Brant Weekly Communication

Posted October 20, 2023

Mrs. Newman is in for Mrs. Furii

I wanted to formally introduce myself.  For the next couple of months, I will be in the role of principal while Mrs. Furii is off.  I know that everyone at school misses her, and we all hope to have her return sooner rather than later.

I am a retired principal and I filled in at Brant from September to December during the 2021-2022 school year.  I was very happy to return.  I am fully committed to the school during my time here.  My extension is 223.

School Council:

Our next scheduled School Council Meeting will be on November 7 from 6:30-7:30. I will send a link in the weekly communication the week before.

 School Attendance Matters:

Below are some tips you can try that involve the routines and the environment at home.

  • Practise consistent bedtime and morning routines with your child.
  • Parents can model the same routine at home, as it helps students stick to the routine of coming to school each day.
  • Having a set schedule for sleep and nutrition is key to a good morning and feeling good about coming to school.
  • Preparing for school at night so that the morning is less hectic can be helpful.  Organizing clothing, packing backpacks, and including favourite foods can be reassuring.
  • Putting out clothes and making lunch the night before can help get your child out the door in the morning.
  • If your child does refuse to attend school, try having no screens/devices during the time when they are at home. Make staying home as boring as possible! Shutting down the home Internet can be helpful if this is a draw for your child to stay at home.
  • Creating an environment conducive for improved sleep hygiene (e.g. dark room, quiet, sound machine, light in morning, consistent bed and wake times).
  • Ensuring at least 30 minutes of screen-free time before bed and removing all electronics from bedrooms before bed can be helpful.
  • Limiting screen time before bed is key to winding-down and getting a great night’s sleep!

For more information, please visit the UGDSB website:


HALLOWEEN AT BRANT AVENUE: Our school will celebrate Halloween.  Students may dress up, wear black and orange or come in their regular clothes. We will ask that parents carefully consider the costumes their children wear to school. If students choose to wear a costume they must come to school wearing it. Please send regular clothes for your child, as they may need to change out of their costumes part way through the day (they can be very hot)! Class specific activities may be communicated by your child’s teacher.

  • Accessories (i.e. Masks and replica weapons) are to stay home.
  • Inflatable costumes are to stay at home as they can be accidentally damaged.
  • A reminder that costumes should not be scary as we have young students who may be frightened.

If your child(ren) does not participate in Hallowe’en, please let their teacher know and there will be alternate activities available.

Costumes:  It is our responsibility to ensure that school community members avoid using identities and cultures as costumes. This includes appropriative costumes/cultural stereotypes (i.e. cultural garments), black/brown face, transphobic costumes (i.e. man dressed as a woman), body-shaming and objectifying costumes, and costumes that joke about situations that have caused harm (i.e. COVID pandemic). Such costumes perpetuate stereotypes and can cause harm that can further marginalize and oppress community members.


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