September Newsletter

Posted August 31, 2018

Welcome Back!!!

A Message from the office:

 On behalf of the staff, Mr. Walker, Mrs. Zilio and I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all students and parents for the 2018-2019 school year. We would also like to warmly welcome all new students and their families to the Sir Isaac Brock Community. We hope that you have enjoyed the summer, finding time to relax and spend some time with family and friends.  The school looks amazing thanks to Mr. Carbone, Ms. Lowry and Mr. McGill, our custodial team.  Their hard work shows throughout the school.  We would also like to thank the teaching staff for their hard work as they have prepared their classrooms for the students’ arrival. Everyone we have spoken to is excited about the first day of school and the upcoming school year. It promises to be an exciting year!

This year our school has chosen a new book and a new theme to guide our character Only One Youeducation. We look forward to a year where all our students celebrate their own uniqueness and know that they have the ability to make a difference in their own and others’ lives. This year’s theme book Only One You by Linda Kranz will be celebrated throughout the year.  Please take the time to ask your child(ren) about this book and have them explain some of the messages discussed following hearing the story at school. We will continue to encourage students to demonstrate the SIB motto of Show Respect, Include Others and Be Responsible.

We are very excited about the year to come and look forward to connecting with each of you over the next few weeks as well as at the fall Open House on September 20th, 2018.

 Natasha Skerritt & Gerry Walker

NEWS FROM SCHOOL COUNCIL

Our first school council meeting of the year is being held on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:45pm in the school library. We always welcome new faces and new ideas so please come out and join us.

SCHOOL STAFF

A list of staff and placements is available under the staff tab on our school website.  Once we have final numbers this week, any reorganization changes will be made quickly.  We will keep you posted as these unfold. Welcome to all the new staff joining Sir Isaac Brock

Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

UGDSB Policy 518: Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions, outlines the roles and responsibilities for all in the educational community to support students with possible life-threatening medical conditions.  The prevalent medical conditions covered under this policy are Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Diabetes and Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders.  If your child has one of these, or any other life-threatening medical condition, please visit: www.ugdsb.ca/board/policy (and look for Policy 518) or contact the school as soon as possible.  We will work with you to develop a Plan of Care to support your child.

Life-Threatening Allergies

We have children in our school with potential life-threatening allergies (called anaphylaxis) to various foods and other materials.  Anaphylaxis is a medical condition that can cause death within minutes. Some of these include: peanuts, eggs, dairy, sesame seeds, etc. In recent years, anaphylaxis has increased dramatically among students. Although this may not affect your child’s class directly, we are letting you know so that you are aware that we aim to create an allergy safe environment at our school. If your child is in a classroom with an anaphylactic child, or your child has anaphylaxis, you will be informed by the classroom teacher. Our school has procedures in place for the prevention and management of anaphylactic reactions. If your child has health concerns of any kind, please tell your child’s teacher or the office and we will take the necessary health protection steps. Thank you for your understanding in ensuring an allergy-safe environment for all of our students.

BALANCED DAY SCHEDULE

Our school follows the Balanced Day schedule.  Below are the timelines. Please note that there is no supervision at the school until 8:25.

8:25- 8:40 Supervision on the playground
8:40-10:20 Instructional Block
10:20 – 11:00 1st Nutrition Break
11:00-12:40 Instructional Block
12:40 – 1:20 2nd Nutrition Break
1:20-3:00 Instructional Block
3:00 Dismissal

Terry Fox Update!

Last year we increased our fundraising results by 80%!  Thank you for your support of this important event.  This year we will be offering the students and parents an opportunity to order a Terry Fox T-shirt.  Look for the order forms that will be sent home soon.  Also we invite you to make donations online at http://www.terryfox.ca/SirIsaacBrockPSGuelph.

We hope you are able to join us on Thursday September 27th at 9 a.m. for our Annual Terry Fox Run!

SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM

It is very important that you notify the school office if your child is going to be late or absent for any reason. There is an answering machine on twenty-four hours a day so please use this system to keep us informed. Please help us ensure that all students arrive at school safely. We also require a note or phone call from parents if you will be picking up your child(ren) during school.  Be sure to sign in at the office when dropping off or picking up your children during the school day.

Smoke and Vape–Free School Environment

The Upper Grand DSB provides a smoke and vape-free environment for its students, staff and others while on school Board property and at school events.  Under our policy, all forms of tobacco, and any processed form of tobacco that may be smoked, inhaled or chewed is included. Additionally, all forms of e-cigarettes are also covered under this policy.

Smudging is the tradition of using sacred smoke from sacred medicines (e.g., tobacco and sage) that forms part of indigenous culture and spirituality.  Smudging is allowed in schools under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.  Participation by staff and students is optional in a smudging ceremony.

Upper Grand District School Board App!

We are pleased to announce that the Upper Grand DSB is continuing to use a parent communication tool for your smart phone. Designed to streamline communication between schools and the communities they serve, the Upper Grand Mobile App provides parents with a simple interface with up to date information including news, calendars and social media feeds. It is continually being updated to further serve our needs and improve communication between school and home.

The Upper Grand Mobile App is available today for free at either the Google Play Store or at iTunes. Use the search term “Upper Grand” to find the app.

STUDENT PHOTOS

The school photographer from Edge will be here on Monday September 24th to take individual and class photos.

NEWSLETTERS & HANDBOOKS

Monthly school newsletters will continue to be posted online to our school website at the beginning of every month. Our school website is an excellent place to look for information about what is going on at school.  Information posted in the news section of our website will automatically be sent to your mobile if you have downloaded the app. This year we will also continue to post information and updates on our school Twitter account. Follow us @SIBKnights to get up to date information about what is happening at school. (Don’t have twitter? That’s OK! You can see our Twitter feed on our school website.) http://www.ugdsb.ca/sibps/

We will also continue to use email to connect with families. If you have not yet signed up to receive email from the school please do so at the bottom of our school website.

We encourage you to use your child’s agenda for ongoing communication and to read our Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct on our website for additional information.

STUDENT INFORMATION FORMS

A computer-printed form showing our current data for each child will be sent home with your child on Tuesday, September 4th. Please check the information carefully making any necessary corrections and additions. Please also remember to sign and date the bottom line and return it to the school as soon as possible.

INSURANCE FORMS

Reminder for parents: Accidents happen – be prepared with Student Accident Insurance

Parents or guardians are responsible for expenses related to student injuries on school premises during school activities.  Accidents can and do happen and the costs involved might not be fully covered by Provincial Health Care or employer group insurance plans.

The Upper Grand District School Board is empowered under The Education Act to offer Accident and Life Insurance for students.

Information will be sent home the second week of school with respect to Student Accident Insurance offered by Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada.  You should receive the Director’s letter, an Acknowledgment to be signed by parents (and returned to school) and a Student Accident Insurance application form (to be mailed directly to Old Republic).  Old Republic offers a variety of options, including family rates and multi-year plans, at affordable prices.  The cost must be paid by parents or guardians.

Subscription is directly through Old Republic by mail or on line.  Questions should be directed to Old Republic at 1-800-463-5437 or www.insuremykids.com.

For today’s active children, especially those who participate in field trips, co-curricular and other school activities outside the school day, Student Accident Insurance is valuable.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Here at SIB we have many plans and procedures in place to keep everyone safe. Throughout the year we will practice Fire Drills, Tornado Plans, Bomb Drills, and Lockdown Drills, so that all students know what to do in the case of an emergency. If there is a need to evacuate our building, students will evacuate to St. Ignatius and parents will be notified.

STREET PATROLS/CROSSING GUARD

There will continue to be an assigned crossing guard directly in front of the school. Therefore, any students needing to cross Colonial Drive will do so under the direct support of a city paid crossing guard. This means that our school safety patrols will support those students who are crossing the street along Colonial rather than across it.

  • The City Crossing Guard will be on duty in front of the school from 8:15-8:40 am and again from 2:55-3:20 pm in the afternoon.
  • School safety patrols will continue to support students in arriving and departing the school safely between 8:25 -8:40 a.m. and again at 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. We ask that students and parents respect the students who have taken on this huge responsibility.

Patrols are there to help make crossing safe for everyone!

 BUSES AND ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

At Sir Isaac Brock we have approximately five buses taking students to and from school safely. All buses will be loaded and unloaded in front of the school. This zone is reserved for buses and special needs students. Each bus has a number associated with it and bus patrols have been assigned to help our younger students get safely off and on the correct bus. Staff supervision at bus arrival and departure times is also a constant at Sir Isaac Brock.

Please remember that students need to enter the playground through the walkways, City Park or our Kiss and Drive designated area.  Parents are asked to not park in the parking lot during arrival and departure times for students. Designated stopping and parking zones for our SIB families are available on Colonial Dr., Howden Cres., Clough Dr., as well as many other streets close to the school if you wish to drive your child and walk them onto the playground yourself. Further, we continue to work to support students “Powering themselves to School” to promote a healthy lifestyle.  Thank you for your ongoing support with these practices and procedures.

TERRY FOX RUN

On Thursday, September 27th our whole school will be participating in our annual Terry Fox Walk (weather permitting). Students will hear about this Canadian hero and will be invited to bring a toonie to support the Terry Fox Foundation. Parents, grandparents and younger siblings are also invited to join us for our annual Terry Fox walk.

AGENDAS

Students in our grade 1 through 6 classes will be receiving agendas. (Kindergarten and Grade 7 & 8 Student have alternative forms of communication. Therefore it is not required for the Kindergarten and Intermediate students to pay for agendas.) Agendas are an excellent means of communication between home and school. We appreciate your contribution of $6.00 for each agenda to help cover their cost. Agendas can be paid for through our School Cash Online program. If you are not able to pay online, $6.00 can be brought in to the school office to pay for your child’s agenda.

VOLUNTEERS

Every year our children and staff have been supported by the many volunteers who generously donate their time. We truly appreciate this support. If you are interested in being a volunteer please contact your child’s teacher. You will receive information about our school and Board policies around volunteering and be asked to fill out a volunteer form.

Back to School Blues

Although for many there is excitement and anticipation about going back to school, for some children transitioning back in September can be tough. Moving into a new classroom, having new teachers, new friends and classmates, and new schedules can all bring about a feeling of stress.  The angst children feel, questions they ask, and worries they express about these changes are normal. Sometimes it can be the smallest detail that can be the most worrisome for children. As a parent, you may not know what to do about these butterflies, stomach aches or tears. For some of us, it may intensify our own stress. Here are a few things you might try the first few weeks into the new school year.

  1. Listen carefully to your children and hear their concerns.
  2. Remind them of previous times when they felt anxious, and discuss the strategies they used that helped make the situation better.
  3. Review the daily routines they are experiencing at school, and what after school time and weekends look like.
  4. Make a list of the things they like about school.
  5. Remind them of all the things they are good at.
  6. Ask about their friends.
  7. Be patient and positive. You may need to have these conversations daily.

As a parent in our school, please know that you can always contact us if your child’s worries persist. We are here to support your child’s wellbeing and achievement, and getting off to a great start in September will help us all achieve just that!

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