November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It has been a busy fall at North Woods! Our classes continue to make use of the learning grounds throughout the school day to help reinforce skills and develop an appreciation for nature and the solitude it can provide. It is great to see such student leadership around the school as the junior students help out as snack and milk helpers, lunchroom monitors, office helpers, attendance collectors, compost dumpers and as role models for the younger children. We also have an enthusiastic group of students on the Eco Team who meet regularly. Our primary students continue to develop their self-regulation skills as they learn to share and play together on the yard. What a great group of children!

Courage – “Facing the Challenge”

Courage is a way of life, not just something we need in times of hardship or challenge. It is a part of our routines and the real test of courage is in our daily lives: the courage to speak the truth, the courage to speak our mind and not stay silent, simply because we are afraid that other people might not agree with us, and the courage to follow rules and insist that other people follow them too.


Congratulations to our Junior Mixed Soccer Team for their great results at the October 16th Regional tournament. Coaches Bachert and Lyons reported great sportsmanship and school spirit. Special thank you to Jamie Hickling for helping coach the team.

Cross Country

Congratulations to all of our cross country runners who attended the regional event at our school Oct. 4th. It was a great day for running and Coaches Garniss and Strome reported that our team of over 50 students showed great team spirit. Our results were very good and many of our children went off to represent the District on October 10. Congratulations to all our runners who went to the District C.C.

Our Buses

We would like to thank our bus drivers, Angie, Brenda, Gary and Murray for their excellent service to North Woods. What a caring group of people who keep a watchful eye on our children at two very important times of the day.

Just a reminder to all parents to please continue to review the bus rules at home with your child(ren) to reinforce the importance of staying seated, keeping hands and feet to self and not eating on the bus. This way our drivers can keep their eyes on the road and deliver everyone safely to their destination.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

If you would like to send a completed shoebox to the school we will make sure it gets to Operation Christmas Child Shoebox. Shoeboxes are filled with hygiene items, school supplies, and toys and then are given to needy children around the world. Please only include new items. Send completed boxes by November 6, 2018.
See Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Information for more information.

Remembrance Day

Students from Grades K to 6 will be attending and participating in the school service Friday, November 9th. Parents and community members are more than welcome to attend. Service to start at 10:15 a.m.

CKNX Relief Truck

This year North Woods students have the opportunity to participate in the CKNX food drive. This activity gives students experiential learning around our character trait of Compassion. Our week for collecting food will be November 26th to the 30th. Each day there will be a theme day for collection. All students need to do is bring in one item and then they can participate in that spirit day. So for example on Monday the 26th, the theme is “Monday Morning Wake up” and if they bring in a breakfast item or a personal hygiene item, they get to wear their pyjamas for the day. See the list of spirit days below, along with some examples of items. Please remember all items need to be non-perishable.

Approximately 6500 children are served by our Huron County Food banks. So encourage your child/ren to help you pick out items, knowing they are picking something they know another child will eat and enjoy. On Wednesday, December 5th, Ms. Goetz and some students will load the collected items into Ms. Goetz’ truck and take the items to Wingham to be donated. Hopefully we have more items than can fit into Ms. Goetz’ truck and then we will be asking a couple parents to help me truck all the items to Wingham.

  • Monday Morning Wake up – Wear your PJ’s – Breakfast items and personal hygiene/laundry items– eg. Cereals, breakfast bars, etc., toothbrushes/paste, shampoo, soap, hairbrushes and hair clips/barettes, etc, laundry items
  • Tuesday Jersey Day – Wear a sports/club Jersey – Protein based items – canned/dried beans, chick peas, canned meats, canned stew, soups, etc
  • Wednesday Hat Day – Fruits and Veggies Day – canned fruits and veggies day
  • Carbo Thursday – Chew gum – pasta, and sauce, rice, anything Carbo based
  • Friday Snack Attack–Wacky Hair Day – Snacks and baby items –

These items are forgotten by many donors. When I volunteered at the Food Bank there was always a shortage on snacks for the kids especially for their lunches, items like puddings, fruit cups, cookies, gummy snacks, gold fish, etc. All of our children have that favourite snack, have your child/ren help you pick out a snack they enjoy to donate. The other forgotten members of the food banks are the babies. They need us to help remember them too.

QSP & Frozen Cookie Dough Fundraiser

QSP and Frozen Cookie Dough Fundraiser starts today. Orders need to be in Monday, November 12, 2018. Online orders at (school #3657442), and will count towards the school fundraiser. Cookie Dough will be delivered to the school on Thursday, December 13th. We have not been given a time yet so please watch the Parent Council Facebook page, our twitter feed and for a paper notice coming home closer to the date for pick-up information.

Christmas Dinner

This year we will be hosting a full Christmas dinner for all of our students. The date is Thursday, December 6th (Pizza Day this week will be Wednesday, December 5 as Friday is a PA Day). We are looking for volunteers to help make this event run smoothly (preparing food, serving, clean up…). The We are looking forward to having our full school of learners come together for this special event. More information will be shared in the December newsletter. Please contact the school or sign up on interview night if you are able to help out.

Parent Council News

Our second meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12th at 7 p.m. These meetings are open to all parents in the school. We will be discussing projects such as playground updates, curriculum updates and fundraising as well as the Christmas Dinner.

Change of Bus

In order to ensure the safety of students and to comply with requirements of bus contractors, students may not ride any other than their home bus, unless it is for custody or childcare purposes. If you have a regular schedule for your child to go on another bus a Bus Change Request form needs to be filled out. If this occurs infrequently then a signed note from home including name, date, and address of drop-off and phone number is required.

How do I know when buses are cancelled and/or my school is closed?
You will find cancellation/bus delay information at the following:

  1. Transportation website
  2. 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.)
  3. Monitor local radio stations during inclement weather for the latest announcements on cancellations or delays.
  4. Parent Council Facebook page

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.


Please park in the designated parking area when coming to school. It becomes a safety issue for students when unexpected guests drive onto the playground and up to the doors in order to enter the building. Our students exit and enter the building through the front two sets of doors. Please note the location of the handicap/wheelchair parking spot.

Making Sense of Mindfulness

Mindfulness has become a buzz word recently, but what does it really mean? Mindfulness is simply noticing what is happening right now. It is practiced on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement. Mindfulness encourages you to experience each moment without considering if the experience is good or bad.

Mindfulness involves the use of your five senses to notice how your body feels and what you see, smell, hear and taste. Being mindful also includes noticing your thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness encourages self-awareness and creates a space between a strong emotion and our actions. We learn to deal with positive and negative experiences more calmly and make better decisions. Practicing mindfulness is not a magic fix that erases all life stressors or challenges, but it is a tool to make you more aware, more present and more compassionate.
Stay tuned for next month’s article to learn more about the role of the brain when practicing mindfulness.

Community News

Brussels Library News

“William Bee’s Wonderful World of Trains, Boats and Planes” by William Bee is the perfect book for every child fascinated by amazing vehicles. Kids age 7 and under will really enjoy it. The illustrations are bright and bold and funny. They remind me a lot of Richard Scarry. William has a Harrier Jet which can take off vertically, a WWI fighter plane that performs amazing stunts and even a space rocket. Vroom, vroom, we have blast off.

EarlyOn- Fridays 10am-11:30 Ages 0-6 Come out and meet other caregivers and children. There is plenty of active play, circle time and crafts.

PA Day, Christmas is Almost Here- Friday December 7 10am-12pm Ages 5+ We’ll have the Button Maker to make Christmas themed buttons and other Christmas Crafts. Pre-registration is required. Call the Library at 519-887-6448.

Tech Time- First Friday of each Month. Do you need help mastering the latest Technologies? Call the Library to book your one-on-one appointment.

During the Christmas Holidays enjoy some family time at the Library. We’ll have Keva Planks and the amazing Q Ba Maze marble maze to play with, as well as seasonal make and take crafts.

“Parenting is rewarding, but it’s also hard work. We could all use some help! Sign up today for the HIP (Helpful Information for Parents) e-newsletter K-Grade 6. You’ll receive valuable parenting info delivered straight to your inbox up to four times a year. Sign up at Huron County Health Unit.

Waste Reduction Week! November 12-16, 2018

As part of our goal to reduce waste at North Woods, we are asking students and families to pledge and participate in daily activities to make simple changes in what we do each day, and learn more about how we can clean up our earth and make it a safer place for us and animals. Please mark your calendars and plan ahead!

Monday, November 12 – Money/Earth saver Monday:

  • turn down the heat
  • Wear an extra sweater
  • Turn off lights and electronics

Tuesday, November 13 Textile Tuesday – Repair clothes before purchasing new ones:

  • Repurpose clothes into new outfits and accessories
  • Shop second-hand
  • Donate

Wednesday, November 14 Waste-free Wednesday – Send lunches and snacks in reusable containers:

  • Boomerang lunches mean any waste comes back home!

Thursday, November 15 Think-through-it Thursday – Say NO to straws and plastic water bottles:

  • Send a reusable straw with your child to school for milk
  • Buy in bulk to cut down on plastics and packaging
  • Use a reusable water bottle
  • Take a cloth bag for shopping
  • Snack on fruit
  • Ditch ‘micro-beads’ (polyethylene/polypropylene)
  • Never litter

Friday, November 16 Food Waste Friday – Plan meals and make a grocery list:

  • Store fruits and veggies properly
  • Get creative with leftovers
  • Eat what you buy

Mind-boggling Facts:

  • Canadians send more than 12 million tonnes of clothing and textiles into the waste stream every year.
  • We think “what’s 1 more t-shirt?” It takes 2,650 litres of water to make that t-shirt! “A new pair of jeans?” Add another 6,800 litres of water more.
  • Since the 1950s, 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics has been generated around the world and only 23 percent has been recycled or recovered.
  •  It is estimated that an additional 12 billion tonnes of plastic will be lost to disposal by the year 2050.
  • Some shampoo bottles, shoes and other material are being produced using plastic waste recovered from oceans.
  • You can now build a deck with recycled plastic lumber and buy boots made from plastic water bottles.

Make Simple Changes. Every Action Counts!