An update from YRDSB Director of Education, Louise Sirisko

2 Apr

Dear Families, 

Earlier this week, we sent home a letter to families that outlined the steps the Board was taking to move learning opportunities online with our new Learning and Caring Plan. Today, I am pleased to provide you with another update and share additional information about what students and families can expect in the coming weeks.

This plan has four steps that outline how teachers will implement and deliver teacher-led learning to our students, in line with Ministry of Education requirements. We have posted an overview of the Learning and Caring Plan on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca/covid19, along with our FAQs section that provides the most up-to-date answers that are frequently asked. 

This week, your children’s teachers are contacting families, preparing their online platforms, conducting curriculum checks and planning. Next week, teachers will begin to clarify expectations for students and implement teacher-led learning. This will be an exciting time for students, teachers, principals, and support staff. As we move into this next stage of teacher-led learning, there will be many opportunities for exploration, collaboration, and engagement. Together, we will accomplish great things. 

As outlined by the letter you received yesterday from the Minister of Education, teachers will deliver learning by grade groupings as follows:

  • Kindergarten-Grade 3: five hours of work per student/week 
  • Grades 4-6: five hours of work per student/week 
  • Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student/week 
  • Grades 9-12: three hours of work per course per week for semestered students; 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students 

I want to assure you that we will continue to plan for the needs of all of our students, including students with special education needs and English language learners. Teachers have been provided supplementary resources to design learning opportunities to engage students in accessing concepts and skills based on the Ontario curriculum. 

We will be reaching out to families who have requested technology and internet service in the coming week to share how we can provide the support your family needs to access teacher-led learning.

As we implement our Learning and Caring Plan, we know that each class may look different depending on the student and class needs, area of study, and teacher’s professional judgement. We ask for your patience as we chart this new course together. I want to acknowledge the work of our educators and staff in preparing for this transition to new ways of teaching and learning.

I know our educators are looking forward to reconnecting with their students, and we will continue to navigate these uncertain times together, keeping our students at the centre of all that we do. 

Sincerely, 

Louise Sirisko

Director of Education 

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30 Mar

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Reconnecting with Brownridge- WE MISS YOU!

30 Mar

Dear Brownridge families,

On behalf of all our staff here at Brownridge, we miss having our students come to school each day and the many connections we have with families. We know how important social distancing is at this time, and I hope that you and your family are doing well and staying healthy during these challenging days.

During this week, staff from Brownridge will be contacting families to check in on students. We want to ensure that you receive information from our school, as well as the School Board. As we move forward with online learning opportunities, we want to confirm that students can access a digital environment. As our staff will not be calling from our school, you may see calls coming from, “unknown caller ID”, “Private Name” or “Private Number.”  Throughout this week, we ask that you pick up the call as it may be your child’s teacher. We also know that there is an increase in fraudulent calls, please be assured that your child’s teacher will always identify themselves as such and will only ask questions regarding your child’s education. Just as a reminder, please do not to give sensitive personal information (such as social insurance numbers, etc.) over the phone. Your child’s teacher would not ask this type of information during a call.  

To ensure that our staff can connect with all our families, we will encourage that calls be kept positive and focused. We know that you will have many questions that are still being worked on at the provincial level.  Once we have further information, we will share updates at www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 , Twitter @YRDSB, and emails. 

If you are not already using Twitter as a social media tool, I would highly recommend you do so. Following @brownridgeps and following @yrdsb can help you navigate these unchartered waters. Sign up today to stay up to date. There has also been information posted on Instagram at brownridgepslearningcommons that is definitely worth checking out.

Thank you and please take care of yourselves,

Joe

 

Info to Know from Brownridge…

23 Mar

Good Afternoon Brownridge Families!

We hope you are well and, like us, maintaining a positive outlook during these uncertain times. Here is what you need to know right now:

  • We can’t wait to see our students and families asap. 
  • There are links on the YRDSB website with information about how to talk to your children about COVID-19. Click YRDSB Resources for info.
  •  The Minister of Education announced the Learn from Home platform that you may choose to access with your children. The YRDSB also has links that you can access at home (www.yrdsb.ca) and some teachers have been posting on their Google class sites, Twitter and Instagram. Please check out those resources if you would like.
  • At this time, we are returning to school on April 6th. If anything changes, you will be notified by email, Blog and Tweet.
  • There is an amazing amount of information to help everyone on Twitter, so you may want to consider getting an account if you don’t have one. Follow us @brownridgeps

If you or anyone you know from our community needs support, please let us know. We want to help ensure that we all continue to come together as a community to help emerge as a healthy and happy community.

Be well, stay healthy, wash your hands, socially distance and take care of each other!

The Brownridge Team

Info to Know from Brownridge

16 Mar

Info to know from Brownridge:

  1. We would like to wish all of our Brownridge families a healthy and restful March Break. This is a reminder that by order of the Minister of Education, all publicly funded schools in Ontario will be closed from March 14, 2020 until April 5, 2020 to interrupt the spread of COVID-19. Transportation services, continuing education, permit activities, before and after care programs and daycare are also closed. Schools and services are expected to resume April 6, 2020.
  2. Hot Lunches at Brownridge- go to School Cash Online to order your Monday and Friday hot lunches for your child. In addition to your child receiving a warm and delicious lunch, the school receives a portion of funds to support initiatives for students. (Please note, School Cash Online closes for hot lunches on March 27. Don’t delay, order today!)
  3. Thank you to everyone who ordered Brownridge Bear Wear. You will be receiving your clothing in the next few weeks. 
  4. Lunchtime and after school programs- flyers with information about programs will be coming home in the first week or two upon our return after April 6. Stay tuned!
  5. Lice checks are being rescheduled.
  6. Spring Photos and Grad photos are being rescheduled.
  7. Movie Night is being rescheduled.

Stay healthy everyone!

 

 

BEACH DAY AT BROWNRIDGE- TOMORROW

11 Mar

Tomorrow is Beach Day at Brownridge! Show your spirit tomorrow by dressing up!

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Info to Know at Brownridge

10 Mar
  1. SPIRIT WEAR – Brownridge Spirit Wear (hoodies and t-shirts) is available for purchase now!!! Don’t delay….. all of the information is on School Cash Online. Look good, feel good and show your spirit! Last day for orders is March 13/2020.
  2. Hot lunches for our Spring Session at Brownridge are available for ordering. All families were recently sent an email with ordering information. Go to School Cash Online and order your hot lunches today. This means fewer lunches to make and help fundraise for your school.
  3. COLD AND FLU SEASON– Families, staff and students are encouraged to continue reinforcing the important preventive measures during cold and influenza season, including- Staying home if you are ill, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, not touching your face, and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, elbow or sleeve. Stay healthy everyone!
  4. We have spirit, yes we do, we have spirit how about you?!? Thursday is BEACH DAY!!!! Show your spirit at Brownridge and dress for the beach on Thursday!!!
  5. SAVE THE DATE- OUR SECOND MOVIE NIGHT IS HAPPENING ON APRIL 2, 2020! More info to come shortly.
  6. March Break is next week. There is no school for students from March 16-March 20.
  7. Follow us on Twitter @brownridgeps for up to date information and photos.

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