Rosseau Lake College Beacon

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Stories from RLC

Winter Arts Festival 

Winter Arts Festival Ayah Jaghoub & Matthew Neretlis

Ayah Jaghoub & Matthew Neretlis – The Twelve Days of Christmas 

Jazz Band Performance

John Berry’s Rolling in the Deep

Winter Arts Festival - Choir 1st half

Jordyn Fountain, Julie Ma, Emma Clendenan, Harper Girdner, Abbey Girdner

Winter Arts Festival - Choir 2nd half

Harper Girdner, Abbey Girdner, Tina Tang, Audrey-Anna Colson, Zackary Conn, Atsushi Hamano, Rongqi Li

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 12th, 2016
Board Meeting

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

Monday, January 16th – 20th, 2017


Culminating Tasks and Exam Schedule

Community Announcements

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.



Grade 10 History 

Our grade 10 History class went to Bracebridge to incorporate technology and history together,  and with that, we came out with History GO! We managed to take our class and we each had to have a partner, one of us had to have the game Pokemon Go downloaded, and with every Pokestop, we had to figure out the historical significance behind it. Walking down the main street of Bracebridge in the snow was incredible, the views were so beautiful! We had to walk down the main street to catch Pokemon which connected with Nature is our Learning Lab.

We managed to interact with nature and our environment while learning about history, all while playing Pokemon Go! The Culture of Discovery was incorporated because we physically had to get up and walk around to find these Pokestops and figure out the significance of them, by doing research or reading the plaques and monuments. We are using our PLP’s to personalize our answers related to this hunt!  Overall, it was a great experience, and a great time using the new double-period afternoon schedule. Great job, Grade 10’s!

By: Ayah Jaghoub


Grade Nine Geography – Green Home Project 

The Grade 9 class is looking into how to lessen their ecological footprint and to make changes in their lives and homes to protect the future of our environment. 

They are using programs like Minecraft or SIMS to create a 3D house with a 360 view, as well as floor plans to demonstrate room by room how they are making changes.  The students will discuss what old technologies exist in their homes now and how they would initiate a green initiative. 

Skills: Design Thinking, Technology (Information Management), Self-Management, Thinking and Learning are all put into play with this project.  

Grade 9 Geography Picture x2
Grade 9 Geography Picture


Co-curricular Report


Girls Volleyball



Girls Volleyball - Melizza making contact with the ball
Girls Volleyball - Team picture - getting ready to attack the ball


Front Row:   Avery Hall, Melizza ClaydenTabobondung & Cassidy Wise.  Back Row:  Meaghan Tabobondung & Davee Dai



Nordic Ski Team – Thank you, Mr. Beaulne!

Nordic Ski Team Trail Maintenance

The Nordic Ski Team would like to give a big thank you to Mr. Len Beaulne who built two bridges for the team to cover the culverts on either side of McCarthy Road.  These bridges will allow the groomer to easily cross between our trails, and it will also allow the students to cross on level ground versus climbing a snow bank. Safety first.  Thanks for improving our program and keeping us safe Mr. Beaulne. 

Nordic Ski Team Picture of Team
Nordic Ski Team Picture of Audrey-Anna Colson & Ryan Smyth

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