here! We look forward to this year as
another one filled with excitement for learning! We feel refreshed with the completion of our
renovations to our learning commons and main office and hope these changes will
provide a better learning environment for both students and staff. While we
know school start up issues with bussing have caused problems and concerns for
our riders and parents, I am confident these matters will be properly addressed
and we will be back on track with proper and efficient transportation to and
from our school. With that said, here are
several key points to keep in mind as we move into the start of the
For those parents wishing to ‘start volunteering’ at Brentwood
school for the first time, a volunteer police clearance form (ePIC) must be
completed first to start the process.
The quickest method to expedite this is to come into the main office and
fill out the ePIC form. Picture ID is
required along with the form. As well,
you must have attended a Brentwood Volunteer Orientation session (this does
not have to be done yearly….just once in your volunteering career at
Brentwood). The sessions are being held
on September 12 from 11:00 – 11:45 AM and
2:50 – 3:35 PM and September 26 6:00 – 6:45 PM. PLEASE NOTE – the volunteer registration form
that was sent home in you start of school package DOES NOT mean you have
clearance for volunteering. That form is
simply a registration form indicating that you already have clearance and will
be volunteering for this school year.
fees will be due for bussing and lunch supervision. Class and field trip
activity fees will be posted on your Power School account in the very near
future. Please go to MY CBE ACCOUNT on
our school website to make direct payment for bussing/lunchroom and ISM fees if
you have not done so already. Our
Brentwood fees have been finalized by each grade level and notification will be
sent home shortly.
extended absences greater than 15 days result in students missing critical
instruction and curriculum. It is important
and necessary that teachers and administration be informed of these types of
absences well in advance as a meeting will be required (as detailed in another
section in this newsletter).
conferences is critical to keeping abreast of your child(ren)’s educational
progress. We encourage you to make all
possible effort to come to this important connecting time with teachers in September. Parking during P/T conferences is always
tricky as our school is surrounded by housing.
We ask that you respect and adhere to the parking signage posted in the
neighborhood and be mindful of not parking in people’s driveways or in ways
that obstructs the flow of traffic.
Plenty of on street parking is available at the south side in our hug
and go area.
NEW! – ‘Artist’
residencies shepherded by Sharon Frotowski
in mid November (presentations in December) and Wild Flower Art Centre in later April (presentation in May) will be an exciting opportunity for our
students to learn and develop their skills and talents in mixed media art. More information will be sent home closer to
the residency including performance dates so parents can plan to volunteer as
well as attend our Artist in Residency evenings.
over Convenience! In previous
messages home I have referenced matters when
thinking about getting children to school, and how parents and care givers are
often choosing convenience over student safety.
Each and every day a number of our students are being put into very
dangerous situations by the very same people who love them the most. Sheer volumes of traffic frequently lead to double
parking to load/unload students, unsafe turns and u-turns to find a parking
spot, and in some cases students/parents turning to jaywalking to save time. I
ask all to stop and think when getting students to and from
school. Watch for our annual letter home
about how to choose safety over convenience to keep our students safe!
Fire Drills and Lockdown Practices. All schools are mandated to have 6 fire drills and 2
lockdown practices during the school year. These drills are done to ensure that
everyone in the building knows what to do in case of an emergency. When the
fire bell rings all classes move silently out the nearest exit to assemble on
the field. Our first fire drills have
been scheduled for the month of September. Please take this opportunity to
discuss fire safety with your child. Our first lockdown practice will occur in
the very near future as well. We
practice this drill to stay safe in case an intruder were to be in the
building. In a lockdown, students gather in secured areas and classrooms and
remain quiet until informed the lockdown is over. Students are informed in
advance of the first lockdown and fire drill so that they know what to expect.
Subsequent drills will be unannounced.
If parents have any questions about these safety drills please contact
Messenger. Thank you to all
parents/guardians who have registered for School Messenger in order to receive
both email and text communication from the school. If you have still not registered, it is
imperative that you do so on the CBE main website page. Should you require further guidance in this
regard, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
School Calendars can be printed from our
School website by going to following link….the month of September has been completed. Other months will be completed shortly.
Voice Mail Messages…..please note that if you are
leaving voice mail messages for your child’s teacher, they may not be retrieved
until the end of the day after dismissal; or if there is a substitute teacher,
they may not be retrieved until the regular teacher returns. If the message is urgent, please contact the
ensure you call the school main office first and foremost at 777-6130 and
select Option #1 – Attendance Line to leave a message before 9:00 am if your child is going to
be absent or late. This assists the
office staff immensely and is designed for the safety of your children. Your
cooperation is appreciated.
for students for pick up versus taking the bus…..any last
minute notifications less than ’30 minutes’ prior to the
busses leaving may or may not be processed as the last part of the
school day in the office is extremely busy.
Please notify us well in advance. Thanks in advance for your