PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Thank you for all of the support for our 3rd annual Chocolate Bar Fundraiser. We are still calculating the exact amount, but we estimate the school earned over $7500! All of this money will be spent this year on new technology and sports equipment for the students this year. Thank you!

Progress Reports will be coming home on November 20th. Parents and guardians can book an interview for November 28th or 29th with their child’s teachers using our online system here: https://webapp.ugdsb.on.ca/pti/

So far, we have over half of our families signed up for our School Messenger App. If you haven’t signed up yet, please download the School Messenger App and join our school group using code ET3Q5W.

IMPORTANT DATES

November 1 - PD Day

November 4 - Public Health - Fluoride Varnish JK-2

November 7 - Parent Council Meeting at 6pm

November 11 - Remembrance Day Assembly 10:00am (Parents welcome) - time changed to 10AM

November 14 - Guelph Police Presentations

November 15 - Brant Family Movie Night

November 18-22 - Bully Prevention Week

November 20 - Progress Reports Go Home

November 25 - Public Health - Vision Screening for SK Students

November 27 - Grade 5/6 RiverRun Field Trip

November 28 - TWIN Day (Dress up with a partner theme day)

November 28 - Parent/Teacher Interviews from 3:30 - 8:00pm

November 29 - PD Day - Parent/Teacher Interviews from 8:30am-3:30pm

LOST AND FOUND

Did you label, with a permanent marker, items your child brings to school that could go missing?  Our lost and found bins are filling up fast and it is more likely an item can be returned if you have labelled sweatshirts, coats, lunch bags, backpacks, shoes, etc.  All items not claimed in a timely manner will be donated to a charitable organization. Watch for our Lost and Found website to be updated soon

COLD DAYS – WET WEATHER – OUTDOOR RECESS

It is getting chilly out and we have already seen some snowflakes flying.  Please remember to assist your child in wearing the proper clothing to school.  This includes a warm jacket, hat, mittens, and waterproof footwear.  Thanks for sending extra socks in your child’s backpack just in case.  All students are expected to participate in outdoor recess, as this important active break aids concentration and success in the classroom.  Indoor shoes are essential to help keep our classrooms clean and dry. Thanks!

BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK

During the week of November 18th - 22nd  students and staff at Brant Avenue are going to be discussing and exploring the issue of bullying and its effects. Throughout the week, students will participate in activities and discussions in their classrooms. This is to promote awareness, empathy and give students the confidence and skills/strategies needed to handle bullying situations, whether they are a bystander or a target or maybe even a bully themselves.


What is a bully?
   
A bully can be defined in many ways but some of the common elements of the definition include:

If you suspect that your child may be a bully you need to take the problem seriously and talk to your child.  Let your child know that you will not tolerate bullying behaviour and use non-violent consequences.  Establishing family rules, spending more time with your child and increasing supervision of their activities will help your child feel valued and lessen the likelihood of bullying behaviour.

How do I know if my child is being bullied?
Anyone can be a target of bullying although bullies tend to choose victims who are passive and are less likely to be assertive and stand up for themselves or less likely to tell an adult.

Some signs that your child is being bullied may include:

What to do if your child is being bullied?

What is a bystander?
A lot of recent research indicates the role of a third group in the occurrence of bullying.  This third group is the bystanders.  Bystanders allow bullying to occur by standing and watching or by actively encouraging and cheering the bully on thereby reinforcing the bullying behaviour.  Bystanders often say that it’s none of their business, the bully is my friend, the victim deserved to be bullied or that there is nothing they can do about it.  Bystanders are now being encouraged to empathize with the victim, to report (not tattling) when someone is in danger of being harmed, to accompany the target to get help, and to join together with their peers to protect targets.

GET YOUR FLU SHOT! - PUBLIC HEALTH

• As a parent, you are at risk of exposure to communicable diseases because of your close contact with children.

• Children under two years of age are the most susceptible for hospitalization related to flu and flu related complications, while 5-9-year-olds are the most likely to spread the infection.

• Flu immunization is available at your local pharmacy, physician’s office, or Public Health office and is suggested annually for everyone 6 months of age and over.

NOTE: Pharmacies will not provide immunization for children less than 5 years old. Public Health and your family physician offer flu vaccines to all ages.

If you have any questions related to the benefit of immunization, please call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4746

PARENT TIP - Check out this link for tips to help your child cope during immunizations!

http://www.sickkids.ca/PDFs/Learning/32832-CMAJ%20HELPinKIDS%202010%20Appendix%201%20parent%20tool.pdf