March 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

March is our month of optimism awareness and we are all very optimistic that Spring will come early! We are also optimistic about the growth of our students as this is the time of year we begin to see the rapid growth in our students as the concepts they have been working on begin to solidify. It is a pleasure to see our students becoming more fluent readers and confident math students. Talking about their learning on a daily basis is good practice in reinforcing their understanding of the concepts they are working on in school. Thank you for taking the time to have those conversations, read with your child daily and talk about math which is all around them. Together, we can continue to make learning fun and meaningful for them!

Thank you to School Council for the Pancake Lunch. Reminder we are going skating Thursday, March 7, 2019.

North Woods School Council

North Woods School Council Meeting is Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

AMDSB SchoolMessenger

The Avon Maitland District School Board uses School Messenger for communication to allow us to deliver important information to you via e-mail, phone and text messaging.

SchoolMessenger is intended to enhance our existing methods of communication – not replace them.

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Types of messages you may receive –


• School activities and events
• School Council and other school-related groups/agencies messages


• School/District related emergency impacting school district
• Weather-related school delays and closures
• Power outage or other issues during the school day which causes school to end early
• Community emergency impacting families

If you have any questions please contact the school office.


We continue to focus on math and how we can help our students become more confident in this subject as they develop their understanding of number. Please continue to talk about math
and how it surrounds us in our everyday life with your children. Some other math hints are:

1. Help your child make sense of math. Encourage them to talk about math.
2. Encourage them to keep trying even when problems are challenging.
3. Let them know it’s okay to make mistakes and to revise their thinking along the way.
4. Encourage them to listen to other ideas about math
5. Encourage them to ask questions to help them better understand math.
6. Remind them that everyone has good math ideas and they don’t have to be the same.

EcoWolves Update

March is March Into Action month at North Woods! Along with the EcoWolves team, students, staff and families are asked to ACT on behalf of the environment and participate in the following activities during the month of March:

– World Water Day – March 22 – please consider conserving water; become more aware of how precious a natural resource water is; refuse single-use plastics, reduce use of plastics, and reduce waste which pollutes and destroys our oceans, rivers, lakes.
– Earth Hour – March 29 – North Woods will participate in an Earth Hour during the day on Friday to help inform and promote global Earth Hour which is held across the world between 8:30-9:30 pm on Saturday, March 30. Think about fun activities to do during that time without the use of lights and electronics, and talk about how you and your family can conserve energy and help the environment on a daily basis.
– Coming up – Earth Month is April and the school will be working on tree seedling planting projects and butterfly/pollinator garden projects, so watch for further details on that. We ask that families also begin to keep plastic grocery shopping bags for our annual Plastic Bag Grab Challenge which starts now until April 19th. Please watch for dates as to when to send in your collected bags with your child.

Thank you for all you do each day to continue to help North Woods with our waste-free lunches and environmentally friendly practices! It means ‘the world’ to us!

Brussels Legion Storytelling and Speeches

Thank you to the Brussels Legion for hosting their Speaking Contest on Wed. February 20, 2019. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the students who made and said speeches and to the staff of North Woods for participating in such a worthwhile activity.

Be a Math Role Model

Children learn by imitating the people around them. Imitating a parent’s positive attitude about education helps children develop healthy academic skills.

•Talk out loud as you do everyday tasks. This allows children to hear how you think and helps them develop important skills for “thinking things out” and solving problems.
•Do informal math together on rainy days, family evenings and vacation time, play math games such as Dino Math Tracks, Dominoes or Connect Four. Show your child that math is fun!
•Parents worry about the amount of time that children spend on the computer and the quality of online content, but many educational web-based games, such as Mathfrog and Calculation Nation, encourage mathematical skills.
•Grocery stores are a great source of math lessons. For example, you can talk aloud about how to weigh fruit on a scale or how to estimate the total cost of groceries as you fill your cart.
(“Math Tips for Parents” by Lynda Colgan)

Magazine Sales

Many families have been taking advantage of the online opportunity to renew subscriptions as they come due. The school and your child get credit for this throughout the year. To order online, go to Our Group # is 3657442.
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.

Mindful Breathing

Mindful breathing is one of the easiest ways to incorporate mindfulness into your day. It helps to calm the body and the mind. This type of focused breathing slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, sharpens our focus and supports strong functioning in the brain. Controlling our breathing supports the brain to think first and then plan a response, leading to mindful behaviour.

Follow these steps to try mindful breathing:

• Find a comfortable position. Close your eyes or look down at your hands.
• Pay attention to your breathing.
• Take calm, slow breaths. Slowly breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
• Imagine the air coming into your body and going out again.
• If you catch your mind wandering, bring your attention back to your breath.
• Feel your stomach rising and falling. Place your hand on your stomach to notice this change.
• Slowly open your eyes and take another slow, deep breath.
Consider how you felt as you breathed in and out. What did you notice about your breathing? How did you stay focused on your breath? Discuss these changes with your child.

Try to practice mindful breathing for one minute just before you do a task or activity that requires your full concentration and focus.

Kate Underwood, RN
519.482.3416 ext.2247 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143

Community News

Brussels Library March Newsletter

In the new Junior Picture book Tricky, by Kari Rust, Duke and his dog Tricky cheat, steal and play cruel jokes on people. But one day a stranger gives Tricky a lovely treat that melts his heart and he decides he has had enough of tricks. Tricky sets out to become kind and somehow he has to convince Duke to change as well. The bright, cartoon like illustrations add a sense of humour to the story. This book is nominated for a Blue Spruce Award.

EarlyOn, every Friday, ages 0-6, 10-11:30am. Come out to play and learn with your child. Meet other children and caregivers. Toys, songs, games and crafts.

Forest of Reading, for School Age Children Registered in the Forest, during March.Drop in for word games, puzzles and colouring based on the books in the Forest of Reading.

March Break, Make and Take Crafts, Thursday Mar. 16, 1-4pm. School Age. Come have fun at the Library.

Tech Time, one Friday per month, 10am-2pm. Do you need help mastering the latest technologies? Book a one on one 45 minute session with our tech tutor.Call the Library at 519-887-6448.

Join the Brussels Leo’s

Interactive, Community Youth Group mentored by Lions Club International. Brussels Leo’s meet twice a month on Mondays at Riverside Funeral Home in Brussels at 6 pm Ages 12-18.Check out our Facebook page Brussels Leo Club.

Contact us: Phone 519-887-0018, 519-887-6336 email:

Elma Eagles Minor Soccer Registration

Registration will be held at the Atwood United Church, 131 John Street:
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
For children born in 2001-2015.

Socks will be given to every player U10 and up – only available on the above registration dates. Full uniforms(jersey, shorts, socks) will be provided to every player Kiddie Kickers to U8 courtesy of

Tim Hortons Timbits Soccer

A separate, postdated uniform deposit cheque per family will be required at time of registration.

A late fee of $40 per player will apply effective April 1st and late registrations will only be accepted if there is still space available.

For more information, please contact: Patricia Coghlin,

Ethel Minor Ball Registration

March 6th 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at Brenda Boyer’s
44380 Brandon Road Ethel
Or call Brenda at 887- 6153 or Sue at 887- 9642
Premites 6 to 8 $15.00
Mites 9 to 10 $20.00
Squirts 10 to 12 $25.00
Peewees 13 to 14 $30.00