Wednesday, 12 November 2014

News from around Brown - November 2014

Ukulele After 4 classes are up and running. We still have two spaces for students who want to join us. Contact Ms. Turner if you would like to join.

The Junior Choir performed for Remembrance Day. This was their first of many performances for the year. Ms. Turner, Mr. Pare, Ms. Merenda and Ms. Mankiewicz want to thank the choir members for their dedication and hard work this fall. We also want to thank Channing Huang for playing the piano for us.

Winterfest is coming up soon, on Tuesday, December 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. This concert includes all Grade 1 to 3 classes. Juniors will perform at the spring concert. Kindergarten students will have their winter concert on Wednesday, December 10 at 12:45 p.m.

World Changers have been busy spreading the word throughout October for our We Scare Hunger food drive campaign and we are excited to announce that altogether Brown has generously donated 2,500 pounds of food to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Well done everyone!

Our next initiative on the calendar is a Warm Clothing Drive which we will be running from Monday, Nov. 10 - Friday, Nov. 14. This year we are supporting a charity called Help Us Help the Children which one of Brown's staff, Arianna Silecky, has been involved with for the past decade. Help Us Help the Children is a registered Canadian charity that implements programs aimed at changing the lives of orphans in Ukraine, operating summer camps and winter camps among other initiatives.

Ms. Silecky is presenting to the Brown student body on Friday, November 7 to tell them about her experience participating in these camps with the goal of providing underprivileged children with an opportunity to learn and have fun in a relaxing and caring atmosphere. In January 2015 some of these youth will have the opportunity to attend winter camp and experience wellness workshops, learn to ski, snowshoe and snowboard.

As you might be outfitting your kids in new winter gear, please bring in any gently used articles of winter clothing such as: winter coats, snowpants, warm socks, mittens, hats, scarves/neckwarmers, long underwear, turtlenecks/warm long sleeved tops, boots, legwarmers, ski goggles and, believe it or not, balloons for birthday parties. We will have a bin set up to collect everything outside the school office.

Please note that from November 24 - December 5 we will be collecting items for our Holiday Hampers as well. You can expect to see more information about this initiative later in the month. As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the co-chairs Allison Fortier <> and Laura Finch <>.