Elementary School Newsletter - September 26, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

Swimming Grades 2 and 3A

Please note that this Friday, September 27th, grades 2A, 2B and 3A will go for recreational swimming.

Don't forget your swimming equipment; bathing suit, goggles, towel, flip flops.

We expect the students to be back to school around 4:30pm.

Head Lice

Today we conducted at UMCA a professional check-up for head lice. Parents of students who found with lice were contacted and the students were sent home and will be allowed back to school only after they provide a letter of clearance.

History and Geography at UMCA

UMCA prides itself with having not only a curriculum which is above and beyond the Ontario Ministry of Education, but also with teachers who go above and beyond to bring our students an educational experience which will stay for a lifetime. Mr. Mark, our Geography and History teacher would like to share a few words with you:

Welcome to UMCA Social Studies, History, and Geography for the 2019-2020 school year. I would like to welcome back our students from last year, and I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to our new students.  Our program goes above and beyond the formal scope of the Ministry of Education. It provides an opportunity for our students to study the subjects in the interweaving, to see the development of humanity as a single process.

I employ chronological approach to teaching - from simple forms of historical societies to more complex – from Antiquity, Medieval Times, and the Renaissance - to the history of Canada, and the 20 century.

Thus, Canadian history does not seem isolated from the world history movement.

What preceded the formation of our country, what happened at that time in the other places, how it became possible to get to Canada? The joint search for the answers to these questions forms the horizons of the young minds, and an educator’s first task. An important part of our work, along with classroom lessons, is the visits to the Royal Ontario Museum. The Museum is our permanent partner, and training that our students get in the galleries and laboratories is a valuable contribution to the school curriculum. A three-dimensional representation of the historical era, or geographic theme materializes in our cooperation with UMCA Art Department. This approach is complemented by interesting historical/geographic projects and hands-on activities that students complete during the school year. I strongly believe that the start of a school year holds the promise of new discovery and learning, as well as the prospect of personal growth in all areas.

Public Skating

Soon we will start with our tradition of Public Skating on Fridays. UMCA's Public Skating Session is a recreational activity that promotes one of the Canadian winter activities. The students will go skating from 2:45pm-3:45pm. To participate in this session you would need ice skates and a helmet.  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 previous year, we encourage parents to join us and participate in this activity – helping students wear their skates and help them on the ice rink.

Our first Public Skating session is going to take place on Friday, October 4th, and on October 25th.

No Cell Phones and no Computer Games

Please be reminded that cell phones are not allowed in the school premises. If you must bring a cell phone, please keep it in your locker. Any cell phones that will be seen used in the hallways or classrooms will be confiscated. Playing computer games during class or even during recess is strictly prohibited.

Parking/Dropping off in front of the Entrance

Traffic/parking outside the school is becoming an increasing problem. We kindly encourage parents not to park in front of the School Entrance.

Please, can we make a plea to all parents to come early and park your cars away from the school entrance area. 

Thank you in advance for your support in this important issue and let's hope together we can ensure the safety of our students.

Outdoor Activities and Clothing

Our children go out to breathe fresh air throughout the year. As the weather gets colder, we ask you to dress your children according to the weather. Please send them wearing layers so that if the weather gets warmer they can take a layer off. For the grades 1 and 2 we recommend to have in their lockers a labeled zip log bag with extra pair of clothes in case the ones they wear needs to be changed (especially once snow begins and sometimes their socks get wet).

Online Quizzes

As you’ve noticed, some of the subjects have in the homework section online quizzes. The online quizzes are an easy way for the students to check their knowledge on the subject they’ve learned that week, and get an immediate feedback on their results. If this is new to you, we ask you not to stress if you are facing any difficulties while completing an online quiz. Please support the students and us, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help. We are here to help and support our students in every step of the way.

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. We want to emphasise that parents should NOT do the homework instead of the kids. The parent is there to support and help. 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 with navigating the web site or you have any questions, please don't hesitate and contact Ms. Ariela.

Extra-curricular Classes

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 Homework - different levels, Homework Club Mrs. Violetta, ESL class Mrs. Violetta, Art Smart with Mrs. Marina, Soccer, as well as Chess and Ping Pong.

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.

Rosha Hashana

UMCA wishes all the students and their families who celebrate the Jewish New Year Shana Tova! May the coming year will bring you and your loved ones good health, happiness, prosperity and success.

Upcoming Events

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

October 4 – Public Skating

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!