December 3, 2013
Fantastic Brigadoon, great work. We are up to 87.2 % registered for School Day. That leaves only 68 students who have not yet been registered. If you are a parent of one of those 68 students, please , please, please go to the School Day website www.school-day.com and register. Help us to become the first school in the region to reach 100% registration.
Way to go Brigadoon!. As of November 18 we are up to 72.3% registered. If you have not registered, please take a few minutes out of your day to to help us get to 100% .
We are hoping to get School-Day up and running at Brigadoon. Currently, approximately 61% of parents have registered for School-Day. Teachers have sent home information about School-Day with a secure code to register your child. We would like to encourage you to register so that you will be able to receive school news, announcements, complete permission forms and pay for field trips online. To register or learn more about School-Day, we urge you to visit the School-Day website at www.school-day.com or contact School-Day by email at firstname.lastname@example.org/support. We look forward to using this new system with you, and we are certain that you will find the School-Day portal useful.
November 29, 2013
Doon South Boundary Study
Thursday December 5, 2013 from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
DOON PUBLIC SCHOOL, GYMNASIUM
1401 Doon Village Road, Kitchener
IMPORTANT NOTICE: INTERIM CHANGES MAY TAKE PLACE FOR SEPTEMBER 2014. The WRDSB is holding a public meeting to share and gather feedback on the Doon South Boundary Study.
The Working Group’s two preferred boundary options and school organizations for Brigadoon, Doon, J.W. Gerth and Pioneer Park Public Schools will be presented as well as the new south Kitchener school(to be named).
November 22, 2013
Severe Weather Procedures
We are quickly approaching the time of year when cold, snowy weather is to be expected. Brigadoon will only be closed if the severe weather warrants the closure of ALL schools. Otherwise, Brigadoon will remain open all day and students will be dismissed that the end of the day.
In the event that the weather is severe enough to cause concern about school closures, parents are reminded to listen to the local radio stations early in the morning for announcements (KOOL FM, CHYM FM, DAVE FM 107.5, CKWR 98.5, CKGL AM 570). Please do not phone the school.
November 14, 2013
Brigadoon Choir – Weekly choir practices are continuing for our upcoming Seasonal Concert on December 12th at 7:00 p.m. Children should arrive at 6:30, and parents may visit the Global Leader’s bake sale in the library, or view student art work in the gym. Choral music (including a teacher’s choir!), dancers, and black light performances will all be featured – along with some audience singing as well. Get your voices ready to help us travel around the world through song!
WE Day – We Day Waterloo Region is just around the corner!
We Day is an educational event and the movement of our time—a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day is tied to the yearlong We Act program, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day’s inspiration into sustained activation.
On November 20th, 6000 students will fill the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium and witness world-renowned activists and entertainers on stage. 18 Gr. 6 Brigadoon students along with Mrs. Austin will attend this amazing event! The list of speakers and performers include:
We Day will be streamed live on www.weday.com from 8:30 to 1:40pm on November 20
Cupcake Sale - Thank you so much for baking cupcakes! We were able to raise $808 for McMaster Children’s Hospital.
Global Leaders – We will be having our traditional Holiday Bake Sale on the night of the night of our Seasonal Concert (Dec. 12th). We will be accepting donations to help with the recent disaster in the Philippines.
Super Seasonal Sale – Mrs. Austin’s class will be holding the Super Seasonal Sale on Tues. Dec. 10th. Please start collecting any used items that you wish to donate. This money will go to support Sunbeam Lodge. We will start accepting donations on Tues. Dec. 3rd.
Boundary Review – The next public Boundary Review meeting will take place on Thurs. Dec. 5th at 7:00 p.m. at Doon P.S.
November 1, 2013
Thanks so much to Jacqueline Armstrong-Gates for organizing the Pumpkin Carving Contest for Brigadoon students. It was a huge success, with many students entering their creative pumpkins!
First place category winners include:
Funniest – Owen T.
Smallest – Victoria G.
Most Original – McKenna C., Katie J. and Paige F.
Most Warty - MacGuire R.
Scariest – Luke M.
Longest Nose – Yashmita N.
Pet Theme – Riley T.
October 29, 2013
October 28, 2013
The Waterloo Region District School Board is undertaking a system fiscal review to identify opportunities to reduce costs, implement operational efficiencies and optimize the allocation of resources to address the board’s budget pressures and support the Board’s long-term strategic plan.
In order to avoid a budget deficit in 2014-2015 and return the board to a sustainable fiscal position, the board must identify a minimum of $4.6M in operational savings. A thorough review of all areas is being undertaken and in order to preserve direct classroom programs and services which support student achievement, a number of non-classroom expense areas have been identified for review.
The board currently spends approximately $1M more on student transportation than it receives in grant revenue from the Province of Ontario. In order to address this shortfall, the board is looking at ways to reduce its transportation costs. One possibility is to increase walking distances so fewer students will be transported, thereby reducing costs.
Another potential cost saving measure is to increase the use of existing buses—using the same bus 2 or 3 times to pick students up in the morning and afternoon reduces overall costs. In order to do this, school bell times, or start and finish times, need to be spread out within the current guidelines which stipulate a start time window of 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. and an end time window of 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The board has analysed the savings potential of altering school bell times in order to make our transportation system more efficient. The following options were investigated for moving existing individual school bell times.
In addition, an analysis was conducted on switching secondary students to later start times and elementary students to earlier start times. There has been research on the advantages of this arrangement for student learning. This was examined two years ago.
At this point, the board is investigating changing bell times plus or minus 20 minutes. The advantages include the fact that all existing riders will continue to be transported and the board will save an estimated $930,000, toward its goal of $4.6M.
Some school communities will need to adjust their routines and schedules by up to 20 minutes. Other schools, particularly those without bused students, will not have their bell times changed unless they request a change (please refer to administrative procedure 4260).
How many schools will change?
The WRDSB has 118 schools
We are asking our families and community partners to provide feedback via an online survey.
Any additional questions or comments can be sent to email@example.com
Information presented to Trustees
Q: Why is the Board looking to change Bell Times?
A: The Waterloo Region District School Board has a deficit of $4.6 million. In order to address this, the Board is in the process of identifying options to reduce spending in areas that do not impact direct classroom instruction.
Q: How many schools are changing under the proposal?
A: The Waterloo Region District School Board has 118 schools. Under the proposal, 92 schools would change by 10 minutes or less (45 of those would have no change at all), 12 will change by +/- 15 minutes, and 14 will change by +/- 20 minutes.
Q: A couple years ago the Board was considering starting high schools at 9:30- which was about an hour later than their current bell times. Is this the same proposal?
A: No. Under the proposal being considered, no school in the system would move by more than +/- 20 minutes from its current bell time.
Q: Will these changes negatively impact the ability of high school students to participate in after school activities, including part time jobs.
A: Under the proposed changes, high schools would start between 10 and 20 minutes earlier. Therefore, we do not anticipate that these changes will have a negative impact on the ability of high school students to participate in after school activities, including part time jobs.
Q: Will these changes impact extended day programs offered by the Board or Third Party Providers?
A: No. The proposed changes would not impact the extended day programs offered by the Board or Third Party Providers. Extended day programs would continue to be offered between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Q: Will these changes result in the cost of extended day programs going up?
A: No. Since the hours of the extended day programs are not changing (7am to 6pm), the overall cost of care would not change as a result of bell times. The only change that some parents might see is a change in the morning rate or the afternoon rate.
Q: Will the proposed changes negatively impact Community Use of Schools?
A: No. School facilities are available for community use between 6:30 and 10:00 pm. The proposed changes would not impact that availability.
October 25, 2013
Staffing – Welcome to Paula Reise (our new Gr. 3 teacher), Michelle Bedour (Wednesday secretary), Sue Laking (Friday secretary) and Phil Tjart (CYW). We are happy to have you on our Brigadoon team!
Choir – Brigadoon choirs are in full swing. Rehearsal times were sent home with the permission form. Watch for details about our upcoming Seasonal Concert on Dec. 12th.
Halloween Dance – We hope to see you at the Halloween Dance tonight (Oct. 25th) Thanks to School Council for organizing this family event!
Pumpkin Carving Contest and Costume Day – We are looking forward to the Pumpkin Carving Contest on Thursday, Oct. 31st. Students will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite pumpkins using loose change. Students are also looking forward to dressing up on Costume Day.
Photo Re-Take Day – Wednesday, Nov. 6th. So we don’t miss any retakes, please call the school to be put on the retake list.
Bus Evacuation – Every year schools in WRDSB have the bus company visit each school to practise bus evacuation procedures with students. This year our bus evacuation training will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7th.
School Council Meeting – Our next School Council Meeting is on Monday, Oct. 28th at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Boundary Review – The first Public Boundary Review Meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 at Huron Heights.
September 17, 2013
The Doon community of Kitchener is growing and our WRDSB facilities are full! In 2012, the Board submitted a capital request for $11.2 M to construct a new JK-8 school elementary school of approximately 600 pupil place capacity to address student accommodation pressures in the area. Funding to construct this school was allocated to the Board by the Ministry of Education in January 2013. This new facility will be located on Thomas Slee Drive at the former Groh Drive and has a targeted opening date of September 2015. The boundary for the new school, as well as transition planning and interim student accommodation will be discussed in the Fall of 2013 as part of the Doon South Boundary Study. The boundary study will be led by a Working Group consisting of parents/guardians of Brigadoon, Doon, J.W. Gerth and Pioneer Park Public Schools and Board staff. There will be a minimum of two public meetings held to gather input from the broader school communities.
The boundary study is expected to begin in October 2013 with a targeted completion date of January 2014. No changes will take place prior to September 2014.
Initial Boundary Study Goals
This boundary study will address the long-term program and accommodation needs of the Doon South community (including Brigadoon, Doon, J.W. Gerth and Pioneer Park Public Schools). The initial goals for the boundary study include:
August 22, 2013
Transportation information for Grade 1-6 students is available to famiies on the Student Transportation website at www.stswr.ca beginning the last week of August.