It is with our greatest regret that we inform you about the untimely death of our beloved principal, Svetlana Pinsky, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Before Svetlana passed, she was both adamant and confident that UMCA, the living embodiment of her dream, and now Svetlana's legacy, will continue under the direction of Suzana Pinsky and the existing senior administration. Everything necessary for the school to continue running smoothly and successfully has been put in place. While we are aware that Svetlana's passing is extremely upsetting and that many will want to express their feelings and condolences for the family, we ask that you restrict your sentiments to a written e-mail form in our time of mourning.
We thank you for your concern and support.
Please note that on Friday the school will be closed.
The memorial service will be held on Friday, October 12th at 11:15 a.m.
Address: Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel.
2401 Steeles Ave. W
Toronto, Ontario M3J2P1
After the service we will continue to Pardes Chaim Cemetery at 11818 Bathurst St, Maple, ON L6A 1S2. After the cemetery service, Shiva will be observed at UMCA Rich Tree Academy from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
From September 13, 2018 till January 24, 2019
(no classes between Dec 17, 2018 until Jan 6, 2019 )
Prices for U.M.C.A. Students only
Art Studio Mrs.Marina
$30 per class x 17 = $510
Materials are included
French Fun Club, different levels
$35 per 2 hours class
French Private Classes
By scheduled appointment
$40 per 1 hour class
French Homework (group of up to 3 students)
By scheduled appointment
$25 per 1 hour class
Homework club Mrs. Violetta
By scheduled appointment
$25 per class
Extra ESL class Mrs. Violetta
By scheduled appointment
$30 per class
Hebrew Class Mrs. Violetta
$35 per 2 hours class
Soccer – grades 3-7
$20 per class X 17 =$340
Mon and/or Wed 5:00-5:30
Mon $10 per class X16=$160
Wed $10 per classX16=$160
Chess – Starting September 25
$20 per class x 16= $320
Student's First and Last Name, Grade______________________________________
Parents name and Cell Phone Number ________________________
E-Mail__________________________________________ Payment __________________________
Class _____________________________ Day of the week ____________________
Method of payment: email transfer:
Please mark your calendars for the following dates as you will have special meeting with Jordan Singer to help you with important information in regards to University Application.
November 10th at 10:00am – Secrets for University (Business Program)
November 17th at 10:00am – Secrets for University (Science Program)
November 24th at 10:00am – Secrets for University (Art Program)
University Applications: An Overview of the Process and General Information
For Grade 12 students the time is now here to choose the universities to which you want to apply. This means that you must begin seriously researching what these universities want from you in their application packages. Indeed, many students have already started to work on these applications over the summer. The reasons for starting now are numerous as I will explain in this overview.
Parents of Grade 11 students should also begin preparing now. Waiting until next year is a mistake. Resumes can only be improved from now until next January.
The process involves a large time commitment that includes:
►Committing to extra volunteer hours (this should be done prior to grade 12 year if possible)
►Researching which University has the best program for your field of study and future plans
►Writing several essays and detailed short answer questions for each application
►Updating (or writing) a resume
►Completing Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) forms
►Collecting reference letters ASAP
Throughout the process students can expect to spend up to 20 hours researching, thinking, writing, rewriting and tailoring just one essay to impress those on the admittance committees of the institutions they hope to attend. What this means is that if your teenager wants to apply to 5 different Universities that this work can easily total 100 hours. Indeed, those who have received scholarships and entrance into the top Universities (including Ivy League Universities) credit their entrance essays as the most important factor in their being granted admittance.
Another important piece of information to consider is there are too many students across Canada applying to Universities with averages in the upper 80’s and 90’s. The problem is that these students cannot all be allowed to enter into the best University Programs, as space is limited. In the minds of University administrators these high marks can partially be explained by a well recognized 20% variation in how students are marked within different schools and by different teachers. Additionally, they are also well aware of the pressure exerted by students and parents to award higher marks to students in Grade 12 in order to assist them in gaining entrance into top universities.
To eliminate students from their acceptance lists, more and more Universities and University Programs (including Business, Math, Science, Architecture and Engineering departments) are requesting increasingly demanding entrance packages. These packages often include essays, a resume and critical reflections of past volunteer work and job experience. Ultimately, what this means is that when it comes to choosing between two students with high marks, the one whose essays and application package is superior will be chosen. Thus, when students’ marks are high to begin with, thoughtful, well-conceived essays, and application packages coupled by fantastic references can substantially increase the chances of a student being admitted.
Keep in mind - Those who have high marks, but an inferior entrance package can and do rank lower than students with an outstanding application package and lower marks.
Other Important factors to remember
- Many of the skills required for University entrance essays are very different from what you have learned in school.
- University entrance criteria include questions which combine, narrative, analytic,
expository and descriptive elements in addition to a high level of personal insight.
- You need to provide insight into your character, past learning, future plans and goals while substantiating your research skills within your application.
- Before beginning your writing, be sure that you are choosing the university with the most appropriate program for your marks, skills and experience.
- Make sure that you understand precisely what each University offers, and what they expect from you in regards to your application package
- Be prepared to spend many hours researching before you begin to write.
University Application Essay Writing
► explanation of different types of application essays
► expectations and successful examples
► structuring your application essay
► describing yourself, your learning history and future plans in writing
Constructing a Resume
► organization of experience, using proper descriptors, layout
Describing your volunteer and work experience
► matching job and volunteer experience to the criteria of the programs to which you apply Researching what you need to know to write a large variety of application essays
► navigating university websites, comparing program offerings, understanding the type of essay you are being asked to write
Choosing the best University program(s) for your future
* Important Note – While universities may offer a Business degree – what the degree focuses on and teaches is significantly different for each University.
► matching your skills and interests with university programs
How important is the admission essay?
If applicants appear equal in terms of their marks and experience, a well-written essay will be the difference between being admitted or not admitted. Also, if there are scholarships involved, essays become even more important.
A great essay can also help students gain entry into a University if their marks are not as high as other applicants to the University and/or who do not have a lot of extra curricular experience.
At Waterloo, Queens, Western & University of Toronto your essays and application package can increase your entire average 5%, often the difference between being granted entry and being rejected. A student who scores highly on their application package will almost always be chosen over someone with a higher average but a weak application package. The application essays and questions are designed to see who will be succesful in university, and are often a better indicator for admissions committees than high marks.
Some Application Package Examples
The following examples are only just a few. Many universities now require applications that include an extensive application package. To find out if your child's program asks for supplementary applications, go directly to the university website. Often these websites are confusing, so if you don't find what you are looking for, contact the registrar of the university by email. Most will get back to you within 2 days.
Example from Queen’s University
We want to hear your individual voice in your writing. Write essays that reflect who you are; use specific concrete details and write in a natural style. Begin work on these essays early, and feel free to ask your parents, teachers and friends to provide constructive feedback. Ask if the essay's tone sounds like your voice. If those closest to you do not believe your essay captures who you are, we will not be able to recognize what is distinctive about you. While asking for feedback is suggested, do not enlist hired assistance in the writing of your essays.
You're a leader in your school or community. You might be an athlete, an actor, or hold a part-time job, and you're definitely a strong student.
If you just read that and thought, "Hey! That's me!" you might also be a Queen's student. At Queen's we want to know all the things about you that make you unique. That's why, as part of the application process, we want you to submit a Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and an additional Supplementary Essay† so that you can tell us what your marks don't.
We're looking for:
- Strong leadership skills
- Time management skills
- How your experiences will contribute to the Queen's community
Undergraduate admission at Queen's is very competitive and we use the PSE and Supplementary Essay along with your academic record, to make admission decisions ‡. The PSE is a mandatory document for every undergraduate program. That means you HAVE to fill it out and submit it. The Supplementary Essay† is required for some programs (see below for details) and must be submitted at the same time you submit your PSE. Both of these must be submitted using our online student self-service system. We will send you the link after you apply.
The PSE and Supplementary Essay† will be evaluated based on:
- Style-spelling, grammar and syntax count
- Content-your individual experiences and accomplishments
Communication-how well you are able to link your experiences with the attributes Queen's seeks (you'll find all of that on the form online)
Application Essay Question Examples
Some application packages (particularly those for business programs) ask students to write 4 or 5 essays, answer many short questions, and conduct an online interview.
1) Describe your involvement in a school or community activity in which you made a positive contribution. What did you accomplish, and in what way was this meaningful to you? (400 words or less)
2) Choose one extracurricular activity or one employment opportunity you have listed on your Personal Statement of Experience. In 300 words, or fewer, describe the impact of this experience and the greatest learning outcome for you. Your answer will be evaluated for content and writing style.
3) Leadership Question: Drawing from your personal experiences, tell us what leadership means to you. Describe an experience where you called upon your qualities of leadership, explaining what attributes you contributed toward achieving a desired outcome. What did you learn from this experience? (400 words or less)
Waterloo - Admission Information Form (A.I.F.) - Queens (PSE) - McMaster Supplementary
A Professor talks about the importance of the AIF for admission.
Admissions Averages - Waterloo
Top Programs are extremely competative
Having marks in the mid 90's does not guarantee admission. Waterloo provides a good example of this phenomenon. Success rates for applications are about 5-10% in total.
Waterloo - How Many Spaces?
We are often asked about how many spaces there are available in each program, so here is an estimate of total spaces for each (subject to change).
Computer + Electrical: 360 (these programs are combined for admission purposes)
Systems Design: 90
Please see below the schedule for the new school year 2018:
|2B||PH.ED||ENGLISH||Math/E||lunch/out||Reading V||Russian/N||Drama N||Sport|
|5||Math/I||Science/E||Russian/L||English L||Lunch||French||sport||F. games|
|7||Science/E||English L||Drama N||PH.ED||Lunch||Math/I||French||Russian/N|
|1A||ENGLISH||F. games||ART/L||lunch/out||Math/A||Science/A||French Z||Geo/M|
|2A||Geo/M||Math/E||ENGLISH||lunch/out||French Z||sport||Reading V||F. games|
|2B||Geo/M||ENGLISH||Math/E||lunch/out||French Z||sport||Science/A||F. games|
|3A||Eng/S||Reading V||Art/M||Logic/E||Lunch||French Z||Geo/M||sport|
|5||Russian/L||Geo/M||English L||French||Lunch||HUTCH||Math/I||Drama L|
|1A||ENGLISH||Reading V||PH.ED||lunch/out||Math/A||French Z||Russian/N||ART/L|
|2A||PH.ED||Math/E||ENGLISH||lunch/out||French Z||Science/A||Reading V||ART/M|
|3A||Eng/S||PH.ED||Science/E||French Z||Lunch||Math/E||Russian/L||Reading V|
|1A||ENGLISH||Reading V||F. games||lunch/out||Math/A||Science/A||French Z||Geo/M|
|3B||Eng/S||Art/M||Reading V||French Z||Lunch||Art/M||Robotic||Robotic|
|5||Drama L||Geo/M||English L||French||Lunch||Russian/L||Art/M||sport|
|1A||ENGLISH||Reading V||Russian/N||Lunch||Writing D||ART/L||French Z||Sport|
|2A||Math/E||Russian/N||ENGLISH||Lunch||French Z||PH.ED||Writing D||F. games|
|2B||Russian/N||ENGLISH||Math/E||Lunch||French Z||PH.ED||F. games||Writing D|
|3A||French Z||Writing D||ART/L||Math/E||Lunch||PH.ED||F. games||Drama L|
|3B||French Z||Math/E||Writing D||Lunch||Lunch||PH.ED||F. games||Drama L|
|4||French||PH.ED||MATH/I||Writing D||Lunch||Reading V||Drama L||Team sport|
|5||French||PH.ED||Russian L||Math/I||Lunch||English L||Drama L||Team sport|
|6||English L||MATH/I||PH.ED||French||Lunch||Drama N||Team sport||Team sport|
|7||English L||PH.ED||French||Lunch||MATH/I||Team sport||Team sport|
It is our pleasure to welcome our students back to school. We would like to extend a special welcome to the students and families who are new to our school this year. We hope you had a refreshing summer so that you can return to school routine with lots of energy.
The first day of school is Tuesday September 4th. The school is open from 7:30am to 6:30pm. Classes start at 09:00am and last until 05:00pm.
Please review the following points to help you have an easy and smooth start:
- Please visit our website and on the homepage you will find a link to the “Parents Handbook”. In the handbook you will find all the information you need about school regulations, policies, and answers to all your questions.
- This year our school routine is:
09:00-10:00 – Lesson 1
10:00-11:00 – Lesson 2
(from 10:45-11:00 – snack time)
11:00-12:00 – Lesson 3
12:00-01:00 – Lesson 4 / 12:00-12:30 - outdoor for grades 1-2 / 12:30-01:00 – lunch for grades 1-2
01:00-02:00 – Lunch and outdoor for grades 3-8
02:00-03:00 – Lesson 5
03:00-04:00 – Lesson 6
04:00-5:00 – Lesson 7
05:00—6:00 – Homemade delicious snacks
- UMCA provides a complimentary breakfast to its Elementary students from 08:30-08:50. If you are unable to bring your child to school in time for breakfast, please ensure that your child has been fed a healthy meal prior to starting their school day. The students have access throughout the day to fresh fruits
- Friday is “bring your own snack and lunch” day. We strongly recommend you to follow the Canada’s Food Guide to learn about healthy options for your child. UMCA is also a nut free facility so please avoid sending your child with any nuts/peanuts ingredients.
- Please send your child every day with a labeled water bottle. The bottles will be refilled with the fountain water as soon as they are emptied.
- Each student has a personal account on the UMCA website. Through this account you can see messages the teachers or other students sent, forum announcements, homework, grades, quizzes etc. If you don’t know how to log in, or if you’re facing any difficulty navigating your online account, please contact the office.
- The summer homework is due on September 8th. The mark of the summer homework will be part of the first unit’s mark. Make sure you hand it out on time.
- To ensure your child’s success in school we strongly recommend conducting a healthy lifestyle in which the child gets sufficient sleeping hours, healthy meals and avoid spending time on electronic devices. This will help your child being alert and focused during classes and all school activities.
- Sport and tennis are compulsory classes that must be attendant by every student. All students are required to change into the sport uniform for the sport class. Sport uniform will be provided during the first week. Please keep 2 white UMCA t-shirts in your locker. All students must have sport shoes for sport class.
- All students must have access to a computer as all our communication as well as homework, quizzes, tests, and other working packages are posted on line.
- This year we continue with the successful “Hatch” Program for grades 3-7. Please note that your child needs to bring his computer to school. Grades 2-3 will have “Logic” classes. No computers are required for this class.
- Occasionally, hard copies will be handed to students, however, please check the website diligently as homework will be posted on line.
- Each student will have a locker. Please make sure that your locker is ALWAYS clean and tidy and your backpack is well organized. Make sure you don’t leave food in the locker. Walking in school premises with outdoor shoes is strictly forbidden. Please make sure you have a pair of indoor shoes in your locker and a bag to put the outdoor shoes in.
- All grades have outdoor activities in their everyday schedules. It is mandatory that your child will participate in these activities. Please make sure he/she is dressed properly for the weather (hat, winter jacket, gloves, scarf, winter boots for winter, hat, sun screen in the summer).
- This studying year students will have great opportunities to take part in different trips. The trips include visits to the Mivrish Theatre, Toronto Zoo, ROM and many more. Please check the school events calendar on the website to be aware of upcoming trips. Trips are considered to be a part of the curriculum and are required for all students. Students are asked to wear their UMCA sweatshirt for every school trip.
- All appointments with Ms. Suzana must be booked in advance. Please don’t drop by the office without a scheduled appointment.
- The Communication Book which will be located at the school entrance will be the platform on which you will be able to communicate with the school administration.
We are looking forward to seeing you on September 4th and we wish you a successful and productive school year.