Woodlawn Early Years School

October 2020 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

September was a busy month, but I think we can all agree that it has been great getting back to school. Our students have done so well getting used to all of the new safety measures and I am so proud of them. I also want to take a minute to thank all of our staff who have been working so hard. I am so thankful to work alongside these awesome people every day.

One of our school goals this year is in the area of social and emotional learning. As a staff, many of us have been learning about Self-Regulation (self-reg) and this year the teaching staff will be learning about self-reg through a book study and PD.

Self-Reg uses science based, brain research to examine behaviour. It is based on the work of Stuart Shanker from The Mehrit Centre. The belief is that all behaviour is caused by stress. Sometimes there is just the right amount of stress, or a blue brain/red brain balance. This is when we learn and perform at an optimal level. Some stress is good. If we never experienced stress we would not learn or grow. There are times for all of us when our stress becomes too great and our red brain takes over. This happens to all of us, all the time. As adults we have learned (mostly) to use strategies to help us return to a blue brain/red brain balance. Some of these strategies might include taking a few deep breaths, taking some time alone, talking to someone and so on. We believe that our young students need help recognizing their stress and then finding strategies to help them restore balance. There is no such thing as a "bad kid". Our job as teachers and parents is to lend them our calm when they are over stressed. They need the adults in their lives to be calm and help them so that one day they can recognize their own stressors and find ways to bring them back to calm and to learning.

If you would like to learn more about Self-Reg the Mehrit Centre has a great website with lots of resources for parents as well as educators. I encourage you to check it out. In the meantime, if you have any questions, anytime, please reach out via email kfraser@hsd.ca or via phone 204 326 6110.


Karen Fraser

Message from the Vice Principal

For as long as I've been at Woodlawn, we have had school wide assemblies every day 5. During these assemblies, we've been able to celebrate together and share in our learning. While we cannot have our typical assemblies in the gym as a whole school, we have been able to shift to virtual assemblies. It has been a learning curve and we are working out technical issues, but the classes have already been able to tune into several live assemblies by Mrs. Fraser and I. We have read stories and demonstrated some important routines. Just last week, we took the school on a virtual trip outside to demonstrate important bus safety measures. Please review the section in this newsletter on bus safety with your children.

We have also temporarily moved our library to the virtual world. Sandy Loewen (our librarian) is going to classes and reading stories, but students can also sign out books from our library using the Destiny website. Click here for more information on how you can help your child sign out books from home. Mrs. Loewen then delivers the books that your child has signed out to their class. Students will need their Google Username and Password. Teachers will be starting to share this information with students soon. If there are any issues with the passwords, let your child's teacher know and I can reset them. We are happy that our students can still access the great books from our library.

Tara Reimer

COVID-19 Guidelines and Updates

Please be sure to visit the HSD website and the COVID-19 Update page for up to date information regarding the pandemic.

A reminder that parents are expected to self-screen their children every day before sending them to school. Children who are sick must stay at home and follow the advice of public health before they return to school. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Parent Portal/Student Information

The HSD Parent Portal is a communications tool designed to enhance and increase parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children by providing secure online access to their child's student information. We encourage all parents/guardians to set up a parent portal account. With a single username and password you can access data for each of your children attending an HSD school. If you have not yet set up an account for each of your children please contact the school office for the access codes and set up information.

Please take a few minutes to review the student information and contact information for your child. It is important that the school has current address and contact information for your child in case it is necessary to reach someone during the school day. Contact the office for any changes that need to be made on the parent portal.

picture day

Mark your Calendar for our School Picture Day on

Wednesday, October 21 for KG2, KM2, Gr. 1 and Gr. 2

Thursday, October 22 for KM1, KG1, KCG1, Gr. 3, Gr 3/4

and Gr. 4

For your convenience orders may be placed online.

All students will be photographed for school service products. Social distancing will be followed during picture day and Life Touch has taken many precautions.

For Tips on preparing for photo day visit www.lifetouch.ca

Any questions, please call Lifetouch at 1-866-457-8212 or email: guestservices@lifetouch.ca

School Attendance Reminder

If your child will be away from school or will be late or will not be returning to school after any of our nutrition/activity breaks please ensure you call the school at 204-326-6110 or email woodlawn@hsd.ca to let us know. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent please enter the absence in your child's parent portal account, email woodlawn@hsd.ca, leave a voice mail, or write a note in their agenda. When the school is not advised of an absence or late arrival, the office begins a call back procedure to parents and emergency contacts. Many of these calls can be avoided if parents call ahead to advise us of the absence.

Parking/Pick Up/Drop off

To ensure the safety of our students and due to congestion of our staff parking lots and bus loop areas, parents are not to enter those ares between 8:15 - 4:30. Also note there is no public parking available at Entrance D (Barkman Street) at any time. All parking is reserved for school staff. If you are dropping off or picking up your child please park on Henry Street or on the church parking lot across from the school. For the safety of your child we request that you escort your child across Henry Street. For students' safety, please avoid parking along Barkman Street across from the school during 8:30 - 9:00 am and 3:30 - 4:00 pm.


An urban bus catchment area map is posted on the HSD website. Any urban or rural bus that will be late due to weather or mechanical issues is listed on the HSD website under the bus delay tab.

Go to the drop down menu of Services/Transportation Services and you can select:

1. School Bus Delay Bulletins - where any bus that is late is posted with the approximate delay.

2. Catchment Maps

Thank you for checking these options before calling the Hanover School Division Transportation Department with your questions regarding bus delays and Steinbach urban bus routes times and maps. Any questions for transportation please call 204-320-2347.

Bus Safety Week October 19 - 22

Most school bus fatalities occur when children are outside the bus and 75% of these fatalities involve children under the age of nine.

Things Parents Should Know About Bus Safety

  • School buses are the safest form of transportation
  • The most dangerous part of the bus ride is getting on and off the bus
  • Young children are most likely to be struck because they:
  • Hurry to get on and off the bus
  • Act before they think and have little experience with traffic
  • Assume motorists will see them
  • Don't always stay within the sight of the driver

Things Children Should Know About Bus Safety

  • Stand back from the curb
  • NEVER run to or from the bus
  • NEVER try to pick up something that has fallen under the bus
  • Stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted
  • Wait for the driver's signal and then cross in FRONT of the bus

Fire Safety Week

Fire Prevention Week begins on Sunday October 4, 2020 and the Office of the Fire Commissioner website has been updated with all Fire Prevention Week – “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” material.

The Brochure is available in English and French and children Kindergarden to Grade 4 can complete the entry form either on-line or hard copy and submit it to the Office of the Fire Commissioner by fax, email or mail. The deadline date is November 13, 2020. Once again, there will be five draws, one for each grade level. Each draw is for a $200.00 LEGO Store Gift Card.

Please visit the following link to our webpage:


Since this past Monday, Public Service Announcements on kitchen safety have been playing on radio stations throughout Manitoba and will continue until October 18, 2020. Over the next couple of weeks, Fire Prevention Week messaging “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” will be going out on FaceBook and Twitter as well as the Manitoba Government page.

Visit Manitoba.ca to see the “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” banner that will be located on the lower right hand side of the page, and will link to the Office of the Fire Commissioner website.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail on to all who would benefit and to help us bring awareness of fire prevention in the kitchen and in the home during this important week.

We still have brochures available to send out, so let me know if you would like hard copies.

Thanks everyone, and good luck to all who enter the draw!

Kelly McLean

Municipal Support Officer/Public Education Officer

Office of the Fire Commissioner

1601 Van Horne Avenue East

Brandon MB R7A 7K2