Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Stories from RLC


Alumni Career Mentoring Day

The 3rd Annual Alumni Career Mentoring Day was a great success!
On Friday, November 25th seven RLC Alumnus participated in the event, connecting with all of the grades 11 and 12 students.  It was done in a ‘speed dating’ format allowing alumni to meet with small groups of students to share general life experiences, guidance, education and career advice. The students were given some great advice and heard many funny stories from times (at RLC) gone by. 

Thank you for donating your time and business experiences. Greg Swift (’88), John Di Cesare(’92), Phil Ogden(’79), Rob Regan(’76), Lionel deMercado(’76), Katie Tsuyuki(’01), Jessica Starr (’06).

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Sr. Volleyball vs. ALB
Jr. Basketball vs. ALB

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Graduation Photos and Retakes

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Day Students depart at 4:00 p.m. re: Progress Meeting

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
Sr. Volleyball at TYS

Friday, December 9th, 2016
All student Sleep in (1 hour)
Arts Festival 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, December 12th, 2016
Board Meeting

Friday, December 16th, 2016
All students depart for Christmas Holiday at 12:30 p.m.


Community Announcements

New Operations Lead Position – Randy Sonmor

Operations Lead - Randy Sonmor

Randy has considerable experience in project management, operations management, corporate governance, and change management.   

He holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.  
After a career working overseas Randy returned back to his home in Bala ON in June, however, he wanted to continue working and sought employment in the local area  in order to make a positive contribution. 
The Operations Lead is a new position to RLC.  Mr. Sonmor will be busy with the task of understanding the culture of RLC while meeting members of the team.  The primary tasks include the following. 
– monitor service levels as it relates to all operations
– lead risk management policy development, execution and monitoring 
– monitor health and safety
– procurement services 
– build communications systems for work orders
– execute on Shaping the School Environment objective of the School Strategic plan 
– maintenance schedules – weekly, monthly, yearly 
– propose and monitor maintenance and capital expenditure budget
We are very excited to have Mr. Sonmor join the RLC team. 
L. Postma 

Transportation Information for Christmas Holidays

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Our next scheduled long weekend is on Friday, December 16, 2016 and the coach bus operated by Hammond Transportation Ltd. will depart from the school at 12:30 p.m.

These times are approximate and dependent on traffic and weather:

The bus will depart from RLC at 12:30 p.m.
– Arriving at Barrie in the parking lot behind the Canadian Tire Store in the Bayfield Mall at approximately 2:00 p.m.
– Arriving at Hwy 9 in the carpool area at approximately 2:30 p.m.
– Arriving at York Mills Subway Station on Old York Mills Road at approximately 3:30 p.m.
– Arriving at Sherway Gardens in front of McDonalds (note change) at approximately 4:00 p.m.

For the return trip on Monday, January 2, 2017 the bus will depart Sherway Gardens at 6:30 p.m.

Departing – Sherway Gardens in front of McDonalds (note change) at 6:30 p.m.
– York Mills Subway Station on Old York Mills Road at approximately 7:00 p.m.
– Hwy 9 in the carpool area at approximately 7:30 – 7:45 p.m.
– Barrie in the parking lot behind the Canadian Tire Store in the Bayfield Mall at approximately 8:00 – 8:15 p.m.
– RLC at approximately 9:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Students who are not using school transportation must return to the school by 9:30 p.m.

Please complete our new and improved Transportation Form – Transportation Form

Mrs. Jaclyn Sproul
Administrative Assistant/Transportation Coordinator


Weather Transportation Policy 

During the winter months, the weather in Parry Sound/Muskoka is unpredictable and we can soon expect the unexpected in terms of inclement weather.   No doubt the inclement weather, when it comes will adversely affect the schedule at RLC.

Transportation Cancellation

Student safety is of the utmost importance and we can expect plenty of weather-related cancellations during the upcoming winter months. 
When the weather is poor and road conditions are deemed, or are anticipated to be unsafe, the local school board will make a call to cancel transportation.  If this occurs Rosseau Lake College will follow and cancel all RLC transportation to and from the school.  On mornings when this occurs the school will be notified between 6 –  6:30 am. 

Academic Schedule on Weather Days

On days when transportation is cancelled day students are welcome to come to school, but must find their own form of transportation to do so.  Classes will continue, but the schedule will be delayed by one hour.  Boarding students will have a sleep in and the day will start with morning assembly at 9:30 am. 
Students who are not able to attend classes are encouraged to come to school (if safe to do so), or join a class using Google hangout/Skype.  All teachers use technology – specifically Google Classroom and will post class activities, individual tasks, and homework for all students.  Teachers will use professional judgement and will postpone activities or assessments that require the physical presence of students.
In terms of homework or assignment submission on days when transportation has been cancelled, students can expect to submit this work electronically, unless the teacher has made a professional decision to postpone or move the due date.  Students are always encouraged to communicate with their teachers for specific instruction, but they should not assume a due date has been cancelled.

Transportation Cancellation Notification

The cancellation of RLC student transportation will be communicated via social media –  RLC Facebook or Twitter.  This task will be completed as soon as notification occurs between 6 – 7 am. 
Follow us by clicking on Rosseau Lake Facebook or Rosseau Lake Twitter


Please contact Jaclyn Sproul in the administration office for any questions regarding this policy.





Co-curricular Report


RLC participated in the Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade



Participants:  (from left to right)  Ethan Postma, Esther Wason, Audrey-Anna Colson, Meaghan Tabobondung, Maeve Lynes, Raven Swanson, Felix Xu, The Timber Wolf, Ewan Fargher, Tina Tang, Julie Ma, Cathy Gao, Courtney Tabobondung, D.J. Lynes, Regina Garcia Estrada, Abbey Girdner, Harper Girdner and Jade Postma.



Jr. Boys Basketball

The Junior Boys Basketball team went to Muskoka Woods today to play SJK. It was our first game of the season and with a new squad, we did better than expected. Although losing 31-52 we had a great performance as a team. Highlights are some big man plays by Matthew and Ryan putting in 4 points combined. Connor Gan had a good output with 7 points and Christopher Gan finishing with 20 points with a strong performance by getting to the free throw line and racking up some threes. We play our next game on Wednesday, November 30th against ALB. Come out and support our wolves!


2016/17 School Calendar

Sept Tues 6 Registration/Welcome Day – All students 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  Wed 7 Classes begin (Semester 1)
Oct Thurs 6 Students depart 4:00 pm
  Fri-Mon 7-10 Scheduled Weekend (Thanksgiving)
  Mon 10 Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm
  Tues 11 Classes resume
Nov Thurs 10 Students depart 4:00 pm
  Fri-Mon 11-14

Scheduled Weekend

  Mon 14

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 15

Classes resume

Dec Fri 2

Graduation Photo and Retake Day

  Fri 9

Arts Festival




Christmas Holiday – Students depart at 12:30 pm

Jan Mon 2

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 3

Classes resume

Feb  Thurs 16 

Students depart 4:00 pm

  Fri-Mon 17-20

Scheduled Weekend (Family Day Holiday)

  Mon 20

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 21

Classes resume

  Sat 25

Winter Carnival

Mar Thurs 9

Students depart 4:00 pm

  Fri-Sun 10-26

March Break

  Sun 26

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Mon 27

Classes resume

Apr Thurs 13

Students depart 4:00 pm

  Fri-Mon 14-17

Scheduled Weekend (Easter Holiday)

  Mon 17

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 18

Classes resume

  Fri 22

Spring Arts Festival

May Thurs 18

Students depart 4:00 pm

  Fri-Mon 19-22

Scheduled Weekend (Victoria Day)

  Mon 22

Boarding Students return after 7:00 pm

  Tues 23

Classes resume

Jun Sat 17 

Closing Day Ceremony 11:00 am