November Newsletter

Posted October 31, 2018

Message from the Office,

October was  a busy and exciting month at Sir Isaac Brock.Highlights of October included: sporting events in both Junior and Intermediate, many field trips and the Dance-A-Thon. School teams represented SIB at Football, Soccer and Cross Country. Special thanks to all the teachers who volunteered their time to coach these teams. The students had a great time at our Dance-A-Thon and we are very appreciative of the funds that were raised to support our school. Thanks to everyone for making October such a great month.

During November teachers will be meeting with parents to discuss student progress. The process is slightly different depending on the grade of your child.

  • For Grade K-6 sign up will occur online. All appointments can be booked online at To book an interview you will be asked to enter your student’s OEN number and their birthdate. OEN numbers can be found on your child’s report card. (Additional instructions can be found on our school website.) Interviews blocks for Grade K-6 students are 15 minutes.
  • For Intermediate students (Grade 7&8) sign up will also occur online, we encourage you to book interviews using a group format. You can book up to two teachers for each ten minute block. Choose the teachers you wish to meet with and book the same time slot for two teachers at a time. Intermediate interviews will take place in our gymnasium to allow for this format. Sign up will occur online. All appointments can be booked online at To book an interview you will be asked to enter your students OEN number and their birthdate. OEN numbers can be found on your child’s report card. (Additional instructions can be found on our school website.)

As we head into November, it is important to note that this is the month that we give extra attention to educating our students on bullying prevention. Bully Prevention week for our board is Nov 19th -23rd. We will be encouraging everyone to wear PINK in support of Anti-Bullying on November 23rd. At SIB we set high expectations for student behaviour based on our motto of Show Respect, Include Others and Be Responsible.

We wish all a safe and happy November!

Natasha Skerritt & Gerard Walker  

Leadership and Extracurricular Opportunities at SIB!

During the month of November there will be many opportunities for students to become involved at SIB. Some the events occurring are:

  • Green Team ( Recycling)
  • Intermediate (Grade 7&8)  Rock Band
  • Lunch helpers
  • Homework club for Grade 7 & 8 Students everyday at first break
  • Grade 8 Band  
  • IntermediateBoard Game Club
  • Activities in Learning Commons

Supervision at School

Please remember that supervision does not start on our school yard till 8:25. We ask students not to be on the yard until this time.


Please remember to STOP for our school busses. When you see flashing red lights, the STOP sign, and the arm is activated on the bus, it is very important that you remember to stop. It is also important to STOP when you reach a crosswalk if the adult crossing guard is in the crosswalk and holding up their STOP sign. Thank you to everyone for helping to keep all of our kids safe.

School Cash Online

Lunch Orders for the fall order will be online for purchase from November 1st to November 25th. Don’t miss out on ordering pizza, milk, Booster Juice, Montana’s, Pita Pit and Subway.

PINK  Shirts are available now for purchase online and will be on sale until November 6.

Grade 8 Quebec Trip Fundraiser

Our Grade 8 students are selling Recipes in a Jar to raise funds  towards their trip to Quebec City in June. You can purchase jars by contacting a Grade 8 student or through our online store at . Orders are due November 12th  with delivery to the school on December 13. Thank you for supporting our students.


Thanks to all the parents who have been coming out to join us during our School Meetings. If you are able to help out please let the school know. The next School Council meeting is November 20th at 6:45pm; please join us if you can!

November 5th – 9th

Treaties Recognition Week is the first full week of November. This year it is from November 5 to November 9. Treaties are legally binding agreements that set out the rights, responsibilities, and relationships between First Nations, the Federal Government and the Province. We are all treaty people! Treaties Recognition Week provides another opportunity to learn more about treaties and to take a step toward reconciliation.


We will be having our Remembrance Day Assembly on November 9th, beginning at 11:00am.  We ask all children involved in the Scouting movement (Scouts, Cubs, Brownies, Girl Guides, Sparks, Beavers, etc.) Sea Cadets or Pioneers to come to school wearing their uniform on the 9th and to take part in our assembly.  As always, parents are invited and welcome to attend. All students will be given a poppy to wear. We will be accepting donations for the poppies which will be sent directly to the Legion. Please consider sending in $1.00 as a donation.  Thank-you

November 20th – 24th  

During the week of November 19th – 23rd  students and staff at Sir Isaac Brock are going to be discussing and exploring the issue of bullying and its effects. Throughout the week, students will participate in activities and discussions in their classrooms.  This is to promote awareness, empathy and give students the confidence and skills/strategies needed to handle bullying situations, whether they are a bystander or a target or maybe even a bully themselves. Please wear your pink shirt on Friday, November 23rd to show your support against bullying.   


Please take a moment to visit the lost and found box, or encourage your child to do so. Putting your child’s name on their clothing will help us to return lost items to them.  Prior to the Winter Holiday we will clean out the lost and found boxes and donate all unclaimed items to charity.


With all the Halloween treats around it is especially important that parents monitor what your child brings to school for nutrition breaks.  Many of our students have nut allergies, and we want to keep all our SIB students safe. Thank you for being diligent when packing lunches!


In case of severe winter weather, with poor driving conditions and bus cancellations and delays, please check the  Information can also be found online at:


As we head into November, it is always a good idea to send along some extra clothes with your child.  An extra pair of dry socks and mittens is always a good thing to have tucked into the backpack. At this time of year, rubber boots are a necessity for our playground as it can be quite muddy and wet!

Battery Recycling

Here at SIB we collect used batteries for recycling. If you have any used batteries feel free to bring them to the office for recycling.

Visitors to SIB!

In an effort to keep our school safe and our halls moving freely it is very important that all visitors to our school, including parents, begin their visit at the office. For safety reasons, it is important that we know who is in the school at all times. All parents and visitors entering the school are asked to do so through the front doors and to sign in at the office.  If you are picking up your child or dropping them off during school hours, we ask that you do not walk to your child’s classroom to do so.  Additionally, if you wish to drop something off for your child, please check-in at the office and we will be happy to have him/her come to meet you there if necessary. If you wish to speak to a teacher, please ask at the office first, rather than going directly to the classroom, this includes before school hours and after school. If you have arranged to volunteer or have a meeting with your child’s teacher, you will need to have a visitor’s badge. This will be given to you once you have signed in. Visitors and parents are not permitted to walk through the hallways without having first checked in. We appreciate your support in our efforts to monitor the adults in the building.

Sir Isaac Brock November Toy Drive

From November 23rd to December 7th SIB we will be collecting new toys and gifts that will be donated to families in need in our area. We ask that toys/gifts are sent into school between the dates of November 23rd to December 7th.  This year we will again run theme days on each of the days of the week. We encourage families to send in an item related to the theme of the day.  Of course all new toys/gifts will be accepted and appreciated. We thank each and every one of you for your generosity.

Monday – Mittens, Hats, Scarves

Tuesday – Toys

Wednesday – Books

Thursday – Gift Cards

Friday – Arts and Crafts


Talking About Mental Health November 2018

Nature and Mental Health

Fall is here and so is that pre-winter chill!  Getting outside makes such a difference to how we all are doing inside. Spending time in nature improves our mental health and well-being.  Being outdoors is a simple way to add some much needed down time from screens. Adding some time in nature is having some much deserved peace and quiet in our busy lives. One study showed that even 5 minutes in nature improves our mood. Just 5 minutes! We all can take 5 minutes (or more if have it) to go outside and enjoy nature.

If you want your family:

  •         To be less stressed
  •         To be happier
  •         To be more resilient
  •         To feel better about themselves
  •         To have increased attention
  •         To have a better ability to learn

Then GO OUTSIDE! Take your kids outside! Enjoy nature.

Try this:

        Go for a walk

        Head for the woods – make a scavenger hunt

        Go birdwatching – make it a game to find the names of all birds you see

        Go on a bug hunt

        Watch the clouds float by

        Make a game of identifying all the sounds you hear outside

If you are not sure where to go, check out the links below for lots of great parks in our area.

Jenny Marino, Mental Health and Addictions Lead for the Upper Grand District School Board

Follow me on Instagram #upper_grand_mental_health

Monthly Environmental Activities to Help Celebrate Our Planet

Don’t buy, give. “No one has ever become poor by giving”, Anne Frank

Celebrate Buy Nothing Day on November 23rd!

Buy Nothing Day is an awareness day highlighting society’s habit of buying too many things. It is a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption and is held on ‘Black Friday’, which is one of the busiest shopping days in the United States.

“We are also consuming and trashing clothing at a far higher rate than our planet can handle.

Today’s trends are tomorrow’s trash. The only solution is to reduce our levels of consumption.” Dr Kirsten Brodde of Greenpeace Germany

Repair, reduce, re-use, recycle – 4 R’s are best!

It’s time for a new kind of materialism, based on an economy of better, not more… that makes things which last and can be repaired many times before being recycled, from furniture to tools, cars, fridges, clothes and food. ‘Repair, reduce, re-use, recycle’ could be the new model.

Some great ideas for your family on Buy Nothing Day!

  •        Instead of shopping, enjoy a day in the outdoors by walking trails or going to the park.
  •        Recycle school supplies such as binders, workbooks and pencils instead of buying new.
  •        Donate clothes, books, toys and games your family does not need any more.
  •        Think of things you can make or do for people as gifts without spending any money.

Either way, there’s no doubt that going without buying anything for an entire day is quite a challenge in the modern world, and will serve to make you think about what your life is really about!


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