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Dear parents,

Please be advised of the amazing academic competitions planned for the upcoming dates. Be advised that students do not need extra help either extra preparation to perform these academic competitions.

November 1- Chess tournament Part 1 (All Grades)

November 6- Reading Competition //Mrs. Violetta

November 8- English Competition: “We are Buzzing” (Spelling Bee) (All Grades)// Mrs. Sarah B., Mr. Kim, Ms. Park.

November 9- English Writing Competition: “Roll a Story” (All Grades) // Mrs. Sarah B., Mr. Kim, Ms. Park.

November 13- Math Competition “I’m a Mathlete” (All Grades)// Mrs. Anita, Mrs. Irina, Mrs. Ella

November 14- Russian Competition (Grade 1 to 8)// Mrs. Natalia, Mrs. Lena

November 15- Art Competition (All Grades)// Mrs. Marina

November 16- Sewing Competition //Mrs. Lena

November 17- Track & Field Competition (All Grades)

November 20- English Public Skills Competition (All Grades)// Mrs. Sarah B., Mr. Kim

November 21- Science Competition: “Future Science Crew Challenge” (All Grades)// Mrs. Anita, Mrs. Elisa, Mr. Derrick

November 27“The World’s Most Valuable Children’s Book” //Mrs.Violetta

November 28- Poem Competition (English, French, Russian) (Grades 1 to 8)

December 4- “Today’s News Competition” (Grades 6 to 12)/// Mr. Mark

December 5- Geo-History Competition (All Grades) /// Mr. Mark

December 6- Lego Competition: “Amazing Creations”

December 7- French Competition (Spelling and translation) (All Grades) // Mr. Junior, Ms. Zahra


UMCA Administration




Dear parents and students,

Please be advised of the upcoming events:

October 31- Halloween Picture Day (Elementary and High School)

November 2- Trip to Richmond Hill Center for the Performance Arts Gr. 6-7-8

November 3- Public Skating (All Grades)

November 6- Secrets for University (Business Program) @ 11:00am

November 7- Picture Day (Individual and Group Pictures -Elementary and High School).

November 10- Parent-Teacher-Interview is from 9:00am to 1:00pm and from 2:00pm to 6:30pm Please register-confirm your appointment at the front desk.

November 13- Secrets for University (Science Program) @ 11:00am

November 15- High School Mid-Term

November 17- Trip to the Public Library Gr. 1 and 2

November 17- Public Skating (All Grades)

November 20- Secrets for University (Art Program) @ 11:00am

November 22- English Musical Winter Performance Grades 3 and 4 @4:00pm

November 23- English Musical Winter Performance Grades 1 and 2 @10:00am

November 24- Russian Musical Winter Performance Grades 7 and 8 @4:00pm

November 29-  Russian Musical Winter Performance Grades 5 and 6 @4:00pm

December 1- Trip to Dave & Buster (Grades 1 to 8)

December 8- Cross Country Ski Trip

December 15- Elementary Last Academic Day and Public Skating (All grades)

December 18- Elementary Winter Packages (Pages from Books) will be posted in the UMCA Website.

December 18 to 22- Elementary Winter Camp (UMCA Complementary Program).

December 22- Last Day of Term 1

January 8- First Day of School and due date for the Winter Packages IMPORTANT: Winter Packages will be evaluated as Unit 5 of the first term, so it is extremely important to give them back to the teachers.

January 12- Public Skating (All Grades)

January 15 to 30- First Term Elementary Final Exams

January 22 to 30- First Term High School Final Exams

February 1 and 2- Trip to Blue Mountain Gr. 6 to 12

February 2- Report Cards will be sent home.

February 8- First Day of Term 2


UMCA Administration

School Sporting Team

Dear Parents,

I am excited to be coaching UMCA'a very first school sporting team. Last Friday we had our first basketball tryout, for all students in grade 3 to grade 12 and we had a lot of student interest. I am very excited about this student interest, as being a member of a sports team has many positive benefits.

Team sports offer an important learning environment for children, and allow them opportunities to develop relationships. Sport can affect a child's development of self-esteem and self-worth. Because sport is important to children, being good at sports is a strong social asset. When playing a sport, children have the opportunity to show their skills, gain greater self-awareness, and enjoy an activity that they love the most. Sport also provides consistent exercise. Playing on a team sport commits your child to regular exercise, which helps boost immunity and contributes to overall physical health. It also allows them productive time away from their digital devices. Children who play team sports are more apt to stronger academic achievement. Through sports, children learn the importance of time management and discipline. Throughout my teaching career, I have always been a huge supporter of team sport.

As our school basketball team is an extra program to our school (practices and games will be run outside of school hours), it will incur extra costs. Costs that include but are not limited to: gym rentals, uniforms, extra equipment, referee costs, costs to join public/private school basketball organizations for competitions, coaching costs etc.

I would like to hold a meeting for all interested parents this Friday at 5pm. This will give us an opportunity to meet in person and discuss my vision, student/parent commitment and costs to run the program. If we don't have enough current interest from the parents, we may have to wait until next year to start the program or only offer one or two divisions this year. I would like to offer four divisions for both boys and girls from grades 3 to 12.

Hopefully you can all make the meeting. We will hold the meeting in our cafeteria at 5pm this Friday.

I look forward to meeting all of you this Friday.

Best Regards,


UMCA's Chess Club

Chess has long been the game of gentleman, geniuses, philanthropists and other gifted people. This has formed an incredibly wide misconception around the word that ONLY geniuses and gifted people can play the game and it is strictly designed for them.

If someone was asked to name the first things that come to their mind when they hear 'chess player', it would be 'old', 'smart', 'talented', 'genius' and many other things unrelated to everyday people... But once again, this is a misconception – it is a false belief injected to people by mass media.
The reality of chess is different – it actually is an incredibly beneficial pastime, because playing chess results in better brain function, improved memory and cognitive abilities, strategic thinking and attention improvement. All of these benefits are directly related to the practice of chess, both in real-life and virtual environments, which means that chess is the answer to the question – 'Is there a game where I can have fun AND get benefits from?'

Let's look at some of those benefits in more detail:

• Better Brain Function
• Improved Memory
• Improved Cognitive Abilities
• Strategic Thinking
• Attention Improvement

UMCA is so proud and happy to have a Chess club for all students who are interested. For more information please contact Ms. Suzana Pinsky.

Raising Children in a Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions

Modern world brings so many temptations into the job of parenting. Unfortunately, nothing good ever comes easy. Parenting is the hardest job ever created and there are no shortcuts. It is easy to give kids iPads to keep them "quiet". It is easy to let them go to bed whenever they want, and let them eat whatever they want. It is easy to do everything for them. Everything that comes easy comes with side effects. Join Victoria Prooday's parenting group to learn how not to fall into that parenting trap but give kids what's best for them. The first session's subject will be "Raising Children in a Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions".

For UMCA parents only, those sessions are complimentary. When you register choose the option 'umca parents' .

Dates of the sessions are: October 12, November 15, February 8, 2018, April 12, 2018. The time is From 7:00pm-9:00pm.

For more information please visit the following web site:

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