Archive | March, 2019


16 Mar

X Fusion Community Event Invite


14 Mar

BRING A BOOK/TAKE BOOK- We have an exciting literary/community outreach opportunity that will be happening at Brownridge on April 5th. Brownridge School Council is launching a “Bring a Book, Take a Book” initiative to support literacy, inclusivity and community outreach at Brownridge.

Here are the details:

1) Every student in Brownridge is invited to bring in books from home that they no longer read/use.
2) During the day on Friday, April 5th, classes will be called to the book tables where EACH student will be able to choose a free book to take home.
3) Students are also invited to purchase additional books for 50¢ each.
4) All monies raised will be donated to charity and all remaining books will be donated to four or five charities that are in need of books.

More info to know:
A) Each student at Brownridge will be able to take a free book home.
B) Barb Rabin, one of our school social workers, has been speaking with classes about the “Bring a book, Take a book” initiative and discussing how it connects to kindness, giving and inclusivity related to charity and those in need.
C) On the day of the “Bring a Book, Take a Book”, books will be displayed on tables for students to choose from.

Please send in books with your child at your earliest convenience!

Thank you to school council for organizing this amazing initiative.

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7 Mar

Congratulations to the Brownridge intermediate boys basketball team for winning at the Regional basketball championship tournament today! Their sportsmanship, dedication and unwavering commitment was truly remarkable. Thanks to Coach Hinds for his awesome leadership and coaching! #GOBEARSGO!!!!



Be in the know at Brownridge…

6 Mar

Be in the know…

  1. We are super excited for MOVIE NIGHT hosted by the grade 8 grad fundraising committee tomorrow (Thursday) evening. Choose between Star Wars, the Force Awakens, Coco and Wreck it Ralph. Snacks and dinner is available for purchase. See the flyer below for details.

  2. We ask families of Kindergarten students to continue to drop off and pick up through the front doors until the ice leading to the outdoor Kindergarten doors melts. Thanks for your understanding.

  3. We are super excited for our CAPES FOR KIDS fundraiser to help raise funds for Holland Bloorview. Proudly wear a cape on Friday to show your superhero power of making a difference in our community. Our goal is to collect $1000 in this amazing school wide initiative. Visit the Capes for Kids website for more information. We thank everyone who has donated thus far. #weareallinthistogether

  4. All students will have a chance to visit the lost and found prior to March Break. All remaining items will be donated to charity. Feel free to see if there is anything that belongs to your child/ren.

  5. Thank you to Ms. Barbieri, Ms. Suh and Mr. Brennan for leading an epic trip of a lifetime for our grade 8 students to Muskoka Woods. The feedback from students was amazing and enthusiastic. Check out lots of photos on Twitter @brownridgeps

  6. Congratulations to our intermediate boys basketball team for making it to the regionals. We wish you all the best in tomorrow’s tournament!

The Brownridge Team

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4 Mar

Good morning,

 It has just come to our attention that one of the Fridays in May was missed.  Therefore, we have added May 3 as a separate option to sign up for.  If you have already ordered your hot lunches, please ensure you go back in to School Cash Online to place this order.  If you have not ordered yet, please remember to select May 3 as well.  Thank you.



3 Mar

Dear Grade 8 Families,

We are super excited that Muskoka is TOMORROW! Here are a few reminders to help you and your child prepare for the trip:

  • Students will arrive at regular school time on Monday, March 4 and will gather in the gym. We anticipate returning to school by 3pm on Wednesday, March 6. However, due to the unpredictability of traffic and weather, if your child regularly takes the school bus home, please arrange for an alternative way for your child to get home.
  • Your child will need to bring a lunch or bring money to purchase lunch on Monday. All other meals will be provided by Muskoka Woods.
  • If your child is bringing medication (whether it is prescription or for just in case), you will need to complete a “Self-Administration of Medication” form, and staff will be happy to assist. In addition, please write on a separate sheet of paper the following information: Your child’s name, name of medication, when medication is needed (schedule or with onset of specific symptoms), how often medication is given, dosage, special instructions (e.g., storage). Please place EACH medication in a separate ziploc bag along with the corresponding Self-Administration of Medication form and information sheet. Students are to give these to their teachers on Monday morning.
  • Please remind your child that they will be outdoors for most of the day and to follow the packing list provided. It is generally colder in Muskoka. They will need to wear layers and bring lots of extras (e.g., socks, mitts, hats, scarves, etc.). Snow pants and waterproof boots are HIGHLY recommended.
  • There is absolutely NO FOOD, NO TECHNOLOGY and NO VALUABLES on this trip. Should students bring their technology to school on Monday, they will leave it in the office and you are welcome to come pick it up on their behalf.
  • We would love to update you on all the fun that the students are having while on the trip.  Please follow our school’s twitter at @BrownridgePS. We do require your permission to post pictures of your child on Twitter. Please ensure your child has returned their consent forms by Monday. If you have not done so yet, you can sign the permission form on Monday. Drop by the office so your child’s beautiful smile does not get covered by an emoji!

This is going to be the trip of a lifetime!!! 

The Brownridge Team


Be Safe Online…

1 Mar

Dear Families,

As you may be aware, there has been recent media attention on an Internet challenge that may cause concern for families. The Internet provides access to many engaging learning opportunities, but requires responsible use and digital citizenship. Parents play an important role in ensuring their child’s safety, including on the Internet. It’s important for parents to talk to children about the importance of being safe, protecting their personal information and stressing that they should never disclose personal details that would allow someone online to contact them in real life.

Here are 12 tips to promote safe online behaviour:

  • Children should never give anyone their name, address, telephone number, computer password, or any other personal information on the Internet without parental or guardian consent.
  • Children should only use social media and websites approved by their parent or guardian.
  • Internet use should be encouraged in a central place in your home where you can supervise children’s online activities.
  • Don’t allow a webcam in a child’s bedroom.
  • Watch for children quickly minimizing sites when you enter the room.
  • Reinforce that people online may not be who they say they are.
  • Consider using parental controls like Internet filters or blocking software.
  • Remind children that everything said online stays in cyberspace forever, whether or not it is deleted.
  • Talk to your children about Internet safety and clearly define your rules.
  • Never respond to messages that make them feel confused or uncomfortable.
  • Pay attention to the games your children may download or copy.
  • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they meet online.

Reinforce a sense of safety. Some Internet content can evoke a sense of fear or lack of safety in your child. It can be difficult for some children to discern fact / fiction online. Try to offer reassurance that your child is safe. Children and youth take their emotional cues from the significant adults in their lives. Your reactions can help to model calmness to your child. Recognize that some children may be concerned about something bad happening to themselves, family or friends. Explain to them the safety measures in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them.

Be a good listener and observer. Let children guide you to learn how concerned they are or how much information they need. If they are not focused on the issue, do not dwell on it. However, be available to answer their questions to the best of your ability. Young children may not be able to express themselves verbally. Pay attention to changes in their behaviour or social interactions.

Reach out. Reach out to the school if you feel that your child may be showing a significant reaction to online material. We may be able to offer some classroom strategies that could help reduce stress. It may also be important to seek additional support from a school mental health professional (i.e., social worker or psychologist) to cope with overwhelming feelings experienced by children and youth.

Thank you,

The Brownridge Team

Be in the know at Brownridge!

1 Mar

Here is important information for you to be aware of from Brownridge!

  • Kindergarten entry and exit: As you know the pathway to the Kindergarten area is quite slippery. The cold temperatures prevent the salt and sand from melting the ice. Until the temperature improves, please drop off and pick up your child through the front doors. Alternatively, for entry, you may drive into the bus loop and have your child walked to the classroom by a staff member on duty between 8:25 and 8:40.

  • CAPES FOR KIDS: Brownridge is embarking on another journey of kindness and community outreach to build on our Holiday Heroes Campaign. We are fundraising for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital with Capes for Kids! Our goal is to collect $1000 in this amazing school wide initiative. To celebrate, we are encouraging all students and staff to wear a cape to school on March 8th, 2019 to recognize the heroic potential in all of us. Visit the Capes for Kids website for more information. We thank everyone who has donated thus far. #weareallinthistogether

  • Muskoka Woods- Grade 8 TripWe are super excited for the grade 8 trip happening from Monday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 6 at Muskoka Woods. This trip of a lifetime includes team building activities, a ropes course, outdoor adventure, delicious food and more. Some quick tips: Dress for the cold. We will be outdoors A LOT! Leave all food and technology at home. Students will be unplugged this weekend. Follow us on Twitter @brownridgeps where we will be posting pictures and info about the trip. (Your grade 8 child should have brought home a permission form indicating your preference to have their picture posted on Twitter or not.) 

  • Movie NightJoin us for a free Movie Night this Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 when pizza, snacks and water will be sold. Movies begin at 6pm. Our grad fundraising committee and students from the Student Voice Club will be available to support the VIP experience bringing you food and drinks RIGHT TO YOUR SEATS!!! It doesn’t get better than this. See the flyer for details!

  • Upcoming dates to know:

7 Free Movie Night
8 Wear a cape for CAPES FOR KIDS
11-15 March Break
26-28 X-Fusion
28 Free Evening activity with X-Fusion

2 Autism Awareness Day
9 Photo Day
18 Parent Talk- Speaker series at Brownridge for parents: Topic- Self Regulation in children

Movie Night Poster

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Spring Hot Lunches Now On Sale

1 Mar

Dear Brownridge Families,

The Spring session for hot lunches opened today on School Cash Online.  For Mondays you will be able to order Chicken Fingers and/or Pasta and/or Salad. For Fridays you will be able to order pizza.

Please note that on Mondays, pasta and chicken fingers will be offered every week and will not rotate.  Students may choose pasta or chicken fingers or both, but it will be the same weekly order for the entire session.

Also, pizza lunch on Friday April 26 is being offered separately from the rest of the session because of Passover.  If you would like pizza on April 26, please ensure you select that order as well.

The exact dates for hot lunches are:

Mondays – Apr 1, 8, 15, 29; May 6, 13, 27; June 10, 17, 24

Fridays – April 5, 12, 26 (Passover); May 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21

Hot lunches for the Spring session will be available to order on School Cash Online until March 22. No orders will be accepted after this date under any circumstances.

A number of reminders:

  1. The first day for spring hot lunches is Monday April 1.
  2. Please print or save your receipt to ensure you complete your order.  A number of people thought they paid for winter session but the order was sitting in their cart.
  3. If you wish to have pizza the week of Passover (April 26), please ensure you select that order as it is separate from the rest of the pizza order.

Kids’ Kitchen will continue to offer a variety of hot lunches on Wednesdays.  If you are interested in purchasing these lunches, please follow the attached instructions on how to set up an account (these lunches will not be offered through School Cash Online as payment will be made directly to Kids’ Kitchen).  The menu has been attached as well.

Kids Kitchen – How to flyerKids

Kitchen Menu


The Brownridge team