I think I'm settling into my new position here at Onondaga-Brant and am enjoying my time here immensely. We have a wonderful staff who are extremely dedicated to ensuring our students have the best education that will set them up for success in the 21st Century.
I'm learning so much about the community, the staff, and especially the students! It is a pleasure to get to know everyone! Please do introduce yourself if you see me... and be patient as I learn everyone's name (and remember them!).
I know that there are many amazing programs here at Onondaga-Brant and I look forward to supporting those as well as supporting the introduction of other programs and activities that meet the diverse needs of our population.
We are always interested in having volunteers support activities and programs here at the school and on school trips. In order for you to do this, it is required that you have a current Police Check with Vulnerable Sector screening. If you do not have one and require one, please connect with the school so we can send home a form for you to take to have completed. Please indicate if you're a county or city resident so we send the correct form!
Thank you for all you do to make the education of our children positive and successful!
I look forward to working with you all!
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Motto: A quest to be our best!
Vision: We strive to develop responsible and proactive citizens, one student at a time.
Mission: OBS prepares students to strive for excellence and take pride in their accomplishments to become independent learners with the desires, the skills and the abilities necessary for lifelong learning. This requires a learning environment which is centered around students, directed by teachers and supported by home and community.
Each individual is important and unique and should be empowered to contribute positively to the school community. Responsibility and ownership for a safe learning environment must be assumed by all members of the school community. Educators and community members have a responsibility to work in partnership to develop responsible citizens.
All members of the school community must:
All members of the school community must NOT:
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear or distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.
Bullying adversely affects students’ ability to learn, the maintenance and establishment of healthy relationships and the school climate. Therefore bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school related activities, on school buses or in any other circumstance (e.g. online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.
To combat bullying, Onondaga-Brant School will provide:
Students, staff and volunteers are required to wear proper attire that displays good taste and demonstrates respect for themselves and others.
Hats, bandanas (or headwear) must be removed when in school, unless for a specified activity or medically required. Hair bands are allowed.
Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times, both inside and outside. Clothing must be appropriate to a school setting.
The school does not accept responsibility for items lost at school. Students and parents are expected to check the Lost & Found area when items are on display. Unclaimed items are given to the needy on a periodic basis.
Regular attendance is vital for successful educational experience. Children are however, expected to be kept at home when they are obviously too ill to attend school. Children should be in school for the entire day. Please try to avoid late arrivals and leaving early. If your child will be away from school, please inform the office in the morning. If the absence will be for several days, please indicate this to the secretary. If no communication to the school is made, please expect a call from the school to ensure your child is safe. If you are picking up your child early for an appointment, please send a note to the school to ensure communication is made between home and school.
If a student arrives at school after 8:45 a.m., parents/guardians are asked to sign the student in and report to the office. The sign-in/sign out book is located in the front entryway of the school.
Onondaga-Brant School has voicemail to allow parents top get in touch with us when it is convenient for them. Calls can tell us if a student is going to be away due to illness, give information the school has requested, leave a message for a teacher, notify us about a change in transportation, or respond to a call from the school.
Please note that between the hours of 8:45 and 3:05, calls will go into voicemail if someone is already on the line or if we are on break cannot take your call. We check phone messages immediately after getting off the phone or after getting back from break.
Students are expected to ride to and from school everyday on their assigned buses. Students will not be allowed to use the school busing system to be transported somewhere other than their own home or babysitter’s home. Alternate transportation for babysitting purposes are subject to approval by Transportation Services and the necessary forms must be completed. Forms are available at the office.
Please note that transportation to birthday parties and after school socializing is the responsibility of the parents. Some of the routes are full and cannot accommodate any more students. In addition, it is too confusing to keep track of students when they are not where they should be.Requests will be denied.
The office must be informed whenever there is going to be a change in transportation for your child. (i.e. your child is going to be picked up by either you or someone else, he/she will be riding his/her bike to and from school)
All volunteers in the school must have a current Police Check on File in the school office. Forms are available from the office.
The items listed below are not to be brought to school. Some of these items are from the prohibited list included in the Safe Schools Policy. Other items appear on the list because they can be misused, can cause permanent damage to both personal and school property.
Students will be provided with an acceptable computer use agreement that indicates that you/they have read and understood the listed rules for computer use at Onondaga-Brant School. This agreement must be signed and returned to the school prior to the commencement of computer use. Failure to observe the rules will result in the loss of computer privileges for a period of time to be determined by the student’s teacher and/or the Principal.
If your child is on a medication that needs to be administered on a regular basis at school, forms giving our school staff your consent to administer the medication must be completed by you and your doctor. These forms are available from Mrs. Smith.
All medications must be kept locked in the school’s medicine cabinet and will be dispensed as outlined by the doctor prescribing the medication.
All medications at school must be in a pharmacy storage container that is labeled with the name of the child, the drug and the dosage.
If you need medications at home and at school, remember to ask your pharmacist for an extra bottle/container that is properly labeled for us here at school.
Forms must also be completed by parents (but not the doctor) for non-prescription medications such as Tylenol or Advil in order to have them administered here at school. All medication must be kept under lock and key. Do not send any medication to school with your child.
Weather conditions may require that transportation services be cancelled or delayed in specific zones. Zone numbers will be broadcast on the radio announcements but school names will not. Please note that Onondaga-Brant School is ZONE 3. If buses are cancelled, the school will be closed to both the students and staff. We recommend that you listen to CKPC radio station as it services the Grand Erie District School Board Area.
Designated Radio Stations
CKPC, 1380 AM, Brantford
CKPC, 92.1 FM, Brantford
Online access to Raz-Kids reading program. Please login to the site with the information sent home by your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s)
Online access to the Prodigy math games program. Please login to the site with the information sent home by your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s)
Online access to Sumdog math games program. Please login to the site with the information sent home by your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s)
Online access to free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web
Online access to PBSkids games
Online access to Discovery Kids educational games and research
Online access to free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy.
From time to time, your child may come home and report a problem to you. To facilitate the process of reporting, we have included a student incident reporting form in the agenda.
You may choose to copy this form using your home photocopier/scanner and complete this form with your child. You may use the form as a guideline and record your child’s responses on another paper.
Either way, please answer the questions with your child and return it to the school in an envelope with the principal’s name on it. Your child’s teacher will send it to the office upon receipt and the office will deal with the problem.