March 2022

March 2022


March 25th 2022


Dear Brookville Families,

It was so nice to welcome back our students after March Break. The weather this week was up and down but all of our students enjoyed being outside using provided equipment as they played and explored together. I would like to thank all of our families for the commitment and support you have provided for your children, for the staff and to myself as we implement changing guidelines from the provincial government.

School Council followed by a Q & A (please fill out form below with questions)

  • On Thursday March 31st, 2022 at 7pm we will be holding a virtual school council meeting. We hope that you will be able to join us. Please fill out this form with any questions you might have. Hope to see you on the 31st. Here is the link for the meeting:

School Council Meeting Thursday, March 31 · 7:00 – 8:00pm

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/yht-qbup-cqx

Basketball Teams

  • Both the girls and boys basketball teams have started their season this year. Both teams are excited to host and visit teams within the HDSB. Due to the bus cancellation on Wednesday, this week's games are being rescheduled.

Student Supervisors

  • If you are interested in joining our fantastic team of Student Supervisors, please contact Bev Smith at smithbe@hdsb.ca for more information.

Pizza Days

  • We are pleased to once again offer Pizza on Wednesday’s beginning on April 6th 2022- until June 22, 2022. This program will run for 12 weeks and a choice between Pepperoni and Cheese pizza will be offered. All orders must be ordered through SchoolCash Online and are due by March 31st 2022.

Equity

Two Spirit & Transgender Awareness: Beyond Bathrooms

Tuesday, March 29 at 6-7:30 p.m. This will be a virtual event, with the livestream linked on the HDSB website (www.hdsb.ca). Registration is not required.

Future sessions in the series include:

  • Indigenous Perspectives on Decolonizing Education and Land (Tuesday, April 26 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.)

  • Perspectives on Islam and Islamophobia (Tuesday, May 31 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.).

Please view this flyer for more information.

Drop off and Pick Up:

  • We are collecting some data regarding drop off and pick up at Brookville. To help gather information we are asking all families to complete this quick survey.

REPOSTED Information can be found below:

Travel/Self Isolation and Masking Requirements

  • Students who are returning from International Travel are required to wear a mask at all times when in public spaces for 14 days upon their return to Canada. Government of Canada

Self Monitoring Requirements

  • Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 are presumed to have COVID-19, whether or not this is confirmed by a Rapid Antigen/PCR Test and should self-isolate immediately.

  • NEW: Household members without symptoms of COVID-19 who live with a confirmed case or someone with symptoms are no longer required to isolate if they:

    • are 17 or younger and fully vaccinated,

    • are 18+ and fully vaccinated and have received their COVID-19 booster, OR

    • have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and completed their isolation period.

These individuals are required to self-monitor for 10 days after exposure and wear a mask when at school. Follow the guidance provided in the COVID-19 school screening tool.

  • Children under five without symptoms who live with a confirmed case or someone with symptoms are required to isolate for five days.

Refer to the COVID-19 Symptoms and Self-Isolation/Self-Monitoring Guidelines for Families for isolation requirements.

Report the absence for each day via SchoolMessenger or call the school.

LEARNING MODEL for September 2022

  • If your child will be continuing or returning to in person learning in September NO ACTION is required for this learning model. Students will remain in their home schools.

​Remote Learning:

  • This learning model choice will be for the full 2022-2023 school year. There will not be a mid-year opportunity to change learning models. Students will learn fully online for the entire school year.

  • Action Required​ Complete the Remote Learning Registration Form for Elementary Students by Sunday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m. Only students who have registered for 2022-2023 remote learning will be placed in a remote learning class.​

Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Information Sessions

  • The following session is coming up at the end of March with additional sessions being planned for April and May. Diving Deeper Intro Anxiety March 30th, 6:30-7:30

  • If you would like more information regarding these sessions please check out the information linked here: Parent Information Sessions - Info and Registration link

Kindergarten Registration

  • If you are planning on having your child enter kindergarten for September of this year (2022) please fill out the attached registration form Kindergarten Student Registration Form as well as the Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire. Please email any completed forms and any questions you may have to thomsd@hdsb.ca. This applies to all students who will be four (4) years old by December 31, 2022 (JK) or five (5) years old by December 31, 2022 (SK).

  • If your son or daughter is not returning to Brookville for the September 2022 school year, please notify the school office as soon as possible, as this helps with our planning for September. If you know of families with school-age children moving into the Brookville area, please advise them to contact the school office or pass along our number 905-854-2424.

On behalf of the staff at Brookville, we hope that you and your family have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,


Margaret Napier

Principal


March 11th 2022


Dear Brookville Community,

The students have been very excited this week as the arrival of the upcoming March Break draws nearer! Please find below some updates and information regarding what is happening here at Brookville!

Yesterday you received messaging from the Halton District School Board outlining information regarding the recent announcement made by the Government of Ontario regarding COVID-19 health and safety measures. Please find below updates regarding the recent masking and school protocols that will be in place beginning March 21st 2022. Please continue to check for updated information on the HDSB COVID-19 webpage and Frequently Asked Questions.

  • During the week of March 21st to March 25th cohort mixing will be introduced to all students at Brookville. As a staff, we will meet and ensure we have consistent messaging regarding student safety when outdoors (the new zones of where they can play). Thank you for supporting us with this transition.

  • Although we have received messaging that students will be allowed to work in small groups at table desks, groups at school, we will be gradually introducing this back into the classroom as staff reconfigure their classrooms and learning spaces.

  • Students and families will not be required to send proof of school screening each morning but are asked to continue to complete the screening prior to attending school each day. COVID-19 school screening tool

We are excited that we will be able to hold assemblies. We are looking forward to bringing students together again.

As mentioned in previous communication, for some families the change in masking protocols may bring feelings of anxiety and concern. Below are some strategies that you can do prior to school return on March 21st, 2022.

Please tell your children that it will look different and some students might be wearing a mask and others will not be wearing a mask. It is really important that we do not tease or make derogatory comments about those without masks or those with masks. Each family will make a decision that best meets their personal situations and needs.

  • If your child is anxious about removing their mask, talk about their feelings and concerns

  • Reassure your child that they can still wear a mask and they will be supported at school

  • If your child is not wearing a mask let them know that this will be supported by staff and they will not be asked to wear a mask

Isolation requirements:

  • Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 are presumed to have COVID-19, whether or not this is confirmed by a Rapid Antigen/PCR Test and should self-isolate immediately.

  • NEW: Household members without symptoms of COVID-19 who live with a confirmed case or someone with symptoms are no longer required to isolate if they:

    • are 17 or younger and fully vaccinated,

    • are 18+ and fully vaccinated and have received their COVID-19 booster, OR

    • have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and completed their isolation period.

These individuals are required to self-monitor for 10 days after exposure. Follow the guidance provided in the COVID-19 school screening tool.

  • Children under five without symptoms who live with a confirmed case or someone with symptoms are required to isolate for five days.

Refer to the COVID-19 Symptoms and Self-Isolation/Self-Monitoring Guidelines for Families for isolation requirements.

Report the absence for each day via School Messenger or call the school.

LEARNING MODEL for September 2022:

In person learning at Brookville:

  • If your child will be continuing or returning to in person learning in September NO ACTION is required for this learning model.

  • Students will remain in their home schools.

​Remote Learning Model:

  • This learning model choice will be for the full 2022-2023 school year. There will not be a mid-year opportunity to change learning models. Students will learn fully online for the entire school year.

  • Action Required​ Complete the Remote Learning Registration Form for Elementary Students by Sunday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m. Only students who have registered for 2022-2023 remote learning will be placed in a remote learning class.​

Skilled Trades & Technologies Information Evening:

  • Check out the flier found HERE regarding information about the skilled trades and pathways to careers in the trades and ways in which the Halton District School Board is providing opportunities for students to explore the skilled trades and technologies. Families will also hear from special guests who both work and actively promote students entering these rewarding and challenging career fields.

Reminder: Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Information Sessions

The following session is coming up at the end of March with additional sessions being planned for April and May.

  • Diving Deeper Intro Anxiety March 30th, 6:30-7:30

If you would like more information regarding these sessions please check out the information linked here: Parent Information Sessions - Info and Registration link

Returning from International Travel:

As a reminder, upon return from international travel, the Government of Canada requires individuals to wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care), maintain a list of all close contacts for 14 days upon return to Canada and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The COVID-19 school screening tool has been updated to align with recent changes made to federal travel requirements.

Kindergarten Registration:

If you are planning on having your child enter kindergarten for September of this year (2022) please fill out the attached registration form Kindergarten Student Registration Form as well as the Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire. Please email any completed forms and any questions you may have to thomsd@hdsb.ca. This applies to all students who will be four (4) years old by December 31, 2022 (JK) or five (5) years old by December 31, 2022 (SK).

If your son or daughter is not returning to Brookville for the September 2022 school year, please notify the school office as soon as possible, as this helps with our planning for September. If you know of families with school-age children moving into the Brookville area, please advise them to contact the school office or pass along our number 905-854-2424.

Equity:

April is recognized as Sikh Heritage Month. Visit the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada to learn about the 200 year history of Sikhs in Canada. Every year local and global art, heritage and culture is honoured and celebrated.

On behalf of the staff at Brookville, we hope that you and your family have a wonderful Spring Break.

Sincerely,


Margaret Napier

Principal


Arch 4th 2022



Dear Brookville Community,

Our week was not as busy as last week but our students have been engaging in rich learning opportunities. Please find below some updates and information regarding what is happening here at Brookville!

With recent provincial messaging and changes I am sure we are all anticipating further changes to current protocols that are in place at all schools within the HDSB. For some, the changes will be welcomed and for others changes to current protocols will bring feelings of anxiety and concern. As a community, it is important that we are respectful of the current protocols as well as the changing guidelines and protocols. As a reminder, I will continue to follow direction from the Halton District School Board who have implemented a process that is compliant with the Ministry of Education's guidelines.

Student of Excellence:

We were very pleased to announce our Student of Excellence recipient for the 2021/22 school year. This HDSB award is presented to a student who shows strong leadership skills, school and/or community involvement, high academic achievement, as well as exemplary learning skills. Our recipient this year is William Baird. William will receive his award in May at the HDSB Student of Excellence evening. Congratulations to William, we are very proud of you!

Equity Team Visit:

On Tuesday, Superintendent Barnes and E. Walsh, one of the board's Instructional Program Leaders from our Human Rights & Equity Team, dropped by Brookville to check in with our Primary team regarding their work around Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy. Ms. Smart created an amazing slide deck that captured the work that each class engaged in through curriculum connections, videos, author visits, library connections, support from our SERTs and morning announcement messages. We look forward to continuing the work in and out of the classroom to ensure all of our students are reflected in our school community.

Basketball Tryouts:

The intermediate boys and girls are beginning basketball tryouts this week. Our coaches are hoping to have teams selected prior to March break. We are looking forward to our students competing against other schools at away and home games. Good luck to all students who are trying out.

School Screening:

Thank you for continuing to complete the required Government of Ontario’s online COVID-19 school screening tool for each child prior to them attending school each day. We will be continuing with the screening protocol until further notice.

Reminder: Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Information Sessions

The HDSB is hosting mental health & well-being information sessions for parents/guardians. These sessions will cover specific topics based on feedback from parents/guardians. Each will be led by a mental health expert in that field who will share their knowledge and provide helpful information and resources.​ The following session is coming up at the end of March with additional sessions being planned for April and May.

  • Diving Deeper Intro Anxiety March 30th, 6:30-7:30

If you would like more information regarding these sessions please check out the information linked here: Parent Information Sessions - Info and Registration link

Reminder: Budget Input

Parents/guardians, members of the community, staff and students are invited to provide input on the development of the 2022-2023 HDSB budget.

Individuals are encouraged to provide input on the budget priorities for the upcoming school year online through a questionnaire found on the Budget Input page of the Halton District School Board’s website (www.hdsb.ca). Input must be received by March 7, 2022.

Before providing input, individuals are encouraged to review the Board’s Multi-Year Plan 2020-2024, Special Education Plan and Operational Plan. A key objective of the annual budget process is to align the Halton District School Board’s financial resources with these important documents.

Kindergarten Registration:

If you are planning on having your child enter kindergarten for September of this year (2022) please fill out the attached registration form Kindergarten Student Registration Form as well as the Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire. Please email any completed forms and any questions you may have to thomsd@hdsb.ca. This applies to all students who will be four (4) years old by December 31, 2022 (JK) or five (5) years old by December 31, 2022 (SK).

Moving out of the Brookville area:

If your son or daughter is not returning to Brookville for the September 2022 school year, please notify the school office as soon as possible, as this helps with our planning for September. If you know of families with school-age children moving into the Brookville area, please advise them to contact the school office or pass along our number 905-854-2424.

Equity:

There are many resources available at local libraries and reliable internet sites that can deepen our understanding regarding equity, race and indigenous stories. One resource that we have shared in the past is CBC Kids News. Check out this link that will take you to the Indegenious Stories page. You can select a story, preview and then share with your children.

On behalf of the staff at Brookville, we hope that you enjoy the weekend, the forecast on Sunday is calling for rain but temperatures reaching double digits!!!

Sincerely,


Margaret Napier

Principal