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MAY Calendar and Weekly Reminders

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MAY Calendar and Weekly Reminders

Can you believe it’s May already???  With just two (2) more months to go, there is a lot of information to share.  So please sit back, be sure to read the following reminders, and feel free to print out this month’s calendar…

May 2019


Wednesday, May 1st

  •  Scholars (for those who are attending), ends at 4:00 p.m.

April “Respect” Winners

At the end of each month, Sir Isaac Brock School hosts a monthly assembly where we recognize students.  This month, we extend a warm congratulations to the following students for “respect”…

FDK1 – Ashton E.

FDK2 – Farhan K.

FDK3 – Ashmeet T.

1A – Simreet G.

1/2A – Ersheen G.

2A – Kiera C.

3A – Hassan A.

3/4A – Shiv P.

4/5A – Armaan S.

5A – Taylor A.

French – Dhanvi P.

Phys. Ed – Jayden T.

Principal – Davin G.

Congratulations to each and every one of you!


IMPORTANT MESSAGE – New Attendance Reporting by Parents

Please note that as of Tuesday, April 23rd, families at all HWDSB schools must use the SafeArrival system to report absences.  Please report your child’s absence by using the website go.schoolmessenger.ca, by using the School Messenger mobile app for Apple and Google phones, or by calling 844-506-4350.  We have more detailed information on our school website and on the HWDSB website at www.hwdsb.on.ca.  You can also contact our school office for a copy of these details.  Thank you for helping us ensure a smooth transition to this new system.


IMPORTANT – Is Your Email Address Up to Date???

A mass telephone message was sent out by HWDSB to parents and caregivers a while ago asking to update their email addresses with their respective school.  HWDSB is adapting a new system that will make it easier for you to report – and respond to – a child’s school absence.  SafeArrival will let you use a website, mobile app, or an interactive toll-free phone number to report an absence in advance.  However, an email address is required in order for you to log in to SafeArrival and to receive notifications.  As a result, it is imperative that email addresses are current in order for the upcoming roll out of this app.  Without a current email address, you will NOT be able to set up the account.  In an effort to ensure our Attendance program has your current email address, I ask that each parent or caregiver who has custody of a student here at Sir Isaac Brock School please click “Reply” to this email and reply with your children(s) name(s), YOUR NAME, your email address, and your phone number(s)Please note that this email distribution list that I use to send out Weekly Reminders and monthly calendars is NOT connected to the Attendance program.  As a result, please click “Reply” to this message and I will manually enter each email address into the Attendance program.  Learn more about SafeArrival at bit.ly//safearrivalHWDSB.  And please note that the SafeArrival rollout will be translated into twenty-three (23) different languages!

When you reply, please use the following format…

Your Child(rens) Name(s): 

Your Name: 

Your Email Address: 

Your Phone Number(s):  (please indicate whether it’s cell/landline/etc.)


Messages Left on Voicemail

Please note that messages left on the school voicemail are not guaranteed to be picked up prior to dismissal.  As a result, it is always best to put pick up arrangements in your child’s agenda the night before.  That way there is no confusion as to how your child will be getting home (whether it’s on the bus, the Before and After School Program, or if a parent or emergency contact will be picking him / her up).  We endeavour to retrieve voicemail messages immediately, but the phones are extremely busy during dismissal, and communication with bus monitors makes it even more hectic.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and makes things so much easier by clarifying how your child will be getting home by putting it in writing in the agenda.


Use of Agendas

Again, parents are encouraged to make use of the student agendas for messages to teachers, and reminders regarding pick-up after school.  This way the teacher can check the agenda each day and communicate concerns or words of encouragement.  Likewise, if you have any messages for the teacher, he / she can reply back to you quickly and promptly.  Communication is key, and the agenda is a great way to keep those lines of communication open!

Reusable Water Bottles

Just a friendly reminder that we encourage students to bring in and use reusable water bottles and reusable utensils.  We ask that students then bring home the bottles and utensils daily to properly wash them at home.  For those students who do not have a reusable water bottle, we have fountains throughout the school.  Keep in mind, when you use a reusable water bottle, you are helping our environment by reducing the amount of plastic and pollution caused by plastic water bottles.  Not only that, but you save money since you are able to reuse your water bottle instead of constantly buying a new one.  Thank you for your consideration, and thank you for your support in helping our environment.


Pizza Days Finish at the End of May

Please note that Pizza Days will continue for the entire month of May.  However, in June, there will be NO Pizza Days.


Kindergarten Registration Has Already Begun

Kindergarten registration has already started for families with children entering either Junior Kindergarten (born in 2015) or Senior Kindergarten (born in 2014 who are not presently attending school).  For your convenience, we have attached a copy of the registration form, and have posted a copy on our website https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/sirisaacbrock/ so it may be printed and filled out before you come to the school.  In addition to the completed registration form, the child’s birth certificate (or proof of birth), immunization information, and proof of address (hydro bill, lease, mortgage, etc.) will be needed to complete the process.  Please share this information with your neighbours as well as families new to the community.  For those who would like to know more about the Kindergarten program, an information evening will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m.  **Please Note – students already attending Junior Kindergarten do not need to re-register for next year.**  For more information regarding kindergarten, please feel free to visit https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/kindergarten/.


EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office)

At the end of May and early June, EQAO primary assessment will be administered across Ontario to all Grade 3 students.  The assessment will be broken down into three academic areas:  reading, writing, and math.  The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent provincial agency funded by the Government of Ontario.  EQAO’s mandate is to conduct province-wide tests at key points in every student’s primary, junior, and secondary education and report the results to educators, parents and the public.  EQAO acts as a catalyst for increasing the success of Ontario students by measuring their achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations.  The resulting data provide a gauge of quality and accountability in the Ontario education system.  The objective and reliable assessment results are evidence that adds to current knowledge about student learning and serves as an important tool for improvement at all levels:  for individual students, schools, boards, and the province.  Each year, Ontario students in Grade 3 and Grade 6 write province-wide tests of their literacy and mathematics skills.  EQAO’s Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6) are based on the same reading, writing, and mathematics curriculum expectations that teachers use to structure students’ daily classroom experiences.  Each student who writes an assessment receives an Individual Student Report that describes his or her achievement on the assessment.  The results are reported according to the province’s four achievement levels.  These are the same levels teachers use in the classroom and on report cards to evaluate students’ progress.  The provincial standard is Level 3, which corresponds to a B− to B+.  Your child’s EQAO results are an important, objective indicator of his or her reading, writing, and mathematics achievement in relation to the provincial standard.  The descriptions of student performance on EQAO assessments in this guide will provide you with a clearer picture of what an EQAO level designation means in terms of your child’s performance on the assessments.  This guide also suggests some specific strategies that you can use to support your child’s learning.  Helping your child be successful requires a partnership between teachers and you.  Information about your child’s performance on an EQAO assessment should always be considered together with his or her classroom assessment information.  For more information, please visit www.eqao.com.


Read All About It!

Many parents ask “How can I help my child to become a better reader?”.  There are a few simple steps:

· Make time everyday to read together.  Twenty (20) minutes can make a world of difference.  In the early, years this maybe you reading to your child or your child reading a page and you read a page and, eventually you will have a chance to listen as your child tells you the story.

· Make this time a time to connect with your child.  Life is so busy these days.  It is a great time to snuggle up and read together and you never know what you will learn from the book that is chosen or what your child may share.

· Talk about what you are reading.  Have your child tell you what they think will happen in the story before you read together.  If your child stumbles on a word help them sound it out or ask “does that sound right?” or “does that make sense?”.  Ask your child about the problem in the story and how it was solved.  Have your child tell you the main points of the story and maybe their favourite part.

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Are You Moving?

If you already know you will be moving, or your child will not be coming to Sir Isaac Brock School in September, please email tdrage@hwdsb.on.ca, or call and leave a voicemail message at (905) 561-0814.  We are planning for next year, and appreciate your assistance in letting us know if you are child will not be attending our school.



Have a magnificent May!   🙂

Updated on Thursday, May 02, 2019.
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