must hand in their permission form and payment to Mr. Turco tomorrow Nov. 8 after the morning announcements in Portable 6.

If the permission form and payment are not handed in to Mr. Turco tomorrow, it will hinder your opportunity to participate in the indoor soccer tournament. It is very important that both, permission form and payment, be handed in tomorrow after the morning announcements to Mr. Turco in Portable 6.

Thanks
Mr. Aldea and Mr. Turco

SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL

Yesterday afternoon the Senior Girls Basketball teams season came to an end with a 41-35 loss to Jean Vanier in the quarter-finals. Ms. Medeiros and Mr. DiNicolantonio would like to congratulate the girls on their season and thank you to Akeem, Jermaine and Akeem for their assistance in score keeping.

Thanks
Mr. DiNicolantonio

REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY

Any student wishing to participate in the Remembrance Day Assembly is asked to attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday November 7 in Room 309 at Dante main campus.

Thank you
Ms. Tonelli
Department Head
Canadian and World Studies

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

VETERAN'S WEEK

Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join together to celebrate Veterans’ Week. During this week, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to
recognize the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

More than 93,000 Canadian men and women served in the Italian Campaign during the Second World War. They took part in Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily on July 10, 1943, and helped take the strategically important Mediterranean island. The offensive resulted in Italy overthrowing dictator Benito Mussolini and formally surrendering. Germany, however, refused to see the country fall to the Allies. It moved its soldiers in to fight and the campaign continued. Next up were landings in mainland Italy on September 3, 1943, and the Canadians would join the long, tough advance up the peninsula. The many mountains, deep valleys and rivers gave the determined German defenders a great advantage. Despite it all, the Canadians helped push the enemy back in a series of battles through places like Ortona, the Liri Valley and Rimini.


As it turned out, our soldiers would not be part of the final Allied victory in Italy. They were transferred in February 1945 to join the First Canadian Army fighting in Northwest Europe. More than 26,000 Canadians became casualties during the Italian Campaign, including nearly 6,000 who gave their lives.

CANADIAN INTERMEDIATE & SENIOR MATH CONTEST

Students in Grade 10 to 12 interested in writing the Canadian Imtermediate & Senior Math Contest are to do so today after school with Mr. Quaglietta in Portable 9.

Thanks
Mr. Quaglietta

SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL

Members of the Senior Girls Basketball team are to meet with Mr. DiNicolantonio in the gym immediately after the announcements.

Thanks
Mr. DiNicolantonio

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY


Any student wishing to participate in the Remembrance Day Assembly is asked to attend a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, November 6 in Room 309 at Dante main campus.

Thank you,
L. Tonelli
Department Head
Canadian and World Studies

RECYCLED CELL PHONES

The Ecoteam is continuing to collect recycled cell phones, charges etc. during all lunches. Please enter to win some great prizes!

Thank you,

Ms. Tonelli
Department Head 
Canadian and World Studies

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF PEACE

Hey Dante! This Month of November is the month of Peace. So a question to you is How does society’s greed lead to non peaceful situations around natural resources? We are always trying to have what is bigger and better and forget the little things we actually need in order to live peacefully and happily.
Thank you,
L. Tonelli
Department Head
Canadian and World Studies

ME-TO-WE MEETING

This message is for all members of Me-To-We.  Today's Me-to-We meeting is cancelled.  There will be no Me-to-We meeting today.

Thanks
Ms. Saunders


VETERANS' WEEK

Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join together to celebrate Veterans’ Week. During this week, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to recognize the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

After years of rising tensions, North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950. This act of aggression triggered an international crisis in the place traditionally known as the “Land of the Morning Calm.”  
The United Nations (UN) voted to send a multinational force to the Far East to intervene. More than 26,000 Canadians would serve during the Korean War. In the summer of 1950, the Royal Canadian Navy sent destroyers to patrol the waters off Korea and the Royal Canadian Air Force began air transport runs between North America and Asia. The Canadian Army would soon send ground forces and our soldiers saw heavy action in places like Kapyong, Chail’li, Hill 355 and “the Hook.” Sadly, 516 Canadians gave their lives in service during the war.

An Armistice that ended more than three years of fighting was finally signed on July 27, 1953.  Seven thousand Canadians would continue to serve there in a peacekeeping role, with the last ones only leaving in 1957. No peace treaty was ever signed to formally end the war, however, and tensions along the border between North Korea and South Korea remain. 

2013 marks the 60
thanniversary of the signing of the Armistice and has been designated the “Year of the Korean War Veteran” in Canada. Let’s make it a year to remember!

Monday, November 4, 2013

DANCE

Students who perform in Bachata for grade 10 in Open House report to the Auditorium after school for a brief meeting.

Thanks
Ms. Dimza

POPPY CAMPAIGN

The Canadian & World Studies Department is set to begin the Poppy Campaign at Dante. The Poppy Campaign will begin on Monday November 4th to Monday, November 11th. Students will be visiting
Period 1 classes during the Poppy Campaign and asking Dante students for a donation to receive their poppy which everyone will wear at the Remembrance Day Assembly. Today, the Poppy Campaign is one of the Royal Canadian Legion's most important programs. The money raised from poppy sales provides direct assistance for ex-service people in financial distress, as well as funding for medical appliances and research, home services, care facilities, and numerous other purposes.

Thank you for supporting the Poppy Campaign!

Ms. Tonelli
Canadian & World Studies Department




REMEMBRANCE DAY - VETERANS' WEEK

Remembrance Day 

Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join together to celebrate Veterans’ Week. During this week, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to recognize the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Let us begin by remembering an important battle from WWI.

We would like to commemorate the soldiers who were part of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.  The hard fought battle started at 5:30 am on April 9, Easter Monday, and lasted four days. On the battlefield, Canadian soldiers proved their bravery, creativity, devotion and exceptional military skill.  After the Canadians captured the ridge, the hardest point being kept by the Germans, Canadians won a reputation as one of the toughest and best fighting soldiers in the world. This battle helped Canada become a nation – one devoted to the pursuit of freedom. We would like to thank these soldiers who served our country and risked their lives for peace and to help ensure we have freedom to enjoy today.

VARSITY BOYS' SOCCER

Patrick Amorim, Gianluca Bellissimo, Alex Molina, Alex Chazi, Sergio Chazi, Christopher Cifuentes, Tory Dryden, Kristopher Garcia, Dillon Gordon, Garnett Graham, Gianlucas Perez, and Jason Rits must see Mr. Turco today after the morning announcements in Portable 6 to hand in the permission form and payment. Ask your teacher for permission to leave the class after the announcements so that you hand in the permission form and payment to Mr. Turco today in Portable 6.

Thanks
Mr. Aldea/Mr. Turco

Friday, November 1, 2013

JUNIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL

In Basketball News...............

The Junior girls basketball team will be having their practice at main campus today.

Thanks
Mr. Griffith

WE SCARE HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

Hey Dante

Our We Scare Hunger Food Drive is on for only a few more days.

So far, we have filled about half of the donation box, which is located at the entrance to the school.

Remember, all the food you donate goes to the North York Harvest Food Bank, a local food bank that provides food for families in your community.

Did you know that 38% of food bank users are teenagers, just like you and me?

Me-to-We at Dante challenge every student to bring in at least one item of non-perishable food. If you all do this, we will overflow the food bin!

Dante Be the Change: Help us Scare Hunger this Halloween!

Thanks
Ms. Saunders