École Brian School

BRIAN BUZZ – OCT 15th, 2018
BRIAN P.S. DONATIONS NEEDED!
*We’re upgrading our library into a 21st Century Learning Commons...but we need your help!! We’re asking
for donations to acquire much needed technology, dual language print and digital literacy resources, STEM kits,
and Maker Space activities. A donation of $50 to Brian P.S. will bring us to closer to realizing our goal of
creating a Learning Commons space! Donations of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt from the TDSB. For
online donations, please go to : https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com
For more information, please contact the Principal: Kevin Freckelton.
SCHOOL PARENT COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS:
Brian PS Parent Council met on 10-October-2018 with Principal Freckelton.
1) Introductions of parents, staff and the Principal. Overview of Parent Council's responsibilities, co-operation,
description (social time, workshops, fundraising). About 28 parents participated, light refreshments were
provided.
2) Principal's Report:
- strict dates and enrollment for Early French Immersion Applications are coming up
- size of the school is quite large (~390 students)
- review of EQAO results, better than last year, English in low 80's, French and English Math in mid 70's, above
province average and above TDSB average
- monthly assemblies at school - Character Education

- school planning - guided reading, making sure all grade 1s know how to read, assistive technology, self-
regulation strategies like mindfulness, open-ended math responses

- fundraising goals: fundraising to be used at the school for (recommendation by the Principal): outdoor learning
centre, updated Library Commons;
- fundraising to consist of (recommendations by the parents): pizza days, book fair, chocolate sales, popcorn
sales, Spring fair, dance and bake sale, movie night. We need parent volunteers to make fundraising successful -
both helping out and donating.
- Progress Reports going home November 12th- keep in touch with your teacher about your child's progress,
book time with the teacher either in person or by phone
- kids clubs and teams: sports, music
- grade 5s are participating in helping at lunch break, helping in the office, being very helpful at the school
- school events will be posted on the calendar in the Buzz
- concern: safety around drop-off in the mornings in the parking lot, many aggressive drivers, stopping in the
drive-through area, speeding in the parking lot, looking for suggestions from parents how to deal with this;
offenders are repeatedly disobeying rules, distribute information to parents, both front of school and back of
school, consequences: stricter enforcement by Police, ticketing, closing off the parking lot to parents, only allow
staff to enter, closing off the parking lot when all spots get full, children's safety is at stake
- Parent Council elections: nominations for Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of Fundraising; still open Chair and
Vice-Chair.
- Grade 5 end of year graduation: the school provides a special day for all the students, a field trip away or
lunch out at a restaurant, Gr5 ceremony at the gym. Any other party, dance or activity for Gr5 is not sponsored
or managed by the school, it must be managed and funded by parents.

- At the end of the meeting parents were able to sign up for involvement: Safety committee to deal with parking
lot issues and offences, Fundraising committee to organize events, suggestions for fundraising activities, sign up
for WhatsApp group for all Brian PS parents.
SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING FEEDBACK:
Executive Positions:
Chair –
Vice-Chair –
Treasurer – Susan Wakutz
Secretary – Tom (maybe), Dina Barrese (as co-secretary perhaps?)
Fundraising Volunteers:
• Vicky Pascos-Woods (Fundraising Chair), Tomas Tocek, Melanie Kipp, Kitty Wai, Andy Choy, Sophia
Lin, Susan Wakutz, Stacy Tzogas-Evangelo, Hong Zhang (Pizza Lunch), Yadira Escobar (Pizza Lunch):
Fundraising Ideas:
Important to have our ideas sooner rather than later – perhaps 4-5 ideas that we will execute and use to raise
funds
• Kernels Popcorn
• Used Goods (Online)
• Pizza Lunch
o We need to come up with a “better” and “more efficient way” to distribute the pizza so that it is
not so stressful
• Subway Lunch
Other ideas:
• Bridge gap between FI and English students & parents
• Importance of forming a grade 5 graduation committee to celebrate their 7 years at Brian
• Lunch room
o Routines and schedules
o Concerned about the number of transitions especially with the winter months coming and kids
coming in and out more than 1 time

TERRY FOX RUN AT BRIAN P.S – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11TH @ 1 to 2 P.M.
*Many thanks to the Brian P.S. families for your support of the Terry Fox Walk/Run on Thursday, October 11th
.
Our students enjoyed being physically active outside and contributed “toonies for Terry”. Special thanks to our
Parent Volunteers that encouraged our students to put forth their best efforts completing the course!

UPCOMING DATES in OCTOBER:
16TH – Cross Country Conference Finals
18th – Girls’ soccer tournament @ Brian PS
19th – Boys’ soccer tournament @ Brian PS
25th – City Cross Country finals
26th – Character Ed assembly @ 9:30am
UPCOMING DATES IN NOVEMBER:
5
TH – Photo Re-takes Day @ 1pm
12th – Progress Reports go home
12th to 16th – Book Fair
14th or 15th – Parent-teacher Interviews in evenings
16th – Parent-Teacher Interviews in daytime
16th – PA Day – no school
EARLY FRENCH IMMERSION:
Application process opens Monday, October 29, 2018
Deadline is Thursday, November 26, 2018
Offer of placement by email: by January 31, 2019
JUNIOR EXTENDED FRENCH:
Application process opens Monday, January 7, 2019
Deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019
Apply online at www.tdsb.on.ca/pars
EARLY FI & JUNIOR EF APPLICATION PROCESS:
The application process for Early French Immersion (SK entry) for September 2019 begins at the end of
this month. Here are a few things to look out for ahead of the opening of the application period.
Application packages:
✓ The online application program opens on October 29th, 2018
✓ The deadline to apply online is November 26th, 2018
✓ Over the next few weeks, you will receive information packages intended for parents of JK students. Please
distribute these packages to all JK students in your school.
✓ A digital version of this package was uploaded to the September 24 System Leaders Weekly Bulletin. If you
require extras, please print from this file. As always, we are available to support you with questions or inquiries
that may come your way.
Please feel free to contact us at kirsten.johnston@tdsb.on.ca or angela.caccamo@tdsb.on.ca

Application Process – Parents/Guardians
As of October 29th, 2018, parents/guardians may submit an application online for Early French
Immersion (SK entry) at the following link: www.tdsb.on.ca/pars
✓ Parents/Guardians must select the program and have ready their child’s OEN and date of birth.
✓ For non-TDSB students, the parent/guardian must click “not a TDSB student” and follow the prompts to
generate a temporary number for application purposes.
✓ The process is NOT handled on a first come, first served basis. All applications received by the deadline
are managed with the same priority.
✓ If parents experience difficulties, they may contact us via email at fsl_pars_admin@tdsb.on.ca
EARLY FRENCH IMMERSION INFORMATION
EVENINGS:
A series of information evenings, hosted by the FSL Department, will be held throughout the application
period across the system. These dates will appear in the print packages as well as on line at
www.tdsb.on.ca/french
Location Date Time
George S. Henry Academy 200 Graydon Hall Drive October 30, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Etobicoke CI 86 Montgomery Road November 1, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Albert Campbell CI 1550 Sandhurst Circle November 6, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Birchmount Park CI 3663 Danforth Avenue November 12, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Central Technical School 725 Bathurst Street November 14, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Forest Hill CI 730 Eglinton Avenue West November 19, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Northview Heights SS 550 Finch Ave West November 20, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Danforth Tech CI 800 Greenwood Ave November 22, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
On line Web Chat Date Time
Virtual Information Evening www.tdsb.on.ca

November 7, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pmBRIAN BUZZ – OCT 15th, 2018

BRIAN P.S. DONATIONS NEEDED!
*We’re upgrading our library into a 21st Century Learning Commons...but we need your help!! We’re asking
for donations to acquire much needed technology, dual language print and digital literacy resources, STEM kits,
and Maker Space activities. A donation of $50 to Brian P.S. will bring us to closer to realizing our goal of
creating a Learning Commons space! Donations of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt from the TDSB. For
online donations, please go to : https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com
For more information, please contact the Principal: Kevin Freckelton.
SCHOOL PARENT COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS:
Brian PS Parent Council met on 10-October-2018 with Principal Freckelton.
1) Introductions of parents, staff and the Principal. Overview of Parent Council's responsibilities, co-operation,
description (social time, workshops, fundraising). About 28 parents participated, light refreshments were
provided.
2) Principal's Report:
- strict dates and enrollment for Early French Immersion Applications are coming up
- size of the school is quite large (~390 students)
- review of EQAO results, better than last year, English in low 80's, French and English Math in mid 70's, above
province average and above TDSB average
- monthly assemblies at school - Character Education

- school planning - guided reading, making sure all grade 1s know how to read, assistive technology, self-
regulation strategies like mindfulness, open-ended math responses

- fundraising goals: fundraising to be used at the school for (recommendation by the Principal): outdoor learning
centre, updated Library Commons;
- fundraising to consist of (recommendations by the parents): pizza days, book fair, chocolate sales, popcorn
sales, Spring fair, dance and bake sale, movie night. We need parent volunteers to make fundraising successful -
both helping out and donating.
- Progress Reports going home November 12th- keep in touch with your teacher about your child's progress,
book time with the teacher either in person or by phone
- kids clubs and teams: sports, music
- grade 5s are participating in helping at lunch break, helping in the office, being very helpful at the school
- school events will be posted on the calendar in the Buzz
- concern: safety around drop-off in the mornings in the parking lot, many aggressive drivers, stopping in the
drive-through area, speeding in the parking lot, looking for suggestions from parents how to deal with this;
offenders are repeatedly disobeying rules, distribute information to parents, both front of school and back of
school, consequences: stricter enforcement by Police, ticketing, closing off the parking lot to parents, only allow
staff to enter, closing off the parking lot when all spots get full, children's safety is at stake
- Parent Council elections: nominations for Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of Fundraising; still open Chair and
Vice-Chair.
- Grade 5 end of year graduation: the school provides a special day for all the students, a field trip away or
lunch out at a restaurant, Gr5 ceremony at the gym. Any other party, dance or activity for Gr5 is not sponsored
or managed by the school, it must be managed and funded by parents.

- At the end of the meeting parents were able to sign up for involvement: Safety committee to deal with parking
lot issues and offences, Fundraising committee to organize events, suggestions for fundraising activities, sign up
for WhatsApp group for all Brian PS parents.
SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING FEEDBACK:
Executive Positions:
Chair –
Vice-Chair –
Treasurer – Susan Wakutz
Secretary – Tom (maybe), Dina Barrese (as co-secretary perhaps?)
Fundraising Volunteers:
• Vicky Pascos-Woods (Fundraising Chair), Tomas Tocek, Melanie Kipp, Kitty Wai, Andy Choy, Sophia
Lin, Susan Wakutz, Stacy Tzogas-Evangelo, Hong Zhang (Pizza Lunch), Yadira Escobar (Pizza Lunch):
Fundraising Ideas:
Important to have our ideas sooner rather than later – perhaps 4-5 ideas that we will execute and use to raise
funds
• Kernels Popcorn
• Used Goods (Online)
• Pizza Lunch
o We need to come up with a “better” and “more efficient way” to distribute the pizza so that it is
not so stressful
• Subway Lunch
Other ideas:
• Bridge gap between FI and English students & parents
• Importance of forming a grade 5 graduation committee to celebrate their 7 years at Brian
• Lunch room
o Routines and schedules
o Concerned about the number of transitions especially with the winter months coming and kids
coming in and out more than 1 time

TERRY FOX RUN AT BRIAN P.S – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11TH @ 1 to 2 P.M.
*Many thanks to the Brian P.S. families for your support of the Terry Fox Walk/Run on Thursday, October 11th
.
Our students enjoyed being physically active outside and contributed “toonies for Terry”. Special thanks to our
Parent Volunteers that encouraged our students to put forth their best efforts completing the course!

UPCOMING DATES in OCTOBER:
16TH – Cross Country Conference Finals
18th – Girls’ soccer tournament @ Brian PS
19th – Boys’ soccer tournament @ Brian PS
25th – City Cross Country finals
26th – Character Ed assembly @ 9:30am
UPCOMING DATES IN NOVEMBER:
5
TH – Photo Re-takes Day @ 1pm
12th – Progress Reports go home
12th to 16th – Book Fair
14th or 15th – Parent-teacher Interviews in evenings
16th – Parent-Teacher Interviews in daytime
16th – PA Day – no school
EARLY FRENCH IMMERSION:
Application process opens Monday, October 29, 2018
Deadline is Thursday, November 26, 2018
Offer of placement by email: by January 31, 2019
JUNIOR EXTENDED FRENCH:
Application process opens Monday, January 7, 2019
Deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019
Apply online at www.tdsb.on.ca/pars
EARLY FI & JUNIOR EF APPLICATION PROCESS:
The application process for Early French Immersion (SK entry) for September 2019 begins at the end of
this month. Here are a few things to look out for ahead of the opening of the application period.
Application packages:
✓ The online application program opens on October 29th, 2018
✓ The deadline to apply online is November 26th, 2018
✓ Over the next few weeks, you will receive information packages intended for parents of JK students. Please
distribute these packages to all JK students in your school.
✓ A digital version of this package was uploaded to the September 24 System Leaders Weekly Bulletin. If you
require extras, please print from this file. As always, we are available to support you with questions or inquiries
that may come your way.
Please feel free to contact us at kirsten.johnston@tdsb.on.ca or angela.caccamo@tdsb.on.ca

Application Process – Parents/Guardians
As of October 29th, 2018, parents/guardians may submit an application online for Early French
Immersion (SK entry) at the following link: www.tdsb.on.ca/pars
✓ Parents/Guardians must select the program and have ready their child’s OEN and date of birth.
✓ For non-TDSB students, the parent/guardian must click “not a TDSB student” and follow the prompts to
generate a temporary number for application purposes.
✓ The process is NOT handled on a first come, first served basis. All applications received by the deadline
are managed with the same priority.
✓ If parents experience difficulties, they may contact us via email at fsl_pars_admin@tdsb.on.ca
EARLY FRENCH IMMERSION INFORMATION
EVENINGS:
A series of information evenings, hosted by the FSL Department, will be held throughout the application
period across the system. These dates will appear in the print packages as well as on line at
www.tdsb.on.ca/french
Location Date Time
George S. Henry Academy 200 Graydon Hall Drive October 30, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Etobicoke CI 86 Montgomery Road November 1, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Albert Campbell CI 1550 Sandhurst Circle November 6, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Birchmount Park CI 3663 Danforth Avenue November 12, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Central Technical School 725 Bathurst Street November 14, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Forest Hill CI 730 Eglinton Avenue West November 19, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Northview Heights SS 550 Finch Ave West November 20, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Danforth Tech CI 800 Greenwood Ave November 22, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm
On line Web Chat Date Time
Virtual Information Evening www.tdsb.on.ca

November 7, 2018 7:00 pm -8:00 pm