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Remote Learning Plan

Welcome to Appleby College's Remote Learning Plan!

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reminder - how to successfully transition to remote learning

The goal of Appleby's remote learning plan is to provide students with access to quality learning experiences, to support them in engaging with their immediate world using the resources and connections readily available to them, and to provide engaging lessons that require critical thinking and personal reflection. Appleby students, teachers, parents and leadership all have roles to play to ensure the best learning experience while we are not physically on campus. Here are some tips to help your children successfully transition to remote learning:

  • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences (using the timetable provided).
  • Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully. 
  • Regularly monitor OneNote, MS Teams, email and Canvas (if applicable) to check for announcements from school administration, the school director or teachers.
  • Ensure your weekly reflection for each course is posted in your class OneNote page by 8:30 p.m. EST (Oakville), Sunday evenings. These reflections will share the progress you made that week and outlines any concerns you have.
  • Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work.
  • Do your best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates.
  • Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.
  • Collaborate and support your Appleby peers in their learning by communicating positively and appropriately online.
  • Comply with Appleby's Code of Conduct and Technology Acceptable Use Policy, including expectations for online etiquette and behaviour.
  • Proactively seek out and communicate with other adults, including parents, teachers, advisors and guidance counsellors as needs arise.

Click here to view the Remote Learning Plan schedule.

tips for working from home

  • Keep a dedicated office space - Surround your working area with things you enjoy (music, plants, pictures, etc.)
  • Create a new daily routine similar to your regular working day schedule (i.e. wake up at the same time, shower and dress for the day, eat breakfast, etc.)
    • Make sure to wake up more than 15 minutes before your workday starts. You need time to prepare for the day, both mentally and physically
  • Create a daily check list of what you want to accomplish each day
  • Maintain consistent working hours
    • It’s easy to “overwork” while working from home so clearly define what hours you will be working and stick to it
  • Take scheduled breaks - Enjoy a walk, cook lunch, listen to music, and exercise
  • Make sure to stay hydrated and eat balanced meals
  • Set ground rules with family and/or others in your home (i.e. parent share plan for those with younger children)
    • Communicate to people in your household that you're working (i.e. if you have a video call with your coworkers and need everyone to be quiet)
  • Be sure to socialize after work with a video call to a friend or family member
  • Stress less about screen time: Under normal conditions, many parents limit screen time for their children. Just explain to your children, though, that it is a temporary adjustment. 
    • However, try limiting exposure to the news and social media - Staying informed is important but hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can cause increased stress and anxiety. Choose a small window of time to catch up on the news and follow reputable sources such as Public Health Agency of Canada, Halton Public Health etc.


health centre nurses available for consultation

Appleby's Health Centre registered nurses are available to speak with Appleby students, parents and employees looking for medical advice concerning illness or injury that may need medical care, teen health and issues, or COVID-19. This is a free, confidential service. Call 905-845-4681 ext. 229, and leave a message or e-mail nurses@appleby.on.ca and a nurse will get back to you between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

When speaking with a nurse you will be asked a series of questions so your health concern can be assessed and advice provided. Appleby nurses will not diagnose your illness or prescribe/dispense medicine. Instead, they will direct you to the most appropriate level of care or may put you in contact with a health professional who can advise you on next steps. The nurse will help you decide whether to:

• Handle a problem yourself
• Visit your doctor or nurse practitioner
• Go to a clinic
• Contact a community service
• Go to a hospital emergency room

Please click here for additional information. 

Parent zoom calls take place this week

Remote learning at Appleby is all about connecting with others and fostering the relationships we have with our students and colleagues. As we launch Appleby's remote learning programme this week, please join Innes van Nostrand, Principal and Katrina Samson, Head of School, for the following information sessions. Invitations were e-mailed to parents last week with call-in details.

Monday, March 30

Senior One - 2:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 31
Senior Two - 10:30 a.m. 
Upper Two - 2:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 1
Upper One - 9:30 a.m. 
Middle School - 2:00 p.m. 

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Smallbone, coordinator, events and parent relations.

important event, activity and trip update

As we expect social distancing measures to be in place for the foreseeable future, we are in the process of cancelling or re-scheduling on-campus events, activities as well as various experiential trips originally scheduled for the spring. Associated fees will be refunded. This includes the following:

Experiential trips: All students who were to participate in an upcoming trip can expect to receive a communication early next week from Appleby's Global Education department outlining next steps.

Connect-Ed: All activities scheduled for April.

Positive Education: Character Strengths and How to Leverage Them to Build Wellbeing session scheduled for April 21.

 ACPA Social: Scheduled for May 2, all ticket purchasers will receive an e-mail early next week outlining refund details. Thank you to everyone who planned on supporting this great community event and we look forward to rescheduling. 

Please check your e-mail for regular updates.

Faculty member supports iniative for 3d printed face mask component

Devin Bright, instructional design technologist, recently assisted Inksmith, a 3D printing company in Waterloo, with an initiative they are leading to get face shields to local hospitals with urgent need. The company rallied the support of about 200 3D printers through numerous volunteers and are arranging approval, contactless drop-offs, sterilization, quality control, final assembly and distribution. Click here for more information from Inksmith. Photos of the face shield components being created can viewed by clicking here

IT hours of operation

The IT Service Desk is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. Students, parents and employees can e-mail servicedesk@appleby.on.ca during operating hours for assistance.

2020-2021 tuition fees

We would like to thank those families who have already reached out and submitted their tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year. Your continued support of the school is very much appreciated. We also appreciate and understand that these are uncertain times for many in our community. It is our full expectation that we will be offering in-person classes and boarding next September. If, however, this is not possible, the School will refine the fee structure, the details of which have not been finalized. Due to the uncertainty and with the school's focus these past two weeks on the implementation of the Remote Learning Programme, we have decided to defer the processing of pre-authorized payments and submitted cheques and to move the issuance of the April tuition fee statements to the week of April 6, 2020. In the interim:

• Families who have signed up and provided the school with a postdated cheque for April 1 will be contacted later today via e-mail to confirm your approval to process.
• Families who have signed up for pre-authorized payments, your school fees will be processed on or after April 6, 2020. If you have any questions regarding this please contact Debi Bell, administrator, accounts at studentaccounts@appleby.on.ca prior to Friday, April 3, 2020
• Families who wish to change their payment schedule are asked to contact Debi Bell, administrator, accounts at studentaccounts@appleby.on.ca prior to Friday, April 3, 2020.
• Families who would like to apply for financial assistance for the 2020-2021 school year are encouraged to visit www.appleby.on.ca/admissions/financialassistancescholarships to learn more about the school's program or contact Young Nak Chu, director, finance at ychu@appleby.on.ca. To apply please visit www.applefinancialservices.ca.
• Families who have previously confirmed and accepted their financial assistance plans for the 2020-2021 school year, but whose financial circumstances have significantly changed are asked to contact Young Nak Chu, director, finance at ychu@appleby.on.ca.



Appleby's organist accepts challenge and plays fugue on organ

Senior Two student Owen Morgan recently challenged school organist Simon Walker to play his favourite Bach fugue on the organ. A fugue is a complicated piece of musical composition, which when woven together from four independent, linear parts creates perfect harmony. Click here to view Mr. Walker play Bach's "Little" Fugue in G minor.


Appleby Alumnae named to canada's women's hockey team

Appleby alumnae Brianne Jenner '09, Jill Saulnier '11 and Jaime Bourbonnais '16 were named to Canada's National Women's Hockey Team in early March! The 2020 IIHF Women's World Championship tournament was scheduled to begin March 31 in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia before it was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to our alumnae on an incredible accomplishment! Click here to learn more. We look forward to watching them play in the near future!

Community Weekends

Students are asked to stay in residence for on-campus activities during the following dates:
Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24: Spring Community Weekend


the college shop - new sale items!

We are preparing to receive new spring merchandise and have to clear out a number of items. Stop by the College Shop to browse through our sale rack to find your perfect Appleby swag!

The College Shop sells all approved gym wear, team windsuits, school ties, stationery supplies and Appleby logo gift items. If parents and visitors wish to visit the College Shop during regular hours (Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.), park in the main lot and walk to the door with direct entrance to the College Shop on the East side of the A.W.B. Alumni Centre, ring the doorbell and wait for assistance.

If you are unable to visit the College Shop, we have you covered! The online College Shop offers a quick and hassle-free shopping experience for all your child's Appleby clothing and school supply needs. We will also ship your order. Please click here to visit the online College Shop.

turnover shop 

Do you need to replace uniform items or pick-up something extra for your child? Stop by the Turnover Shop (located in the College Shop) for a wide range of gently used blazers, shirts, kilts and pants, as well as sports uniforms at bargain prices. Donations of gently used uniform items are very much appreciated and can be dropped off in the College Shop. All proceeds go to the Appleby College Parents' Association and benefit the Appleby community.

used book 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 can be dropped off in The College Shop. The Canadian School Book Exchange purchases the books to sell on their website, which incidentally, is a great resource for the avid readers in your life! For more information please contact Judy Ye and Lan Wang, ACPA book return and sale representatives.

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