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September 2019 Newsletter

September 3, 2019

Welcome to our new families and welcome back to our returning families!  We are excited to begin another year at Molly Brant Elementary School, home of the Thunder and where we truly believe that “Anything is Possible”!

The beginning of the year is a busy and exciting time as we work to get students settled into classes and school routines.  We are always growing and as such, class placements will not be finalized until the third week of September. 

Parking Lot:

Safety is always our first priority.  Please follow the traffic flow arrows and parking restrictions in the parking area.  Entrance to the parking lot will be restricted to buses, staff, and those in need of accessible parking daily from 8:00-8:25am and from 2:15-2:45pm.

Arrival and Pick-Up Routines:

Our hallways are busy places at the beginning and end of the day.  In the interest of safety and supporting students to be independent, we are asking that families drop-off and meet their child on the school yard. If your child arrives late or needs to leave early, please go to the office where someone will help you.

School Agendas: 

Each classroom teacher has made decisions about the tool they will be using to help their students keep track of assignments and events.  Many teachers will be using a shared electronic calendar while other teachers will be using paper agendas.  Classroom teachers will send information home with students in the first week of school.  

Staff Updates:

This summer we welcomed our new Head Caretaker, Mr. Scissons to the Molly Brant team.

As sometimes happens over the summer, new job opportunities come up.  Ms. Squarebriggs was successful in getting a position at another school.  Additionally, Ms. Overvelde and Ms. Wilson were successful in getting new positions over the summer.  Occasional Teachers will be teaching these classes until mid-September when a permanent teacher is placed in each of the classes.  Ms. Squarebriggs and Ms. Overvelde have been teaching in the community for a long time and they will be missed by everyone in the Molly Brant community!

Open House:

Please join us for our annual Open House event on Tuesday, September 24 from 5:00-6:30.  Teachers will be in their classrooms from 5:00-6:00 to greet families.  A BBQ and ice cream truck will be selling hamburger, hotdogs, juice for $1.00 or $2.00 each.  An ice cream truck will also be on site and prices for ice cream will vary. Cash only.

Book Fair:

The Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the library during the week of September 23-27 and will be open during the Open House.  The funds raised through the Book Fair support the purchase of new books and materials for our school.

Parent Council:

Elections for this year’s Parent Council will take place on Monday September 23, at 6:00.  Childcare will be provided.  Nomination forms for positions on the executive can be picked up at the office.  Parent Council meeting will take place on the first Monday of the month throughout the school year from 6:00-7:00.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and we hope that you will join us.  Meeting dates are as follows:

  • September 23 (elections)
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 9 ** error, Dec. 2
  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4

As a result of the hard work of the Parent Council, a new dome-shaped climber has been purchased for the kindergarten yard.  This climber will be installed the week of September 9th.  A big thank you to the Parent Council for this piece of equipment!

Threat/Risk Assessment Notification and Process

The Limestone District School Board and community partners are committed to making our schools safe for students and staff. As a result, schools will respond to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff, and members of the community. The Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process is designed to be proactive in developing intervention plans that address the emotional and physical safety of those involved. A Threat/Risk Assessment is initiated by the school administration or community partners when behaviours have been identified by staff or students that pose a potential risk to self and/or others. Please note: it is important for all parties to support the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process. However, if for some reason there is a reluctance to participate in the process, by the student of concern or parent/guardian, the threat assessment process will continue in order to ensure a safe and caring environment for all. Families are asked to review the steps of a Threat/Risk Assessment online at http://bit.ly/LDSBthreatassessment .