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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Destination ImagiNation
Destination ImagiNation is a community-based, non-profit, volunteer-driven educational organization that teaches young people from kindergarten through university-level the critical and creative thinking skills needed for success in the 21st Century. DI inspires participants in all of its programs to learn the process, art and skills associated with creative problem-solving and teamwork.
The world's largest creativity and problem-solving competition works with more than 250,000 children and young adults in the US and more than 40 countries each season.
Destination ImagiNation helps students develop a unique and critical skill set by emphasizing:
  • Creativity
  • Knowledge Application
  • Problem Solving
  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Generating & Focusing Tools
  • Presentation Skills
  • Project Management
  • Confidence
  • Time Management
  • Research Skills
  • Creative & Critical Thinking Skills
  • Improvisational Skills
  • Budgeting Skills
DI at Blessed Sacrament
Nine teams of grade 5-8 students participated in the Destination ImagiNation® Ontario Tournament held on Saturday, March 26th, 2011; seven teams won and six teams (34 students) are now preparing for the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee from May 25-28, 2011.
In an effort to offset the upcoming cost of participating in the DI program and travel to the International competition in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2011, fundraising efforts will be taking place:
Pasta Dinner and Bingo Night:
On Friday, May 13th, a Pasta Dinner and Bingo Night will be held in the parish hall at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Between 6:30 and 9:30pm, enjoy pasta, chicken and salad for $15 per person; there will be a 50/50 draw and a raffle of 3 Toronto FC soccer tickets! Please email DI@BlessedSacramentCS.com or 416-485-1944 by Monday May 9th to purchase tickets. If you can assist with this evening, please contact the school.
Bakesale:
On Sunday May 15th, a bakesale will be held in the Loretto Room at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church following the masses. If you can assist with the Bake Sale, please contact the school.
Nut Free Gourmet Cookie Dough
Starting May 16th until May 27th, 1.5 litre pails of nut-free, all-butter cookie doughs in 5 flavours (Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Oatmeal Chocolate Chew, Chocolate Fudge Chip and Shortbread). Each pail is $13 and makes between 7 to 10 dozen cookies.
Follow these simple steps to take advantage of this offer:
Download and print the order form.
Total up your orders and attach a cheque made payable to Blessed Sacrament School
Return the completed form to your teacher by Friday May 27th, 2011.
Pick up your cookie dough on Tuesday June 7th in the main foyer between 2pm to 5pm.
 
The Destination ImagiNation Program
The Destination ImagiNation Program is a process-based program grounded in sound creative problem solving theory that helps young people build lifelong skills in creative and critical thinking, teamwork, time management and problem solving.
 
Team Challenge: Each season, teams of up to seven members select one of five competitive Challenges. With the guidance of a Team Manager (who serves as a facilitator, not a coach), the team creates an action plan and works together to create everything needed for their Presentation. This team works together for weeks to create their solution to a Team Challenge, which can have a focus that is theatrical, structural, improvisational, scientific or technical.
All Team Challenges (except for the yearly Improvisational Challenge) can be broken down into two parts: the Central Challenge and Side Trips.

Central Challenge: All DI Challenges have different required elements that teams must include as part of their solutions; these requirements comprise the Central Challenge.
Side Trips: To provide teams with the opportunity to bring their special interests out in the open, we ask them to create two Side Trips. These are additional elements that can be incorporated into the Presentation for scoring. Side Trips allow teams to showcase their own unique interests and abilities.

Instant Challenge: Teams also learn and practice creative quick-thinking skills for the Instant Challenge portion of the program. DI teams learn to solve Instant Challenges in a very short time frame – usually two to five minutes. The Challenges are kept confidential until the day of the Tournament, when teams have the opportunity to showcase their problem-solving expertise.
 
The DI equation is:
Team Challenge (Central Challenge + Side Trips) + Instant Challenge =
Destination ImagiNation.
 
Destination ImagiNation helps young people learn in a fun and supportive environment and the valuable skills they've acquired will be with them for a lifetime.
 
 
Thank you for supporting the
Destination ImagiNation team!