November 2018 Newsletter


Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done, even when it is really hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up. It is admitting mistakes and then doing the right thing. Think about overcoming a fear this month by facing it head on!

Mrs. Lammerant

Over the past few months, many of you have had the opportunity to speak with Mrs. Lammerant as she has pleasantly and competently filled in at the office. We are now able to officially welcome Mrs. Lammerant to our school community as the secretary at Brookside.

Other Staffing News

As many of you are likely aware, Mr. Grail and Mrs. McDonald are going to be away from school for differing lengths of time. Though they are both doing well, both require some time away from Brookside while on the mend. For the time being, Ms. Courtney McDonald will be filling in for Mr. Grail and Ms. Jessa White will be covering for Mrs. McDonald.

Mrs. McDonald’s interviews scheduled for Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2 have been postponed.

Mr. Grail has said that he is available via email for those of you that have questions. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Also, Mrs. Reinink has accepted a permanent position at the Board Office as the new receptionist. Mrs. Reinink was our TRA. Best of luck in your new role! Mrs. Jean Johnston will be taking over the role for the remainder of the year. Welcome Mrs. Johnston!

Remembrance Day Assembly

Our annual Remembrance Day Assembly will be held on Friday, November 9 at 11:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. We will be joined by members of the Lucknow Legion. Thanks to all participating classes. Family and community members are welcome to attend.

Photo Retake Day

Photo Retake Day will be held on the morning of Friday, November 9.

Grade 8 Graduation

This year’s graduation date is set for Friday, June 21, 2019. More information will be provided closer to the actual date.

P.A. Day – Friday, December 7

Friday, December 7 will be a Professional Activity Day for Avon Maitland District School Board staff. There will be no school for students this day.

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

There will be a Parent Advisory Council meeting on Thursday, November 8 starting at 6:45 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Staff Room at the school. All are welcome!

Band Poinsettia Fundraiser

Brookside’s band will be running a Poinsettia Fundraiser from November 2 to 14. Watch for the forms to come home. Pick up will be Friday, November 30 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Thanks in advance for your support!

Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11. Dress Rehearsal will begin at 1:45 p.m. and the concert will start at 6:45 p.m.  The weather date will be December 13.

Parent Council will be holding a Silent Auction to raise funds for our play areas. Christmas Baskets will also be raffled off.

Weather Cancellations

We are approaching that time of year again. Cancellations due to weather may occur at any time. Fog, snow and ice are just a few of the reasons to use your favourite media source to stay in-the-know. Below is a list of media sources to follow in order to stay informed.




  • AM 920 CKNX
  • FM 101.7 The One
  • FM 94.5 The Bull
  • Country FM 104.9

Reminder: During fog delays, listen for updates regarding cancellations. Most fog delays begin with a 2-hour bus delay, but may end up in a full cancellation of the buses if the fog does not clear.

Stay Connected with Brookside Public School

Road to Resiliency – Stop #1

Are you looking for ways to help your child become more confident? Handle everyday frustrations better? Bounce back from life’s challenges? There are lots of different stops along the road to building resiliency. Building a close, loving relationship with your child is the most important thing you can do to support their resilience. Let’s pretend that your child came home from school upset. He is hurt by some mean words said to him on the playground. What are some helpful ways to respond?

  1. Comfort your child. This makes your child feel secure, loved and accepted. It also helps them feel as if they’re not alone with their big feelings.
  2. Listen with interest about what happened and how they feel. This will let your child know that how they feel and what they have to say is important.
  3. Show empathy. Try to see the situation from your child’s point of view.
  4. Help your children identify and express their feelings (glad, sad, mad, scared, etc.). Let them know it is okay to feel these things.

Remember that resiliency is a skill that can be learned over time. Practice makes perfect!

Youth Curling in Wingham

Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Starting Tuesday, November 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Elementary and Secondary students have the opportunity to learn to curl from, or practice their skills with, adult instructors. A team game will follow each practice. Youth Memberships are $70.00 (ages 7 to 13) and Junior Memberships are $110.00 (ages 14 to 19). Memberships include curling each Tuesday night from November to the end of March. Contact Wingham Golf and Curling Club, 40292 Jamestown Road, Wingham at 519-357-2179 or email You may also contact Kathy Waechter at 519-357-1558 or email