This Week at Sunnybrae PS - January 23 to 27, 2023
Posted on 01/20/2023

This Week at Sunnybrae PS - January 23-27, 2023 (sending January 6th)


This Week

January 23rd:  Int. Girls Volleyball Game at Mapleview after school

January 25th:  Int. Girls Volleyball Game at Hewitt’s Creek after school

January 26th:  Int. Girls Volleyball Tournament at Eastview

January 27th:  PA Day, No school for students


Upcoming

February 16th:  Raise the Dough Fundraiser at Dominos Pizza

February 28th:  Grade 8 Photos

March 4th:  Barrie Colts Game at 7:30 pm (fundraiser-see below)


Sunnybrae PS is looking for metal baking sheets for use in a literacy program (not being used to cook with).  They need to be in good condition to be used in a kindergarten classroom.  If you are able to help please drop them off to the school office.


National Sweater Day: Thursday February 2, 2023:  Let’s reduce our energy consumption! On Thursday February 2nd we will be having Sweater Day here at Sunnybrae.  Students are invited to wear their favourite sweaters, or sweatshirts as we think about how we can save energy by putting on a sweater, instead of turning up the heat.  Why not even celebrate sweater day in your own homes by turning down the heat and putting on a cozy sweater!  

Let’s get reusing! The Green Team will also be accepting any gently used men’s, women’s or children’s sweaters from now until February 3rd.  Donated sweaters will be taken to a local organization that provides free used clothing for people in need.  Donate your used sweaters and sweatshirts today and help the environment and the community at the same time!  


Barrie Colts Fundraiser:  Sunnybrae School Council is having a fundraiser with the Barrie Colts Hockey Team.  Have a night out enjoying a Barrie Colts game on Saturday, March 4th at 7:30 pm at the Sadlon Arena on Mapleview Drive in Barrie. Tickets are $23.00 each (for over 2 years of age) and up to $6.00 from each ticket sold will be donated back to Sunnybrae PS (amount received depends on # of tickets sold)..  All proceeds will go towards athletics.  Tickets must be purchased through school cash online and will be sent home with your child by March 3, 2023.  If you prefer to pick up your tickets you must inform the school office.  The last day to purchase tickets is Saturday Feb 11th.  If you have any questions please email [email protected]


Four ways to improve your child’s study habits.  As we welcome the new year, people often take this time to reflect and make resolutions to form good habits for the year ahead. For some, these resolutions are personal goals, like cooking more meals at home, or joining a local gym – but what about setting family goals? As a parent, you can help your children set goals that will help them succeed at school, such as improving study habits.

It is difficult to see your child struggle with their schoolwork, but with these tips, your child will be able to effectively use their study time to thrive in school this year. Even better, working on these habits now will set them up for success for years to come — both in school and in the workplace. Here are four ways you can help improve your child’s study habits:

  • Eliminate distraction:  Learning requires focus and concentration to be successful. Removing distractions from your child’s learning space is crucial. Portable technology is the largest distraction when it comes to studying. While studying, try to choose a location outside of their study space where they can leave their phone or tablet to minimize distractions. Of course, there are other types of distractions as well, such as a nearby TV or other children. If possible, find a study location away from the home’s common space. Allow your child to turn on white noise or music if it helps them concentrate. It might aid in blocking out other obtrusive sounds so they can concentrate on their schoolwork.

    Try alternatives to reading:  It can get tiresome to read notes and textbooks to learn new information. Your child can only focus for so long before they begin to lose interest and tire of the subject. Try alternative strategies, such as creating flashcards, finding an informative video, listening to educational podcasts or audio books, or asking them to visualize a concept with a graphic or diagram. Kids learn in different ways. Find what works best for your child and use it to their advantage. Just be sure to keep the focus on studying and avoid the online distractions.
  • Give regular praise:  Positive parenting and recognizing their accomplishments (both big and small) may be all the motivation they require to succeed. Let them know you appreciate all their effort and hard work. Make sure to celebrate effort over outcome to show your child that trying is the most important thing. Some great wins to celebrate include solving a tricky problem, reaching a reading or math goal, or finishing a project or assignment. Let them know you are proud of them and that they should be proud of themselves as well. They'll be eager to advance if you sometimes throw in a special treat or outing!
  • Find additional help when needed:  Perhaps one of the biggest lessons for students to learn is not be afraid to ask for help when needed. However, as a parent, sometimes we don’t have the knowledge or ability to provide the help they need when it comes to schooling. That’s when it’s important to seek additional help, such as a tutor. Tutors can provide professional, tailored help to students, whether it is with an entire subject or a concept within a subject. Tutors can help your child succeed in school, while giving you peace of mind that they are learning with a professional.

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has teamed up with the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka to launch the Y Achieve Tutoring program. This program provides free tutoring sessions outside of school hours, free of charge for any students who may be struggling. These sessions are open to students from Grades 6 to 12 attending a school within the SCDSB, whether you have a YMCA membership or not. For more information, or to book a session online, please visit www.ymcasm.ca/tutoring or contact [email protected]

Information provided by the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka



Covid Screening:  All students and staff are encouraged to complete the daily COVID-19 self-assessment screening tool prior to entering SCDSB schools and buildings and follow the direction of the screening tool. We have some RA Test kits here at the school. If you need one for your family please let your child’s teacher know and we will send it home with them. School and Child Care Screening