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News You Can Use 10.11.2019


Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. This year, October 11 is that day. Why is a principal pausing and mentioning National Coming Out Day at the top of this school newsletter?


Consider watching this Ted Talk by Audrey sharing a personal journey reinforcing the reasons why we, as adults, need to give our kids time and space to grow into themselves. Click here. I personally watched this with my 6th grader and leave it to you if you take this to your kids.


Each day I come to school and I am reminded that your kids just want to be happy and successful. They do not mind being pushed to try new things. They want to have friends and they want a safe space to explore their curiosities without you around. It is the presence of these young amazing beings that reminds me that I know very little about the people they will become. 


Will they be Cubs or Sox fans? Democrats or Republicans? Artists or engineers? Short or tall? I really have no clue where these apples will fall. It really does not matter either. What matters is that they know that school is for them. School is their safe haven. It welcomes them on their best days and on their worst and every day in between. It remains there for them when homework is missing, when friends are hard to find and even when they are coming out.


To those that have made the journey to come out, I am in awe of your bravery and commitment to self actualization. To the allies in the community, our kids need you more than ever to accept them as they are and will become. 



Joseph Hailpern

Braeside School Principal




Picture retakes were scheduled for Wednesday next week, but we need to reschedule. Before you can commit to retakes you might want to see the actual pictures from the first round! So wait for more information about retakes coming soon.



Conference sign ups will be ready for parents on October 17 at 2:00 p.m. A school wide communication will come out inviting one and all to sign up for November conferences at that date and time.



Parents, please join us for an ALICE Information Night held at Northwood Jr. High at Elm Place (2031 Sheridan Rd) on October 16th (for K-5th grades) at 7 p.m. and October 23rd (for 6th-8th grades) at 7 p.m. Spanish translation will be available for both nights.

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Braeside school has launched a Zero Waste lunch program and has gone from producing 5 bags of landfill waste to just 1 per day!  Under the guidance of the WE Leadership Team, students now sort liquids and recycling and commercially composts all food scraps and food-soiled paper.  Read on to find out more...


Objectives of participating in Zero Waste.......

  • significantly reduces the school's landfill waste and associated hauling costs (we have the power to divert 6,480 lbs of landfill trash per year!) 
  • educates and engages students in environmental leadership on a daily basis
  • empowers students to apply what they learn back into their homes and communities
  • means our food scraps and food-soiled paper get turned into compost which reduces greenhouse gases and helps build healthy soil.

What can you do to help?

  • pack a zero waste lunch by using re-usable containers and water bottles, and less single-use plastics (like plastic baggies and juice boxes)

To find out more or to volunteer one lunchtime , please contact Philippa Djemal ( or Sharone Marck ( Also check out the attached data flyer to see the early progress!