Elementary School Newsletter - January 16, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

Final Unit Test Tips for Success

Final Unit Test Season begins soon. Please ensure you do not schedule appointments or go on any trips on a test day. If there is an urgent reason why your child will not be at a test, you need to contact Mrs. Suzana. The following tips will help you get a good mark without stressing out:

  1. Don’t leave studying for the last moment. Plan your study. Get ready in advance and approach your teacher if you have any questions.
  2. The night before a test go to sleep early. You will then wake up well rested and full of energy to write the exam.
  3. Eat a good healthy breakfast. Researches show that students who had a good healthy breakfast before a test got better results than students who didn’t eat before the test.
  4. Arrive on time. Arriving late will prevent you from writing the test on that day.
  5. Make sure you have sufficient writing equipment, or any other equipment you need for your test.

The tests will take place during class.

Russian Shows

We would love to see all parents coming to watch their children perform. Our students work very hard to memorize their part, and seeing their parents in the audience, watching the pride in their eyes and getting standing ovations means a lot to them.

January 17- Russian Winter Show Grade 2 @4:00pm (pay attention to change of date)

January 21- Russian Winter Show Grade 4 @4:00pm

January 29- Russian Winter Show Grade 1 @4:00pm

Early Bird Registration for the 2020-2021 Elementary School Year

We are happy to let you know that the Early Bird Registration for the 2020-2021 Elementary School Year has begun!

You can find the Registration Form on our website under "Programs" -> "Download Registration Forms". If you have any questions please contact the office.

2 snacks and lunch a day will be provided for 5 days a week and are included in the tuition fee.

Weekdays Enrichment Program

Please note that the registration for the Term 2 weekdays Enrichment Program has started. If you are interested in Art, French, Hebrew, Extra ESL, Soccer, Ping-Pong, Yoga or Chess classes please speak with Mrs. Suzana.

Highlands Nordic Ski Trip

Tomorrow is the day we all waited for!  Our students grades 3-7 are going to Highlands Nordic for a cross country ski trip!

If your child is not going, please email Ms. Ariela (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

There are no classes on this day for students who are not attending the trip. For grades 1 and 2 regular schedule will take place.

Please arrive not later than 8:50, as we will not wait for late students.

What to Bring?

The equipment and a Hot Chocolate will be provided.

Bring lunch and snack and a few dollars if you wish to buy something from the Cafetria. We are not responsible for lost money; don’t send the kids with bills bigger the $20. (The cafetria offers:  Soup $10 (chicken noodle, tomato bisque or potato bacon) and grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread $6.00, Grilled cheese with carrots $10.00, Mac & cheese with carrots, $6.00 Hot Dog with and carrots. Also Snack ($5.00) Fruit, baked good and hot drink.)

Wear a jacket that is water proof and proper for ski (not a fabric jacket that might get wet). Dressing up in layers is recommended.

Waterproof gloves (no wool/fabric gloves)

Neck warmer (no scarf)

A hat

Waterproof boots.

Extra socks (very important!)

Please label EVERYTHING as kids tend to lose stuff.

We will be back around 5:00pm (please don’t call the school to check if we arrived, we leave the resort at 3:00pm and arrival time depends on traffic).

Blue Mountain Trip

If you haven’t registered for the Blue Mountain Trip, it’s not too late! You can still sign up! UMCA is happy to invite grades 5, 6, 7 and High School students to the Blue Mountain Resort on January 30-31 (one night sleepover). 

Please see the fees breakdown: transportation $70.00, hotel $60.00 (based on 4 people per room), Ski Lift Ticket $100.00 (for both days), Ski Rental Package $70.00 (for both days). Total Ski Trip $300.00. Total Ski Trip without Rentals $230.00. For those who don’t ski, or look for a cheaper option, there will be an option to do cross-country ski. The fee for cross-country is $30 per day for ski boots + ski. Food is not included.

If interested in attending this trip, please email-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the password is umca2019 (lower case), and email the "Blue Mountain Informed Consent/Permission From" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (you can find the form attached and also on our website under "Programs" and then "download Registration Forms"). Please text Mrs. Suzana if you are interested in going, as we need to book rooms in advance. For further information please contact Mrs. Suzana Pinsky (416-409-2878).

Report Cards

Report cards will be handed on February 7th.

Second Term

The second term will start on February 3rd.

March Break

March break will be from March 16 to March 20, 2020. The school will be open for Educational Activities (hours of operation 8:00am – 6:00pm

Upcoming Events

January 17 – Highlands Nordic Cross Country Ski Trip Gr. 3-7

January 17 – Russian Show Grade 2 @ 4:00

January 21 – Russian Show Grade 4 @ 4:00

January 24 – Public Skating

January 29 – Russian Show Grade 1 @ 4:00

January 31-February 1 – trip to Blue Mountain (grades 5-12)

February 3 – Term 2 begins

February 7 – report cards are sent home

UMCA wishes you a great weekend!

 

 

High School Newsletter - January 16, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

Final Exams Dates and Tips for Success

Final Exams Season begins next week. Please ensure you do not schedule appointments or go on any trips on an Exam day. If there is an urgent reason you can’t be at an exam, you need to contact Mrs. Suzana. The following tips will help you get a good mark without stressing out:

  1. Don’t leave studying for the last moment. Plan your study. Get ready in advance and approach your teacher if you have any questions.
  2. The night before a test go to sleep early. You will then wake up well rested and full of energy to write the exam.
  3. Eat a good healthy breakfast. Researches show that students who had a good healthy breakfast before a test got better results than students who didn’t eat before the test.
  4. Arrive on time. Arriving late will prevent you from writing the exam on that day, and you will have to come during the summer to write it.
  5. Make sure you have sufficient writing equipment, or any other equipment you need for your test.

Extra Help

If you feel like you need some extra help before the exam, our teachers will be happy to help. Please approach your teacher with specific questions.

Term 2 Schedule

The schedule for the next semester is ready. Please come to Ms. Irina’s classroom to confirm your schedule and courses you take for the next semester.

You can come on Thursday, January, 16th, from 1:00 - 3:00. If you are not at school at this time, come on Monday, January 20th, at 1:00.

Text Books

Please be reminded that you must return the textbook by the end of the course to school.  Otherwise, you cannot write the final exam. You can bring it at the exam's day and give to the teacher.

Final Exam Dates

JANUARY 20 @9:00 AM

SBI4U EXAM

SBI3U EXAM

FSF1D EXAM

 JANUARY 21 @4:00 PM

CPW4U EXAM

GLC2O EXAM 

 JANUARY 22 @4:00 PM

ENG2D EXAM

ENG3U EXAM

ENG4U EXAM

 JANUARY 23 @4:00 PM

SPH3U EXAM

SPH4U EXAM

SNC2D EXAM

 JANUARY 24 @4:00 PM

BBB4M EXAM

 JANUARY 25

MHF4U EXAM (Ms. Galina)

 JANUARY 26

MCV4U EXAM (Ms. Galina)

 JANUARY 27 @4:00 PM

HHS4U EXAM

MCV4U EXAM (Mrs. Irina)

 JANUARY 28 @4:00 PM

MHF4U EXAM (Mrs. Irina)

JANUARY 29 @4:00 PM

SCH4U EXAM

SCH3U EXAM

Blue Mountain Trip

If you haven’t registered for the Blue Mountain Trip, it’s not too late! You can still sign up! UMCA is happy to invite grades 5, 6, 7 and High School students to the Blue Mountain Resort on January 30-31 (one night sleepover). 

Please see the fees breakdown: transportation $70.00, hotel $60.00 (based on 4 people per room), Ski Lift Ticket $100.00 (for both days), Ski Rental Package $70.00 (for both days). Total Ski Trip $300.00. Total Ski Trip without Rentals $230.00. For those who don’t ski, or look for a cheaper option, there will be an option to do cross-country ski. The fee for cross-country is $30 per day for ski boots + ski. Food is not included.

If interested in attending this trip, please email-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the password is umca2019 (lower case), and email the "Blue Mountain Informed Consent/Permission From" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (you can find the form attached and also on our website under "Programs" and then "download Registration Forms"). No high school classes will run on that day.

Report Cards

Report cards will be handed on February 4th.

Second Term

The second term will start on February 3rd.

March Break

March break will be from March 16 to March 20, 2020. The school will be closed for high school students.

Upcoming Events

January 31-February 1 – trip to Blue Mountain (grades 5-12)

February 3 – Term 2 begins

February 4 – report cards are sent home

February 14 – Valentine’s Day

February 17 – Family Day – school is closed

UMCA wishes you a great weekend!

 

 

High School Newsletter - January 9, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

Here is to a warm welcome to all of our elementary school students in the New Year.
We are thrilled to see everyone back in our halls looking very well rested (and tanned!) We sincerely hope each and every one of you enjoyed a restful and joyful Winter Holiday with your family and friends. We welcome you back to UMCA with a strong fresh start. May the new year of 2020 bring many new successful reasons to celebrate! We have an exciting second term planned for our students. Wishing each of you much joy, success, and special outcomes this term!

Highlands Nordic Ski Trip for Grades 9, 10

UMCA is very excited to let you know that on Friday, January 17th grades 3-10 will go on a cross-country ski trip and snow-shoe trip to Highlands Nordic Resort!

We will leave school at 8:45am, and we'll be back at 5:30pm. Please be on time. There will be no school on this day. If your child can't attend this trip, please let Ms. Suzana or Ms. Ariela know. 

What to Bring?

The equipment and a Hot Chocolate will be provided.

Bring lunch and snack and a few dollars if you wish to buy something from the cafeteria. 

Wear a jacket that is water proof and proper for ski (not a fabric jacket that might get wet). Dressing up in layers is recommended.

Waterproof gloves (no wool/fabric gloves)

Neck warmer (no scarf)

A hat

Waterproof boots.

Extra socks.

Please label EVERYTHING as kids tend to lose stuff.

 This trip is part of the Celebrations fee.

Please see below the Final Exams Calendar

JANUARY 20 @9:00 AM

SBI4U EXAM

SBI3U EXAM

FSF1D EXAM

 JANUARY 21 @4:00 PM

CPW4U EXAM

GLC2O EXAM 

 JANUARY 22 @4:00 PM

ENG2D EXAM

ENG3U EXAM

ENG4U EXAM

 JANUARY 23 @4:00 PM

SPH3U EXAM

SPH4U EXAM

SNC2D EXAM

 JANUARY 24 @4:00 PM

BBB4M EXAM

 JANUARY 25

MHF4U EXAM (Ms. Galina)

 JANUARY 26

MCV4U EXAM (Ms. Galina)

 JANUARY 27 @4:00 PM

HHS4U EXAM

MCV4U EXAM (Mrs. Irina)

 JANUARY 28 @4:00 PM

MHF4U EXAM (Mrs. Irina)

JANUARY 29 @4:00 PM

SCH4U EXAM

SCH3U EXAM

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Blue Mountain Trip

UMCA is happy to invite grades 5, 6, 7 and High School students to the Blue Mountain Resort on January 30-31 (one night sleepover). 

Please see the fees breakdown: transportation $70.00, hotel $60.00 (based on 4 people per room), Ski Lift Ticket $100.00 (for both days), Ski Rental Package $70.00 (for both days). Total Ski Trip $300.00. Total Ski Trip without Rentals $230.00. For those who don’t ski, or look for a cheaper option, there will be an option to do cross-country ski. The fee for cross-country is $30 per day for ski boots + ski. Food is not included.

If interested in attending this trip, please email-transfer by January 15, 2020 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the password is umca2019 (lower case), and email the "Blue Mountain Informed Consent/Permission From" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (you can find the form attached and also on our website under "Programs" and then "download Registration Forms"). Please text Mrs. Suzana if you are interested in going, as we need to book rooms in advance. For further information please contact Mrs. Suzana Pinsky (416-409-2878).

Special Screening Event

UMCA was offered by COO & Co-Founder of VoirDire FILM / UDocs an opportunity to participate in a great event that is coming up next week. The offer is of free tickets for high school students, and anyone from the UMCA community at $10 each. It will be a film screening followed by a conversation between a holocaust survivor and a holocaust scholar. The event will take place on January 16th at 6:30pm.

More information here: Promotional event video:

Movie trailer for Prosecuting Evil (which will be screened that evening just before your conversation with Prof. Lafontaine): 

 
 
 

   

 

All event information and speaker biographieshttps://udocsfilm.com/hdcpe-prosecuting/  

Report Cards

Report cards will be handed on February 7th.

Second Term

The second term will start on February 3rd.

March Break

March break will be from March 16 to March 20, 2020. The school will be closed for high school students.

UMCA wishes you a great weekend!

Elementary School Newsletter - January 9, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

Here is to a warm welcome to all of our elementary school students in the New Year.
We are thrilled to see everyone back in our halls looking very well rested (and tanned!) We sincerely hope each and every one of you enjoyed a restful and joyful Winter Holiday with your family and friends. We welcome you back to UMCA with a strong fresh start. May the new year of 2020 bring many new successful reasons to celebrate! We have an exciting second term planned for our students. Wishing each of you much joy, success, and special outcomes this term!

Russian Show

Our students were working very hard with their Russian teachers on a show which they are very much looking forward to perform to you. Please see below the dates and times of each grade.

January 14- Russian Winter Show Grade 5 @4:00pm (pay attention to the change of date)

January 15- Russian Winter Show Grade 3 @4:00pm 

January 17- Russian Winter Show Grade 2 @4:00pm (pay attention to change of date)

January 21- Russian Winter Show Grade 4 @4:00pm

January 29- Russian Winter Show Grade 1 @4:00pm

Highlands Nordic Ski Trip

UMCA is very excited to let you know that on Friday, January 17th, grades 3-10 will go on a cross-country ski trip and snow-shoe trip to Highlands Nordic Resort!

We will leave school at 8:45am, and we'll be back at 5:30pm. Please be on time. There will be no school on this day for grades 3-10. If your child can't attend this trip, please let Ms. Suzana or Ms. Ariela know.

For grades 1 and 2 regular schedule will take place.

What to Bring?

The equipment and a Hot Chocolate will be provided.

Bring lunch and snack and a few dollars if you wish to buy something from the Cafetria.

Wear a jacket that is water proof and proper for ski (not a fabric jacket that might get wet). Dressing up in layers is recommended.

Waterproof gloves (no wool/fabric gloves)

Neck warmer (no scarf)

A hat

Waterproof boots.

Extra socks (very important!)

Please label EVERYTHING as kids tend to lose stuff.

 This trip is part of the Celebrations fee.

Final Unit Test

On the last couple of weeks of this month we will have the Final Unit Tests. If from some reason you are not able to attend please speak with Ms. Suzana for accommodation.

Second Term

The second term will start on February 3rd.

Report Cards

Report cards will be handed on February 7th.

Public Skating

Please note that on Friday, January 24th, we will have Public Skating. Don't forget to bring your child's skating equipment (skates, helmet, snow pants and gloves).

Blue Mountain Trip
UMCA is happy to invite grades 5, 6, 7 and High School students to the Blue Mountain Resort on January 30-31 (one night sleepover). 

Please see the fees breakdown: transportation $70.00, hotel $60.00 (based on 4 people per room), Ski Lift Ticket $100.00 (for both days), Ski Rental Package $70.00 (for both days). Total Ski Trip $300.00. Total Ski Trip without Rentals $230.00. For those who don’t ski, or look for a cheaper option, there will be an option to do cross-country ski. The fee for cross-country is $30 per day for ski boots + ski. Food is not included.

If interested in attending this trip, please email-transfer by December 15, 2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the password is umca2019 (lower case), and email the "Blue Mountain Informed Consent/Permission From" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please text Mrs. Suzana if you are interested in going, as we need to book rooms in advance. For further information please contact Mrs. Suzana Pinsky (416-409-2878).

No high school classes on these days.

March Break

March break will be from March 16 to March 20, 2020. The school will be open for Educational Activities (hours of operation 8:00am – 6:00pm).

Homework

We are back to regular schedule, and every week your child will receive homework. Please make sure you are checking our website regularly to see our teachers’ homework postings, as well as the Grade Book. Checking both regularly will keep you up to date with your child’s progress and assignments.

UMCA wishes you a great weekend!

 

Elementary School Newsletter - December 19, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

As we’re approaching the holidays, the excitement and activity in the school is going up. From enjoying knights battle at Medieval Times to grades 1-3 preforming at the Winter Show, our children are very busy enjoying fun and educational activities.

On behalf of all UMCA’s teachers and staff we want to thank all parents for the beautiful, generous and thoughtful gifts. It is wonderful to feel so appreciated! We wish all our students and their families Happy Holidays, and a happy and prosperous New Year! Enjoy the winter break, stay safe and warm, and we are looking forward to seeing you all after the break on January 6th 2020!

December 20 - Pyjama Day

Tomorrow, Friday, December 20th - for all Grades we’re having a Pyjama Day! (Students should wear their comfy pyjamas). Important: this is not a competition.

Winter Packages

All the projects and the winter- Packages can be found on the UMCA website, each package in the relevant homework week of the subject. They are all due once you are back from the winter break on January 6th 2020.

Working Hours During Winter Camp

Please note that this week (December 16-20) School opens at 8:00am and closes at 6:00pm.

During Winter break (December 23-January 5) the school is CLOSED.

Blue Mountain Trip (Grades 5,6,7 + High School)

The registration for Blue Mountain continues! Grades 5, 6, 7 and High School students who wish to join this amazing trip to the Blue Mountain Resort on January 30-31 (one night sleepover) can still join!

Please see the fees breakdown: transportation $70.00, hotel $60.00 (based on 4 people per room), Ski Lift Ticket $100.00 (for both days), Ski Rental Package $70.00 (for both days). Total Ski Trip $300.00. Total Ski Trip without Rentals $230.00. For those who don’t ski, or look for a cheaper option, there will be an option to do cross-country ski. The fee for cross-country is $30 per day for ski boots + ski. Food is not included.

If interested in attending this trip, please email-transfer by December 15, 2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the password is umca2019 (lower case), and email the "Blue Mountain Informed Consent/Permission From" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please text Mrs. Suzana if you are interested in going, as we need to book rooms in advance. For further information please contact Mrs. Suzana Pinsky (416-409-2878).

Pictures

Please check the following links to see the beautiful pictures we’ve taken of our students:

Medieval Times https://photos.app.goo.gl/iBPmFHsvDCfd9NLx5

Star School https://photos.app.goo.gl/XNmJYCQSRyV4BoCN6

Crazy Hair Day https://photos.app.goo.gl/i8pQtUifas8846ZF6

Fashion Show https://photos.app.goo.gl/4CHZHzoE646orrFN8

Twin Day https://photos.app.goo.gl/7yNbpDJjsY2jesYt5

Important Dates to Remember

December 23 – January 6, 2020 – Winter break

January 6, 2020 - First Day of School after winter break

We wish you all a great winter break and a happy new year!

 

 

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