Elementary School Newsletter - September 19, 2019

Dear parents and students,

Trip to Chudleigh’s Farm – Grades 1-2

Please be reminded that tomorrow, Friday, September 20th, grades 1-2 are having a trip to Chudleigh’s Farm. Please don’t forget to wear the UMCA sweatshirt/t-shirt, bring a water bottle and a snack (no need to bring lunch. The kids will be back to school for lunch).

Swimming – Grades 3B, 4A, 4B

Please be reminded that tomorrow, Friday, September 20th our grades 3B, 4A and 4B will go for recreational swimming (grade 3A will go swimming on September 27th). Please don't forget to bring your swimming equipment (goggles, bathing suit, flip flops, towel, brush etc.)

Students are expected to be back to school at 4:30.

Swimming Grades 2A, 2B and 3A

Grades 2 and 3A will go swimming on September 27th.

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.

Extra-curricular Classes – UMCA’s Enrichment Program

UMCA is happy to offer its students extra-curricular activities during the week and on the weekend in many different subjects. Check the following list of our extra-curricular activities for Sunday and Weekdays:

French Club, French private classes, Homework Club Mrs. Violetta, ESL class Mrs. Violetta, Art Smart with Mrs. Marina, Soccer, as well as Chess and Ping Pong. This year we also have Yoga class with Ms. Emily.

If you are facing any difficulties with your studies, don’t panic! We are here to help. For more information and registration, please contact Ms. Suzana.

How to Check Homework On-Line

As parents we want to make sure that our children are doing their school homework and assignments on time and without any difficulties or conflicts. Sometimes it feels like it's easier to do things for them, but as they say "nothing good ever comes easy". It is important not to panic and to keep a positive and calm atmosphere when we help our children. Some parents expressed their difficulties while helping their children with their homework preparation. Therefore, we wanted to point out some guidelines to help you.

  1. The main source for the homework is the UMCA website. Each student has his own personal account therefore you must log in to your personal account to check the homework.
  2. Once you log in you will find a list of all your courses on the left side of the page. You click on the first course on the list. It will lead you to the home page of that course. For example: if you want to check the homework for Math, you click on Math Term 1, this will take you to the Math home page. Then, you scroll down to the relevant week.
  3. Once you scrolled to the relevant week, you can see there what the students did during class, and what they have for homework. If the students has homework on a hand-out sheet, there will be an electronic copy attached (the student will also have a hard copy of the same sheet).
  4. If there is a quiz, the student needs to click on the quiz and answer the questions. If you click on a quiz and it says that the quiz is empty, it means there is no quiz to do.
  5. Once you finished with one subject's homework, you then move to the next one on the list of courses you have, and so on until you went through all the subjects on the list, and you completed all the homework.

If you still have difficulties navigating the web site or you have any questions, please don't hesitate and contact Ms. Ariela.

New Teachers at UMCA

UMCA is very happy and excited to have aboard with us this year 5 new teachers. We are pleased with the quality teachers we have been able to add to our staff this year and we wish them a successful school year. Please read below about them:

Our English teacher Jack Burrill, for grades 7-12:

My name is Jack Burrill and I am an English Teacher from England. I grew up in the outskirts of London in a city called St Albans. I completed my teaching qualifications at the University of London, Institute of Education in 2015 and have been teaching English and History ever since!

I am a keen traveller. I enjoy experiencing new, exciting and different cultures, traditions and ways of life. My favourite destination, to date, has been travelling through the outback of Australia. To marvel at the amazing natural landscape and beautiful night skies was breath-taking, and was certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

In terms of my teaching, I am passionate about giving young people the best possible education. I consider differentiation to be a pivotal factor in increasing student progression. All students deserve to be educated so that they can make better than expected progress, and for this to occur effective classroom differentiation is required. 

I look forward to a very successful and enjoyable year at UMCA!

If you need to contact me, my email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our Physics and Chemistry teacher Alexander Shik for high school students:

My name is Alexander Shik, former professor in physics at the University of Toronto. After working there for more than 20 years, I retired and was glad to join highly qualified and very friendly staff of UMCA to teach physics and chemistry (having also a degree in mathematics, I am also ready to answer your questions in this discipline as well). I hope our classes will be interesting and mutually useful.


Our Math and Science teacher for grades 1-2, Emily Pang:

This is my first year at UMCA.  Prior to this, I taught Kindergarten in Yokohama Japan and Kindergarten in London England.  I have my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and obtained my Bachelors of Education at University of Ontario Institute Technology.  While I am not teaching, I enjoy cooking, reading and doing yoga.  


Our Computer Science Igal Dahan for grades 4-10:

My name is Igal Dahan and I’m a new teacher at UMCA Rich Tree Academy. I will teach Computers and advanced technology to grades 4-10. I have 15 years of experience in this field. Back in Israel, I worked in the education sector and developed new technology for teachers and students. I teach kids and adults all aspects of technology related to computers and network infrastructure.  I’m so happy to be part of this amazing family and professional teachers who already teach your dearest.

For any questions you can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our Drama/Music teacher Ashraf Binzir, will teach grades 1-7:

I’m originally from Iran, My goal is to make students love music and have the confidence for sharing their music knowledge with others. I graduated from the University of Applied Science  in 2007, with a B.A in Playing Instruments and Performing and I also have a diploma in Music and certificates in Orff level 1 and 2 from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a certificate in Early Childhood Music Education.

I have more than 10 years of experience in teaching and working with children, and I love teaching kids how to sing, improvise, and move which is what I hope to experience this year. I’m looking forward to sharing all my knowledge with the students of UMCA.

Upcoming Events

September 20 - Chudleigh’s Farm – Grades 1-2

September 20 – Swimming for grades 3B, 4A, 4B

September 27 – Swimming grades 2A, 2B, 3A

October 9 – Yom Kippur – School is closed

October 14 – Thanksgiving – school is closed

October 25 – Public Skating

October 31 – Halloween Party + Halloween Photos


UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!