It's that time of year again when students can nominate a teacher for teaching excellence in the classroom.


A student nomination is an important part of Appleby's Recognition Awards programme and provides students with the opportunity to highlight and recognize the impact that a great teacher has made in their learning experience at Appleby. The nomination forms and process has been communicated to students and their nomination forms will need to be submitted to Gemma Imperial, manager, payroll and benefits, Human Resources by Friday, May 4, 2018.

The award nominated by our students is truly special, as it provides them with an opportunity to express how faculty members make a difference. We always look forward to reading the student nomination submissions, and hearing first hand about the positive impact teachers make in the classroom.


In addition to the student nominations, Appleby's Recognition Awards programme gives teachers the opportunity to apply for a travel study grant that provides unique learning experiences designed to enhance their knowledge and contribution in the classroom. The programme also gives employees the opportunity to nominate colleagues who they feel contribute towards excellence through the programme's peer recognition award.


The Recognition Award recipients will be announced in May and are celebrated at a reception with Appleby's Board of Governors and Leadership Team.




Majella Hillsdon
Chief People Officer


Construction Activity and Traffic Update


It's busy on the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life construction site as preparations are underway for the forming of the building's second floor! To see the progress made to date, please click here to view a time-lapse video.


Also, just a reminder that there continues to be heavy equipment traffic on campus as trucks enter and exit via the ring road west of East Field (requiring the need for two-way traffic flow), and we anticipate that the volume of construction traffic will intensify in the coming weeks. Please look out for and adhere to all construction and road signage displayed on campus as well as construction vehicles and heavy equipment that may be backing up in or around the north and south entrances of the construction site. Every effort has been 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. However, as a result of the increased level of construction traffic, you may experience delays when arriving to and/or departing from campus outside of morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times, and your patience is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please contact Laura Hrebeniuk, facilities coordinator, facilities operations at or 905-845-4681 ext. 154.

ASCENT Announcement 

For the last several years, Appleby students' Upper One year has culminated in ASCENT (Arts, Service, Cumulative Evaluation and Northern Trip), where traditional exams have been replaced with three weeks of intensive arts, service and cumulative evaluation. Today, the collaborative elements that make up the ASCENT program are experienced by students throughout the academic year through Appleby's ongoing commitment to experiential education and project based learning initiatives. As a result, the ASCENT program will now be replaced with a final exam for Upper One academic classes and will take place during the June exam period. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact Chris Patterson, director, Upper School or Fraser Grant, assistant head of school, academics.
New Tablet Announcement - Fujitsu LifeBook T938

In keeping with our commitment to integrating the most appropriate and current technology into all facets of teaching and learning at Appleby, students will be receiving the Fujitsu LifeBook T938 tablet as part of the school's tablet refresh programme which takes place every two to three years.

The LifeBook T938 will replace the current Fujitsu T936 model and was selected following an extensive Request for Proposal process which involved a number of tier-1 manufacturers. Various tablet models were submitted and tested by a group of students and faculty.

When choosing the most appropriate technology to meet the needs of Appleby students, a number of key features are required. This includes compatibility with Appleby's academic computing environment (i.e. Microsoft OneNote), pen-based functionality, battery life, durability, performance, and serviceability. Overall value is also taken into consideration in the evaluation process.

New and returning students can look forward to receiving their new tablet at a scheduled time between July and August. Details regarding the tablet return and pick up process will be communicated in a future issue of Appleby This Week.
Notice Regarding the Video Game Fortnite

As recently reported by various media outlets, reports are emerging over concerns of child grooming through the increasingly popular Fortnite video game and its voice and text chat abilities with strangers. It is important that parents understand the risks associated with the game (and others like it). Please click here to review safety advice for parents from Common Sense Media, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safe technology and media for children.

Athletics at Appleby

Appleby's athletics teams have multiple games this week - it would be great to see parents, students and siblings cheer on the Blue Dogs! Click here for the game schedule.
Updated 2018-2019 School Calendar

Please click here to view the 2018-2019 Appleby school year calendar.
Sustainability Week

From Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20, students will engage in activities aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of Appleby's sustainability efforts. Over lunch in the Schlesinger Dining Hall students can look forward to trying a carbon footprint calculator, playing Kahoot to discover new ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, learning about plastic pollution, as well as enjoy a sustainable lunch. On Friday, April 20 office waste will be collected in the dining hall and sent to Terracycle to be responsibly recycled. Students are encouraged to participate in this week's events and consider how everyday actions impact the environment.

Sustainability Week will wrap up with an electronic waste collection program organized by Appleby's Earthworks students on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and on Monday, April 30 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the J.S. Gairdner Arena parking lot. If you have any electronics (televisions, computer equipment, cell phones, etc.) that are no longer functional, please bring them in so they can be disposed of responsibly. Students are working with the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), a non-profit, industry funded organization with a mandate to divert waste electronics from landfill sites. Waste electronics will be picked up by OES, which will make a donation to Appleby based on the weight of the collection. Funds received will be used to purchase Fresh Food Boxes for local low-income families.
Global Experiential Trips Fair

Students and parents are invited to the Global Experiential Trips Fair on Tuesday, April 17 in the Schlesinger Dining Hall foyer. Students who travelled as part of Appleby's Global Experiential program in March will be available to talk about their experiences and answer any questions.
Chapel Service

On Wednesday, April 18 Middle Two student Kira Pawluk will present her chapel speech.

The chapel service on Friday, April 20 will be led by the Round Square Council, and Innes van Nostrand, Principal, will give the sermon.

COMPASS Health and Wellness Survey 


Appleby will be participating in the COMPASS Health & Wellness Survey through the University of Waterloo on Friday, April 20. This is our sixth year participating in the survey which will assist us in growing and improving the effectiveness of Appleby's health and wellness programming. All students in Upper One through Senior Two will write the survey during their advisory meetings.


The survey results will be kept confidential so that individual students cannot be identified. All responses will be grouped by the University of Waterloo to identify health behaviour trends in the Appleby student population, and used to help plan and evaluate future health and wellness programming and services for students to access at school. Please review the Parent Information Letter which provides further detail about the study. If you have any questions about COMPASS, please contact Lindsay (Naumetz) Crocco, director of wellness.

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:

• Academics at Appleby - Tuesday, April 24

• Portrait Editing Workshop - Tuesday, May 1

• Introduction to Boarding - Thursday, May 3 (morning and evening sessions available)


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

Summer Travel Academy – Application Deadlines Extended Until April 30

Join us for this incredible adventure! We are thrilled to share the Appleby faculty who will be delivering courses and leading students on our Summer Travel Academy trips in 2018. We are proud to have Danielle Kindree, Odianosen Iyamabo, Robert Porteous and Cory Cultrera in Curaçao, and Alisha Valani, Kamal Fodil, Connie Serra and Ariella Racco in France. These courses are available for current Upper One through Senior One students. France and Curaçao Summer Travel Academy 2018 registrations will now both be accepted until Monday, April 30. If you are interested in attending one of this summer's programs, be sure to submit your completed application to

New Parent Buddies Needed for 2018-2019 School Year

Planning is underway for the 2018-2019 school year and we are looking for New Parent Buddies! Requirements for the role include attending the New Family Orientation on Thursday, May 10, the New Parent Orientation on Thursday, September 6 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 Andy Jelinek, director of parent relations. Thank you for considering! Your support makes our community stronger.
University of Cambridge Guidance Presentation

On Thursday, May 10 Appleby will welcome Dr. Caroline Burt, Admissions Tutor at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, for a presentation from 12:40 to 1:40 p.m. in the Raymond Massey Reading Room. Parents and students are welcome. Dr. Burt will be available after the presentation to answer questions.  
Confirmation Service at Appleby

On Tuesday, May 15 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.
Host Families Needed

Appleby will be co-hosting the 2018 Round Square International Conference from Saturday, September 29 to Friday, October 5. Community support will be vital for a successful conference. 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
Summer Academy – Registration is Open!

Appleby provides on-campus summer learning opportunities through academic credit courses and an exciting array of enrichment programs. We are pleased to offer the following credit courses for summer 2018: Principles of Mathematics 10 (MPM2D), Functions 11 (MCR3U), Advanced Functions 12 (MHF4U), Data Management 12 (MDM4U) and Core French 10 Online (FSF2D). New this year, we are offering "Getting Hired," an enrichment course designed to engage and prepare students in the different phases of employment. Limited boarding spaces remain. Please click here to learn more and apply online. 
Appleby Summer Camps 2018 - Registration is Open!

The team at Appleby Camps can't wait to welcome you back for another fun-filled and exciting camp season! To check out 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 opportunity to build on the following skills: group dynamics, communication, cooperative learning, leadership styles, followership and confidence, as well as gain their Standard First Aid and CPR–C certification! Please visit or contact the camp office at 905-845-4681 ext. 113 to learn more!

Appleby Students Compete in Ontario German Language Contest


On April 8, six students enrolled in German language classes at Appleby successfully competed at the Ontario German Language Contest. Guest of honour Consul General of Germany, Mr. Peter Fahrenholtz, was in attendance, and prizes were handed out by representatives of the University of Toronto, the Goethe-Institut, and German Schools Abroad. Congratulations to Upper One students Alex Xiong and Calvin Xu, Upper Two students Owen Morgan, Angela Vastis and Clara Zhang, and Senior One student Beulah Osoba. 

Upper One Extended French Students Welcome Guest Speaker


On April 6, students enrolled in Upper One Extended French welcomed Sylvie Rodrigue, a lawyer practicing law in both Montreal and Toronto. Ms. Rodrigue discussed bilingualism by providing a historical and legal policy overview of official bilingualism in Canada, discussed access to justice in both languages, as well as current issues relating to this topic in Canada. Students were able to ask questions and learn the benefits of being bilingual in the workforce. 


Appleby Students Attend Toronto Green Living Show

On April 6, students in Appleby's Environmental Science and Environmental Resource classes attended the 2018 Toronto Green Living Show. At the event, students learned about green technology and explored numerous innovative concepts and products that can be implemented at Appleby. The show was a great opportunity for students to extend their learning around resource use, sustainable agriculture, human health, renewable energy and waste management.


Middle School Student Invites Sally Armstrong to Appleby


Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Middle Two student Florence Rodrigue initiated a speaking opportunity at Appleby to inspire young women and men to support gender equity. Florence reached out to Sally Armstrong, a human rights activist, award-winning author and journalist to speak to students on April 5. Attendees learned about Sally's experiences interviewing women and youth in areas such as Iraq, Kenya and the South Sudan, and asked her questions at the end of the presentation. 


Canadian Team Mathematics Contest

On April 5, six students travelled to the University of Waterloo to compete in the Canadian Team Mathematics Contest. Thirty-six schools from across the country were part of the competition that included an individual challenge composed of ten questions, as well as a team challenge comprised of twenty-five questions, and a three question relay event. Appleby's team placed third out of 36 teams! Congratulations to Upper Two students Qiyue Fan and Elaine Liu, Senior One students Stephen Chen and Ben Hu, and Senior Two students David Gao and Steven Kong for an outstanding performance against very talented competition. 


Students Repair Road and Assist Sea Turtles in Costa Rica 


During the March Break, a group of students and faculty travelled to Costa Rica for an International Service Project. The trip began with a hike up the Irazu Volcano, then a tour of the Basilica de la Virgen de Los Angeles. Students then went to La Carpio where they carried cement, sand and rocks, mixed materials, and filled holes in the street. Next they visited the Caribbean coast and learned about sea turtles, checked on marker locations for researchers to keep track of the turtles' eggs, and leveled a plot of sand where researchers will build a hatchery. After their work was complete, the group had an opportunity to zipline over the jungle canopy and visit a local market. 


Students Travel to Cuba on Intercultural Trip


Over the March Break, a group of students and faculty travelled to Cuba for an Intercultural Trip. Students visited Havana and Vinales and learned about the area from economics professors, snorkeled with a marine biologist while learning about the poor health of our oceans, and joined local Cuban street artists to create art. The group also enjoyed salsa lessons and a performance by one of Cuba's most well-known rappers! To end the trip, everyone helped on a local farm and hiked in a National Park.

A Successful International Service Trip to Romania


Over the March Break, a group of Appleby students and faculty travelled to Brașov, Romania for an International Service Project with Projects Abroad. Students participated in Romanian cultural activities including: learning the Hora and the Braşoveanca (traditional folk dances); visiting Bran Castle; touring Sighișoara and Feldioara Citadel; and learning Romanian. The group completed renovation work at the Scoala Gimnaziala Prejmer daycare, fixing and painting walls and murals. Students also taught English to a group of grade 2 students and learned about cultural arts and crafts with a group of Roma children from the daycare.

Middle School Science Fair Participants Compete at BASEF


Appleby's Middle School Science Fair took place on February 15. Middle One students displayed their structures projects, and Middle Two students presented their science fair topics. Members of the Appleby community served as judges, and several Middle Two students were selected to represent Appleby at The Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF) which took place at Mohawk College on March 22. Congratulations to the following award winners: Chloe Comeau (Determining the Effects of Gender on the Ability to Detect Lies); Yassin Reda (The Impact of the Digital World on Kids Aged 10-15); Will Cockwell (What Light Generates What Watts?); Qin Ling Shi (Composting Biodegradable and Compostable Materials); and Jacob Shaidle (Stirling Engines).


Donations Needed for the ACPA Garage Sale 


Looking to rehome some of your gently used treasures? Look no further – the ACPA Garage Sale is the perfect answer! Donations will be accepted on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Simply drop off your items in the main entrance area of the J.S. Gairdner Arena with our parent volunteers. At this time all donations will be accepted, but there is a need for tools, furniture and outdoor equipment. Please click here for a complete list. No non-perishable items please.


Gently used designer bags and wallets are needed for a special boutique section; they can be dropped off at Nicholas Arts front reception anytime during school hours. If you have any questions about handbags or wallets, please contact Baillie Howard, at


The ACPA Garage Sale will be held in the J.S. Gairdner Arena on Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Us For An Evening of the Arts!

Appleby's performing arts students will share their talents on a professional stage at An Evening of the Arts! Join us on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre (440 Locust St, Burlington). No tickets are required as the event is general admission. Please click the image to hear students reflections of the arts. If you have any questions, please contact Esteban Cambre, director, arts.

Get Your Tickets for the 80's Social!

Join the Appleby College Parents Association (ACPA) on Saturday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m. and travel back to the 1980's. Everyone within and outside of the Appleby community is welcome - invite your friends for an awesome night out! 80's inspired clothing is optional, but remember, door prizes will be handed out for best dressed female, male, couple and team.


Don't wig out - get your tickets now by clicking hereFor more information, please e-mail Kim Szigeti-Khan, ACPA social chair.


Order a Grad Ring!


To help celebrate your milestone achievement, the ACPA is proud to offer our line of graduation rings, designed in conjunction with Knar Jewellery of Oakville. Available in sterling silver, 10K and 14K rose, yellow or white gold. The deadline to order a ring for guaranteed delivery by graduation is Friday, May 4. Rings can also be ordered online or in person at the College Shop and customized for any graduating year. For more information, please contact Kym Larsen of Knar Jewellery at 289-795-4483 or Cheryl Smith, ACPA College Shop coordinator at 416-702-2315.

Employee Appreciation Lunch - Volunteers Needed


The 2018 ACPA Employee Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall. This has become an annual event eagerly anticipated by all Appleby employees, and is our way of showing sincere 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 Theresa Larson, ACPA grade parties and staff appreciation.

ACPA Garage Sale - Volunteers Needed


On Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the ACPA will be hosting a Garage Sale. It will be an amazing event, but we need your help! The following volunteer positions are available on April 28: salespeople, money collectors, greeters, clean-up crew and take-down crew. Any time you can spare would be greatly appreciated! Please e-mail Anne Marie Bianchi, ACPA volunteer coordinator, with your availability.

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 (ACPA) Executive Committee that will be held on Tuesday, May 8 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 Sarah McMillan, recording secretary.

Limited Edition Up-cycled Appleby College Pillows


Appleby parent Claire Geddes is taking orders for a new line of custom made, up-cycled Appleby pillows. Each unique pillow is made from recycled Appleby uniforms, gym and spirit wear. Some are ready for pick-up, or you can turn your student's old uniforms into a unique keepsake. For more information, and to order your custom pillow, click here. Completed order forms can be e-mailed to Baillie Howard, ACPA past president.


For graduating students - if you wish to have a pillow made and will provide your Appleby uniform after Closing Day, please make this clear on the order form. If you have any questions about the pillows, please contact Claire Geddes. A portion of the proceeds from each pillow sold will be donated to Appleby through the ACPA.

Lost and Found Clear-Out

Let's keep our Lost and Found cupboards empty this term and your items where they belong! If you have lost items, please e-mail as soon as possible, or visit the McCraney Barn during College Shop hours. 

Turnover Shop 

Athletic wind-suits are $10 off - and already less than half the cost of new! Open during regular College Shop hours, the Turnover Shop in the McCraney Barn has a wide range of gently used school wear for sale. 
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