Elementary School Newsletter - November 20, 2020

Elementary School Newsletter - November 20, 2020


Dear Students and Parents, 

Crazy Hair Day 

Please note that tomorrow, Friday, November 20th, is Crazy Hair Day! This is the day when students can come with the most crazy/interesting/ creative/funny/colorful hair style, so let your creativity shine! We will choose a winner for each class, so good luck everyone! 

You can check the following link to see pictures from last year's Crazy Hair Day: 


Victoria Prooday Lectures  

Victoria Prooday is an outspoken Occupational Therapist working with parents and children. Victoria shares with parents the tools for raising resilient children and empowers children with a mindset and skills necessary for success in life. 

UMCA has invited Victoria for 2 lectures. One for parents and the other for children. The lectures will take place via Zoom

Lecture for students. Nov 26th 3-4:30 

'Growth mindset - the key to unlocking your success in life'.  

In this lecture, Victoria will talk to students about the power of a mindset for success in life. She will discuss the importance of hard work, resilience, and perseverance. Victoria will teach students that brain is a trainable muscle and will empower them with daily activities and thinking tools that will strengthen their mindset and life skills.   

Topic: Growth mindset - lecture for students
Time: Nov 26, 2020 03:00 PM America/Toronto

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 2161 4054
Passcode: 295676

Lecture for parents - Nov 30, 7-9pm 

'Raising a resilient child' 

In her lecture, Victoria will inspire parents with practical parenting tools for raising resilient children equipped with a mindset and life skills necessary for conquering the challenges of the real world.   

Topic: raising a resilient child - lecture for parents
Time: Nov 30, 2020 07:00 PM America/Toronto

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 871 3063 6508
Passcode: 216370

Holocaust Remembrance Month 

This month we are commemorating the holocaust. Mr. Mark and Mrs. Violetta, each one in his class will bring up this subject as it is a very important part in world history and in some of our students’ private family history. If your child approaches you regarding this subject, we encourage facilitating a discussion. 

Student’s Record Update 

Hanukkah Celebration 

Please note that on December 10th we will celebrate Hanukkah with Sufganiot and candles lighting (all with having covid-19 guidelines in effect). 

Students Must Check EVERY Subject on the Website 

We have noticed that there are some students who never logged in to some of their subjects on the UMCA website. We wish to emphasize once again it is MANDATORY to login to each and every subject you have in your account. This is where you can see what you have for homework, as well as check your marks, and teachers’ messages. We kindly ask you to make it your small project this weekend to sit with your child and check if they are checking ALL their subjects. 

Health and Sexual Education 

We are happy to let you know that in December we will start with a one hour per week of health and sexual education for our grades 5-8. The instructor will be Mrs. Dorian Kolinas. 

Chess Competition 

This week we have started practicing for the Chess Competition (practice takes place after classes end at 4:00 PM). The competition will take place on the week of November 30 – December 4. We will have 3 age groups: group 1 – Grades 1 and 2, group 2 – Grades 3, 4, 5, group 3 – Grades 6, 7, 8. The sign up for the competition will start on November 25th with Ms. Alina. The winner will receive $100.00!!! 

Sharing the Caring 

We wish to thank all the students and parents who participated in the sharing the Caring project! Thanks to you, we managed to raise $350 which will go towards buying coffee for our community’s health care workers. You can still bring your money donations until next Friday (November 27th). The donations will be sent on December 1st


We are happy to share with you pictures we took of our students in the past few weeks: 

Sharing the Caring: 


Math Class Grades 6, 7, 8 


Email Transfers 

When submitting an email transfer to our school account (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) you MUST specify in the message window the student’s full name and grade, otherwise we will not know who to credit for the payment.  

Holidays’ Timetable 

For those of you who like to plan ahead, please check below the upcoming holidays, in which the school is closed. We wish to remind you that if you go out of the country on a holiday, by law, you must quarantine for 14 days after your return. 

  • Winter break: December 21st, 2020 - January 1st, 2021 (first day back to school after Christmas break is January 4th, 2021) 
  • Family Day: February 15th, 2021. 
  • The School will be open during March Break from March 15th until March 19th, 2021. (8:00-6:00.) 
  • Easter: April 2nd – 5th, 2021. 
  • Victoria Day: May 24th, 2021. 
  • When scheduling family vacations, please remember that May 15 – June 15 is an exam and graduations. 

 Text Message for Pickup 

We wish to remind you once again that parents are not allowed in the school. Therefore, when coming to pick up your kids, please text to 647-200-0139We kindly ask you to text and not to call. We have around 150 pickup messages during pick up time, and answering every call slows down the process and makes it impossible to get your children on time. When we get your message, we answer with an “ok.” Only if you do not see the reply within a couple of minutes, then call. 

UMCA wishes you all a wonderful weekend!!!