June 2018 Newsletter

Message from Mrs. A.G.

It is really hard to believe that we are entering our last month of learning for this school year. They say “time flies when you are having fun” and I guess that holds true at North Woods! One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to know all of the children. At this time of year in particular, I can see the personal, social and academic growth in each of our students. This does not come without the hard work of the children in support of their teachers and families. Thank you to all of you for continuing to support your child(ren) as they learn. Your support continues to make the biggest difference for children.

I hope that everyone has a safe and fun summer. Please remember to take a little time to read and talk about the math that surrounds us each day!
Mrs. Armstrong- Gibson

Message from your Parent Council Chair

With the school year coming to an end I would like to touch on a few topics. The parent council this year wanted to have a skate night, more hot dog days, Christmas dinner, spaghetti dinner, movie night and a fun fair. With the lack of volunteers we had to cancel some of these events. Coming up, we will be having the June parent council meeting where we will discuss what fundraising we would like to do for the year and what events we would like to hold. The September council meeting we will be picking new executive members. Please come out and share what ideas you have, and meet new people. If you have any questions or concerns please contact myself at christina.piper@ed.amdsb.ca or the school at 519-887-6601. The parent council would also like to wish you all a safe and wonderful summer.

Message from Mrs. Beer Vanrooy

It’s hard to believe that I am entering my fourth month as Interim Principal at North Woods! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the families, students and staff for your support of me during my time here, as I continue in Mrs. A-G’s stead while she is convalescing.

With that in mind, the North Woods staff would like to invite all our families to a special Family Appreciation Evening at the school, on Monday, June 18. This event is a casual and relaxed evening, planned and prepared by staff, to host you. Taking place from 4:30 – 6:30 pm, families can enjoy free hotdogs and drinks, some entertainment by our choir and dance group, and use our wonderful outdoor learning space for a family stroll.
More details, and your family’s invitation will arrive home with your student(s) next week. Included will be a special family coupon for you to bring to the event, for your chance to win great door prizes, including a boy’s 18 speed bicycle, donated by our friends at Newry Bus Lines.

On behalf of the staff at North Woods, I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable summer.
B. Beer Vanrooy

Did You Know? Allergy Alert

As spring arrives and everything begins to grow and bloom, we are noticing already that a number of students and staff are beginning to suffer with allergies and asthma. Did you know that smelling strong perfumes and scents make these conditions worse? That means that some children find it even more difficult to focus and learn, because their breathing is laboured, their eyes and nose run, and they may feel dizzy or weak.
The Canadian Lung Association says that children with allergies and asthma can have fatigue and disturbed sleep, miss more school, find it difficult to exercise, and may need to take more medication.

We can’t control our environment, but we can ask your help to control other irritants that can make breathing a challenge. We appreciate your efforts as students, staff and visitors to the school to refrain from wearing strongly scented products. As well, if your child may require medication such as antihistamines or puffers at school, please contact the office to complete the necessary forms.

Thanks for working with us to keep our learning place safe for all children and adults.

Recognition Assembly

On Tuesday, June 26 at 9:15 am we will be recognizing all the great things that students (Grades 1-6) have accomplished this school year as well as wishing our Grade 6 students a farewell. As usual, parents are always welcome to attend. We will also be honouring our many volunteers that give of their time throughout the school year with snack program, student learning, serving on Parent Council and Track and Field.

Protect Their Skin

With the rate of skin cancer on the rise, it is more important than ever before that we protect our children’s skin. Please send a hat with a wide brim and labeled skin protection cream for your child each day so that we can be outside enjoying the beautiful grounds and nice weather at this time of year.

Nutrition Program

With the help of government/agency grants and donations from community partners, we operate a daily healthy snack program. It is available each morning. We provide food from two food groups such as fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, oatmeal muffins, vegetables and dip. A special thank you to Miss Gibson, Mrs. Popp, Mrs. Stoll, Mrs. Goertzen, Ms Hamilton and Mrs. A.G.

Milk Cards

Any students with credits left on their card at the end of June will carry over their credits to begin the new school year in September 2018. Grade 6 students will receive a refund unless they indicate that their credits are to go to a sibling who will be at the school next year.

Buses

It is an expectation that all students will follow the Safety Rules when riding the bus. These include sitting and not moving around on the bus, not eating and only using their best character when speaking to each other. Thank you everyone for doing your part in keeping your bus ride to and from school safe and pleasant.

Track & Field

On Monday, June 4, 2018 students from Grades 3 to 6 will be involved in our Track and Field meet. Rain date is Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Regional Track and Field will take place Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Elma Township PS.

Report Cards

Report cards go home on Monday, June 25, 2018. Please sign and return the cut off section so that it can be included in your child’s permanent school records.

Library

All books need to be returned to the library by Thursday, June 14, 2018. Thank you!

Last Day of School– Thursday, June 28, 2018

This is just a reminder that Thursday, June 28, 2018 is the last day of school for this year.  Friday is a P.A. day.

2018/2019 School Year Calendar

The 2018/2019 school year calendar has been approved. The school year commences Tuesday, September 4, 2018, with an instructional day and classes ending on Friday, June 28, 2019, with a professional development day.

Winter Break commences Monday, December 24, 2018, and concludes Friday, January 4, 2019. Classes resume Monday, January 7, 2019.

March Break commences on Monday, March 11, 2019, and concludes on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Seven professional development days are scheduled as follows:
• Friday, September 28, 2018
• Friday, November 2, 2018
• Friday, December 7, 2018
• Friday, February 1, 2019
• Friday, April 5, 2019
• Friday, June 7, 2019
• Friday, June 28, 2019
Please watch for a print-friendly version of the calendar.

Campbell Soup Labels

Campbell Soup is discontinuing their Labels for Education program as of June 15, 2018. Thank you to all the families that have sent in labels over the years!

School Property

Throughout the year children bring home numerous textbooks, library books, school shirts and other material related to their program. Often materials are inadvertently misplaced. These materials are very expensive. Frequently, parents find materials while housecleaning. Please check at home and return all items belonging to the school. We are very grateful to have these materials returned.

Safe Footwear for Everyone

Sandals, flip-flops and other kinds of open-toed shoes are popular but generally not appropriate for active play outdoors and for gym. There is danger of injury to toes and other unprotected or unsupported parts of the feet and ankles. Please check at home for appropriate outdoor running shoes. All children are required to have running shoes in order to participate in physical education classes.

Bicycles

We are very pleased with the responsibility that has been shown by our students who have decided to ride their bikes to school. Please continue to review bicycle safety with your child(ren) at home.

Label Everything

Please label all of your child(ren)’s belongings, clothing, backpack, lunch pail and supplies.

School Supplies for September

If families are planning on purchasing school supplies over the summer please keep in mind that white out is not something our students will need. Pencils, erasers, rulers, pencil crayons, scissors, ear buds, markers, calculator (junior grades), lined paper are items that would be useful but not mandatory for your child to have in their pencil case.

Let’s Talk Tech and Math Evening

The AMDSB Parent Involvement Committee invites you to its next event:
Let’s Talk Tech and Math Evening
June 6, 2018
Seaforth Public School gymnasium
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
– An interactive evening showing parents how technology intersects with math in the classroom
– Giving parents hands-on opportunities to use technology
– Homework help demonstration
A variety of stations will be set up that will focus on the four grade segments of learning; Primary K-3, Junior 4-6, Intermediate 7-10 and Senior 11-12.Parents can drop in throughout the evening similar to an Open House. Children are welcome too.

Community News

Piano Lessons
Sign up for September! Kelly Byles. Certified Piano Teacher. 519-335-3696 jkbyles@gmail.com

June Brussels Library News

Do you have a dinosaur lover at home? Then pick up Counting Dinosaurs, a board book by Mara Van Der Meer at the Library. It’s a prehistoric seek and find that will help young children practice their counting, sorting and number skills. There are lots of weird and wacky adventures taking place. For example spot five dinosaurs in hats, two dinosaurs boxing and four wearing glasses while children play in the park and dinosaurs have a picnic.

Canada Day Crafts Join us to celebrate Canada Day by making a Canadian Craft. Ages 5+ Saturday June 30, 10am-12pm.The Brussels Library is partnering with the Brussels Agricultural Society for Fair Crafts again this year. Come and make a craft to enter into the Fall Fair. Saturday August 18 and Saturday August 25 from 10am-12pm, for children up to 11.Did you miss a Monthly Mission? July and August are makeup months. Pop Up Programs. Watch for our surprise craft and button maker activities in July and August. Our summer program this year is REPTILIA. It’s Canada’s largest indoor reptile zoo! Don’t miss your chance to see these amazing animals up close…snakes, lizards and a baby alligator! Ages 6+ space is limited and registration is required. Thursday July 12 from 1-2pm.The TD Summer Reading Club for children aged 4-12 is back again this year. The theme this year is “Feed your Passions”.

Keep an eye on the Huron County Library Facebook page for more details.

Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey

Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey (BBMHA) Registration is underway if you have a child that is born 1999-2015 and is interested in playing hockey we are looking for you. Registration/ Fundraising night is June 4th from 7-8:30 in the Blyth Arena. For more information contact Diane Howson at Registration@blythbrusselsminorhockey.ca.
Brussels Community Bible Chapel invites you to: Free Vacation Bible School “Cave Quest”-July 2-6th, 2018.8:45-11:30 a.m., Gr. SK-8 at old Brussels Public School (650 Alexander St., Brussels)No preregistration needed, can come any day. For more information call Janice Bell 519-887-8138.

2018 Fun Pass

Celebrate the summer with savings when planning a trip to Ontario’s attractions with the 2018 Fun Pass.

The 2018 Fun Pass coupons provide free admission for up to two elementary school-aged children at 18 popular attractions when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Parents can also save $5 on a daily parking permit at selected Ontario provincial parks. Simply bring a coupon to any participating attraction.

Watch for the 2018 Fun Pass booklet that will arrive with your kids’ report card in June, or visit Ontario.ca/funpass for more information about the program and to download the coupons.
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