Dec 07
Principal's Winter Message

Thank you again for your continued support and communication to Brentwood school as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic.  I am sure you are aware that opportunity to have your children vaccinated is now available.  Should you require more information about children and them getting the vaccine, please visit the following website: Alberta Government Info about Vaccination for Children   I encourage you to get all the facts to make an informed decision.

 

Some reminders and information share about everyone's health and safety…

Ø  If your child is sick and showing any symptoms as listed in the Symptom checklist 18 and older and 18 and younger, please DO NOT send your child to school until they are symptom free.  If symptoms persist, then medical intervention is recommended (COVID testing is an option).  As well, I strongly encourage you to review the Parent Guide as outlined in previous messaging from CBE as well as Alberta Health.

Ø  Please send children with an 'extra, clean mask that fits properly' in their backpacks.  As of late, we have had many students coming to the office looking for replacement masks when their masks have become broken or lost.  As our supply is limited at the school, having an extra mask with them will help us keep up with the demand in situations where students have no masks left of their own to use.

Ø  A reminder – if you are wanting to have you child as pick up at the end of the day versus taking the bus, please call the office @ 777-6130 ext. 0 no later than 3:15 PM.  Please do not email as emails are not always checked in a timely manner before the end of the day.  Calling no later that 3:15 PM gives our office staff enough time to connect with the teacher and let them know not to send your child on the bus.  Any calls after 3:15 PM may result in your child being put on the bus.

 

As always, listed below are several key points to keep you updated as we continue our work to the end of 2021 and move into January 2022.

·         We have had some staffing changes/adjustments at Brentwood.  We were fortunate to add several new staff to our roster.  They are:

  • Ms. Burton – a part-time and temporary teacher working with students identified for requiring extra support.
  • Ms. Tabassum – an additional lunchroom supervisor to assist with lunchroom in classrooms
  • Two new caretaking cleaners – Mr. Mohamed and Mr. Ogbazghi

    We will be bidding farewell to one of our lunchroom supervisors – Ms. Sobirova.  We thank her for her excellent work in our lunchroom program and wish her all the best in future endeavours.  The process has begun to look for another lunchroom supervisor as replacement.

    Our thanks extends to our Grade 5 team of staff and students for a wonderful and heartfelt virtual Remembrance Day assembly.  The messages conveyed by our students during this important commemorative time of year were greatly appreciated by all.  In addition, our sincerest gratitude and appreciation goes out to our Brentwood School Community for their gracious contributions to our Veteran's Foodbank Drive as well as our Poppy Fund Collection.  We filled just over 16 large boxes of non-perishable items and collected just over $659 for The Poppy Fund.  Bravo Brentwood!

    Congratulations goes to our Grade 3 team of staff and students who shared our second online Mind-up Assembly on November 22.  The theme was 'mindful awareness' – knowing what to do in certain circumstances to try and make the best decision in the moment.  Thank you for a well thought out assembly and important techniques that we can all use in various situations.

    Thank you to all who attended our second set of online P/T conferences in November.  It is critical to keep abreast of your child(ren)'s educational progress.  We encourage you to make all possible effort to connect with your child's teacher about their learning if you were not able to attend these conferences.  The first report card will be issued at the end of January.

    We continue to have many students who are preparing to travel and be away from school for extended periods of time. Please note that student extended absences greater than 15 school days (7 for Kindergarten) result in students missing critical instruction and curriculum.  School administration and teachers must be informed well in advance of these types of absencesAn online meeting before student departure will be required to discuss these absences in more detail.

    A huge THANK YOU to all parents and friends who were able to volunteer for our Parent Fundraising Society Casino in November.  It was great to have so many step up and offer their time to work at this major parent fund raising event.  Well done Brentwood!

    During the month of December, we will again have three separate virtual assemblies to share with students, staff and parents of Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2.  These will be online programs, depicting the work of the author Jeff Stockton (Residency in October /November) along with musical performances under the direction of Ms. Lau. These online assemblies will be viewable by parents from the following grade levels on the following dates:
  • Kindergarten – December 13 (time TBA)
  • Grade 1 – December 14 (time TBA)
  • Grade 2 – December 16 (Time TBA)

An individual message/invitation with an online link will be sent to parents of each grade level from their teacher via Google classroom (as we have done in the past).  Stay tuned!

·         Registration information for new registrants to the Brentwood TLC program in the 2022-23 school year as well as our Open House details are coming.  More information as to specific times and dates will be sent to parents via School Messenger and then posted to our website in the very near future.  Thank you for your patience as we finalize these registration and open house details.

·         Spirit Days are coming up at the school starting at the end of this week…and into all of next week.  Students will be able to come to school in a 'variety of dress' other than a uniform if they wish to do so. Stay tuned for messaging as to what they can wear and on which day they can wear it!

·         Last but not least! ….The excitement has been mounting after we learned of the return of grade 6 to Brentwood School for the 2022-23 school year!  Planning and school organization has already commenced to examine space and resources as to how we will accommodate and enthusiastically keep our grade 5 student population at Brentwood for one more year in grade 6.  More information will follow by June of 2022.

 

Wherever you may be during the holiday break, I wish you all the best for the Season!

 

Take care and be safe!​

Mr. Michayluk,
Principal


Oct 28
Principal Fall Message

​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.

  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/_layouts/ConceptInc/PrintCalendar/page/monthview.aspx?school=204&only= 

•           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.

Mr. Michayluk,

Principal

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Dec 17
Principal's Winter Break Message


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:

 

Grades K-3

  • ​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


Grades 4-5

  • ​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


Nov 20
November/December 2020

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 brentwood@cbe.ab.ca 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​


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


Feb 04
February/March 2020
I'm always very excited by the great learning and community spirit that lives at Brentwood School.  Not a day has gone by without me experiencing something new and exciting about this great place.  This same sentiment was shared by our Area 1 Director, Ms. Christine Davies, who recently visited our school.  

During a morning visit, she took the opportunity to visit with 3 students from various classrooms to see the ‘learning in action’ while questioning students and staff about their experiences as members of this community.  Her parting comments were – “What great learning is taking place at your school.  Your school development plan is alive and well.”  I could not agree more.  Bravo Brentwood – you are a true testament to a great school!

 

In an effort to keep this positive energy, great learning, and community spirit alive, I wish to draw your attention to the following items:

  • Choosing convenience over safety when picking up and dropping off students should take priority.  As referenced in another section of this newsletter, parking in appropriate locations (hug and go on the south side for example) requires due diligence so no one gets into an accident, or worse, injured.  That means using the areas ‘safely’ while ‘obeying the traffic laws’ that go hand in hand with safety (not making illegal u-turns in the middle of the street or walking through the parking lot instead of using the walk way).  Please help keep our students, your children, out of harm’s way!
  • Ongoing communication and connections about your child and their learning with his or her teacher is essential to overall success for children.  Please be sure to review the information presented in your child’s report card recently sent home and all documentation explaining how achievement is now assessed.  Moreover, please make every effort to attend the upcoming session of conferences in March which will be student led/involved.  This is a time when students get to ‘strut their stuff’ if you will and demonstrate their learning in meaningful ways.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for parents to probe their child’s learning in more depth.  I know you won’t want to miss it!
  • We will have an opportunity to gather as a school community with our annual Family Fun Night scheduled for the evening of March 6.  This year, our Parent Council and Fund Raising Society are focussed on bringing us together in an evening of fun and entertainment, as well as share a fund raising campaign to finish turning our library into a true learning commons.  Come one – come all to enjoy a night with your family and find on how you can support creating another special learning environment for your children!
  • We are excited to once again have five Grade 5 students entering the Calgary Science Fair in April.  We will keep you posted on their successes when the time comes for judging and awards.  Bravo Grade 5!
  • Thanks to the support of our Fund Raising society, and the work of our teacher members of our artist residency committee, we will be hosting part two of our Artist in Residence program in the second half of April beginning of May for Grades K, 1, and 2.  More information regarding presentations and performances will be sent home closer to residency dates.

Mr. Michayluk


Important Dates -- See our Calendar page​ for upcoming events and activities.


Dec 02
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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Oct 03
October/November 2019

Although winter seems to have snuck up early on us again this year, I am hopeful that we will have some nicer days in October! 

 

As always, the month of October brings with it the many beautiful colours of fall indicating change is on the horizon.  The world and change is always on the agenda at Brentwood School and with that comes plenty of activities at the school level that deserve recognition.

 

·         Congratulations goes out to our school community for raising another substantial amount of money for the Terry Fox foundation in our never ending quest to bring change and success in the fight against cancer.  Our goal of $6000 was exceeded and to date we have raised just over $7400!

·         Like grade 1 students from last year, our current Grade 5 students have been accepted into another Open Minds program off campus.  This year our grade 5s will be participating in studying and inventing change in a program called ‘Design the Shift.’  In short, students will experience and use the processes and mindsets of ‘design thinking’ - to imagine possibilities while engaging in authentic tasks and making their learning more visible.  Students will dwell in a space of ambiguity, take risks, and see connections between concepts, ideas, and disciplines.  I know our grade 5 students are very excited about this opportunity for learning in our ever changing world.

·         As our world continues to evolve and be in constant change, students need to be better able to deal with the stress that can come into their lives.  To support student’s mental health and well being, we will be initiating a new connecting program to our character education component.  The program is called ‘Mind Up’ and will be taught on a regular basis by all teachers at all grade levels.  The premise of the program is designed to create strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life.  We will be sharing ‘What’s Up in Mind Up?’ on the bulletin board outside the main office.  Be sure to check in, both with information on the bulletin board as well as with your child, as to what they have learned about themselves!

·         Last, but certainly not least, change is on the horizon for Mrs. Peers, currently one of our grade 4 teachers.  She has decided to retire from the teaching profession at the end of October 2019.  On behalf of all students, staff and parents, I would like to thank Mrs. Peers for her dedication to the staff, students, and parents of Brentwood School as well as the teaching profession at various other schools during her tenure with the CBE.  We wish her all the best in her retirement.

 

 

 

Principal


Student Agendas are on the way!

Thank you for your patience as we await the arrival of the 2019-20 student agendas.  As soon as they arrive, we will put them in the hands of teachers and students to maintain our current method of communication.  In the meantime, we will continue the temporary use of copied agenda pages.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

 

Next Parent/ Teacher Conference

The staff at Brentwood School is looking forward to working with you throughout the year to make learning a positive experience for everyone in our community.  Next conference dates are November 21st and November 22nd. Connecting with your teacher is imperative for your child’s education.  Please be sure to book an appointment!

 

 

Picture Day Reminder!

Student pictures will be taken on Monday, October 7th. Students in the TLC program must wear their formal uniforms.

 

 

 

 

No School Days for 2019-2020

Please note these dates are also in the student planners.

 

October 11

Non Instructional Day No School for Students

October 14

Thanksgiving Day – No School

November 1

System Professional Day – No School for Students

November 11

Remembrance Day – No School

November 21

No School for Kindergarten Students (AM/PM)

November 22

P/T Conferences– No School for Students

December 20

System Professional Day – No School for Students

December 23 – January 3

Schools closed – Winter Break

January 6

Non-Instructional Day-No School for Students

January 31

Non-Instructional Day-No School for Students

February 12

System Professional Day – No School for Students

February 13-14

Teachers Convention – No School for Students

February 17

Alberta Family Day – No School

March 19

Student Led Conferences – No classes for K students only

March 20

Student Led Conferences – No classes for 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

Organizational Day - No School for Students

June 30

Appeals Day – no classes for students

 

Pumpkinella and Halloween Events!

Our much anticipated annual Pumpkinella event is scheduled for Thursday, October 31st in the main gymnasium. Families are encouraged to carve a jack-o-lantern for this exciting event. If you choose to carve a LARGE family pumpkin please deliver it to the school Thursday morning.  If your child rides the bus they may choose to carve a SMALL pumpkin and carry it with them to and from school on the bus.  Jack-o-lanterns need to be picked up at the end of the day on Thursday. Pumpkins not picked up by 4:00 will be transported to the neighborhood LEAF and Pumpkin Drop off by a volunteer. Volunteers set up a display of these jack-o-lanterns with lights and children enjoy parading through the gym looking at the wonderful creations to the accompaniment of spooky music. Thank you for making this such a special event for students and making it an eco-friendly activity as well.

 

Halloween/Classroom Festivities

On Thursday, October 31st we will celebrate Halloween with special festivities throughout the school.  We would ask that our students come in casual dress, rather than their uniforms, as it will facilitate an easier change into costumes in the afternoon. As you prepare for Halloween, we would ask you to make appropriate selections with your child that do not include weapons of any kind, depicting injuries, or may be disturbing or confusing to children.

 

Kindergarten: Please send Kindergarten children to school already dressed in their Halloween costumes (both morning and afternoon classes).  Children in the morning classes may have a short parade through the hallways, offices and some classrooms before returning to their classrooms for the special activities their teachers will have planned.

 

Grades 1 to 5:  Please send children to school in their regular ‘casual’ clothes in the morning.  Costumes may be sent in backpacks or special bags or parents may want to bring them to school (depending on how elaborate and/or bulky the costume is!) Students will change into their costumes after their lunch on Thursday. Each teacher will arrange celebration activities for the afternoon that are appropriate for the age and abilities of their students and will let parents know if treats and/or volunteers are required.

 

Extended Holidays Protocol

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 teachers and completing the tracking paper form. Please be reminded that if these absences are for a period of 15 instructional days or more you will be required to meet with administration and the teacher to setup a plan for curriculum coverage. However, 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. 

 

Terry Fox Run

On Wednesday, Sept. 25th we participated in our annual Terry Fox Run.  Teachers reviewed the significance of donating to cancer research with students before hand.  After participating in Terry Fox Runs for 20 years, Brentwood School again collected just over $7400 to cancer research for this year – Bravo!! Students were invited to donate at least a toonie to our fundraising efforts and in exchange they could dress in casual clothing.  The run was a great success once again.

 

Orange Shirt Day

On September 30th, 2019, our school participated in Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day was a day in which schools across Canada recognized, and taught about the residential schools that occurred between 1931 and 1996. As this is a sensitive topic, the events of these schools are carefully discussed in an age and grade appropriate way.

We hope you took a few minutes on September 30th to talk with your child about what they learned, the stories they may have read, and how this day was important. If you did not yet have that discussion and would like to learn more about Orange Shirt Day, please visit www.orangeshirtday.org.

 

Remembrance Day Assembly

This year our Remembrance Day Assembly will be held on Friday, November 8th  around 10:45 am. WE REQUIRE ALL STUDENTS TO WEAR THEIR FORMAL UNIFORMS ON THIS DAY. Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Air and/or Sea Cadets, Cubs, Brownies, Sparks, and any other service organizations are invited to wear their organization’s uniform to be part of a Color Guard. Poppies are made available from the Royal Canadian Legion and students may wish to make a donation for their Poppy on November 8th. Recommended donation is $1.00. As the gymnasium will be to capacity, we unfortunately will not be able to host parents as guests for this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Fair

In conjunction with our Parent Teacher Conferences, we will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair in the main gym during the November Conferences. Remember all funds raised support the Library and the acquisition of new books for this school year. We will be open for business during the following times:

Thursday, Nov. 21   4:45 - 8:45pm

Friday, Nov. 22  9:00 - 12:00am

 

Fieldtrip/Activity Fees

These fees will be collected in October/November to support activities that the teachers plan for each homeroom. It is especially appreciated when families go online to pay fees; this allows for greater ease of accounting/tracking fees.

 

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 arranged at home.  Thank you for your support.

 

 

 

Attendance/Lates

Thank you to the many parents who call in their child’s daily absences or lates.  This is a reminder that it is important for you to call in your child’s absence or late as we are accountable for their whereabouts.  The absence line is open 24 hours so if you know your child will be away or late please leave a message prior to 9:00AM.  This will ensure we have a late slip ready for your child upon arrival when they report to the office. This gesture saves our office staff a huge amount of work and is necessary to maintain your child’s safety.

 

Hug & GO Update

Thank you to the parents who are using our Hug and Go drop off area at the back of the school. We are concerned about child safety when parents park on the other side of the road from the Hug and Go area and send their children across the road.  Children are walking across the road from between parked cars and are very hard to see from the cars driving around the corner. If you park on the opposite street, please take your child by the hand and walk them across the road.

We continue to address some driving challenges on Burgess Drive-cars parked by parents encroaching on the Hug & Go Zone, some U-turns at the corner of the drive and one neighbour requesting observance of their private driveway.  We request that parents review the previous ‘SAFETY OVER CONVENIENCE’ message for the safety of our students and of the neighbourhood.  Also, please use as intended Drop and Go, don’t park! Thank you.

 

 

Uniform Reminder

As we move into October, it is a good time to reflect on proper uniforms.  Please remember, students are to wear formal uniforms every Monday and on other special days as noted on the calendars found on our website. Teachers also send reminders in the agenda when students are to wear formal uniforms.  Students are to wear informal uniforms for the rest of the week.  Uniform requirements for both formal and informal days are clearly explained on page 6 of student agendas.  Please note, uniforms should be clean and in good condition.  Another point to note, navy blue tunics are not part of the TLC uniform and should not be worn.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the office. Thank you for your attention to this important part of the TLC program.

 

School Council News

Fall greetings from Brentwood School Council! We have all survived our first month back at school and now we are deep into our routines and learning.

Our school council Welcome Back Social was a great success in September, and the weather, although cool, was very favourable as parents, students and staff enjoyed a light breakfast with hot coffee and juice.  It was a great opportunity for parents and staff to mingle and start the school year off right. Your school council has also been busy attending volunteer orientations, we are actively recruiting and encouraging new parents to join our council. Please consider attending a monthly meeting, whether you are interested in leading or joining a committee, or simply listening and finding out first-hand what is happening in your child’s school, every parent is welcome.

Our upcoming Pumpkinella will be another big hit for staff and students at Brentwood School. Please be on the lookout for a volunteer request form or send us an email if you are interested in joining our volunteer database. Fun Lunch dates are October 24th and November 14th, please be sure to pre-order for your child on the Healthy Hunger website.  Treat Days are October 30th, November 27th, December 18th.  Please be sure to return the order form that was sent home for pre-ordering to your child’s teacher by October 4th.

And finally our main fundraising opportunity is a Casino. Brentwood School has been once again been assigned a casino by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. The dates for the next Casino will be available for publication in the near future. Please be on the lookout to volunteer for this important event.

Our next School Council meeting will be held Tuesday, October 22nd from 9:30 - 11:00am in the staffroom.  Everyone welcome, come see what we are up to and feel free to share your ideas. 

If you would like more information, please email brentwoodschoolcouncilinfo@gmail.com

Tuesday October 22nd 9:30am School Council Meeting in the staff lounge (all welcome)

Thursday October 31st Pumpkinella (for students during the day - please sign up to volunteer)

Tuesday November 26th 7:00pm School Council Meeting in the library (all welcome)

Please join us on Facebook and twitter. 

  @Brentwood Parents​

Sep 09
September 2019

September is 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 school year……

·         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.

·         School 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.

·         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).

·         Attending 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.

·         Safety 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 school administration.

·         School 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.

http://school.cbe.ab.ca/_layouts/15/ConceptInc/PrintCalendar/page/month-view.aspx?school=204&only=

·         Leaving 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 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 students for pick up versus taking the bus…..any last minute notifications less than30 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!

Principal​
Jun 26
June 2019

Strategic Planning for 2019-20.

With every school year that passes, May and June are the time when we analyze what has been done at the school level over the course of the year, and carefully consider what can be maintained as well as what needs some adjusting for the upcoming school year. It is important to note that this year our planning has required extra considerations.

As you may be aware, our staffing models have been affected by the delayed provincial government budget announcement, resulting in some necessary staff reductions and class size variances as mandated by the CBE. These changes will be revisited in the fall when the provincial budget is announced. Depending on the budget outcome, the CBE will then determine what next steps will be necessary to best meet the educational needs of all students from that point forward. To that end, I would like to draw your attention to read the entire newsletter for what is on the horizon next year!

Class lists have been analyzed for next year to bring a better balance to each classroom setting. Teachers have spent an entire day during our last organizational day in May to create these settings. Please note that a great deal of time and consideration is put into organizing classes. While our emphasis is on addressing the diverse needs of each child, we are also cognizant of the responsibility we have to organize the school in a way that meets the needs of our entire student population. Your child’s teacher, in consultation with other teachers and administration, has met to begin discussions about the best class placement for each and every student for next year. Please note we will not accept parent requests for teacher-specific student placements in any grade.

Student Enrolment for 2019 -20

The 2019/2020 school year projections are as follows:

Grade

Kind.

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

CSSI

Total

Number of students

 

100

 

100

 

101

 

96

 

113

 

134

 

6

 

650

 

Although our student projections for 2019-20 have been posted as 650, we currently have approximately 666 students registered for next year. We are unsure if that number will be sustained as ongoing information continues to come in about students leaving the program for various reasons (moving, discontinuing in TLC, special placements, etc.). It is imperative that parents let us know if plans are changing for their children next year as soon as possible as it affects our staffing decisions for next year.​

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