Brookville Buzz Sept 27-Oct 2nd
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Now that we are in the month of October, the weather is cooling down and we will soon need to pull out hats and mitts. Please ensure your child/children are dressed to be outside multiple times per day. We are spending time outdoors during our breaks and for various learning opportunities.
In order to alleviate some of our class sizes our school organization will be impacted and some of our classes will be modified and changed. If your child will be moving to a different class, you may have already received a message on Friday. We are continuing to contact families this week. We understand that a move from a classroom at this time of the year can be difficult but our staff are committed to welcoming new members into their classroom and supporting them as they transition to their new environment.
We are pleased to announce that effective Monday, October 4th, 2021 Janessa Scantlebury-Wilson will be joining our Kindergarten team. Ms. Scantlebury-Wilson will be teaching FDK-2 with Mrs. Raghav while Mrs. Dempsey is on leave. She is excited to join our Brookville team and is looking forward to being a part of our amazing community.
Please continue to complete the Ontario screening checklist each morning prior to sending your child to school. COVID -19 screening tool
Many families have contacted the office to inquire about traveling outside of Canada. For your convenience here is a link from the Government of Canada website that provides you with information regarding travel guidelines.
Truth and Reconciliation
On Thursday, September 30th Brookville students honoured residential survivors by participating in a variety of learning opportunities. As a school, students watched a video explaining the call to action and students tied an orange piece of string on our school fence to honour survivors and their families. Thanks to Mr. Periard and Mr. Gardiner for your leadership in preparing meaningful learning for all our students.
Virtual Open House
On behalf of the staff, thank you for your continued support!
September 24 2021
Dear Brookville Families,
It was another great week to be at Brookville! Despite the wet weather we had on Wednesday and Thursday our students got outside between the heavy rain that we had.
Terry Fox walk/run - #Tryliketerry
We are excited to have our picture day take place on Friday, October 1st beginning at 8:30 a.m. Edge Imaging will be taking individual photos of each student for our 2021/22-year book and they are happy that they get to capture all our students smiling. More information will be shared in the next few weeks.
We certainly had a week of running! Thank you to the staff (P. Brox, S. Grant, H. Snow, L. Giles, T. Gardiner, R. Dinis, J. Brown) who dedicated their time to support all the students who participated in Cross Country. I am not sure how they were able to get it all done!! The coaches supported all our runners at both breaks each day this week to determine who qualifies for the cross country meet, organized and handed out ribbons, and were back in class ready to teach their students! From speaking to all the coaches, I know they truly wish they could take all the students who participated this year! The Cross Country meet will be held on September 29th, 2021.
Covid 19 resources
COVID-19 Guidelines for Parents/Guardians
Absence Reporting - School Messenger - HDSB
COVID-19 Symptoms - Guidelines for Parents/Guardians
COVID Assessment Centres- Halton:
Orange Shirt Day & National Day for Truth & Reconciliation -Thursday, September 30th.
Next Thursday the staff at Brookville will be wearing Orange Shirts. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30), which aligns with Orange Shirt Day, seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit, and Métis survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process. In anticipation of this day, we must ensure that we go beyond wearing orange shirts. Some of our Grade 8 students are in the process of creating a video that will be shared with each class providing students with information about Orange Shirt Day and on the Truth and Reconciliation process.
This weekend's Awesome thought….we hope that you get that awesome feeling when you walk outside and hear the crunch of the leaves with each step you take! On behalf of the staff, we hope that you are able to get outside and enjoy the fall weather!
SEPT 13 2021
Dear Brookville Families,
We hope that your children enjoyed their first week of school and are ready for five days this week. It is so nice to have the students back in the building. We have missed seeing them each and every day in person. We love to hear them laugh, engage and participate during class discussions. The students have been loving the cooler weather during outdoor breaks as they run and play enjoying the fresh air.
Each Friday you will receive a message from the school - our Brookville Buzz. The Buzz will provide you information regarding school initiatives and a snapshot of what is happening in and around Brookville. Today is a special edition!
Please find below a few reminders:
Change in Learning Model Form
Families of elementary students (K-Grade 8) who would like to switch learning models (i.e., in-person to remote/fully online or remote/fully online to in-person) must complete the Change in Learning Model Form. The form is open now until Thursday, Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m.
This form is only for families wishing to switch learning models. If you do not wish to switch learning models, please DO NOT complete this form, your child(ren) will remain in the current learning model. Students switching learning models will transition to their chosen learning model on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Students are expected to continue in their current learning model until that date.
Complete the Change in Learning Model Form for Elementary Students now: https://bit.ly/ElemLearningModel
For more information, view the Sept. 9 HDSB update for families: https://bit.ly/LearningmodelHDSB
This week you will be receiving two emails that will require your immediate attention. One will be a google form for you to fill out and the second email will be information regarding your child’s verification data collected from their registration form. You will need your child's OEN number to access this form. OEN numbers can be found on your child's previous report cards. If you are a new JK parent/guardian, an email was sent out today providing you with your OEN number. Any questions, please contact the school office.
We are excited that the Halton District School Board will be hosting Cross Country this year. We know that some students are disappointed as we are only able to take 5 students per age group. If your child is unable to attend the meet they should be congratulated for their participation at the practices! Way to go Brookville.
International Dot Day is this Wednesday, September 15th. We are encouraging our students and staff to wear dots in recognition of Dot Day! Here is some information about Dot Day.
International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
On Friday of last week, a message was sent out to families regarding our School Council. We look forward to working with returning parents and welcoming new families to support our School Council efforts. Please check your email for information regarding nominations and our first meeting on September 23rd.
This year we will be hosting a virtual open house. We will be sharing more information in the next few weeks.
Septic Tank Installation update:
There have been some unexpected delays with the installation of the septic tank. The projected date for completing the work is set for the end of September. The junior and intermediate students are managing extremely well and are enjoying playing on our upper field with their classmates during both breaks.
Please check out our Twitter feed @BrookvillePS or our website at brv.hdsb.ca.
On behalf of the Brookville staff, we would like to wish you a wonderful week.
Sept 3 2021
Dear Brookville Families,
The staff at Brookville are looking forward to welcoming our students back on September 7th! We have been busy making plans to ensure the transition back to school is as seamless as possible. Well, when you think about it, we are pretty close to experts at this.😊 As you are aware information may change but we want to give you the latest plans we have in place. There is a lot of information (much of it is the same as last year) in this update so please read it thoroughly. If any changes need to be made, we will be sure to communicate them before the first day of school. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this process.
Please remember to screen your child/children each morning prior to leaving for school using the online Provincial COVID-19 School Screening Tool.
For the first few weeks of school, you will be required to indicate that you have completed the screening process for each of your children before they come to school. On Tuesday September 7th, you will be receiving a form that will travel back and forth to school each day that will require your initials each morning. At the end of this document, we have provided you with a copy of what you will receive on the first day of school to use as your verification of completing the tracking process.
For the first day of school, we trust that you will complete the screening prior to sending your children to school. You can sign the form when your child arrives home. We understand that this is not the best or most efficient process but we appreciate your support.
What Your Child Should Bring / Wear to School
Running Shoes - Please ensure your child is wearing proper running shoes each day as they transition in and out of the school.
Indoor shoes- We appreciate indoor shoes especially on wet rainy days to help keep our classroom floors dry and clean.
Lunch /snacks in reusable containers in a lunch bag- We will follow the same process as last year and have everything that comes into the school go home! Like a boomerang!
A refillable water bottle- This will go home nightly to be washed.
Masks – Please send in masks (2-3) that fit your child. A waist pack or ziplock bag is recommended so that your child has somewhere to keep their mask clean.
School Supplies – There is no need for you to supply any school supplies. We have prepared a package of supplies for each student to keep at their desk.
A box of tissues – We have tissues but yours are softer. Please feel free to donate to your child’s class/school. This is not required.
You will find out on September 3rd, late afternoon, via email which class your child will be in. If you don’t receive the email (check your junk mail and Google Promotions tab). If you are unable to check, don’t worry we will have many staff available to point your child in the right direction on the first day of school.
Welcome Back Procedures:
We would like to thank you in advance for helping us as we implement and teach the protocols that will help keep all students, staff, and our parent community safe and healthy.
On the first day of school:
Staff will be wearing orange/yellow vests, holding a sign with their name(s) and grade on it
There are three locations that homeroom staff will be:
Primary staff (grades 1-3) will be on the primary blacktop located on the south side of the building
Junior staff (grades 4-6) will be on the blacktop on the North Blacktop
Intermediate staff (grades 7-8) will be at the back of the school on the South blacktop.
Students should proceed to their designated area /classes.
Many other staff members will be located along the south side fence helping direct students
Please have your child dress for inclement weather, just in case we are outside for an extra few minutes
We are asking students to wear their masks as they enter the school property on the first day of school while outside. Students will not be required to wear their masks while they are outside during our breaks.
Morning drop off procedures:
Busses-beginning September 7th
If your child is taking the bus we will have staff greeting each bus as it arrives and directing all children to the appropriate area to meet their classroom teacher(s).
Kindergarten Information for families who are dropping off their child:
In order to facilitate a successful transition for our Kindergarten students, we are asking parents who are planning on dropping their child off at school to please arrive at 8:30 a.m for the first week of school September 7th - September 10th. The Kindergarten team will send out information this week with details regarding arrival and dismissal protocols. If your child is taking the bus we will greet them at the bus and take them to the Kindergarten meeting zone.
Dropping off your child:
If you are driving your children to school please read the following carefully.
For the safety of all our children please do not enter the school parking lot as we have many buses entering and exiting during the morning and at the end of the school day.
The small parking lot (located on the right hand side of the school) can be used for student drop-off. Please avoid parking in this area. Rather use the circular drive as a traditional “kiss and ride” zone.
We do not have an appropriate drop off zone to safely support a large number of cars. In order to avoid congestion at the front of the school and to ensure we are keeping all kids safe we are suggesting an alternative process that you may want to consider if your child is not taking the bus:
BELOW IS AN OPTION DURING THE FALL AND SPRING. IT IS NOT AN OPTION IN THE WINTER AS THE SIDEWALKS MAY NOT BE SAFE. PLEASE NOTE IF YOU USE THIS OPTION PLEASE WALK YOUR CHILD TO THE SCHOOL PRIMARY PLAYGROUND GATE. DO NOT HAVE YOUR CHILD MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE SCHOOL ON THEIR OWN.
September/October Drop off option-Park your car at Brookville Park:
Enter the Brookville Park parking lot from Guelph Line
Park your car
Walk your child along the paved path to the BOTTOM of the chain-linked fence at the entrance to the primary playground. Our junior and intermediate students can access the school at the top of the hill and walk down the paved pathway.
After School Pick-up:
Park your car at Brookville Park
Walk to the school, follow the paved path to the fence
Please model social distancing for all students
Wait for your child at the primary gate-please do not come onto the playground
If your child is in grade 4-8 you can meet them at the top playground at dismissal time
To help ensure a smooth arrival and dismissal, parents/guardians/ caregivers are asked to:
Wear masks to model this for the children and have your child wear their mask upon arrival….just for the first few days as we gather the students in their grade cohort.
Please remain outside of the yard/play areas, and leave immediately after dropping off or picking up your child.
Each grade/class will be assigned an entry/exit door. This will be the only door that students will use for entering the building, for accessing outdoor activities, and departing at the end of the school day.
Each teacher will review the entry/exit protocol with students.
What will the school day look like?
We have ordered lanyards with a safety release feature, for all students in Grades 1-8. Each class will be assigned a colour lanyard which will help us determine whose class they are in. Students will be expected to wear the lanyard during the day. All students will leave their lanyards at school, in their desks, when they leave at the end of the day. We are hoping the lanyards will arrive before September 7th :). The lanyards do have a clip that can be used for student masks. We will need your support to help teach all students the appropriate use of lanyards (no swinging them and not touching anyone else's lanyard). With social distancing, we do not anticipate any concerns.
Our number one goal is to keep our students safe and healthy and to build a welcoming environment in each class!
Students will remain with their own class(cohorts) during the day
All students will have their own desk and we have distanced them as far apart as possible based on the number of students and the size of the class
Each cohort will be able to access our school common areas within the school such as our library and the gym
Another teacher may teach your child a different subject and your child might stay in their homeroom or travel to another classroom
Students will be going outdoors for longer periods of time, it is important that they are dressed appropriately for the weather (since we are an early start school it is starting to get chilly in the mornings)
Students will have to wait their turn before entering the washroom to prevent overcrowding. We will use the same system that we had in place during the 2020/21 school year
Each classroom that does not have a sink with hand soap, will have hand sanitizer available for use
Water fountains are closed BUT bottle filling stations will be available
Phys Ed classes will be outdoors as long as the weather cooperates but we can access the gym for physical education classes
Music will be outdoors as much as possible to allow students to sing with their masks off while distancing, instruments will be used this year-hopefully starting in mid October for our intermediate students
Staff will balance student learning by using technology, paper, and pencil tasks as well as hands-on experiences
Staff will take the students out multiple times during the day to allow students to remove their masks and learn outdoors
Teachers will teach students to ‘Prevent the Spread’ and will coordinate hand washing/sanitizing opportunities at various times each day (upon entry/exit, before eating, after returning from outdoors, after using the washroom) and mask breaks (outside) throughout the day.
We will review these routines with our students during the first week of school and teachers are prepared to give lots of reminders as this learning takes place and new habits are formed.
Breaks at Brookville:
We have two nutrition breaks 9:55-10:35 am and 12:15-12:55 pm
Outdoor portion 20 minutes:
Students will be dismissed systematically for the outdoor portion of their break and while distancing
They will use hand sanitizer / or have had their hands washed prior to exiting the building (sanitizing stations have been mounted just inside each of the student entry doors)
Students may choose to remove their masks once they are outside
Although students from other classes are outside during break time students will be asked to stay within their own cohort when outside
Each class/cohort will play in a designated zone that will be clearly marked for students (they will learn where their zone is on the first day of school)
Each class /cohort will be given outdoor equipment that they can access to use on the playground. We appreciate your patience as our repertoire of allowable activities grows.
Indoor Portion 20 minutes:
Everything your child brings to school in their lunch bag -except for the food they actually eat- while at school will go home at the end of the day
Our kindergartens and some of our primary grades are pretty used to this process
Uneaten or half-eaten servings of pudding/applesauce will be returned home to you as well as half-eaten sandwiches. The good news is that you will know exactly what your child is eating at school. The downside is it can get pretty messy if you aren’t sending reusable containers
We are excited that we can start fundraising this year
Lunch programs will begin later this fall
Forgotten items that are necessary for your child to get through the day, such as lunches, will have to be left on a trolley just inside the front doors of the school. If it is necessary to drop something off on a rare occasion, please put the item in a bag and label the bag at home, drive up to the front door of the school, buzz the office to let us know, drop off the item on the cart and we will have a staff member, deliver it to your child.
Your child’s morning checklist:
Wear running shoes
Bring indoor shoes that will be left at school
Dress each morning prepared for outdoor activities
A reusable water bottle
Parents to complete the online Provincial COVID-19 School Screening Tool and initial the form that will be sent home on September 7th (see below).
Bus Dismissal process:
Please be advised that if you are waiting for your child after school you may be waiting longer than anticipated for a bus to arrive. Our dismissal process has not changed from last year, but it takes some time to establish our routines. We recommend that you sign up for alerts through haltonbus.ca to avoid worrying and receiving no response to your phone call when buses are late because all available staff will be supervising the students while we wait.
Signs will be posted with Bus numbers on the Primary Blacktop for all busses
Students will line up in front of the posted sign
Once all students have arrived we will load each bus in a systematic order
Students will have an assigned seat
Signs will be posted with Bus numbers on the Northside of the school for all busses
Students will line up in front of the posted sign
Once all students have arrived we will load each bus in a systematic order
Students will have an assigned seat
MCRC student process:
Please refer to the HDSB’s September 2021 Plan for more information and details regarding student health.
We would once again like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the beginning of this school year. We hope that you enjoy the upcoming long weekend with your family.
On behalf of the Brookville Staff, we are looking forward to you sharing your child with us.
Student Daily Health Screening Verification
In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, parents/guardians/students must complete the Ontario School Screening Tool each morning on behalf of each student.
The screening will indicate one of two results:
Students only attend school if a “✅” is obtained.
Students with COVID-like symptoms who receive an “X” must remain home and isolate as instructed.
Parents/guardians/students are required to confirm a “pass” of the School Screening tool for students learning in-person for the first two weeks of the school year. Each child requires separate verification.
School Screening Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Students may also complete screening on their own device, where age appropriate.
Other languages available at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/download-covid-19-screenings#school-and-child-care-screening
HDSB Student Daily Health Screening Verification
Student Name : _____________________________________________________________ Class : ______________________
Parent/Guardian Name : __________________________________________________ Date : ______________________
Verify in writing:
Students may alternatively complete screening on their own device, where age appropriate, and present on arrival.
I/we confirm that we understand the requirement to use the COVID School Screening Tool daily.
Parent/Guardian Name (Print)
Please initial each morning prior to attending school.
September 7, 2021 Parent/guardian initials: _____________
September 13, 2021 Parent/guardian initials: _____________
September 8, 2021 Parent/guardian initials: _____________
September 14, 2021 Parent/guardian initials: _____________
September 9, 2021 Parent/guardian initials: _____________
September 15, 2021 Parent/guardian initials: _____________
September 10, 2021 Parent/guardian initials: _____________
September 16, 2021 Parent/guardian initials: _____________
September 17, 2021 Parent/guardian initials: _____________
Daily screening continues to be a requirement to come to school beyond September 17.
Thank you for working together to keep our school safe.