February’s character attribute is Perseverance. Each one of you has demonstrated perseverance over the past year in ways you never thought possible. I could not be more proud to be part of this school community and to see the efforts each one of you has put into online learning, supporting each other when times have been tough and following the rules that limit our contacts with friends and family. Although we are returning to face to face learning our perseverance must continue in order to keep our community safe; Properly wearing our masks, working hard to keep distanced, washing our hands and staying home where we are sick, even with the smallest of symptoms. We are in this together and hoping we can all persevere a bit longer. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if we can help in any way.
This word doesn't seem big enough to adequately convey the appreciation we have for so many people. To our school team, parents, grandparents, caregivers and our students who have worked so hard and shown such patience, perseverance and dedication during our time learning from home. The determination and diligence shown by staff, students and families to make distance learning a success was nothing short of amazing.
I was so impressed each day as I visited virtual classrooms to see the attendance, the engagement and creativity, and the support that was given at home, despite the many other responsibilities you all had. However, although impressed, I am not at all surprised, as I have learned quickly during my time here that Brookside is a community that isn't afraid to try and learn new things, to always work hard, and who prioritizes relationships. We were able to travel our learning curve together, to exercise resilience and also learn to overcome challenges while accepting that we do not need to be perfect every day.
With sincere thanks for being our partners in education, Robyn
Term one report cards will be available on February 26th. More information about accessing the reports through the Parent Portal will come from AMDSB communications and the school closer to the time.
Our water fountains continue to be unavailable for student use but we have two water bottle filling stations that students can access. Please remember to send your child with a refillable water bottle each day.
Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Friday February 12th we will have a wear RED, WHITE and PINK spirit day! We will enjoy some Valentine’s activities in our classrooms. To abide by COVID safe protocols of limiting items coming into the school we ask that you not send in Valentines cards or treats to exchange. Thank you for your understanding.
Monday February 15, 2021 is Family Day. No school for students. Please enjoy the long weekend with your family. Stay home and stay safe.
School Milk Program
The school milk program is cancelled until further notice. We do have a small stock of chocolate and white milk that will be handed out to students starting Monday who purchased it for February.
Families who purchased milk for February and March will be refunded.
Our next School Council meeting will be Monday March 8 at 7:30pm. The meeting will focus on the AMDSB Strategic Plan. Trustee Colin Carmichael will join us, to share and review the strategic plan and request feedback from School Council members and the school community. Please reach out to the school or a Council member if you are interested in attending. Everyone is welcome.
Warm Weather Clothing
Keep in mind that we continue to have outdoor mask breaks where physical distancing is possible as well as continuing to enhance our outdoor learning opportunities. Please send additional socks and mitts with your student(s).
Masks that are worn outdoors become filled with condensation and wetness. Please provide additional masks, dry masks for students to change into with a minimum of 2 masks changes daily. Sending a cloth pouch, pencil case or paper bag for containing used masks is recommended.
Daily washing of cloth masks is highly recommended.
Bus Route and Weather Cancelations
Route and weather cancelations can occur at any time. Please use the following sites to stay informed.
Huron Perth Transportation Services Website: www.ourschoolbuses.ca
Bus Planner Alerts Page: https://geoquery.hpsts.ca/Alerts
BusPlanner® Delays APP: Indicates if the cancellation is AM or PM or All Day. As soon as a notification is posted to the BusPlanner® Website, it appears as a notification on the app.
School Bus Provider: Montgomery Bus Lines Phone: 519-357-9191
Twitter: @BrooksidePS @yourschools
Radio: AM 920 CKNX
FM 101.7 The One
Cool FM 94.5
Country FM 104.9
When buses are not running, and school is open for students who can get there safely, here are the drop off and pick up times.
Start Time (Drop Off): 8:45 a.m.
End Time (Pick Up): 3:05 p.m.
Supervision is not available outside of these times.
Students must be signed in and out at the office and contact with an adult must be made.
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