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Whole School: Parking on campus on Dec. 7; Brighten a boarder's day with a gift basket; Festival of Christmas Music and Readings

Primary: A message from SK; A message from 1H; A message from 2F

Middle: Message from Bernard Lecerf; Last chance to book your three-way conferences; Parking on campus on Dec. 7

Intermediate: Message from Derek Poon; Year 1 integrative thinking workshop; Parents' Organization volunteer appreciati​on

Senior: Message from Scott Cowie, head of Senior Division; Casual dress day on Nov. 30; Old Boy Andrew Musselman brings one-man play to UCC on Dec. 4

Future Ties: Final newsletter for 2012; A crucial message for students completing the Queen's PSE; Please update your Naviance account

Boarding Life: Message from Andrew Turner, director of residential life; Toronto Maple Leafs president Brian Burke speaks at student assembly; U16 basketball player Clayton Jeffrey

Parking on campus on Dec. 7

Due to Festive Marketplace and other events on Friday, Dec. 7, there will be considerable traffic congestion on campus and very limited parking on grounds.

As is our regular practice, we've requested relief from parking tags assigned on this date. Please contact Gareth Sayce at 416-488-1125, ext. 2224 within 48 hours if your car is tagged.

Please respect our neighbours’ access to their driveways and leave extra time to arrive safely.

Brighten a boarder's day with a gift basket

As winter arrives and exams and winter break approaches, UCC has a longstanding tradition of looking after our boarders who are far from home.

The Parents' Organization appeals to our school community to provide each boarder with a care package. It's an individually wrapped gift bag containing a variety of snacks and surprises designed to brighten his day. These gift bags are given out a few days prior to exams.

Each package costs $25 and will be charged to your son's account. You're welcome to order as many baskets as you wish.

Festival of Christmas Music and Readings

Upper Canada College music departments will present the annual Festival of Christmas Music and Readings on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Upper School.

It's one of the most well-attended events of the year and features boys in Senior Kindergarten through the IB years. Performances include the Prep Primary, Junior and Senior choirs, the Prep Band, Upper School Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. Soloists and readers will include boys from both the Prep and Upper Schools. The Prep Band will perform in the student centre at 3:30 p.m. and the other ensembles will perform in Laidllaw Hall at 4 p.m.

Join the performers for refreshments following the concert. Family and friends are welcome and there's no admission charge.

Pick up Innisbrook orders at Festive Marketplace

Innisbrook orders have to be picked up at Festive Marketplace on Friday, Dec. 7.

Your order will be ready and waiting for you. Don’t miss out. Come and get your order and enjoy the show.

Festive Marketplace is on Dec. 7

Festive Marketplace is on Friday, Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Upper School's Lett Gym.

Please join us for a festive community event in support of our boys.

There are so many new reasons to visit Festive Marketplace this year:

  • Music will be performed by boys throughout the day
  • There will be lots of food from the Blues Bakery and Café, Menchies and Smoke’s Poutinerie, as well as samosas, hot chocolate and popcorn
  • A photo booth will be on site between 2 and 5 p.m. with special guest, Santa Claus
  • Holiday plant and wreath sales
  • Gift wrapping available all day

With more than 45 fabulous vendors and artisans, Festive Marketplace will be spectacular. There will be exhibitors of unique jewelry, clothing, home accessories, holiday decor, sports memorabilia and apparel, musical instruments, and so much more.

Visit our website for a sneak peek at the list of vendors waiting to show off their wares at Festive Marketplace. We've even included vendor web links so you can get your shopping lists started.

How can you participate in Festive Marketplace? It's easy and we're still looking for volunteers. Please contact: muchnik@rogers.com if you want to volunter; simoneodendaal@gmail.com or astrid_player@hotmail.com if you want to bake something; and uccfmsa@gmail.com if you want do donate silent auction items.

We look forward to seeing you there.

UCC Association holiday lunch

The Upper Canada College Association invites you to a holiday lunch for Old Boys, parents, past parents, grandparents and friends of the College.

Date: Friday, Dec. 14

Location: The Fifth Social Club 225 Richmond St. W., Toronto Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Click here to register or call the Association office at 416-484-8629. In the spirit of the holiday season, we ask those attending the event to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the CHUM FM Toy Drive. We’ll deliver all the toys on Dec. 17.

The annual giving campaign has officially launched

The 2012-2013 annual giving campaign officially launched this week with the mailing and emailing of the annual giving letter. Watch for it in the mail or your inbox.

What's the annual giving campaign? It’s Upper Canada College’s yearly fundraising campaign. Tuition covers only 80 perc ent of a student’s education cost. By giving annually, the UCC community provides the margin that bumps the educational experience from good to extraordinary.

Our goal this year is to increase participation across all grades. Participation is what counts and all gifts make a difference.

This year we've also launched a new parent volunteer program called Class Ambassadors to assist with our annual giving campaign.

Thank you to these parents for volunteering their time:

           SK - Olga Bylaard

           SK - Lori Prendergast-Genkov

           Form 1 - Linda Probyn

           Form 5 - Todd Hargarten

           Form 7 - Malcolm Speirs

           Form 7 - Warren Cable

           Year 2 - Chuck Thompson

Watch for updates on our website and in Heads Up throughout the school year on our annual giving campaign.

Please contact annual giving manager Joanne Weedmark at 416-488-1125, ext. 2000 or jweedmark@ucc.on.ca for more information or to be a class ambassador for your grade.

Donald Wright Scholarship for an outstanding music student

Do you know of an outstanding student who is also passionate about and committed to music who would thrive at UCC? We would appreciate your helping us find him by spreading the word about this opportunity of a lifetime.

The Upper Canada College Donald Wright Scholarship is available to an exemplary music student currently in Grade 7, 8 or 9 and who lives within commuting distance of UCC. This scholarship was established to provide full financial assistance to an outstanding music student to attend the Upper School (Grade 8 and above) who would otherwise not have the financial means to attend. Please view and/or download our brochure for more details. Printed brochures are also available upon request.

Please contact Chantal Kenny at ckenny@ucc.on.ca or the office of admission at 416-488-1125, ext. 4123 for more information. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 7 for September 2013 entry.

Thank you for spreading the word.

Come and join the conversation at our Parent Book Club sessions

All parents of boys in Senior Kindergarten to IB2 are welcome.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug. 22, 2012, hardcover

When: Monday, Dec. 10, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Colborne Room in Upper School

RSVP to Julia Rosefield at jrosefield@ucc.on.ca.

Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence. Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But Paul Tough argues in How Children Succeed that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character and skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self-control.

Mary Gauthier, Wernham West Centre for Learning executive director