Summer message from Naheed Bardai, Middle Division Head
I hope that you and your family are enjoying a safe and relaxing summer. It’s a pleasure to be at UCC and I’m looking forward to meeting you and your boys in September. While it may seem early, especially in the minds of the boys, I ask you to be aware of some important things to do and dates in this letter.
The 2017-18 Prep School Family Handbook can be found here. You’ll be best served if you’re familiar with this publication, the UCC website and become a regular reader of our weekly electronic broadcast, Heads Up.
The partnership between home and school
You’ll have a number of opportunities to communicate directly with teachers and administrators, both in person and in writing, early in the school year. We invite you to take advantage of these opportunities to establish an open and supportive relationship with those who care for your son at the Prep and direct any questions or concerns to your son’s form adviser as they arise. Please refer to the “Communication” section of the Prep Family Handbook for further details.
Your email address
Notifications to parents of a major school emergency (lockdown or evacuation), parent access to password-protected information and photos on the website, use of directories to contact other parents, and receipt of the weekly electronic broadcast information are dependent upon your timely login and/or update of your email address in the website database.
Prep employee notes
It’s my pleasure to announce that Emilia Martin will join the faculty of the Prep School as a Form 6 adviser and middle math teacher. She joined the UCC team in 2016 as a supply teacher and demonstrated excellent pedagogical strategies and superb classroom management skills. Prior to this academic year, Martin worked in curriculum design in various schools and spent eight years teaching at St. Michael’s College School. Her passion and enthusiasm for teaching, her experience in curriculum work, and her love of learning make her an excellent addition to our community.
I’m pleased to confirm form adviser assignments for the 2017-2018 school year:
6B – Lisa Brooks
6C – Martin Cloutier
6M – Emilia Martin
6T – Michaela Trelford
7B – Brian Green
7C – Anthony Chandler
7F – David Fraser
7G – Peter Gray
7M – Scott Manning
7P – Max Perren
Do your sons have all of their textbooks?
If you haven’t already purchased used textbooks in June or ordered the required additional texts available through the Canadian School Book Exchange (CSBE), please do so as soon as possible.
To check whether you have all the required books, or to order:
1. Go to the UCC Parents website.
2. Click the Bookstore link under Resources on the left.
3. Click on 2017-18 Middle School Bookstore Student Portal.
4. Follow the instructions to select and order your books.
Orders may take up to three weeks to process. Call CSBE customer service at 905-828-7200 (800-335-5043 toll-free) with any questions.
Stationery items for all Prep students
All Prep students are initially provided with all the necessary required stationery items, including binders, paper, notebooks, calculators (where appropriate) and other equipment, and these are included in your tuition payment. Students will receive these items over the first few days of school as required. Replacement for lost or additional supplies, including locks, is at the family’s expense.
We’re looking forward to greeting our new boys on Wednesday, Sept. 6 in their fall-spring uniform, and all boys back at school on Thursday, Sept. 7 in their number one dress, as described in the Prep Family Handbook.
We recommend that your son make a trip to the barber shop before his return to school and in advance of student photos on Thursday, Sept. 14. Your son’s hair is to be neat, of natural colour and well-groomed. The intent is for a student to not draw attention to his appearance.
Labelling your son’s belongings
It’s the responsibility of students and parents to ensure that all pieces of clothing, equipment and school materials are clearly labelled with your son’s name. These include school and athletic shoes, ties, shorts, track tops and pants, socks, cleats, hockey sticks, binders, notebooks, textbooks, pencil cases, lunch boxes and water bottles. Please complete this important task before the beginning of school.
Use of cell phones during school days
If your son brings a cell phone to school, please know that he’s not permitted to use it during the day unless given permission by a teacher. Therefore, his phone should be off and kept in his locker. If your son needs to contact you during the day, he can use the school phone in the office or can ask a teacher to use a classroom phone.
Prep Blues Shop
The Prep Blues Shop will open for back to school business on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The store will be fully stocked and no appointments are necessary to shop.
The hours of operation are:
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
12 to 4 p.m.
|At the Prep on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and Tuesday, Sept 5|
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
12 to 4 p.m.
|At the Prep on Thursday, Aug. 31|
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
You can reach Patti Cawker-Chiang at the Prep Blues Shop at 416-488-1125, ext. 4500 or via email at email@example.com.
Please refer to the online calendar at the parent website on a regular basis to keep informed about upcoming Prep events.
As a convenience to families, here are a few reminders about the first weeks of school:
Before Wednesday, Sept. 6
In addition to being posted in hard copy outside the Prep Blues Shop, the 2017-2018 form lists will be emailed to parents on Tuesday, Aug. 29 by approximately 1 p.m. While we take great care in placing students in forms, we understand that there are occasions when students or parents have initial concern over form placement. It’s our collective responsibility to help a boy see the advantages in each situation and to think about it as a positive learning opportunity.
Come prepared with your athletic equipment, including soccer cleats, on Thursday, Sept. 7. Please consult the Prep Family Handbook “Physical Education Uniform” page.
Wednesday, Sept. 6
Welcome to Years 1 to 7 new boys and parents. Students should be dressed in their fall-spring uniform. Student guides will escort new boys to their classrooms between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Form advisers start student orientation at 9 a.m. The orientation ends at 11 a.m. for all except new Year 7 students, who will be dismissed after a special instrumental band orientation at 12 p.m. Parents are welcome to drop off their sons and then return to pick them up at dismissal time.
Thursday, Sept. 7
Welcome to all new and returning Prep students in Years 1 to 7. Students should be dressed in their number one dress. This is a regular school day. Come join us for an informal coffee after dropping off your son. You’ll have the chance to chat with Primary Division Head Tom Babits and I, as well as with other parents. We hope to see you there.
On this day, orientation with form advisers, the hot lunch program and team tryouts and intramural games begin. Dismissal times and procedures are detailed below. After school program supervision is available starting on this day.
Friday, Sept. 8
Regular school day.
Sunday, Sept. 10
Are you interested in what excites Prep students at Norval? All families are invited to attend the Norval open house at the Norval Outdoor School from 1 to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 14
Photo Day: All boys are asked to bring their best smiles and come in their number one dress (please check the Prep Family Handbook for details) with a white shirt.
The Years 6 and 7 parent information evening takes place in Weston Hall from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Your attendance is strongly recommended. This is your opportunity to hear a few key messages from the Prep leadership team and to meet your son’s form adviser and his subject teachers.
Sunday, Sept. 17
This is the day of the Terry Fox Community Run. UCC hosts one of the sites for the community run. All families are invited to participate.
Friday, Sept. 22
The Terry Fox Foundation National School Run Day takes place on this day on the school campus. This is our first colour house event. More details will be forthcoming.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Association Day, also known as A-Day, is one of the biggest community events of the entire school year. Join Old Boys, students, parents, past parents and friends of the College for a wonderful day of friendship, fun and UCC spirit. Full details here.
Fall Norval dates
Norval dates will be available on the school calendar shortly. On the day of departure, boys should report to their form room at the normal time wearing their casual Norval clothes. The bus returns from Norval by 3 p.m., dependent upon traffic conditions. Students will be dismissed at their regular dismissal time.
We attempt to program around important religious holidays as much as possible. However, in some cases, this proves impossible, as it would push Prep trips into times of the school year in which weather conditions would adversely affect programs. We fully honour and respect family wishes to have their boys remain at home and we would ask you to contact your son’s form adviser, who will help make arrangements with the Norval director.
We ask for your cooperation with these procedures:
1) We request that senior Prep students be dropped off on Forest Hill Road or neighbouring streets and to walk on to campus.
2) Prep parents can also use the Forest Hill drop-off to the Eaton Building between 8 and 8:25 a.m. An adult greeter will be at the northwest Eaton door during these times.
3) The Parkin hard surface will be open for drop-off from 7:50 to 8:25 a.m. The access gate will be locked at 8:45 a.m.
4) Avoid turning left from eastbound Lonsdale into the Mara Gates.
5) If you enter the Mara Gates from westbound Oriole Parkway, you won’t be allowed to turn left into the Prep loop. Continue north past Admission House on to the Parkin hard surface or the arena parking lot instead.
Year 6 boys should be ready for pick up after 3:30 p.m. Year 7 boys should be ready for pick up after 4 p.m. after their games period (every day, except Wednesdays, when they’re dismissed at 3:30 p.m.).
In the interest of the well-being of all students, we ask your co-operation to follow these procedures at all times:
• Drivers must not stand or park in the designated areas during drop-off and dismissal times.
• The areas around the Prep are “No Idle” zones. Please minimize your fuel consumption and contribute to a healthier atmosphere.
• Monitor the weather, leave earlier and use model patience and co-operation.
• The west side of the avenue is for visitor parking.
• The east through lane of the avenue is for vehicles exiting campus.
• The centre standing lane is for vehicles dropping off or picking up Prep students.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Please enjoy the remaining days of your summer. We’re looking forward to reconnecting with boys and families in September.
Middle Division Head