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Brentwood this Week

Monday, December 9th                        -           Wake me up when Monday is over…..

Tuesday, December 10th                     -          

Wednesday, December 11th                 -          Hot Lunch Ordering CLOSES

Thursday, December 12th                   -           Family Winter Celebration

Friday, December 13th                        -           NO Running Club/Kindergarten Christmas Concert                                                          

*Please visit website for more details.

PowerSchool & Fees are DUE

2019/20 School fees are now past DUE and are available on PowerSchool. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard or INTERAC Online—when available from your financial institution. 

Waiver of Fees (Does not include Field Trips)

If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your fees(noon hour supervision fees), you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees.

The fee waiver application deadline—for both school and transportation fees—is Dec. 15, 2019.

If it’s determined fees aren’t eligible to be waived, based on the submitted application, payment options may be made with the school’s administration or the director of Student Transportation.

Ski Trip (Monday, December 16th Kindergarten – Grade 6)

All packages should have been sent home.  Extra forms are on the website.  Questions?: please contact Tracy Russell tracy.russell@eips.ca or Don Vantour don.vantour@eips.ca

Winter Celebration *Visit website for more information*

Brentwood Elementary is excited to host another winter themed family evening here at Brentwood Elementary from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm. We will have several events happening in and around the school such as: Skating (if the county opens the rinks, please bring your own skates), Free Hot Chocolate, Holiday Crafts, Cookie Decorating, A Bonfire, Pictures with Santa, and an Outdoor Activity!
Mr. Merriman will also be leading our Grade 4 – 6 students in an instrumental concert that will begin promptly at 6:30, so please be on time! If your child is a part of the concert Mr. Merriman is asking that they arrive at 6:00 pm to prepare for the show.
We look forward to hosting all of the Brentwood Families for an evening of fun before our winter break. *Please bring Food Bank Donations*

Strathcona Food Bank Donations

Brentwood Winter Celebration Committee will be collecting non-perishable food items and unwrapped gifts from December 9th – 19th.  All donations can be dropped off at the tables at the front of the school.  Thank you for your support.

Kindergarten Registration Starts Soon!
Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2020? If so, it’s almost time to register for kindergarten.

Kindergarten registration opens for the 2020-21 school year on Feb. 1, 2020.

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online toolkit—available at www.eips.ca/kindergarten—to make the transition as smooth as possible. The kit includes information on registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more.

**Please visit our website under Menu/Kindergarten for Open House information and more.

Lost and Found

I know, I know but it is over-flowing again!  We have winter coats, hoodies, mitts, toques, snow-pants.  Please encourage your students to come take a look.

Hot Lunch

Session # 2 of hot lunch ordering opened on Friday, Nov 29 and will close on Wednesday, Dec 11. If you have any questions, please see the website www.brentwoodelementary.ca under menu, parents, hot lunch. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact brentwoodhotlunch@gmail.com. Thank you for ordering & please consider volunteering. 

Vacation/Extended Absence Notification

PLEASE inform the office of any extended absences/vacations.  Teachers can only enter daily absences and the office can enter all future absences. Please email or leave a message. Thank you.

12th Annual Clothing Drive

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Morning frosts (and snow J)are upon us, which means that winter is quickly approaching, and we need to remember that there are people who lack the basic clothing needed to survive our Alberta winter.  With this in mind, the students in Mr. Smith’s grade 6 class will be spearheading the 12th ANNUAL used clothing drive in support of the Bissell center.  We do not want you to go out and buy anything nor are we requesting any financial donations.  We simply ask that if you come across gently used, clean winter clothing that you no longer need, that you send it to the school with your child.  Coats, toques, mittens, gloves, scarves, boots, sweaters and ski pants are some examples of the clothing you could bring in (although any clothing at all will be accepted).  We also accept any unwanted or left-over Halloween candy, which is always a big hit at the shelter.  Near the middle of December, the clothing will be taken to the Bissell center where it will be distributed to those families in need.  What may seem like an old useless scarf to us may be very special to someone else.  This is truly a situation where every little bit helps.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school. Thank you and have a safe and happy winter season. Questions??, please contact Jordan Smith, Grade 6 Teacher.

Councellor’s Corner

Free Parent Information Sessions from Strathcona County.  Please go to: www.strathcona.ca/parentsupport for more information.

  1. Anxiety – December 11 - 6:00-7:30pm
    1. Explore the cycle of anxiety and discuss strategies for parents and caregivers to support their children.  Learn how emotional regulation works within the realm of anxiety and find what works for you and your child.
  2. Family Restructuring – January 8 – 6:00-7:30pm
    1. Family restructuring is a process that families experience as a result of separation, divorce or losses that disrupt family life.  Learn how to stay meaningfully involved in the upbringing of your children by learning skills and strategies to support them through change.
  3. Stress – January 22 – 6:00-7:30pm
    1. Recognize the signs and symptoms of stress in children and learn how we can decrease and manage some of the stressors that children have.  Explore parenting strategies and tips on how to incorporate calming practices into young people’s daily routines.

Dressing for the Weather

Students will be outside for recess and are expected to bring jackets and appropriate clothing to stay warm and dry during these upcoming cold winter months.

Please ensure that your student is equipped with proper winter wear (warm footwear, jacket, mitts, hats, raincoats) Thank you, and stay warm!

Messages/Phone Calls for Home time

Other than Emergencies, please make sure all arrangements are made BEFORE school. The office is extremely busy at the end of the day and we are receiving a high number of calls with after school plans.  Thank you.

Update Your PowerSchool Information

The PowerSchool Correction and Verification Form is available online, which replaces the paper form sent to families each fall. Families can use the form to access and update their child’s information—including address, parent and guardian information, emergency contacts and any medical information. Reviewing and updating the form ensures the school has the most up-to-date information regarding your child. All Brentwood Elementary families are asked to review their child’s PowerSchool Correction and Verification Form by ASAP

Clothing Store

New and improved Brentwood Clothing Store is now open.  This store will be open all year and the clothing is shipped directly to your home after you have placed your online order.

https://brentwoodelementary.entripyshops.com/

2019/20 School fees are now available. Please log on to your PowerSchool to pay.

Medical Information

Does your child require medication at school?  Have you filled out all necessary forms?  This information is vital for those students who may require the use of an EpiPen for anaphylactic allergies and/or a puffer for asthma.  If your child requires administrations of any medications at school, then all applicable forms MUST be filled out. Forms available for download on our website under students/medical forms or in the office.

Check in to the Office

To maintain the safety of students and staff and to ensure that no unauthorized persons wander through the school, ALL visitors must visit the office first.  Please drop off skates, lunch, clothing items at the office.  Teachers have requested that their classrooms not be disrupted during instructional time.  Thanks everyone for your support.

Attendance Reporting

Attendance & Safe Arrival: One measure of keeping students safe is ensuring students have safely arrived at school. If your child is going to be late or absent for any reason, it is important that you contact the office immediately via email or phone (available 24hours/day) no later than 8:30am and report the reason for the absence/late. **Thank you kindly for your co-operation and support.

DROP OFF ZONE & PARKING

Please note this is a drop off zone, NO parking and leaving the vehicle.  Please park in visitor parking only.

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