Dear Brentwood Families:
Our entire staff looks forward to welcoming 750 students to Brentwood this year. Here is some additional information regarding the first two days of school:
1. Thursday, September 1 is the first day of school and is a formal uniform day. Friday, September 2 is also a formal uniform day for our Kindergarten students only, as this will be the first school day for some classes.
2. Your child's safety and well-being is our top priority. All teachers and available staff will be outside the school tomorrow morning and Friday morning to greet students. You will find teachers at or near their classes' assigned doors, which are clearly marked by their alphabet letter.
3. Please note that we have a number of students with allergies to tree nuts and peanuts. Please ensure these items are not sent with snacks or lunches.
4. Parents, please help us model pedestrian and traffic safety for our students. Use the crosswalk to cross Northmount Drive, respect the busy bus loading zone, and follow traffic rules while using the 'Hug & Go' zone on Burgess Drive. Parents are encouraged to park on side streets to avoid congestion.
5. Charter Transportation: CBE transportation service providers are facing a qualified bus driver shortage. Please make sure your family is prepared if there are delays on the route in the event their bus is delayed or canceled on short notice. Please be assured our transportation service providers are continuing to recruit and train drivers.
Wishing your child a wonderful start to the school year! I look forward to visiting classrooms and saying hello in person.
Rudy J. Stein
It is hard to believe that September and half of October have come and gone. Your patience and support in helping us get off to a successful start has been greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for supporting the school as we continue to navigate the COVID -19 Pandemic. Listed below are several key points to keep in mind as we continue our work for 2021……
• School fees for students are due for bussing and lunch supervision (parents must sign up if their child stays at school for lunch….more information available on our website as a new story). Any 'digital and or in-person class/field-trip activity' fees will be posted onto your Power School account in the very near future as teachers plan and arrange for them. Please go to MY CBE ACCOUNT on our school website to make direct payment for bussing/lunchroom and school fees 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. The first $15 for our two booked residencies (Author Jeff Stockton and Robotics specialist Dennis Kambeitz) has been posted requiring payment.
• 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 in September. 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. Our next conferences are scheduled for Nov. 24/25.
• BRAVO…we are doing a much better job of adhering to Safety over Convenience! In previous messages sent home, I have referenced matters when thinking about getting children to school, and how parents and care givers are sometimes choosing convenience over student safety. I must commend all parents as of late for their care and due diligence in our hug and go drop of areas in and around the school. Please continue to respect for the rules of the road. We need your continual help to keep everyone 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.
• A virtual 'Pumpkinella' event as well as Halloween costume day is on the horizon once again – October 29th. For those new to our school this will be an opportunity for students and staff to show off their pumpkin carving skills as well come dressed to school in a costume for the Halloween season. There will be more information coming about how to participate – stay tuned!
• Brentwood School Casino is on the horizon– November 15 and 16. Our parent Fund raising society is still short of volunteers – at least 20 more volunteers are required and need to be confirmed asap. Please consider signing up for a shift as per previous school messenger information that was sent to you. If the fund raising society does not get enough volunteers, they could lose the Casino opportunity …and the fund raising dollars that come with it!!!
• 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 months of September – December have 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!
• Papers! Papers! And More Papers! September was a busy month and you have no doubt were inundated with information from many sources. A very important package of forms was sent home in an envelope – demographics updates and other important forms to be signed. Please ensure that the completed package has been returned to your child's teacher OR to the school main office. Thank you for your cooperation.
• Bussing The new Brentwood bus code for MyBusStop is CBE56N016I. Parents are reminded that only bussed children, whose parents have completed a Transportation agreement and have received their contract may ride the bus. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, children are not allowed to go on a bus at any time until directed by CBE transportation!
• Thank you for supporting Orange Shirt Day and Terry Fox Run! September 29 was a day (Orange shirt day) where we recognized those who had many a challenge in their lives, and yet had the power and stamina to work them. October 1 was a day where all students and staff ran or walked to support our annual walk/run fund raising campaign for Terry Fox. AS school I am proud to say we raised $1800. Hats off to all students, staff, and parents who supported these worthy causes.
• Signing Out Children - If you come to the school to pick up your child for appointments, etc., it is extremely important that you sign them out at the foyer entry. For children who ride the bus, please sign them out in the appropriate bus column no later than 3:40 p.m. as this helps to ensure the bus drivers receive the information in a timely fashion.
The last 9 months have shifted our work as a school community quite dramatically! When we gathered before the start-up of school in September, we came to a realization as a community there would be much work ahead of us. We planned our school entry, we strategized as to how deal with the pandemic, and made decisions about what would best fit student learning in both an in-person and online environment.
We have continued to have high expectations for our students in their learning, and they have and continue to meet those expectations to the best of their ability. Our students have demonstrated resilience and excellent mastery in COVID protocols and have successfully lead the way in how to continue to achieve while learning in their new parameters. At the same time, we all have managed to treat one another with compassion, understanding, and kindness.
As a school community, you have stayed committed to our school goals of continued student learning and well-being. Everyone is to be commended for staying on course at Brentwood. On behalf of myself and my admin team, I would like to thank all of our students, staff, and parents for their un-wavering commitment to keeping on track and doing whatever is necessary to keep our school functioning, working towards a productive year of learning, and maintaining or safety as much as possible.
I would like to also acknowledge some of the 'great things' that have happened at Brentwood, and will continue to take place as we work to stay the course…
- Bravo to our Grade 2 classes for an excellent online assembly about 'responsibility.' Students are taking head that it is important to take responsibility for all that they do in the world…..an important message for sure! I am very much looking forward to our next virtual assembly put on by the Grade 5s in January.
- Thank you to our 'virtual winter assembly' performers for sharing their musical talents with everyone. The jokes and hat draw were a nice touch to top off some of the winter spirit that was truly needed!
- Kudos to our 'Movember' participants for raising funds to help support men's mental health as some work through difficult times from the stressors that the COVID pandemic has put upon them. Thanks goes to out parent council and others who joined in the cause to bring our fund raising total to $700! These funds will be used to support men in our school community in a manner that can support their needs.
- A huge shout-out to one of our 'on-hold' rental groups who usually rent out our main gym on Sundays to host their services – Horizon Church. As an organization, they have once again stepped up to assist us in our community support causes by putting together 8 Christmas hampers for families in need during the holiday season. We graciously thank them for their blessing, generosity, and plentiful donations of gifts, food, and clothing that will bring much needed help, joy, and perhaps happiness to some of our families who have experienced hard times over the last while and who continue to struggle into the winter break.
- Last but certainly not least, our many thanks are extended to our School Council/Fund Raising Society for their continued support of staff and students at Brentwood. Not only have they worked to support student learning through their latest financial support for purchasing many needed items at the school level and arranged for a wonderful meal for teachers during P/T conferences, they gave all of us a fun opportunity to 'win a gift basket' if you took the time to show off your latest winter attire. What a wonderful way to take us into the New Year!!
Speaking of the New Year….come January 2021, you have been informed that our first week back will have everyone learning 'online.' As stated in the system message you recently received, all students will be learning from home for at least the first week of school in 2021. Of note, Brentwood online learning will commence on January 5 as January 4 is a non-instructional day for teachers (as previously planned in our yearly calendar). To that end, I draw your attention to the online learning guidelines below….
During the timespan of online learning, the teacher in charge of your child's class expects that students will be engaged in learning, attend all virtual classes during scheduled times, and complete all assignments to the best of their ability. It is important to stay in a routine. Every teacher will have shared a daily online schedule with the following plans in mind:
- Daily class will run 'similar' to your classroom taking into account the restrictions that come with online learning versus in-person learning
- Students must check Google Classroom every day to view the schedule posted
- Times will be provided for whole group and small group instruction
- Planned programming that will support student learning will include:
- Raz Kids Reading
- A focus on language and mathematics learning outcomes that strengthen the development of literacy and numeracy
- The incorporation of science, social studies and wellness (with a focus on mental health) Regularly scheduled Google Classroom meetings
- Suggested Phys. Ed. activities as per Ms. LevineSuggested Music activities as per Ms. Lau
- An average of five hours of work per student per week
- Raz Kids Reading
- A focus on language and mathematics learning outcomes that strengthen the development of literacy and numeracy
- The incorporation of science, social studies and wellness (with a focus on mental health) curriculum outcomes
- Regularly scheduled Google Classroom meetings
- Suggested Phys. Ed. activities as per Ms. Levine
- Suggested Music activities as per Ms. Lau
- An average of six to eight hours of work per student per week
Of utmost importance…please take the time to review your child's learning on a daily basis and be prepared to assist as a learning coach where appropriate. Please note that 'some' teachers may be sending student materials home on Friday, December 18th as they may require students to use them during their time of online learning – and others may not. It will be at teacher discretion to do this pending necessity of having materials on hand or not.
As we depart for the winter I break, I leave you with one final thought. I ask you and your families to 'Be Smart' in how you gather and celebrate during the holidays…I am confident that Brentwood can follow the guidelines as set out by AHS and the provincial government …to help flatten the curve!!! Stay safe – the best of the holiday season to all!
Mr. Michayluk, Principal
As we move into the winter season, the continued challenges that COVID-19 brings with this type of weather are multiplying. I would like to thank all who have been so supportive of our needs to keep students as healthy as they can be while they attend school. That has involved extra efforts on the part of parents picking up children and taking them home when they become ill with listed COVID symptoms, and in turn having them tested to be sure they are COVID free and able to return to school after symptoms have subsided. Your prompt connections and communications with us through all of this is very much appreciated!
Turning the focus now on what is happening in our school, I draw your attention to the following….
Safety for students inside our building continues to be at the forefront during the pandemic. We ask for your continued understanding of not entering the building beyond our front foyer unless cleared by our front office. Signage has been posted in the foyer explaining our processes at this time. It is also important that any email communication about student absences from school or hub class, pick-ups for appointments, etc. come from an 'adult's email account' and not the student's email account. This helps us verify that it is the adult communicating the information with us.
Be prepared for online learning in a moments notice should there be a requirement by In-person learners and teachers to pivot to this type of learning. Know that classroom teaching staff are prepared to do this should the situation warrant it – either for individuals who have to be at home for a time or for whole classrooms required to isolate. I remind you that it is of outmost importance that you are signed onto Google Classroom with your child and their teacher. If you have not yet done this, please reach out to your child's teacher for further assistance.
Submit your demographic information and forms to the office as soon as possible if you have done so. This information is required by the school and essential in assisting us with the most up to date communication information and permissions that you grant the school as a parent (media release as example). With the expanded use of online connections, this is more important than ever.
Bussing route changes/adjustments for students must be communicated to the school office please as soon as possible. For seating plans and contact tracing purposes it is essential we are aware of any adjustments to students riding on a different route. An email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or a phone call (403 777-6130 ext.0) to our secretaries would be much appreciated.
In-person and hub learners have their parent teacher conferences on the same date –
December 3 and 4 respectively. The ins and outs of booking those interviews via conference manager, as well as instructions about using TEAMS for online interviews will be sent via school messenger. Specific details about P/T Conferences for Hub learners will come directly from the system. Please review all information sent to you at your earliest convenience.
Thank you to our grade 5 team of staff and students for an excellent Remembrance Day online presentation. The sentiments expressed via an online environment (O' Canada done in sign language, poems read by students, a heart felt video, a moment of silence) as well as other essential messages delivered by students were very important in reminding us that this day should never be forgotten. Moreover, a sincere thank you goes to all who contributed to the donation fund for poppies ($225) as well as the contributions for our cash drive for the foodbank ($300) is very worthy of recognition. The veterans of Calgary have personally expressed their sincere thanks and gratitude for our continued support in these tough financial times. Bravo Brentwood!
A huge thank you goes out to our School Council and Fund Raising Society for their most recent financial support for Brentwood students and staff. They have graciously supported the purchase of many necessary things to carry on programming for our students in the 'new' environment we find ourselves – support includes items for our travelling music program, online learning program licenses (Brain Pop, Math up) agendas, future online virtual presentations by outside agencies (John Dunn arctic explorer, Matt Wilhelm MDX champion have been booked thus far), Pumpkinella, and the Christmas sweater prize draw to name few. Without their continued financial support, these things won't not be available for our students. Please check the school website for the latest council and society meeting minutes that gives greater details of their continued work in supporting Brent wood School.
More online student presentations are on the horizon. As we progress through the school year, each grade level will be sharing a 'mini virtual assembly' with respect to their work in building student resilience and well being (our Character Education focus). Each of these online presentations will be shown to all In-person and Hub students at various times of the year via our school YouTube channel. Dates and times for each of these presentations will be shared via school messenger, so that all can view the presentations.
Last but not least…I encourage everyone to continue to be vigilant doing their part to keep us all as safe as possible. It is more important now than ever for all to reduce their cohorts, continue social distancing, wash hands often, and wear a mask! The cost of doing these things is cheap. The cost of not doing them is astronomical. Thank you for your support in this critical matter!
Be well and stay safe,
Mr. Michayluk, Principal
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
- 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
- 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
- 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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