Archive | November, 2018

EVERY STUDENT COUNTS SURVEY COMING HOME THIS WEEK…

19 Nov

Student voice is important to us. From November 12 to 30, 2018, the York Region District School Board will invite all students to participate in the Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS).  Student letters will be handed out this week.

The purpose of this census survey is to better understand YRDSB’s diverse student population as well as students’ experiences in school and outside of school. The survey results will be used to help improve our schools and to:

  • Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success;

  • Create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and,

  • Improve student achievement and well-being.

All students will be given the opportunity to participate. Accessibility options will be available for any student who needs assistance completing the survey.

  • For students in Kindergarten to Grade 6, the survey will be sent home to be completed with a parent/guardian.

  • Students in Grades 7-12 will be invited to complete the census at their school.

The Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS) is confidential but not anonymous. To ensure confidentiality, no directly identifying information (such as student name) will be on the survey. As one of the main purposes of the survey is to identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success, all surveys will include a unique code that will be used to link the survey data with student achievement data.  Survey results will only be reported in aggregate form (grouped data only) and no individual students will be identified. A summary of the results will be available at schools and on this webpage in Spring 2019.

Additional information about the survey is available on the ESCS Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

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PERSONAL BRANDING SEMINAR- FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN GRADES 7 AND 8. JOIN US ON NOVEMBER 27

19 Nov

BrandED Parent night flyer 2018

INFO TO KNOW AT BROWNRIDGE…

16 Nov

BE IN THE KNOW…

  1. Holiday Heroes Campaign: This year marks the 22nd time the Holiday Heroes Campaign has been able to change the lives of families who have come into hard times. This year’s campaign will run from November 22nd to December 13, 2018 and 100 per cent of the donations directly support families from our community who are in need. We are asking families to bring in new unwrapped toys, new clothing (hats, mitts, gloves, etc.) and non-perishable food items. Last year the support was amazing. Thank you for your generosity and for being change-makers. 
  2. SAVE THE DATE FOR THE BROWNRIDGE COMIC CON!!! This epic event is taking place on Thursday, December 6. Be prepared to be wowed with student created comics, student created art, sci-fi characters and more! Students in grades 1-4 will be showcasing their graphic novels/comics/art from 9am-10:20am and students in grades 5-8 will be showcasing their Comic Con art/graphic noves/comic strips from 1:20pm-3:00pm. All are welcome to join us for this amazing literacy event!
  3. As you know, next Thursday and Friday are parent/teacher interviews and student led conferencing. The Scholastic Book fair will be here in the library so you can explore different genres and help promote a love of reading. 
  4. Congratulations to our Intermediate boys volleyball team for demonstrating teamwork and sportsmanship at today’s tournament. They showed true character and amazing skill. Thanks to Mr. Hinds and Ms. Suh for coaching. 
  5. Our primary students got to attend a ballet today. They were mesmerized by the dancing and the music. 
  6. This is a reminder that Friday, November 23 is a PA Day.
  7. On Monday, students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will be bringing home the “EVERY STUDENT COUNTS” SURVEY. The purpose of this census survey is to better understand YRDSB’s diverse student population as well as students’ experiences in school and outside of school. The survey results will be used to help improve our schools and to:
    • Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success;

    • Create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and,

    • Improve student achievement and well-being.

    All students will be given the opportunity to participate. Accessibility options will be available for any student who needs assistance completing the survey.

    • For students in Kindergarten to Grade 6, the survey will be sent home to be completed with a parent/guardian.

    • Students in Grades 7-12 will be invited to complete the census at their school.

    The Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS) is confidential. To ensure confidentiality, no directly identifying information (such as student name) will be on the survey. As one of the main purposes of the survey is to identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success, all surveys will include a unique code that will be used to link the survey data with student achievement data.  Survey results will only be reported in aggregate form (grouped data only) and no individual students will be identified. A summary of the results will be available at schools and on this webpage in Spring 2019.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

The Brownridge Team

 

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Inclement Weather Policy- Please read carefully.

16 Nov

School Bus Cancellations

Parking Lot Safety

14 Nov

Dear Brownridge Families,

 

You are receiving this email because of a growing concern about parking lot safety at Brownridge PS. At the School Council meeting on Monday evening, there were issues raised about the speed at which cars are being driven in the parking lot, the location at which students are being dropped off, the blocking in of parked vehicles and the parking of cars in the middle of the parking lot so parents can walk their students into the school. Based on the dialogue and concern for student safety, we are asking the following:

Please slow down. Safety over convenience at all times.

  1. Please park on the road or in a parking spot if you are walking your child on to school property. DO NOT park in areas which stop the flow of traffic and block cars in.
  2. Please note:  The bus loop is off limits to cars from 8:15 onward as this interferes with bus drop offs and cars are not allowed to pass the buses.  Please drop your child off at the sidewalk near the entrance to the parking lot at the west end of the school and then drive through the parking lot once your child is dropped off. Do not stop for extended periods of time and do not park in the middle of the parking lot.
  3. Do not enter through the exit as this is one-way and an accident waiting to happen.
  4. The handicap parking spot near the daycare is only to be used by those who have a permit to do so.
  5. Consider walking to school.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  Unfortunately if these guidelines are not followed we will have to close the parking lot between 8:25 and 8:40 each morning in order to keep our children safe.

If you have any questions please let us know.

Thank you,

The Brownridge Team

 

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The Brownridge School Council is putting together our second awesome evening of fun…save the date!

12 Nov

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INFO TO KNOW AT BROWNRIDGE…

9 Nov

Info to know:

  1. Thank you to Gershon Willinger for coming to Brownridge to speak to our students in grades 6,7 and 8 about the Holocaust and his story of survival. It was educational, inspirational and impactful. Mr. Willinger gave students a firsthand account of his experiences in concentration camps, the amazing risks individuals took to save Jews and the importance of never being a bystander. #standupforwhatyoubelievein
  2. Our Remembrance Day assembly is taking place on Monday, November 12. On Remembrance Day, we remember the veterans who served our country in times of conflict. Every year, Canadians pause for a moment of silence to remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. By remembering their service and their sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom these men and women fought to preserve. They believe that their actions in the present would make a significant difference for the future, but it is up to us to ensure that their dream of peace is realized. On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve.
  3. Progress reports are coming home on November 21. Student led conferences and Parent teacher interviews are taking place on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. You can now sign up on EDSBY (please see eblasts and blogs for more info).
  4. Our grades 4 and 5 tech club started this week. This student led initiative was a huge hit and the students learned from each other. They explored Cahoot as a program and a good time was had by all.
  5. Our intermediate girls played hard at a volleyball tournament this week. They demonstrated sportsmanship and skill. Thanks to Mr. Hinds and Ms. Suh for coaching.
  6. As the snowflakes fell from the sky today, it was a good reminder that students need to have appropriate clothing when at school. Please ensure students have hats, gloves and appropriate footwear for the weather.
  7. Join us on Monday, November 12 for our School Council Mtg. See you at 6:30 in the library.
  8. Next week students will have an opportunity to complete the “Every Student Counts” Survey. Stay tuned for further instructions.
  9. SAVE THE DATE: BRANDED PRESENTATION FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN GRADE 7 AND 8- Nov 27, 2018
  10. SAVE THE DATE: BINGO NIGHT AT BROWNRIDGE- Nov 29, 2018

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Brownridge Team

The Scholastic Book fair is coming to Brownridge…

7 Nov

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming!!!
It’s time for our Scholastic Book Fair! The fair will feature picture books, novels, non-fiction books, activity books and many other quality titles on display for all reading levels and ages. There will also be some French titles.

If you are looking for holiday gifts for a special person, trying to promote a love of reading with your children, wanting to explore different genres or just want to find a new book to lose yourself in, then you will definitely want to visit the book fair.

The Scholastic Book Fair will run from Tuesday, November 20th until the evening of Thursday, November 22nd. All students will be scheduled for pre-visits on Tuesday, Nov 20 and Wednesday, Nov 21. Students may begin to purchase items on the Wednesday. We will make wish lists available for the Primary students to write down book titles and prices for discussion with their parents.

Proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase more resources for our school library so we encourage your participation. Go over the book list flyer (which will be coming home soon) with your child and help him/her make selections. Better still, come to the book fair and have a look at the books. Please note, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the evening during parent-teacher interviews on Thursday, November 22nd from 3:30 PM- 8:00PM.
Thank you for your support!

The Brownridge Team

PS. If you are available to volunteer during the hours of the book fair please let Ms. Tenenbaum know at 905-660-3083 ex 526

 

Parent Teacher Interviews/Student Led Conferencing- Sign up on Edsby beginning 9am on Friday, November 9th

7 Nov

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As per last year, Brownridge will continue to use EDSBY in order to book and manage Parent-Teacher Interviews or Student Led Conferencing for students in SK to grade 8 on either the evening of Thursday, November 22 or Friday, November 23. 

Beginning on Friday, November 9 at 9am, EDSBY online bookings will be open for parents/guardians to choose their interview time and date. To book a time, you need to log into EDSBY and open your mail (located near the top left corner of the screen). If you need support, please visit https://www.edsby.com/help/parents. If you require further support, please call the school office. (Please note, bookings cannot be made prior to 9am on Friday, November 9).

Thank you,

The Brownridge Team

Holocaust Education Week- Special Guest Speaker at Brownridge

2 Nov
The week of November 1 – 8, 2018 marks the 38th annual Holocaust Education Week. This year’s focus is entitled ILLUMINATING THE SHADOWS: Untold Stories of the Holocaust, which sheds light on untold stories, new research, and marginalized histories of the Holocaust.

Brownridge Public School is proud to be hosting a Holocaust Survivor Speaker. On Friday, November 9th at 11:00 a.m., students in grades 6- 8 will have the opportunity to hear our guest speaker Mr. Gershon Willinger. Parents and Guardians, if you are interested in attending the presentation, please RSVP HERE.

Gershon Willinger was born in Holland, in 1942.  His experience in the Holocaust is a very different story because he was a very young boy who was unaware of his environment, and did not know what to do. Guido and Edith, his parents, were German Jews. They were both murdered in 1943, in a Polish concentration camp called Sobibor.  His parents gave him to a friend in Holland who was a farmer.  Gershon was taken by the Nazis and placed in a children’s home in Westerberg, Germany.  He was then taken with a group a children originally headed to Auschwitz concentration camp, but they were rerouted to  Bergen-Belsen.  Gershon and 48 other children were then moved to the Theresienstadt concentration  camp.  He was liberated by the USSR and remembers one of the soldiers hugging him and giving him candy.  Gershon is currently 73 years old and lives in Toronto with his wife.

Holocaust Education Week brings generations of communities together who share a commitment to learning and explores different national, generational and cultural narratives of the Holocaust and its aftermath.