April Newsletter 2019

Posted April 1, 2019

A Message from the Office:

Spring finally feels like it might be arriving at SIB. Already the students are enjoying every chance they get to be outside enjoying the weather. With spring comes a yard that is very muddy. Although at times we will have a “hard top recess”, meaning the students will play on the tarmac, there are times when students will venture out onto the grassy areas and end up getting muddy. Therefore, it is always a great idea to keep an extra set of clothes in younger students’ backpacks. Encouraging students to wear splash pants and rubber boots is a great idea.

We would like to take a moment to appreciate all staff for their ongoing dedication and professionalism to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment. As well, many staff extend their commitment to education by volunteering to offer the many extra-curricular activities, teams and clubs that are in place for our SIB Knights. The extra time and commitment is very much appreciated.

Safety at SIB is always of the utmost importance. We ask that all visitors to SIB sign in at the office and wear a visitors badge while in the building. During the spring months we will have many practice drills to ensure our students know what to do in the case of an emergency.  Over the next few months we will have 3 fire drills, 1 bomb threat drill, 1 tornado drill and 1 lockdown drill. Students are already well prepared for all of these drills and we expect them to run smoothly.

Over the next three months there will be many exciting events happening at SIB. Please take a moment to have a look at the school calendar on our website for more information.  In an effort to continuously improve communication we will be occasionally using a call out system to convey important information and expanding the use of the Upper Grand District School Board App (UGConnect) to include notifications of events at SIB.

Happy Spring,

Natasha Skerritt and Gerard Walker


Preparations are underway for this year’s Family Fun Night. Family Fun Night will take place on June 6th. Donations are now being accepted for the silent auction. If you are able to make a donation please feel free to drop it off at the school.

Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday April 16th at 6:45 pm in the Library. Childcare is provided.


Please remember to check in at the school office when visiting the school, picking up your child, dropping off something, or volunteering in a classroom.  Upon arriving at the school you need to sign in with your name, date and time. You also need to pick up a visitor’s badge before heading off to the classroom.  Thank you for helping us follow this very necessary safety precaution.

Lunch Orders

On days when your child is absent from school and may miss their lunch order we cannot promise that their lunch order will be available the next day. We do our best to get it into the fridge, however, we are not always able to ensure this happens and therefore it sometimes spoils. We cannot store and refrigerate pizza. If your child is not here on Pizza day their pizza will be given to a child who is missing their lunch.



The Montessori School of Wellington provides before and after programs to children JK to Grade 6 at Sir Isaac Brock Public School. We offer a stimulating and productive extension of your child’s day which allows the children to be actively involved in planning and organizing activities that enhance and challenge their individual growth. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact: Montessori School of Wellington and ask for Sherry Baris – 519 821 5876


Moving In – Moving Out

If you are planning a move to another school this summer, or know of someone moving into our school area for the 2019- 2020 school year, please notify the office as soon as possible.

Class Requests

Each year we receive class placement requests for the coming school year. If your child has some exceptional circumstances, please contact Ms. Skerritt directly in writing so that she may take this into consideration when working with staff to create classes. Please know that when placing your child in a class, we consider their academic strengths and needs, personality, friendships, learning style and behaviour. Class building is a lengthy process that is given a great deal of thought by the staff. Thank you for recognizing that we do our very best for each and every student. Requests do need to be in to Ms Skerritt by May 1st.


Spring Musical  – Tuesday June 4th,  6:30 – 7:30

Please join us as the Sir Isaac Brock school Glee Club presents “The Wizard of Oz”


Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health –Information from Public Health:

Free dental care for children and youth (17 and younger)

If you can’t afford dental care, we have FREE services for your children at Public Health. We provide free basic dental care, including cleanings, x-rays, check-ups and treatment to children and youth.

Our dental hygienists provide preventive services (e.g. cleanings) out of all Public Health locations. Our dentist also provides dental care to children and youth enrolled in the Healthy Smiles Ontario program, and is located in Guelph at our 160 Chancellors Way office.

Have this card? Call Public Health to book an appointment.

For more information about our dental services or to book an appointment, call our Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661. Visit our website for more information: https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/your-kids/dental-oral-health


Monthly environmental activities to help celebrate our planet

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd!

Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada inspires people of all ages across the country to connect with nature and build resilient communities as well as foster an intrinsically motivated, enduring commitment to stewardship and conservation. https://earthday.ca/about/

Earth Day 2019 Theme: Protect our Species

All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species. Go to https://earthday.org for some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem.

Ideas for your family to celebrate Earth Day:

  •         Review last year’s Earth Day Theme on ending plastic pollution, as this important work continues. Make a pledge to always carry a reusable shopping bag, use alternatives to Ziploc bags, buy in bulk, refuse to buy-over packaged products and make litter-less lunches. Download your Plastic Pollution Primer to learn more about this problem help End Plastic Pollution! https://www.earthday.org/yourjourney2018/
  •         Spend a day outside. In the garden with your family, plant vegetables, trees or native flowers and attract native animals and pollinators. Or join a local community event to help clean your neighbourhood or restore local plant life.
  •         Make commitments to cut down on your energy usage as well as waste. Turn lights off, power down electrical devices, turn down your thermostat and only do full loads of laundry and dishes.
  •         Learn more about the environment and the effects of global warming. Encourage awareness and promote the Reduce (buy less), Reuse (repurpose it) and Recycle (sort it right!) way of life.

Remember that every day is Earth Day! Don’t restrict yourself to just one day a year. Make environmental actions and caring about the planet a habit – on Earth Day and every day.


Talking About Mental Health:  April 2019

Jumpstart your Brain this Spring

Did you know that you can actually boost your brain power and increase your focus, ability to concentrate and your overall sense of well being?   So how do you do this?

Feed Your Brain:  Did you know your brain uses up to 20% of the calories that you take into your body? A well-balanced diet can provide your brain with much needed energy and increase your ability to focus and concentrate.  Some high-quality brain foods are blueberries, salmon, nuts, avocados and whole grains. As a family you can journal what you are eating and then engage in a conversation and reflect on what you are feeding your brain.

Get Quality Sleep:  It is estimated that approximately a third of school aged children in Canada are not getting the required amount of sleep.  Sleep actually restores the brain and supports memory, thinking and creativity! Try stopping screen time at least an hour before bed.  Don’t drink sugary or caffeinated drinks. Is your brain getting enough recharge time?

Get Outside and Move:  Even just 20 minutes of walking can increase your brain power.  Try and charge your brain with fun, family friendly exercise. Walk around the neighbourhood and try and find all the spring buds and other signs of spring.  Try and count your steps for one minute – it’s not that easy!! Fresh air, exercise and movement are all fuel for your brain!

Take a Mental Vacation:

Take 3 minutes and close your eyes imagining a place that you love or wish you could see. Focus on the smells, the sounds and sensations.  When we visualize something, our brains respond the same way as if we were actually there. Just 3 minutes of a mental vacation can put your brain into “relax” mode.

Be Creative!  Creativity can increase focus and sense of calm.  Pick a craft or project to do as a family. Make a springtime collage of all things spring: images from magazines, words, drawings, items you find outside, etc.  Taking the time to engage your brain creatively will give your brain a boost!

Exercise Your Brain: Exercising your brain is as important as exercising your body! So how do you do this? Do a crossword puzzle or a word search.  Anything that gets your brain thinking and being strategic will do! Play a game of chess, make some origami art or even playing hide and seek!  These activities may not feel like work, but they are doing great things for your brain!!

And, as always, remember that there are many people who are struggling. Stay kind, be a good listener and talk to someone if you are needing support!

Jenny Marino, Mental Health Lead

Follow me on Instagram @ugdsb_mental_health


Equity & Inclusion

Let’s celebrate and/or acknowledge customs, traditions and days of significance from all around the world!

If you have a suggestion or idea, please contact your child’s teacher, Ms. Skerritt & Mr. Walker.. If you are willing to come in and share ideas with us, we would love to hear from you.

Days of Significance April 2019


April 2 World Autism Awareness Day (wear blue)
April 3 Laylate al Miraj Islam
April 5 Chaitra Navratri – Day 1 Hindu
April 6 Chaitra Navratri – Day 2 Hindu
April 7 Chaitra Navratri – Day 3

World Health Day

April 8 Chaitra Navratri – Day 4

Mahavir Jayanti



April 9 Chaitra Navratri – Day 5 Hindu
April 10 Chaitra Navratri – Day 6

International Day of Pink



April 11 Chaitra Navratri – Day 7

International Day of Silence

April 12 Chaitra Navratri – Day 8 Hindu
April 13 Chaitra Navratri – Day 9 Hindu
April 14 Chaitra Navratri – Day 10

Baisakhi (Vaisakhi)

Palm Sunday




April 16 Wolf-Hirschorn Syndrome Day (wear blue)
April 19 Good Friday Christian
April 19-20 Theravadin New Year Buddhist
April 20-27 Pesach Passover Jewish
April 21 Easter

First Day of Ridvan

Lailat al Bara’ah


Baha i


April 22 Earth Day
April 28 Pascha Orthodox Christian
April 29 Ninth Day of Ridvan Baha i


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