Start of the School Day
Q. Where do I bring my child on the first day of school? What time should we arrive?
For Grades 1 – 6, the school day at Brown P.S begins at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 3:10 PM.
AM Recess Grades 1 – 6 10:15 – 10:30AM
PM Recess Grades 1 – 6 1:55 – 2:10 PM
Primary Grade 1 and 2
Primary students meet in the Primary playground for drop off in the morning and pick up after school. Grade 2 children in the 2/3 split should meet their parents/nannies in the primary yard also. The Primary playground/play structure is located in the southeast part of the school. For the first couple of weeks of school all teaching staff will pick up their primary students from the primary yard and escort them to and from their classes for pick up and drop off times. Primary students on the second floor of the school enter and exit the school from the upper balcony walkway on the east side known as Exit #3. Once routines are established, the two teachers on Primary yard duty will ensure students are walking safely up the stairs to the balcony where they will then be met by a teacher holding the doors and a further teacher holding the second floor door and helping supervise the children as they walk through the halls.
On the first few days of school the Grade 2/3 and 3/4 students will meet their teachers by the Baseball Diamond and will learn their entry and exits. One of the 2/3 classes is on the second floor and the other is on the third floor. The third floor Grade 2 students will use the west balcony entry known as Exit #1 to enter the third floor while the second floor grade 2 students will use the east balcony entry known as Exit # 3. As confusing as this may seem to parents, the routines are established and reinforced early and often to help the children understand the entry and exit procedures. The children will know the routines before you do!
Unicorn Daycare Children
Students attending before and after school care at Unicorn Daycare on the first day of school will be brought to their designated areas for line-up in the yard and escorted into the school by their teacher. Students in Hot Lunch and/or After Care will be escorted to the assigned classes for care by the Day Care providers.
School Bus Children
The school bus zone is on Poplar Plains Road. Students riding the school bus will be brought to their designated yard upon their arrival at school each day. Please note: Buses typically run behind schedule during the first week of school. If this is the case, the children will be brought directly to their classrooms. Children are brought to the school bus zone area on Poplar Plains Road at the end of each day. If the buses run very late, our office will make every effort to contact the parents/guardians to inform them.
Grades 3 – 6
During the first day of school, students will line up in front of their class lists which will be posted on the turf field area. Teachers will escort the students to the third floor using the west balcony walkway. Supervision is provided daily in various areas of the yard and by the doors at the entry on the balcony and the third floor. Second floor doors from this entry will be locked as this entry is strictly for third floor students. On the first day of school students in the Grade 2/3 and 3/4 classes will meet by the Baseball Diamond fence. Students who do not see their name on a list or who are late are to report to the office immediately. We remind everyone that school begins promptly at 8:40 AM and the day ends at 3:10PM.
Pick-up at the end of the day
Primary students are to meet their parents/guardians in the Primary yard – This includes Kindergarten, grade 1 and 2 students. Grade 3 to 6 students are to be picked up from the Junior yard. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to have the same pick-up point for their child each day to avoid any confusion and worry. We understand that the beginnings can be very challenging especially for our Primary students. On the first few days, please help your child find their line-up and say goodbye. You may stay on the playground to watch your child’s class go into the school, but please do not wait with your child in line. The playground is typically very crowded on the first few days of school and it can be overwhelming for children in the younger grades if adults stay with the lines.
Q. What about the days after that?
Kindergartens will continue to be dropped off in their classrooms at 8:30 AM as per the teachers’ instructions. The line-up routine for the Grade 1 to 6 students in the Primary and Junior yards will be in place for the first week of school only. For the remainder of the school year, the teachers will begin yard supervision at 8:25 a.m. Please do not leave your child in the schoolyard before this time because there is no supervision. Children in Grade 1 may be dropped off in the primary (“little kids”) playground, where they will be supervised by the teacher(s) on duty until the morning bell rings at 8:40 a.m. Please teach your child that when the bell rings, they should take their bag and wait to be escorted into the school by the teachers on supervision duty. You may stay on the playground with your child until the 8:40 a.m. bell rings, but please say goodbye to them in the yard – parents should not accompany their children into the school or up to their classroom for safety reasons. Our hallways get very congested. We cannot accommodate strollers in our hallways for safety reasons during school hours at any time.
Drop off / Kiss n’ Ride
Brown School has a parent volunteer based Kiss n’ Ride program to help with safely dropping off your children on Popular Plain Road (behind the School) without having to park your car. Volunteers guide the children safely into the playground where they are then supervised by teachers until the bell rings at 8:40.
Kiss n’ Ride is for Grades 1-6 as Kindergarten students need to start earlier and would need to be walked right to the classrooms.
For more information about Drop off and Pick Up click here.
Q. Where will my child spend their recesses? Are they supervised?
Children in Grades 1 and 2 spend their recesses in the primary (“little kids”) playground, supervised by the teacher(s) on duty. The classroom teachers will show their students which doors they should use to exit and re-enter the school. During the AM recess, the grade 1 and 2 students have the opportunity to play on the turf field each day. The grade 3 and 4 students use the tennis court area during the AM and PM recess and the turf field at PM recess. The grade 5/6 students use the turf field and tennis court area at lunch.
Q. What happens if it rains or if it’s too cold to go outside?
Inclement weather during the AM and PM recess times – students remain in their classrooms. Inclement weather during lunch hour involves the grade 3 – 6 students to be supervised in the gym. Grade 1 and 2 students go to the library and Kindergarten students will stay in their classroom.
Q. Can I bring my child home at lunch?
Grades 1 – 6: While the majority of students stay at school for lunch, some students choose to go home. Students who go home at lunch must be back at school by the end of the lunch recess at 12:40pm. They are to be brought back to their designated yard area for entry.
Q. Where will my child eat lunch?
11:25-12:00 Grades 1-2 Primary students eat in the library
11:25-12:00 Grades 3-6 Junior students eat in the gym
12:00-12:25 Grades 1-2 Primary students play in the lower playground
12:00-12:25 Grades 3-6 Junior students play in the upper playground.
For Kindergarten students, outdoor playtime is from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. and lunch time is from 11:45 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kindergartens eat in their classrooms.
Students go outdoors unless there is inclement weather. Grade 1 students attending the hot lunch program at Unicorn Daycare will be picked up from their classroom for the first week of school. After the first week of school, these students will go directly to the lunch program when dismissed from their classroom. Daycare providers will pick up the Kindergarten children involved in the hot lunch program. The hot lunch program is in designated Kindergarten classrooms.
For more information on lunch, see our Lunch Program page.
Q. How much food should I send for the day?
Try to send the right-sized lunch for your child as well as 1 – 2 snacks that they can slip into their pocket at recess if they wish. We request that you encourage healthy choices for your child to support our school’s healthy habits. We also request that children bring their lunch and snacks in reusable food containers. Remember: All lunches and snacks MUST BE NUT-FREE. Brown has a “Boomerang” policy in effect, which means that all uneaten food and any wrappers will come home with your child. This will allow you to monitor how much food your child eats during the day, and also to add any food waste to your green bin at home. Any leftover milk will be poured into a container and milk cartons will be recycled. We ask that you remind your children not to be wasteful and to remember their manners when eating in their designated areas. Food and other objects should never be thrown at other children, floors or walls.
Q. Will my child have access to a fridge or a microwave?
No. Please use cold packs and/or thermoses to help keep your child’s lunch at the right temperature.
Q. Is milk available?
A daily milk program and a monthly pizza lunch are offered at Brown for those students in Grades 1 – 6 who wish to participate. Sign-up forms and fees for each program will be sent home in September and can also be found on our Forms page.
Q. What do they do at lunch after they eat?
After eating lunch, students are supervised in the school yard by the lunch supervisors and have access to outdoor play equipment through our borrow a ball program. Students may bring their own soft balls; however, we discourage trading cards and Magic cards which have caused a number of problems in the past. Recreational swim is offered as well as various clubs that run throughout the year. Remind your child to stay tuned to the morning announcements to hear about activities that they may wish to join. Parent Council also runs an After 4 Program which sometimes included lunch activities as well. Check out the Clubs area of the site.
During the School Day
Q. How will Grade 1 be different than Kindergarten? Do they sit in desks all day?
At the beginning of the school year, your child’s teacher will send home information about the routines specific to their classroom. Each class runs a bit differently than others; however a typical day will include time as a group on the carpet, time at a desk for seatwork and perhaps some free time. Each week, the children will receive instruction in physical education, music, swim, and library.
Q. How do I prepare my child for a full day at school?
While most children are more than ready for a full day of school, all will go through a period of adjustment as they become accustomed to longer time away from home and a busier schedule. You may find your child to be a bit tired at the end of the day initially, but by the middle of the first term they will have adapted to life in Grade 1. A note about washroom breaks: Children are allowed to use the washroom during class time (using the buddy system), but teachers discourage trips to the washroom during lessons. All students are encouraged to use the washrooms at recess and lunchtimes to minimize disruptions during class time.
Q. What should I send in my child’s backpack on the first day of school? Do they need a pencil case?
Nothing special is needed for the first day, aside from a good lunch and 1 – 2 snacks. Your child’s teacher will send home information about any supplies that the children may need to bring to class.
End of the School Day
Q. What happens at the end of the school day?
Children in Grades 1 and 2 will meet their parents/guardians in the Primary yard unless they have an older sibling and have made other arrangements with their parents. Grade 3 – 6 students will meet their parents/guardians in the Junior yard. Students attending after-school care at Unicorn Daycare should go directly to the daycare at 3:30 p.m. Kindergarten and Grade 1 students in Unicorn will be picked up in their classroom for the first week of school. Students riding the school bus will meet the bus duty supervisor in the school at the end of the day and will be walked over to the bus zone area on Poplar Plains Rd. The Brown School bus duty supervisor< will take attendance and supervise the children until students board their buses. Students registered in afterschool programs at the Avenue Road Art School should meet in front of the Brown School office. ARAS staff will take attendance, walk the students over to the Art School and supervise them until their program starts. During the first few days of school, Grades 1 and 2 teachers will accompany their students to the yard and stay with them until they are picked up. For the remainder of the school year, the children are dismissed from their classroom and should go directly to their designated yards. Teacher supervision is until 3:25 PM in the Primary and Junior yards. Please call our office if you will be late picking up your child as we do not want children left alone after 3:25 PM in the yards. Parents are advised to arrange the same meeting spot on the playground daily, so that your child knows where to find the person who is picking them up. It is important for all children to know that they should not leave the playground with anyone other than the designated person responsible for picking them up.
Q. Do they need a note if there is a change in their usual routine? (for example, going on a play date with a friend)
Yes. Please advise the teacher by note if there is a change in routine. Parents of bussed students must advise the office by calling or sending a note if their child will not be on the bus.
Q. Do I need to tell the teacher if they have been signed up for an after school program? (E.g. Brown After-Four, Brown Community Centre, Avenue Road Arts School)
It is a good idea to let your child’s teacher know if they have signed up for after school programs through the Community Centre or the ARAS as some children may forget during the course of the day that they have a program to go to. In the case of Brown After-Four programs, teachers will receive a list of all students enrolled in the programs as well as the location.