Oct. 23rd, 2013 – Packing List for Cedar Glen

Just a reminder that the Cedar Glen trip is tomorrow (Thursday – October 24th)!!  The bus will be leaving the Academy at 9:30am so we are asking students to be at the school by 9am tomorrow morning.

Attached is another copy of the packing list for your reference.  Depending on traffic, we should be back at the Academy at around 2:30pm on Friday (October 25th). Students will be dismissed at that time.

Should you have any questions about trip tomorrow, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Academy.

YMCA Cedar Glen Packing List

This list is a general guideline of what a participant would need or use while at Cedar Glen. Each group will take part in different activities and weather conditions. Depending on the length of your visit, the programs you will be taking part in and the weather forecast you may choose to bring more or less of these items.

What to bring to camp:
• Bedding (Sleeping bag, Pillow and additional blankets if a colder time of year)
• Footwear (Running shoes or Hiking Boots (with closed toes) and Sandals with back straps are acceptable. We consider flip-flops to be a safety risk due to our natural setting)
• Clothing (Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, Shorts (amount depending on length of your stay)
• Warm Clothing (Jacket, Long pants (sweats instead of jeans), Long sleeve t-shirts, Sweater)
• Sun Protection (Hat, Sunscreen)
• Rain Wear (Rain Coat, Rain Pants, extra shoes or boots)
• Night Time (Pajamas, Toothbrush, Toothpaste)
• Extras (Insect Repellent, *Flash Light with extra batteries*, *Water Bottle*, Alarm Clock/Watch, Lip Balm, Brush/Comb, Camera)

Please do not bring the following:
• Pocket knives
• Matches
• Cellular telephones
• Pagers
• Electronic toys or devices
• Walkmans, iPods, Discmans or MP3 players
• Radios, stereos, etc
• *Any product with nuts in it*
• Candy, gum, soft drinks, junk food
• Hair dryers
• Non-prescription drugs or alcohol
• Any valuables

Aug. 29th, 2013 – School Starts Tuesday Sept. 3!

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the new year at The YMCA Academy.  School starts on Tuesday, September 3.  It will be important to be here a bit early to receive your schedule, locker assignment, and other vital information!  Plan on being here by 9:00.  We will begin our school assembly at 9:30, followed by20 minute classes.  Dismissal is 11:30 a.m.

See you Tuesday!

Don Adams, Head of School

Aug. 19th, 2013 – Summer Preparations

With summer half over, it seems a good time to bring everyone up-to-date on what we’ve been doing at The YMCA Academy, and changes you can expect for the new academic year.

When we start in September, there will be some small but noticeable changes to some of our office assignments, as we reorganize for a more efficient use of space.  These changes will involve the office beside the front desk, as well as the three offices in the admin area.

More important changes involve Academy staff.  Julie Barrett, Nicole Klement and Mitchell Curci will not be with the Academy at the start of the next term and we wish them all well in their future endeavours. We are delighted that Todd Harrison and Rein Tammemagi will be part of the team welcoming students this September.

Since Julie Barrett handled much of the financial and admissions contract work, she is a familiar face to you all and her general organizational acumen will be difficult to replace. Nicole Klement, has accepted a position of responsibility at Havergal College and while I’m thrilled for her, I’m also very sorry to lose her wisdom and support at the school.  If there are any questions, please contact me directly as I will be overseeing the admissions duties at the school.

As part of our staff changes, I am pleased to announce that Susan Couprie has accepted a newly-created role of Teacher/Special Education Supervisor.  Susan’s expertise in the area of special education is well respected, and she will forge ahead with work around IEPs, accommodations, assistive technologies and so on in support of student learning and teacher development.

Similarly, Kaili Glennon has accepted a newly-created role of Teacher/Guidance Supervisor.  Kaili’s experience in running our co-operative education program, as well as her mentorship background, are important qualifications for this position.  She will be responsible for student transitions to post secondary or workplace situations in addition to continuing to teach and run co-op.

We have hired two familiar faces to full time teaching positions.  Todd Harrison returns to The Academy after a year away at Greenwood College School.  Todd previously spent a year volunteering at our school, so we know he will be a great asset.

Rein Tammemagi, who taught here on a part-time basis last year, and who is also a long-time volunteer at the school, has also accepted a full-time position as a teacher at the school.  We’re glad to have Rein back in an expanded role!

With new teachers, comes new expertise, and our timetable has more variety than ever.  We’re looking forward to classes which are interesting for the students and faculty alike!  As always, each student’s individual learning needs will be met in every class.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in the new academic year!

Don Adams, Head of School