Posted February 4, 2019

February 2019

A Message from the Office:

2019 is off to a great start at SIB. During January a number of exciting events took place at school. We have had a number of very exciting events occur this month at SIB. Little Jammerz guitar lessons started and will continue until March. Zehrs supplied our students with delicious healthy snacks. Crunching apples could be heard throughout the school. Thanks Zehrs. Our amazing choir sang “O’Canada” at a Storm game.  Representatives from our area secondary schools presented information about grade 9 to our Grade 8 students.

February will be another busy month. February is Black History month. Monday, February 4th is World Cancer Day. To honour this day SIB Community Cares will be holding a bake sale to support a student in our school battling cancer. Chinese New Year is celebrated on February 5. We will be participating in National Sweater Day on February 7 and turning the heat down at school by 2 degrees to demonstrate how we can all conserve energy. A variety of Safety presentations, sports tournaments, as well as Pink Shirt Day for anti-bullying will occur during February. Random Acts of Kindness Week runs from February 9th to February 15 and culminates with Random Act of Kindness Day on February 17.

Food orders for the next part of the year will be available on School Cash Online from January 31st to February 28th. Don’t miss out on ordering!

We hope you all have a wonderful February.                                                      Natasha Skerritt & Gerard Walker  


Our next School Council meeting is Tuesday February 19th at 6:45pm in the library.  As always, you are more than welcome to join us.

Sir Isaac Brock Parent Council is running a fundraising opportunity through Harriston Packing. Forms including a list of products available for purchase, as well as an order form on the back will come home with your child. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards students resources and activities including technology. All proceeds from grade 7 and 8 student sales will go to the individual students grade 8 trip. Please make cheques payable to Sir Isaac Brock Public School.

Important Dates: Order forms due back to School – Tuesday, March 8th

Order pick-ups from Sir Isaac Brock between 4-6pm – Tuesday, March 26th.

Supervision starts on the school yard at 8:25 and school starts at 8:40. Thanks to everyone for trying their best to be on time. Students arriving after 8:40 are asked to check in at the office before heading to class.


Grade 8 & Grade 6 Fundraising

Beginning in February, Grade 8 students will be selling Kernels popcorn during recess Tuesday’s for $2.00 per bag. Proceeds will support the Quebec trip.

Beginning in February, Grade 6 students will be selling cookies during recess Thursday’s for $2.00 per cookie. Proceeds will support the Brebeuf trip.


Did you know that upcoming dates and events are posted on our school calendar?

Check our website for more information.


Sir Isaac Brock Scouting group has room for more members. The program is co ed. Beaver Scouts aged 5,6,7 meet at the school gym Mondays from 600 to 700pm. Cub Scouts aged 8,9,10 meet at the school gym Mondays from 700 to 830pm and Scouts aged 11,12,13 meet at another school gym Tuesdays from 7 to 845pm. All interested parents can register their youth online at or send an email to  

We’d love to celebrate customs and traditions from all around the world!

Learning more about the various celebrations that our SIB families celebrate is one of our school improvement goals at SIB.  As part of this we would like to expose our students to different cultures and foods. If you have a suggestion or idea please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Skerritt or Mr. Walker. If you are willing to come in and share ideas with us we would love to hear from you.

Pink Shirt Day—Wednesday, February 27th

The key message of Pink Shirt Day is about getting students to not accept bullying under any circumstances and to not stand by when they witness acts of bullying. We would like to ask all students and staff to wear pink shirts on February 27th to support Pink Shirt, Anti-Bullying Day.


Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019. How you interpret and respond to your child’s report card is important. Listed below are some suggestions to help you read, understand and celebrate your child’s report card.

  1. Read the learning skills on the first page of the document first. Celebrate and acknowledge your child’s efforts, improvements and strengths and who they are as a person. Pay particular attention to the comments regarding Strengths, Areas of Need and Next Steps.
  2. Pay attention to the section that deals with “days absent” and “times late”. Sometimes this is an area that surprises parents and offers insights into why your child may be struggling.
  3. Talk about the report card together and seek your child’s opinion about their accomplishments.
  4. Look at the grades that your child is getting in areas that he/she is interested in; this could suggest some new areas of interests and talents of your child.
  5. Set some goals with your child in areas that you both agree would benefit from improvement. Look for key phrases like “organizational skills”, “focusing”, “non-completion of work”, and “lack of preparation” to track down what is going wrong in a particular subject area.
  6. Make a plan on how to meet these goals and share in the responsibility of helping support your child to achieve these next steps.
  7. Request a meeting with your child’s teacher if you need clarification, want more information or need ideas and resources to support your child’s learning goals.
  8. Remember that the term one report card is a checkpoint. There are five more months of work ahead and a lot can change during that time.  Hard work and effort do pay off.

Monthly environmental activities to help celebrate our planet

February 7th is National Sweater Day!

Make the Earth better by wearing a sweater

Celebrate National Sweater Day on February 7th!

National Sweater Day is a way to learn about the importance of saving energy and to inspire you to use less energy all winter. Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons – that’s equivalent to taking nearly 700,000 cars off the road!

National Sweater Day is about thinking differently about how we use energy, where our energy comes from and how we can play an important role in fighting climate change by using energy wisely. It is designed to help raise awareness about renewable energy and change behaviours around energy consumption in Canada.

Ideas for your family to celebrate Sweater Day

    • Turn down your thermostat and wear a sweater on Feb 7th – and every day this winter!
    • Ask your children to brainstorm with you about ways to save energy at home. Make a pledge to implement as many as you can. For extra ideas go to:
    • Read a children’s book on conservation such as:  Why Should I Save Energy? by Jen Green. Encourage lots of questions and find the answers together.
    • Learn about Green Energy sources. What types of renewable energy are available in Ontario –  Wind? Solar? Geothermal?
    • Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – use recycled materials to create your cards this year! To learn more about how recycling saves energy go to Alliant Energy Kids:

Engaging Your Child in Science at Home!

As parents we have the wonderful opportunity and responsibility for nurturing our children’s growth.  Parents play a key role in the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of their child. As parents we can usually find time to read a story to our children, thereby instilling a love of literature, but we are often at a loss as to how to instill a love and appreciation for Science. Science encourages problem solving skills, curiosity and questioning, creative and critical thinking, observational skills and reinforces both literacy and math skills….and it’s FUN! Here are some ideas for fostering Scientific skills in your children.

6 Tips to foster Scientific Thinking at Home

1-See science everywhere. Parents can take opportunities to ask “What would happen if …?” questions or present brainteasers to encourage children to be curious and seek out answers. Children need to know that science isn’t just a subject, but it is a way of understanding the world around us.

2-Lead family discussions on science-related topics. Dinnertime might be an ideal time for your family to have discussions about news stories that are science based, like space shuttle missions, severe weather conditions, or new medical breakthroughs. Over time, children will develop a better understanding of science and how it affects many facets of our lives. Movies and TV shows with science-related storylines are also great topics for discussion.

3-Encourage girls and boys equally. Many girls are left out of challenging activities simply because of their gender. Be aware that both girls and boys need to be encouraged and exposed to a variety of subjects at a very early age.

4-Do science together. Children, especially elementary-age children, learn better by investigating and experimenting. Simple investigations done together in the home can bolster what your child is learning in the classroom. Check with your child’s teacher on what your child is currently learning in class and what activities you can explore at home.

5-Connect science with a family vacation. Family vacations are a great way to explore science. It could be a hiking trip where you explore nature or a discussion on tides during a beach vacation.

6-Show excitement for Science!


“NSTA Science Matters: Tips for Busy Parents – National Science ….”

Information from Public Health

In Ontario, the Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that all students attending school be fully immunized or have a valid exemption on file. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) has recently mailed immunization notices to elementary students with incomplete vaccine records. To avoid suspension, please update your child’s immunization record by March 15, 2019.

If the student has already received the immunization(s), report them using one of these methods:

  •         Online: View and report immunizations at Sign-in using your Ontario Health Card Number or the Ontario Immunization ID (provided on your Immunization Notice if received by mail from WDGPH).
  •         Email: Send a copy of the record to
  •         Call: 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4396

If the student needs the immunization(s) do one of the following:

  •         Make an appointment with student’s health care provider, bring the notice from WDGPH with you, and follow up by reporting the immunization(s) to WDGPH.
  •         Call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4134 to make an immunization appointment at WDGPH.

If the student is not being immunized for medical or conscience/religious reasons:

  •         Access the appropriate exemption form at
  •         For the Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Exemptions a parent/guardian must also complete an immunization education session at WDGPH. For an appointment call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4134.


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