Woodlawn Early Years School

March Newsletter

Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of the second term. March report cards will be available on the Parent Portal on March 19 at 4:00. Report cards will look a little different this term than they have previously. Teachers have been focusing on literacy, numeracy, and learning behaviours this past term so parents will see complete marks and comments in these areas. Teachers may have covered parts of social studies, science, art, and music so parents may see some marks in these areas as well as some NAs (Not applicable). While we believe that all subjects areas are important we do acknowledge that there have been many interruptions in learning over the past year and that it is important to focus on the core areas of literacy and numeracy.

Due to continuing Covid restrictions we will not be hosting student-led conferences in March. We will be scheduling appointments so that all parents can meet with their child's teacher to discuss his/her progress. These appointments will take place during the week of March 22-26 through Google Meet. Positive relationships and communication between teachers and parents is so important in a young child's education and we hope that you will all have a chance to take part in these meetings with your child's teacher. Appointments can be booked on the Parent Portal starting March 12.

If you have any questions please feel free to email or call me at the school.

Karen Fraser

Vice Principal's Message

Our I Love to Read month was a huge success. Even in the absence of a packed assembly in the gym, we were still able to celebrate reading as a whole school. In fact, our classes were able to engage with a different guest reader every school day in February. We had teachers volunteer to read one of their favourite stories and share them digitally. Each morning our classes watched and listened to the story. The classes came up with criteria to help them vote on the story. This led to some high level discussions and respectful debates as a class, which is a great skill to learn. Encouraging your child to read a variety of books and evaluate what they enjoy reading will help them develop an ongoing passion for reading.

As we head into March, we hope that you are doing well and that you have a safe and relaxing Spring Break! Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Take care,

Tara Reimer

Traffic Safety at Pick Up Time

Over the last couple of weeks we have noticed an increase in unsafe incidents as children are getting picked up at the end of the day. There are crossing guards at the front of the school on Henry Street and at the back of the school at Barkman and Penner. We have observed many parents crossing over to the church parking lot with their children in front of the bus driveway on Henry Street. This is very unsafe and we have witnessed a few near accidents here. We understand that crossing here saves a couple of minutes, but for the safety of everyone we are asking once again that you use the crossing guard to cross into the church parking lot. We thank all of you for your cooperation and helping us get everyone home safely.

Karen Fraser and Tara Reimer.

What Should I Do If My Child Is Sick?

Please take a few minutes to read over the guidelines recommended by the HSD office. These are the guidelines that we are following at our school should your child become sick while in class. If the symptom is in Column A, we will send this form home with your child, including the return date if you choose not to get tested. Also, please remember to screen your children before sending them to school. You can click on here to view the screening tool.
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If your child is eligible for Kindergarten Registration (must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2021), our online registration is now available. Our new online registration process takes only a few minutes to complete. To begin, visit the HSD Kindergarten Registration page at https://hsd.ca/schools/student-registration/

If you do not have access to the Internet, please visit our school and we will assist you in completing the registration form on a school computer.

Registering early will assist our school in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Early registration also provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in upcoming orientation activities.


Our virtual book fair is finishing up on March 7. You can browse and order from the comfort of your home. Not only that, your books will be delivered right to your home! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place February 22 - March 7, 2021. Click on the header below to visit our school's Virtual Book Fair. Free shipping will be available one last evening on March 3 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. More information is available on our school website.

Thank you to everyone that made a purchase during our Virtual Book Fair.

Pancake Breakfast and Wacky Week March 22-26

Every year during the last week before Spring Break, we take some time to build community by having some extra fun. Regular classes still take place, but each day is designated to have something a little extra special. We are coming up with some great ideas, but we can tell you for sure that Friday, March 26 will be Pajama Day and Pancakes! Yes you read that correctly... Pancakes! We have worked hard to do a version of our Pancake Breakfast. While we cannot have a gym full of families, we have been approved to provide pancakes and chocolate milk for each of our students in their classrooms. We are working with Santa Lucia who have been amazing in making this possible with all of our restrictions. They will be sending individually plated and wrapped pancakes (two each) with an individual syrup. If your child cannot eat pancakes or doesn't enjoy them, please feel free to send a breakfast snack in their lunches. As Friday is an odd day at school, KG2 and KM2 will have their pancakes delivered on Thursday, March 25.

Stay tuned for our Wacky Week dress up days!


Staff or parent vehicles caught driving by a bus loading/unloading with lights flashing may be reported by the bus driver or receive a ticket directly from the RCMP who are monitoring drive-bys, including school bus loops. This is a very costly mistake.

Please take note of the 30 km/h area school zone signs on streets around our school. The 30 km/h speed limit is in effect Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 pm during the school year.

Please do not use the driveway or parking lot at Woodlawn Terrace Condominiums as a holding spot while dropping off or picking up your children.

Parents Please Note…

An important reminder...the office should be your first stop when you enter the school building during the school day. This minimizes disruptions to teachers during their teaching and keeps us accountable as to who is in our building. The secretary will be happy to assist you at the office. Please use the main doors on Henry Street to enter the school. Stopping in at the office allows us to ensure that we know of everyone who is in the building should we need to contact you or should we have to evacuate the school for any reason.

If you are picking up your child during the school day (between 9:08 and 3:30) please sign your child out at the office. The secretary will call your child to the office to meet you. If you arrive after 3:30, you will be asked to wait until 3:45 due to COVID Cohort restrictions.

If you have something to drop off for your child, please label the item with your child’s name and homeroom, and drop it off at the office. The secretary will call your child to the office to pick up the item.