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Summer and Preparing for the New School Year

While students and faculty are in the early stages of enjoying their summer vacation, the campus continues to be a very active place! Summer is a busy time for the school with more than 5,600 campers and summer program participants involved in a variety of activities. 

School News

2022-2023 Appleby college calendar

Please click here to view the 2022-2023 Appleby College school year calendar. 

notices from school directors

Please read the School Directors' notices from Kathleen Kirkpatrick, director of Middle School; Christopher Patterson, director of Upper School; and Michael Moores, director of Senior School. 

june 2022 report cards

A reminder that the final report cards for the 2021-2022 school year are available for review on Appleby's education management system - BBK12. Please click here to view the communication that was sent on Thursday, June 23.

new and returning middle school student orientation (Grades 7 & 8)

All new and returning Middle School students are required to attend Student Orientation at the start of September as per the schedule outlined below. Students should come dressed in casual, comfortable athletic attire prepared for the weather and to participate in active and fun indoor/outdoor activities. As well, they should bring a water bottle that they can refill throughout each day. If you have any questions over the summer leading up to this exciting week, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions team at admissions@appleby.on.ca. Additional timing details are included below.

  • Wednesday, September 7 - 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: all new and returning Middle One (Grade 7) and Middle Two (Grade 8) students on campus for orientation activities.
  • Wednesday, September 7 - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.: all new and returning Middle One and Middle Two students at home for online Zoom meetings.
  • Thursday, September 8 - 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: all new and returning Middle Two students on campus for orientation activities.

new and returning upper school student orientation (Grades 9 & 10)

All new and returning Upper School students will participate in the orientation program as per the schedule outlined below. Students are to come dressed in casual, comfortable attire prepared to participate in active and fun indoor/outdoor sessions.

  • Wednesday, September 7: 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - all Upper One (Grade 9) and Upper Two (Grade 10) students on campus for orientation activities.
  • Thursday, September 8: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. - all Upper One and Upper Two students on campus for orientation activities.

new and returning senior school studentorientation (Grades 11 & 12)

All new and returning Senior School students are required to attend the orientation days as outlined in the schedule below. Students are to come dressed in casual, comfortable attire prepared to participate in active and fun indoor/outdoor sessions. All Senior One (Grade 11) students will participate in leadership training facilitated by Ontario Education Leadership Centre (OELC). All Senior Two (Grade 12) students will participate in informative sessions and activities run by faculty. Please note key dates and times below:

  • Senior One students (Grade 11): Wednesday, September 7 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. OELC training, Thursday, September 8 - 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. OELC training
  • Senior Two students (Grade 12): Wednesday, September 7 - 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. move-in, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. grade specific programming, Thursday, September 8 - 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. grade specific programming

new parent orientation - thursday, september 8

On Thursday, September 8, all new parents are invited to attend the New Parent Orientation Evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come meet the Appleby school administration, faculty, and your child’s Home Form advisor. Parents will receive an overview of the Middle School, Upper School or Senior School program and have the opportunity to meet other Appleby parents. Additional details will be provided on Monday, August 8. Please note that this event is for parents and does not include students.

reminder: bus routes for 2022-2023

In preparation for the 2022-2023 academic year, we are in the process of reviewing our bussing program (to view the communication sent on May 31 please click here). To assist us in our planning, we are asking those families who have:

  • Indicated a need for bussing to re-confirm their intent to sign up by clicking here and completing a brief form by Monday, July 4, 2022.
  • Not yet decided to confirm their decision by clicking here and completing a brief form by Monday, July 4, 2022.

Thank you to those families who have completed the form to date. As planning takes place over the summer, we will be sure to share additional information on the 2022-2023 bussing program once available. Should you have any questions, please e-mail Leslie Howard, coordinator, administration at lhoward@appleby.on.ca.

online bookstore

The Appleby Online Bookstore is ready to take your orders. A partnership with the Canadian School Book Exchange (CSBE) makes it possible for parents and students to have schoolbooks delivered directly to your door. To order books online, click on the Online Bookstore link. Choose Place Student Order, then 2022-2023 Academic Year Bookstore. Log-in using your existing account information, or set-up an account. Once logged in, register your Appleby students and/or select the student(s) for whom you wish to order. Next you will be given an option to substitute used books if available. The next screen will allow you to choose the grade level and the books you would like to purchase. Once the selections are made, a total cost is calculated. If additional books are required throughout the year, the CSBE will notify students and parents by e-mail. Alternatively, books can be ordered by phone at 905-828-7200 or directly at the CSBE store, located at 3300 Ridgeway Drive, Unit 5, in Mississauga. For further information, contact the CSBE at 905-828-7200.

used book dontations for centennial scholars

Appleby's Centennial Scholars Programme is looking for textbook donations for use by our students next year. Texts that are required for common courses (unused or gently used Science or French workbooks, Math and Science textbooks, etc.) are needed. Heavily annotated English texts or largely filled-in workbooks cannot be reused. If in doubt about whether a text would be useful or not, please e-mail Clayton Dion, coordinator, Centennial Scholars Programme. Please drop-off any book donations to Appleby's security gate house marked to the attention of Clayton Dion. Thank you for your support!

uniform reminder for new students

Appleby's uniform supplier is InSchoolwear, located at 886 Sinclair Road, Oakville. For September 2022, all Appleby students are required to purchase their blazer and kilt from InSchoolwear. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:0 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please call the store at 905-338-3030 for more information. To prepare for the new year, please review the Standards of School Dress and Appearance. Please click here for details on how to make an in-store or virtual appointment. 

inschoolwear virtual appointments

In order to make uniform purchasing more accessible, InSchoolwear is offering virtual appointments for students. Please note that you must have an account set up with InSchoolwear before you will be able to book your appointment. To register, please visit https://inschoolwear.com/inschoolwear-register/. The online code for Step 2 in the registration process is the school code: appc. Once you have booked a virtual appointment a ZOOM link will be sent to your e-mail address. Please note that there is only one booking slot per account. To make a different appointment, you must first cancel your current appointment. If you have any questions, please click here to contact InSchoolwear directly. 

physical education uniform policy

All Appleby students participating in physical education are expected to wear Appleby College crested athletic wear to all active-based physical education classes from Middle One to Senior Two. The physical education department has partnered with the Appleby College Parents' Association (ACPA) to provide students with a wide-range of athletic clothing options. Please visit the online College Shop for all Appleby blue and white athletic attire. Contact Luke van der Hulst, department head, health and physical education with any questions. Online orders can be picked up from Appleby's security gate house (you will receive an e-mail once it is ready), or select the shipping option to have an order delivered to your home. Online orders will be processed within 3-5 business days.

outdoor education information and key dates

From Wednesday, September 14 to Friday, September 16, 2022 all Middle One students will be attending a camping excursion to Camp Kandalore in Algonquin Highlands, Ontario.
 
Upper One students will be visiting the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus with the class divided into three groups: Trip 1 – Tuesday, September 13 to Sunday, September 18, Trip 2 – Monday, September 19 to Saturday, September 24, Trip 3 - Monday, September 26 to Saturday, October 1. Students will travel with their advisor groups and the schedule will be available in September. 
 
All new Senior One and Senior Two students and all Upper One students that did not attend an Outdoor Education Trip last year will visit the S. Bruce McLaughlin Northern Campus from Saturday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 5. The Senior One Outdoor Leader Trip will run from Wednesday, October 12 to Sunday, October 16
 
Trip lists including an overview of the personal equipment students will need to bring with them on their respective trip will be provided on BBK12 in the Outdoor Education section in the Fall. 

experiential information and key dates

As part of Appleby's Middle School Experiential Program, from Wednesday, September 14 to Friday, September 16, all Middle Two students will participate in a trip to Ottawa, Ontario. Click here to view the letter to parents. The trip will be chaperoned by an experienced Education First (EF) Educational Tours tour director and all Middle Two Home Form advisors. If you have any questions, please contact Alison Yelland, director, Middle School experiential programs.

new family information booklet

Appleby's New Family Information Booklet contains a wealth of information regarding the Appleby experience - from important school year dates, to volunteer opportunities, and standards of dress for your students. Please click here to access it. A copy of the booklet is also available on Appleby's education management system - BBK12

laptop rollout for new students

New students can look forward to receiving a Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (MSL3) late August. Details regarding laptop pick-up will be e-mailed mid-July. New boarding students will receive their MSL3 upon their arrival to campus, as part of the new boarder orientation program. Should you have any questions regarding the MSL3 laptop, please contact Elaine Duggan, director, IT services at eduggan@appleby.on.ca.

summer tennis court use

Tennis courts 4 and 5 are available for Appleby community use. The schedule until Friday, September 2, 2022 is as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Please note, courts will not be available Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 due to a school event. In the case of adverse weather, the event will be moved to the following weekend. Click here to see the available courts as well as parking.

boarders

long distance boarder parent orientation & luncheon

On Tuesday, September 6 parents of Long Distance Boarders attending orientation are invited to attend a parent lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Principal’s Residence and a parent panel session from 12:25 to 1:15 p.m. From 1:25 to 2:25 p.m. Senior School parents are invited to hear from Guidance and Outdoor Education, and Upper School parents will be welcomed in the College Shop with students. From 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Upper School parents will hear from Guidance and Outdoor Education, and Senior School parents will visit the College Shop with students. The day's activities will end at 4:00 p.m.

wednesday, september 7 - niagara falls day trip

We are planning a fun-filled day in Niagara Falls on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 for long-distance parents to connect with each other, as well as members of Appleby's Parent Relations team! If you are interested in exploring Niagara Falls, please click here to complete a survey. The day will consist of a Voyage to the Falls Cruise (optional for guests), lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake and shopping/free time to explore nearby areas. Transportation will be provided (the bus is departing from Appleby College) and lunch/the Voyage to the Falls is included. If you have any questions, please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events.  

guardian information for new international boarders

New students can look forward to receiving a Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (MSL3) late August. Details regarding laptop pick-up will be e-mailed mid-July. New boarding students will receive their MSL3 upon their arrival to campus, as part of the new boarder orientation program. Should you have any questions regarding the MSL3 laptop, please contact Elaine Duggan, director, IT services at eduggan@appleby.on.ca.

travel assistance from corporate traveller

To assist families in booking in-bound travel arrangements we have enlisted the assistance of our corporate travel partner Corporate Traveller, one of Canada’s most respected travel management companies. Corporate Traveller provides Appleby with a full service travel solution that includes travel consultation, travel booking and pre and post travel emergency care at any time of the day, from anywhere in the world. Families are encouraged to contact Natalie Wieder at natalie.wieder@corporatetraveller.ca or toll-free at 1-877-573-7958. Please note that there will be a one-time service fee of $35 + HST to the cost of the booking. For additional information on travel please visit Corporate Traveller’s Travel Resource Hub at www.corporatetraveller.ca/traveller-resource-hub. For information on Corporate Traveller’s Emergency Care Services please visit https://www.corporatetraveller.ca/24-7-emergency-assistance.


coming events

save the date - welcome back barbecue!

The Appleby College Parents' Association (ACPA) will host the Welcome Back Barbecue on Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Begin the new school year by meeting new Appleby families and reconnecting with old friends. Additional details to come. We look forward to seeing you and your family!

fall homecoming

Appleby parents and current families are invited to attend Homecoming Day on Saturday, October 1, 2022 which will include events and activities for the whole family including a pancake breakfast, student athletic games, exciting Kidzone rides and activities, outdoor games, open mic, a BBQ lunch, and so much more! In addition to family activities, Homecoming is a special time for alumni who will be back on campus to celebrate reunions and reconnect. We hope to see you there too! To register, please click here

save the date - global education information session

The Global Education department will be holding a general information session on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This session will cover all areas within the Global Education program at Appleby. We will begin in Willis Hall with an overview of the Global Education program and its objectives. Afterwards, the session will move to various breakout rooms which will each focus on an individual area of the department. The breakout session topics include: The Global Leadership Diploma program and course; Global Experiential Programs in December, March, and May; Round Square Exchanges and Conferences; The Duke of Edinburgh Award and Middle School Experiential Education. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Global Education department and its individual areas, as well as a chance to ask questions. 

appleby college parents' association

The Appleby College Parents' Association (ACPA) was established in 1928. All Appleby parents are members of the association, which provides an opportunity to volunteer and help fundraise for the school. The ACPA is an integral part of the Appleby community and hosts a number of events over the year. The first ACPA Executive Meeting of the 2022-2023 school year will take place on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Additional details will be shared in the coming weeks. All are welcome.

get a jump start on volunteering next year!

Our parent community is fortunate to have so many opportunities to be included in school life. Volunteers are vital to the Appleby experience - from manning the College Shop to making food for the employee recognition event, to serving as academic debate judges - there is literally a role for everyone. We’d like to invite you to get on board to volunteer for next year! It’s easy, click here to review the types of volunteer opportunities and time commitments required. Decide what you might like to do and simply fill out a volunteer application. Once that is complete, please follow this link to apply for a (CRC) Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector and click here for the school’s (DCR) Declaration of Criminal Record form. Keep in mind the CRC is good for three years and the DCR must be done annually. Should you have any questions about volunteering at Appleby, please e-mail Jane Sahota, ACPA volunteer coordinator at janehsahota@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

the college shop - summer hours

The College Shop, located in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life, sells all approved gym wear, team windsuits, school ties, stationery supplies and Appleby logo gift items. During the back-to-school period, it will be open the following dates and times:

  • Monday, August 29 to Friday, September 2: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 6 to Friday, September 9: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Shop early to avoid the back to school rush! If you are unable to come to the College Shop for your back-to-school shopping, please visit us online. All required athletic clothing and school supplies are available and the Online College Shop offers shipping for your convenience. To book an appointment in July or August please e-mail Lori Latter, Manager, College Shop at llatter@appleby.on.ca.

appleby parent "buddies"

All parents who are new to Appleby are assigned an Appleby parent "buddy" (who is a current Appleby parent) after they have completed the registration process. An excellent source of information, buddies keep in touch regarding important school dates and are there to help parents feel welcomed into the community. Parents new to the school should be contacted by their new parent buddies in July. If you have any questions please contact Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events.

messages from appleby's health centre

Health Forms for 2022-2023:

The Health Centre would like to remind parents and guardians that the health forms in Magnus Health were due Friday, July 1, 2022. If they are not yet completed, parents are asked to submit and update their child’s health information for the 2022-2023 school year in the Magnus Health portal today. The health forms will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.

To access the Magnus Health portal via Appleby's education management system please click here. Once logged-in, you will be taken to the Resources landing page which will show a series of posts. Please click on the ‘Magnus Health’ button to open the Magnus Health portal. For additional information on how to complete your student’s health record please click here.

School-based Immunization Clinics: 

Halton Region Public Health will be holding community immunization clinics to help students in Middle Two through Senior Two (grades 7-12) catch-up on missed doses of important school-based vaccines. Three vaccines are routinely offered to Middle One (grade 7) students in schools as part of Halton’s regular immunization programming:

  • Meningococcal ACYW-135 (Nimenrix®/Menactra®) (required for school)
  • Hepatitis B (ENGERIX®-B/Recombivax®HB) (recommended)
  • Human Papillomavirus (GARDASIL®9) (recommended)

This program was paused from March 2020 to April 2022 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The result is that many students in grades 7-12 are missing doses of these important vaccines. Please click here to review important information regarding upcoming Halton Region school-based immunization clinics.

Immunization Records for New Appleby Students:
Parents are reminded to submit a complete copy of their child's Immunization Record directly to the Halton Public Health Department. Please ensure that the record includes all immunizations that your child has received since birth. Please click Halton Health Immunization Records to learn about the different ways you can submit your child's immunization record. If you require any assistance with this process, please contact Appleby's Health Centre at 905-845-4681 ext. 229, or by email at nurses@appleby.on.ca

Mandatory School Vaccines for Appleby Students and How to Avoid Possible School Suspension:
A reminder that every time your child gets an immunization from their healthcare provider, you need to update the Halton Public Health Department. The Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires all parents of children attending schools in Ontario to report their immunization records directly to their Public Health Department. This is required to ensure that all students are up-to-date with their mandatory immunizations. Students that do not submit an immunization record, or submit incomplete immunization records are at risk for school suspension as issued by the Ministry of Health. Please note that Appleby's Health Centre does not provide immunizations or track your child's immunizations. To have your child receive a vaccination, please contact your family doctor or the Halton Region Health Department.

If your child is not up-to-date on immunizations due to medical or religious/conscience reasons you must submit an exemption form to the Public Health Department. More details can be found at www.halton.ca/immunize.

Contacting the Halton Region Health Department:

  • Visit www.halton.ca/immunize
  • Dial 311 (if in Halton) or 905-825-6000
  • Drop off the up-to-date immunization record to the Halton Regional Centre drop off mailbox, 1151 Bronte Road in Oakville.

Medication at School:
Medication should be given at home whenever possible. However, if medication must be administered during school hours (prescription or over-the-counter), medication must be brought to the Health Centre in the original container with proper labeling and a Medication Dispensing Form must be completed.

 

Boarding students are not allowed to have any over-the-counter medications in their boarding rooms. Should students require to take medication while in boarding it will first need to be reviewed by the school nurse. Once approved, a week's worth of medication may be kept in boarding (some medication may need to be dispensed daily). The remainder of the medication must be stored in the Health Centre and kept in its original packaging (written in English). For further information on our medication at school policy, please contact the school nurse at nurses@appleby.on.ca or 905-845-4681 ext. 229.

health insurance

A reminder that Ontario Health card expiry dates are only extended until September 2022. If your child’s health card is currently expired, please ensure that it is renewed before Thursday, September 1, 2022. Students without proof of provincial health coverage in Canada will be automatically enrolled in the school’s preferred insurance provider. 
 
For the 2022-2023 school year, we will be moving to the insurance provider MSH/StudyInsured under their Comprehensive+ plan. The new policy will provide benefit enhancements for mental health coverage, prescription/drug supply, acne consultation, professional services, and a larger maximum insured amount. It is important to note that this policy is still an Emergency Medical Insurance Policy and does not provide coverage for routine or ongoing care. Parents who originally signed up for Destination Travel insurance received an update on Thursday, June 30 regarding this change in provider. Please click here to view the communication. 


spotlight

german language course scholarships

Congratulations to Upper Two student Hanbang Jiang and Senior One student Sterling Wu for receiving scholarships from the Goethe-Institut, a German cultural association, to attend summer language programs in July 2022. Hanbang will be attending Summercamp 2022, an Art and Innovation youth camp in Silicon Valley, California where in addition to project-oriented workshops in German with a focus on art, design, and technology, he will also attend German courses and enjoy trips and excursions. Sterling will be travelling to Frankfurt, Germany to participate in a youth German language summer course. He will attend language classes as well as take part in the extensive culture program offered to participating students from PASCH-schools from all over the world.      


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