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!