Translated School Communications


Translated School Communications

Brookside Connect! May 2024!

Principal's Message

Hello Parents/Guardians/Caregivers, 

Great things are happening at Brookside Public School for the month of May! The month has just begun and we have already hosted our Kindergarten Spring Concert and our Tamil Language Class Finale! Later this month, our amazing Kindergarten Team will be welcoming our incoming Kindergartens and their families with our Welcome to Kindergarten event; we will also be participating in Jump Rope for Heart, Birchmount Track & Field; and hosting our School Council Cookie Day, and Spring Concert on May 23rd!
Classroom Placements for the 2024-2025 School Year
Also, during the month of May, our staff will be meeting to begin forming classes for the 2024/2025 school year.  This is important work, as our goal is to create classes that ensure student success for all.  Many factors are considered when creating classes; they include ensuring that class sizes follow Ministry and Board guidelines; while maintaining a balance of gender, social skills and academic abilities.  It is important that we acknowledge the special needs of children in the process and I would invite parents to let me know of any special needs or considerations that need to be taken into account when placing your child in a classroom for next year. If you would like to notify us of any specific needs of your child that should be considered when placing him/her/they in a class, please do so in writing at, outlining your special circumstances by Friday, May 17, 2024.  This process does not include requests for specific teachers or classes. All planning is subject to realignment and staff adjustments, which can happen into mid- to late-September. 
Have a great month of May!
Take care,
Eckleton Richards Jr.       Sarah Sirbos
Principal                          Vice-Principal
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 Table of Contents:

• The Halls of Brookside

• STEM Skills Challenge!
• Grade 8 Graduation Trip
• Badminton at Brookside
• Brookside Student Council (BSC) Update!
• Jump Rope for Heart!  Wednesday, May 8  - NON-UNIFORM DAY (WEAR RED!)
• School Community Council  - Cookie Sale
• Joint Ward Forum: Tamil Genocide Education Week Learning Sessions: May 14 and May 16, 2024
• TDSB Virtual Community Fair (Special/Complex Needs) May 6th and 13th, 2024
• Sun Safety Tips
• Moving?
• Summer School at Heritage Park PS
• TDSB Days of Significance
- Red Dress Day  - May 5, 2024
- Asian Heritage Month at the TDSB – May 2024
- Jewish Heritage Month at the TDSB - May 2024
- Kindergarten Registration 2024
- Public Health: Measles in School
- Preparing for High School Information for Grade 8 Families
- **NEW TDSB Webpages**
- Launch of Parent’s Guide to Ontario’s Education System
STEM Skills Challenge
Each year, Skills Ontario holds provincial elementary technology challenges where elementary students work in teams of four to utilize the design process to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and creativity in solving a real-world problem.  This past April, Ms. Steward and Ms. Ng, brought a group of Grade 7/8 students to participate in the Experiential Learning and qualifying STEM competitions. Go, Brookside!
Grade 8 Graduation Trip
Last month, the Grade 8s embarked on a two-day journey to Cedar Glen for our Graduation trip celebration. We started our excitement at 9:30 am, waiting for the buses to arrive. By 9:45, we were on our bus, ready to set sail and head off to Cedar Glen. On arrival, our activities started right away; we played a few warm-up games and went off for lunch. For the afternoon, we were put into groups and started with our activities. We did fantastic things like aerial high ropes and log jamming low ropes. After that, the groups went off to do their own activities, the day was coming to an end, and everyone finally got their rooms. We put our things away and went for dinner. All the groups separated for a night hike and gathered together again around a campfire. We sang songs, made s’mores and had a little dance party. Everyone was pretty tired and headed off for bed at 10….or at least we tried to; we may have kept some teachers up with our talking and giggling. 
The second day, we woke up at 8 am to a warm breakfast and a morning hike.  Day two was exciting and tested our archery and atlatl skill. An atlatl is an Indigenous invention that makes spear-throwing easier. Some of our favourite activities that day were the outdoor maze and the orienteering scavenger hunt, and we definitely appreciated the pizza lunch. I can definitely say we all had lots of fun, made cherishable memories, and enjoyed our time together. Thank you to Cedar Glen, the teachers, and our parents for making this trip possible.  
-Mahathi (Mr. Lee’s Class)
Badminton at Brookside!
In April, the Grade 6,7 and 8 Badminton teams travelled to Jack Miner Public School for the Conference Championships.  The Grade 6’s started off their day with a 6-4 victory over a very strong North Agincourt Team.  It was the two Girls doubles teams consisting of Aradhya and Rutu and Ritika and Aishwini, and the Mixed doubles team consisting of Athuzen and Akhara that propelled the team to victory over the North A Allstars.  In the finals, Brookside met the Charlottetown Panthers who had previously given Brookside their only defeat of the season.  This time around, Brookside defeated the Panthers 7 wins to 3 to become the Scarborough Champs.  
The Grade 7’s played Joseph Howe in the semi finals and defeated them by a score of 8 wins to 2.  This put them into the Conference Championship Finals against a formidable opponent in Kennedy Rd Public School.  Our Bulldogs put in their best effort but were overmatched against Kennedy Rd.  Brookside's only victories came from Sakityan in boys singles and Ghuru and Habibulah in Boys doubles.  The team is to be commended for their effort against Kennedy Rd as many of the matches were close.  
The Grade 8’s also had the unfortunate luck of matching up with Kennedy Rd in the quarterfinals and despite their best efforts they were defeated in 2 straight sets.  However, we are very proud of them for qualifying for the Conference Championships and for showing amazing sportsmanship and representing our school with pride.  
Brookside Student Council (BSC) Update!

Thank you to those that showed such great school spirit by supporting our April events, ranging from preparing for Brookside’s Got Talent (BGT); and our Pink Shirt Day in commemoration of the International Day Of Pink. Stay tuned for our next upcoming events!

Brookside Student Council
Jump Rope for Heart!  Wednesday, May 8  - NON-UNIFORM DAY (WEAR RED!)
Through Jump Rope for Heart, our students learn the importance of getting active and practicing healthy habits to build a foundation for a healthy life, while helping to fundraise to fund critical heart disease and stroke research that saves lives.
To help our school reach our fundraising goal click “Register to Participate” and set up your own fundraising page!
If you are looking to donate to a student’s page, please make sure you have the student’s direct fundraising page link to ensure your gift will count towards that student’s thank you prize. 
Lets’s beat heart disease and stroke together!
Brookside Public School’s Jump Rope For Heart date is May 8, 2024.
Welcome to our school’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraising page!:
School Community Council

Hooray for Cookie Day!! Cookie Day is back at Brookside Public School. Brookside Students time for a Happy Cookie Day Dance!

The cookies will be sold online only and in advance of the actual day.  The delivery day for the cookies will be May 29th and June 13th.   The cookies can be ordered for each day separately on different days or at one time for each day.  The cash online sales will close the Sunday prior to each cookie delivery day. (May 20th and June 6th).  
The cookies will cost $ 1.50 for each cookie and there is a maximum of 10 cookies per type that can be ordered. All cookies are individually wrapped for hygiene and ease of distribution. Please see below for the ingredient list. 
1003-D Chocolate Chip Delite
Enriched wheat flour, sugars (brown sugar, sugar), semi-sweet chocolate chips (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, dextrose, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), liquid whole egg, soybean and modified palm oil margarine, unsweetened applesauce (apples, ascorbic acid), soluble vegetable fiber (corn), baking soda.
1303-D Funfetti Delite
Enriched wheat flour, sugars (brown sugar, sugar), rainbow sprinkles (icing sugar, fractionated palm kernel oil, corn starch, glucose, soy lecithin, artificial colours (allura red, sunset yellow fcf, tartrazine, erythrosine, brilliant blue fcf), gum arabic, carnauba wax), liquid whole egg, soybean and modified palm oil margarine, unsweetened applesauce (apples, ascorbic acid), soluble vegetable fiber (corn), baking soda.
Contains wheat, soy, egg.

School Council Co-Chairs - Praveen Molugu & Thulasi Kanagan 
Joint Ward Forum: Tamil Genocide Education Week Learning Sessions: May 16, 2024

Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute – Youth, Young Adults, Parents and Caregivers Session

Date and Time: Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: In Person at Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute – Library 1550 Sandhurst Cir. Scarborough, ON M1V 1S6.
• RSVP for In-Person Albert Campbell CI Session
• RSVP for Online Albert Campbell Session
TDSB Virtual Community Fair (Special/Complex Needs) May 6th and 13th, 2024

Microsoft Team Link

Sun Safety Tips
Getting students outside and active is good for their health but too much sun can have serious side-effects, including burns, eye damage, premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. We encourage all students to practice “sun safety.”
What exactly does sun safe behaviour look like? 
• Cover up: Even on days with a moderate UV index students should wear a hat and sunglasses, especially if they'll be outside for over 30 minutes.
• Stay cool: Students should stay in shady areas, particularly at midday when the sun is strongest.
• Use sunscreen: Choose sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher that include protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen can be sent to the attention of your classroom teacher (spray form is preferred).
 Dear Parents and Guardians: 
Re:  Students Moving
Each year at this time the school is busy working on class organization for the following school year. In order to assist us in our planning and organization for September 2024, we would appreciate it if families that are moving over the summer would complete and submit the form below.
Once a student moves out of Brookside P.S. area he/she must register in his/her new school area.  Please indicate below if you will be moving out of the Brookside P.S. area during the summer. This information will greatly assist us in organizing classes for the 2024/2025 school year. 
Transfer forms will be sent via courier for students who are moving outside the Toronto District School Board area. If your child will be attending another TDSB school, the information will be transferred electronically.
Thank you,
Ms. Patel, Mr. Richards and Ms. Sirbos
Summer School at Heritage Park PS

Register today! Visit our elementary summer school website to fill out an online application form, or go directly to URL: and click on the elementary summer school button. 
Other TDSB Summer Programs
Explore various TDSB summer programs now open for registration at the TDSB. Programs include:
• Elementary Summer School
• Special Education and Inclusion Summer Program
• Summer Music & Art Camps
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TDSB Days of Significance
TDSB Days of Significance

May 5th is Red Dress Day

May 5th is Red Dress Day, a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S).  As a way to commemorate and honour the memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada, Métis artist Jaime Black helped inspire the Red Dress Movement, where red dresses are hung from windows and trees to represent the pain and loss felt by loved ones and survivors.  

Asian Heritage Month at the TDSB – May 2024
Asian Heritage Month has been proudly recognized at the Toronto District School Board during the month of May since 2007. This heritage is also celebrated by the Province of Ontario with the royal ascent of the Asian Heritage Act, 2005 and across Canada since May 2002 when the federal Senate adopted a motion to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada.
This year's theme for May 2024 was selected by the Asian Heritage Month Volunteer Planning Committee as Our Journeys: Thriving Through Struggle and Triumph.
The TDSB is the largest and one of the most diverse school boards in Canada. Nearly one-quarter of our students were born outside of Canada and collectively we speak more than 120 languages. According to the 2023 Student Census 46% of TDSB students self-identified as Asian.
During the month of May, the Asian Heritage Month Volunteer Planning committee members are working together to assemble various educational opportunities and resources for our students, staff and TDSB community to further learn about Asian heritage. Stay tuned for these exciting offerings to be shared in the upcoming weeks.
All TDSB students were invited to participate in the Asian Heritage Month Poster Contest and the selected images will be posted soon. Further, all students, staff, and TDSB community members are invited to join us at our upcoming Asian Heritage Month Virtual Launch Celebration.
Asian Heritage Month Virtual Launch Celebration
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Zoom webinar link:
Jewish Heritage Month at the TDSB - May 2024
Jewish Heritage Month is recognized at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the month of May. The TDSB’s Jewish Heritage Committee’s (JHC) program for 2024, as in previous years, is part of the committee’s commitment to plan annual educational opportunities and enrich the curriculum for further learning about Jewish heritage and culture. Each year we choose one grade or division to focus on with a program and in some years, we have been fortunate to work with other organizations to provide larger scale programs. 
This year, the Jewish Heritage Committee is focussing on students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 using the book The Mouse Who Danced the Hora by Pamela Mayer, illustrated by Christine Davenier, to teach our youngest students about diversity and equity through Jewish wedding traditions, and learning to dance the Hora. 
Click here for our Jewish Heritage Month poster with more information about TDSB Jewish Heritage Month.
A YouTube video of an animated read aloud of the book can be found here.
Lesson plans and activities (with curriculum expectations) have been designed for teachers in Kindergarten to Grade 3. They can be accessed here.
Please follow the Jewish Heritage Committee on X: @TDSB_JH   
Please visit the JHC website
Kindergarten Registration

Registration for all TDSB English Kindergarten programs begins in February. Families have the option of registering their child online at or in-person at the school. With both options, families will be invited to come to the school to validate registration information and participate in a Welcome to Kindergarten event hosted by the school.

Public Health: Measles in School 

Preparing for High School Information for Grade 8 Families
Grade 8 to 9 Transition Timeline: Visit the TDSB Beyond 8 website.   
Please use the Grade 8 Transition Year - At a Glance to help navigate the Grade 8 to 9 Transition process this year.
§  To view the Secondary School Virtual Open Houses and Information Sessions, please visit
§  For more information about transitioning from Grade 8 to 9 in the TDSB, please visit
§  For more information about the Central Student Interest Programs in the TDSB, please visit
§  For more information about Alternative Schools in the TDSB please visit 
Contact Information:
Grade 8 families and students should connect with their Teachers, Elementary Guidance Teachers, and Principals for more information. 
**NEW TDSB Webpages**
Substance Use, Misuse and Abuse Resources for Parents, Caregivers, Guardians, Staff and Youth
·      TDSB’s website Substance Use, Misuse and Abuse has information for parents, caregivers, guardians, staff, children and youth which includes tips, identity affirming community agency contacts, and where one can seek supports for youth substance use, misuse and abuse. 
Resources to Address Inappropriate Social Media and A.I. Images For Staff, Parents, Caregivers, Guardians, Children and Youth
Welcome to our latest online resource, Resources to Address Inappropriate Social Media Images and AI. dedicated to helping you, Parents, Caregivers, Guardians, Staff, Children and Youth on navigating the digital safety world safely. 
·      Explore preventative measures and intervention strategies for inappropriate social media content, sextortion, and sexting.
·      Find tips for parents, caregivers, guardians, staff, children, and youth on preventing and addressing inappropriate online content.
·      Watch a short video from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, offering essential insights into protecting children online.
TDSB Anti-Sex Trafficking Resource Webpage
As part of our commitment to combating sex trafficking, TDSB’s anti-sex trafficking professional development resources and learnings, in alignment with the TDSB Anti-Sex Trafficking Policy P099, are below. Please share the myPath links to staff and the webinars to staff, parents, caregivers, and guardians 
• TDSB Anti-Sex Trafficking Resource Webpage
Launch of Parent’s Guide to Ontario’s Education System
This new resource will provide parents with helpful information that supports them to have a stronger role and actively participate in their children’s education. The guide covers several subjects such as knowing how their child is doing in school, learning about suspension and expulsion processes, attending a school council meeting or parent involvement committee meeting, and knowing about specialized supports to help all children succeed.
This initiative is part of the government’s recent efforts to increase transparency and accountability in our school system.
The full guide can be found at