Oct 01
September Has Come and Gone Too Quickly

It is hard to believe that September has come and gone so quickly. This year’s start has been like no other that I can think of in my entire teaching career! But through it all, your patience and support in helping us get off to a successful start has been nothing short of stellar. Thank you so much for sticking with us in the COVID -19 Pandemic. With that said, here are several key points to keep in mind as we move into the start of the school year……

  • In-person and hub learning has been sorted and students are now connected with the teacher they have been assigned to at least until January/February of 2021. It is at that time that decisions about further online schooling will be revisited by many parents.
  • School fees for those students learning by attending in-person are due for bussing and lunch supervision. Any ‘digital class/field-trip activity’ fees will be posted on your Power School account in the very near future should teachers be able to arrange. Please go to MY CBE ACCOUNT on our school website to make direct payment for bussing/lunchroom and school fees (most likely uploaded Oct. 1) if you have not done so already. Our Brentwood fees were finalized by each grade level last spring and have been inputted into our RYCOR system.
  • Both in-person and hub student 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).
  • Thank you to all who attended our first online P/T conferences this past week. It is critical to keep abreast of your child(ren)’s educational progress. We encourage you to make all possible effort to continually connect with your child’s teacher about their learning both at school and from home.
  • Safety over Convenience! In a previous message sent 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, dropping off students in staff parking lots, 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. We need your help 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 taken place 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 school administration.
  • School Messenger. Thank you to all parents/guardians who have made sure they are 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.
  • Leaving Messages…..please note that if you are leaving email 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 office directly.
  • Attendance Line…..Parents, please 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.
  • Requests for in-person 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 consideration!

Mr. Michayluk, Principal


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