On Tuesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Appleby will be holding parent-teacher conferences in the Gymnasium and Memorial Classroom Building. I encourage all parents to attend the meetings as they are an excellent way to learn about your child's progress - where he or she is doing well and where there might be some opportunity for improvement.

As best as possible, parents whose last names begin with A-L are asked to attend on Tuesday, November 14, and for parents whose last names begin with M-Z to join us on Thursday, November 16. In preparation for the meetings you can expect to receive an e-mail later this week to confirm your attendance. Please click here for some helpful tips to get the most out of your parent-teacher conference.

To find out where on campus your parent-teacher conference will take place, the faculty location list will be available in next week's Appleby This Week. In an effort to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to meet with their student's teachers please try to keep meetings close to five minutes. In the event you cannot make the parent-teacher conferences, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teachers by e-mail with any questions or concerns.

Also, the first complete report card for students will be released in November and will include their first set of marks and teacher comments. In December, students will receive a marks update only, no written report card will be provided. Please click here to view the report card and marks schedule for the school year.


Fraser Grant '87
Assistant Head of School, Academics


A.W.B. Alumni Centre Begins to Take Shape!

The next time you're on campus be sure to take a moment and check out the progress being made on the A.W.B. Alumni Centre. As the concrete walls begin to be poured, it's exciting to see how the new facility is taking shape. You can also follow the progress made by checking out the live stream video. Click here!


Reminder: Morning Drop-off Protocol

As a reminder, parents who are dropping off students are asked to do so in front of the Nicholas Arts Centre only. Students are not to be dropped off anywhere else on campus except the laneway in front of the Nicholas Arts Centre. We also ask that parents please respect our neighbours’ property when dropping off students.

The residential or inner ring road will be temporarily closed daily (as outlined below) to all traffic with the exception of medical visitors:
• Monday between 8:45 and 9:05 a.m.
• Tuesday to Friday between 7:45 and 8:05 a.m.
Directional signage and Commissioners will be present during this time to help direct visitors to campus as appropriate.


Reminder - Reporting a Student Absence

Parents or guardians of students who will be absent from school for medical reasons should contact the school attendance line at 905-845-4681 ext. 750. If students will be picked up or dropped off at school during the day for appointments or other valid absences, parents/guardians should also inform the school through the attendance line and students need to sign-in and out at the front desk. An e-mail to the student’s advisor and school director is encouraged. If a student wants to seek permission to miss school for non-medical reasons, the parents/guardians of the student should contact the student’s advisor, who will then need to have the absence approved by the Head of School. For the full attendance policy, please click on "Code of Conduct" on the Parent Central page of e.School.


Volunteers Needed - Residential Life Passport Life Skills Sessions

One of the most enjoyable elements of boarding life is developing essential skills beyond academics, and Appleby's Residential Life Skills Sessions provide opportunities for students to develop leisure, recreation, fitness, service, artistic, musical and other life skills. All boarding students are expected to complete at least one session a year, but they may choose to participate in more if they like. Please click here to view the planned schedule. Parents and guardians interested in volunteering to run a session are asked to contact Stephen Telling, director, residential life.


Athletics at Appleby

Appleby's athletics teams have multiple play-off games this week - it would be great to see parents, students and siblings cheer on the Blue Dogs! Click here for the game schedule.


New Student Application Reminder

Appleby's Admissions department is accepting applications from new students and families for the 2018-2019 school year. Students who submit an online application by Tuesday, October 31 and have completed the application process in full by Friday, December 1 will receive notification of their application's status by Friday, December 15. All native English speaking students who complete their online application by Tuesday, October 31 will not be required to submit a Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) result. For information on how to apply, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Luke Seamone, director, admissions or Kim English, admissions officer.


Chapel Service

On Wednesday, November 1, Senior School student and Service Prefect Veyan Ibrahim will present her chapel speech. On Friday, November 3, Katrina Samson, Head of School, will deliver the chapel services at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


Applications Open - Round Square Americas Regional Conference - April 2018

Applications are now open for the April 2018 Regional Round Square Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. All completed applications are due by Friday, November 3. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Rudisi, director, Round Square programs.


Flu Clinic

Appleby's Health Centre is holding a flu clinic on Monday, November 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Athletic Therapy department for students, employees and their immediate families. Participants are asked to wear a short sleeve shirt and no health card is required. Please be prepared to remain at the clinic for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine. Should you have any questions please contact the Health Centre at 905-845-4681 ext. 229. If you would like further information on the flu please click here.


US Guidance and ACT or SAT Preparation

Senior One students interested in learning about the application process to colleges and universities in the United States should be enrolled in US Guidance, a non-credit course that takes place once a week in a lunch-and-learn format from Friday, November 24 until March Break.

At the end of September, students were provided a take-home two-hour diagnostic test, ‘The Start-Up’, to determine which standardized test fits them best (the ACT or the SAT). This free test is provided by the Princeton Review Company. If a student did not get their copy, or is not registered for US Guidance, please contact Michelle Frigo, associate director, guidance, university counselling.

To assist students with their preparation for either the ACT or SAT, the Princeton Review Company is running two courses on Appleby's campus. The ACT course starts at the end of November to prepare for the April 14, 2018 test date, and the SAT course begins in January for the May 5, 2018 test date. There is a fee associated with this course, please review the flyer for details including a discount code.


Judges Needed - Middle Two Interpretive Reading Competition

On Friday, November 24 from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., all Middle Two students will participate in an interpretive reading competition for their English course. Parent judges are required for this event. If you are available to donate your time, please contact Lynn Gordon, English teacher.


Young Duke of Edinburgh Award Program

On October 11, the Young Duke of Edinburgh Award Program was reviewed with Middle School students. Further details about the program can be found here. The award submission date is Tuesday, April 3, 2018 and late submissions will not be accepted. For more information please contact Connie Serra, coordinator, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


A Reminder Regarding Student Belongings

All day students are reminded that belongings must be placed in a locker (with a lock) when not being used. To request a locker switch, students may contact their House day student co-coordinator.

All boarding students are reminded to lock belongings in their room when not being used. Appleby is a community founded on integrity, respect, responsibility and compassion, please treat everyone and their belongings as such.


Jordan Axani Presents to Students

On October 24, students attended "What’s Your Big Lie?," a special presentation by Jordan Axani, a mental health and belonging researcher. Jordan spoke about his own life journey and how he helps others share their unspoken fears, struggles and hopes with their peers. The interactive mental health program incorporated anonymous technology to uncover our 'masks' and provided a safe forum to voice vulnerabilities and the bravery to open up and share feelings in a safe format. It was a compelling and emotional presentation for both students and employees that opened the door to conversations about mental health. We encourage students to talk about the presentation with their parents so that we as a community can continue to break down the stigma around mental health and create a more inclusive environment for our students.


Appleby Integrated Science Club's Paper Posted on bioRxiv Website!

Appleby's Integrated Science Club recently had their paper on the effects of neonictonoid pesticides on honey bees accepted to the preprint repository bioRxiv for the biological sciences. The title of the paper is Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy Study of Effects of Neonicotinoids on Forager Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Fat Bodies and Their Connection to Colony Collapse Disorder. Senior Two students George Feng and Dana Torbina, Senior One student Kevin Ding, and alumni Sachin Ahuja '17, Aryan Luthra '17, Roland Moeschter '17, Andrew Roberts '15, Jordan Savage '17, Victor Villegas '17, Xinrui Wei '17 and Yang Yang '16 are co-authors, and the club's study investigated the negative effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees in environments surrounding areas of pesticide use. Since its publication, the paper was shared by the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) Twitter account, and the tweet was included in an article in the UK's Daily Mail. The paper is also accessible through Google Scholars. Congratulations on this incredible achievement!


Students Participate in British Parliamentary Debate Tournament

From October 19-21, Upper Two students Alyssa Gaylard, Sawsan Haider and Janice Peng, along with Senior One students Shaheer Abassi, Riaz Mahmud and Rhys Nickerson, travelled to McGill University to compete in the British Parliamentary (BP) Style Debate Tournament. In BP style debating there are two teams on the government (proposition side) and two teams on the opposition side. After six challenging rounds, Rhys and Sawsan placed 25th out of 100 teams. This was a rigorous tournament with challenging debate resolutions. Congratulations everyone!


Appleby Students Visit the Goethe-Institut Toronto

On October 18, students taking German at Appleby visited the Goethe-Institut Toronto and met their counterparts from University of Toronto Schools for fun German culture and language activities. Students interacted with other attendees in German and English, and a highlight was their participation in the Award of Excellence contest Maximum City. Three of Appleby's Schools: Partners for the Future (PASCH) scholarship recipients were present and thanked the Goethe-Institut with a card and a small gift.

October 30
-Senior School Cabaret

November 4
-Appleby Rocks!

November 9
-Remembrance Day Chapel Service

November 9-13
-November Long Weekend

November 14 & 16
-Parent-Teacher Conferences and Guidance Presentations

November 18
-Admissions Open House

November 23-26
-Appleby Carol Services

December 13
-December Academic Week Begins

Senior School Cabaret Takes Place Tonight!

The 2017 Senior School Cabaret takes place on Monday, October 30 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the gym. Students from all Performing Arts courses will present an entertaining evening of music, dance and drama while selected work from the Senior School Visual Arts classes will be on display. Come join us for a wonderful evening!



University Visits

Throughout the school year a variety of universities will be visiting Appleby from Canada, the United States and internationally to provide students with insight on university culture, as well as highlight admission requirements, dates and deadlines, programs/courses of study, and scholarship/bursary opportunities. Students can check the Guidance Calendar on e.School which contains all the university visit information. For more details on these visits please contact Jenny Casey, coordinator of student services, guidance. The following schools will be on campus this week:

Monday, October 30
• Huron, Brescia and King’s College at Western University, 11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. and 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., Raymond Massey Reading Room

Tuesday, October 31
• Ryerson University, 11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. and 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., Raymond Massey Reading Room
• University of Ottawa, 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., MB207
• McGill University, 11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. and 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., LEC

Wednesday, November 1
• University Fair (Class Afloat, Huron University at Western, The King's University - Alberta, Quest University Canada, Rochester Institute of Technology (US), University of Vermont (US), University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Ithaca College (US), Niagara University (US), Syracuse University (US), Canisius College (US) and The University of Ontario Institute of Technology), 11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. and 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer

Thursday, November 2
• University of Waterloo, 11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. and 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., Raymond Massey Reading Room



Appleby Rocks! Performance - November 3

Come rock out with Appleby Rocks! on Friday, November 3! A high-energy, fun and talented group of students will close out the fall co-curricular term with an eclectic selection of songs. The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. in Willis Hall.



University Bus Trip

On Saturday, November 4, Appleby's university counsellors have arranged for a university and residence tour of McMaster University and University of Guelph. This trip is open to Upper Two, Senior One and Senior Two students. E-mail notifications will be sent to students along with a permission form to be signed. The trip is limited to 45 students.


Parent-Teacher Conferences and Curriculum & Guidance Presentations

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Parents whose last name begins with A through L are encouraged to attend on November 14. Parents whose last name begins with M through Z are encouraged to attend on November 16. You will receive an e-mail next week asking you to confirm your attendance, and the faculty location list will be shared in an upcoming issue of Appleby This Week. Please note: various curriculum and guidance presentations will be taking place on both evenings from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. On November 14 from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., there will be a Middle Two Presentation of Learning (POL) session in Willis Hall for interested parents.


Appleby Open House

An Appleby Open House will be held on Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Prospective students and their families are invited to explore all that Appleby has to offer. Student ambassadors will be conducting tours and school administrators, current parents and faculty will be on hand to answer any questions. For further information, please contact Kim English, admissions officer at 905-845-4681 ext. 252 or kenglish@appleby.on.ca.



Grad Ring Deadline Approaching!

The ACPA is pleased to present the graduation ring program for the Class of 2018! Celebrate your achievements and cherished memories with a personalized ring created especially for you by Knar Jewellery. Purchase a ring now and enjoy wearing it throughout the year. A trunk show will take place outside the Schlesinger Dining Hall during lunch on Monday, October 30 and Wednesday, November 1. Rings can be ordered anytime throughout the year, however, the deadline to order for guaranteed delivery prior to Christmas is Friday, November 3. Completed order forms can be dropped off at the trunk show, the College Shop or Nicholas Arts Centre front reception. Ring designs and pricing can be viewed here or on the College Shop website. If you have any questions, please contact Kym Larsen, Knar Jewellery, 905-815-8777, ext. 31 or Cheryl Smith, ACPA College Shop coordinator at 416-702-2315.



Appleby Rockland Water Bottles Have Arrived!

Back by popular demand are the Appleby Rockland water bottles. Available in rose gold, gold and silver, this stainless steel bottle can be used for hot or cold beverages. With its double walled vacuum insulation, it's sure to keep beverages hot or cold for hours. Visit the College Shop to get yours today.



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, November 7 at 8:00 a.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 Sarah McMillan, recording secretary.


Chapel Guild

On Tuesday, November 7, the John Bell Chapel will be decorated for the Remembrance Day Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. If you can spare some time, please stop by the chapel and lend a hand. Our chapel guild would be happy to see you!


Annual ACPA Holiday Wreath, Poinsettia and Floral Arrangement Sale

Back by popular demand, the ACPA is pleased to offer poinsettias, fresh cut wreaths and new festive holiday floral arrangements. These beautiful creations will complete your holiday décor and make great gifts for family, friends, employees and clients. Pick-up will be available outside of the Nicholas Arts Centre on Thursday, November 30 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please click here to place your order by Friday, November 17. There are a limited number of each available, so be sure to get your order in soon! If you have any questions, please contact Ann Watkin, ACPA fundraising coordinator.


Save the Date - Tree Trimming Breakfast

Please join the ACPA for some holiday cheer on Thursday, November 23 at 8:00 a.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Breakfast will be served prior to the tree trimming, followed by decorating of the John Bell Chapel. For more information or to RSVP, please e-mail Kim Szigeti-Khan, ACPA social co-ordinator.


Book Sale Donations

Did you know that you can donate used books in good condition to the ACPA? All books including: textbooks, novels, biographies and children’s books are welcomed. Throughout the year a bin is located in The College Shop for donations, and they will also be accepted at the ACPA Book Sale in June 2018. For more information please contact Cindy Zeng, ACPA book return and sale.


Volunteering at Appleby

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to volunteer at the school! A wide variety of opportunities exist throughout the year. Details are included in the Volunteer Handbook which is available on Parent Central. Also included in the handbook are details on how to obtain security clearance, which is a requirement for all volunteers.

You can apply online to volunteer by clicking on the Volunteer button on Parent Central. For additional information contact Anne Marie Bianchi, ACPA volunteer coordinator.


Turnover Shop - Sweatshirt Sale

Now that the colder weather is here, keep warm with Appleby sweatshirts for only $10! We also have shirts, kilts, pants and blazers, as well as sports uniforms at half price or less. The Turnover Shop is located in the McCraney Barn and is open year-round during College Shop hours.


Lost and Found

If items are lost, students and/or parents are urged to contact the Lost and Found by e-mail at lostandfound@appleby.on.ca or visit the McCraney Barn during regular College Shop hours. We have already accumulated numerous items this term. Please put names on clothing, textbooks, pencil cases and other items brought to school. It will significantly increase the likelihood of returning lost items!

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