Elementary School Newsletter - December 12, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

Medieval Times Show

Please be reminded that tomorrow, Friday December 13 our grades 3-7 will go to watch the famous show of Mediaeval Times. Don’t forget to wear your blue UMCA hoodie. No need to bring lunch or snack as we will be having a medieval style lunch. We will leave school at 11:00, and we’ll be back around 5:00pm.

Food Competition

Thank you to all the participating groups and our dear judges for taking part in our Food Competition. We were happy to see a great team work, good use of imagination, and attention to details. It was nice to see students from different classes working together in one team. The winners are:

First Place: Team # 4 the team of Johnathan K. and Elina I.

Second Place: Team # 3 the team of Veronica A. and Anna C.

Third Place: Team #1 the team of Nathan and Jena

Activities During Winter Camp

Our winter camp runs from December 16 till December 20. During this week there will be no regular classes and attendance is optional. To keep our students active and engaged we prepared for them many activities. Please check the list below to see what events will take place during the Winter Camp:

December 16 - Movie or Book Characters for all Grades (Students should be wearing their favourite movie or book character). Important: Please avoid scary costumes.

December 16 -Holiday Show at Star School for Grades 1-2 On December 16th our grades 1 and 2 will enjoy a holiday show at Star School. Please don’t forget to wear your UMCA blue hoodie. The bus will leave school at 10:00am sharp, so please arrive on time!

December 17 - Crazy Hair Day for all Grades (Students should have their craziest hairstyle). Please be creative.

December 18 - Runway Fashion Show for all Grades (Students should wear their most fashionable and cutest outfit). Important: High heels will be worn only during the runway).

December 19 - Twin Day for all Grades (Students should be creative and dynamic for this competition, the more alike and creative the better). Bake Sale: Bring any baked goods, pastries, cookies, or donuts.  Please provide your child with $5.

December 20 - Pyjama Day for all Grades (Students should wear their comfy pyjamas). Important: this is not a competition.


Pictures of Resent Events

We had in the past weeks so many shows and activities and we are happy to share with you the pictures we took:

Grade 1 Show https://photos.app.goo.gl/MkFkubFRd2r5uvGm7

Grade 2 Show https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ayu6mQwE2hCBeqTm6

Grade 3 Show https://photos.app.goo.gl/rjdzCWWSGqBpiguP8

Food Competition https://photos.app.goo.gl/A1XcQ6gfi9cPHeK2A

Hanukkah Celebration https://photos.app.goo.gl/9UYfttbM9tYKAPuh8

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

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).

Going on Vacation during School Days

As the holiday season is approaching us, and we get deeper and deeper into winter, we completely understand the need to go on vacation. We understand when parents book vacation for a hotter destination before the Winter break as prices are cheaper when there school still runs.

Please send a message to your child’s teacher requesting the class-work and material prior to your vacation trip.

However, if your child is away while classes still run, it is your child’s responsibility to catch up with the lessons he/she lost while away. Our teachers will do their best to help, but it’s ultimately the student’s responsibility to catch up with the rest of the class.

Labeling Personal Belongings

We kindly ask you to label ALL personal items your child brings to school. Items such as pencil cases, backpacks, shoes, jackets, hats, gloves, sweaters, and any other item your child might lose. By doing so, lost items will return to their owner easily.

Unclaimed items in our Lost & Found Box will be donated.

Dressing Up for the Weather

This winter is predicated to be a hard and cold winter. Our students are going out to breathe fresh air for about 20-30 minutes every day (weather permitting). Please make sure your child is properly dressed with a warm jacket, snow pants, boots, hat, scarf and gloves. We also recommend having an extra pair of socks and pants in their locker as sometimes they get wet when the kids play in the snow.

If on a specific day you don’t want your child to participate in an outdoor activity, please send a note or notify Ms. Ariela by text or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 647-992-5380.

Winter Packages

Winter packages were sent home on December 6th. You can find them either on the relevant week on the subject’s home page, or as a hard copy with your child. The due date for the packages is January 6th, 2020.

Upcoming Events

December 13 - Medieval Times Show grades 3-7

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

December 16-20 – Winter Camp (no regular classes)

December 23 – Christmas break – school is closed

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

January 30, 31, 2020 – Blue Mountain Trip grades 5, 6, 7 and high school

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!