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Whole School: Festive Marketplace is tomorrow; Parking on campus on Dec. 7; Top 10 reasons to give to the Annual Giving Program

Primary: A message from the head of Primary; IB PYP workshops on Jan. 22; Holiday treats need to be nut-free

Middle: Message from Bernard Lecerf; Parking on campus on Dec. 7; Form 7 hepatitis B/meningitis C clinic

Intermediate: Message from Derek Poon; Year 1 integrative thinking workshop; Take the UCC holiday concerts home

Senior: Message from Scott Cowie, head of Senior Division; Theft, bullying and food for thoughtlessness; Parents' Organization volunteer appreciation for grad ring sales

Festive Marketplace is tomorrow

Please join us for a festive community event in support of our boys from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 in the Upper School's Lett Gym. There are so many new reasons to visit Festive Marketplace this year, including:

  • Music will be performed throughout the day by the boys
  • Lots of food, including the delicious Blues Bakery and Café, plus Tim Horton breakfast sandwiches, Menchies yogurt, Smoke’s poutine, samosas, hot chocolate and popcorn
  • An on-site photo booth between 2 and 5 p.m. with special guest, Santa Claus
  • Silent auction with items your son will love
  • Sports gear and musical instruments
  • Books for all ages, with top 10 favourites recommended by UCC librarians and faculty members
  • 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 our vendors’ website addresses so you can get your shopping lists started.

How can you participate in Festive Marketplace?

We're still looking for bakers. Volunteers will be on hand to collect your nut-free baked goods at the Prep and Upper Schools on Dec. 7 between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m.

Bring your boys, your family and your friends. We look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Top 10 reasons to give to the Annual Giving Program

10.  Your support makes up the difference. Tuition only covers 77 per cent of a student’s educational cost. By giving annually, the Upper Canada College community helps make up the difference, turning the UCC educational experience from good to extraordinary.

9.    Double the impact of your donation. Many companies have a matching gift program. Visit our website at  www.ucc.on.ca/investinucc to see if your company has a matching gift program.

8.    Give anywhere and everywhere – it’s up to you. You can direct your gift to support one of the four Think Ahead priorities or a specific area that’s of interest to you. Donate online at www.ucc.on.ca/MakeaGift.

7.    It’s a community affair. All members of the UCC community — including Old Boys, parents, faculty and staff members — are asked to participate in annual giving.

6.    Giving made easy. You can join our monthly giving program, the Clock Tower Club, or simply make a multi-year commitment to the Annual Giving Program. It’s easy to donate in manageable increments that make a big impact over time.

5.    Support two causes with one donation. You can make a donation through United Way and have it directed to UCC.

4.    Give and be recognized. The Council of 1829 recognizes donors who support UCC each year with a gift of $1,000 or more, and they’re invited to a reception in the fall.

3.    You’re in good company. There are four annual giving society levels within the Council of 1829. They are:

  • Barbara Barrow Society $1,000 to $2,499
  • Harold A.D. Roberts Society $2,500 to $4,999
  • Stephen Leacock Society $5,000 to $9,999
  • Joseph Harris Society $10,000 to $99,999

2.    Call it creative giving. You can make your gift by donating stocks and appreciated securities. Turn a potential tax bill into a tax deduction. And the number one reason to give to the annual giving program (drumroll please) is:

1.    Your support is priceless. Participation is what counts. All gifts are appreciated and make a difference.

The success of the Annual Giving Program depends on the active participation of every member of the UCC community. Donating to the program demonstrates your support of UCC’s values, mission and continued pursuit of excellence in education.

Thank you to the members of the community who have generously donated to the 2012-2013 Annual Giving Program.

Please contact annual giving manager Joanne Weedmark at jweedmark@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2000 to donate or receive more information.

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.

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.


UCC holiday toy drive

The holiday season is upon us and, though it’s a time to rejoice, it’s also a time to remember those who are less fortunate than we are.

UCC is participating in the 46th annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. The program has become one of the largest distributors of toys to children in need in the Greater Toronto Area and provides financial assistance to hundreds of agencies, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of children enjoy a holiday experience.

Please drop off your unwrapped toy to Sherry Simpson at Prep reception or Connie Scire at Upper School reception. We’ll drop off the toys at CHUM on the morning of Monday, Dec. 17. Please contact Maria Karakoulas at 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 or mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions.

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 CP24 CHUM toy drive. We’ll deliver all the toys on Monday, Dec. 17.

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