Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Mr. Lee, Ms. Edwards and I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year and hope that everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. 

It’s hard to believe another year has passed and we’re starting the second week of January already.  We are, of course, busy working on a number of events leading into the summer;

  • Preparations have begun for our 14th annual summer chess camp.  Please check your inbox soon (and on this blog) for the registration brochure
  • Upcoming chess tournaments; Winter Classic Tournament – Feb 1st & Spring Break Tournament – March 7
  • City Chess Club resumes on January 18 from 6:45pm – 8:00pm
  • 20th Annual Grade by Grade Chess tournament will be on Thursday, March 29th, Progress Building at the Western Fair.  The registration information has been uploaded – please see the “What’s Happening” section for the information.

Please contact me if you have any comments or questions.

… Ms. Lee-Bucknell


Chess Days of Summer

Attack the piece that bothers you the most!

Greetings Everyone!

Here’s a quick pic of Mr. Lee giving a lesson before the campers head off to play chess!
Here’s a fun question to ask your camper: Why does the camp t-shirt have a two-headed knight? (Perhaps they might recall Mr. Lee’s excellent explanation – parents, you can post their answer below if you wish!)

I think this year is the hottest in the history of the Chess Camp! We’re keeping a close eye on the thermometer and keeping the campers inside the air-conditioned school for some of their recesses. Freezies help beat the heat too, of course. I think we’re going to try and see how long it takes for an egg to cook on the pavement on Thursday! And while we may very well have in-door recess for the whole of Thursday, please ensure that your child comes to camp with a hat, sunscreen, and water bottle.

Looking ahead to Friday, we’ll be holding the Chess Camp Tournament in the afternoon after lunch.
Afterward, parents and guardians are more than welcome to join us for the Puppet Show, Drum Circle Demonstration, and Assembly which will begin at 2:25 pm in the Gymnasium.

We’re looking forward to a great end of a great week of chess and fun times!

Cheers for now!

Ready, Steady, Go!

Good Day Everyone!

Monday’s the big start day for Chess Camp, and we are ready to go!
There’s going to be a lot of commotion with parents dropping off their kids and notifying the camp staff of their child’s attendance.
Here are a few points to keep in mind:

  1. Each camp day begins at 8:50 am. If your camper is not registered for our Early Drop-Off program, regular drop-off and morning supervision begins at 8:30 am.
  2. Take the entrance to the Ring Road which will lead to parking and a more direct pathway to the registration area. Please avoid parking in the area in front of the school. Click here for details.
  3. Parents and campers, find one of the many Staff on the grounds who will register your child and direct them to the group/class they will be in (there will be clearly marked signs for them to see that indicate their area in the yard).
  4. Parents, kiss your campers and wish them well.
  5. Campers, to start the week we’re going to gather in the Gymnasium for our Opening Assembly.
  6. And then…Chess, chess, and so much more for the rest of the day – Wheeeeee!.
  7. At the end of the busy day, the bell will ring at 3:45pm, and parents can pick their child up in the school yard, where they first entered at the beginning of the day.

We expect your camper will sleep Very Well that night.
Chess T-Shirts will be going home with the campers at the end of the day. Most campers choose to wear their shirts the next day (Tuesday) and for the final day of camp.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!
P.S. If your camper will be unexpectedly absent or late, please inform us immediately by calling: 519-473-8942

Canadian Chess Promotions

Happy New Year!

As most of us hibernate inside during these cold and dark winter days (Wow – it’s hard to believe we’ve had 5 snow days here in London) we have already begun planning the 13th annual Summer Chess Camp.  Many fun activities along with chess of course, will make this another fabulous camp to attend.  Please go to the “What’s Happening” tab above for more details.  We hope to see many of you in July.

This year, in association with the Matthews Hall Academy Program, we will be presenting “The Fun-Tastic March Break Camp”.  This week long camp will be sure to please as campers will be busy with a long list of FUN activities that will stimulate the mind.  For additional information and how to register, please click on the “Matthews Hall Fun-Tastic March Break Camp” tab under “What’s Happening”.

The Grade by Grade Chess Championship is quickly approaching as well.  The registration package can be found in “What’s Happening”.  Please note that registration for this tournament is only through the schools.  We had over 1,400 participants competing in last year’s Grade by Grade and we anticipate more will be at this year’s event on March 31st.

Remember, if you are interested in learning more about chess in schools, we have provided some information on the benefits under the “Chess in Schools” tab above.  We would also be pleased to sit down with you to discuss any questions you may have about this amazing program.

Stay warm, enjoy what our beautiful country has to offer (yes, we mean the snow) and we hope to see many of you at these events!

Warm regards,

Mon-Fai, Su & Wai-Hing