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Planning for the New School Year

With the first day of school quickly approaching, new and returning Appleby College parents are encouraged to review important upcoming events and activities. 

School News

Construction Update

Installation of the Pedestrian Bridge

On June 8, installation of the pedestrian bridge linking the Memorial Classroom Building with the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life took place. Click here to see a video of the structure being put in place. 

This week, bleachers will continue to be installed in the double gym and millwork will be placed throughout the building, as construction continues on the single gym, campus room, squash courts, classrooms and fitness areas.

To view the latest time-lapse video, please click here.

First Day of Classes

A reminder that all students are required to be on campus on Monday, September 9 for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

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.

Bus Routes for 2019-2020

Proposed bus routes/schedules for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted on the Transportation site by Monday. August 19. To access the Transportation site please visit Parent Central and click on the 'My Student Info' button. You will require your Office 365 username and password to login.

New this year, we are pleased to introduce a GPS service for Appleby bus riders. Beginning on Monday, September 9, parents and students will be able to track buses using Trackem. The service is complimentary and includes up to three licenses per student and the possibility to track one or two buses. Additional details will be e-mailed to busing families prior to the start of school and will also be available on the Transportation site. 

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Howard, transportation and travel coordinator at bus@appleby.on.ca.

Uniform Reminder

Appleby's uniform supplier is InSchoolwear, located at 886 Sinclair Road, Oakville. For September 2019, all Appleby students are required to purchase their blazer and kilt from InSchoolwear. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m. Alternative hours are always available by appointment if you wish, please call the store at 905-338-3030. To prepare for the new year, please review the Standards of School Dress and Appearance.

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 2019-2020 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.

coming Events

Orientation for New Parent of Long Distance Boarders

A number of boarding orientation activities are planned for boarders. Please review the boarding orientation information for a list of dates and events, as well as the list of items to bring for new students entering boarding at Appleby (new locations on campus noted).

All host families and long distance parents with children entering boarding are invited to an orientation session on Wednesday, September 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event allows for new parents of long distance boarders to learn more about the residential life experience, guidance program and online resources.

Included in the day will be a school tour, lunch at the Principal's Residence, a visit to the College Shop for an opportunity to purchase gym uniforms and supplies, Residential Life information sessions and House tours, as well as InSchoolwear appointments. Current Appleby parents with boarding experience will be attending the lunch, as well as hosting a drop-in session for new parents from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

welcome back bbq

Save the date for Sunday, September 8. The Appleby College Parents' Association (ACPA) hosts the Welcome Back Barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Begin the new school year by meeting new Appleby families and reconnecting with old friends.

Appleby College Parents' Association

The first ACPA Executive Meeting of the 2019-2020 school year will take place on Tuesday, September 10 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. All are welcome.

New Parent orientation

There will be a New Parent Orientation Evening on Thursday, September 5. All parents are invited to attend. The evening will begin in the Schlesinger Dining Hall at 7:00 p.m., where attendees will have an opportunity to meet with their new parent "buddies", hear more about Appleby from the School Directors, and meet their child's advisor.

At this time all new parents will be provided with a New Parent Package full of information, dates and contacts. The evening will conclude at 9:00 p.m. in the Schlesinger Dining Hall with refreshments and an opportunity to ask questions of members of our Senior Leadership Team. Please note that this event is for parents and does not include students.

Grade Parties

Each September, Appleby sponsors grade-specific parties for parents and host families, hosted by ACPA volunteers. It's a great way to meet and socialize with other parents in your child's grade. The Principal, senior administrators and teachers will be in attendance. A formal e-invitation with more details will be sent to you in August.

• Middle One and Middle Two Grade Party: Thursday, September 12, 6:30 p.m.
• Upper One Grade Party: Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.
• Upper Two and Senior One Grade Party: Monday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.
• Senior Two Grade Party: Monday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.

Guardian information for new International boarders

Every international boarding student (a student whose primary residence is outside of Canada) must complete the Guardian registration annually as part of a Federal Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) requirement. Appleby College requires that each international boarding student has a Guardian while attending school to ensure the student has exceptional, reliable care and supervision. T The Guardian takes responsibility for the student during holidays, or any days the school is closed and the student does not return home or to a Host Family (please see the Host Family Program document). If assistance is needed in acquiring a Guardian, Appleby has retained International Student Guardianship Canada (ISGC) to assist international families in this capacity. Please see the Guardianship Program document and/or visit ISGC. If you have any questions about the Guardianship Program, please contact the Admissions Office.

Course Selection CHange requests for returning students

Requests for changes to selections will not be accepted throughout the summer break. Returning students may speak with a guidance counselor in person to request a change to their course timetable on Wednesday, August 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. If students are unable to meet on this date, they may submit requests online from Monday, August 26 to Wednesday, August 28 by completing this form. Requests during these dates will be subject to availability and timetable constraints. 

Summer Reading List for english courses

All Appleby students are expected to complete summer reading for their English courses before returning to school in September. Please click here to view the summer reading selections for each English course. These titles are currently available to order through the Canadian School Book Exchange (CSBE), so be sure to get them soon. If you have any questions, please contact faculty member Noelle Morris. Happy reading!

Parent/guardian Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in participating in the vibrancy of the Appleby community and meeting other parents/guardians? Consider applying for one or some of the many volunteer opportunities that arise throughout the school year! A description of each event that requires parent support is included in the Volunteer Opportunities section.

Add your name to the list to receive e-mails about upcoming opportunities by clicking on the "Apply Now" button. All volunteers are required to obtain security clearance with Vulnerable Sector Screening. For additional information contact Lisa Sebastian, ACPA volunteer coordinator.

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Dear Appleby Parents

My name is Madison Lamarche and throughout this year, I have had the amazing opportunity of representing my peers and community as the Senior School Prefect. Four short years ago, I began my Appleby experience as a new, shy, and nervous grade nine student. I came from a small local public school and was nervous about how I would be able to adjust without my elementary school friends. Little did I know, at the time, that the next four years would be the most exciting, welcoming, fun, and biggest years of learning and growth for myself. I quickly realized that Appleby was the best place for me – the opportunities which I have been able to take part in have left me with endless memories and huge amounts of growth. Appleby has taught me important life lessons such as being there for others, having the courage to try new experiences, as well as that there will always be someone there to catch me if I fall. Being a part of the graduating class of 2019 is a true honour because of the amazing individuals who I am surrounded by and who help make me feel welcomed, appreciated, and respected. My Appleby experience has been something which I wouldn’t trade for the world. The friendships, memories, and lessons which I have learned have helped me develop who I am today and who I want to become in the future.

At Appleby, we are so fortunate to have endless amounts of opportunities which push us outside of our comfort zones to give us the best memories and life-long lessons. I know, for myself, I’m so fortunate for the endless support which my own parents have provided me and how they have encouraged me, in a positive way, to go out and try everything. From new co-curriculars, clubs, classes, service opportunities around the community, and international trips, I’m so thankful that my parents encouraged me to try it all. Some of my favorite moments from Appleby have been on experiential trips abroad to places such as Thailand, Cambodia, and South Africa. If my parents hadn’t encouraged me to pursue these exciting learning adventures, I would not have gotten to learn and experience my newly found love of travel and learning about other cultures. If I had to give one piece of advice for Appleby parents, it would be this: encourage each of your children to embrace and try as many of the exciting learning opportunities, as possible, which Appleby has to offer. If my parents hadn’t given me that little nudge of encouragement to try new things such as that first trip to Thailand back in grade nine, my experiences, connections, and admiration for the rest of the world would be much different and not nearly as strong. From the beginning, my parents knew that for me to get the most out of my Appleby experience, I needed to put myself out there and try everything. Their constant support, throughout the past 4 years, has helped me recognize the importance of growth and has pushed me to be the best version of myself. Whether asking how my day has been, to checking in with what I’m learning; their active role and engagement concerning my studies has helped me know that I am supported and that they recognize how hard I am trying. Whether they have offered to stay up late with me as I finish an essay or brought myself and my roommates some good snacks in boarding, I have always known how much they care about my overall wellbeing. I’m fortunate and grateful for their ongoing support, love, caring ways, and encouragement.

Appleby has become my home and a place which has helped me recognize my strengths and improve my weaknesses. The key to success here is taking advantage of the incredible opportunities and experiences which Appleby provides and making the most of them. Whether that be chatting with a student from a different international or cultural background or singing along by the Temagami camp fire. This is a place where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to embrace their diversity and individualism. I owe so much to this incredible place which has made my high school experience an unforgettable one. As I am dreading the end of my final two weeks of high school, I know that I will always be a part of the Appleby community and family - I am prepared to embark on this new chapter of my life because I have been given the incredible support and tools to do so here at Appleby.

Homecoming 2019!

Parents and current students are invited to join alumni, parents of alumni and past and current employees at Appleby's 2019 Homecoming Day on Saturday, September 28. Highlights include the pancake breakfast, athletic games, Blue Dog pep rally, KidZone activities, campus tours, and Tennis Fun! Please note that registration is required for all Homecoming events. For more information and to register, please visit www.appleby.on.ca/homecoming.

Kick off Homecoming weekend at the Appleby College Community Golf Classic on Friday, September 27 at Piper's Heath Golf Club. Register by visiting: www.appleby.on.ca/acgolfclassic.

Lost and found

The Lost and Found area is always busy! Please remember to check if an item has been lost on school property and put names in all personal items and clothing. When an item is turned in, an e-mail is sent to the student letting him/her know that the item has been found and where the Lost and Found is located.

As each term ends, a notice is included in Appleby This Week which provides a deadline for claiming lost and found items, after which unclaimed items are donated to local charities.

Turnover Shop

The Turnover Shop, located in the McCraney Barn (the Turnover Shop will be moving to the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life in September 2019), has a stock of gently used school uniforms and gym wear at bargain prices. It is open for the same hours as the College Shop.

Earning service hours this summer

The summer is a great time to relax or take a credit course, however another option is to get a head start on earning your service hours for the upcoming school year! Volunteer opportunities can be found in the newspaper, on community bulletin boards, by talking to organizations in your area, or on the Volunteer Opportunities page of the Service Learning site. Remember to provide your advisor with a completed service form or official letter from your placement so they can award you the hours. If you are unsure if something will count towards your service hours, click here for guidelines.

College Shop Summer Hours

The College Shop, located in the McCraney Barn (the College Shop will be moving to the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life in September 2019), 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 26 to Friday, August 30: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3 to Friday, September 6: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 7: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 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.

Pre-season athletic Camps

Pre-season athletic camps will be held from Tuesday, September 3 to Thursday, September 5 for Junior and Varsity Girls' Basketball, Varsity Cross Country Running, Varsity Boys' Volleyball, Varsity Girls' Field Hockey and Varsity Boys' Soccer. Please note that the practices that are being held for Varsity Boys' Soccer and Varsity Field Hockey are limited to those students who are seriously considering playing at a senior level.

Appleby College Annual Walkathon 

The 2019 Appleby Annual Walkathon will take place on Thursday, October 17. If you would like to run, prepare by following the Physical Education Department's running tips to ensure you are ready for this event!

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