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It is our absolute pleasure to share with you that the Board of Governors has made the historic, unanimous decision to break ground on Appleby College's new athletics and student life space and later this month we will embark on the largest construction project in the school's history!

Work on the 80,000-square-foot building, which will be located on Tech Field (located east of Nicholas Arts Centre), will begin over the March Break and will open in late Fall 2018.

As you can imagine, it will definitely be a busy 18-20 months of activity on campus. However, every effort will be made to minimize impact on school activities while keeping the health and safety of the Appleby community our first priority. Updates on activity related to construction will be shared via Appleby This Week.

Designed to transform our capacity for indoor athletics and expanding our academic and co-curricular aspirations, here are a few of the highlights:
• Three gyms (a double gym and a single gym that converts into a 1,000-seat auditorium for school assemblies, guest speakers and full school events)
• New cardio, yoga, spinning, workout spaces and athletic therapy clinic
• Six classrooms and additional study and group meeting spaces
• Campus room that will become a central gathering place
• Alumni reception/boardroom celebrating the school’s history and heritage
• College Shop relocation

To date, we have raised almost $15 million through the generosity of a dedicated group of lead donors, but more needs to be done. Over the coming months we will continue to look to the Appleby community for further support to complete the $32 million project.

For more information on Appleby’s new athletics and student life space we encourage you to visit www.appleby.on.ca/newaslbuild.

Together, we can transform the Appleby campus, but it will take the support of our whole community to make it happen!

Innes van Nostrand, Principal &
Katrina Samson, Head of School

Wondering what to expect at Spring Fling?

Check out these FAQs:

• What is there to do?

Catch up with friends, mix and mingle in the bistro, bid on silent auction items, try your luck in the casino, dance up a storm - the options are endless!
• Who can attend?
Everyone (19+) is welcome! Attendees include past and current parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. You can attend with your spouse, a friend or a group!
• Will dinner be served?
In place of a sit down dinner there will be a wide selection of food stations and passed food service.
• Is there a dress code?
Put on your cocktail chic attire. Tuxedos or floor length gowns are not required!
• Is there set seating?
No! Spring Fling will have casual lounge and bistro seating with no assigned tables.
• How much are tickets?
Tickets are $195/person. Tax receipts will be issued after the event (minimum of $50/ticket).

Don't miss out on a great party! Buy your tickets today at www.appleby.on.ca/springfling.

New Athletics and Student Life Space Construction Activity

When students, parents and employees return to Appleby after March Break, you can expect to see new hoarding installed around the construction site on Tech Field (located east of Nicholas Arts Centre) as well as the south end of East Field (near the J.S. Gairdner Arena) where the construction office will be located and building materials stored. To accommodate the space required for material storage East Field will shift north and will undergo regrading during March Break.

Increased construction traffic will be experienced as various trucks will be regularly entering/exiting campus with the exception of morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times. Please note that the ring road west of East Field will at times be used for two-way traffic. Signage will be installed over March Break to remind drivers of this change.

Due to increased noise levels on the construction site, classrooms immediately adjacent to the site will be relocated to other areas of the school to minimize student impact.

Every effort will be made to minimize impact on school activities while keeping the health and safety of our students, employees, parents and visitors to campus our first priority. Please look out for and adhere to all construction and traffic signage displayed on campus. If you have any questions please contact Rob Pyke, executive director, facilities operations at 905-845-4681 ext. 244 or rpyke@appleby.on.ca

Tuesday, March 28 to Follow a Special Schedule

In celebration of Appleby's new athletics and student life space, a special Community Event and Spirit Day will be taking place on Tuesday, March 28. Classes will resume at 8:00 a.m. with a special all-school assembly later in the morning. Classes will end as per a Day 1 schedule.

2017 March Break Bus Departures

There will be one bus departure on the following dates:
Monday, March 6 at 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7 at 3:20 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8 at 3:20 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 at 4:15 p.m.
Friday, March 10 at 4:15 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 28 buses will follow a Day 2 morning bus schedule (students are expected in class at 8:00 a.m.) and will depart as per a Day 1 bus schedule. If you have any questions about bus service, please contact Susan Forsey, transportation coordinator.

Reminder - Appleby College Parent Survey

Last week, current Appleby parents were e-mailed an online school survey to ensure that we are meeting the needs and expectations of our community. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the survey and share their perspectives on the school and their Appleby experience. To collect feedback while protecting confidentiality, we have engaged Lookout Management Inc., a research firm that specializes in working with independent schools in Canada and internationally, to conduct the survey on our behalf. Should you have any questions please contact Michael O'Connor, chief marketing and enrolment officer at moconnor@appleby.on.ca.

2017-2018 School Calendar

Please click here to view the 2017-2018 Appleby school year calendar.

Tax Receipts

2016 child care receipts and Advanced Placement course tuition amount certificates (T2202A) are now available online from Parent Central. To be eligible for child care receipts, students must be 16 years of age or younger as at December 31, 2016. Advanced Placement course tuition amount certificates (T2202A) are available to students registered in Advanced Placement courses. International families may request a receipt for tuition from Debi Bell, administrator, accounts receivable at studentaccounts@appleby.on.ca.

Athletics at Appleby

Appleby's athletics teams have multiple games this week, come out and cheer on the Blue Dogs! Click here for the game schedule.

Chapel Service

On Wednesday, March 8 Lou Cafazzo, director of athletics, will present his chapel speech.

Last Day! - Students Collecting Donations for Local Humane Society

Students in Appleby's Social Justice co-curricular are collecting items of need for the Oakville & Milton Humane Society until Monday, March 6. There is a donation box in the Schlesinger Dining Hall and John Bell Chapel. Please click here for suggested donation ideas. If you have any questions contact Reverend Craig Luccock.

2016-2017 Connect-Ed

Interested in learning a new skill or brushing up on an old one? Please join us for Appleby's 2016-2017 Connect-Ed. The Connect-Ed series is comprised of courses open to all adult members of the Appleby community. Upcoming courses include:

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
• Promoting Well-Being in Appleby Students
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

To register for these and other Connect-Ed sessions, please click here.

Summer School Credit and Enrichment Programs

Students interested in taking a summer school course for credit or program for enrichment must complete the Appleby College Summer School permission/application form and return it to the guidance office. Students taking courses for credit will be placed into the appropriate grade level for September 2017 course selection once the permission form is submitted. Report cards indicating credit completion are required to be received by the Guidance office before Tuesday, August 29. If proof of credit completion is not received by this date, students will be placed into the course for which they have completed the prerequisite. Possible Summer Opportunities (for credit and enrichment), both local and international, can be viewed on the Guidance InfoSite. For further questions please contact Michelle Frigo, guidance counsellor.


Conquer the Fear
Anti-bullying Tour

On March 2, Appleby's Middle and Upper School students attended an anti-bullying presentation by the Conquer the Fear Anti-bullying Tour. Members of the group include Degrassi and Life With Derek actor Shane Kippel, music producer and journalist Raoul Juneja, and singer/songwriter Alexi Couto.


Appleby Business Case Competition

On February 25, 46 students from eight independent schools participated in the inaugural Appleby Business Case Competition. Keynote speaker Dave Cheesewright, CEO of WalMart International, started the day with an insightful discussion on the various paths to success. Thank you to Appleby parent Paula Power who sponsored the competition awards, chaperone and judge gifts. Congratulations to Appleby's participants for their efforts!


Students Participate in Winter Fulford Debating Competition

On February 25, four students attended the Winter Fulford Debating Competition at Royal St. George's College in Toronto. In the junior competition, Upper One students Janice Peng and Sawsan Haider debated both sides of the resolution: This house believes that Canada should pursue more free trade. Sawsan placed fourth overall. Senior One student Angela Xue and Senior Two student Albi Nani debated the same topic in the senior competition in the cross-examination style of debating. Albi finished third in the individual senior competition. Congratulations!


Middle Eastern Club Learns to Dabke

The Middle Eastern Club had a busy term which included learning about the art of Henna, playing tawla and making sebha. The term ended with the group learning and dancing dabke, a traditional Arab folk dance that is popular in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq. The dabke leader is supposed to be like a tree, with arms in the air, a proud and upright trunk and feet that stomp the ground in rhythm.

March 6
-Humane Society Donation Deadline
-UK University Visits

March 13 - 27
-Appleby March Break

April 7
-Middle Eastern Lunch

May 6
-Spring Fling

May 9
- Confirmation Service at Appleby

UK University Visits

On Monday, March 6 Appleby will host an United Kingdom university fair from 11:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer. Schools attending include: King’s College London, University of Exeter, University College Dublin, Bangor University, Kent University, Keele University and University of Liverpool. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Casey, coordinator of student services, guidance department. Also, on Tuesday, March 7 the University of Nottingham will be in the LEC from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.


Cantus Choir To Participate in Shine On

On Monday, March 6 Appleby’s Cantus Chamber Choir will join several other choirs in the Oakville community as part of a concert to raise funds and awareness for the Rosie Sparkles Fund. This concert, entitled Shine On, features a mix of choral favourites and will be held at the Church of the Incarnation, 1240 Old Abbey Lane, Oakville. Admission is by donation with all funds raised going to the Rosie Sparkles Fund. All are welcome to attend and enjoy an evening of choral music.

Confirmation Service at Appleby

On Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. a special Confirmation Service will be held in the John Bell Chapel for all students who wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. We will be welcoming The Right Reverend Michael Bird, Bishop of Niagara, as Preacher and Celebrant for this special service. Any students who are interested in exploring the possibility of receiving the sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to contact our Chaplain, Reverend Craig Luccock.


2017 Grad Sweatshirts Now Available!

Orders are now being accepted for 2017 grad sweatshirts! The unisex sweatshirt is a navy Roots, 1/4 zip with the class designed grad logo on the front and '2017' on the sleeve. Samples are available to try on in the College Shop. Each sweatshirt is $95.00 and will be charged to a student account. The last day to place an order is Friday, March 10. If you would like to place an order or have any questions, please contact the College Shop.

There are additional special order items available (onesie, pajama bottoms, etc.), please fill out an order form and drop off or e-mail to the College Shop by Friday, March 10.

The College Shop hours are:
Monday - 8:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Tuesday - 11:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Wednesday - 11:40 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday - 11:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
Friday - 11:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.


Appleby College Graduation Rings

The ACPA is pleased to present the graduation ring program for the Class of 2017! In addition to the ring designs available last year, there is a new men’s and women’s ring for 2017. All rings are on display in the College Shop and can be ordered anytime during regular hours. A representative from Knar Jewellery will be available on Monday, April 24, Wednesday, April 26 and Friday, April 28 during both lunches outside the Schlesinger Dining Hall. The deadline to order graduation rings for guaranteed delivery by graduation is Friday, April 28. If you miss this deadline, rings can be ordered online or in person at the College Shop and customized for any graduating year. If you have any questions, please contact Kym Larsen, Knar Jewellery, 905-815-8777 ext. 31 or Cheryl Smith, College Shop coordinator at 416-702-2315.

New Parent Buddies Needed for 2017-2018 School Year

Planning is underway for the 2017-2018 school year and we are looking for New Parent Buddies! Requirements for the role include attending the New Family Orientation on Thursday, May 11, the New Parent Orientation on Tuesday, September 5 and corresponding monthly with your new parent group throughout the school year. If you are a current Appleby parent and interested in supporting the New Parent Committee, please e-mail Ellen Palmer, director of parent relations at epalmer@appleby.on.ca. Thank you for considering! Your support makes our community stronger.

Lost and Found End of Term Clear-out!

All unclaimed clothing items will be donated to local charities on Friday, March 31. Please stop by Lost and Found in the McCraney Barn during regular College Shop hours or e-mail lostandfound@appleby.on.ca. Make sure you have collected any items belonging to you!

Notice of ACPA Executive Meeting

As a parent at Appleby, you are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting of the Appleby College Parents' Association Executive Committee that will be held on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room. In preparation for the meeting please review the agenda. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Chantal Poirier, recording secretary.

Employee Appreciation Luncheon

The 2017 ACPA Employee Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. All Appleby employees are invited as a way of expressing our gratitude for their tireless efforts throughout the year. To make this event a success we need you! We welcome food contributions including hot and cold entrées, appetizers, or salads. Alternatively, monetary donations are also accepted and are used toward a carving station. Most importantly, we welcome all parents to volunteer at this special luncheon. To sign-up for food contributions, to volunteer, or for more information, please e-mail Jo Weeks or Kim Wildi, ACPA Grade Parties and staff appreciation.

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