On behalf of Appleby, we hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break. We are very much looking forward to being back on campus and the excitement that comes with the New Year ahead! We look forward to welcoming back boarders later today and all students as school resumes on Tuesday, January 9 at 9:05 a.m. (a Day 1 schedule).

The first week back after the Christmas break is always an eventful one, as students reconnect and share with one another how they spent the holidays. It is an especially exciting time for those who participated in an international service project as they share their stories and experiences with their classmates. During the month of December, 12 students and two faculty members travelled to Costa Rica for two weeks. There, they worked in Quebrada Arroyo, a community that has recently engaged in ecotourism projects that emphasize sustainable development and forest protection, and later visited the squatter settlement of La Carpio. Also, 15 students and three faculty members travelled to Argentina for two weeks. Students lived and volunteered in Cordoba where they provided activities and care at a daycare and completed renovations of the facility. More on these experiences will be shared in Appleby this Week.

The New Year kicks off with a variety of trips and events taking place. In the coming days our Upper Two and Senior Two students will begin preparing for their trips to the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus taking place throughout January and February. Also, we look forward to kicking off our annual United Way Week campaign on Monday, January 15 and an action-packed Winter Community Weekend is planned for Friday, January 26 to Saturday, January 27. Last year's community weekend was a huge success and thanks to the leadership of our students, we are sure this year's edition will be an even bigger hit.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2018.

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

 
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A.W.B. Alumni Centre

Despite the recent cold temperatures and snowy weather conditions, construction of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life continues to move forward! To view the daily progress, visit the live feed anytime at www.appleby.on.ca/awbalumnicentre. You can also check out the most recent time-lapse video by clicking here.

 

Middle School Families – Global Experiential Trip Information Session

An information session was held for current Middle One and Middle Two families on December 11 to go through an in-depth explanation of the newly approved inclusion of a global learning experience as a core requirement of the Appleby College Diploma starting with September 2018's incoming Upper One class, the graduating Class of 2022. It was a cold and snowy evening, which might have affected some families' ability to attend. You can still see the information that was shared by viewing the presentation on Parent Central. To hear what our students have to say regarding their own global learning experiences and the impact they've had please watch this video.

 

Organization Assistance Available for Upper and Senior School Students

Upper and Senior School students looking for assistance to plan and organize their school work are invited to drop by MB203 on Friday's during the month of January between 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. A guidance counsellor will be present to help students prepare for the term. No RSVP is required and students are asked to come with their computer.

 

Check Out These Connect-Ed Sessions!

Interested in learning a new skill or brushing up on an old one? Please join us for Appleby's 2017-2018 Connect-Ed. The Connect-Ed series is comprised of courses open to all adult members of the Appleby community. Upcoming courses include: 
• Learn to Skate - Thursday, January 11 
• Positive Psychology and Promoting Well-Being - Tuesday, January 23
• The Co-Curricular Program - Wednesday, January 31

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

 

AP Capstone Diploma Information Session for Upper One and Upper Two Families

As a leading AP school in Canada, Appleby is one of few schools offering the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma program. With 26 students currently enrolled in the Senior One component and 23 in the Senior Two component, Appleby stands out as the largest Capstone school in the country. Current Upper Two students with an average of 90 per cent or higher who are interested in completing six Advanced Placement (AP) courses are strongly encouraged to consider applying. An information session will be held on Wednesday, January 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Willis Hall. Upper Two students and parents are invited to attend. Upper One families are also invited should they wish to consider this as a possible avenue in Senior School. For more information please contact Carlos Heleno, coordinator, external academic programs.

 

Appleby Enrichment and Summer Opportunity Fair - Parents and Guardians Welcome!

The sixth Annual Appleby Enrichment and Summer Opportunity Fair will take place on Monday, January 22 from 11:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend. The following programs have already confirmed their participation for this year: AFS Interculture Canada, Appleby Summer Camps & Academies, Camp Kandalore, Chisholm Academy, Edutravel, eLearning Consortium Canada, Enrichment Studies Unit at Queen's University, Ivey Summer Leadership Program, McMaster Venture and LEAP Engineering and Science Program, MEI Academy, Princeton Review, Projects Abroad, Ryerson Performance Youth & Community Programs, SHAD, University of Toronto Faculties of Medicine & Law Youth Summer Programs, Virtual High School, York University Helix Summer Science Institute. It's never too early to plan for the summer!

 

Judges Required for Upper Two TED Talk Competition

Appleby's Upper Two English TED Talk competition will take place the morning of Tuesday, February 20. If you are interested in judging the event, please contact faculty member Noelle Morris.

 

Appleby Business Case Competition

On Saturday, February 24 Appleby will host its second annual business case competition from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lisa Lisson, President, FedEx Canada will be the keynote speaker. Members of the Appleby community are needed to serve as judges for the competition. If you are interested in judging or providing sponsorship, please contact faculty member Dave Suchanek for more information.

 

2018 Round Square International Conference - Host Families Needed

As announced last spring, Appleby will be co-hosting the 2018 Round Square International Conference from Saturday, September 29 to Friday, October 5. We look forward to welcoming more than 300 student delegates from around the world for what promises to be an exciting and inspirational experience for all involved.

Family support is vital for a successful conference. We ask that all Appleby families consider hosting visiting student delegates in their home. To register as a host family, please click here. If you have any questions, please click here for additional information, or contact Appleby's Round Square conference representatives Matt Rudisi and Andrea Kelly at RSIC2018@appleby.on.ca.

 

The Appleby College Summer Travel Academy

The Summer Travel Academy offers students in grades 10 to 12 the opportunity to learn through hands-on, in-country experiences, earning Ontario Secondary School Diploma credits while living in unique, carefully chosen international locations. Locations for 2018 are: Aquitaine, France (French 10, 11 and 12) and Curaçao (Biology 11 and 12). For more information, pricing and a link to our application form, please visit www.appleby.on.ca/TravelAcademy.

 

Appleby March Break & Summer Camps 2018 - Registration is Open!

While March Break Camp or Summer Camp might seem far away, the team at Appleby Camps can't wait to welcome you back for another fun-filled and exciting camp season! To check out our March Break Camps programs click here; and for our Summer Camps programs click here. As you will see, in addition to adding a number of exciting new programs, we've kept many of the 2017 programs our campers loved – including Leadership Camps specifically designed for ages 12-14, and 14-17. Senior Leadership provides participants the chance to build on the following skills: group dynamics, communication, cooperative learning, leadership styles, followership and confidence, and also gain their Standard First Aid and CPR–C certification! Please visit www.appleby.on.ca/camps or contact the camp office at 905-845-4681 ext. 113 to learn more!

 

School Closure Procedures

In the event of a school closure parents, students and employees will be notified as early as 6:00 a.m. by e-mail and/or phone. Information can also be obtained from the school's automated information update line at 905-845-4681, ext. 540, and through local media. For closures during the school day, the same notifications apply. If you require further information on the school's emergency or security procedures, contact Katrina Samson, Head of School, 905-845-4681, ext. 298.

 

Appleby Uniform Reminder

With winter now here, please take time to review Appleby's uniform policy. It is important to remember that black boots are now permitted in place of black shoes as part of the uniform. Female students are required to wear tights when wearing boots, and thigh-high leather boots, fur mukluks, etc. are not appropriate footwear (Uggs are permitted but not with sequins, pelts and tassels attached). During the cold weather months, students wearing winter jackets, hats, mittens and scarves must take them off in class and buildings.

 

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.

 
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Costa Rica International Service Trip

From December 3 to 17, four Upper Two students, and eight Senior One students, along with faculty members Han Chau and Anthony Schembri, embarked on an unforgettable International Service Trip to Costa Rica. During the first portion of the trip the group helped the small eco-friendly rainforest community Los Compesinos in Quebrada Arroyo reconstruct a bridge washed out by Hurricane Nate. The second half of the trip was spent working in San Jose in the community of La Carpio to pave a new road. The cultural experiences the group took part in include: zip-lining, dance lessons, an organic coffee farm tour and a city/market tour. The trip was a positive and unforgettable experience for everyone. Pura Vida!

 
         
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Middle One Poetry Competition Results

On December 15, all Middle One students participated in a Poetry Competition. The eight finalists were: Jack Burian, Will Hancock Alim Kussainov, Angeline Liu, Ali Reda, Lacey Swamy, Luke Tesser and Sterling Wu. The top three finishers were: Sterling (third place), Jack (second place) and Lacey (first place). Congratulations everyone!

 
         
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Alumnus Visits Chess Club

On December 7, alumnus Seiji Nakagawa '13 returned to campus and visited Appleby's chess club. A current University of Toronto chess team player, Seiji shared his wisdom and expertise about the game with students. He also played simultaneous matches against 12 players in the club.

 
         
   
 
January 9
-School Resumes

January 17
-AP Capstone Diploma Information Session for Upper One and Upper Two Families

January 20
-Semi-Formal

January 22
-Appleby Enrichment and Summer Opportunity Fair

January 25
-ACPA Coffee Morning at the Principal's Residence

January 26 & 27
-Winter Community Weekend

February 24
-Appleby Business Case Competition
 
   
   
 

Appleby Semi-Formal Takes Place January 20

Appleby is hosting its annual semi-formal on Saturday, January 20 from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. This year's theme is A Night in Las Vegas! Upper and Senior School students will have the opportunity to dance and enjoy dinner. Tickets can be purchased for $50 by clicking here and will be distributed during both lunches on Wednesday, January 17, Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19 in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. There is a two ticket maximum per student. Students may bring a non-Appleby student as their guest, but the external guest form must be completed. Please contact Michael Moores, senior school director, for a copy of the semi-formal external guest form. The closing date for ticket sales is Tuesday, January 16 at 5:00 p.m.

 

   
 

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, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room. Innes van Nostrand, Principal and Jewell Kennedy, chief financial officer, will be attending the meeting to speak about the new A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life. In preparation for the meeting please review the agenda. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Sarah McMillan, recording secretary.

 

Lost and Found

Last chance to claim lost items! We are clearing out the Lost and Found cupboards as we do at the end of each school term. If you have lost items, please e-mail lostandfound@appleby.on.ca or visit the McCraney Barn this week during regular College Shop hours. All unclaimed items will be donated to local charities after Friday, January 12, 2018.

 

ACPA Coffee Morning at the Principal's Residence - Come Join Us!

On Thursday, January 25 all Appleby parents are invited to join the ACPA at the Principal's Residence at 8:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation.

The ACPA assists the school with events, services and our wonderful College Shop. The ACPA Executive provides leadership to Appleby parent volunteers. Each year new parents become part of the Appleby volunteer family. Whatever your talents or interests might be, there is a volunteer opportunity you will enjoy! If you're interested in learning more about the ACPA (and how you can get involved!) our coffee morning is a relaxed and informal way to meet other parent volunteers and the current ACPA Executive. Everyone is welcome!

Refreshments and a light breakfast will be served. To RSVP please contact Kristy Marasco, coordinator, alumni and parent relations. For more information about the ACPA, please refer to the Parents' Association section of the Appleby website or contact Sarah Perkin, ACPA Past President.

 

Turnover Shop

Visit the Turnover Shop for a wide range of quality second-hand, Appleby approved uniform items. We have a replenished stock of boys' blazers, as well as shirts, kilts, pants, sweaters and vests. Stop by during regular College Shop hours and see what we have in stock. As always, thank you for your generous donations. All proceeds from the Turnover Shop benefit the Appleby community.

 

Save the Date

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 the ACPA will host an 80's Social. Mark your calendars and get ready to bring your 80's vibe and enjoy a retro night out! Everyone within or outside the community is welcome. Tickets will be available for purchase shortly, stay tuned!

 
 
 
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