Sir Isaac Brock Public School Newsletter


Sir Isaac Brock Public School Newsletter
Sir Isaac Brock Public School
April 2015
Our Newsletter is Going Paperless!
Patrika Daws
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Jay Sugunan
Not all families have access to the Internet. If your family requires a paper copy, please write a note to your child’s teacher
before the end of April so that you won’t miss the May and
subsequent newsletters. We will also keep a few copies in the
office if you should need to pick up a copy.
Laren Emms
Office Manager:
Linda Apa
Office Assistants:
Martina Asta
Tel: 905-791-6025
Safe Arrival
Please support our school’s Safe Arrival Program by phoning us before 9:00 am every
day your child will be absent. Call 905-791-2616 and press 1. Please leave
a message with your child’s name, teacher name and reason for absence.
Thank you for your co-operation in ensuring the safety of our students.
Thank You Home Depot!
Oz the musical is fast approaching, and
what would a musical be without a whimsical set? The cast of Oz would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the builders at
Home Depot for offering their skills and
time. We are truly grateful for our beautiful set. Students have enjoyed painting
houses, backdrops, gates and so much
more. The actors feel like they are immersed in the Land of Oz, and it shows in
their rehearsals. Thank you so much
Home Depot, for making our play come to
Oz The Musical
As many of you all know,
the staff and students at Sir
Isaac Brock P.S. have been
rehearsing really hard for
our first ever musical!
Watch out for the flyer that will be sent
home after the Easter Long Weekend.
This is one musical you don’t want to
miss. It is going to be fantastic!
Home of the
SIB Bobcat
All visitors to Sir
Isaac Brock P.S. are
required to sign in
at the office and get
a visitor’s pass.
Education Week
To celebrate 2015 Education Week, Sir Isaac Brock P.S. will hold several special events between April 13th and
April 24th.
Featuring our talented staff and students Oz - The Musical with performances on April 21st at 9:30 am and April 23rd
at 7:00 pm.
Character Assembly and Award of Distinctions: April 24th
Litter-less lunches to promote Environmental Awarness
Book Fair April 14-20, 2015
“Chai and Chat” in the library on April 22 between 9:20 and 10:00 am
Opportunity to visit your child’s classroom on April 22 between10 and 10:30 am.
Hope you can join us!
Celebrate Day of Pink
On April 8, 2015, our school will recognize Day of
Pink¸ the international day to celebrate diversity and
raise awareness to stop discrimination and all forms of
bullying. Inclusion and diversity is something that all
Peel schools teach and discuss with students—it is
embedded in all we do. At Sir Isaac Brock, we will
recognize this important day by encouraging staff and
students to wear pink. We will also be having
presentations for students that include a Powerpoint on
different types of exclusion, (racism, faithism,
homophobia, classism, ageism, ableism and bullying), a
story about inclusiveness and a dance that some of our
students performed at the Peel Dance Showcase on
Bullying, Classism and Racism.
Another Successful Great Gulp!
On Friday, March 13th students and staff participated in the Great Gulp. The Great Gulp is an annual event held
every March to help create awareness about the importance of Peel drinking water in our lives. At 1 pm staff and
students stopped what they were doing and filled up their reusable water bottles and counted down to have a Great
Gulp of their water.
Way to go Bobcats!!
Earth Hour at S.I.B.
Earth Hour is the world’s largest movement for action on climate change. During Earth Hour,
millions of people around the world turn off their lights and electronic devices to support a future where climate change is no longer a threat. On Friday, March 27 th the staff and students
powered down to take a stand on climate change. From 12 to 1 pm the entire school turned off
the lights and electronic devices to show support for this cause. Thank you to all the staff and
students at S.I.B. for participating in this important event.
April 22nd is Earth Day! To celebrate, the students of SIB will be doing a community
Spring Clean Up in conjunction with the Brampton Clean City committee. As the
snow melts, you can already see all the garbage and litter throughout our school yard
and community. During the month of April the students of SIB will be getting out and
cleaning the community to show their support of helping the environment! Feel free to
take some time out during the day and do some spring cleaning of your own around
the community!
To get more information check out the Brampton Clean City Committee website
Scholastic Book Fair Returns to S.I.B.
The S.I.B. library will be holding its second book fair of the year, starting Friday
April 10th until Monday April 20th. Our goal is to reach $2000 in book sales so that
we can buy more resources for our library and classrooms. As always we will have
a special draw in which a student from the school can win $25 worth of books from
the book fair. There will be many $5 draws as well. Watch out for the flyer being
sent home soon!
Follow the library on twitter @sib_library
Peel Technology Skills Challenge – Grades 7 and 8
On Thursday, March 26th, SIB had seven teams of Grade 7 and 8 students travel to Morning Star Middle School to
participate in the Peel Technological Skills Challenge. Our students competed in a variety of science and technology based challenges against other schools across Peel. All of our students were successful in completing their tasks
in the short time allowed, and presented their final creations to some very impressed judges.
Special congratulations go to the following teams for their awards:
Health and Safety Team: Character Award recipients
Technology Team: Bronze Medal winners
TV/Video Production: Gold Medal winners
Way to go Bobcats! We’re so proud of you! Special thanks to Ms. Gaur for helping to organize this wonderful event
for us!
-Ms. Adams, Ms. McKenzie, Ms. Rupal and Mr. Orazem
Junior Girls Basketball Tournament
The Grade 5 and Grade 6 Girls Basketball Team
(Rinsy, Asantewa, Liaba, Shania, Shyanne, Parteek, Michelle, Kelsi, Jasneet, Kimaya, Thivya,
Prabnoor and Abnoor) showed great team work,
sportsmanship and cooperation at the Basketball
Tournament on Monday March 23, 2015, held at
our school. The girls put in an excellent effort all
season long as they attended practices during the
nutrition breaks and learned about this strategic and
fun game. During practices they showed respect,
dedication and commitment. The Junior Girls Basketball Team should be very proud of the way they
played during the tournament held at our school.
Good work girls!
A special thank you goes out to members of the senior girls basketball team (Vaisnavi, Jasmine, Gauri, Stuti and
Cheshta) who assisted at the practices.
Ms. McKenzie and Ms. Graf
SIB Students Participate in the Festival D'art Oratoire
SIB Students Spread Social Justice Through Dance
Under the direction of Ms. Dias, Harakh M. from grade
seven and Muska S. from grade four wrote, memorized
and recited a French speech to a panel of judges at the
Board Office during the Festival D'art Oratoire. Muska
discussed "Animal Rights" and Harakh compared falling
into a black hole to avoiding confrontation with others.
Both students did an exceptional job and SIB is very
proud of them.
Under the direction of Ms. Dias, sixteen grade six,
seven and eight member’s of SIB’s Social Justice Club
collaborated with twelve grade five students from Red
Willow to participate in the Peel Dance Showcase that
tool place at the Living Arts Centre. They choreographed and performed a three-part dance that explored
Bullying, Classism and Racism using Street Dance,
Kuthu, Bharatanatyam, and Dandiya dance style to a
packed theatre. SIB would like to congratulate Maulik
S., Sukeeran S., Tijon D., Alexia A., Keethna P., Nidhi
P., Tamilore O., Romesh H., Khushbu P., Ishaa K.,
Harnoor D., Preet P., Chesta G., Thanega K., Thivya
S., and Shania S. on a job well done!
Peel Technological Skills Challenges (PTSC) For Grades 4-6
On Wednesday, March 25th, some Grade 4-6 students participated in the PTSC Lego Mechanics and Lego Robotics
challenges. The tournament, open to all Peel schools, was held at Morning Star Middle School. Despite the strong
competition with so many teams participating, both teams performed very well and deserve congratulations for their
efforts. The Lego Mechanics team won silver medals for 2nd place! All students came home with certificates and tshirts. Thanks to the coaches of the two team, Mrs. Gaur, Mr. Orazem and Mrs. Virk, for providing this fabulous
learning opportunity to our students.
Fitness Fun with Mr. Mathew
This month the Boys and Girls Junior Basketball teams played
in tournaments that we hosted here at SIB. Both teams played
well and enjoyed the friendly competition as they played other
schools in the surrounding area. Both our boys and girls teams
made it into the quarter final playoff games and showed determination and sportsmanship while playing. We will be starting
hockey try-outs for our Bobcat teams and look forward to attending a tournament in May. Remember to stay active with
your Family and have Fun getting Fit!
Guidance Update
We have had a great month of guidance. The Red Cross gave an opportunity for a selected number of Grade 7 students to receive training to
become youth facilitators. This allows students who graduate from this
program to present to younger grades regarding bullying prevention
situations, choices and offers support for all students. Keep up the great
work facilitators and looking forward to seeing you in action!
A number of students will also be attending a Future Leaders Development Academy at North Park Secondary School on April 11th. Students will participate in activities designed to teach them to be better
leaders and provide them with hands-on experiences in marketing and
All course selections have been completed for our grade 8 students and
they are excited as they prepare for our upcoming visit to Castlebrooke
Secondary School!
Help us to encourage and enhance parent involvement in Peel
Apply for a position on the board's Parent Involvement Committee
The Peel board’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) meets regularly throughout the school year to review the board’s plans
for parent involvement as they relate to parent, family and community engagement, and to make suggestions to schools,
councils and the board regarding additional parent outreach.
As mandated by the ministry, the purpose of Peel board's PIC is to:
support, encourage, and enhance meaningful parental involvement within schools and across the district, including, outreach
to parents who find involvement more challenging
work collaboratively with the school board to support student success
seek out the advice and ideas of school councils, and other parents and partners as they plan and implement strategies to involve more parents at the regional level
develop strategies for enhancing parental engagement and outreach
Parent application packages will be made available on April 8 at Forms must be returned by April
24, 2015.
Conference helps parents make a difference in numeracy and beyond
The Peel District School Board is hosting its annual parent conference on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Fletcher’s Meadow
Secondary School in Brampton. This year, Numeracy & Beyond: Parent Conference, will focus on numeracy—25 out of 60
workshops help with math. Parents will still have the opportunity to attend workshops on other topics, including literacy, special
education and science.
This free learning event is open to Peel parents of students at all grade levels.
Space is limited. Registration closes March 27.
Stay up-to-date!
For more information, visit
Tentative 2015-16 School
Year Calendar now available
The Peel board's 2015-16 school year
calendar (pending Ministry approval)
is now available online at http://
schoolyear. Please note that these
are tentative
dates that
will be approved by
the Ministry
of Education
in late
Keeping children safe in and around storm sewers, waterways
Rising and fast moving water in lakes, ponds and creeks is increasingly likely during
spring. Children playing in and around storm sewers and watercourses, entering
storm sewers through the outfalls, and entering storm sewers through access covers
is dangerous. The following information will help keep children safe:
water flows in storm sewers and watercourses are unpredictable and may
change quickly
toxic gases may be present in and around storm sewers and watercourses
access is restricted, making rescue attempts are difficult
tragic falls could take place
Please review this information with your children and let them know how dangerous
storms sewers and waterways are.
Peel public schools and board celebrate Education Week—April 13 to 24
Peel public schools will host hundreds of special activities and events to celebrate Education Week 2015. To give schools plenty
of time to hold activities, this celebration of education will be held for two weeks from April 13 to 24. The theme for this year’s
focus on education is Inspire. Greatness. Together.
In addition to inviting parents and community residents to visit their classrooms during the week, Peel schools are hosting open
houses, plays/musicals, storytelling, environmental activities, awards assemblies, talent shows and much more.
One of the highlights of Education Week is the presentation of Awards of Excellence. The award recipients are students, volunteers, staff and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to public education in Peel. The awards will be
presented to 31 deserving recipients at the Showcase of Excellence ceremony on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the board room, HJA
Brown Education Centre, 5650 Hurontario St., Mississauga.
More than 800 individuals will also be honored during Education Week with Awards
of Distinction for their contributions to their school or workplace.
Important Dates to Remember
April 1 ~ Gr. 8 graduation photo
April 3 ~ Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
April 6 ~ Easter Monday - NO SCHOOL
April 8 ~ Day of Pink
April 14-20~ Education Week Bookfair
April 16 ~ Welcome to Kindergarten evening for new families
from 5-6 pm
April 21—9:30 am Oz The Musical
April 23—7:00 pm Oz The Musical
April 22 ~ Chai & Chat for parents
April 24 ~ Student Character Assembly
Parent resources help you support your child’s learning
At the Peel District School Board, our mission is to inspire success, confidence and hope in each child. There is no doubt
that families play a vital role in helping us achieve this goal. As our partner in education, we hope you'll stay connected to
your child's learning throughout his or her entire school experience.
In October 2014, the Peel board sought input from families to help guide the development of resources that help parents
and caregivers support their children’s learning. The result is a new Help Your Child online resource centre on the Peel
board’s website with the topics families said were important to them.
Visit to explore all resources available to parents.
There you will find easy-to-navigate buttons that connect families to tip sheets and web pages on a number of different
topics, including math, homework, special education, EQAO and mental health.
Kindergarten registration continues at Peel board
Parents can book an appointment to register their children
Children born in 2011 can start kindergarten in September 2015. Parents can contact their local Peel District School Board
school to make an appointment to register their child. To find out which school their child will attend, parents can call 905890-1010/1-800-668-1146 ext. 2212 or visit and click on ‘Find Your School’. School contact information
is available on the Peel board website at
Parents should bring the following to registration:
Proof of child's age
Canadian birth certificate
 Canadian passport
 citizenship card/certificate
 Permanent Resident Card
 confirmation of permanent residence
 work permit
refugee permit
Proof of address
 Ontario driver's license
 utility bill
 bank statement/client slip (directly from financial institution)
 credit card statement
 federal government forms (e.g. Social Insurance Number, Service Canada documents)
 purchase agreement
Proof of custody
Proof of immunization
It is important for parents to know that required immunization information forms must be completed before children are allowed to attend class. Parents should contact Peel Health at Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 (Caledon residents can call
toll-free at 905-584-2216):
for information about the immunization schedule in Ontario
to verify that your child's record is up-to-date
to obtain exemption forms if your child has not been immunized for medical reasons or because of conflict of religion or
for information about how to have your child immunized if you do not have an Ontario health card and can't afford a doctor's fee for immunization
For more information, visit
Celebrating Faith and Culture
April 2015
Aboriginal Spirituality
April 2
Mahavir Jayanti
April 2 or 9 (J)
Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
April 3
Sakyamni Buddha’s Nirvana Day
April 3 or April 10 (J)
Good Friday (Holy Friday)
Sunset of April 3 to 11
Pesach (Passover)
April 4
Theravada New Year
April 5 or April 12 (J)
Easter or Pascha
April 5 (J)
Palm Sunday
April 6 or April 13 (J)
Easter Monday
April 7 or 8
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva’s Birthday
April 8
April 9 to 27
Month of Jalal
April 13 or 14
Vaisakhi or Baisakhi
Sikhism and Hinduism
April 13
Saka and New Year’s Day
Buddhism and Hinduism
Sunset of April 20 to May 2
Yom HaSoah
April 21
April 25
April 28 to May 17
Month of Jamal
April 30 to May 4
Ghambar Maidyozarem
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