Stephanie, Birchlea District
BIRCHLEA DISTRICT ADVANCEMENT INFORMATION
Dear Parents and Guardians,
In May of this year your daughter will be advancing to the next branch of Guiding (i.e. Sparks will advance to Brownies, Brownies to Guides, and Guides to Pathfinders.). Even though it is still early, it is important that we begin to plan for our Unit sizes for September. Please take a moment now to consider where you would like your daughter to attend Brownies/ Guides/ Pathfinders next year.
If you are not sure if your daughter will continue on to the next branch of Guiding please make your choices just in case. It is much easier to take a name off the list come June or September than it is to find a space once new girls have been accepted. Also, please indicate a 2nd choice, as first choices cannot be guaranteed (except in the case of siblings in the same branch), and if you do not indicate a second choice we may have to place your daughter without your input.
You will receive a letter in May confirming which Unit your daughter has been placed in. Please note these placements will be tentative until all Leader vacancies have been filled. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a leader please check the appropriate spot below.
PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO YOUR DAUGHTER'S LEADER NO LATER THAN THE WEEK OF MARCH 3rd.
Name: ___________________________ Birthdate: _____________________
Address: __________________________________ Tel #: ________________
I am currently registered in the: ______________________________________ (Unit Name)
I have a sister in the ______________________. ________________ (Unit Name) (Sister's Name)
_____ Yes, I would like more information about becoming a Leader.
I would like to attend ( check the appropriate box giving at least a 1st and 2nd choice):
____ 55th Brownies Mondays 6:30 - 8:00 St. Marguerite Bougeouys
____ 66th Brownies Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 Russell D. Barber School
____ 71st Brownies Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 Russell D. Barber School
____ 77th Brownies Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 St. Anthony's School
____ 66th Guides Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30 St.Marguerite Bougeouys
____ 73rd Guides Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 Mother Mary Ward School
____ 77th Guides Tuesdays 6:45 - 8:45 Russell D. Barber School
____ 55th Pathfinders Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 Mother Mary Ward School
____ My daughter will not be continuing in Guiding next year. (Check only if you are positive -- see above.)
_____ We are transferring to another District or Division________________________ (name of Division or District)
Once the forms are all in we confirm how many spots each Unit will have available. (We use 15, for Sparks, 24 for Brownies, 24 for Guides as a starting point. If there are many extra spots we may consider the leaders requests to have a lower number of girls in their Unit.
We go through the forms and note, who has a sibling, who has transportation restrictions, if a leaders has requested to have a girl in their Unit (family friend or whatever), want to be with a specific friend etc.. We place those girls with specific limitations first, then fill in the others trying to give everyone who handed the form in on time, their first choice.
This year we only had to place approximately 5 girls in the 2nd choice. We then look at the balance of the Units. I try and leave 2 spots(as a minimum) in each Unit open at his point, to be able to accommodate, transfers from other districts or potential leaders' daughters.