Elementary School Newsletter - November 14, 2019

Dear students and parents,

Parent – Teacher Interview

Please be reminded that tomorrow, Friday, November 15th the school will run a parent teacher interview day. On this day attendance is OPTIONAL as there will be no regular classes.

Public Skating

Please be reminded that next week, on Friday, November 22nd, grades 1-7 are having Public Skating.

Homework without Stress

There is no question about the importance of having homework. Homework teaches students to work independently and develop self-discipline. Homework encourages students to take initiative and responsibility for completing a task. It encourages your child to explore subjects more fully than classroom time permits. It allows your child to review and practice what has been covered in class. It allows parents to have an active role in their child's education and helps them to evaluate their child's progress, and so much more. However, if left to the last moment it can be very stressful, especially to the younger students.

At UMCA the teachers are posting homework already on Tuesday/Wednesday. We strongly recommend students to divide the work load and complete one subject a day, starting on Wednesday. If you do leave everything for the weekend, please don’t do it on Sunday evening when the child is tiered, overwhelmed by the quantity and stressed. Do some subjects on Saturday morning and some on Sunday morning.

As always, we are here to help and support you. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Winter Shows Performances

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

November 28 – Grades 2 at 4:00pm

November 29 – Grade 1 at 4:00pm

December 5 – Grade 3 perform at 4:00pm (*New date)

Hanukkah Play

Hanukkah is the festival of lights. It is a celebration of the freedom of the Jewish people from the Greek rule many centuries ago. The cooking of food during this time is rich in oil. Many of the meals, treats, and desserts are deep fried.
The deep frying in oil represents the miracle of the Menorah. If you are unaware of the history, here is a quick breakdown. A Menorah is a type of candelabra. When the Jewish fighters fought the Greeks for their beliefs, they came across a Menorah in a Temple. The problem they had was they only had enough oil for one night. Miraculously when the Menorah was lit, it stayed lit for eight straight days. Many felt that it was a miracle sent from above, and still do to this day. It is for this reason that Jewish people deep fry much of their foods in oil when celebrating Hanukkah.

On December 11th at 11:00am our grade 1-5 students will participate in a Hanukkah celebration let by Mrs. Violette. On that day our students will enjoy a snack of Sufganiot (Jewish doughnuts).

Closing at 6:00pm on December 11th

Please note that on December 11th the school will close at 6:00pm due to employees’ end of year celebration which will take place that evening.

Dave & Busters – Grades 3-10

At UMCA we’re providing children not only with in class activities, but also with many extra-curricular activities.  On December 16th our students, grades 3-10 will go for a fun activity at Dave & Buster’s.

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.

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 attach to your child’s Marks-Report a voucher which will give you a 5% off your cart when shopping at Angela’s Deli.

Upcoming Events

November 15 – Parent – Teacher Interview Day

November 22 – Public Skating

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

November 28 – Grades 2 at 4:00pm

November 29 – Grade 1 at 4:00pm

December 5 – Grade 3 perform at 4:00pm

December 11 – Hanukkah Celebration

December 16 – Dave and Busters grades 3-10

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

December 23 – Christmas break

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

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!