Elementary School Newsletter - October 17, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

Parents Teachers Interview

We would like to remind all parents that on Friday, November 15, parents-teachers interviews will take place (from 9:00am-12:00pm, and from 2:00pm-5:30pm, last parent no later than 5:30pm). This is a great opportunity for parents to come to school and speak with their child’s teacher and get a clear picture of their child’s academic achievements. Please sign up with Mrs. Ariela at the front desk. On this day attendance for elementary students is optional as there will be no regular classes.

Ms. Sabina Roodzit – Our English Teacher

Ms. Sabina, or as known to her students Ms. R, is already 2nd year at UMCA and teaches grades 1-3. We would like to share her introduction letter with all our elementary school community:

Welcome to a new school year! My name is Sabina Roodzit (Ms.R) and I am the English Teacher for grades 1-3. I am really glad to welcome you and your child to my classroom this year. I completed my Honours Bachelor of Science and Arts at the University of Toronto with double majors in Biochemistry and English, as well as, my Bachelor of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. I am an educator with over 10 years of experience teaching diverse age and ethnic groups in various settings from preschool to grade 12 through summer camps, tutoring, museums, internships, and schools. 

My goal as an educator is to help students reach their full potential, and I hope that your child, you, and me can work together to make this happen. As based on my extensive experience, I have learned that indeed “it takes a village to raise a child”. It is working as a team, that we can best ensure your child’s success this year. 

The grades 1-3 curriculum is exciting and challenging. More specifically, it focuses on developing essential foundation knowledge skills in oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy, with the goal of helping students be well-prepared in order to be successful in grades 4-6. For the first semester, the focus will be on mastering the foundation and basics. The second semester will focus on applying the foundation in more advanced and creative ways, perfecting the skills they learned. 

I am looking forward for an educational as well as a fun-filled year for the students! 

Yours Sincerely,

Sabina Roodzit (Ms. R)

Scientist in the School

At UMCA we strive to give our students a rich curriculum which is above and beyond what the Ministry of Education requires. This week we invited “Scientist in the School” which is an outside company who specializes in curriculum-aligned workshops designed to support the STEM curricula, as well as encourage the development of crucial 21st century global competency skills like critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving and teamwork. The goal is to inspire all children, regardless of their future aspirations.

This week the grade 5 students learned and enjoyed in this Science workshop. Next week, on October 22nd, grade 3’s will have a workshop, and on the 29th the grades 6 and 7.

Public Skating

UMCA Public Skating Session is a recreational activity that promotes one of the Canadian winter activities. Please be reminded that the next dates for Public Skating are: October 25th, November 8th and November 22nd. The students will go skating from 2:30pm-3:30pm. Don’t forget to bring your skating equipment. Make sure your helmet is for skating and not a bicycle one. Students without a helmet will not be allowed to skate. You can sharpen your skates in Canadian Tire. It is very cold in the ice rink so please send your child with gloves. As in last Friday Mrs. Suzana, Mr. Andrew and other teachers and parents will come to help and teach our younger students the basic skills and rules of skating. We are extremely glad that 90% of our student population is part of this extracurricular activity. We invite parents and high school students to volunteer supervising our younger students.

Arriving to School on Time

Classes at UMCA start at 9:00am. We ask all students to arrive on time. Arriving late to a class interrupts the lesson, distract the students and the teacher’s attention, not to mention the information the student missed by being late. We kindly ask you to be considerate of others

Halloween Party

Get ready to celebrate with us on October 31 the holiday all kids love – Halloween! We are preparing for the students a fun day with lots of fun activities. So come wearing your costume and let’s party! We will also take pictures of all the students with their costumes, so smile J

On this day please bring orange snacks like orange ice cream, orange fruits, carrots, orange pepper, dry orange fruits (no nuts). Don’t send your kids with candies. When you are choosing costumes please don’t choose any costumes with guns, swords or any weapon-like items.

Sending Sick Kids to School

With the change in weather we also experience increase in cold symptoms. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice. Sending a sick child to school increases the chance of other kids and teachers get sick as well. Please be considerate of others health as well. If your child needs to take medication while in school, please bring the medicine in its original bottle and fill up the “drug and medication” record form. If your child is sick or absent, please let the school admin staff know by email, SMS or written note as soon as possible at 647-992-5380 (please use this phone for messages only – not calls).

** UMCA is giving a special offer for friends of UMCA students: 1 free day in our school which they can use when public schools have a PA day or any other day of their choice. To receive the special voucher, please see Ms. Ariela in the main office.

Upcoming Events

October 25 – Public Skating

October 31 – Halloween Party + Halloween Photos

November 8 – Public Skating

November 22 – Public Skating

December 23 – Christmas break

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

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!