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From Briarwood
November 2015, Newsletter

1065 Mississauga Valley Blvd., Mississauga, L5A 2A1 (905) 270-2597

Stuti Jaggi-Vaid - Principal Halyna Dytyniak – Vice-Principal

Superintendent of Education – Anthony Edwards

Trustee – Sue Lawton * denotes Faith and Cultural Celebrations






2 November



Bus Evacuation Training

4 Month of Qudrat 4 – 22*




10 Diwali 10-11*

11 Remembrance Day*


Bandi Chhor Divas*
10:25 a.m.Remembrance Day Ceremony

12 New Year’s Day/Day of Enlightenment Hinuism and Jainism*
Eve: Parent-Teacher interviews

13 Birth of the Bab*

PADay: no school for students

Parent-Teacher interviews

16 Louis Reil Day*

Gnan Panchami*
Photo Retakes





Basketball Game

Briarwood vs Silver Creek @ Briarwood

9:30 Girls

10:30 Boys


The month of Qawl 23 – Dec.11*





25 Dev. Diwali or Lokashah Jayanti*

Birth of Guru Nanak*

26 Day of Covenant*


8:45 School Assembly

Honesty means being truthful in all that you do.

Choose Action on BULLYING AWARENESS and Prevention Week
Briarwood Public School will recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention week during the week of Nov. 16th to 22nd, 2015.
This year, The Peel District School Board asks the Peel community to #ChooseAction to Change the World. The Peel board would like to hear about the big and small actions, the pledges, the promises and the attitudes that our Peel community value, and ask that you take a moment to share your #ChooseAction moments on social media.
Briarwood School endeavours to prevent bullying and to intervene when bullying happens. Students are taught to:

  • define bullying

  • identify forms of bullying

  • identify roles in bullying relationships, for example the person who bullies, the target, the bystander or the trusted advocate

  • determine how to safely “choose action” to prevent and intervene in bullying & harassment

  • demonstrate character attributes and be a leader to help maintain positive and safe school communities

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is one of the key items contained in Bill 13. The Accepting Schools Act, that came into effect on Sept. 1, 2012.

For more information, visit: or

If your child will be starting grade 1 in September 2016, one of the important choices you will make is whether you want to register your child in French Immersion. What is the program like? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the program? One way to help answer these

questions is to attend the information meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29th, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the French Immersion school at Corsair P.S. or to find out the French Immersion school your child would attend: visit our website: call 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146 ext. 2212
Online application

The application form for Grade 1 French Immersion for the 2016-17 school year will be available online at on Monday Nov. 23, 2015 at 1 p.m.

The deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 4 p.m. Applications received after that date will be put on a waiting list.
A French Immersion enrolment cap is in place. This means that a specific number of spots are available for students entering grade 1 French Immersion. A random selection process will be used to identify students gaining entrance into the program. For more information about the random selection process visit

Important dates

Information meeting Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Registration opens Monday Nov. 23, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Registration deadline Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 4 p.m.

For more information

  1. visit

  2. call your nearest French Immersion school

  • talk with parents who have children in the French Immersion program

  • visit the Canadian Parents for French website at

The following winter school bus safety tips will help to keep your child safe throughout the winter months.

  • Allow extra time to get to your bus stop.

  • Wear bright clothing so the bus can see you in the early morning and late evening.

  • Stand away from where the bus stops. Buses need extra room to stop when there is snow and ice.

  • Use the handrail when boarding or exiting the bus to prevent slipping on wet or icy steps or road surfaces.

  • Dress properly—winter clothing, hats, and boots will keep you warm.

  • Don't throw snowballs at the bus or other children waiting for the bus.

  • Don't slide on the snow or ice patches in driveways or on the street.

  • Don't push or shove around the bus. Someone could fall down on the ice and get hurt.

On very rare occasions, buses are late because of weather conditions or mechanical problems. Talk to your child about what to do if the bus is late. Here are some suggestions:

  • When possible, wait with your child for the bus.

  • Make sure your child knows a phone number where he can reach you or another trusted adult.

  • Teach your child how and where to get help. Talk to your child about what a “safe” stranger is.

  • Help your child set up a bus stop buddy system so your child has someone to wait with for the bus.

Bus cancellation & closing schools due to bad weather
During the winter months, we may need to cancel buses or close schools because of inclement weather. Information regarding details of cancellations or closures will be posted at and
Additionally, information regarding details of cancellations or closures will be announced on radio and television stations listed below (e.g., CTV, global news). Information will also be available on Twitter @Peelschools,
Facebook at or by calling 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146.

Traffic safety in our community

Safety is a top priority at our school. Here is a list of traffic tips to keep students, staff and parents safe while commuting to and from school.

  • Respect traffic signs and road markers around the school. 

  • Drive slowly and with caution on and near school property. Adhere to the posted speed limits on any surrounding streets used by students on their way to and from school.

  • Always yield to pedestrian traffic. Wait for students, staff members and parents to cross before driving past them.

  • When dropping your child off at the school, use the Kiss'n'Ride area. This is a supervised area that is designed to keep students safe.

  • Do not double park or do anything else to block traffic or draw your child off the curb and into traffic. Do not take shortcuts over curbs.

  • Have your child ready to exit the car when you reach the curb. Say goodbye to your child before you park at the curb to let your child out of your car.

  • During regular drop-off times, students are to remain in the car until it is safe for them to exit the car onto the curb.

  • Follow the directions of staff or volunteers on duty in the school parking lot and treat staff, students, volunteers, passengers and other drivers with respect.

  • Consider parking off site and walking a short distance to school. This will give you time to talk to your children about their day, review new vocabulary words, math concepts, etc.

  • Remind your child to only cross the street at an intersection or crosswalk. They should never “jaywalk” by crossing in the middle of the street.

  • Students who bike to school should always wear a helmet, and follow all traffic laws. They should only cross the street at a crosswalk or intersection—never in the middle of the road.


Briarwood Public School students in grade 1-5 are participating in the World Sport Stacking Day on Thursday November 12th, 2015. Students all over the world will be participating in this fun filled day to set a record for the most people sport stacking on the same day. We are hoping to have 600,000 stackers participate all over the world. Last year, 555,932 stackers participated to break the previous year’s Stack Up record of 483, 658. Last year we participated and we are part of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Sport Stacking is an activity enjoyed by all ages and cultures. It promotes hand-eye coordination, brain activation, fitness, teamwork, speed and lots of fun.

To show support for our community, we have chosen to support the Salvation Army Food Drive and are asking students to bring in a food item for this great cause. If each student could bring in one item (pasta/canned goods/cereal) that would be fantastic. We are looking for cereal, pasta and canned goods. Please send items to school with your child from November 6th – November 13th, 2015. We appreciate your support.

If you are interested in seeing what the day is all about there is a video you can view at the

You and your child can help pick the 2015 Stack up Speed Stacks Cup Design. To see the choices and cast a vote, go to:


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If you wish to receive a paper copy please notify your child’s teacher.

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Peel board students have choice

Explore program options at
Regional programs start in grades 6, 7 and 9

Students in regional programs still complete all of the requirements of the Ontario curriculum, but there is an increased focus on an area of interest. Programs include:

  • Actively in Motion (AIM)

  • Advanced Placement

  • Arts

  • Arts and Technology

  • Graphic Design Management: Flexography

  • International Baccalaureate

  • International Business and Technology

  • International and Executive Leadership Academy

  • SciTech

  • Sports

  • Strings

  • Truck and Coach Technology

More options for Peel board students

  • extended French starts in grade 7

  • dual credit programs allow student to earn college credits at the same time as secondary school credits

  • alternative programs are available for students who need flexible school hours, are dealing with unique situations, or require more support

Our guidance counsellors can help students determine which courses will best meet their needs, interests and abilities—contact the school to make an appointment.

For more information about regional programs, Specialist High Skills Major programs and other programs of choice available to Peel board students, visit
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