Brown Junior Public School's Mission Statement
Brown Junior Public School is situated on Avenue Road just south of St. Clair Avenue. First constructed in 1910, the original building was replaced with a new facility in 1972. Brown celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. For over a century, our school has had a tradition of strong academic achievement and close relationships with our families and community. Our team of dedicated teachers and support staff members bring their unique talents to our classrooms, and to our many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Each child is encouraged to strive for academic excellence and, at the same time, to pursue their interests or talents in the arts, in athletics, and through our many humanitarian efforts.
Brown has approximately 570 students (JK to Grade 6), and is a dual track school offering programs in both English and French Immersion. Full Day Kindergarten began in September 2013. A Community Centre is housed within the school (for after-school and weekend recreational activities), and our students have access to the swimming pool so they can participate in a weekly swim program, as well as several swim teams. We also have a wonderful partnership with Unicorn Daycare, which provides before and after care to children who are registered at our school.
We offer a Balanced Literacy program in our English and French Immersion classrooms, and have many resources to ensure we meet the needs and interests of our diverse population of learners. We strive to use our language program as a tool to facilitate inquiry and higher level thinking. Our library is currently being re-imagined so as to become a multi-media, multi-purpose 'hub' within our school.
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All classrooms from K-6 are well equipped with concrete math materials. Students are encouraged to explain their thinking orally and in writing, using appropriate math vocabulary. Our teachers work collaboratively on our school-wide math plan - our current focus is on thinking like a mathematician, where math is about exploration and foundational skills.
SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES
Students enjoy field trips into the community to complement classroom learning. Excursions include visits to Queen's Park, Wychwood Barns, The Science Centre, Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative, Bell Lightbox, ROM, Gardiner Museum, AGO, Island School. All classes benefit from hands-on science explorations with the Scientists in the School program.
MUSIC, DRAMA, VISUAL ARTS
All students from K-6 enjoy a rich Arts program - Music classes combine Vocal and Orff approaches, and Drama and Visual Arts are woven into the core curriculum. Extra-curricular clubs include Choirs, Recorder Ensembles, Drama and Script clubs, Itinerant Band and Strings (for Gr. 5 and 6 students), and there are many performance opportunities throughout the year.
PHYSICAL HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Our Physical Health and Education program includes weekly classes, opportunities for outdoor exercise, DPA (Daily Physical Activity) and weekly swim classes. All students in grades 1-6 can participate on the cross country team. Brown also offers competitive athletic opportunities, with a wide variety of school teams, for students in grades 4-6.
At Brown, we support character development each and every day. Our Character Education program includes an exploration of a different character trait each month - Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Kindness and Caring, Teamwork, Equity, Honesty, Co-operation, Integrity and Perseverance - as we nurture an understanding of how all of the traits work together to help us be our best selves.
- Safe & caring learning environment
- Extensive co-curricular programs
- Library & Computer Lab
- Learning and Reading Buddies
- Speech Arts/Concours d'art oratoire
- ECO School
- Outreach - Me to We Team
- Pythagorus Math Contest
Student Life - Where You Belong
At Brown Public School, our children are more than just academic students – they are also artists, athletes, and humanitarians! Along with academic enrichment like math contests, scrabble teams and our annual speech competition, students enjoy outreach opportunities (clothing and food drives, connections with local businesses, etc.) and performance opportunities (drama and script club, recorder ensemble, choirs, itinerant strings and band program), and they can try out for numerous competitive sports teams (football, hockey, badminton, cross country, swimming, and more!) Our Primary and Junior ECO teams promote recycling and energy conservation, and they have even planted an edible vegetable garden and a flower garden on school property. Our Grade 6 "Panther Pals" are our student leaders, fulfilling roles like morning announcers, hall and door monitors, and orientation ambassadors, and all of our students, from Kindergarten to Grade 6, participate in our monthly assemblies and ‘spirit days’.
WHAT SETS US APART
At Brown Public School, we have a winning combination of staff, students and parents who work together to accomplish great things, and to ready our students for success in a global economy. The TDSB Character Traits are well-developed in our school community, and there is a sense of pride , caring and togetherness in all that we do. Students learn in a safe, inclusive and orderly environment where expectations are high, mistakes are viewed as a necessary part of authentic learning, and where support for one another’s efforts is ongoing. Our school has a long tradition of positive home-school relations, and communication between home and school is fostered through our weekly “Panther Press” and our informative school website.
PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Our very active parent community is involved in many facets of the school – parent volunteers assist with field trips, support school improvement initiatives, and are often involved in events for curriculum extensions in the classrooms. A Kiss and Ride program, organized and supervised entirely by parent volunteers, helps ensure student safety upon morning arrival. Our Parent Council organizes a large-scale fundraiser each year - the Fall Fling - for which our students contribute beautiful and creative pieces of art for the silent auction. The spring ‘friend-raiser’, our annual Garden Fête, is well-known in both our school and our neighboring community, and is always well attended by current families and alum who come by to enjoy the many festivities.