Archive | January, 2020

Info for you to know….

30 Jan

Hi all, here is some info for you to know:

  1. January 31 is a PA Day. There is no school for students.
  2. HIGH SCHOOL registration forms and transfer forms are due to the High school tomorrow – so if you did not submit them to us, please take them to the high school no later than tomorrow
  3. Remember, students should dress for the weather. Unless the temperature dips below negative 20 or the tarmac is unsafe due to ice, students will be going outside. 
  4. Safety is a priority at Brownridge. When crossing the street, please use the cross walk in front of the school appropriately (do no J-Walk). When arriving at a stop sign, please come to a complete stop. Drive slowly through the parking lot. Do not leave your vehicle unattended in the bus loop/emergency loop. Do not park behind parked vehicles. Safety over convenience; our students are precious!
  5. Wednesday, February 5 is World Read Aloud Day. Mr. Gold will be doing a read-aloud with every class in the school. This day, along with every other day, is a great time to be reading to/with your child helping to promote a love of reading. 
  6. Due to labour action, students will not be receiving first term report cards. 
  7. YRDSB elementary schools will be closed on February 6 and February 7 due to strike action. There will be no school for students. 

The Brownridge Holiday Heroes Campaign was a huge success

29 Jan

Congratulations Brownridge…and thank you. Thank you for making a difference. Thank you for using your super powers to help others. The Holiday Heroes Campaign was a huge success. Attached is a thank you letter from the YRP which we feel is important to share. Thank you to Ms. Large and Ms. Braiantsis for coordinating the campaign.

Have a wonderful day! The Brownridge Team

Brownridge Holiday Heroes Thank you Letter


Join us at Brownridge for an informative parent presentation. See details below.

27 Jan

Feb 27 2020-Simple Gift

Check out what’s happening at Brownridge…

25 Jan

Wishing our Brownridge families a Happy Chinese New Year. 

Yesterday,  staff from Vaughan Secondary School came to speak with our grade 8 students. High school Registration forms were given to student to take home. They are due back to Brownridge on Tuesday, January 28. Also, secondary school transfers are due to the high school by January 31. Any questions? Please let us know. 

Our new Play Leader program is up and running. Students in grade 5 and 6 are running structured activities for students in grades 1-3 outside at recess. Students meet at the south school wall by a pylon at the beginning of recess and listen to which games are being played along with the instructions on how to play them. Thanks to Ms. Cicione for organizing and supporting this opportunity!

On January 28 students in grades 3-8 will participate in a presentation about Harriet Tubman. Thank you to school council for providing funds to make this happen. 

On January 29, students in grades 2-4 and 5-8 will participate in workshop hosted by Youthspeak. The presentation will focus on mental well-being, wellness, coping strategies and having a voice. 

Friday, January 31 is PA Day. There is no school for students. 

SAVE THE DATE- Thursday, February 27 at 7pm. School Council has organized a presentation for parents called “A Simple Gift- Emotional Regulation”. Join us in the Brownridge library to hear about strategies to support our children. 


A Message From Our Trustee

24 Jan

Message from Our Trustee

As we enter another month of winter, this is a good time to be thinking about our health, well-being and the importance of self-care. We know that, like all of us, our students can focus better when they feel better. Our schools play an important role in health and mental health promotion and education, and fostering well-being and mental health is one of our priorities as a school board.

There is a lot of work taking place in our schools and board to create healthy schools and promote mental health and well-being, including:

This commitment is also reflected in Board policy like the Healthy Schools and Workplaces policy and procedures. Setting policy, which governs the operation of the Board, is one of the roles of trustees, and we greatly value the input provided by students, staff members, family and community members. I encourage you to look at the policies under review and share your feedback.

We have a lot to look forward to in 2020. At the Board meeting in December, trustees unanimously approved the addition of new permanent Indigenous Trustee and Indigenous Student Trustee positions. We are committed to Indigenous Education in our Board and it is important that these voices are represented at the table. We hope to fill the positions as soon as possible and will share more information as it becomes available. 

A message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees is also available on the Board website at

David Sherman

Trustee, Markham/Vaughan 

Markham Ward 1/Vaughan Ward 5



Novel Coronavirus Information

24 Jan

Dear families,

As some of you may be aware, there has been a strong media focus on a novel coronavirus, which is reported to have originated in Wuhan, China. Some families have asked questions about how our schools and our region are dealing with these reports.

Our school board has a close working relationship with York Region Community Health Services and takes advice regarding public health matters from them. Attached you will find a fact sheet released by Community Health Services for your information. Community and Health Services have established a website where you can find the attached and updated information as it becomes

Please be assured student and staff safety is our priority and we will continue to provide you with information as requested by Community and Health Services. At this time, there is no cause for concern or need to take additional measures, however, we appreciate your support in reinforcing the importance of regular hand washing and staying home if feeling unwell.


The Brownridge Team

Tonight at Brownridge- Meet Maria Maiato, the Principal of Vaughan

21 Jan

This is a reminder that Maria Maiato, Principal of Vaughan, will be coming to Brownridge this evening for an intimate and interactive discussion about high school life. Parents of students in grade 8, please join us in the Brownridge Library at 7pm for this information session. Feel free to bring your grade 8 child to ask questions and hear this important information. See you tonight! 

Things to Know at Brownridge

19 Jan

Good afternoon everyone! We hope you are staying warm on this wintery weekend! Here are some things to know:

  1. Brownridge PS, along with all elementary schools in the YRDSB, is closed on Monday, January 20 because elementary school teachers will be conducting a one day strike. School will resume on Tuesday, January 21.

  2. Join us on Monday, January 20 for our School Council Meeting at 6:30pm in the library. Come with ideas in which School Council can engage in/participate in to make Brownridge your home away from home!

  3. Students in grades 6,7 and 8 will be participating in the Values, Influences and Peers program (VIP) over the next few weeks.

  4. On Wednesday, January 29, students will participate in Youth Speak presentations. The focus of the presentations is Mental Health and Wellness. Coping in the face of adversity is a necessary skill. Youth Speak will engage students in self-awareness and opportunities to gain a better understanding about Mental Health.

  5. Friday, January 31 is a PA Day. There is no school for students.

  6. Save the Date- School Council has organized a presentation for parents and guardians. On Thursday, February 27, join us at 7pm in the Brownridge Library for a presentation called “A Simple Gift- Emotional regulation”. More details to follow.



16 Jan

Dear Families,

Kindergarten registration will begin on January 17, 2020 for the 2020-21 school year. We are excited for you to join the Brownridge family!

Children who turn four or five years old during 2020, live within the school boundary and whose parents/guardians are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for kindergarten.

There are two ways you can register for Kindergarten:

  • You can access the online registration information at laptop or desktop computer is strongly recommended to complete the online registration, rather than a mobile device.  Once you have completed the forms online, you will need to take some required documents to your school for verification only.
  • In person. Families are welcome to visit the school in person to register beginning January 17. Registration forms are available at the school or on the Board’s website at


16 Jan


FI registration will begin on January 17, 2020. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2020, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, who are living in the Forest Run, Carrville Mills, Thornhill Woods, Bakersfield, and Wilshire school areas, can visit or call their home school office and request an Office Index Card – short version. This Office Index Card must be signed by the principal of the home school. Parents or guardians then take this form, along with one piece of identification showing their address to the designated FI program location to register, between January 17 and February 7, 2020.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations

Late registrations are those submitted after February 7, 2020.  Late registrations will be treated on a first- come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.