As we head into the holiday season, we have a variety of activities taking place over the coming weeks and I encourage everyone to come out and join us.

On Thursday, November 9 it is our privilege to host alumni and special guests at our Remembrance Day services, as we gather together as a community to reflect on the meaning of sacrifice and service. Also, a reminder that Appleby's parent-teacher conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 16.

The Appleby College Parents' Association is hosting its annual Tree Trimming Breakfast on Thursday, November 23 at 8:00 a.m. All members of the Appleby community are invited to participate in decorating the school, which is much appreciated by the students and employees. The ACPA is also collecting new infant and children's pajamas, socks, winter hats, mittens and scarves for Kerr Street Mission in Oakville as part of a school-wide initiative. Donations can be dropped off at The Tree of Comfort and Warmth which will be displayed in the Barr Common Room.

Of course, the holiday season would not be complete without our traditional Candlelight Carol Services which will be held Thursday, November 23 through to Sunday, November 26 in the John Bell Chapel. Students and their families are encouraged to attend the services on the following dates: Upper One – November 23, Upper Two and Senior One – November 24, Middle One and Middle Two – November 25 and Senior Two – November 26. Students are expected to attend one service, and parents and guardians are invited to attend any of the Carol Services this November. If you have two or more children attending Appleby, you may choose one of the services and attend as a family.

We hope to see you on campus soon!

Innes van Nostrand


New Time-lapse Video!

Progress continues to be made on the construction of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life. Check-out the new time-lapse video that includes a drone fly-over of the site at the end of October. To view the video, please 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.


Bus Departures - Week of November 6

The week of Monday, November 6 to Thursday, November 9, there will be only one bus departure at the end of each day. For more information, please visit the Transportation InfoSite. The regular bus schedule will resume on Tuesday, November 14 and follow a Day 1 schedule.


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.


Chapel Service

On Wednesday, November 8 Senior School student and Academic Prefect David Gao will present his chapel speech. On Thursday, November 9 (a Day 5), Appleby will host a special Remembrance Day service at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.


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.


Share the Warmth Campaign - Donation Request

The annual Middle School Share the Warmth Campaign will take place Monday, November 20 to Thursday, November 30. Middle School Home Forms are asked to bring in new infant and children’s pajamas, socks, winter hats, mittens, and scarves to be donated to those in need through Kerr St. Mission in Oakville. In support of this cause, the ACPA is also collecting the same items as part of a school-wide initiative. Donations from parents, guardians, Upper and Senior School students, and employees can be dropped off at The Tree of Comfort and Warmth which will be displayed in the Barr Common Room.


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.


Varsity Girls' Field Hockey Team Wins Gold!

On October 25, the Varsity Girls' Field Hockey team captured their fifth consecutive CISAA gold medal! The team was undefeated this season, but in the championship game were faced with a challenging opponent, Ridley College. The Blue Dogs played well, had incredible support on the sidelines, and won 1-0. Congratulations!


Congratulations Appleby AP Scholars and Capstone Students!

We would like to recognize a number of Appleby's Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars and AP Capstone students. Congratulations to Senior Two students Jodh Dhillon, William Du, Ellen Fellows, Sam Gaskin, Dai Qing Liao, Rachel Ni and Vivian Yin. Click here to see a photo gallery. We will feature additional students next week!

November 8
-An Evening with Paul Saltzman

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 20-30
-Share the Warmth Campaign

November 23-26
-Appleby Carol Services

December 13
-December Academic Week Begins

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, November 6
• University of Alberta, 11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m., Raymond Massey Reading Room
• Quest University, 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., BC102

Tuesday, November 7
• University of New Brunswick, 11:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m., Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer
• Royal Veterinary College, University of London, 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., MB207

Wednesday, November 8
• Bryant University (US), 12:40 - 1:40 p.m., LEC


Paul Saltzman to Discuss his Documentary The Last White Knight

On Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m., members of the Appleby community are invited to an evening with Paul Saltzman, a Toronto-based, two-time Emmy Award-winning director-producer, to discuss his provocative documentary The Last White Knight.

The Last White Knight follows Paul's journey to confront and seek to understand a Ku Klux Klan member who assaulted him when he was a civil rights volunteer in Mississippi in the 1960s. Join Paul as he shares stories from his experience and looks to answer the question "is reconciliation possible?" Please click here to register for this complimentary event.


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. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your child's teachers and discuss what he/she is doing well in, and where there may be opportunity for improvement.

To find out where on campus your parent-teacher conferences will take place, please review the faculty location list. 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. You should have received an e-mail asking you to confirm your attendance, and you are encouraged to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact faculty member Jonathon Peever. Please note: various curriculum and guidance presentations will be taking place on both evenings from 6:00 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


Appleby Carol Services

Join us in the John Bell Chapel for our traditional Candlelight Carol Services which will be held Thursday, November 23 through to Sunday, November 26. The chapel will be decorated with pine boughs and flickering candles illuminating the darkness. Listen to beautiful seasonal music performed by Appleby's Chapel Choir and hear the story of the Nativity. Please join in singing some of your favourite Christmas carols and celebrate afterwards with refreshments in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Students and their families are invited to attend on the following dates:
Thursday, November 23 - 7:00 p.m. (Upper One)
Friday, November 24 - 7:00 p.m. (Upper Two and Senior One)
Saturday, November 25 - 3:00 p.m. (Middle One and Middle Two)
Sunday, November 26 - 7:00 p.m. (Senior Two)

Students are expected to attend one service, and parents and guardians are invited to attend any of the Carol Services. If you have two or more children attending Appleby, you may choose one of the services and attend as a family. Please read the following invitation from Kathleen Kirkpatrick, director of Middle School; Chris Patterson, director of Upper School; and Michael Moores, director of Senior School. We will be collecting unwrapped toy donations for girls and boys aged 12 and under at the Carol Services, and in Chapel until Friday, December 1. The donations will be sent to St. Matthew's House, an Anglican affiliated social service agency in Hamilton.



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. Marg Hagey, assistant head of school, co-curricular programs and student leadership and Andrea Kelly, house director, Walker House and director, student leadership, will be guest speakers. We will also welcome two students who are assisting with the September 2018 Round Square Conference. 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!


Grade Parent Coffee Morning

All parents are invited to a Grade Parent Coffee Morning on Thursday, November 16 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. Kathleen Kirkpatrick, director, Middle School, Christopher Patterson, director, Upper School and Michael Moores, director, Senior School will be speaking about the highlights of each grade band.


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. Over the years some of our artificial trees have become quite worn and are ready for retirement. We would appreciate it if anyone has any unused artificial trees for donation to the school. For more information or to RSVP, please e-mail Kim Szigeti-Khan, ACPA social co-ordinator.


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

The Lost and Found is at maximum capacity! Our cupboards are busting! We have running shoes, sweatshirts, books, bags, gym clothes, etc. lost in September and October. If you have lost items, please visit the McCraney Barn during regular College Shop hours. 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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