February 2020 Newsletter

February 2020
Principals Message
As we start out the month of February, we consider our character attribute of Perseverance. As a school community, we continue to practice perseverance in everything that we do and on having a growth mindset. We encourage our students to tackle challenges because they understand that learning takes a lot of effort. Our hope is that they do not give up when things get difficult, because they have learned strategies to persevere. As we set goals for term two, we focus on taking risks, participating in class and understanding that mistakes are normal when people try hard things. We know that our students can do what they set their minds to; we see them trying and we see them succeeding.

Staff
We welcome back Mrs. Schumacker to our grade ½ class and wish Miss McDonald all the best as she is teaching at Hullett Central for the remainder of the year.

Public Speaking
Congratulations to all our students that spoke in the gymnasium with their speeches. We had 27 students compete. We wish good luck to twelve of our students who have moved on to speak at the Lucknow Legion Friday night. Thank you to Mrs. Robinson for helping to organize our speech competition this year.

School Council
Our next School Council meeting is February 13 at 6:45 p.m. in the library. Your School Council needs your voice. What questions do you have? What would you like to see happening at our school? Please come out to our next meeting or share your interests with a council member. We are looking for interested, creative, energetic and enthusiastic families to help us out. We have some upcoming fundraising events happening before the end of the school year and we know that many hands make light work. Coming up this spring to keep in mind: Little Caesars, Robinson Maple Syrup and a new, exciting one ready for pickup before Easter, Cinnabon. Come and join us at our next meeting on February 13th.

Valentine’s Day February 14th – Red, white and pink day. Just a reminder we are nut free, and please do not send homemade baked goods to school.

Family Day
Monday, February 17th is Family Day. There is no school for staff and students. Enjoy the day!

Pink Shirt Day
February 26th is Pink Shirt Day. It is a day when people come together by wearing pink shirts to school or work to show they are against bullying. The focus for 2020 is "lift each other up."

Grade 8 Fundraiser Jerry Rader Meat Pies
At the end of February, Grade 8 will be doing a fundraiser with Jerry Rader Meat Pies to help with the trip to Camp Celtic in June.

March Break is Monday March 16 to Friday March 20, 2020.

Help Stop the Spread
If they are sick, please keep them home We have had several staff and students home sick with a variety of symptoms this year. If your child has vomited or had diarrhea, we ask that they remain home for 24 hours from the time of the last incident. This helps prevent other children in the school from becoming ill.

Lost Belongings and Labels
To target the problem of lost belongings and a large lost and found closet, Brookside Public School is registered with Mabel's Labels, a company with all types of labels that are colourful, indestructible, easy-to-use and fun! Iron-ons, Stickies, Bag Tags, Allergy Alert labels & more! Personalize your labels with names, initials - whatever you choose. Cool icons help even little ones identify their own belongings. Dishwasher, microwave, laundry & kid tested! Visit www.mabelslabels.ca and search for Brookside public school to place your order. https://mabelslabels.ca/en_CA/fundraising/support/

Huron Perth Public Health - 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. Next month we will focus on mindful tasting.

Labour Relations Updates
This page contains updates pertaining to labour relations at the Avon Maitland District School Board. To view the details, click on the title and the content will be displayed. This page will be updated regularly.

Inclement Weather
If a school bus is cancelled or delayed, please visit https://ourschoolbuses.ca and our school social media pages. Just a reminder that the YMCA Before and After School program does not run at the school if the busses are cancelled.

School Bus Provider: Montgomery Bus Lines Phone: 519-357-9191

Websites:
brookside.amdsb.ca
ourschoolbuses.ca
amdsb.ca
Twitter: @BrooksidePS @yourschools
Radio: AM 920 CKNX, FM 101.7 The One, FM 94.5 The Bull Country FM 104.9
 
When bussing is not running, and school is open for students who can get there safely here are the drop off and pick up times.
Start Time (Drop Off): 8:40 a.m.
End Time (Pick Up): 3:05 p.m.
 
Supervision is not available outside of these times. Students must be signed in and out at the office and contact with an adult must be made.