February 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

February is a busy month at Brookside Public School. Public Speaking, Senior Volleyball and Report Cards are just some of the activities that will be happening throughout the month. Throw in both Valentine’s Day and Family Day and you have the making of another exciting month of school. If you have any questions about these or other activities at Brookside, please do not hesitate to contact the school by calling 519-529-7900 or email me at dree.park@ed.amdsb.ca.


The attribute of Perseverance is valuable in approaching academic tasks at school because it means staying purposeful and committed. The expression, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” is a perfect description of Perseverance. We all accomplish tasks at a different pace. It is important for all of us to stay committed to tasks until we reach our goals.

Report Cards

Ontario Provincial Report Cards for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will go home on Tuesday, February 19. As always, there will be a portion of the report card that will need to be signed and returned to the school. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s report card, please feel free to contact his/her teacher as soon as you are able.

Kindergarten Registration

If you have, or know of, Kindergarten aged children that missed our fall registration, please contact the school at your earliest convenience.

Public Speaking

Our annual public speaking event will take place on Wednesday, February 6, with Primary Speakers beginning at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Mental Health and Wellness

Life can be stressful at the best of times. Holiday expenses, poor travel conditions and surprise snow days only add to the general stress of day-to-day life. As adults, we may feel as though we could use some guidance, but we do not always know where to turn. It can be difficult to manage our thoughts and emotions effectively with several issues to deal with daily.

Our children feel stress as well. Tests, peer pressure, family issues and even current events can all contribute to your child’s overall wellbeing. If we as adults struggle at times to deal with stressful times, how can we expect children to deal with these concerns effectively? There are warning signs which include: mood swings, acting out, changes in sleep patterns, stomach aches and becoming withdrawn. How can we help children cope with stress? Proper rest and nutrition can boost coping skills. Be open and willing to listen. Talk with them about their problems and provide them with support and reassurance. Children learn from their parents, so model appropriate coping skills. For more information, contact your doctor, a public health nurse or the school. The sites and numbers listed below also provide assistance by pointing people in the proper direction.

2-1-1 helps people find the right community and social services. Call 2-1-1.

Family Day

Monday, February 18 is Family Day. As there will not be school that day, we hope that all of our families are able to enjoy some additional time together.

Winter Rules

Students have been reminded of our winter rules. You will find a list of some of the more important rules listed below. Please take the time to review these with your child(ren). They are in place specifically for the safety of all of our students.

  • Snow is to remain on the ground at all times. It is not to be thrown or eaten.
  • The equipment is off limits until further notice due to slip, trip and fall hazards caused by ice and other elements.
  • Students are not to play on or around ice. This includes intentionally sliding on the ice and other slippery surfaces.

Weather Cancellations

Websites: Brookside Public School

Twitter: @BrooksidePS

Radio: AM 920 CKNX
FM 101.7 The One
FM 94.5 The Bull
Country FM 104.9

Free Family Fun

Enjoy free bowling, crokinole, and a light meal, sponsored by H-K Community Well-Being grant and the Lucknow United Church on Saturday, February 16, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Come for an hour or stay for three! This is a free community event for all ages. Bowl at Lucknow Bowl and play crokinole at the church across the street. Hotdogs, snacks, and hot chocolate will be served throughout the evening. This is a wonderful way for all generations to celebrate the Family Day weekend together!

School Water Supply and Fluoride for Families with Young Children

Your child’s school is supplied by water from a deep well that has naturally occurring fluoride. The level of fluoride is between 1.5 and at or below 2.4 mg/L. This water is safe to drink, and its fluoride protects children and adults from tooth decay throughout their lives. For young children, this fluoride level may increase their chances of getting mild to moderate dental fluorosis. Mild to moderate dental fluorosis is a change in the appearance of the permanent teeth still developing under the gums. The permanent teeth may have small white flecks to larger white areas. It is difficult to predict if fluorosis will occur and what it will look like, because permanent teeth do not begin to come into the mouth until 6 to 7 years of age. To reduce the chances of developing dental fluorosis, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recommends that parents of young children consider and control how much fluoride their children take in from other water sources, food, and toothpaste. If home water supplies have similar levels of fluoride, then parents can:

• Treat their water to reduce its fluoride content.

• Use bottled water with lower fluoride content.

• Use low-fluoride or non-fluoride toothpaste.

• Avoid fluoride supplement pills.

• Consult with their dentist.

For information on how to have your well water tested for fluoride or for further information about this notice, please visit the Huron County Health Unit website.

Phone: 519-482-3416

March Break

March Break is just around the corner and will hopefully bring warmer weather! March Break will take place between Monday, March 11 and Friday, March 15.