High School Newsletter - October 3, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

Yom Kippur – School is Closed

Please note that on this coming Wednesday our school will be closed due to the Jewish holiday – Yom Kippur. On Tuesday classes will end at 6:00pm.

Thanks Giving – Long Weekend

Please be reminded that the next weekend is a long weekend due to Thanks Giving Holiday. The school will be closed on Monday October 14th.

During the long weekend there will be NO CLASSES, except for Advanced Functions on Saturday and Calculus on Sunday, from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

ISU Week

October 28 to November 1 is ISU Week. During this week no classes will run in school for high school students. However this doesn’t mean that this is a week off studying. You will be given many projects in all your subjects that you will have to complete. Therefore, plan your time carefully and don’t leave all your assignments to the last moment. This time, if used wisely, can help you be successful in your midterm exams.

University & College Applications & Scholarships  

UMCA will be offering two hours of free University Applications consultation for grade 12 students with Jordan Singer and Alina Pinsky. Participation of grade 12 students in this session is mandatory, as there will be no other consultation sessions this school year. Students of other grades are also welcome to participate thought their participation is not mandatory.

On Tuesday October 15th at 4:00pm– this session will be with Alina Pinsky

On Thursday October 17th at 4:00pm – this session will be with Jordan Singer.

On Thursday October 24th at 4:00pm – this session will be by Jordan Singer and Alina Pinsky and will focus on Science and Business Programs.

Parents please note that even the best of students with top grades find this process very challenging and do not give themselves enough time to do this work properly as they underestimate what is required. Admissions officers (those in charge of accepting students into programs) take into account much more than just marks in making their admission decisions.

The truth is that University acceptance has become much more difficult and demanding over the last 5 years.  Good grades do not guarantee admission in many programs, and neither do extensive extracurricular activities.

In addition to good grades -- many Universities are demanding much more from applicants. What they ask for can account for a large percentage of a student’s application score. This is not an exaggeration and some Universities say this explicitly on their websites. Often, these “extras” make the difference of being accepted at a University or not.

Student Council Election – Results

UMCA practiced democracy this last Monday, and in a democratic election, our students chose the following students to represent them in our School’s Student Council:


Julia Siiatski and Sophia Lebedko

Vice President:

Veronica Aharon and Nadine Pigida

Event Coordinator:

Yekaterina Perevarova and Jessy Katrin Taylor


Sophie Sonkin


Sophia Michtchouk and  Vice Treasurer: Fedor Schemerov

Halloween Party

Get ready to celebrate with us on October 31 the holiday everyone 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.


We ask parents of full time students to notify the office (by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 905-763-8622) when a student needs to miss a day/class for any reason.  If a student is missing and we didn’t receive any notification we will have to contact the parents. Please help us make the attendance check easier and efficient and notify us on time.

Important Days to Mark on Your Calendar

October 9th – Yom Kippur School is closed

October 14th – Thanksgiving Weekend – school is closed

October 15th at 4:00pm – University Application Session

October 17th at 4:00pm - University Application Session

October 24th at 4:00pm - University Application Session

October 31st – Halloween Party

Please be reminded that the last day of Term 1 is January 31st. Students will receive their report cards for term 1 on February 7th.

The first day of Term 2 is February 3rd, 2020.

Winter Break starts on December 16, and the first day back to school is January 6, 2020.

First Term Final Exams will take place in between January 20 and January 29. Please don’t plan any vacation during this exam period.

Blue Mountain Over Night Trip  – January 30 – 31.

UMCA wishes you all a great weekend!