KATTAM ET SES TAMTAMS
On Wednesday we were treated to an exhilarating, interactive musical performance called Kattam et ses Tamtams. This bilingual performance engaged all students from Grades 1-6 while introducing them to various dances and percussive and modal instruments like the jambes, doumbeks and the zurna. A great time was had by all!
A huge thank you to the Parent Council for supporting this performance!
SCHOOL POOL UPDATE
We want to thank all the parents for their unwavering support regarding the Brown School Pool. Parent Council is working very closely with school administration, the TDSB and the City on this very important issue. As soon as more information become available we will let you know.
PATHWAYS IN THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL SYSTEM
In June 2016, the Board approved the following motion regarding Pathways in the
Alternative School System;
Whereas, the Alternative Schools Advisory Committee established since the early 1990s has thrived within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) providing invaluable programming at the elementary, middle and secondary school level; and
Whereas, ongoing support that adds depth to programming, an expansion of resources including personnel and infrastructure is much needed to support the demand for these schools across the GTA; and
Whereas, the following is in keeping with the vision and mandate of the TDSB by
addressing and providing avenues to serve students and families that need access coming from diverse segments of the population in all parts of the city; and
Whereas, current barriers include the lack of robust pathways from middle school
to secondary school, limitations based on entry requirements, geography, lottery
and such; and
Whereas, at the present time several Alternative programs and schools within the
TDSB are facing wait lists with families and children being subjected to random
selection through lottery; and
Whereas, there might be an opportunity to build capacity through formal and
informal training of administrative staff with an emphasis on expanding access and
pathways to students and families that could benefit the most;
Therefore, be it resolved:
That the Director:
(i) research and plan in consultation with appropriate stakeholders including ASAC to find ways to minimize and remove barriers to access by creating pathways in the alternative school system within the TDSB. That is, the creation of additional seamless path from K-12 in the alternative system that includes the elementary, middle school and secondary school levels;
(ii) proactively explore the expansion and variety of alternative programs and schools including staffing (teaching, support and administration) to support enrollment demands and interest from the community through active consultation and review with ASAC on an ongoing basis;
(iii) plan in partnership with ASAC for future growth through research, development in teaching, learning and professional development at all levels of management within the system. That is, Executive and all levels of management (Principals, Superintendents and others);
(iv) present a report on (i) to (iii) above to the Program and School Services Committee, for action and completion within school year 2016-17.
As such, a review is underway and the following public consultation meetings have
- Thursday, March 23 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm @ former Eastern Commerce CI, 16 Phin Ave (Library)
- Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm @ Western Technical Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Cres (Library)
Please note that consultation evenings are open to all parents. Would you kindly share
this information with your community - additional details can be found on the TDSB web:
VALENTINES SKATING PARTY - SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 4-6 pm
Parent Council is hosting a Valentine's Skating Party on Sunday February 12th,
4-6pm, at Ramsden Park 1020 Yonge Street (just by Rosedale subway station).
Grab your friends, bring your skates and come out for a fun night of skating in the neighbourhood. Hot chocolate and treats will be provided! This is a free event and everyone is welcome!
BROWN SCHOOL TEAM UNIFORMS
We have recently purchased 200 new team uniforms for the Cross Country, Baseball, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Frisbee, Soccer and Track teams. The new performance shirts were funded by Brown School Parent Council. The Parent Council raises the money to provide these services through various fundraising initiatives throughout the year. We thank all Brown School parents for their time and generous donations!
ATLANTIS SWIM SCHOOL
Atlantis Swim School runs swim programs at our own Brown School Pool.
What is Atlantis Swim?
From bubbles to butterfly, we teach children 4 months and up how to safely swim in small, fun, and dynamic classes, and evaluate them using the criteria put forth from the Red Cross swimming program. Since 1986, our classes have taught children the essentials of swimming, how to stay safe in and around water, advanced techniques for competing or eventual life guarding, and everything in between.
Next Swim lesson sessions begin March 20th
For more information, please click on the following link:
Free Saturday Swim at Brown School Pool
Saturday, February 4 @ 11:00 am - Sunday, May 28 @ 1:00 pm
Atlantis and Pedalheads is hosting a Free Swim every Saturday from 11:00am to 1:00pm for children of any age! Parents are welcome to enjoy the free swim with their child as well. We will have life guards and highly qualified instructors on site during the free swim as well. Come out and enjoy a free swim on us!
Calling all Grandparents, Retirees, or anyone interested!
Toronto Police Service School Crossing Guard Association is looking to hire school crossing guards!
If you know grandparents and/or retirees in the neighborhood who are interested in helping out and getting some fresh air throughout the school day, please have them contact:
Officer Wai Lau
School Crossing Guard Coordinator
Toronto Police Service
KISS AND RIDE
Please keep the following in mind during morning drop-off:
This is a gentle reminder that Kiss & Ride is a drop off zone, on Poplar Plains Road, for students grades 1-6 only. Kindergarten children must be walked to their classrooms.
This program is staffed completely by Brown parent volunteers, from 8:25-8:40am.
A few reminders for all parents:
Morning Parking is available in the neighbourhood in these areas: