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School Reorganization

20 Sep

As a result of the changes that have taken place between June and September in our school’s enrolment and in order to comply with the Primary Class Size Reduction requirements, as well as to reduce average class sizes in the junior and intermediate divisions, the following modifications have been made to our school organization.  All changes will take effect on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013.

In order to support a positive learning environment for our students, we were fortunate enough to have been allocated an additional teacher, and have had to reorganize our junior and intermediate divisions by opening one additional homeroom classroom.  Our new school organization will be:

JK/SK FDK Ms. Parish
JK/SK FDK Ms. Mourachova
Grade 1/SK Ms. Lewkowicz
Grade 1/2 Mr. Hinds
Grade 1/2 Ms. Panza
Grade 2/3 Ms. Large
Grade 2/3 Ms. Tenenbaum
Grade 3/4 Ms. Petri
Grade 4 Ms. Nguyen/Ms. Sarkisyan
Grade 4/5 Ms. Braiantsis
Grade 5 Mr. Tancon
Grade 6 Ms. Gardos
Grade 6/7 Ms. Shapiro
Grade 7 Mr. Brennan
Grade 7/8 Ms. Suh/Ms. Mackeracher
Grade 8 Mr. Rappaport

Rest assured that in all of our classrooms, our teachers differentiate the instruction and assessment based on each student’s individual strengths, needs and interests.  Great care goes into determining class placements using a number of criteria that aim to optimize conditions for learning.  Is important to remember that all placements are interconnected, and that we are not able to readily move students based on parental requests.

If your child will be moving to a new classroom, we will inform you by letter or a phone call.  We thank you for your ongoing support.

Food Sharing and Birthdays

18 Sep

We would like to remind parents and guardians that we have a number of students and staff in our school that have life-threatening allergies.  We appreciate your support in working toward providing the safest environment for all of our staff and students.  Kindly read all labels to ensure that student snacks and lunches are free of nuts and nut products.  As well, in order to ensure the safety of students with severe allergies, Brownridge P. S. asks that no birthday treats are brought to school.  Similarly, students are not allowed to share their snacks or lunches.  We would respectfully remind parents that this also includes snacks brought in with the intention of sharing with a whole class to celebrate a birthday.  Our sincerest thanks in helping us minimize the possibility of students and staff coming into contact with possible allergens.

Mabel’s Labels!

18 Sep

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Need help labeling your kids’ stuff and staying organized for the new school year? Brownridge has once again partnered up in a fundraiser with Mabel’s Labels to help you…  Mabel’s Labels are perfect for reusable water bottles, clothing, shoes, backpacks, pencil cases, and so much more!  20% of every purchase from Mabel’s Labels will go directly back to our school.

Please visit www.brownridge.mabelslabels.com and shop. Please use only this link as it includes our Brownridge P. S. code in order for money to come back to the school. This fundraiser is active from now until Dec. 31st, 2013.  You can view the flyer here.

The Brownridge School Council thanks you for your ongoing support.

Use of Electronic Devices in School

17 Sep

In the Book of Forms distributed the first week of school, students, parents and guardians signed the Information Technology Acceptable Use Agreement form to acknowledge that they have read, understood and support the conditions and rules concerning the use of school/Board and personal technology as it supports learning.  It should be noted, however, that students utilizing personal technology to support their learning is neither required nor expected.  Brownridge P.S. will provide all necessary technologies that may be used in the course of any given unit of study.  Furthermore, as outlined in the 2013-2014 Guide to the School Year, “students are responsible for the care and security of their personal devices.  The school is not responsible for any damage, loss or theft” (p. 23).

As a general rule, cell phones, personal communication and electronic devices “must be turned off and kept out of sight during all instructional periods [and lunch/recess], except with the clear permission of the principal and the classroom teacher” (p. 22).  There may be cases in which students wish to use their own personal technology to support their learning, and they can do so only in situations approved by the principal and the teacher.  A permission form will be sent home by the classroom teacher regarding students using personal technology in school.  In all cases where technology is a requirement of learning, it will be provided by the school.

For additional information, please see Board Policy and Procedure #194.0, Appropriate Use of Technology.

Terry Fox Walk

17 Sep

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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 $2013.00.  Our school walk will take place on Thursday, September 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  We thank you for your support and look forward to a fantastic event!

Book of Forms

10 Sep

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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.

School Council Meeting

9 Sep

Please join us for our first School Council meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 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.

Anaphylactic Reactions Protocol

4 Sep

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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.

2013-2014 Guide to the School Year

4 Sep

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Earlier this week, you will have received a copy of the 2013-2014 Guide to the School Year among the items brought home with your child.  This guide provides important information about the York Region District School Board its schools.  If you’d like to refer back to guide at any time, it is available online here.

Primary Class Sizes in Ontario

2 Sep

We are pleased to welcome our new and returning families to Brownridge Public School for the 2013-2014 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.