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Whole School: Unique UCC annual general meeting on Oct. 10; Parenting pre-teens and teens is a whole new ball game; Building an understanding of adolescent mental health

Primary: A message from the head of Primary; A message from SK; A message from 1H

Middle: Message from Bernard Lecerf; Booking your parent-form adviser interview; Early dismissal alert for Oct. 5

Intermediate: Message from Derek Poon; Deadline for course changes; From the CAS office

Senior: Message from Scott Cowie, head of Senior Division; Sept. 28 IB2 parents' coffee morning cancelled; Foundation Year parent information evening on Oct. 2

Future Ties: Missed the IB2 grade meeting?; Online tools for researching Canadian universities; Campus visits and open houses

Boarding Life: Message from Andrew Turner; Welcome back from the Health Centre; Terry Fox Run to support cancer research

Unique UCC annual general meeting on Oct. 10

What makes this year’s annual general meeting and board report so special? Well, for one, you won’t spend the whole evening in your seat. Think of it as a hard hat tour (minus the hat).

The board of governors and Association Council strongly encourage people to attend at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Upper School.

Come out and see for yourself just why we’re investing so passionately in Upper School renovations to the classrooms and science labs. Teachers and our resident learning expert Mary Gauthier will be on hand for guided tours to explain exactly why leading research supports the claim that top-notch facilities can help inspire your sons to greatness.

We’re all visual learners and this evening is designed to give you a better understanding of how our transformative renovations will promote and stimulate boys’ learning. It’s bound to be a rewarding and educational evening.

We hope to see you there.

Parenting pre-teens and teens is a whole new ball game

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UCC Teen Fall

Adolescence is often a time of great turmoil. Our teens are exploring a new sense of independence and parents are struggling with letting go. Stop the grounding and fighting. Enjoy a closer relationship.

Join facilitator Doone Estey for the popular Parenting Network workshop that offers practical support to help you understand your children and support them through this challenging time. These sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. from Oct. 17 to Nov. 28, excluding Oct. 31.

Why struggle a day longer? Learn how to raise happy, respectful kids and have a better relationship with your teen.  Please go to www.parentingnetwork.ca or see the download above for registration details.

Doone Estey

Partner, Parenting Network

Building an understanding of adolescent mental health

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Dr. Kutcher

Join the movement to transform our community’s understanding of adolescent mental health.

St. Clement’s School would like to invite you to an evening symposium on adolescent mental health on Oct. 3. Sun Life Financial chair in adolescent mental health Dr. Stanley Kutcher, a leading adolescent psychiatrist, will provide an interactive presentation that gives parents important adolescent mental health tools and information. Ontario Shores will present its adolescent mental health documentary short, Three Voices.

Dr. Kutcher is an internationally renowned expert in the area of adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy and services innovation at the IWK and Dalhousie University. He holds the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health where he applies knowledge translation techniques to advance adolescent mental health promotion, education, research and training locally, nationally and internationally. He directs the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Mental Health at Dalhousie and recently ran as the federal Liberal candidate for Halifax. He's served as department head of psychiatry and associate dean for international health at Dalhousie.

No sign up is required. The event is open to the greater community.

DIGGS comes to UCC

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DIGGS is an exciting program to introduce and build volleyball skills within the culture of this terrific Olympic sport. Participants will benefit from being more prepared for competitive play on a school or club team or can just have fun learning this great team sport. DIGGS is led by Josh Nichol, head coach of George Brown College's men’s team and a coach at the Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence, and his team of NCCP-certified coaches.

“DIGGS is the best opportunity to come along in recent years to expose our athletes to the world of volleyball. Kids will love it,” says UCC varsity volleyball coach Derek Poon.

Program:    An ideal combination of drills and game play at two levels

When:        Sunday mornings from Sept. 23 to Nov. 25: Grades 6, 7 and 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Who:          Boys and girls aged 11 to 18 who want to dig the sport of volleyball

Where:       Upper Canada College's Lett Gym

Cost:           $280, which includes a T-shirt

Contact Josh Nichol at joshnichol@hotmail.com or 416-841-7159 to register. Please see the download above for more information.

Association Day is only two days away

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Schedule of Events

Thank you to our sponsors

You’ve seen the video and heard the hype. The boys are excited and so are we. This will be one of the best Association Days yet. Here are a few things to know about A-Day:

• Parts of it begin as early as 8 a.m.

• Parking is scarce, but we’ve asked for consideration from the City of Toronto to allow guests to park on Lonsdale, Killbary, Forest Hill and Dunvegan roads.

• It’s a cash-only day. There are no instant tellers on campus, so please ensure you bring cash with you.

• If you’re the successful bidder on a silent auction item, you may pay via credit card. We’re not permitted to charge any items on a student’s account.

We’ll be giving away a number of goodies, so make sure you check out the tweet suites and the campaign tent to get your freebies. Don’t forget about the special 2 p.m. announcement, followed by a performance, prior to the varsity football game where our Blues will take on the St. Andrew’s College Saints.

Please see the download above for a schedule of A-Day events. We want to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers, donors and sponsors. This day wouldn’t be possible without you.

Please see the download above for a list of donors. Please contact events manager Maria Karakoulas with questions at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2231.

Spectators at games

Dear UCC parents:

We've recently noticed that there are parents, friends and relatives standing in the bench area during some of our games for both the Prep and Upper School teams.

We very much appreciate your support of the boys, their teammates and coaches. However, we would ask you in the future to view the matches away from the bench areas so that the boys and their coaches can focus on the game and avoid distractions. We're blessed with terrific athletic facilities that afford ample space for spectators to watch your son play. Any non-players or non-coaches that are standing in the bench areas will be kindly asked to move to the appropriate spectator areas in the future.

Approximately 70 parents enthusiastically heard Rob Miller from Pro-Active Coaching speak on Tuesday night at the Prep School. He said: “There are four roles to be played at games -- player, coach, official and spectator -- and we need to choose the appropriate role as spectators and do it in a way that is noticeable and appealing.”

Miller advised parents to model poise and composure and noted that loud encouragement was most appropriate. The intent here is to demonstrate belief and confidence in the boys and coaches. His words are based on input from thousands of youth athletes over the years.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Brent A. MacKay, Upper School director of athletics

Nigel White, Prep School director of athletics

Hear Dr. Charles Tator speak at BSS Theatre

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Dr. Charles Tator bio

This is an excellent opportunity for parents, faculty members and coaches to hear one of Canada's foremost experts in neurological injuries, Dr. Charles Tator, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the Bishop Strachan School Theatre. (Please use the Russell Hill Road entrance.)

Dr. Tator will speak about brain injuries, concussions and spinal cord injuries, mainly occurring in athletics.

Please contact Patricia Gouinlock at pgouinlock@bss.on.ca for further information.

The Michael E. Jurist Tennis Tournament on A-Day

MEJ UCC

Date: Sept. 29

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Outdoor tennis courts or bubble in case of rain

Format: Doubles round robin

Cost: $10

The Michael E. Jurist Tennis Tournament is for all members of the UCC community and is named in memory of Mike Jurist, who attended UCC from 1993 to 2003. It commemorates his life, his commitment to his friends and family, and to a sport which he loved and at which he excelled.

This tournament is an opportunity for the whole community to come together for some friendly competition, great prizes and a chance to remember a treasured member of the UCC family. All registered attendees will receive a goodie bag and a raffle ticket. Raffle prizes include sports tickets, electronics and other great prizes which have been generously donated. All registration funds will be directed to the Michael E. Jurist (Class of 2003) Fund named in Mike’s honour.

Click here to register. Please contact Sarah Cheesbrough at 416-488-1125, ext. 2228 or scheesbrough@ucc.on.ca for more information.

Prep and Upper School parent book club

Parent Book Club What: Prep and Upper School parent book club facilitated by Wernham West Centre for Learning executive director Mary Gauthier

When: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 22

Where: Upper School. Please see the receptionist in the main lobby for the exact location upon arrival. RSVP (indicating the session you'll attend) or direct questions to Wernham West Centre for Learning administrative assistant Julia Rosefield at jrosefeld@ucc.on.ca.

The book may be purchased at various online services or at Indigo.

Horizons hockey equipment drive at A-Day

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Hockey Collection Sign up

The Horizons program is a partnership between UCC and a number of inner-city public schools which provides students with opportunities to interact and learn from one another through sports, arts and academics.

Horizons Hockey invites public school students to UCC to learn hockey skills with coaching and support from UCC students and staff. With help from UCC's generous community, we're able to provide these students with equipment so that they can take part in this wonderful program.

There will be a collection bin at the Horizons booth on Association Day. The bin will be moved to the William P. Wilder Arena after A-Day. Your donation of gently used skates, helmets and hockey sticks for children aged seven to 16 will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Please contact Jyoti Sehgal at jsehgal@ucc.on.ca for more information.