Monday September 15th is International Dot Day – a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. This day was inspired by author Peter H. Reynolds’ classic storybook “The Dot”. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage (copies from the Int. Dot Day’s webpage http://www.thedotclub.com.
Students will be out drawing at 2pm. We are asking students to donate chalk, wear (polka) dots, or Bulldog/Sunnybrae wear/ school colours.
WELCOME BACK! Mrs. Whitley and I (and the entire staff) are very excited to begin a new school year at Sunnybrae!
We trust that you all had a fun, relaxing, action-packed and safe summer…and that you are recharged and ready to tackle a new school year with all the wonderful things that it has in store for you. The staff have been hard at work over the past few weeks preparing for students to arrive. We are committed to making this year meet all the high expectations that this community has come to expect from its’ school. As new administrators here last year we quickly learned that this school is a place that promotes the very best in character and learning. Rest assured that this year will be filled with fun, friendships and learning. We can’t wait to get started.
Last year we came together in September as a school and a community with a “Sidewalk” chalk event where we said farewell to Mr. Dorsey and Mr. Dunkley (the former administrators). We had so much fun that we would like to continue the tradition! Since Kathy and I are planning on remaining “Bulldogs” for the foreseeable future (you’re stuck with us), we listened to the input of the staff and decided that International Dot Day on Sept. 15th would provide an excellent excuse for us to get out again and be creative. Dot Day, is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration—all traits that this school values and promotes. Stay tuned for more information as we plan for our event. Like last year your donations of sidewalk chalk are appreciated and necessary. (you can check out the background and find other information on ‘Dot Day” at http://www.thedotclub.org)
Please take a moment to look over the important information included in this newsletter as well as the package of forms that will be coming home with your children. With the start of a new year there also comes the need to establish good communication between school and home (which means homework for parents!)
We look forward to seeing many of you on the 15th, at our School Open House on the 25th and at our first School Council meeting of the year on the 29th.
Mrs. Whitley and Mr. McKeown
Remind 101—Sunnybrae P.S Texts!
We are experimenting with new, more convenient ways of sharing information with you. By now most families have heard automated voice messages that we share to inform or remind you of important events here at school. We affectionately call these “Robo Calls”. This is very effective for some messages and we try to use the system only when we determine the message to be particularly important or beneficial.
We are now going to make 1 way text messaging available to those families who would like to see some brief but important messages sent directly to their mobile devices. ‘Remind 101’ is a free app that other schools and some of our staff are trying. Subscribers can unsubscribe easily at any time. Some information such as “Buses Cancelled” usually comes to me (Mr. McKeown) ahead of radio stations and other news outlets so our hope is that this type of info can be shared faster with this method.
The way it works:
-send the text “@sunnybr” to 289 273-3853
-you will now receive general messages
E.g., Olympic Day tomorrow, busses cancelled, bake sale etc.
-there is no option to reply
If your child takes a bus:
-send the text “@sunnybu” to 289 273-3853
-you will now receive messages intended only for bus students
E.g., Bus 108 running 10 min late etc.
-you can subscribe to both distribution lists
Look for an update on the success of this experiment in the April newsletter and feel free to provide feedback.
We are now up to almost 60 users!
Kasey Kohring winner of the teen division of Innisfil’s Got Talent 2014, and Tori (Victoria) Robertson, winner of the preteen division of Innisfil’s Got Talent 2014. Go Bulldogs!
Sunnybrae Public School families have the option to pay school fees, including fees for field trips and hot lunches, etc. online. The Simcoe County District School Board has introduced a program called School Cash Online. We’re excited to launch the program at Sunnybrae. Benefits of this online payment tool include:
- Less cash travelling with students to school
- Less cash to count and store in the school office
- Convenience for parents/guardians
Here’s how to register:
Step 2 – follow the registration steps to set up an account and link your child to the account (watch for your son/daughter’s registration letter coming home in January)
Step 3 – record your log in information in a safe place
NOTE: The School Cash Parent Help Desk is available to solve any puzzles that you may have when using School Cash Online. The friendly staff is available 24/7 (365 days). They can assist you with registering, password recoveries, finding your children or any check out or payment issues.
School Cash Online – Parent Help Desk 1-866-961-1803
The QSP Magazine Fundraiser is on now! Don’t delay and order some magazines today. All proceeds go back to helping make Sunnybrae a great place to learn. To access the QSP website simply click on the link below and use our Group Number to support Sunnybrae students! Our Group Number is 16550.
Click her for QSP
Doing some research for school? Or are you simply searching for interesting information? Why not check out World Book Online. The username is scdsb12 and the password is school.
Looking for a fun way to practice your math facts? Why not check out some of the websites below!
Here are some great websites where you can practice your adding facts. These fun games will have you blasting fruit, counting insect legs and popping balloons!
Let’s get subtracting! At these websites you will find some fun games that will get you subtracting like a pro!
Multiplication and Division
Fruit Shoot Division
Fruit Shoot Multiplication
Stun Attack Multiplication
Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing
Want to practice it all? Here are some websites that allow you a chance to practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing!
Junior and Intermediate Students
Here are a few more sites that might help you get a great “facts workout”!
Skate Math Addition
The Multiplication Game
Please take advantage of a new reading resource for students from kindergarten to grade 3.
The Ministry of Education has purchased an annual subscription to Scholastic’s BookFLIX. It is an interactive online literacy website with some great books for reading. It is divided into a number of themes that match fiction storybooks with non-fiction books. It requires a user name and password that can be accessed by putting your cursor over the link located on the left side column of the website.