Registration is open for 2020-2021 Adult ESL, LINC and LBS Programs

1 Oct

Ongoing Open Registration for 2020-2021 Adult ESL, LINC & LBS Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL); Language Instruction for New Comers (LINC); and Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Classes

YRDSB offers Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for those who want to develop effective language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing for daily life in Canada. We also offer specialized classes in Citizenship and Conversation.

Adult ESL Program Registration – In person and online options available!

  1. Email uplands@yrdsb.ca or call 905-731-9557 with the following information:
  2. your first and last name
  3. your telephone number
  4. CLARS identification number (those without a CLARS number will require an assessment, please contact us for further assistance).
  • Our office will contact you if additional documentation is required.
  • Visitors to Canada may also register and attend for a fee of $10 per day, per class. 

For an assessment or to register, please call: 905-731-9557

If you are interested in improving your digital skills, want to work on your resume or interview skills, or prepare to take your GED exam, our Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program is for you!

Literacy and Basic Skill Assessment – In person and online options available!

1.  Email uplands@yrdsb.ca or call 905-731-9557 Ext. 307 with the following information:

  • your first and last name
  • your telephone number
  • tell us that you are “interested in the LBS program”

NOTE: Due to the high volume of inquires, it may take a few days to receive a reply communication from our office.  We appreciate your patience.

Thank you for your interest in our programs.  We look forward to serving you.

Orange Shirt Day- TODAY

30 Sep

Today we encourage everyone to wear an orange shirt to recognize and spread awareness of the residential school system and the impact it continues to have on indigenous communities across the country.

PDF versions of the visuals blogged earlier today about COVID-19 symptoms and deciding if you should send your child to school

29 Sep

Does your child have any symptoms of COVID-19? Are you thinking of sending them to school? Please read.

29 Sep

Dear Brownridge Families,

Please find clarification below around decision making about sending your child to school as it pertains to you and your child/ren and symptoms of COVID-19. Please see the two attached Decision Trees that you can follow when making this decision.

If a student is experiencing symptoms associated with Covid-19, they should receive a Covid test or see a medical practitioner before returning to school.

Please remember that these are unprecedented times and we must take more precautions than normal to keep all of our children and families safe. Thank you for your assistance,

Joe Gold

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Community Partnership supports for families

29 Sep

Elementary School Model Change Opportunity

18 Sep

Dear Parents,

All families with students in a YRDSB elementary school should have received the following letter from Louise Sirisko, our Director of Education, earlier this week.

Please read over the information carefully. The request form will be sent to families on Monday, September 21st and must be completed by 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 22nd. This will be the last chance to request a change to or from the Elementary Virtual School until the end of January. Please fill out of the form even if you have given your name to the school for the Elementary Virtual School wait list.

Dear Families: Thank you for your support as we work through COVID-19 school reopening.  We recognize that some families are requesting a change in their school program model from face to face learning to virtual school or from virtual school to face to face.  On Monday, September 21, we will share a School Model Change request form for families requesting a change.  

Only families requesting a school model change will need to complete this form.  The form must be completed by Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. to be considered. 

We had previously communicated an elementary transition time at the end of October. We have adjusted this to provide the opportunity now and the best continuity of learning for our students throughout the remainder of the term.  There will not be another opportunity to change program models before the end of January 2021.

Due to the complexity of the pending reorganization and staffing, your child may be assigned a new teacher. Staff will continue to work diligently to provide the best program for each child and to comply with the reduced cohort class size targets.  Please note, however, that there may be changes prior to September 30, 2020. The number of combined grade classes may increase and the number of students within each class may increase. You will be informed of any changes to your child’s class placement or program model through the school principal. We thank you for your support, patience and cooperation.
Sincerely,
Louise Sirisko Director of Education

International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) Classes

18 Sep

Registration Open for 2020-2021 Elementary

International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) Classes

Dear Families,

The International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) program provides elementary and secondary students with the opportunity to speak, read and write a new language or maintain heritage language and culture. Due to the pandemic, International and Indigenous Language classes for SK to Grade 8 students will take place online, not in the school buildings. Teachers will teach live language lessons in real time using Google Classroom to provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities during the regularly scheduled language class. 

Lots of information is also available on our International and Indigenous webpages. To learn more about elementary programs, click on elementary programs. Below you will find information on how to register for elementary (SK to grade 8) language classes.

Elementary Program Registration

  • Refer to our revised brochure for the most up-to-date information about class start dates and times.
  • Online registration is available to YRDSB and NON-YRDSB students:

Or, to create a new Edsby account

NOTE: Use of a laptop or desktop is highly recommended. Edsby cannot support online registration from any mobile or tablet device.

More information on the elementary program and secondary credit program is available on our webpages. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (905) 884-2046 ext. 242 or email us at international.languages@yrdsb.ca.  Thank you for your interest in our programs.

BROWNRIDGE SUPPORTS TERRY FOX AND THE MARATHON OF HOPE

17 Sep

The 40th Anniversary of the Terry Fox Run is around the corner.  This worthy cause occurs each year to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.   This year as part of our school’s fundraising campaign for the Terry Fox Foundation, we will be selling awesome Terry Fox t-shirts.  All sales will be included in our fundraising total toward cancer research.  Shirts come in different sizes for you and your child and cost $16 for youth sizes and $21 for adult sizes.  

Shirts will be sold on School Cash Online from September 21 to September 25th.  This year’s design includes a colourful image of Terry with silhouettes of children running with him.  What better way to help us reach our fundraising goal and show our school spirit on Run Day!  If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt/t-shirts, please go to http://www.Schoolcashonline.com.  Parents of new Brownridge students should call the school at 905-660-3083 to receive their child’s student number in order to register for School Cash Online.

Our students will be participating in the Terry Fox Run on October 2. Students will be running in their cohorts at different times throughout the day so social distancing can be maintained.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you, 

The Brownridge Team

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at Brownridge – Staggered Entry

15 Sep

As we continue with staggered entry at Brownridge, tomorrow we look forward to seeing: ALL SK STUDENTS, ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-8, AND STUDENTS IN JK WHOSE LAST NAME BEGINS WITH A-K.

Staggered Entry Tomorrow at Brownridge

14 Sep

Good evening Brownridge families,
We continue this week with staggered entry at Brownridge. We are looking forward to seeing the following groups of students tomorrow:
-All SK students
-Students in grades 1-8 whose last names begin with L-Z -Students in JK whose last names begin with L-Z