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It's Good to be Back!

Over the past couple of weeks we've enjoyed a number of successful student and parent events, including Orientation Week for both new and returning students, a very well-attended Welcome Back Barbecue, the first all-school assembly, the annual Tie Ceremonies for our new Appleby students, and the always enjoyable Grade Parties.

School News

traffic congestion on lakeshore road

During the morning school drop-off, there can be a backup of traffic along Lakeshore Road, especially for individuals attempting to make a left-hand turn from the East onto campus. Many of us face the challenges of traffic congestion in the morning, so we kindly ask that for those individuals making a right-hand turn from the West, when possible, please stop to allow a car coming from the East to turn left to enter campus ahead of you to alleviate some of the backup and keep the traffic flowing. Thank you for your support! 

covid-19 daily screening for all students and employees

All Appleby students and employees are required to complete their mandatory daily COVID-19 screening via the REACH Student Life Management app. Students and employees are required to complete the daily screening survey prior to 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Boarders are also required to complete the screening on weekends. Students and employees will receive a daily reminder first thing in the morning over the coming weeks. 

Upon completing the daily screening survey, the app will alert individuals whether they are cleared to visit campus and will provide users a colour coded status card (green = clear, yellow = not clear or red = not clear). Students will also be asked to show their green status card to their first period teachers. Students who ride the bus will need to show their green status card to the bus driver on their phone, or provide a print out each day prior to boarding. In the event a student is unable to access the app they are asked to self-screen each day by printing and answering the following questions. A copy should be brought to campus. 

COVID-19 Daily Screening Questions

1. Do you have any of the following new or worsening symptoms? If you answer yes to any of these symptoms, you should stay home to isolate immediately and contact your health care provider or the school’s health centre for further advice.

•  Fever and/or chills (temperature of 37.8°C/100.0°F or greater)

•  Cough (more than usual if chronic cough) including croup (barking cough, making a whistling
   when breathing)

•  Shortness of breath (dyspnea, out of breath, unable to breathe deeply, wheeze, that is worse than
   if chronically short of breath)

•  Decrease or loss of smell or taste (new olfactory or taste disorder) 

•  Sore throat (painful swallowing or  difficulty swallowing)

•  Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

2. If you answer yes to this question, you should stay home to isolate immediately and follow the advice of public health. Have you, or anyone else in your household travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days AND been told to quarantine by Federal regulations?

3. If you answer yes to this question, you should stay home to isolate immediately and follow the advice of public health. Have you been identified as a close contact of someone who is confirmed as having COVID-19 by your local public health unit (or from the COVID Alert app if you have your own phone)?

4. If you answer yes to this question, you should stay home to isolate immediately and follow the advice of public health. Have you been directed (by phone or letter) by a health care provider including public health official to isolate?

5. Is anyone you live with currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms? If you are fully vaccinated and are not experiencing any symptoms you may answer NO. If you are unvaccinated you must answer YES.

If you have technical support issues, please contact at If you have survey response questions, please contact Diana Viselli, case preparedness coordinator at

rapid antigen screening tests 

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students as well as those students whose vaccine status is not updated in their Student Health Record, are reminded to submit twice-weekly rapid antigen screening test results as per the school's unvaccinated protocols. If you have any questions regarding this program please contact the Appleby Health Centre at or 905-845-4681 ext. 229.

bussing update

As communicated to bussing families on Friday, September 17, we will be making a slight adjustment in the departure time for the early bus effective today, Monday, September 20. The early bus will now depart Appleby at 4:00 p.m. instead of 4:10 p.m. Monday through Friday. After reviewing the timing of the routes, we are making this change in order to provide the early buses with additional time to complete their routes before returning to Appleby for the late bus departure at 5:35 p.m.
Minor schedule changes have also been made to the following routes: Route 3 South East Mississauga, Route 4 South East Oakville and Route 5 North Oakville. They are available on the Transportation site in BBK12. To access the Transportation site please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Howard, coordinator, transportation & travel at

upper two and senior one grade party

We look forward to welcoming parents and host families to this evening’s (Monday, September 20) Upper Two and Senior One Grade Party which begins at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by ACPA volunteers, the event is 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 to RSVP was distributed on Tuesday, August 31. This is a non-student event. Please click here to view the invite. 

reminder - appleby college standards of dress and appearance

A "first dress" Appleby uniform includes an Appleby school blazer, plain white or solid light blue dress shirt, Appleby tie, grey pants or Appleby kilt, and black, navy blue or dark grey socks with pants, or navy blue knee-high socks or plain navy blue opaque tights (no patterns, no sheer nylons) with a kilt. Up until the Thanksgiving long weekend, students will have the option to wear the first dress uniform, or the white Appleby crested polo shirt with or without the Appleby ¼ zip crested sweater as a warmer weather uniform. Following the Thanksgiving long weekend, and until the May long weekend, students are required to wear the first dress uniform. Following the May long weekend, students again may choose to wear the warmer weather uniform. To prepare for the new school year, please review the Standards of School Dress and Appearance. A reminder that running shoes (even if they are black) and hooded sweatshirts (even one with an Appleby logo) are not part of the Appleby uniform, only Appleby polo shirts are permitted, no student should be in jeans, and no hats are permitted in buildings. Middle One students may come in their Phys-ed uniform every morning and Middle Two students may come in their Phys-ed uniform on Day 2 (Tuesday, Friday and every other Wednesday). Students will change into their Appleby uniform after Phys-ed and sports occur, so they will also need to bring their uniform each day.

2021-2022 global experiential travel programs - parent/student survey

As we make preparations for the 2021-2022 school year, there remains some uncertainty about safe travel. We are committed to engaging our students in valuable learning experiences that help them to reflect on their place in the world, broaden their perspectives, support them through new challenges and assist them in developing competencies to responsibly engage in global dialogue and action.

We anticipate a return to travel in March 2022. In the meantime, it would be helpful to have a better understanding of the feelings within our community and would appreciate receiving your feedback through a short survey. The results of this survey will assist us in understanding the range of comfort within our community as we hope to return to travel following a year in which we were not able. 

We appreciate you taking 5-7 minutes to respond to this survey. Please click here to take the survey by Wednesday, September 22.  

appleby parking spot online auction - now open!

We are auctioning off two parking spots for the 2021-2022 school year in support of the Financial Assistance Programme! The auction is now open and will end at 11:45 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 28. To bid, create an account with (there is no charge for an account) by entering your first name, last name, e-mail address and creating a password. Once you verify your details (an e-mail will be sent to you) and log back in, you will be able to access the auction and bid by clicking the link here. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events, at

global education information session

The Global Education department will be holding an online general information session on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. This session will cover many areas within the Global Education program at Appleby. The session topics include: The Global Leadership Diploma program and course; Global Experiential Trips; Global Virtual Connections; 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 areas of programming, as well as a chance to ask questions. Additional details will be shared soon.

2021-2022 new parent handbook

Appleby's New Parent Handbook 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 handbook is also available on Appleby's education management system - BBK12. If you have misplaced your login details please click on ‘Forgot login’ or ‘First time logging in?’ and follow the instructions outlined.  

coming events

introduction to positive education at appleby - parent session 

Through various opportunities in Appleby's programming, faculty and students have been learning about and living principles and practices of positive psychology in ways that are unique to themselves. When this latter framework, Positive Education, comes to life it can look very different for every individual as seen in the anecdotes shared by faculty and alumni and current students. Research has shown that cultivating and applying such skills develops resilience, and as we return to school in the wake of an evolving pandemic, it is crucial that we are intentional about our wellbeing and resilience.

If interested in learning more about Positive Education at Appleby, faculty members Theresa Blake and Diana Dodd will be hosting a 30-minute information session on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EDT to provide an overview of the journey of Positive Education at Appleby, the key principles of Positive Education, and where it is being experienced by students at Appleby. Please click here to register for this session. Zoom details will be shared in the registration confirmation e-mail.

walking wednesday

Step through the week with Walking Wednesday! A perfect time to catch-up, meet and mingle, and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Join ACPA new parent representatives Vanessa Barr and Ping Zhang to explore the Appleby Trail and nearby community. All fitness levels are welcome, as well as children and pets.

The next Walking Wednesday will take place on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Please e-mail Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events, if you are interested in participating. Please note that physical distancing will be practiced, and face masks are required. Additional details will be shared via e-mail with those who sign-up.

we need you - save the date! 

Appleby College and the Appleby College Parents' Association (ACPA) depend on volunteers to help the community thrive. The ACPA has many roles available - from general one-time helpers to weekly commitments - so you will be sure to find at least one that fits your interests and availability. Volunteering is also a great way to meet other Appleby community members and even see your kids in their element!

One of the most fun and robust volunteer days is coming up on Thursday, October 14, 2021 Appleby's annual Walkathon. This school-wide, full-day experience requires lots of helping hands before and especially on the day of the event. We would be delighted to have you join us!

Please visit for more information about all of our volunteer roles including the Walkathon and to submit a volunteer form ASAP. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Jane Sahota, ACPA volunteer coordinator, with any questions. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

trail hikes with the acpa

Do you want to meet other parents while getting outside and seeing the fall colours? Join Andy Jelinek, director, parent relations, and members of the ACPA for a trail hike. Please click here to view the schedule. Hikers will be required to secure their own transportation to the departure point. Please e-mail Andy Jelinek at for more details and to RSVP. Parents are welcome to sign-up for one hike or all three. Spots are limited. We look forward to seeing you!

appleby college alumni back to school conference 

What do a Chief of Medicine, award-winning coach and best-selling author, Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine physician, a University of British Columbia Professor, a Principal at Deloitte and a Wealth Advisor have in common? They are all host speakers for our first Appleby College Alumni Back to School Conference, bringing you a variety of online, expert-driven sessions that will not only answer questions but are sure to inspire.

Parents and staff are invited to join Alumni to go “back to school” on Thursday, October 21, 2021 and Friday, October 22, 2021 and take part in two days of online sessions on topics such as COVID-19, self-confidence, climate and ecological crises, investing, wellbeing, leadership, and more! You are welcome to register for one, or as many sessions as you like.

Don’t miss this amazing chance to learn from some of the best in their fields. Click here for complete program details, speaker biographies, and to register today!

sold out - appleby college community golf day!

Thank you to everyone who registered for the Appleby College Community Golf Day! We’re looking forward to a fun-filled day with parents on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Royal Ontario Golf Club. Please note that specific tee times for your foursome will be sent in advance and all COVID-19 health and safety measures will be in effect. A communication will be sent via e-mail the week of September 20. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events, at

the college shop

The College Shop, located in the A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life, is open over lunch Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Stop by to pick up your Art, Math and Science supplies. All gym uniform and spirit wear items are also available. The online College Shop is also open 24 hours a day, for pick-up orders and shipping. Check out the College Shop Instagram for new products: @appleby_college_shop!

lost and found

The Lost and Found and Turnover Shop are located down the hall from the College Shop, just past the Tuck Shop. The Turnover Shop is open during regular College Shop hours, Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. All contents from the Lost and Found left behind from the winter term (January 2021 to March 2021) will be available until the end of September. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity. 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.

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 next ACPA Executive Meeting of the 2021-2022 school year will take place on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please email Patricia Smallbone, officer, parent relations and events at All are welcome. 

tuck shop

The Tuck Shop, located beside the College Shop, is open Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Drop by to purchase snacks and drinks. A reminder that the Tuck Shop only accepts cash, students cannot charge purchases to their student account.


chapel news

On Wednesday, September 22, Senior Two student and Head Prefect Mya Haines will present her chapel speech. A link will be shared here on Monday, September 27.

senior one leadership training

During Appleby's Orientation Week, from Wednesday, September 8 through Friday, September 10, the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre (OELC) hosted a leadership workshop for Senior One students. The OELC worked with students and their advisors in the areas of individual leadership styles, team dynamics and collaboration, communication, creative problem-solving, and organizational skills. It was a great week of learning! 

middle one experiential education

On Thursday, September 9, Middle One students spent the evening on campus and enjoyed a campfire and outdoor activities, then on Friday, September 10 visited YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre in King City, Ontario. They got to know one another better and developed personal skills, self-confidence, leadership, cooperation, environmental awareness, and had fun! Click here to view a gallery of images.

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