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Introducing Our New Teachers
Meet PAX and Get Involved!
Gala 2017 - Save the Date!
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2016/2017 Issue: 1
September Issue

Welcome to the 2016/2017 school year! Already this year has started off strong with a buzz of excitement at both campuses. This year we have a few new staff members as well as a number of new families who have joined us on our journey. A special welcome to those families with the smallest Urban Academy students who have made it through the first few weeks with newly minted school aged children.

As the work begins in the classroom, the work continues in the design of the new school building. I'm happy with the progress of the development team as well as the city to ensure that we keep to our timelines to open the new facility in the fall of 2018.

Along with the breaking of the ground at 100 Braid Street, this year will bring with it many wonderful opportunities for students and families. The Winter Concert is already being planned, the inquiry units rolled out, sports teams and clubs selected and many opportunities for students to link their learning to initiatives outside the classroom.

This is the time of year that we also ask families to spend some time talking about expectations, setting routines and focusing on annual goals with their children. From uniforms and homework to planners and bedtimes, all of these things set children up for success in the classroom. We are consistently encouraged by the home and school connections already made, that will help students thrive.

Thank you once again for entrusting us with your children. We are very much looking forward to working together for a wonderful year of learning!

Mrs. Cheryle Beaumont
Head of School
Introducing Our New Teachers
This year we have another bunch of fine new teachers to introduce. Some of you may have already seen them around the corridors of both campuses. Joining the cohort at our Robson campus will be Ms. Danielle Fera and Ms. Lindsey McEwen teaching Kindergarten and Grade 1, respectively. At Uptown, Ms. Marianne Brownie has come on board as our new Grade 4 teacher.

Ms. Fera has been teaching a variety of grades for the last 4 years spanning from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4. Passionate about developing life-long learners, Ms. Fera believes in experiential learning in her classroom.
Ms. McEwen has taught in both public and private schools, from JK to Grade 7. Her experience also includes two years teaching in London, England. She strives to create a supportive, caring classroom environment for her students.

Mrs. Brownie has been teaching at the intermediate grade levels for the past several years, as well as teaching English Language Arts at the high school level. She is a great believer in inquiry-based learning, and encourages her students to be creative, open-minded and inquisitive.
PAX - Getting To Know Ya!
Urban Academy is fortunate to have a strong and vibrant parent community leading the fundraising charge with PAX. Take a few minutes to learn a little bit about what it is, who they are and what they do.

Who Leads it? Suzette Willems and Molly Rabinovitz are the PAX co-chairs

How long have you been at UA? 
SW: Our family is starting our fourth year at the school.
MR: This is our second year at UA, we started in JK.

What inspired you to get involved with PAX? 
SW: I've had the privilege of being a member of PAX for over three years. I knew about the uniform sale but I wanted to get a better understanding of the various facets of PAX and how they serve the school so PAX was the logical choice for me.
MR: First, I got involved in PAX activities, somewhat unknowingly because they were activities I was interested in - Hot Lunch, Uniform Sale - and then I got to know some of the PAX members and was asked if I would like to join. I'm glad I did!

What have you planned for PAX this year? We are bringing back many of the favorites - parent Halloween party, hot lunch, uniform sales, pies and cookies. We have a couple of new ideas up our sleeves so stay tuned!

Any advice for other parents looking to get more involved this year? 
Find activities that strike a chord - field trips, hot lunch, administrative assistance, maintenance. Speak with other parents and learn about what volunteer opportunities the school has to offer. UA needs volunteers interested in all realms of school activities, up front and behind the scenes. Try new things, too. Maybe parties aren't your things, but the Run for Water, Terry Fox Run, or other fundraising activities might be! Keep an eye on SignUp, there is something out there for everyone.
We use an app called (formerly known as VolunteerSpot) to help parents track their volunteer hours and have easy access to all the volunteer opportunities.

If you are new to the school please visit to register and download the "Signup by VolunteerSpot" app (for a nominal fee). Once signed in, you will be able to access current UA volunteer opportunities.

If you used the VolunteerSpot app last year, you are already set up and nothing new is required.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email Joanne Ward, UA Volunteer Coordinator at  If you'd like to volunteer with PAX specifically please email the Co-Chairs at 
Gala 2017 - Save the Date!
Mardi Gras 2017: The UA Groundbreaker Gala
Mark your calendars, plan your outfits and invite your friends to do the same. For one night, March 4th 2017 the creole magic of the Mississippi will be flowing into the Fraser as we celebrate the Urban Academy Groundbreaker Gala - Mardi Gras style!

The night of boas, beads & beignets will feature stellar entertainment, sizzling silent and live auction items, a deep south dinner and the chance to kick your heels up to the jazzy sounds of Bourbon Street.

This evening will be a legacy builder as we build the new school for Urban Academy Students. So gather your feathers, put on your dancing shoes and come prepared to enjoy the magic of Mardi Gras!

March 4th 2017
The Aria Banquet Hall
12350 Pattullo Pl, Surrey, BC (just under the Pattullo Bridge)
Ticket Details Coming Soon

We will be collecting silent and live auction items over the next few months, details of that will follow but if you have ideas of what you could donate, please email We are also encouraging businesses to sponsor the event, so if this is something that your company would be interested in, or know a company that may want to participate in supporting this event, please contact

We're excited to bring the legacy building party of the year to the Urban Academy Community - we'll see you there! 
Event Update
A new school year means a host of new events. We have plenty of activities planned for the year to keep students and parents engaged. Take a look at your school calendar and start signing up for parent volunteer hours. And take some time to mark these dates in your family planner:
September 2016
September 22: Terry Fox Run
September 23: Pro D day
September 28: Picture day, JK - Grade 3 (formal uniform)
September 29: Picture day, Grades 4-11 (formal uniform)
September 29: Open house, Uptown
September 28-30: Food bank drive, grades 6-8

October 2016 
October 1: Open house, Robson
October 10: Thanksgiving
October 21: Pro D day
October 29: Halloween Party (parents)
October 29 - Nov 10: PAX Fundraiser
October 31: Student Halloween Party