Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, your one-stop source for news about your son’s upcoming activities and events.

Summer message from Tom Babits, Primary Division Head

Tom BabitsDear Primary Division parents:

I hope that you and your family are enjoying a safe and relaxing summer. 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 2017-2018 Prep School Family Handbook can be found here. You’ll be best served if you’re familiar with the contents of this publication, the UCC website and become a devoted 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 teacher 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

I’m pleased to confirm these form teacher assignments for the 2017-2018 school year:
SK – Laura Heyes
1G – Christie Gordon
2F – Lisa Fleming
3C – Carly Crippin
3F – Mark Ferley
4B – Michael Bushey
4O – Kathryn O’Brien
5F – Paul Faggion
5H – Jennifer Harper
5M – Karyn McCormack

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. These are included in your tuition payment. Students will receive these items over the first few days of school. Replacement for lost or additional supplies, including locks, is at family expense.

We’re looking forward to greeting our new boys on Wednesday, Sept. 6. All boys will be back at school on Thursday, Sept. 7. Look your best in your fall-spring uniform, 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.

Please note that your son’s hair is to be neat, of natural olour and well-groomed. The intent is for a student not to draw attention to his appearance.

Labeling 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 labeled 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, phones should be off and kept in lockers. If your son needs to contact you during the day, he can use the school phone in the office or ask a teacher to use a classroom phone.

Prep Blues Shop
The Prep Blues Shop and Upper Blues Shop will open for back-to-school business on Monday, Aug. 15. The stores will be fully stocked and no appointments are necessary to shop. The hours of operation are:

Prep Shop Tailor Availability

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 Upper and Prep Blues Shops at 416-488-1125, ext. 4500 or via email at pcawker@ucc.on.ca.

Upcoming events
Please refer to the online calendar at www.ucc.on.ca 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.

Form lists posted on Tuesday, Aug. 29
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 put it into perspective as a positive learning opportunity.

Come prepared with your athletic equipment, including your soccer cleats. 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 teachers start student orientation at 9 a.m. The orientation ends at 11 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 7
Welcome to all new and returning Prep students in Years 1 to 7. This is a regular school day. The hot lunch program begins. Team try-outs for Years 4 and 5 and intramural games begin. Dismissal times and procedures are detailed below.

After-school program supervision is available starting today.

Friday, Sept. 8
Come join us for an informal coffee after dropping off your son. You’ll have a chance to chat with Middle Division Head Naheed Bardai and I, as well as other parents. I hope to see you there.

Boys in Year 3 have a special activity afternoon from 2 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a family barbecue at 5:30 p.m. Details will be sent to Year 3 families by email at the end of August. In the meantime, please mark the date on your calendars.

Senior Kindergarten starts the year with a half-day. Dismissal is at 11:40 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10
Are you interested in what hooks Prep students at Norval? All families are invited to make plans to attend the open house at the Norval Outdoor School from 1 to 3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 11
The Primary Division (SK to Year 5) parent information evening takes place in Weston Hall. 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 teacher and his classmates’ parents.

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) with a white shirt.

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
Terry Fox Foundation National School Run Day on UCC campus. This is our first colour house event. More details will be forthcoming.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Association Day

Fall Norval dates
Norval permission forms will be distributed during the first week of class. 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, and students will be dismissed at their regular dismissal time.

Please note that we attempt to program around important religious holy days 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 teacher, who will help make arrangements with the Norval director.

Arrival procedures
We ask for your cooperation with these procedures:
1. Avoid turning left from eastbound Lonsdale into the Mara Gates.
2. 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.
3. If you enter the Mara Gates from westbound Oriole Parkway, you won’t be allowed to turn left in the Prep loop. Continue north on to the Parkin hard surface or the arena lot instead.

Dismissal procedures
Years SK to 2 will be outside by 3:10 p.m. for pick-up at the Peacock Arch.
Years 3 and 4 will be outside by 3:20 p.m. for pick-up (Year 3 at the Peacock Arch, Form 4 by the Parkin entrance).
Year 5 boys are dismissed from their classrooms at 3:30 p.m. Boys are expected to gather their belongings and be outside promptly for pick-up at the Parkin hard surface. College employees will direct you to that area.

Dismissal, especially at the start of the year, can be a slow process. We ask for your patience and, in the interest of the well-being of all students, we ask for your co-operation to follow these procedures:
1. Plan to arrive as close to dismissal time as possible to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.
2. The areas around the Prep are “No Idle” zones. Please minimize your fuel consumption and contribute to a healthier atmosphere.
3. Don’t park in the designated pick-up zone.

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.

Warm regards,
Thomas Babits
Primary Division Head