January 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

It has been a busy and productive fall at North Woods and our students should be proud of the hard work and focus they have put forward. We will continue to challenge our students academically in the new year as they focus on the student outcomes (problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity) and grow as learners.

Cathy Goetz

Ski and Tubing Trips Cancelled

Please read!

Due to our inconsistent winter weather we are cancelling our ski and tubing trips. We want these trips to be a very enjoyable experience and this weather does not provide optimal conditions. We will try again next year. In place of those trips we will be offering 2 skating trips: Thursday, February 14 and Thursday, March 7. These skating opportunities are free of charge. Students in grades 3 /4, 4/5 and 5/6 will be skating from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and KA, KB/1, 1/2 and 2 will be skating from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Students will be required to wear CSA approved helmets. We hope this gives you enough notice to line up some skates and helmet. Students without proper equipment will stay back at the school to do a fun activity. If you are able to volunteer please contact your child’s teacher.

Permission forms will follow closer to the events.

Environmental Goal

Our Environment Goal starting today let’s make everyday a litterless lunch day. Remember to use reusable containers instead of creating more garbage. Most of our families do this already so we should reach our goal. Keep up the good work!

Thank You

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the parents and community members who helped to prepare, serve and clean up after the Christmas Dinner. What a great opportunity for all of our children!

Hats, Mitts and Neck Warmers

Thank you to Grey Ward Firefighters Association for the donation of hats, mitts and neck warmers.

Winter Clothing

We encourage all of our students to come to school with appropriate outdoor clothing, including mitts, hat, winter boots and snow pants. This will help them to stay warm during our two – 20 minute mandatory outdoor activity breaks. To sled on the hill, students are required to wear snow pants. Extra mitts and socks are always appreciated for those times when the first set get wet! Please ensure that your child also has a pair of indoor shoes to wear.

School Closures and Food Days

If the school is closed due to inclement weather on a pizza day, students will receive their order the following day.

Electronics at School

Many students may receive a new game, or technology for Christmas. Remember the responsibility for any loss or damage is not ours. If in doubt keep it at home. We do have wireless internet in most of our classrooms but that traffic is monitored by our Board Technology support staff because it flows through our Board server.

Volunteer Offence Declaration

Just a reminder that if you would like to volunteer at the school in any capacity, a yearly updated offence declaration check is required. We sincerely thank all volunteers for their valuable assistance. Please ask at the office for a form.

Responsibility – “Being reliable and accountable”

At school this could look like:

  • being on time and organized
  • turning the lights off when you leave the room
  • caring for borrowed items
  • picking up after yourself
  • carrying out a duty and being trustworthy
  • taking responsibility for a mistake when you make one

Weather Delay and Cancellation Announcements

As we head toward colder weather, it is likely that winter weather may cause school bus or school delays and cancellations.

The Huron Perth Student Transportation website features RSS feeds allowing parents and students to receive instant notification of weather announcements on their home computers, email program or smart phone specific to the school or schools that their children attend. Subscribing to an RSS feed is free and easy to set up by visiting the Huron Perth School Transportation Services site.

You may also tune into the following radio stations for news about Avon Maitland District School Board school closures and/or bus cancellations due to inclement weather: CKNX Wingham 920 AM, 101.7 FM the One and 94.5 FM The Bull.

Big Box of Cards Fundraiser

The Parent Council still has “Big Box of Cards” to sell. The cost is $33. for 33 cards, the School Council earns $11. on each box. A sample box can be sent home for viewing.

The Many Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness promotes personal awareness. This awareness comes with lots of benefits.

Mindfulness helps to:

  • Enhance focus and decision making
  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Improve sleep
  • Promote problem solving, reasoning and creative thinking skills
  • Increase self-compassion and kindness
  • Increase the ability to manage behaviour and emotions
  • Calm the mind
  • Enhance quality of life

Check out the TED Talk “All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes” to learn more about the impact of mindfulness and being present in each moment. Mindfulness info It’s never too late for you or your children to start practicing mindfulness. Practicing together can be fun and strengthens your connection. Over the next couple of months we will explore some simple mindful activities. You know your child best and will be able to determine which mindful techniques are helpful and which are not. There is an endless amount of mindful activities to try.

Why not add mindfulness to your New Year’s resolution list?

519.482.3416 ext.2247 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143

Community News

Brussels Library Newsletter

“Tracker’s Canyon” by Pam Withers has been nominated for a 2019 Red Maple Award. The book is told from sixteen year old Tristan’s point of view and will appeal to readers in Grade 6 and up. Sixteen year old Tristan has been taught to track animals through the bush, climb over rugged terrain and descend from cliffs and waterfalls by his dad. When his father disappears in Swallow Canyon Tristan needs to find out what happened. This is a super adventure story that also explores the beauty and danger of nature.

This winter the Brussels Library is promoting the Forest of Reading Awards with a number of different programs. You can participate by joining our Blue Spruce Junior Picture Book Club. Pick up your passport, read some great Canadian Picture Books, and get your passport stamped. In April you get to vote for your favourite book.
Drop into the Library Tuesday afternoons in January and take part in Crafternoons. There will be make and take crafts available that are Blue Spruce themed.

Early on, every Friday, 10am-11:30am, ages 0-6

February 1 PA Day 10:30-11:30. Groundhogs and Valentines. Join us for a wacky Groundhog Art Project and some Fizzy Heart Bombs! Call the Library to pre-register.

Tech Time Do you need help mastering new technology. The Library can help. Phone to register for one on one tutoring. 519-887-6448.