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Message from Derek Poon, Head, Intermediate Division

derek poonUpcoming Intermediate Division dates:

Friday, Nov. 11- Monday Nov. 14: No classes, November long weekend
Tuesday, Nov. 15: Classes resume, period one begins at 8:30 a.m.; First Dress; principal’s assembly at 9:55 a.m., Laidlaw Hall, fall term sports presentations; Y1 student photographs in period 3 or 4.
Wednesday, Nov. 16: iDiv assembly 8:20-9:40 a.m., Laidlaw Hall; period one begins at 9:45 a.m.;
Thursday, Nov. 17: Afternoon Focus day for faculty PD, classes dismissed at 1:10 p.m.; no co-curriculars.

The period for warm weather dress has ended. Regular dress replaces warm weather dress until the end of the winter term, with the exception of first dress days. First dress days begin on the first day back after the November long weekend on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and then on each first day of the week until the end of the winter term. Special first dress days will be communicated in a timely manner. On the first dress days we’ve had so far, several boys have either forgotten or weren’t wearing all components of first dress. In particular, deck shoes and khakis must be replaced with dark, polishable-leather dress shoes and grey flannels. For complete details on requirements of the school’s dress code, please see pages 99 to 102 of the Upper School Family Handbook.

As the weather continues to cool down, we want parents to help us reinforce that hoodies (UCC ones or otherwise) are not permitted as part of the school’s dress code. For additional warmth, boys may wear their school blazers and permissible long sleeved tops include three-quarter UCC house zips and the navy blue-crested v-neck pullovers.

Each year, after the November long weekend, all boys at the Upper School are professionally photographed by Cangrad Studios while wearing first dress. The photos are used to update those currently in the database and families may purchase prints. Year 1 boys will be photographed on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Year 2 boys on Monday, Nov. 21.

Congratulations to all of our fall term school teams on their seasons; please be on the lookout for season summaries and recaps from the Blues Booster Club. Tryouts for winter term teams continue this week and good luck to all those trying out.

On the arts side of school life are performances, auditions, competitions to represent a school club and the like; the possibility of poor performances or unexpected/disappointing experiences is there. Dealing with disappointment, setbacks and failures the right way is an important part of developing resilience. As stated by renowned child clinical psychologist Dr. Alex Russell, as long as these disappointments, setbacks and failures are non-catastrophic, work with your child to get him/her through it in positive ways that promote self-growth and build resilience. If he’s cut from a team, doesn’t get a part in a production, doesn’t get first chair in a band or fails a test, ask the question, “So how can I help you to get through this?” Dr. Russell advises adults to help children respond to these negative experiences themselves, but with appropriate guidance and support. For more insight, you may want to read his book entitled Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement, available in book stores and online. Connecting with faculty, advisers or any school personnel is also a helpful option.

This November long weekend is a welcome break from a very full and busy term. Enjoy the mini-break.

Thanks for reading.