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December/ January 2019-2020

Reminders!  Safety over convenience should always be at the forefront when picking up / dropping off your children at school!  As of late we have noticed parents dropping off / picking up in front of the school in our ‘bus zones’ as well as in the school parking lots.  If this continues, we will be forced to have those areas monitored by parking control which could result in parking fines for parents. We ask for your attention to this important matter.

 

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Important Upcoming Dates

§   Dec 10, 11, and 12

Residency art walk/ performances

§   Dec 16

Parent Council

9:30 a.m.

§   Dec 18

Treat Day

§   Dec 19

Fun Lunch/Casual Day

Last Day of classes

§   Dec20 –Jan 05 Winter Break

§   Jan 06

Non-Instructional Day

No classes for Students

§   Jan 07

Classes Resume

§   Jan 09

TLC Open House 6:30pm

§   Jan 16

Volunteer Orientation 6:30 p.m.

§   Jan 20

TLC Application starts

§   Jan 23

Fun Lunch/Casual Day

§   Jan 30

Report Cards go Home

§   Jan 31

Non-Instructional Day

No school for Students

At this time, we do not have any further information to share with our school community regarding budget cuts that the CBE is facing.   Please refer to the CBE main website for any ‘budget information updates’.  When more information becomes available to us at the school level, we will communicate that as soon as we are able.

·         Thank you parents who took the time to attend Parent/Teacher conferences.  It is very important that parents make every effort to attend conferences to connect with their children’s teachers – to understand progress to date as well as understand work to the future.  Report card sharing “term one information” will be sent home January 31st, 2019.

·         Excellent work was done by our grade 5 team of staff and students along with Ms, Fischer, our music teacher who led our very heartfelt Remembrance Day assembly. Bravo to all who contributed to our Veteran’s Food Bank Drive for 2019.  This year a veteran guest speaker, ‘Major Karmin McKay’ shared his many stories of being a soldier during several wars, while working to maintain peace in our country. Thank you to everyone in this community who supported our veterans during this time of year!

·         Our first of two Mixed Media Residencies / Connecting Songs performances will be held December 10, 11, and 12.  Grade 3, 5, and 4 (in this order) will be hosting 3 separate grade level evening performances.  This year there will ONLY be 6:30 PM performances as each event will consist of standing and watching and/or walking about (very similar to an art walk/show).  Invitations are being prepared to be sent home by our residency committee this week – informing of presentation times as well as asking for how many people will be attending.  Please note, there will be NO tickets required for each event as we have had in the past.

·         At our last School Council meeting several parents were on hand to hear more about our School Development Plan at Brentwood for the 2019-20 school year.  The focus for this year’s plan is math, literacy, and student well-being and has been posted for viewing on our school website.

·         With the final approval of fees by the CBE, it is important that school fees are reconciled as soon as possible.  Fees (both system and school based) can be paid online by accessing ‘My CBE Account/Power School’ on the CBE homepage as well as the Brentwood homepage.

·         We will host our annual Open House (January 9, 6:30 PM) as well one final Volunteer Orientation for the school year (January 16, 6:30 PM).  If you have questions about either of these events, please contact our main office for additional information.

 

In case I do not get opportunity to connect with everyone directly, I wish you all the best during the holiday season!

 

Mr. Michayluk

Principal


Kindergarten Registration for TLC

Begins January 20th*

Kindergarten application to TL programming begins on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at all elementary schools for children eligible for Kindergarten in September 2020.  Brentwood TLC applications will be accepted during regular school office hours, 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  To be included in our TLC Kindergarten registration lottery you must have submitted a completed application and registration form by the deadline which is Tuesday, February 11th at noon- NO exceptions. Applications submitted after this date will be placed on a wait list.

 

Please ensure that you bring your child's birth certificate with you at the time of application to our TLC program.  Families with children (siblings) currently in our TLC program who have Kindergarten eligible children are asked to come in and register them as soon as possible after January 20th but before February 11th at noon.  As siblings have first priority in placement, we need to know how many spaces are available for new applicants. New applicants for Kindergarten positions without siblings currently attending Brentwood TLC must complete applications and registrations, which will be handled in the same way as other TLC applications noted below.

 

TLC Applications

An Open House will be held in the school gym on Thursday, January 9th at 6:30 p.m. for all parents interested in the TLC program.

 

On Monday, January 20th, we will begin accepting applications and registrations for the TLC program (all grades).  The deadline for accepting registrations is noon on Tuesday, February 11th.  Priority for existing openings is as follows: first priority is for siblings of students currently enrolled in the same TLC campus, students who reside within the Brentwood School boundaries, students transferring from other TLC campuses followed by those who live in the Area the TLC campus serves (Area 1 for Brentwood campus), followed by all other students.

 

Program enrollment decisions will be finalized by September 8th, 2020. As openings become available throughout the summer and September, parents will be phoned and offered positions if they applied prior to the deadline date of February 11th.

 

Extended Holidays

We are amazed by the number of our students who will be extending their holidays with vacations and trips.  Parents have been diligent about informing their children’s teacher, completing the tracking paper work and attending extended absence meetings when 15 days or longer of student absence has been planned for.  We hope that these are opportunities and experiences that enrich our students’ lives and that where possible students attend to their studies by keeping up on the homework posted on D2L.  We wish everyone safe travels over the holiday break.

 

Busses

As you are all aware, cold weather, icy roads and traffic all affect our bus service and sometimes delays are unavoidable. Occasionally, a bus breaks down and it can be a considerable length of time before a replacement bus is sent. Please keep in mind the following points:

·  For safety, caregivers should wait at bus stops until the children are on the bus. At the end of the day, caregivers should be prepared to wait as busses may be delayed by heavy traffic or simply take longer to complete their routes on winter roads. When temperatures drop we certainly understand if families decide to drive students or keep them at home due to delayed busses. Please ensure that you are parking safely at bus stops.

·  Although we attempt to notify families if a bus has been very late leaving our school (usually more than 30 minutes delayed), we do not have the staff to call if many busses are generally delayed due to poor weather or traffic.

·  In the winter, it is important for children to have warm clothing (hats, mitts, coats, scarves and boots) in case a bus breaks down.

·  The school does not usually have information about bus delays in advance. You can access information by using www.mybusstop.ca with the specific code for Brentwood – CBEB4SSOE4. You may also email your concerns to admin@mybusstop.ca or call Southland Transportation at (403) 205-6688 if you need further information although this number is very busy and it is often difficult to get through.

 

Dressing for the Weather

As we look ahead, we are making plans for colder weather especially around extended periods of time outside like recess and lunch break.  We encourage all of our children to dress appropriately for the weather with warm coats, hats, mitts, boots, scarves and even snow pants.  This will ensure that students are comfortable on days when they are expected to go out for fresh air and exercise.  We know that students will be outside during the course of the day, even if it is only from the bus to the door and dressing warmly is something that must be dealt with at home.  Thank you for your support.

 

No School Days for 2019-2020

Please note these dates are also in the student planners.

December 20

System Professional Day – No School for Students

December 23 – January 3

Schools closed – Winter Break

December 20

System Professional Day – No School for Students

January 6

Non-Instructional Day-No School for Students

January 7

Classes Resume

January 16

Last Volunteer Orientation Session for the year at 6:30 p.m.

January 31

Non-Instructional Day-No School for Students

February 12

Non-Instructional Day-No School for Students

February 13-14

Teacher’s Convention – NO school for students

February 17

Alberta Family Day – No School for students

March 19

Student Led Conferences – No classes for K students only

March 20

Student Led Conferences – No classes for all students

March 23 - 27

Spring Break

April 10

Good Friday-School Closed

April 13

System Professional Day – No School for Students

May 15

System Professional Day - No School for Students

May 18

Victoria Day-No School

June 29

Appeals Day – No School for students

June 30

Organizational Day - No School for Students

 

 

In-line Skating

Alien In line will once again provide our grade 1 – 3 with in-line skating lessons in January.  Thank you to the many parents who volunteered their time in the past to make this event a huge success.  It’s this valuable time that you share that helps our students quickly lace up their skates to make the most of their time skating.  Please volunteer for this activity if you are able.

 

Lost & Found

Please label all your children’s clothing, lunch kits, snow pants, etc. We continue to accumulate many items in the Lost & Found with no names. When they are labelled, we can return items to the rightful owner.  Small items such as jewellery, house keys, watches, and electronic devices are typically turned in to the office.

 

Library Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success!  We sold close to $3000.00 in books and received $1490.00 in book credits from Scholastics Books.  We also received 29 donated books from our generous Brentwood families.  The winners of this year’s prize of $25.00/each  towards books were Maryam A. of Mr. Stainsby’ s and Sediman K. of Ms. Johanson’s classes.  Congratulations to both students and staff on your win.  Finally, a warm thanks to all for helping raise funds towards books for the library!    Ms. K. Lum

 

Brentwood School Council Update

Greetings from Brentwood School Council. We were thrilled to see new faces at our November School Council and Society meetings. A warm welcome to our new members. Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 9:30am in the staffroom. 

 

Treat Day

  As is Brentwood School tradition, the Treat Day for December 18th will be chocolate Santa lollipops from Purdy's.   

 

Fun Lunch 

  December 19th will be our last Fun Lunch for this year.  The feature this month will be Lunch Lady pasta.  Fun Lunch will resume for January 23rd with Little Caesars.   If you are new to Fun Lunch please log on to: https://healthyhunger.ca/, register your child with Brentwood School and you can select and pay for all the lunches in advance.  Please be sure to note that the order must be submitting through Healthy Hunger before the last Saturday before the next Fun Lunch date.  ie. orders for the December 19th Fun lunch must be submitted and paid for through their website before Saturday December 14th.  All orders and payments go through their website.  Be sure you receive your receipt from them by email.  

 

If you have any questions or trouble ordering, please email us at brentwoodfunlunch@gmail.com and we will be happy to help! 

Volunteers are always needed for both Fun Lunch and Treat Day, so please sign up if you are able! Thank you for your support.

brentwoodvolunteerbank@gmail.com  

 

Events Team

We had a successful Pumpkinella in October, a huge thank you to all of the families who participated. Please visit our Facebook page for some pictures (Brentwood School Council Calgary).  Wehave some exciting news to share with you: Carnival will return to delight Brentwood School families in the new year.  Watch out for more news on this and opportunities to volunteer. If you are not on our volunteer list for special events please email our volunteer coordinator, Deb brentwoodvolunteerbank@gmail.com, to have your name added. We are not able to host these events without enough volunteer support.

 

Wishing all of our Brentwood families a wonderful winter break; however you and your family may celebrate the season we hope your time is filled with laughter, joy, perhaps some adventure and relaxation. We will see you again in the New Year. As always, feel free to email us at brentwoodschoolcouncilinfo@gmail.com.

 

Brentwood Dates at a Glance:

December 17th Parent Council Meeting, 9:30-~11am, Staff Lunchroom, all parents and guardians welcome

December 18th Treat Day, Purdy’s’ Lollipop

December 19th Fun Lunch and Casual Day

January 23rd Fun Lunch and Casual Day

January 28th Parent Council Meeting, 9:30am, Staff Lunchroom

 

For more information: brentwoodschoolcouncilinfo@gmail.com

Fun Lunch: brentwoodfunlunch@gmail.com

Volunteer Information: brentwoodvolunteerbank@gmail.com

Facebook: Brentwood School Council Calgary  

 

 

 

 

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