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Great Opportunity- Indigenous Languages and International Languages- Elementary

21 Sep

Letter from the Director of Education, Louise Sirisko

20 Sep

Good afternoon Brownridge families,

Please take a moment to read the attached letter from Director of Education, Louise Sirisko. If you have any questions, please email the school at brownridge.ps@yrdsb.ca.

LEARNING MODEL CHANGE REQUEST (VIRTUAL TO IN-PERSON OR VICE VERSA) – Last day to request is today.

17 Sep

Dear Brownridge Families,

Thank you for your support during our school start up.  We recognize that some families are requesting a change in their learning model between face-to-face learning and remote learning.  We had previously communicated an elementary transition time at the end of September.  The official change of class date will be Monday, September 27.

The form to request a learning model change is now available and must be completed by 12:00pm TODAY, September 17. Click the link below to indicate a learning model change request.

LEARNING MODEL CHANGE REQUEST

Only families requesting a learning model change need to complete this form.  

Changes to your child’s learning model will occur during the school reorganization process. Please note, as part of this process, your child may be assigned a new teacher/class, however this is not related to the learning model you select for your child.

We thank you for your support, patience and cooperation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our school at brownridge.ps@yrdsb.ca or 905-660-3083.

Sincerely,

Joe

LEARNING MODEL CHANGE REQUEST (VIRTUAL TO IN-PERSON OR VICE VERSA)

14 Sep

Dear Brownridge Families,

Thank you for your support during our school start up.  We recognize that some families are requesting a change in their learning model between face-to-face learning and remote learning.  We had previously communicated an elementary transition time at the end of September.  The official change of class date will be Monday, September 27.

The form to request a learning model change is now available and must be completed by 12:00pm Friday, September 17. Click the link below to indicate a learning model change request.

LEARNING MODEL CHANGE REQUEST

Only families requesting a learning model change need to complete this form.  

Changes to your child’s learning model will occur during the school reorganization process. Please note, as part of this process, your child may be assigned a new teacher/class, however this is not related to the learning model you select for your child.

We thank you for your support, patience and cooperation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our school at 905-660-3083.

Sincerely,

Joe

Lunch Assistants Needed

6 Sep

Brownridge is eagerly looking for School Lunch Assistants for the 2021 – 2022 school year. If you would be interested in this position please contact the school brownridge.ps@yrdsb.ca for more information.  This is a paid position.  All School Lunch Assistants must have a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) completed by York Region Police (YRP).  The school lunch hour is 12:20 – 1:20 pm.

Summer Programs and Resources

23 Jun

Summer Programs and Resources- Welcome to Summer!

Please visit 2021 Online Summer Program Opportunities for Children, Youth and Families

You will find a list of programs organized by category and age group. We encourage you to check the link regularly as the Community and Partnership Developer Team will be making regular updates to available programs and resources.

Also check out the Community Resources Page for other important information regarding mental health, financial, legal and other supports. The following Community and Partnership Developer staff will be available throughout the summer to support families with information and resources they might need. These staff members can be reached by email or phone:

Oksana Majaski oksana.majaski@yrdsb.ca 416-568-2252

Yasmin Mawani yasmin.mawani@yrdsb.ca 416-727-8179

Yvonne Kelly yvonne.kelly@yrdsb.ca 416-697-4208

Patti O’Sullivan patti.osullivan@yrdsb.ca 905-252-0597

Shani Blake shani.blake@yrdsb.ca 416-554-0362

Summer School Programs Available- Registration closes on June 18

14 Jun

Continuing Education Servicesis pleased to offer the following two summer school programs for current year grade 6, 7 and 8 students. Due to the pandemic, all programs will be offered remotely.

Registration, through my Pathway Planner, is now open and closes June 18, 2021. Spaces are limited and students are encouraged to register early.

Elementary Summer School Grade 6, 7 and 8 (Literacy & Numeracy) Program

This 15-day program is designed to reinforce the curriculum for students who are performing below the provincial standard. The program will operate from July 5 to July 23, 2021 (8:45 am – 3:25 pm).

 Students must register in the program for their current school grade as this is not an acceleration program. For example, a grade 7 student would register for the grade 7 program as it reinforces grade 7 content.  

 The following programs will be offered:

·       Language and Math reinforcement for students who may or may not have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

·       English Language Learner (ELL) Language for students who are ELL Stage 1 or 2 learners. The focus is on reading, writing and speaking

Grade 8 Summer Reach Ahead

This program provides an opportunity for students to earn a high school credit. These 18 day acceleration courses start July 7 and end July 30. Students register directly through MyPathwayPlanner and they are located in the Remote Secondary School offerings.

The following courses will be offered:

·       Discovering the Workplace (GLD2O). The type of student for whom this course is specifically designed:

o   would benefit from a gradual transition into high school;
            o   may experience some challenges in credit acquisition in grade 9 or 10;
            o   would benefit from focused support in order to improve academic performance;

may be disconnected from school and/or peers;
            o   has experienced some challenges with regular school attendance.

·        International Languages (Farsi, Simplified Mandarin and Spanish). Please note that prerequisites are not required. Should the student wish to continue studying a language they would register for the Fall International and Indigenous Languages program in the next level.

For your convenience, we are including the following link, Continuing Education Services > Summer Learning > Elementary Summer Learning page, which outlines the information and registration process for this program.

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LDA Parent Conference

11 Jun

Summer Programs Available- Adult English as a Second Language

1 Jun

YRDSB offers Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for those who want to develop effective language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing for daily life in Canada. We also offer specialized classes in Citizenship and Conversation. Click on the attachments for more information.

A Message from Our Trustee

28 May

Dear families, 

It is hard to sum up this past school year; it truly has been a year like no other. Many of our students have been transitioning between virtual and in-person learning. Others have spent the full year learning virtually as part of our Elementary and Secondary Virtual Schools. Whatever option you have chosen, this year has been challenging and has asked a lot of all of us – students, families, staff members and community partners. We have had to be flexible and adaptable in how we learn, teach and work. We have had to be diligent in learning new routines and adhering to public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. And, we have had to pay more attention than ever to supporting mental health and well-being during this challenging time. 

This pandemic has affected different families in different ways, and I want to thank you for your patience, support and resiliency throughout this challenging year. I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that resources are available on the Board website, including community resources, mental health supports, tips and resources to support online learning, and tips for speaking with your child about COVID-19. These resources will continue to be available throughout the summer. 

Despite the challenges this year, we have seen incredible examples of student learning and achievement. I am incredibly proud of the determination, resilience, creativity and perseverance demonstrated by our students. I want to wish a very special congratulations to the graduating class of 2021. This is an important milestone and while we are all disappointed that we are unable to celebrate in person as we would have hoped, we look forward to honouring our graduates virtually. Schools are working hard to make their virtual graduation celebrations a very special occasion. We are very proud of our graduates and wish you all the very best in the next chapter of your journey.

I also want to acknowledge the hard work of our educators and staff members who have maintained a focus on supporting students while navigating the challenges of the past year. Our staff members have shown a true commitment to their own learning in the service of our students, and have been participating in webinars, online training modules and other professional learning opportunities throughout the school year to enhance their own practices.  

Earlier this spring, we launched the Board’s Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy, with the goal to “achieve racial equity in YRDSB schools for Black students and staff.” The strategy was co-developed by York Region Black community leaders, YRDSB staff and in consultation with students. Thank you to everyone who supported this work and participated in the launch. We look forward to continuing this essential work. 

The Board is also preparing for the 2022 Municipal Election by undertaking a review of school board trustee electoral areas. The boundaries of the areas the trustees represent change over time due to population growth and changes in student numbers. We are committed to ensuring that, as the region’s population changes, electoral areas continue to reflect the communities we serve. Public input is important to the Board of Trustees during the electoral area review. Throughout the process there will be a number of ways for you to learn more about the review and to provide input. Information about the Trustee Determination and Distribution is available on the Board website.

As was communicated to families in May, we are looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year. Our goal is to create a learning model within the provincial funding allocation that meets public health requirements and is centred on the safety and well-being of our students and staff members. To help meet this goal, we are planning to implement a hybrid model of learning for elementary and secondary schools, a model several other school boards have been using during this current school year. Through this model, families will continue to have the ability to opt for in-person or remote learning, and placement for all students will be in their home school. I know there are many questions about what this will look like and what to expect in September. The Board continues to provide as much information as possible and has shared some frequently asked questions on the Board website about the model change for 2021-2022, this page will continue to be updated. As planning continues and information becomes available, we will provide regular updates to families. Please know that health and safety of our students, staff and families remains our top priority. You can also continue to find information on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca and on Twitter @YRDSB

As we go into the summer months, I want to thank you once again for your support over the past year, and to wish you all a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer. 

As the school year comes to a close, I want to wish you and your families a safe, healthy and happy summer. I look forward to a time when we can welcome your children back into our schools again. We know that families have questions about what the return to school will look like. We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue following public health guidelines and to stay connected. 

David Sherman

Trustee