February 2019 Newsletter

February is the month of perseverance – staying purposeful and committed. At school we encourage the children to believe in themselves and their abilities, to always do their best and learn from their mistakes. With report cards coming home in just a couple of weeks, we encourage the children to set goals, based on the feedback provided on the report card and then stick with it until they achieve their goal.

Congratulations to all of our students for their perseverance and hard work during the first term of the school year. Everyone has a success to celebrate and something to work on for next term. Please take a few minutes when report cards come home to recognize the great work your child(ren) has been doing and help them set realistic goals for next term.

Public Speaking

Students in Grades 1-3 are writing their own story or making a speech to share in front of their class this year. Grade 4-6 students are writing the traditional 3-5 minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Most importantly, all of our students (1-6) will have the opportunity to work on their public speaking skills which is an important skill they will use for the rest of their lives. Some students from each class will speak in front of their peers in the gym/library – Primary and Junior – February 13th. Some of our students will move on to the Brussels Legion Public Speaking competition which is February 20th (snowdate – February 21). Please encourage your child(ren) to learn their speech so they do not read it to their class when they present. Adding some expression and hand movements always helps to make the presentation more interesting. Thank you for your support with this important opportunity.

Dressing for the Weather

Students need to be dressed adequately to be outdoors for recess. All students are expected to go outdoors for both recesses. It is a good idea for all students to have an extra pair of mitts and socks in their backpacks in case the ones they are wearing become too wet. All students should come to school with snowpants in preparation for recesses, outdoor phys. ed. and snowshoeing on our wonderful property.

EcoWolves News in a Nutshell!

Thank you so much for supporting our Waste-free Lunches – Everyday! We have reduced our lunch time waste significantly and hope we can continue to do so. Please mark your calendars for upcoming February events:

  • February 6 – Winter Walk Day – Enjoy the great outdoors in this amazing season!
  • February 7 – Sweater Day – wear your favourite extra sweater as we plan to turn down the thermostats at school. Try it at home too to save on energy and help our Earth and its resources.
  • February 15-18 Great Backyard Bird Count – for 15 minutes on any of these dates, count the number of birds you see in your front or back/side yards, identify them if you can, and send in the numbers and names to school. We will compile the lists and submit them on-line for the Canadian count. This really helps the bird labs in Canada find out the health of our birds, and you will have a lot of fun with our feathered friends!

Family Day

Enjoy Family Day on Monday, February 18, 2019.

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.

Big Box of Cards Fundraiser

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

This attractive keepsake box of cards contains 33 all occasion cards that are of the highest craftsmanship and quality of materials. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, from the 3-D relief work to the like-themed envelopes. These cards will be a pleasure to receive and an even greater pleasure to give. Cards include: Birthdays, Wedding, Get Well, Thank You, New Home, Congratulations, New Baby, Blank.

Mindset

Our brain is like a big muscle that wants to be stretched. If you have a growth mindset, you believe you can always get better and that it takes hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Intelligence and talent are not fixed traits but traits that can be developed through continued dedication and effort. Instead of telling someone they are ‘smart’, a growth mindset comment would be, “Way to go, you worked very hard!” We want our children to have a good work ethic because that is what will help them achieve.

Math

While we all know how important it is to read with our children every day, it is equally as important to practice math facts on a regular basis. Recall of basic facts is important. Please take a few minutes to review all (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) facts daily. Problem solving conversations are also important. Talk about the math and relate math to your lives to help your child see how the math we learn in school/home is used everywhere in our lives.

Community News

Brussel Public Library News

Where Oliver Fits is a Jr. Picture book by Canadian author Cale Atkinson. It is the sweet and funny story of a tiny puzzle piece named Oliver who is on a quest to fit in. Will he find himself on the mane of a unicorn, or in the blast off of a space ship, or maybe he’ll be part of a rock band? Will he be orange or yellow or purple? In the end Oliver realizes that the most important thing of all is to be himself. This picture book is nominated for a Blue Spruce award.

Caregiver Connection Group. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Begins Feb 12. 2-3 p.m, Adults and Seniors. A social network for caregivers.

EarlyOn. Fridays 10-11:30am, ages 0-6. Opportunities for children to play and learn. Toys, crafts, stories and songs.

PA Day: Groundhogs and Valentines. Friday February. 1, 10:30-11:30, School aged. Join us for wacky Groundhog Art and some fizzy heart bombs. Pre-registration is required.

Tech Time, Friday Feb. 22, 10-2 p.m. Do you have questions or need help with your device? One on one tutoring is available. Call to register for your free 45 minute lesson.

Tuesday Crafternoons continues every Tuesday in February. JK-Gr. 8. Register for the Forest of Reading program and make crafts every Tuesday.

Brussels Minor Soccer

Registration night for soccer is going to be held at the Brussels Arena in the upstairs on February 27 and 28 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Please bring 2 cheques–1 to pay for the registration and 1 for a jersey deposit (this cheque will only be cashed if we do not get the jersey back).

Also if this is your child’s first year playing please bring a copy of their birth certificate. I will have access to a photocopier to photocopy that night as well. (Registration sheets available at the school office)

Thanks, Patricia Beuermann
President – Brussels Minor Soccer

Road to Resiliency: Staying Positive during the Winter Blahs

Winter can make it tricky for driving, even on the road to resiliency. But there are some suggestions to navigate the winter blahs:

  • Stay Active. Being active improves mood and is good for your overall health. Head outdoors for tobogganing or building snowmen. Indoor exercises are great too!
  • Keep in Touch. Winter is a great time to connect with friends and family, near and far. Take time to write letters or call. It can be such a positive boost to our spirits to touch base with those we love.
  • Nurture Yourself. When it is too cold to be outside take time for yourself. Try a new recipe, read a book, or wrap up in a cozy blanket and watch the snow fall. Challenge your mind by trying a new hobby.
  • Plan a Family Night. Snow days are great for family time. Plan a special movie night or names night. Get creative with some new crafts.
  • Spend time with each other and talk over a warm cup of hot chocolate.
  • Write yourself a Positive Note. Write cheerful messages or favourite moments on sticky notes and place them around the house. Have your kids find some funny pictures to post. Replaying happy memories and laughing on a regular basis promotes a positive feel-good attitude.

The best way to stay positive during the winter is to stay energized and do the things that make you feel good. Try a few of these suggestions from this resiliency stop.

Happy travels! A message from the Huron County Health Unit.