Southwood School

May 2019

Spring Concert - Barnyard Moosic!

Let’s take a trip to see Farmer MacDonald! The whole barnyard is singin’….. dogs, cats, turkeys, ducks, chickens, horses, rabbits, pigs, cows, even the scarecrows sing! Come hear the Southwood School grade 1’s and 2’s perform:


Thursday, May 30th, 6:30 p.m.

At the Southwood Nature Playground

*Please bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

Volunteer Appreciation

Inviting All Volunteers!

Southwood staff & students would like to invite you to our


Thursday, May 9th 12:10 p.m.

Thanks for returning your RSVP’s.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Transition for Grade 4 Students to Grade 5 (2019/2020)

May 16th, 2019 at 7 pm

All parents of students who will be attending Grade 5 at Clearspring Middle School or Stonybrook Middle School next year (2019/2020) are invited to an information evening on May 16th at 7:00 pm at the school where they will be attending.

  • Your student should have received a registration package from their middle school


If you are planning to move locations during the summer please call our office at 204-326-3518 as soon as possible or the school division at 204-326-6471 after June 30th. Thank you!

Kindergarten Orientation Interview Dates

The kindergarten interviews for 2019/2020 students will be held May 1st and May 2nd by appointment only. A letter has been mailed out in April to advise on interview date and time. (All kindergarten classes will be running as usual).

For more information feel free to call Southwood School at 204-326-3518. We hope to see you there!

School of Choice Deadline

If you are planning to complete school of choice form(s) for your student(s) to attend a school out of your catchment area please hand them into your school or the Hanover School Division office no later than May 15th, 2019.

School Supplies Online Ordering Option for 2019-2020 School Year

Staples and Southwood School will be partnering up for supplying prepacked school supplies for this coming school year.

School supplies can be purchased at Staples online or at the local Steinbach Staples store.

More details to come!

Southwood Bike Rodeo

As the cycling community grows in numbers, so does the need for an increased awareness of road safety. Whether you're a cyclist or a motorist, knowing the rules of the road will make our roads safer for all road users. Safe roads are everyone's responsibility and together, we can work to stay safe, have fun and build healthier communities.

For this reason, Southwood School will once again be hosting its annual Bike Rodeo on May 23rd, 2019. Grades 3 and 4 students are invited to bring their bikes to school on this day. Please remember to bring a bike lock. We have invited Manitoba Public Insurance to work with our students on the topic of bike safety. Students will also take part in an obstacle course to test their knowledge of the road.

If you are interested in reviewing the lessons and skills learned, feel free to visit and download this free resource from MPI.

Happy biking!!

Stars of the Future - 2019

Children born between July 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, together with their parents, are invited to attend a Spring 2019 Stars of the Future clinic.

Stars of the Future allows parents to see how their preschool-aged children are doing in the areas of hearing, speech, language ability, fine and gross motor development in preparation for starting school. The appointment is one hour long. Appointments may be booked by calling 204-346-6136 and leaving a message.

For more information on Starts of the Future go to Appointment times do fill up quickly, so we encourage you to book your appointment early.

Stars of the Future is offered FREE to families living in the South East region through a partnership with Southern Health-Santé Sud, South East Children's Therapy Initiative and Healthy Child Coalition - South East.

Earth Day Fashion Show / MakerSpace Challenge

The next Makerspace Challenge has required each class to work collaboratively to create an outfit made completely out of reused and recycled materials. Students have been eagerly choosing a theme and creating a design plan with their class. With Earth Day recently taking place on April 22nd classes have been encouraged to think about items that can be reduced, reused and recycled.

We will have a fashion show to reveal these amazing creations on Global Day of Design, Monday, May 6th at 2pm. We are looking forward to seeing all the creativity that is going to be displayed as each class has a chance to choose a model to strut their outfit on the runway!

Craft and Bake Sale - World Wildlife Fund Fundraiser

Did you know that there are more than 16,000 endangered species in the world? The student's in 4H have been learning all about it and want to do something to help! We will be raising money for World Wildlife Fund by hosting a craft and bake sale.

The sale will begin on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 and end on Friday, May 10th, 2019. It will be during the first nutrition break (11:30 - 11:55) each day in Makerspace. No item will be more than five dollars and we will be selling things like cookies, bracelets, finger knitted scarves, mini notebooks, and much more!

Hope to see you there!


Balanced School Day Feedback

May 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

This year, Woodlawn School and Southwood School embarked on the Balanced School Day to structure our daily schedules. This two year pilot project was approved by the Hanover School Board. The Balanced School Day provides students with two longer activity/nutrition breaks each day. During each of these breaks, the students eat for 25 minutes and play outside for 25 minutes.

Both schools report improved supervision which has resulted in less incidents of negative behaviour. Teachers report that they are better able to help students learn to solve problems as they arise on the playground. As a result, teachers are also reporting that they are spending less class time working on recess issues than they have in previous years. Teachers have enjoyed the additional opportunity to build relationships with their students.

We would like to hear from you, any comments or questions that you have in regards to the Balanced School Day. Both Woodlawn School and Southwood School will be entering into the second year of the pilot project at the start of the 2019-2020 school year and we welcome any feedback you may have. Please respond by May 15th, 2019 using the links below.


Rod Kehler - Principal Southwood School

Karen Fraser - Principal Woodlawn School

Fundraiser Updates

Chocolate Sales

Thank you again to all of the volunteers and participants of our chocolate sales. We raised a total of $10,643.35! Funds raised will be used to purchase gym equipment, playground equipment, playground improvements, and to support special events to support student learning.

Jump Rope for Heart Event

The kids had a great day at the event and we were able to raise a total of $1,806.95 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation!

K-12 Education Review

You Are Invited to Participate in the K-12 Education Review

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Manitoba government has established a new commission to undertake a comprehensive, independent review of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system. The process will include extensive consultation across Manitoba, and consider a wide range of topics such as student learning, teaching, accountability for student learning, governance, and funding. Hanover School Division Board of Trustees welcome such a review of our public education system.

Two matters which may be under consideration in this review are the large-scale amalgamation of the 37 elected school boards in our province, and a possible move to appointed (rather than elected) school boards. HSD Board of Trustees strongly oppose any mandated reduction of school divisions in Manitoba, or the elimination of locally elected school boards.

School boards are grassroots, democratic institutions. Alone, either of these changes would severely undermine the ability of communities to shape local schools. The first would create overly-large administrative units, and the second would eliminate the right of communities to choose their own representatives to govern their school system. Together, these two changes could silence the community’s voice in education and take away community ownership of local schools. As citizens within the communities of Hanover School Division, we believe it is important to advocate for school division autonomy. This ensures decisions are made locally, based on what is best for the students within our schools.

Your voice matters, and we need your support! We encourage all parents/guardians and general community members to consider participating in the K-12 Education Review. You can do so by attending a public workshop, submitting a written response, or completing the online survey by May 30, 2019.

Please visit for specific instruction on how you can share your voice, and help shape the future of education in Manitoba.

Yours Sincerely,

Ron Falk, Board Chair

Hanover School Division Board of Trustees

Important Dates

May 2019

May 1 & 2 - Kindergarten orientation for 2019/2020 students

May 6 - Earth Day Fashion Show / Makerspace Challenge - 2:00 pm

May 9 - Volunteer Appreciation

May 16 - Middle Years Orientation Evening

May 20 - Victoria Day - NO SCHOOL

May 23 - Southwood Bike Rodeo

May 24 - Assembly 2:00 pm

May 30 - Grade 1 & 2 Spring Concert

June 2019

June 4 - Roof Top Photo

June 14 - Assembly 12:10

June 24 - Grade 4 Farewell

June 26 - Assembly 9:08

June 26 - School Picnic & Last Day of Classes

June 27 - NO SCHOOL

June 28 - NO SCHOOL