October 2018 Newsletter

Principal Message

We have had a good start to our school year and certainly the weather has been on our side as many of the classes have been taking advantage of the wonderful outdoor learning opportunities we have at North Woods. With that in mind, please ensure your child(ren) comes to school each day with proper footwear to play active outdoor games and walk the trails in the bush.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner it is a good time to think about all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for, especially family and friends, food and peace. I hope that you are able to carve some family time out of busy schedules over Thanksgiving and to reach out to others who are not as fortunate as ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving.

Ms Goetz

Campbell Soup Labels

Campbell Soups has ended their Labels for Education program. With the last of our points the school purchased 108 Healthy Meals through the Me to We foundation. We thank everyone for all of their label donations throughout the years!

School Council News

New this year “Calendar Meat Draw” for one month instead of Little Caesars Pizza and Elmira Chicken.

Nutrition Breaks

Just a gentle reminder to please pack your child’s lunch in two sections so they know to spread their food out over two breaks. We do not have many extra spoons and forks at the school so we would ask that you send those with your child if they are required. Labeling the utensils will ensure they make it back home!

EQAO Results

The results from the Grade 3 and 6 EQAO assessment have been released. Even though the assessment is written in these 2 respective years, it is a culmination of all the previous years learning. Math will once again be our focus for this year’s learning. Please watch for classroom newsletters and school newsletters sharing how we can all have a positive impact on our student’s learning.
Grade 3 Reading 42%, Writing 50%, Math 21%
Grade 4 Reading 90%, Writing 77%, Math 32%
(These scores are the percent of students achieving at or above provincial standard (B))
For more information about EQAO, please visit the the EQAO website.

Nut Sensitive School

Please be aware that North Woods continues to be a nut sensitive school. When packing lunches and sending treats throughout the school year, please be careful not to pack items that contain nuts. We need to keep all of our children safe and we do have nut allergies at our school.

Lions Vision and Hearing Screening for JK/SK Students

In partnership with local Lions Club organizations, we are pleased to offer hearing and vision screening for JK and SK students. We understand the impact of having healthy eyes and good hearing on your child’s overall health, wellbeing, and education. JK/SK Vision and Hearing Screening coming to North Woods Friday, October 12, 2018.

Terry Fox Run

Thank you for your support. This year we were able to donate almost $200 for cancer research.


This year we will be offering several voluntary opportunities for families to help fundraise in support of our school. The school will be selling QSP Magazines and cookie dough as well as Friday lunches. Parent Council will be doing a meat calendar draw. The funds from the school fundraising events will go to support technology, student excursions, playground and gym equipment for the school. Funds raised through Parent Council events will support our playground. Your support is always appreciated.

School Cash Online

A big thank you to all the families that have signed up already for our new payment system! As of right now we have 77 students registered for School Cash. That’s 50% of our school family. Our goal is to have 80% signed up by Christmas. Mrs. Cochrane is working at putting as many of our items in the system for purchase.

Lates and Absences

Thank you for calling in advance to let us know your child will be late or absent. If we don’t hear from you, we must try to reach you. This can take a fair amount of time so we appreciate you calling! We have a 24-hour answering machine for your convenience.


Please plan to arrive 4 or 5 minutes ahead of your scheduled bus stop in the morning and afternoon so that the bus stays on schedule at both ends of the day.

Walton Little School

*Please contact the school directly if your family uses the services of Walton Little School and/or would benefit from a bus stop at this location to help with before and/or after school child care.

School Messenger

Go to the school website to join School Messenger. A fast and easy way to receive newsletters, general information and emergency notices.

Kindergarten Registration

Sign up your child for kindergarten during November 2018
At all schools across Huron & Perth Counties.
For all children eligible for Jr or Sr. Kindergarten in September 2019
For more information, contact your local school after October 1.

Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2020

It is with pleasure that we invite parents and children of Grey Ward and Brussels getting ready for Kindergarten in 2019 to visit our school on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018. It is a chance for your child to see what our school has to offer, meet other children of their age and play some exciting games while you sign him/her up for Kindergarten 2019!

This special event is for children who are either 3 years old by December 31, 2018 (eligible for JK) or 4 years old by December 31, 2018 (eligible for SK). At the event you can register your child for Junior or Senior Kindergarten for 2019 see how they engage in fun learning activities and get tips on how to prepare your child for school. For more information and to make an appointment, please call us at 519-887-6601.

Getting Ready for Winter!

With all of the following ways of communicating delays and cancellations, we don’t use a phone tree. You can follow the announcements by going to our website ourschoolbuses.ca or by following your school’s twitter account. You don’t need to have a twitter account to get this information, as the latest Tweet appears on the main page of your school’s website.

Parent Council

Our first meeting was held on Sept. 11th. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. At this point and executive has not been formed.
This year the School Council will be focusing on the Christmas Dinner, the Calendar Meat Draw and purchasing the rest of the playground equipment. Last year and this year’s projects include a Junior climber and for Primary a Basketball 3 hoop stand. Ms Goetz is looking into the possibility of a Primary Gaga pit.

If you are interested in joining us come to our next meeting Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

EcoWolves News

Canada needs our help! According to our Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, “We know plastic…is literally choking our lakes and rivers and we have to take steps to stop that or we’ll have more plastic pollution than fish by 2050”. McKenna spoke about this ahead of the G7 meeting. Here are North Woods, we need to do our part. One goal for this school year is to cut way back on our use of plastic, especially single-use plastic. Ways to do this:

  • buy things like yogurt, juices and snacks in larger containers or bulk and put individual servings in re-usable containers to send to school for lunches.
  • use cloth/reusable shopping bags
  • use re-fillable household items like shampoo and hand soap
  • stop using plastic straws

More to come from the EcoWolves as we begin this year. We look forward to working with our students and families, checking on our new tree seedlings, planting more pollinator plants and learning all we can about our environment and precious natural resources. Thank you for supporting our efforts at home with your children!

Student Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

In order to avoid disruptions, students at North Woods are NOT to use cell phones and other electronic devices at school. Personal texting and phone use is not appropriate or necessary at school. If they are carried at all, they are to be turned off and safely stored in backpacks. At the discretion of the teacher the use of specific types of electronics may be allowed when they serve an educational purpose. In case of damage or loss, please note that the school is not responsible for any type of electronics belonging to students.

Before and After School Program

As part of our on-going commitment to make the school day as seamless as possible for our families, we ask parents/guardians to share their tentative childcare needs for September of the next school year (2019) by completing an online survey. The survey will be available October 1, 2018 and can be found on the AMDSB website.

Families that are interested in Before and After school programs for their Junior/Senior Kindergarten children and/or grade 1 – 6 children are asked to complete the survey by December 1, 2018.

We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.
If you require a paper copy, please contact the school.

Community News

Brussels Public Library News

Canadian Animals 1 2 3 is a durable board book by Geraldo Valerio. It is a colourful and playful introduction to numbers and counting. Count one bighorn sheep jumping or five snakes slithering and your child will have fun learning to count. Read it once and repeat! The illustrations are bold and bright, full of a lively energy.

FOOD4FINES Do you have fines? Donate nonperishable food items to the Library to have your fines forgiven. One food item = one fine forgiven. October 14-20 only.
EarlyOn Fridays 10am-11:30 a.m. Ages 0-6. Join this fun play environment where new toys are introduced regularly. There is free play, circle time and crafts.

EXPLORE STEAM Every Thursday in October. 4:30-5:30. Ages 6-13. This is a fun, hands on after school program for the curious. STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This is a free program but you must pre-register. 519-887-6448

Tech Time One Friday Each Month – October 5. Having trouble with your new device or have questions about computers in general. Book a 45 minute appointment with our Tech Tutor.

Stay Tuned for Details. The Maitland Valley Conservation staff will be here from 10:30-11:30 to present a program on Friday November 2, a PA Day. You must pre-register with the Library. 519-887-6448

Kids Klub

Come join us for Kids Klub at old Brussels school, every Wed. evening from Sept. 26th – Dec. 5th(excluding Oct. 31) from 6:45 – 8:10 p.m. Ages 5-12. Come out for an evening of energetic games, exciting Bible stories, joyful singing and more! Contact Andrew Versteeg 519-357-7302 for more information.

Harvest Supper at the Ethel Community Centre

Sunday, October 28, 2018
2 Sittings, Adults $13, Child (Ages 7 – 13) $6, Take Out Available
Advance Tickets Only – Contact Brenda @ 887-6153 or Sue @ 887-9642
Proceeds to the Ethel Community Centre