PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

We have been busy Bears this month! November included Progress Reports, Parent/Teacher Interviews, Remembrance Day Assembly, Play with Clay Pottery, giant snowballs, Field Trips, Special Guests, Popcorn Sales, and a packed house for our Family Movie Night!

Yeah! Mrs. Alton has had her baby, a little boy named Sutton. He is very cute and both mom and baby Sutton are doing great.

On behalf of the Brant Ave Staff, I would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. Please know that as a school, we are here to help your entire family. Please contact your classroom teacher or the office if you ever have a concern or need. Happy Holidays!

Mr. Anderson

IMPORTANT DATES

Dec 3 - Parent Council Meeting at 6pm
Dec 7 - Junior Volleyball Tournament at Willow Road
Dec 19 - Winter Holiday Concert Day - See schedule below
Dec 22 - Jan 6 - NO SCHOOL
Jan 7 - Back to school

WINTER HOLIDAY CONCERT

Once again, we are having multiple performances this year for our winter holiday concert to accommodate all of our families. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend any of these performances:

Assembly 1 - Wednesday, December 19th at 9:20am (Grade 1-6)

Assembly 2 - Wednesday, December 19th at 2:30pm (Kindergarten)

Assembly 3 - Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30pm (Grade 1-6)

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Junior Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year begins on Tuesday January 9, 2018.  Children born in 2015 are eligible to begin Junior Kindergarten in September 2019.

Please note that the registration process for the upcoming school year has changed. This includes changes to the French Immersion registration and selection process.  Information nights are currently underway at all of our JK French Immersion sites. For more information about this process or to find the time and date of our JK FI registration process information nights at a school near you, please visit www.ugdsb.on.ca/jkfi

HOLIDAY BREAK

Students finish school on Friday, December 21st at the regular time.  School resumes again on Monday, January 7th, 2018.

SCHOOL ARRIVAL

We encourage our students to arrive after 8:40 am and before 8:55am. There is no supervision on the school yard until 8:40 a.m. and no one to supervise students inside before the bell rings.

OUTDOOR RECESS IN THE WINTER

It is getting chilly out and snow has been spotted! Please remember to assist your child(ren) in wearing proper clothing to school. This includes a warm jacket, hat, mittens and waterproof footwear. Thanks for sending labeled extra socks and pants in your child’s backpack just in case. We have a small selection of gently used boots, snow pants and coats at the school to loan to students if they forget theirs.

SAFETY PATROLLERS IN THE COLD

On extremely cold mornings, patrollers and parents should listen to the radio for an announcement regarding altered patrol post coverage times: If no announcement is made, carry on a usual.

-25c. If not, then the patrollers would also shorten their time on duty to 10 minutes.

LOST AND FOUND

During the third week of December, we will be sorting the lost and found bins. Items will be displayed down the length of the hallways. Classes will walk down the hallway to have a look and claim their belongings.  All unclaimed clothing will be donated to charity. Please remember to label all items of clothing, especially at this time of year when hats, mitts and even coats go missing. We want to be able to return as many lost and found items as possible.

Talking About Mental Health: GIVE THE GIFT OF RESILIENCY

As we head through December and towards the holidays, it is important to be aware that this can be a very exciting time of year, but for some it is also a difficult time of year.  

REMEMBER:

GETTING HELP

If you, your child/youth or someone you know is struggling, it is important to know where to reach out for help.

Who would you talk to if you were distressed, overwhelmed or struggling?  Take a moment to make a list of at least 3 people or resources you would reach out to.

Who would your child/youth talk to if they were upset, overwhelmed or struggling?  Take a moment to sit down with your child/youth and ask them who they would talk to. Put the kidshelpphone and HERE247 number in their phones (see below).

All children and youth need caring adults in their lives to talk to about their feelings. Parents/guardians can be some of those caring adults, but it is important for the children/youth to have other caring adults in their lives such as:

Who you can call for mental health support:

Have a mentally healthy holiday season!

Jenny Marino is the Mental Health Lead for Upper Grand District School Board

Follow me on instagram #ugdsb_mental_health