Parent Handbook 2020-21

Sir Isaac Brock Public School  2020-21

A Message from the Office: 

      Welcome to Sir Isaac Brock Public School, a K to 8 School dedicated to helping students achieve their personal best.  Our school community is proudly diverse and reflects a variety of cultures. It is our goal to work with all of our families to ensure the best possible learning environment for all our students.

At Sir Isaac Brock we value… 

S: Showing Respect

I: Including Others

B: Being Responsible

These Character Education traits can be further supported through open communication. Please use your child’s agenda to communicate with your child’s teacher and to remain current on the policies and procedures of our school. Classroom newsletters will be sent home at the beginning of each term or monthly depending on the classroom, and general school information is available online at

We understand that this school year will be unlike any other and we will do our very best to keep students and staff safe using public health and school board protocols. We are proud of our school and the students who walk through our doors.  We hope you will be too!

Welcome to the 2020 -2021 school year. 

Chad Guyitt (Principal)             Derek Tellis (Vice Principal)

As you are aware, the Upper Grand District School Board has put extensive plans in place for the school year.  Our school has now created plans that include both operational changes (how we manage the people and resources within the school) and health and safety changes (our response to the COVID pandemic). Some of the COVID plans are reflected here in this document. Please also look through our board Parent Handbook, for more detailed information about the changes for this school year.  There is also a link to the Board Website and the Parent Question and Answer (Q&A) page.

Link to Parent Handbook

Link to Board Website and Parent Q & A

School Hours

       Supervision on the yard is provided for pupils from 8:25 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.  Students may not enter the school until the bell rings at 8:40 a.m., unless permission is provided by a teacher. For your child’s safety, if your child walks, rides a bicycle or gets a ride to school please have him/her arrive between 8:35-8:40 a.m. 

After school we are asking that all students vacate the school grounds to support safe social distancing.  

8:35 – 8:40        Arrival

8:40 – 10:20      Instructional Time

10:20 – 11:00    First Nutrition Break

11:00 – 12:40    Instructional Time

12:40 – 1:20      Second Nutrition Break                                         

1:20 – 3:00        Instructional Time

3:00                  Dismissal Time         


Student Agendas and Parent Communication

       The school agenda is used as an organizational tool for students and as a means of tracking school work. Agendas are used by students in grades 1-6. Students are encouraged to record all of their homework and test/quiz dates in their agenda. Regular agenda checks will be done as a reminder to students of the importance of taking good care of their agendas and using them appropriately. Intermediate students (grades 7 and 8) are encouraged to use a method of their own choice to remember due dates.   

       Parents are encouraged to check the agendas nightly, to reinforce important dates and assignments, and to be aware of changes to classroom routines and schedules. 

Due to COVID 19 protocols, agendas for the 2020-21 year are not to be used as parent/teacher communication tools. Instead if a parent needs to notify the school of any change in routine (early pick up, drop off) or would like to communicate with the teacher about any questions or concerns they are asked to email or call the teacher at school. Teachers will be communicating with all parents the best way to reach them. 


       The students enjoy playing outside during recess times. It is important that they dress appropriately for the weather conditions. We recommend sunscreen and hats for sunny days in the fall and spring, and splash pants and raincoats for the wet days. In the winter, we suggest snowsuits, coats, boots and mitts. Extra socks, mitts and hats carried in the student’s backpack also help make the winter weather more enjoyable. 

      We recommend that all student belongings are labeled with their name. These labels will help to reduce the number of Lost and Found items at our school.



       Homework is assigned in a purposefully planned manner that is directly connected to a student’s school program and learning expectations from the Ontario Curriculum. Homework reinforces and enhances skills/concepts learned in class and allows parents to be more aware of the curriculum expectations as they are being covered in the classroom. Homework is assessed and reported as part of the Learning Skills section on the report card. The following Learning Skills are report card expectations that may apply to homework:

  • completes homework on time and with care
  • comes to class prepared for learning
  • puts forth consistent effort
  • follows directions and completes all homework tasks
  • utilizes time effectively
  • organizes materials and equipment effectively
  • perseveres with complex projects that require sustained effort

        Encouraging your child to participate in extracurricular activities and in creating opportunities for him/her to actively experience his/her world through trips, performances, visits to friends and relatives, etc. provides excellent learning experiences at home that can connect to learning at school. The following are further suggestions of the types of activities that your child may engage in at home.

Primary (K-Grade 3):  

  • read a variety of materials (books, magazines, cookbooks, maps etc.)
  • practise the alphabet (K, Grade 1)
  • practise rote counting by 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, 10’s
  • review number facts to 10 (Grade 1) and 20 (Grades 2, 3)
  • write letters, stories, lists etc.
  • play word games (e.g. Scrabble Junior, Boggle)
  • practise spelling lists and commonly used words
  • play phonemic awareness games (e.g. say >boat=, now take off the b and put on a c; what word does it make?)
  • play rhyming games
  • math homework book
  • draw and/or colour

Junior (Grades 4 through 6):

    • review content of current units/review notes
    • practise math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
    • read a variety of materials (e.g. fiction/non-fiction books, newspapers, magazines, comics, etc.)
    • write for a variety of purposes
    • read to a younger sibling
    • discuss with adults what is read
    • study for tests

Intermediate (Grades 7 & 8)

  • review content and notes from each class
  • practise applying math skills 
  • read a variety of materials (e.g. fiction/non-fiction books, newspapers, magazines, comics, etc.)
  • write for a variety of purposes
  • discuss with adults what you are reading
  • read current events
  • discuss current events with parents
  • study for tests

Homework Responsibilities:

The Student will:

*ask questions/seek clarification regarding homework 

 before going home.

*record homework in agenda daily.

*complete work to the best of his/her abilities and 

 return it to school when required. 

The Teacher will:

*provide clear expectations for assigned work

*ensure the student is aware of homework assigned.

*check homework regularly.

The Parent will:

*set up a regular homework routine. 

*provide a quiet work area that minimizes distractions.

*let the teacher know if the student has made a good effort, but was unable to complete the assignment within the specified timeline.

For further suggestions about helping your child with homework, please speak to your child’s teacher.