Elementary School Newsletter - November 28, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

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. 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).

Medieval Times Show

This year UMCA will treat the grades 3-7 with a special gift for the New Year; attending the famous show of Mediaeval Times. Our students will travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and a tale of devotion, courage and love—at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Imagine the pageantry and excitement that would have been theirs as a guest of the queen ten centuries ago. They will see the electrifying show featuring heroic knights on spirited horses displaying the astounding athletic feats and thrilling swordplay. They will enjoy a “hands-on” feast just like old times!

This very special event will take place on December 13th, so don’t miss this day!

Money Management Unit – Grade 4 Math

Ms. Ella is working with the grade 4’s students on a unit called “Money Management”. Please read Ms. Ella’s message:

Our grade 4s is working on money management program. We teach them the value of money and to appreciate all the hard work you as parents do to provide them with all life’s necessities, as well as going to a special school like UMCA. We spoke about minimum wage and expenses a household has, such as mortgage, utilities, food etc. We teach the kids that making money is not an easy task, and how much effort you need to put for every dollar. We talk about the meaning of the word “budget”. To exercise the meaning of the word “budget” they work on different kinds of projects. Some students are doing “Room Renovation” in which they have a certain budget and they must stay in the budget’s limit. We went to Canadian Tire to checked prices. Some of the kids are planning birthday party or Christmas party and they as well have a certain budget. They must take care of all the aspects of party planning while keeping in budget. We work together with Mr. Igal, the computer teacher, who teaches them software tools for price searching and chart’s calculations.

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 in the main office.

Winter Shows Performances

If you haven’t done so yet, please mark your calendars for the following shows:

November 29 – Grade 1 at 4:00pm

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

The Russian show will take place during the month of January. A specific date will be announced.

Hanukkah Celebration

On December 11th at 11:00am our 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.

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.

Winter Packages

Winter packages will be sent home on December 6th. You can find it either on the relevant week on the subject’s home page, or as a hard copy with your child.

Upcoming Events

November 29 – Grade 1 at 4:00pm

December 5 – Grade 3 perform at 4:00pm

December 13 - Medieval Times Show grades 3-7

December 11 – Hanukkah Celebration

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!