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2021-2022 Course Selections

And United Way Week!

With February coming to a close, our students and faculty are looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year! Through guidance classes, students are taking part in a series of lessons about next year’s required and elective courses for their grade band.  

School News

parent return to school zoom call recordings

If you were unable to attend last week's Return to School Zoom call, please click the link below to access a recording of the session. Grade Band specific sessions were open to all parents and guardians and to accommodate different time zones general information Zoom calls were scheduled for our international families. The password to access each recording is Appleby2021!

appleby college board of governors and foundation

Each year, the school looks to build a strong pool of candidates for the Appleby College Board of Governors and Foundation. Members of the Appleby community who have suggestions for candidates or who themselves may be interested in serving are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for consideration to the respective Governance and Nominating Committees. Please e-mail any candidate suggestions to

updated covid-19 screening & Self-isolation requirements

Last Thursday the Ontario Ministry of Health issued updated COVID-19 screening and self-isolation requirements for all schools in the province. Starting today, Monday, February 22, the COVID-19 screening protocol (REACH application) has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, to stay home until:

• They receive a negative COVID-19 test result; OR
• They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional; OR
• It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better.

These changes have been made in the REACH screening app.

The Ministry of Health will also be requiring that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom. In these situations the following isolation requirements now apply:

• All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual:
• Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR
• Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.

If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, the individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms, and all members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member.

appleby united way week!

Appleby's annual United Way Week events kick off today – and we can’t wait to share what’s in store! Various student councils have used their creativity to either modify their annual activity or come up with something brand new for the Appleby community. Events will take place from Monday, February 22 through Friday, February 26 in support of the United Way Halton & Hamilton. Please click here for a list of the planned activities. For more information about the United Way and the agencies they support, visit their website:

senior two outdoor leaders want you to be warm!

From Tuesday, February 23 to Friday, February 26 Appleby's Senior Two Outdoor Leaders will be selling firewood outside Nicholas Arts Centre front reception from 7:45 to 8:20 a.m. and 3:40 to 4:15 p.m. Using wood found on campus, students split and bagged the logs themselves (with proper supervision). Take some home for your indoor or outdoor fireplace. Each bag is $15.00 (cash only) and measures 21” x 32”. Funds raised will be donated to the United Way and Appleby's Financial Assistance Programme. Students will load bags directly into your vehicle!

updated residential life covid-19 policies

With Halton Region moving into the Red or Control zone of the province’s COVID-19 response framework (click here to view), we will be implementing the following changes to our Residential Life programme:

• We will no longer require local students to provide the Health Centre with a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before move in. Students arriving from outside of Canada will still be required to follow the quarantine and testing requirements announced earlier this month by the Government of Canada. To review these requirements please click on the following link

• Local boarders will be able to go home on weekends however, as several regions in the Toronto area are categorized as in the Grey or Lockdown zone of the province’s COVID-19 response framework and still under a Stay-at-Home order, students will be expected to adhere to these rules and restrictions.

• Weekend Residential Life programming will focus on campus-based activities for the next several weekends with the hope that some off campus activities may be possible during the March 5-8 long weekend.

• Boarders will be permitted to sign-out for an essential reason for a maximum period of 2 hours at any one time. Students are only to leave Halton if they are going home or to their guardians.

We also want to reiterate that while new case numbers continue to trend in the right direction now is the time when we all must remain vigilant. As we have done throughout this year, we will continue to review the guidelines we have outlined above and will make changes accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our boarding students and the members of our Residential Life team. Thank you for your patience and understanding. This has been a trying year for many but especially those in our boarding community.

messages from the health centre - middle school immunizations 

Appleby was recently informed that the Halton Region Health Department’s immunization catch-up clinics for Middle School students will be delayed due to the need to plan for COVID-19 vaccinations in Halton. Please click here to view Halton’s recent letter to parents of Middle School students. 

The Appleby Health Centre is currently working with the Halton Region Health Department to determine if the mandatory vaccines can be administered through the Health Centre. Once more information is available, Middle School families will be informed. In the meantime, families are encouraged to contact their primary health care provider to see if their child can be vaccinated with their doctor’s office. Please remember to update your child’s immunization record online when they receive any vaccine(s).

For more information on the Grade 7 based immunizations listed below, please click here:
• Hepatitis B (ENGERIX®-B)
• Human Papillomavirus (GARDASIL®9)
• Meningococcal ACYW-135 (Menactra® NIMENRIX)

If you have any questions, please contact the school Health Centre by emailing or calling 905-845-4681 ext. 229 and leaving a voicemail for a nurse to return your call.

reminder: updated 2020-2021 school year calendar

Please click here to view the updated 2020-2021 School Year Calendar which reflects the new holiday dates and days off for the remainder of the school year including the following holiday dates/days off:

  • March holiday days (no classes): Friday, March 5; Monday, March 8; and, Friday, March 19;
  • Monday, March 22 will be an online, asynchronous learning day for students while faculty participate in planned professional development;
  • The Spring/Easter long weekend will proceed as planned with no classes on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5;
  • Spring Break: no classes Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16 with in-person classes resuming on Monday, April 19;
  • There will be no classes on Friday, April 30 which will allow for an additional study day for those students writing AP exams the following week and a long weekend for all students;
  • There will be no classes on Wednesday, June 9 which will allow for a day off and additional study day for all students prior to the June exam period.

Please click here to view the communication sent to parents, guardians, students and employees on Friday, February 12.

remnder: important update regarding entry requirements for travel to canada

In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus variants, on Friday, February 12 the federal government elaborated on the entry requirements for Canadian and international travellers. Please click here to review the announcement from the Public Health Agency of Ontario. The following are the key highlights:

  • As of Monday, February 22, all travellers arriving to Canada by air will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. Air travellers will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a three night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travellers will be able to book their government-authorized stay starting Thursday, February 18 (these new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers).
  • All travellers will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.

Also, a reminder of the following changes that took effect earlier this year:

  • Flights by Canadian air carriers Air Canada, Westjet, Air Transat and Sunwing to Mexico and the Caribbean have been suspended until Friday, April 30, 2021. Airlines will co-ordinate return flights with travellers currently abroad.
  • The federal government will be restricting all international arrivals to airports in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal and will be introducing a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival at these airports. This test will be in addition to the pre-boarding requirement for a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Following the COVID-19 test upon arrival, all travellers will be required to quarantine for up to three days at a Canadian government designated hotel at a cost of $2,000 per traveller. Upon receipt of a negative test result, travellers will be able to complete their 14-day quarantine at their own location.

If travellers test positive for COVID-19 they will have to complete their 14-day quarantine in a designated government facility.

reminder: school closure procedures

In the event of a weather related school closure, parents, students and employees will be notified via e-mail by 6:30 a.m. EST. We will confirm whether in-person classes or busses are cancelled by that time. Information can also be obtained by calling the school's automated information update line at 905-845-4681 ext. 540. If in-person classes and bus transportation are cancelled classes will continue online. If there is no email, then regular classes will take place. Please click here to view the communication sent to parents on December 1, 2020 outlining the learning expectations on inclement weather days.

covid-19 Q&A sessions with dr. kalina '03

On February 2, Appleby College alumnus Dr. Dale Kalina ’03, medical director of infection prevention and control and infectious diseases specialist, Joseph Brant Hospital and adjunct assistant clinical professor, infectious diseases, McMaster University, spoke with parents in a special COVID-19 Q&A Session. Dr. Kalina has been providing ongoing guidance and advice on Appleby’s COVID-19 response planning since last spring. To view the presentation please click here. Password to access is: Appleby2021!

april break camp update

With the announcement regarding the postponement of March Break, we are thrilled to share the great news that Appleby College's March Break Camp now becomes April Break Camp! Running from Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16 inclusive, we can't wait to welcome campers for a week of laughter, learning, and friendship - for the very first time - in April! Please click here for more details and to join in the fun!


Appleby College Summer Programs is excited to welcome students and campers to campus for our 2021 season - applications are now open! Join us this summer for a fun-filled learning adventure. Please visit the Appleby Academy or Appleby Camps website to learn more about our programs and the new COVID-19 safety protocols.

Registration is open now for:

Appleby Academy (Grades 7 to 12):
• Summer Credit Courses
• *NEW* Summer Leadership Institute
• Summer On-Campus Enrichment Courses *NEW courses available*
• *NEW* Summer Remote Learning Enrichment Courses

Appleby Camps (Ages 4 to 14):
Summer Camp

a reminder from appleby's health centre

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises that individuals and families:

  • Only travel out of the province if it is essential
  • Self-isolate for 14 days when arriving in or returning to Ontario

For additional information, please visit the Government of Canada's Provincial and territorial restrictions website and the Ontario Stop the Spread website

donations for outdoor sporting gear

Do you have gently used rollerblades or ice skates that need a new home? With the help of the Appleby College Parents' Association, Appleby's Physical Education Department is looking to collect sporting gear including rollerblades and hockey skates for the new (weather permitting) outdoor rink located on Turf Field! Various sizes are welcome. Students and employees can drop-off their donations to Nicholas Arts Centre front reception. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Richardson, department head, physical education at

april break camp update

With the announcement regarding the postponement of March Break, we are thrilled to share the great news that Appleby College's March Break Camp now becomes April Break Camp! Running from Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16 inclusive, we can't wait to welcome campers for a week of laughter, learning, and friendship - for the very first time - in April! Please click here for more details and to join in the fun!

tax receipts

2020 Childcare Receipts and T2202 Tuition and Enrolment Certificates for eligible students will be available on Appleby’s education management system – BBK12 by Friday, February 26. To access BBK12 please click here. Once you have clicked on the link you will need to enter your Blackbaud username and password (this is the same username and password used for registration). If you have misplaced your login details please click on ‘Forgot login’ or ‘First time logging in?’ and follow the instructions outlined. After you have logged in, click on your child’s photo and name located in the top left corner of the screen. Should you have more than one child attending Appleby, please hold your cursor over 'Children' located in the top left corner of the screen. The names of your children attending the school will appear as a drop-down menu below. Please select the name of the student whose profile you wish to view and click on it. This will take you to your child’s profile page. Directly below your child’s photo and name you will see a menu of items starting with ‘Progress’. Stay on this page and under the ‘Files’ section click on ‘Tax receipts”. To see a sample view please click here.

global experiential april break virtual opportunities 

With the changes to the March and April holiday schedule, we will be working with the partner organizations to determine new dates. For full details on the programs below, and

Appleby Cambodia Virtual Cultural Trip (Monday, April 12 to Saturday, April 17), open to Upper One through Senior Two students. Program fee is a maximum of $750, based on a minimum of eight participants.

Known throughout the world for the incomparable ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia is a country that evokes images of overgrown jungle temples, elaborate stone carvings, robed monks, and religious splendor. However, there is far more to Cambodia than the iconic tourist sites. On this virtual journey students peel back the layers of an underexposed country to explore topics related to religious and political persecution, the pressures of modernization, and the impacts of development. Appleby’s Cambodia Virtual Program offers a small cohort of students expert facilitation and unique access to life in Cambodia. Where There Be Dragons Instructors provide mentorship and guidance as students build relationships and explore key themes. Through a combination of online facilitation, small group work, independent activities, and carefully curated engagement with communities abroad this program offers a rich and well-rounded learning opportunity that puts students' interests at the centre. To express interest in joining this experience, please e-mail Dawn Ronfeld, director, global experiences by end of day Monday, March 29.

International Women's Day Summit (Sunday, March 7 and Monday, March 8), open to Upper One through Senior Two students. Program fee is $150 per individual. Use code ENVOYS10 for 10% off.

Monday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, and the 2021 theme is #choosetochallenge. Envoys is proud to host a Student Summit, open to students of any gender, focused on challenges women and girls face in the 21st century, as part of the 2020-21 Summit Series (click here to view past Envoys summits).
This Summit brings together a diverse group of students to take part in designing, testing, and iterating solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems when it comes to gender equality. While learning about the various issues women and girls face globally, students will learn about themselves as leaders - and about how each of us can take action to advance gender equality worldwide. Over the course of two days, groups of students from around the world will gain inspiration from expert speakers and collaborate virtually on short, fun, and meaningful projects and collaborations. For more information and to register, click here

Open-enrollment Programs Through CIS Partner Organizations

  • With the changes to the March and April holiday schedule, we will be working with the partner organizations to determine new dates where possible. For full details on the programs and updates please visit the April Break 2021 site.

reminder - parent-teacher conferences to take place in april

Due to changes in the school calendar, the Parent-Teacher Conferences originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 18 will now take place on Tuesday, April 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. EST and Thursday, April 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST. More details to come. 

ap exams 2020-2021

Appleby offers 20 AP courses in a variety of disciplines which are taught by trained and experienced AP teachers. In addition, Appleby hosts AP exams in subjects not offered as AP courses to interested students. The complete list of AP exams can be found at AP Students.

All students interested in writing AP exams must log into their College Board account and add Join Codes for their respective AP exams. Students enrolled in an AP course will receive a Join Code from their AP teacher. Students who are not enrolled in an AP course must contact Carlos Heleno, coordinator, external academic programs, to receive Join Codes for the exams they are interested in writing.

Registration Deadlines (Semester 2)

  • Students in AP courses in Semester 2 have a Final Deadline of Friday, March 12 to register for the AP exams.

Registration Deadlines (Self-Study Students)

  • Students choosing to self-study for AP exams and who have not yet registered for the AP exams may do so before the Final Deadline of Friday, March 12 (a late fee of $65 CDN per exam will apply). In recent years, Upper Two students have expressed interest in writing AP exams in a wide variety of subjects. For those Upper Two students interested in writing an AP exam in a math or science subject (that is, Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Biology, or Chemistry), we ask that they meet with their Guidance Counsellor to discuss their reasons.

AP Exam Fees

Each AP exam is $160 CDN. The late penalty charge is $65 CDN. Students cancelling an AP exam after Wednesday, March 31 will be refunded a partial amount; the school will retain an administration fee of $30 CDN.

AP Classroom and AP Daily Videos

The College Board is offering many resources to AP Students including question banks, personal progress checks, and daily videos, all which can complement and reinforce what students are learning in class or help students as they self-study for AP exams. Enrolling sooner and planning ahead will make for a more successful AP exam experience.

coming events

via character strengths session

As humans, we tend to remember and be more affected by negative events (Nieimic, 2019). But what if you could leverage what we all have within us to get us through the challenging times? On Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. EST, Appleby's Positive Education team will host a session on Leveraging Your Character Strengths to provide an overview of the VIA Character Strengths, how to engage your VIA strengths and how we are aiming to cultivate these in our students at Appleby. We encourage you to identify and explore your unique character strengths by clicking here. To register for the session, please click here.

global leadership diploma information session

Global Education continues to be a key priority at Appleby College despite the challenges of COVID-19. The Appleby College Diploma with Distinction in Global Leadership allows interested students the opportunity to engage deeply in a range of global and experiential education opportunities, and ultimately to develop an action-oriented mindset. It also allows students to integrate their classroom curricula with out-of-class experiences and intercultural learning. The diploma culminates in a student developed global action plan. Students interested in pursuing this diploma, or those students who have already started this process and are still able to do so, albeit with some alterations in the current environment, are encouraged to attend an overview of the Global Leadership Diploma and the associated interim requirements via Zoom on Tuesday, February 23 from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. EST. Please click here to register. Zoom details will be shared with registered participants. Students and parents will have an opportunity to hear more about the Global Leadership Diploma, the interim requirements and to ask questions. Parents, to see the Global Education Requirements page and an overview of Appleby's Global Education program, click here.

bbk12 and canvas training session for parents

On Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. EST, parents are invited to join Doug Reid, chief technology officer and Michael O’Connell, application analyst as they provide a general overview of BBK12 and Canvas. If you are interested in attending, please click here to register. Zoom/call-in details will be shared in the confirmation e-mail. Please note: Appleby parents do not currently have logins to Canvas. The session will be an overview of how the system is used by faculty and our students. If you have any questions, please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, coordinator of events and parent relations at

virtual bingo!

Feeling housebound? Would you like to meet other Appleby parents and have some fun? Join the ACPA for virtual bingo on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. EST. The game will be very casual and low-key and there are prizes to be won! Please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, coordinator, events and parent relations at to register. Your bingo cards along with the Zoom details will be sent to participants in advance.

save the date - the challenges of leadership today

The Rotary Club of Oakville will present their fifth annual speaker series, The Challenges of Leadership Today on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. EST. The Keynote Address will be given by Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (the first woman in Canada to hold this position) and the longest-serving Chief Justice in Canadian history. There is no fee to register for this virtual event, but funds raised from sponsorship and donations will support Indigenous Education through Indspire, and will help the RCO Charitable Fund in local and international projects that relate to leadership, women and Indigenous Education. A recording of this event will be shared with Appleby’s Senior Two students in April. 

For more information please contact or click here to visit the website. 

appleby virtual book club - new date

Join faculty members Janay Eccles, Andy Jelinek, Claire Kelly, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Janet Kurusanather, Noelle Morris and Kristina Udegbunam for a virtual book club! The next novel for review is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on Monday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, coordinator, events and parent relations if you are interested in attending. The book club will meet online via Zoom and call details will be shared with registered participants.


celebrate spring

Spring is around the corner and if you are looking for a way to commemorate the new season, why not create your own beautiful indoor spring bulb garden? The ACPA has partnered with True Flowers to put together another fun DIY experience. Participants will receive a full kit that includes an instructional guide from one of our very own Appleby parents, an assortment of spring bulbs, moss, willow twigs and a vase. The cost of the kit is $59. Pick-up and delivery options available for Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1.

To register, please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, coordinator, events and parent relations, by Tuesday, March 23 if you are interested in participating. A link along with payment details will be sent to registrants.

the college shop is on instagram!

The College Shop is now on Instagram! Follow @appleby_college_shop and be the first to see the latest Blue Dog merchandise. The College Shop is open over lunch Monday to Friday from 11:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The online College Shop is open 24 hours a day, and orders are available for pick-up or can be shipped to your door.

lost and found

The Lost and Found is open regular College Shop hours, Monday to Friday, 11:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please e-mail to ask about items you may have left behind. Please consider labelling all your items as this increases the likelihood of lost items being reunited with their rightful owners.

volunteer with the acpa!

The ACPA is always looking for volunteers to join the team. If you can spare an hour or two, there are many different ways to volunteer with the school. Please click here to view a list of opportunities or contact Kathy Vucic, ACPA volunteer coordinator for more details.. 

graduation rings 

Celebrate your special 2021 graduate with a beautifully crafted Appleby graduation ring, a time honored tradition that will help celebrate their achievements this year! The rings are expertly designed in conjunction with Knar Jewellery of Oakville and are available in sterling silver or 10K rose, yellow or white gold. The rings are available to try, size and order in the College Shop or online, and they can be customized for any graduating year. For more information, stop by the College Shop, or contact Kym Larsen of Knar Jewellery at 289-795-4483 or ACPA representative Bridget van Akkooi.

turnover shop

The Turnover Shop is located in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre and sells a range of gently used, clean, Appleby approved school items. A wide selection of blazers ($75), kilts ($60), dress shirts ($10), sweaters ($10), and approved gym and spirit wear are available. The Turnover Shop is open during regular College Shop hours, Monday to Friday from 11:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


chapel news

On Wednesday, February 24, Senior Two student Mackenzie Blake will present her chapel speech. A link will be shared here on Monday, March 1.

Thank you to Senior Two student Emily Trus for her chapel speech on February 17. Please click here to view the video. 

appleby College lunar new year celebration

On February 12, the parent community at Appleby hosted a virtual Lunar New Year celebration. The online event included music, art and cooking by students, parents and alumni. There was also fun activities including solving riddles with prizes for the winners. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to organize this special event! If you were not able to attend, click here to view a recording of Appleby's virtual Lunar New Year celebration. 

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