Elementary School Newsletter - November 7, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

Parent – Teacher Interview

Please be reminded that next week, Friday, November 15th the school will run a parent teacher interview day. Our teachers will be available throughout the day to speak with each parent individually about the student and their academic achievements. Parents who didn’t book their time yet, please see Ms. Ariela at the front desk.

On this day attendance is optional as there will be no regular classes.

Public Skating

Please be reminded that tomorrow, Friday, November 8th, grades 1-7 are having Public Skating.

Don't forget to bring your skating equipment (we would like to remind you once again that bicycle's helmet is not sufficient and you need skating helmet, for your own safety). Don’t forget to bring gloves and snow pants.  Parents who want to volunteer and help our students dress up and skates are more than welcome to join.

“Train for Two” Play

Grades 3-10 enjoyed yesterday the amazing performance of the play “Train for Two” directed by Dan Petrenko, who is a former UMCA graduate.

Train for Two uses movement, music, and edge-of-the-seat dialogue to examine the power of choice in the context of the Holocaust and the post-war era. The play is an original piece, based on the true story of the director's (Dan Petrenko) family. Told through flashbacks to the past as well as a contemporary encounter between two strangers on a train, the narrative explores the extremes of human sacrifice in a state of crisis. Returning from the U.S. with a powerful cast, original music by composer Yan Shvartsman, and choreography by Veronika Bah, Train for Two is an emotional and thought-provoking journey through time.

UMCA wishes to thank Dan Petrenko for inviting us to this amazing play.

Drama/French Shows/English

Our students already started working hard on performances for the holiday season. Please mark your calendars on the following dates:

November 25 – Grade 3 perform at 4:00pm

November 28 – Grades 2 at 4:00pm

November 29 – Grade 1 at 4:00pm

December 5 – Grade 2 English Reading play at 4:00pm

Jack and the Bean-stock

Please note that on November 25 grades 1-2 will go to watch the paly Jack and the Bean-stock. Don’t forget to wear your UMCA blue hoodie.

Angela’s Deli – our Caterer

As most of you might know Angela’s Deli is our new school carter. Our students enjoy a variety of healthy and tasty food, just like at home. Tomorrow we will send the students home with a voucher which will give you a 5% off your cart when shopping at Angela’s Deli.

Upcoming Events

November 6 – Train for Two play for grades 3-7

November 8 – Public Skating

November 22 – Public Skating

November 25 – grades 1-2 Jack and the Bean-stock

November 25 – Grade 3 perform at 4:00pm

November 28 – Grades 2 at 4:00pm

November 29 – Grade 1 at 4:00pm

December 16 – Holiday Show at Star School for grades 1-2

December 16 – Dave and Busters for grades 3-10

December 23 – Christmas break

January 6, 2020 – First day of school after Christmas break

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!

 

Elementary School Newsletter - November 1, 2019

Dear students and parents,

Train for Two - Play

UMCA is happy to invite its grades 3-7 students to the play “Train for Two” on Wednesday, November 6. We will leave school at 10:00am and will be back by 1:30pm. No need to bring lunch as we will arrive to school on time for lunch, but please bring snack. On this day please wear your blue UMCA sweatshirt.

Public Skating

Please be reminded that this coming Friday, November 8th, grades 1-7 are having Public Skating.

Don't forget to bring your skating equipment (we would like to remind you once again that bicycle's helmet is not sufficient and you need skating helmet, for your own safety). Don’t forget to bring gloves and snow pants.  Parents who want to volunteer and help our students dress up and skates are more than welcome to join.

Parent – Teacher Interview

Please be reminded that on Friday, November 15th the school will run a parent teacher interview day. Our teachers will be available throughout the day to speak with each parent individually about the student and their academic achievements. Parents who didn’t book their time yet, please see Ms. Ariela at the front desk.

Drama/French Shows

Our students already started working hard on performances for the holiday season. Please mark your calendars on the following dates:

November 25 – Grade 3 perform at 4:00pm

November 28 – Grades 2 at 4:00pm

November 29 – Grade 1 at 4:00pm

Pictures from our Events

We are happy to share with you beautiful moments from UMCA’s daily life and activities so you can enjoy:

Chudleigh’s Farm - https://photos.app.goo.gl/bjznEVADyyFVQtak8

Public Skating - https://photos.app.goo.gl/tqtvGEggeGj8Gjbb8

French Cooking - https://photos.app.goo.gl/U14ai4ZhjSTt5uQJ6

Bake Sale - https://photos.app.goo.gl/EHc9NhWEGswvwaEe6

Halloween https://photos.app.goo.gl/nhaKCfqM8hDcAFbR7

Trivia Game - https://photos.app.goo.gl/ve4HjLyjKCKs162y8

Trivia Game (Mozgoboynia) Winners

Yesterday UMCA brought to school the famous trivia game Mozgoboynia. All our students participated, from grade 1-7 and showed amazing knowledge. We wish to thank Lina Zolotarev who organized and directed the game. Here are the results:

First Place – Captain America group

Second Place – Superman Group

Third Place – Flash Group

Pumpkin Decorating Winners

Our students worked hard on carving and decorating pumpkins for Halloween. They expressed their artistic talents in colors and used their imagination to create beautiful pumpkins. In our Carving/Decorating Competition the winners are:

Grades 1 and 2

First Place – Eva Wool

Second Place – Simona Daine

Third Place – Alice Piatkin

Grades 3 and 4

First Place – Victoria Auchynnikau

Second Place – Veronica Rabinovich

Third Place – Edward Reder and Karina Dekel

Grades 5, 6 and 7

First Place – Sean Krochek and Sofia Yashku

Second Place – Viktoria Popova

Third Place – Valerie Ruchinskaya

Well done everybody!

Upcoming Events

November 6 – Train for Two play for grades 3-7

November 8 – Public Skating

November 22 – Public Skating

November 25 – Grade 3 perform at 4:00pm

November 28 – Grades 2 at 4:00pm

November 29 – Grade 1 at 4:00pm

December 16 – Dave and Busters

December 23 – Christmas break

January 6, 2020 – First day of school after Christmas break

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!

 

High School Newsletter - October 24, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

University & College Applications & Scholarships  

Please be reminded that today, Thursday October 24th at 4:00pm you will have the third of 3 sessions which will help you with your university and college application and scholarships. This session is mandatory for grade 12 and optional for grade 11 as there will be no other consultation sessions this school year. Today's session will be with Jordan Singer who is an English teacher but also specializes in the application process and with Ms. Alina Pinsky.  This session will focus on Science and Business Programs.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Parent – Teacher Interview Day

Please note that on Friday, November 15, parents-teachers interviews will take place (from 9:00am-12:00pm, and from 2:00pm-5:30pm, last parent no later than 5:30pm). This is a great opportunity for parents to come to school and speak with their child’s teacher and get a clear picture of their child’s academic achievements. However, it is not mandatory and you should come only if you have questions or concerns. Please sign up with Mrs. Ariela at the front desk. On this day there will be no classes for high school students.

ISU Week

October 28 to November 1 is ISU Week. During this week no classes will run in school for high school students. However this doesn’t mean that this is a week off studying. You will be given many projects in all your subjects that you will have to complete. Therefore, plan your time carefully and don’t leave all your assignments to the last moment. This time, if used wisely, can help you be successful in your midterm exams.

Halloween Party

Get ready to celebrate with us on October 31 the holiday everyone love – Halloween! We are preparing for the students a fun day with lots of fun activities. So come wearing your costume and let’s party! We will also take pictures of all the students with their costumes.

Absence

We ask parents of full time students to notify the office (by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 905-763-8622 ext. 2) when a student needs to miss a day/class for any reason.  If a student is missing and we didn’t receive any notification we will have to contact the parents. Please help us make the attendance check easier and efficient and notify us on time.

Important Days to Mark on Your Calendar

October 24th at 4:00pm - University Application Session

October 31st – Halloween Party (from 4-6)

December 16th – Dave and Busters – if interested to join our elementary school students, please bring $30 for transportation and games’ card.

Please be reminded that the last day of Term 1 is January 31st. Students will receive their report cards for term 1 on February 7th.

The first day of Term 2 is February 3rd, 2020.

Winter Break starts on December 16, and the first day back to school is January 6, 2020.

First Term Final Exams will take place in between January 20 and January 29. Please don’t plan any vacation during this exam period.

Blue Mountain Over Night Trip  – January 30 – 31.

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!

 

 

Elementary School Newsletter - October 24, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

Public Skating

Please be reminded that tomorrow: October 25th we will have Public Skating. The students will go skating from 2:30pm-3:30pm. Don’t forget to bring your skating equipment. Make sure your helmet is for skating and not a bicycle one. Students without a helmet will not be allowed to skate. You can sharpen your skates in Canadian Tire. It is very cold in the ice rink so please send your child with gloves. Our teachers and parents will come to help and teach our younger students the basic skills and rules of skating. We are extremely glad that 90% of our student population is part of this extracurricular activity. We invite parents and high school students to volunteer supervising our younger students (please arrive at 2:00pm).

The next dates for Public Skating are: November 8th and November 22nd.

Bake Sale

Please note that UMCA will have a Bake Sale on Friday, October 25th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Please bring treats or baked goods for the sale, and we kindly ask that the baked items that are brought for the Halloween Bake Sale to be nut-free. Students from all grades are encouraged to bring anywhere from $3 - $10 so that they may purchase some tasty snacks, in which the profits will go towards the funding of fun events and trips planned by student council for the school year. 

Parents Teachers Interview

We would like to remind all parents that on Friday, November 15, parents-teachers interviews will take place (from 9:00am-12:00pm, and from 2:00pm-5:30pm, last parent no later than 5:30pm). This is a great opportunity for parents to come to school and speak with their child’s teacher and get a clear picture of their child’s academic achievements. Please sign up with Mrs. Ariela at the front desk. On this day attendance for elementary students is optional as there will be no regular classes.

Train for Two - Play

UMCA is happy to invite its grades 3-7 students to the play “Train for Two” on Wednesday, November 6. On this day please wear your blue UMCA sweatshirt.

Halloween Party

Get ready to celebrate with us on October 31 the holiday all kids love – Halloween! We are preparing for the students a fun day with lots of fun activities. So come wearing your costume and let’s party! We will also take pictures of all the students with their costumes, so smile J

On this day please bring orange snacks like orange ice cream, orange fruits, carrots, orange pepper, dry orange fruits (no nuts). Don’t send your kids with candies. When you are choosing costumes please don’t choose any costumes with guns, swords or any weapon-like items.

Reporting to the Office about a Student’s Absence

We would like to once again remind parents that they must report to the office about every absence a student has. It is extremely important before you leave on vacation as then we can notify the teachers in advance and they can provide the student with the material he might miss during his absence. You can email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or text to 647-992-5380.

Scientist in the School for Grades 6-7

Please note that on Monday, October 28th, grades 6 and 7 will have a workshop with “Scientist in the School”. This special workshop is an enrichment program to expand the knowledge of what is learned in class. Don’t miss this day!

Upcoming Events

October 25 – Public Skating

October 25 – Bake Sale

October 28 – Scientist in the School – grades 6,7

October 31 – Halloween Party + Halloween Photos

November 6 – Train for Two play for grades 3-7

November 8 – Public Skating

November 22 – Public Skating

December 16 – Dave and Busters

December 23 – Christmas break

January 6, 2020 – Frist day of school after Christmas break

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!

 

 

High School Newsletter - October 17, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

University & College Applications & Scholarships  

Please be reminded that today, Thursday October 17th at 4:00pm you will have the second of 3 sessions which will help you with your university and college application and scholarships. These sessions are mandatory for grade 12 and optional for grade 11 as there will be no other consultation sessions this school year. Today's session will be with Jordan Singer who is an English teacher but also specializes in the application process.  The last session will be with Jordan Singer and Alina Pinsky, and will take place on Thursday, October 24th at 4:00pm – and will focus on Science and Business Programs.

Please note that even the best of students with top grades find this process very challenging and do not give themselves enough time to do this work properly as they underestimate what is required. Admissions officers (those in charge of accepting students into programs) take into account much more than just marks in making their admission decisions.

University acceptance has become much more difficult and demanding over the last 5 years.  Good grades do not guarantee admission in many programs, and neither do extensive extracurricular activities.

In addition to good grades -- many Universities are demanding much more from applicants. What they ask for can account for a large percentage of a student’s application score. This is not an exaggeration and some Universities say this explicitly on their websites. Often, these “extras” make the difference of being accepted at a University or not.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Parent – Teacher Interview Day

Please note that on Friday, November 15, parents-teachers interviews will take place (from 9:00am-12:00pm, and from 2:00pm-5:30pm, last parent no later than 5:30pm). This is a great opportunity for parents to come to school and speak with their child’s teacher and get a clear picture of their child’s academic achievements. However, it is not mandatory and you should come only if you have questions or concerns. Please sign up with Mrs. Ariela at the front desk. On this day there will be no classes for high school students.

ISU Week

October 28 to November 1 is ISU Week. During this week no classes will run in school for high school students. However this doesn’t mean that this is a week off studying. You will be given many projects in all your subjects that you will have to complete. Therefore, plan your time carefully and don’t leave all your assignments to the last moment. This time, if used wisely, can help you be successful in your midterm exams.

Halloween Party

Get ready to celebrate with us on October 31 the holiday everyone love – Halloween! We are preparing for the students a fun day with lots of fun activities. So come wearing your costume and let’s party! We will also take pictures of all the students with their costumes.

Absence

We ask parents of full time students to notify the office (by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 905-763-8622 ext. 2) when a student needs to miss a day/class for any reason.  If a student is missing and we didn’t receive any notification we will have to contact the parents. Please help us make the attendance check easier and efficient and notify us on time.

Important Days to Mark on Your Calendar

October 17th at 4:00pm - University Application Session

October 24th at 4:00pm - University Application Session

October 31st – Halloween Party

Please be reminded that the last day of Term 1 is January 31st. Students will receive their report cards for term 1 on February 7th.

The first day of Term 2 is February 3rd, 2020.

Winter Break starts on December 16, and the first day back to school is January 6, 2020.

First Term Final Exams will take place in between January 20 and January 29. Please don’t plan any vacation during this exam period.

Blue Mountain Over Night Trip  – January 30 – 31.

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!

 

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