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Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day

26 Jan

Bell Let’s Talk Day is on January 26th- What’s Happening at Brownridge?

22 Jan

Dear Brownridge families,

COVID-19 has presented unprecedented issues and concerns for our community, our country and the world. As we focus on keeping our families and ourselves healthy and containing the spread of COVID-19, we must also keep ourselves mentally well. The uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus, significant alterations to daily routines and structures, and changes to social interactions with important people in our lives can result in accumulated stress.

 What can we do? At Brownridge,

  1. We continue to promote a sense of belonging,
  2. Each morning during student entry, music is played over the PA system,
  3. Words of inspiration and a daily dose of funny (a joke) are shared over the announcements each day,
  4. We practice gratitude,
  5. We “drop everything and CARE” (Calm and Resilient Everyday) every Monday where were engage in a school wide activity promoting wellness and coping,
  6. All teachers have been provided with a resource called “Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resources” (check out this resource on our school website here) to implement various activities in the classroom,
  7. We have a virtual Zen Den for students to help with calming and coping,
  8. Videos and slides have been shared with teachers to use in the classroom to promote calming, coping, and well-being.

From January 24th to January 28th, there will be an increased focus on well-being. Bell Let’s Talk Day is happening on January 26th. This week, our SWAT team (School Wellness Action Team) will be implementing various activities to promote well-being with our students. Connecting, talking, listening, and taking action are imperative to making a difference for our students. Helping to end the stigma around mental illness can help people seek the help they need and create a positive change. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma of having a problem and asking for help. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with mental health do not seek help. Together we can strive to make things a little better each and every day.

What can you do? Attached you will find a Bingo Board with various activities you can do at home as a family. Engaging in and talking about well-being activities can promote dialogue, thinking, and action. Some of the items on the Bingo Board may need to be adapted to suit the needs of your family/location. Come up with different activities/actions together and see what a difference they can make. The Bingo activity is attached to this email.

For more ideas and insights, visit You can also visit to find resources that support mental health, well-being, and coping. 

Let’s keep talking, let’s reduce the stigma, and let’s make a difference!

Joe Gold


17 Jan

Good Evening Brownridge Families!

Due to today’s significant snowfall and continuing conditions of roads, sidewalks and school parking lots, all York Region District School Board schools will continue to be closed to students on January 18, 2022.

As this will be the second inclement weather day of the school year, the following will apply:

  • All elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students.
  • Students will learn remotely (synchronous learning) for the day.

For more information, including information on when schools and Board locations are re-opening, visit or follow us on Twitter @YRDSB

Be safe everyone!
Joe Gold

Inclement Weather Day- Schools are closed/buses are cancelled- January 17

17 Jan

Good Morning Brownridge Families!

You may have already seen or heard the news, but it is officially an Inclement Weather Day for YRDSB.  Schools are CLOSED to students and all transportation is CANCELLED.  Teachers have posted asynchronous material for students to work through today at their own pace.  This work can be found on Google Classroom.  We look forward to seeing everyone back at school tomorrow (January 18th)!  Please contact us through email today if you have any questions or concerns.

Stay safe!

Joe Gold

YRDSB email to families from January 16, 2022:

As noted in our earlier communication to families, this year, when an inclement weather day is declared, school transportation will be cancelled and schools will be closed to students. If an inclement weather day is declared, please do not send your child to school. We are unable to guarantee appropriate coverage for students on incleme nt weather days when school transportation is closed and classes cannot be combined.In previous years, schools have remained open when school transportation is cancelled, however, given the importance of adhering to our health and safety guidelines, schools will be closed to students on inclement weather days. 

Announcements will be posted as early as possible and no later than 6:00 a.m. Please check the following for updates: 

  • Student Transportation Services website:
  • Student Transportation Hotline: 1-877-330-3001
  • @YRDSB Twitter account
  • Board website ( and school websites
  • Radio and TV media outlets

Please continue to monitor local media for up to date weather forecasts and take safety precautions advised by local authorities. 

Our priority continues to be the safety of our students, staff members and families.


14 Jan

Time are challenging. Children and families are feeling anxious and worried. Join us to listen to some strategies that can help. Join us on January 18th for a free parenting seminar. REGISTER HERE.


10 Jan

Good afternoon families of grade 8 students at Brownridge,

Hodan Nalayeh is excited to share their Virtual Q & A Grade 8 Night with you! You will find in the attached PDF file an outline to their Grade 8 Q & A Night. This session is a “drop-in” one where parents/guardians can enter any Zoom session they may be interested in asking questions about within the 6:30-8:00 time frame. 

This has also been posted on their HNSS website on the Home Page under “Announcements”.

You are encouraged to attend to have all of your questions answered. Administration, Guidance, French Immersion, Special Education, Student Success, and Student Activity Council and Athletics will be hosting their own individual sessions with Zoom links for each one.

Be well,

Joe Gold


6 Jan

Is your child going into grade 1? Are you interested in French Immersion? Read on…

5 Jan

Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations: What is French Immersion?

  • In French Immersion, students receive instruction in French in a variety of subjects from a teacher who speaks French fluently.
  • The French Immersion program begins in Grade 1 and is designed for children whose first language is not French.
  • In Grades 1, 2 and 3, all subjects are taught in French. Starting in Grade 4, time is shared equally between French and English instruction.
  • The French Immersion program continues in high school.
  • Secondary school students must earn at least 10 French Immersion credits to qualify for the French Immersion Certificate upon graduation.

Important Considerations

  • For the first few months of Grade 1, the children do not acquire skills identical to those learned by children in an English program as the focus is on learning in French.
  • There may be certain lags in English Language Arts skills in the first few years of the program, but by the end of the elementary grades, successful French Immersion students perform as well as their peers in a regular English program.
  • Communication with parents/guardians is in English including, but not limited to, report cards, newsletters and parent-teacher interviews.
  • Reading to a child at home in a child’s native language can strengthen literacy skills. Research studies confirm that children achieve greater academic success when parents read frequently (daily) to them.
  • There is only one entry point into French immersion in YRDSB; Grade 1.

Information Sessions

This year our Information session for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place virtually on January13, 2022.  A link will be shared with you via email where you will be able to view a pre-recorded information session which includes commonly asked questions and answers.


FI registration will begin on January 14, 2022. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2022, and wishing to enroll in the FI Program, can email or call their home school office and indicate their intention to enroll. The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information.  You are asked to register by February 4, 2022.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations

Late registrations are those submitted after February 4, 2022. 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 over flow be necessary.

Accommodation Plan

YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enroll. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools.

More information is available on the Board’s website: Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include over flow while we work toward the long-term vision. Over flow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.


Joe Gold

Welcome back! Here is a Q&A to answer some of your questions:

5 Jan

Good afternoon Brownridge Families,

Welcome back! I know this isn’t the start we were hoping for and there are mixed emotions with the school closure. By now your child should be online learning with their classmates and teachers. There will definitely be some navigation and tech challenges and we thank you for your patience as we work to resolve any issues. 

Here is a Q&A to help you during this time.

Q) My child does not know their username and/or password to log on to the computer or their Google Classroom

A) Please email your child’s teacher for usernames, passwords, and Google Classroom/Link information.

Q) My child will be absent/late. Now that there is a school closure, how should I report the absence?

A) Similar to when schools are open, enter absences in Edsby, email or call 905-660-3083 and leave a message stating your child’s name, grade, homeroom teacher, and the reason for the absence. If your child is ill, please indicate all symptoms. 

Q) I received an email stating that my child is absent/not online but they are online. What should I do?

A) If a student has not logged on by the time a teacher takes attendance (am and pm) OR the teacher did not see the child log on when attendance was being taken, you will receive an email from us indicating that your child is absent. Please email us at to let us know that your child has logged on.

Q) I borrowed a Chromebook from the school but is it not working. What should I do?

A) For borrowed technology, please click on and fill in the information. Someone from the YRDSB IT department will contact you to help resolve the issue.

Q) My child struggles to learn virtually throughout the day. What should I do?

A) This is a challenging time for everyone. Sitting all day looking at a computer screen isn’t for everyone. Multiple breaks, participating during portions of the day, connecting with the teacher to discuss how to support your child, and determining as a family what will support the well-being of your child is key to support the well-being and success of our children. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at

Have a great day,



From our Brownridge family to yours, we wish you a wonderful winter break and a Happy New Year!

16 Dec