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November 2019 Newsletter

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What a wonderful…and busy Fall we have had so far! November is a month filled with opportunities for reflection, communication and to celebrate the relationships we have developed and the growth and progress of our students.

Parents are vital partners in education. They influence their children’s attitudes about learning, and support learning at home and are a crucial connection between home and school. Thank you for being our partners in your child’s education.

This month, we are looking forward to welcoming our 2019-2020 Kindergarten students to our Calling All Three Year Old program on Monday, November 4th. We are excited to be meeting so many new Bulldogs!

Welcome Ms. White
A warm welcome to Mary White, who is teaching in the grade 4/5 classroom!

Progress Reports
Report Cards will go home on Monday, November 4th. Progress Reports offer families a sense of how each child is progressing toward meeting curriculum expectations. This is also a time to discuss the growth and progress of their learning skills. Please sign the envelope showing that you have received the report and return the envelope to your child’s teacher.

PA Day and Parent Teacher Interviews
We hope that all of our parents are able to come to our parent-teacher interviews that are scheduled for the evening of November 7th and the morning of November 8th. Friday, November 8th is a PA Day. There will be no classes for students.

Please contact the school to set up a time to meet with your child’s teacher if you didn’t arrange a time already.

Courage & Remembrance Day
Our character attribute this month is Courage. On Thursday, November 8th, we will honour the courage of our past, present and future veterans who have given us the freedom that we enjoy today.

Our Remembrance Day ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 8th at 11:30 in the gym for all students and community members. A big thank you goes to Mr. McCauley and the classroom teachers for all of their hard work with our students for this ceremony.

School Council Meeting
There will be a School Council meeting on Thursday, November 8 starting at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Library at the school. We are always looking for new members and fresh ideas.

Fundraising is one way in which we can offer additional tools, experiences, and enhancements to our students’ educational experience. This could not be possible without the support of many. This year, our school council, in consultation with our staff and students has committed to fundraising for the following:

  • Outdoor playground enhancements
  • Technology purchase and maintenance fund
  • Five dollars per student to reduce the costs for one field trip
  • Classroom flexible seating
  • Additional Classroom supplies

School council fundraisers:

  • Little Caesars pizza kits (October and April)
  • Robinson Maple Syrup (April)
  • Cinnabon (December)
  • Christmas Silent Auction (December)

School fundraisers:

  • Fresh from the farm (October)
  • Elmira Chicken (fall and spring)
  • Huron Ridge Winter Greens and poinsettia (November)
  • Jerry Rader meat pies (March) -Grade 8 for Camp Celtic

We appreciate any and all contributions that you make to our fundraising efforts! It takes a community to run a school and we are so grateful for our school community and support!

Metis Nation of Ontario Presentation
On November 15th, we will be welcoming Kathleen Anderson of the Metis Nation of Ontario to Brookside to come and speak to the students about the important contributions that the Metis people have made in Canada’s past, present and the role of the Metis nation in Canada’s future.

The day will begin is a presentation in the gym to the whole school about Louis Riel Day (November 16th) and its importance to the Metis. The students will also learn about Metis culture from Kathleen throughout the day as she will be running workshops in each of the classes during the day.

We are very excited for Kathleen’s visit and are looking forward to a great day of learning with her!

Photo Retake Day
Photo Retake Day will be held on the morning of November 22nd.

Sports News
The 2019 Cross Country and Soccer season was awesome! Team and person best results were both at the Regional Meet at Huron Centennial and at the District meet at Wildwood. Thank you to Mr. Beddow for organizing these running events.

Our soccer teams also had amazing days at their tournaments. Thank you to our coaches, Mr. Beddow, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Robinson, Ms. Wheeler, Mr. Diamond and Miss McDonald. We are proud of our Brookside Bulldog athletes for their determination and sportsmanship.

Indoor Shoes
As we head into more wet and muddy weather, we ask that you please make sure that your child has clean indoor shoes for indoor class times. Clean, dry shoes help us to keep our classroom floors clean and ensure our kids can move about in classes such as gym and music safely. Thank you for your help!

Reminder of December PA day on December 6th, 2019

Huron County Health Unit – This Is Your Brain on Mindfulness
Imagine you are out for a walk and come across a bear. Your “fight, flight or freeze” response is instantly triggered and you impulsively react. Regardless of age, our brains all respond to stress the same way. A lot of this response occurs in our limbic system, specifically the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that controls our emotions and impulsive actions. The reactions are not always well thought out, healthy responses. This is where mindfulness helps.

When you practice mindfulness, it engages the front part of your brain, the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for problem solving. Communication between the prefrontal cortex and limbic system allows the brain to process and label emotions and then respond in a calm, purposeful way. Our stored memories help to recognize the situation and select the best response. By practicing mindfulness, the reaction is a more conscious, well thought out response. The emotions are typically handled in a positive manner compared to situations without mindful practice.

The parts of the brain can be confusing for younger children. Think of the prefrontal cortex as the “wise leader” who helps with problem solving and decision-making.

The amygdala is the “security guard” who keeps us safe and helps express emotions. The hippocampus is the “saver of memories”. This area keeps important information and uses it to make mindful choices. Showing a picture of the brain can help younger children to understand the areas involved in mindfulness.

Next month’s article will focus on the many benefits of practicing mindfulness.

Free Skates at the Lucknow Arena
Sponsored by the Lucknow United Church Collecting canned goods if you choose.
November 9th 4:30-5:30
December 14th 4:30-5:30

Inclement Weather
As the autumn weather can quickly turn to winter weather and to see if a school bus is cancelled or delayed, please visit and our school social media pages.

Just a reminder that the YMCA Before and After School program does not run at the school if the busses are cancelled.

School Bus Provider: Montgomery Bus Lines Phone: 519-357-9191


Twitter: @BrooksidePS


Radio: AM 920 CKNX

FM 101.7 The One

FM 94.5 The Bull

Country FM 104.9

When busses are not running and school is open for students who can get there safely here are the drop off and pick up times.
Start Time (Drop Off): 8:45 a.m.
End Time (Pick Up): 3:05 p.m.

Supervision is not available outside of these times.
Students must be signed in and out at the office and contact with an adult must be made.