Elementary School Newsletter - September 13, 2019

Dear students and parents,

Curriculum Night for Grade 1 and New Students

Please be reminded that on Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00pm we will have a curriculum night for the grade 1 and new students’ parents. We are looking forward to seeing you!

UMCA is a school that is tech savvy, and as such, even the grade 1 students have their personal online accounts. In your personal account you can find information about your homework, important announcements, you grades, messages from your teachers, etc.

To help you manage and navigate your account, listen to your concerns, as well as answer any of your questions in regards to school's routine the curriculum night is a great opportunity.

Yom Kippur – School is closed

Please note that on Wednesday, October 9th the school will be closed due to the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.

Grades 1-2 trip Chudleigh's Farm

Please be reminded that grades 1-2 will go to Chudleigh's Farm on Friday, September 20th.

Please bring a healthy snack. The students will be back to school in time for lunch (no need to bring lunch, only a snack). Please dress your child according to the weather on that day.

Arriving to School on Time

Classes at UMCA start at 9:00am. We ask all students to arrive on time by 8:50am. 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. Students who arrive late will have to wait till the class ends and will not be allowed in the class.

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 text messages only – not calls).


We check our students’ attendance every day. If from any reason your child needs to miss a day of school, please inform our main office by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text message to 647-992-5380.

Lost and Found Box

Our lost and found box is full of lost items. Please check if one of the items belongs to your child. Unclaimed items will be donated on the weekend, so please check the box ASAP.

Pencil Case and Writing Material

Please make sure your child is arriving to class with a pencil case and writing materials such as sharpened pencils, eraser and sharpener. Some kids come with no pencils or ones that need sharpening, and valuable lesson time is wasted. Make sure that you label your child’s pencil case.

Extra Clothes

We kindly ask all parents of grades 1 and 2 students to send with their child a labelled zip log bag with extra socks, t-shirt, pants and underwear. Our young students might still have their clothes get wet and it’s important they have clothes to change to and not stay wet.

No Gum in School

This is a reminder that no gum is allowed in school.

Elections to student council

The time is approaching and student body elections are near! Students have taken it upon themselves to run this completely student-lead activity in order to make the school atmosphere a better, and warmer place for all students.

The positions available are: president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and events co-ordinator, and running spots are reserved for all grade 6 - 7 students interested in committing to their student body. If you are interested in running for one of the above positions, please approach Ms. Ariela and submit your candidacy.

Voting will be open to all students not running in the elections from grades 2-7. Help us create a student government here at UMCA! Whether you vote, participate, or just help out in organizing this event, every action is appreciated! We look forward to see the campaigns and will announce our new student body government and council upon voting closure.


Ms. Violetta works with our younger grades on their reading and writing skills and sends a message to all parents about the importance of reading:

The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough in young children, and we as parents need to make every day reading a high priority.

Many studies show that kids who are read to every day have a larger vocabulary than those who aren’t read to at all. Not only does reading enhances a child’s vocabulary, and helps them understand how to read and write, but reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics about the world and every day life. Reading to young children sets them up to succeed. The more you read to your children, the more knowledge they absorb, and knowledge is important in all aspects of life. There are so many benefits for reading to or with children, for example:

  • Reading helps develop language skills
  • Exposure to reading exercises your child’s brain. Reading to young children affects their brain activity and may just give them that boost they need to support and promote their early reading skills.
  • Reading develops a child’s imagination and creativity
  • Reading books with children helps to develop empathy
  • Books are a form of entertainment. With so much technology these days, it is difficult not to get caught up in all the hype of it all. TV, Video games, smart phones and apps are popular among children. However, reading a good book that your child is interested in can be just as entertaining.
  • Reading together helps to create a bond. There’s nothing better than cuddling up to your little one and reading a book or a bedtime story together. Spending time with one another, reading, and talking, can bring parents closer their children.

In the coming week grades 1-2 are starting speed reading tests. These tests will be based on how many words your child will be able to read per minute. It is not reading comprehension test. Your child will not be marked for these tests. The idea of these tests is to see the progress in your child’s reading throughout the year, and the last test will be completed in the end of May.

Upcoming Events:

September 20th – Chuldeigh’s Farm – grades 1, 2

September 24th – Curriculum Night for grade 1 and new students

October 9th – Yom Kippur – School is closed (on October 8th school will be closed at 6:00pm)

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!