May 2019 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

Our first meat draw was a success! We are excited to begin our daily draws. Winners will be called and their names will be posted to our school web site, then click on the tab Principal to go to the page where the winners names are posted. Winner will also be posted to the North Woods School Council facebook page. Here are some interesting facts about our Meat Draw I wish to share with you.

Thank you to our 3 sponsors who paid for the cost of the printing of the tickets, McDonald Home Hardware, Mile 33 Cattle Corp and Newry Coach Lines. Thank you to our 40 Donators who provided us with $2,350 worth of prizes. Thank you to our families who managed to sell tickets to friends, family, fellow workers and neighbours for a total profit of $10,000 for our fundraising project!

All the funds raised will go towards our playground improvement as well as needed technology within the school to improve student learning. Remember to stay tuned to our school web page to follow and celebrate with our winners. The meat is all at the school for pick up as well as the gift certificates. Thank you to all who helped us make this event a huge success.

Just to let you know, last year’s fundraising projects by the school council brought us a profit of $4,731. So far this year with our fundraising coming to a close, we have raised approximately $10,750.

On the playground note I also want to share with you that last week the construction company was here and installed our new playground pieces for the Junior Yard. We are just awaiting inspection so that he can give us the go ahead and let the kids begin playing on them.

Good luck to all our Meat Draw Lottery participants!

Parent Council

Our next meeting is Monday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m.


With spring’s arrival, a few students are riding their bicycles to school from Ethel. Parents are asked to sign consent for their child(ren) using the form available at the office.

Parents are also reminded that all people under 18 are required by law to wear a bike helmet. Parents of children under 16 can be fined $75 if they let their child go out on the roads without the proper coverage. Cycling mishaps are the leading cause of hospital admissions for head injury in children. Head injuries account for 75% of all deaths from bike injuries. Wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 85%. Please ensure that if your child is riding his/her bike in our communities, that he/she is wearing a properly fitted helmet. Safety first!

Grade 6 Spring Breezes Flower Delivery

Spring Breeze flowers are being delivered Thursday, May 9, 2019.

P.A. Day

The next P.A. day is Friday, June 7, 2019.

Feeding Tummies Means Feeding Brains

As you know, a child with a satisfied tummy has more energy, is alert, attentive and is better prepared for learning. Thanks to our EAT And LEARN program, every child at North Woods is offered a snack from at least two food groups each morning. This fuels both the body and the mind so your child can experience success in learning.

We ask families to remember many of our students have experienced growth spurts, and with spring, are more active. Check with your child to see if an additional healthy snack needs to added when packing school lunches to ensure your child is satisfied and fueled for learning.

EQAO Grade 3 and 6 Assessments

Our grade 3 and 6 students will be taking part in the provincial EQAO Assessments. EQAO will occur Wednesday, May 22nd – Friday, May 31, 2019, for our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students. The EQAO assessments consist of six one-hour activity blocks to assess student learning in Reading, Writing and Mathematics at the end of the Primary and Junior years. The balance of the day will be regular program. We anticipate that students will enjoy the challenge, putting forth their best efforts. The purpose of the provincial assessment is to help our school identify areas so that we can improve the educational outcomes for all students.

Uninterrupted attendance is very important during this time. Thank you for your support. Please note: sample units and additional information are available on the EQAO website for parents.

As always, should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for us, please remember our doors are open and we would be pleased to speak with you.

Track and Field

Students in Grades 3 to 6 will be participating in Track and Field on Tuesday, June 4th for the day. Rain date is the 5th. We will be running the 1500 m on the 3rd at 2:00 p.m. We invite parents to come out and support the children during these times. Please send sun screen, water bottles and proper footwear with your child on these dates.

Preschool First Ride Program

Preschool First Ride program is scheduled for Friday, May, 10th, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. at the school in the Library. Next year’s students will be taking part in bus safety activities. We look forward to welcoming our newest school community members.

Piano Lessons

Sign up for September! Kelly Byles. Certified Piano Teacher. 519-335-3696