Admin
Monday, November 20, 2017 

Dear Parents and Guardians of Broadview Public School,


With the cold weather, please remind your children to dress appropriately. As I write this looking out at Dovercourt Ave. snow is falling and the roads are icy. I ran into a young boy this morning who was wearing running shoes and an Adidas jacket. I reminded him that it’s now time to be wearing a hat, mitts, warm jacket and boots at the minimum every day. Students go outside every day for a half hour and 20 minute recesses.


Here is the announcement that went out today to remind students about this:

The winter weather is here and snow is on the ground. It’s colder  and icier, which means Broadview staff and students need to be extra careful when walking around outside. Wear your winter clothing (e.g., hat, mitts, warm jacket, boots, and snow pants if you want to play in the snow). While on recess, students may not throw snow. Snowballs are not allowed. This is because snow and ice that get thrown can be very dangerous and can cause serious injury.  The simple rule is that snow stays on the ground.

Having said that, snow is a lot of fun!! So, while we can’t throw snowballs, here are 10 things you can do with snow while enjoying recess:

1. make a fort
2. invade someone else's fort (but respect the workmanship!)
3. make a snow angel
4. make a snowman
5. build a snow village
6. write your name in the snow
7. build a snow castle (like a sand castle made of snow)
8. bury your friend in snow, but not to their face
9. make a pile of snow, then run and jump into it (like a pile of leaves)
10. slide in the snow

And remember to have fun!


Announcements on the Website

A reminder to parents and guardians that school announcements can be found on our homepage. You can also use this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KiWaqd7ZlNYz4S7qJPYHOR0MmutXD0Sk3iQmlBduzEQ/edit


I also have a blog with all of my emails to parents - all on our new and improved school website: http://broadviewps.ocdsb.ca


Cookie Dough/Magazine Subscription Fundraiser

Today is the final day of Broadview’s cookie dough and magazine subscription fundraiser. Please send in any paper order forms and cash/cheques to your child’s homeroom teacher. Thank you for supporting our school!!


Broadview Snowsuit Donations

The Community Engagement Committee of the Parent Council are seeking your contributions of gently used winter clothing for this years Snowsuit Fund. Please see attached flyer for all details.

Thank you for helping to share your warmth with other families in need.


Thursday is a Friday

This coming Thursday, our school’s timetable will follow a Friday schedule. We do this because many Fridays and Mondays are lost throughout the year due to holidays and PA days. Because we operate on a Monday - Friday schedule, the repeated loss of these days impacts learning as some subjects might only appear on Monday or Friday. To ensure an equitable loss of instructional time, Mondays and Fridays are made up throughout the year.


How to Communicate Attendance with School

At our school council meeting last Tuesday parents asked about the best way to communicate absences with the school. The answer is that it depends on when the message is being sent to the school.


If you know about an absence in advance (24 hours or more), send the school an email at broadviewps@ocdsb.ca or call the office and leave a message on the attendance line (613) 728-1721. You should also let your child’s homeroom teacher know of any planned absences.


If your child wakes up sick and is unable to come to school, you can email the school before 8:30 or call the school’s attendance line and leave a message.


If your child’s pick arrangements change during the day, please call the school office and we will do our best to deliver the message to your child. Given the size of our school’s population (we have about 1020 students), please do your best to ensure that your children’s dismissal arrangements are arranged with your child prior to the start of school.


School Learning Plan and Wellbeing Plan

Our staff have been working hard to create our school learning plan and school wellbeing plan. This year’s learning plan focuses on a need for students to be confident problem solvers. We’re hoping that if our school adopts a concerted approach to tackling problems, using similar steps and descriptive language, students will report higher confidence in their capacities and abilities to solve problems, both in class and out on the yard. The latter is particularly important to help students when dealing with conflict amongst their peers. We want students to feel comfortable with saying no. Our school will be adopting a WITS philosophy - Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek assistance.


I’ve been actively working with staff as well to help them manage their own wellness. Educators who are well directly benefit your children through increased engagement in their work and reduced absences from school. I’m encouraging staff to look after themselves outside of school hours to recharge with their families and loved ones. Of course there will be marking and lesson prep - this comes with the territory. But I am encouraging them to look after their emails during the day while maintaining a 24 hour response window.


Math Facts - Talking With Children
When adults engage with children as they solve mathematics-related problems, the dialogue that takes place helps children to develop greater understanding of mathematical concepts. Adults can help children to shape and articulate their thoughts, reinforce oral language, and develop mathematical vocabulary, by listening and responding to what children say. When they provide ample time for children to initiative conversation and respond to questions, adults demonstrate respect for the children’s thoughts, opinions, ideas and wonderings. Learn more about effective ways in which parents can support children’s mathematics learning here.


OCDSB Speaker Series

November 30, 2017 — Dr. Susan Hopkins of The MEHRIT Centre
Parents will be introduced to Self-Regulation, a powerful method for understanding and responding to their children's (and their own) stress, energy, and tension.

Location:
Sir Robert Borden High School
131 Greenbank Road
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy these free information sessions - sponsored by the District's Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and supported through grant funding from the Ministry of Education.


Parking Lot

A reminder that the school’s main parking lot is closed to the public from 8:30 to 4:30. The main parking lot has one entrance and one exit. The entrance is located between the former Broadview building and Nepean High School, and the exit is located at Broadview Ave. and Avondale Ave. The small parking lot located on the west side of the building is reserved and accessible parking only and may not be used for dropping students off.


Message from Trustee Braunovan

In collaboration with trustee Shawn Menard of Rideau-Vanier/Capital Ward, I am hosting a discussion meeting to explore inequity in parent fundraising dollars in our communities. On November 29, parents and interested community members are invited to share their thoughts on this issue. Fundraising efforts can have a direct impact on a child’s experience at their school — and experiences in school can have a lasting impact on their future success. I hope we all can come together for all children in our community!

November 29, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Lisgar Collegiate cafeteria, 29 Lisgar St.

Email erica.braunovan@ocdsb.ca for more information or to let me know you’re attending. Childcare will be made available only if requested.


Canterbury Arts Program

A representative from Canterbury High school will be here to talk to interested grade 8 students about the application process for Canterbury’s arts program, on Wednesday, November 22, at 10:35. Our school’s contact for this program is Angie Lennox-Hourd.


Regards,


Dennis Paré

Principal - Broadview Public School

dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca


Upcoming Events - these events can be found on the school calendar. Consider adding our school’s Google calendar to your own as it will be the most up to date source of information about Broadview events:

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/ocdsb.ca_9dndt1k5m7h5gdt1o3af85ltbs%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics


Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24: Snowsuit Fund Drive

Tuesday, November 21: The Drowsy Chaperone field trip (Grade 8s)

Wednesday, November 22: Canterbury Presentation to Interested Grade 8s
Thursday, November 23: Photo Retake Day / Class Photo Day / Tie or Bowtie Spirit Day / Friday Schedule
Thursday, November 23 (evening): Parent Teacher Interviews
Friday, November 24 (morning): Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday, November 29: 7 pm: Trustees Braunovan and Menard Open Zone Meeting - re Inequities in School Council Fundraising: Lisgar Collegiate Cafeteria

Friday, December 8: Snow Ball (evening school dance for intermediate students)

Tuesday, December 12: School Council
Thursday, December 14, Friday, December 15: Immunizations
Friday, December 22: Last Day of School before Winter Break (yay!) / PJ Spirit Day
Posted by dennis.pare@ocdsb.ca On 20 November, 2017 at 12:46 PM  

 
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