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Kindergarten 2018

Children who will be 5 years old by January 31st, 2019 can register for the Fall Kindergarten Program. Call Brunskill School at 306-683-7130 for more information or attend the Parent Information Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18th, 2018.

*This year we will start accepting registrations beginning Monday, January 8th, 2018.

All parents/caregivers who will have children eligible to attend Kindergarten during the next school year, are invited to attend our Information Night on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Brunskill School LRC (library). The meeting provides an opportunity to hear about our fabulous kindergarten program, meet the teachers, visit the classrooms and ask questions. This information evening is just for adults, but childcare in an alternate space within the school will be provided. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors about this evening if they too have children eligible for Kindergarten.

All registered children will get a chance to meet the teachers and experience the program when they come to a Sneak Peak in May.

Turn your Bike into a Playground!

Starting your spring cleaning? Kids getting too big for their bikes?
Save your older and unused bikes and donate them to the Brunskill School Playground Fundraiser!

Have an old bike? Donate your old bikes and bring them to the Brunskill School gym on Friday May 26, 2017, 3:30 – 8:00 pm

Need a new-to-you bike?
Come to the Used Bike Sale in Brunskill School gym on Saturday, May 27, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bikes sold as is. Popcorn for sale too!

Get a tax receipt for your purchase of a bike! Cash, cheque and credit card (Visa, MasterCard) accepted. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to the Brunskill School Playground fundraiser. (Any unsold bikes at the end of the sale will be donated to Bridge City Bicycle Co-op)

Additional donations to the School Playground can be made at the bike sale or on-line at Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation

Questions? Email brunskillvolunteers@gmail.com

Brunskill Kindergarten Meeting

Brunskill Kindergarten Information Meeting

All parents/caregivers who will have children eligible to attend Kindergarten during the next school year, are invited to attend an information evening on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in our Learning Resource Centre (Library).

Children who will be 5 years old by January 31st, 2018 can register for the Fall Kindergarten Program. Call the school at 683-7130 for more information.

*This year we will start accepting registrations beginning Wednesday, January 4th, 2017.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear about our learning rich program and provide an opportunity to ask specific and related questions. Childcare will be provided in an alternate space.

Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors who have children eligible for Kindergarten. All registered children will have a chance to experience the Kindergarten program in May during a Sneak Peak opportunity.

U of S College Quarter Update

Do you want to know what is planned? Questions about building height/appearance? Pressure on local area schools? Street parking on Cumberland? Parking space available for College Quarter residents and visitors? Will residents pay school taxes?

Join us for a discussion with University of Saskatchewan representatives at our next Varsity View Community Association meeting:
Wednesday January 18, 2017

Brunskill School Library

Orange Shirt Day


September 30

The Province of Saskatchewan has proclaimed September 30 to be Orange Shirt Day — a day to honour the Indigenous children who survived residential schools and remember those who didn’t.

Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake, B.C. in 2013 where, at a commemoration event at a local residential school, a story was told about a young female student named Phyllis who had her brand-new orange shirt taken away on her first day at the school. The orange shirt is a symbol of the many losses experienced by thousands of students and families due to residential schools. Since it began in 2013, the phrase “Every Child Matters” has been used as part of the movement to recognize the value of every child and for communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations. Learn more at www.orangeshirtday.org

All Saskatoon public schools will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day. Students are encouraged to wear orange that day. There will be activities and lessons in the school that will foster students’ understanding of the impact of residential schools.

This is just one of many actions Saskatoon Public Schools will be undertaking as part of the school division’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Back to School

The first day of school at all Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is Thursday, September 1.

New student registration for elementary schools (kindergarten – Grade 8) is the morning of Tuesday, August 30 at your local school.

High school students can call or visit their school to register. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools—we’re rooted in faith, growing in knowledge and reaching out to transform the world. Visit www.gscs.sk.ca/registration for more information.

First day of school for all Saskatoon Public School division students is Thursday, Sept. 1.

Elementary school students will attend for registration during the morning only on Sept. 1 and will be dismissed for the day at the school’s usual lunch time dismissal. The regular class schedule for elementary students begins on Friday, Sept. 2.

High school students register on Sept. 1 and the regular, full-day class schedule begins the same day.

New Canadians wanting registration information should contact or visit the Newcomer Student Centre located at the board office at 310 21st Street East. The centre is open beginning Monday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. daily.

More information.

“Raising the ‘Selfie’ Generation

Are you preparing your kids for the digital age?

February 23, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Dr. Alec Couros with Coralee Pringle-Nelson
Castle Theatre at Aden Bowman Collegiate

In a world of Internet, social media and instant messaging, it takes knowledge for parents and schools to share the message of good digital citizenship.

But how can you map the “digital footprint” your child is leaving behind during their journey through the digital world and how can you help make that experience a safe one?

Back by popular demand, Dr. Alec Couros, a professor of educational technology and media at the University of Regina, has strategies to protect your child and help them avoid the pitfalls as they explore the digital world. Saskatoon Public Schools is hosting Couros for a free, hour-long presentation for parents and caregivers.

His presentation, “Raising the Selfie Generation – Are you preparing your kids for the digital age?” will help parents learn more about the role they can take in their children’s digital lives. The message Couros shares aligns with the work being done by Saskatoon Public Schools on digital citizenship and how schools are providing information and support to help students become responsible digital citizens.

This year, Dr. Couros will be joined by Coralee Pringle-Nelson, coordinator of counselling services with Saskatoon Public Schools. Coralee will present on the crucial connection between parents and their kids and how parents can talk to their children about the use of technology in healthy and productive ways.

SMF Playground to Pros Camp

SMF Playground to Pros Camp for Grade 5,6,7, and 8’s
Feb 16th, 17th & 18th 2016

Saskatoon Minor Football is proud to offer a winter football skills and fundamental Camp on February 16th, 17th, & 18th 2016 at Sasktel Sports Centre. Our Playground to Pros Camp will have practices 10am-12pm, (lunches provided by Subway) and 1:30pm-3:30pm daily.

Here is a few confirmed professional players who will be coaching:
Ben Heenan OL (SK Roughriders CFL / Indianapolis Colts NFL),
Paddy Nuefeld OL (WPG Bluebombers),
Graig Newman LB (WPG Bluebombers), and
Jorgen Hus LB (SK Roughriders).
More pros will be added soon.

Click here to register and more details are posted below! http://www.saskatoonminorfootball.com/sixaside/registration.php

Our three day camp will focus on transforming each athlete into a multi-positional player. This will be achieved through inclusive positional training from CFL/CIS/CJFL players. We will have 2 coaches per position, one being a past or present CFL player. It is important to develop skills and an understanding of all positions to become a well-rounded player and student of the game.

Our purpose of the camp is to provide Saskatchewan’s youth with a positive learning experience to develop the fundamental skills of football and well-being for a lifetime of physical activity. The camp is noncompetitive and focuses on increasing the participation and skill development of the youth.

Where: Sasktel Sports Centre Saskatoon, Sk
When: February 16th – 18th 2016
Equipment: Pickup will be February 11th at SMF Warehouse
Camp Registration: Feb 16th 9:00am at Sasktel Sports Centre
Practice times: 10:00am-Noon, Subway lunches on site, & 1:30pm-3:30pm
Cost: $195.00
Registration: Maximum of 180 players

If your have any questions please email myausie@saskatoonminorfootball.com or call 306-975-0848

Project Welcome Launched

Each year, hundreds of new Canadians make Saskatoon their new home. In the coming months we’ll be welcoming refugee children to our community, many of whom have been out of school for years or have never attended school at all.

Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation & the Saskatoon Open Door Society have teamed up to launch Project Welcome – a campaign to raise funds to enhance learning opportunities for refugee children and families. Funds raised will help educators and community workers go above and beyond the basic settlement services provided by government to offer additional opportunities for learning and belonging, such as enriched summer learning programs, dual language books and picture dictionaries, and assistance with transportation needs.

We’re asking for your help to make Project Welcome a success! Please help us share the message far and wide by sharing our social media posts on Facebook. For those who are able to contribute financially please visit www.spsfoundation.ca and click “donate.” All donations are tax-deductible and will be shared equally between the Saskatoon Open Door Society and Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation.

Project Welcome runs from Dec. 9, 2015 to Jan. 20, 2016.

Thank you for helping to welcome our new friends and neighbours!

Kindergarten Preview

​Kindergarten is a special time and place in the life of a young child. Saskatoon Public Schools are open to all children and dedicated to embracing every student in a safe and welcoming environment. We understand the importance of early learning and literacy. Our Kindergarten classes are small to encourage individualized education. Our Literacy for Life initiative includes a strong literacy component in Kindergarten. When it comes to supporting literacy, Saskatoon Public Schools is a leader! We offer French Immersion Kindergarten in seven of our elementary schools.

If your child will be five years old by January 31 of 2017, your child can start Kindergarten in September 2016. To choose the right English or French Immersion Kindergarten for your child, we invite you to bring your child to visit our Kindergarten classes, tour our schools and meet our teachers.

To view our Kindergarten brochure, click here.

Find our 2016-2017 registration form here.

We are pleased to offer the following Kindergarten options:
• Half-time Kindergarten at all of our neighbourhood schools;
• Full day, every other day Kindergarten at École Alvin Buckwold, Buena Vista, Caroline Robins, Confederation Park, Dr. John G. Egnatoff, Dundonald, Fairhaven, Forest Grove, Howard Coad, Hugh Cairns V.C., John Lake, Lawson Heights, Montgomery, Pleasant Hill, Roland Michener, Saskatoon Christian, Silverspring, Vincent Massey, Westmount, Whitecap, Wildwood and Willowgrove Schools;
• French Immersion Kindergarten at École Alvin Buckwold, École College Park, École Forest Grove, École Henry Kelsey, École Lakeview, École River Heights, and École Victoria and;
• The Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture Kindergarten Program at Confederation Park Community School.
• The Metis Cultural Program at Westmount Community School.

Come to an open house during January 2016 and see what our literacy-enhanced Kindergarten classes have to offer your child. Click here for dates and times.

Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Karma Project: Support the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op

For the last 6 months Darlene Blanch has been doing a karma project with One Yoga Saskatoon to support the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op. They have held 5 Karma yoga classes, collected non-perishables at Christmas, replaced their broken down stove, purchased a new vacuum, received a large donation of toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste, and we hope to have a new washer and dryer installed within the month. Karma classes along with other outside donations have raised around $2000, and they also received a $5000 donation from ConnectEnergy. Thank you to everyone who have supported the initiative!

The Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op is a skills building and alternative education program for youth in Saskatoon. Youth are able to earn academic credits and learn life and employment skills in a compassionate and supportive environment. CNYC work with youth between the ages of 15 and 21 with the majority of the youth in our program ages 15-19.

For the month of June, Darlene has a beautiful armoire to donate to the Co-op and it is her intention to fill it with clean, neatly folded, gently used clothing. Part of the work that they do at the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op is training the youth in skills and job preparation. Many do not have work safe clothing or clothing appropriate for a job interview. She will be collecting good quality clothing for the next few weeks – they do not want garbage bags of old, ratty clothing, or anything that is not clean. Collared shirts for men, chinos or dress pants, and any sort of casual dress wear for ladies is appreciated. She will also be collecting a small amount of casual wear (Jeans, t-shirts, everyday wear) as sometimes students need to wash their clothes and need a change of fresh clothing to wear. (Donations of newly purchased socks and underwear would be appreciated)

Please help make this an easy project!!!. If you have good clothes that are clean and neatly folded, please use the email below and she will arrange a time for you to drop them off or for her to come pick them up.

The other things that Darlene is collecting is any sort of personal hygiene items. She is planning on putting together gift/hygiene packs for the end of the month for each student (for about 30 students). Items such as: deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair ties, new socks, toothpaste, dental floss, hair brushes, or any other items that young adults would like. She would like to be able to do up the treat packs so that the students feel excited and honoured when they open them. The hygiene items are necessary, but it would be so awesome to have some cool stuff in there too. Please email if you have any donations. Monetary donations will also be accepted to purchase items for the hygiene packs.

“The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.” Mother Theresa

Let’s draw the circle of our family and communtity a little bigger!!

Email: web@vvcasaskatoon.com

Academic Strategist

“Success isn’t something that just happens – success is learned, success is practised and then it is shared.” ~ Sparky Anderson

Taking into account your learning style, strengths and specific learning challenges, an Academic Strategist helps you to understand how you learn best and guides you on how to achieve your academic goals. The Academic Strategist assists you in the development of useful tools that you can use to help you succeed in your studies.

Weekly sessions with the Strategist often include:
• Open collaboration with students to find tools & strategies that they are willing to use
• Support in the form of academic coaching, technology training, assistance with academic writing
• Reviewing the recommendations on personal psycho-educational assessment
• Providing a variety of strategies to improve learning and success
• Identifying barriers and providing strategies to overcome them
• Providing tools and resources to help students find balance, organization and efficiency
• Time management techniques
• Discussing possible technology that would assist learning
• Assistance navigating Student Loans and the paperwork associated with the Students with Permanent Disabilities – Grant Application

Cost may be covered by grants – please call us for more information.

To book an appointment with the Academic Strategist please contact our Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan Saskatoon office at (306) 652-4114 ext 4.

Workshop for Classroom Students with ADHD

A Workshop for Elementary School Teachers and Support Staff on Creating Classroom “Tool Kits” and Strategies for Students with ADHD

Learn to:
– Recognize characteristics of ADHD that appear in the classroom
– Apply problem solving strategy Benny the Bear – creating a problem solving model for students
– Identify the triggers to behaviours using reflections on classroom situations to develop your own ADHD’ometer or method to use in your classroom
– Create a toolkit for the ADHD child that will be effective and efficient for their academic success
– Understand why rewards, contingencies and incentives are effective for the ADHD student. Think, pair, share, discover how children with ADHD can be motivated
– Use creative writing as a strategy for teaching the ADHD child about goals, behaviours, characteristics and increased self-awareness

Presented by: Christina Johnson-Quan, B.PAS, B.Ed., M.Ed.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Characteristics, Problem Solving, Toolkits and Triggers
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Behaviour changes, Creative Writing and Art Therapy

Date: September 26, 2014
Cost: $150
Location: LDAS Saskatoon, 2221 Hanselman Court
Phone: 306-652-4114

Parent Power Workshop

Understanding all the implications of Learning Disabilities can be overwhelming and full of obstacles. Gaining knowledge of what Learning Disabilities are, how they can be managed and knowledge of self-advocacy strategies helps parents avoid problems and pitfalls.

Parent Power offers four sessions that will share information and strategies useful to parents navigating the educational system.

Please join us at 7 p.m. each evening at 2221 Hanselman Court for the following sessions:

October 7, 2014 – Introduction to Learning Disabilities
October 14, 2014 – Helping Students with Learning Disabilities
October 21, 2014 – Developing Parent Advocacy
October 28, 2014 – Helping Student to Advocate for Themselves

Jennifer Amy has been a specialized teacher in the field of Learning Disabilities for over fifteen years. She is also a parent of a child with a Learning Disability and has experienced the challenges of the education system first hand. These workshops offer her expertise as well as a format for parents to share their own unique ideas and experiences.

For further information or to register please call 306-652-4921
Cost for all 4 sessions is $50.