October 2018 Newsletter

Thank you to all of the families that came out to our Open House last week. It was great to see so many smiling faces as the students got to introduce their families to their new teachers. Thank you also to our community partners that contributed to making our event successful.

After an outstanding fundraising drive last year, our Parent Council Laura Secord Chocolate Bar fundraiser is back! Please watch for a letter coming home soon with all the details. Click here for a sneak peak of the letter.  Like last year, families can “opt-out” by returning the signed letter.

Although Sept 30 is officially Orange Shirt Day, our school is recognizing this day on Monday, Oct 1st.  “Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give me a call at 519-824-2671 x223 , send me an email at mike.anderson@ugdsb.on.ca, drop by the office, or send me a message on REMIND. Go Bears!

Mr. Anderson

ADOPT-A-SCHOOL - LIBRARY FUNDRAISER

There is one week left of our Indigo Love of Reading Adopt-A-School Campaign. To help support our library, please go to: https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/schools/1717 

It would be great if everyone could “heart” our story here: https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/stories/view/5227

IMPORTANT DATES

Oct 1 - Orange Shirt Day

Oct 3 - Walk to School Day (see below)

Oct 3 - NHL Season starts - Wear Your Toronto Maple Leaf Jerseys

Oct 4 - Chocolate Bar Fundraising Assembly and Chocolate coming home

Oct 8 - Thanksgiving (no school)

Oct 22 - Municipal Vote Day (Brant is a voting station)

Oct 24 - Lice Screening by Neighbourhood Group

Oct 25 - Parent Council 6pm

Oct 29 - Picture Retake Day

Oct 31 - Hallowe’en Parade

RUNNING & READING

After another outstanding season, the Running and Reading Program is back at Brant Ave again this year!  Currently, students from Grades 4-6 are eligible to register. We are still looking for more adult volunteers so that we can expand the program to include our Grade 3s.

SHOES AND WEATHER

As the colder weather soon approaches, we are reminding children to dress for the weather.  Students are required to have an indoor and outdoor pair of shoes.  The indoor shoes should be comfortable and appropriate for gym, so running shoes are perfect.

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY BEING CELEBRATED WITH BRANT AVENUE PS AND ST. PATRICK CS STUDENTS!

On October 3rd, come and join the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) committee as we celebrate Walk to School Day with the students at Brant Ave PS and St. Patrick CS.

Students, parents and guardians are encouraged to join us for an event that is planned for Brant Avenue and St. Patrick students. We will walk to school with some very special guests on Wednesday October 3rd.  The walk will start at Ferndale Park near Woodlawn Road E. and Victoria Road N.  

Walk to School Day is an international event that encourages students to be active on their journey between home and school. The ASRTS committee encourages parents and guardians to walk, bike or wheel to school with us on October 3rd.

Event schedule:

8:00-8:15 a.m.: Meet us at Ferndale Park near Woodlawn Road E and Victoria Road N

8:15 a.m.:        Welcome message

8:25 a.m.:        Start the walk to school – route map found below

8:40 a.m.:        Students and guests arrive at rear entrance of St. Patrick property on Montana Road. Bell rings at 8:45 for St. Patrick students.

Brant Avenue students and guests continue along Brant Avenue to get to school. Bell rings at 8:55 for Brant Avenue students.

As a parent you can help your child learn about walking or riding to school safely:

•        Be a good role model. Demonstrate road safety rules with your child (e.g. looking both ways when crossing the street).

•        Plan a walking or riding route. Assess potential hazards with your child. Encourage your child to stick to the route.

•        Remind your child about personal safety. Point out the houses of people you know where they can go for help if needed.

•        Adopt a buddy system. Walk with a “walking buddy” – a sibling or a friend.

•        Ask that electronics like iPods and cellphones be put in their bag while walking to school.  Pedestrian safety is compromised by texting, earphones and cellphone conversation.

•        Talk about the rules of the road and pedestrian safety.

Visit www.saferoutestoschool.ca for more information and resources on active school travel.

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