South Oaks School

November 2023

What do you think?

I was hoping to start something new this month called, "Coffee with the Principal" where parents could come to the school and talk face to face with me about anything we want. I think it will be great to be able to discuss ideas and even concerns in this way.

However, in light of a potential EA strike on Nov. 1, I have decided to wait with this since the students will need as much support as we can offer. Instead of the face to face conversations this month, I have put together a short parent survey, to hear your thoughts and ideas for school improvement and growth. Please click this link and let us know your thoughts!

Have a great day,

Dale Martens


Dates to Remember

Nov 3: Picture Retake Day

Nov 7: Community Health Clinic in Hut 1

Nov 8: Remembrance Day Assembly @ 9:15 AM - parents welcome

Nov 8: PAC Fundraiser - final day

Nov 10: Admin Day - NO CLASSES

Nov 14: Wear blue for World Diabetes Day!

Nov. 14: KJL Parent/Teacher meetings - by appointment

Nov 16: Grade 1-4 Student Led Conferences, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Nov 16 & 17: KG Parent/Teacher meetings - by appointment

Nov. 17: KDR Parent/Teacher meetings - by appointment

Nov 21: Community Health Clinic in Hut 1

Nov 23: Fundraiser product pick up day

Nov 24: Admin Day - NO CLASSES

School fees are due!

There are a number of students with outstanding/overdue accounts. Please pay these as soon as possible via parent portal or cheque/cash at the office. If payment arrangements are needed, please call the office at 204-434-6165. Thank you!
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Remembrance Day Service - Nov. 8

On Wednesday, November 8 we will hold a Remembrance Day Service at 9:15 am in our gym. Parents are welcome to join us for this special event. The service includes songs and readings by the grade 3 and 4 students.
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Kindergarten, "EYE" Report Meetings

Kindergarten classes in Hanover School Division are implementing the new Early Years Evaluation (EYE), as mentioned previously. The K teachers will be taking appointments to meet with parents to review the assessment results. Mrs. Lafreniere will meet with parents on Nov. 14. Then, on Nov. 17, Mrs. Guenther and Mrs. Deniece will meet with parents. Parents will receive more information from the office soon about signing up for a 10 minute meeting time to review the EYE report with the teacher. We hope you will be able to join us for these meetings.

Grade 1 - 4, Student Led Conferences

On Thursday, November 16, all grade 1-4 classes will host student led conferences in their classrooms from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Parents are invited to attend with their child to see what they have been doing in their class and to check in briefly with their teacher. This is a "come and go" format, so no appointments will be necessary. The term 1 report card for grade 1-4 is scheduled for release on Dec. 5. So, parents will have this opportunity to visit the class and see what their child is doing before the report card is released.

Please note that if you want to have a private meeting/conversation with the teacher, this is not the best time since several families will be in the class at once. If you wish to have a private conversation, just let the teacher know and this will be arranged for another time. Thanks for understanding.

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World Diabetes Day - Nov. 14

Diabetes affects one in ten people worldwide so it is highly likely that you and your children know someone who has diabetes. This year, South Oaks School wants to highlight the efforts made by the International Diabetes Federation through their World Diabetes initiative. We encourage our South Oaks families to learn more about Diabetes on their website:

South Oaks will commemorate World Diabetes Day on Tuesday, Nov. 14 by inviting everyone to wear blue on this day. Thanks for supporting World Diabetes Day and our students and families who live with the challenges of Diabetes.

Transportation Note

All bus routes are posted on the HSD website with times and maps. Any bus that will be late due to weather or mechanical issues will be listed online as well. Go to, to services, then to transportation services. Any bus that is late is posted there with the approximate delay time. Thank you for checking this prior to calling the transportation department!

Hearing Screening

Our annual hearing screening event will happen on November 21 and 22. We do this screening annually for our younger students to ensure that their hearing is sufficient for learning and communication. Hearing screening will include:

● All kindergarten students

● All grade 1 students

● All other/new students, at Teachers’ request

The screening is provided by a technician that is trained by the Southern Health audiologist at the Bethesda Hospital. If your child is flagged for a potential hearing concern, then they would participate in a second round of screening on Dec. 4 at school. If that is the case, we will let you know in advance.

From the Health Nurse

Head Lice - As mentioned in the parent handbook, it is requested that children's heads be checked periodically for lice. If at all suspicious, call the school immediately, so we can take the necessary precautions to prevent the lice from spreading. If live lice are found, children must be treated with specific lice shampoo. Once the child is treated, they are able to return to school. Children will then be checked when re-entering school.

Remember that having lice is not a cleanliness issue. Anyone can be in contact with lice, either at school, at a sports complex, or even trying on headgear in a store. Please also note that lice combs should be used in addition to the recommended shampoo to deal with lice. Once the lice shampoo has been used, a lice comb, such as the LiceMeister or the Nit Free Terminator, will help get rid of the rest of the head lice that may remain. If you have any questions or concerns, call our Public Health Nurse, Yvonne Hiebert, at 204-346-7013.

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