Archive | September, 2014

Reminder to Call in Absences

23 Sep

With the upcoming Jewish New Year, we would like to remind parents to call in their child’s absence prior to the beginning of the school day. If the absence is for more than one day, please leave that information on the message, as well as identifying the reason for the absence i.e., faith day(s), illness. The school number is 905-660-3083.

School Council Meeting Thursday, Sept. 18 @ 7:00 p.m.

17 Sep

Please join us for our first School Council meeting of the year on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 7:00 pm in the library.  We encourage you to come to the meeting, learn about our school, and participate in our shared work to support the learning and well-being of our students. School Council elections will be first on the agenda.

Terry Fox Walk – Sept 24

15 Sep


Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue.  It’s got to keep going.”  – Terry Fox, July 10, 1980.

Terry Fox lost his battle with cancer within a year of charging Canadians with the task of finishing the race he didn’t get to complete.  Over the last 33 years we’ve responded, and the Terry Fox Foundation far exceeded Terry’s original goal of raising twenty-five million dollars, having raised more than half a billion dollars for cancer research to date.

Once again this year, Brownridge P.S. is proud to be raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation to support cancer research.  We are asking students to support the effort by collecting money for this event (please, no door to door soliciting).  Our goal this year is to raise $3000.00.  Our school walk will take place on Wednesday, September 24th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  We thank you for your support and look forward to a fantastic event!

Hot Lunches Update/We Need Volunteers.

12 Sep

Dear Brownridge Families!
Welcome back to a new school year, and to the start of our hot lunch program. We will begin in October, but we need YOUR help. The forms will be sent home shortly, and we need parent volunteers to help us distribute the lunches. If you can give us even ONE HOUR a month, that would be very helpful. Please email us at with your name, child’s name, contact information and what dates (Mondays or Fridays) you might be available. Running a hot lunch is easy, and we provide step by step instructions. There will also always be a council member with you. Helping out with hot lunch is a great way of getting involved in the school, and getting to know your community.

Don’t forget, our first council meeting is on September 18th at 7pm.
Come on out and have a voice! We’d love for you to join us

Thank you,
Danielle Morris
Vice Chair

Book of Forms

8 Sep


We would like to thank all our Brownridge P.S. parents and guardians who have completed and returned their Book of Forms.  It is important that the various forms are read, signed and returned to us.  Among the forms to be signed and returned, are the:

As well, if you would like to volunteer at our school please return the Volunteer Form.  Additionally, if your child has an anaphylactic condition please complete the Anaphylactic Reactions Protocol.  Finally, if your child has any other medical condition please complete the Emergency Health Care Plan.  We thank our community for their help with gathering this important information.

Curriculum Night Sept 11@ 6:45 p.m.

8 Sep

Curriculum Night begins at 6:45 this Thursday, Sept 11. We’d like to invite parents first into the gym for staff introductions and a brief presentation by admininstration. Teachers will begin curriculum presentations at 7:00 p.m. There will be 2 twenty-five minute sessions to accommodate families with more than one child at Brownridge. Please connect with your child’s teacher if you are unable to attend.

Anaphylactic Reactions Protocol

8 Sep


The York Region District School Board believes that all students and staff are entitled to safe and healthy learning and working environments (Board Policy 661.0, Anaphylactic Reactions).  At Brownridge P.S., there are students and staff with life-threatening allergies (anaphylaxis), and we work together to provide a safe environment for anaphylactic staff, students and members of the community by:

• sharing information about anaphylaxis with the school community or workplace,
• minimizing allergens (e.g. nuts and nut products) that cause anaphylactic reactions, wherever possible, though we acknowledge that it is impossible to ensure the elimination of all allergens in the school,
• developing emergency response procedures in case of accidental exposure, and
• fostering a safe, caring and supportive environment for those at risk of anaphylaxis.

We would remind parents and guardians to immediately inform the school if their child has a diagnosed, life-threatening allergy, and complete and return the Anaphylactic Reactions Protocol Form.  (This needs to be done annually.)  As well, parents are responsible for providing the school with two in-date epinephrine auto-injectors to be used in the event of an anaphylactic reaction.  One epinephrine auto-injector will carried by the student at all times and the other will be kept in the office.

We thanks all parents, students, and community members for their support in making Brownridge P.S. a safe school.

Primary Class Sizes in Ontario

2 Sep

We are pleased to welcome our new and returning families to Brownridge Public School for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Ministry of Education sets out various class requirements, such as primary class sizes (grade one through three) of 20 or fewer students and full day kindergarten class sizes of 30 or fewer students, led by partnerships between teachers and designated early childhood educators. The staff of Brownridge P.S. have worked very hard to organize classes in order to comply with Ministry directives and to provide for the best interest of student learning in the building. This has resulted in many combined classes in primary, junior and intermediate levels.

We have received many new registrations over the summer and it is also possible that students may not return to Brownridge P.S. who are currently on our class lists. As a result, it may be necessary for school administration, in collaboration with teaching staff, to make class placement changes during the month of September and potentially reorganize many classes toward the end of the month to meet Ministry compliance requirements. Please rest assured that we will take all possible steps to cause the least amount of disruption to our learning environment. Because of these factors, however, we are unable to address parent requests for changes to their child’s class placement at the time.

During the first week of school, safety and supervision of all students is the priority of school staff including school administrators. We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and understanding during the first week, while routines are being established.