Woodlawn Early Years School
September 2022 Newsletter
Message from the Principals
The start of a school year is always such an exciting time. Welcome back to all of our students and families returning to Woodlawn. Also a big welcome to all of our new students and families. We look forward to meeting you all. We would also like to welcome Trudy Smeltz (K) and Loribelle Monchamp (2) who are new teachers at Woodlawn.
It takes a lot of work to get a school ready for the start of the year. A big thank you to Ed Wolfe and his summer cleaning staff for making our school look great! Another big thank you to Melissa Thiessen and Crystal Penner in the office for the hard work they do behind the scenes making sure everything is in order. Thank you to the teachers who have been working hard getting their classrooms ready for their students.
Last year the staff at Woodlawn worked on our school beliefs. These beliefs guide us in our decision making and we worked hard to make sure they reflect our values as a school staff. We shared them with our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and asked for their input. These are our new belief statements that will guide us as we embark on a new school year:
- We believe compassionate support, curiosity, and co-regulation create a school culture of caring relationships between students, families, and staff.
- We believe that all students belong here and their voice matters. We celebrate and value our diversity and believe that inclusion is a human right.
- We believe that children must be viewed as intelligent, creative and capable with gifts and abilities that surface through play and relationships with self, others, and environment.
- We believe the purpose of education is a pursuit of creativity, collaboration, communication, citizenship, character, critical thinking and a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy.
- We believe in a commitment to Truth and Reconciliation by understanding our collective history and moving towards reconciliation through mutual respect, empathy and intercultural understanding.
Karen Fraser and Tara Reimer
september 7, 2021 - early dismissal for non-bus students
** PLEASE NOTE:
On Wednesday, September 7, (the first day of school) there will be an early dismissal at 3:15 pm for all non bus students.
All bus students are asked to stay in school for the regular dismissal. Due to our large number of bus students, all teachers will be involved in helping students locate bus lines.
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. With a single username and password you can access data for each of your children attending an HSD school. The Access IDs along with setup instructions have been sent via email to all eligible parents/guardians of new students. If you are new to Woodlawn and did not receive the specified email, please contact the school office at 204-326-6110.
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. Please email or call the school if changes need to be made.
Please take the time to read the Student Handbook. The handbook can be a valuable reference tool during the school year for many questions that students or parents have.
The student handbook is also posted on our school website at woodlawn.hsd.ca.
Balanced Day Schedule - 2022 - 2023
This is our regular daily routine for the 2022-2023 school year. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Karen Fraser or Tara Reimer.
9:00-9:05 Homeroom Time or Religious Exercises (in designated area)
9:05-11:05 Learning Block 1
11:05-11:55 Nutritional and Activity Break
11:55-1:10 Learning Block 2
1:10-2:00 Nutritional and Activity Break
2:00-3:45 Learning Block 3
3:45 Dismissal of Students
If you are picking up your child during the school day or dropping something off (labelled with name and homeroom) for your child you must report to the office. If it is necessary to pick your child up for an appointment please do so at the office before or after break times. It is difficult for recess supervisors to find students on the playground.
a message from pac
The AGM will take place on September 13 at 6:00. Parents are strongly encouraged to consider joining the PAC. The PAC works to support the school. They do this through fundraising for various projects, providing special treats for the students, staff appreciation, and providing feedback to administration. The PAC is looking for someone to fill the position of secretary. Nominations will be accepted up until the AGM on Sept. 13.
The following changes to the constitution have been brought forward and will be voted on at the AGM:
Additions to be considered and voted on at AGM:
i) ADD to Section 5: Disputes/disagreements between members are encouraged to
be addressed privately among those members involved. If unresolvable, then the
Chair would be involved.
ii) Add-PAC will apply teamwork, honesty, integrity, transparency and respect
throughout their efforts as PAC members.
If you have any questions, please contact the PAC Chairperson, Sara Richards at email@example.com
Mark your Calendar for our School Picture Day on
Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20.
All students will be photographed for school service products. Proofs will be sent home for you to preview the images before you buy!
For Tips on preparing for photo day visit lifetouch.ca
Questions call Lifetouch at 1-866-457-8212 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
wear the right stuff!
School safety reminders
Parking/Pick Up/Drop off
School arrival/leaving times
Walking students and those dropped off by parents should arrive at school after 8:30 in the morning. Teacher supervision is provided starting at 8:30. Any students arriving on the playground before 8:30 will not be supervised and responsibility for the student belongs with the parent/guardian. Students are permitted to enter the building when the 8:53 bell rings.
Students are required to leave for home by 3:45 in the afternoon. Teachers will walk their classes out at the end of the day. This will help reduce the crowding in the halls by the classroom doors and at the front office at dismissal time (3:45). Make every effort to be punctual when picking up your children. Please ensure your child is aware of pickup arrangements before coming to school. Changes to routine pick up arrangements should be written in the agenda book. If a friend or relative is picking up a child from school the parent/guardian needs to notify the school or the classroom teacher by writing a note in the agenda. If you need to phone the school regarding a change in pick up for your child at the end of the day please call before 2:45 pm.
administering medication to students at school
In the past there has been some confusion regarding the administering of medication while your child is under the care of the school. In accordance with Hanover School Policy, we feel you should be aware of the following points if your child requires the use of prescribed medication:
· All medication must be brought to school by the child’s guardian to ensure that the medication administered to your child is the correct medication. All Medications must be brought in the original pharmacy container.
· All medication administered at school will require forms completed by the parent which are available at the school office. If medication is required for more than fourteen days, an Individual Health Care Plan may be required.
· The school will not administer non-prescribed medication or over-the-counter medication. A doctor’s prescription is always required.
Even if your child is capable of taking their prescribed medication independently at school, it will still require the appropriate paperwork. The medication will be kept under lock and key. Students are not allowed to keep any type of medication in their locker, lunch kit, or backpack while on school premises.
If you have any further questions about this issue we would be happy to discuss it with you.
WOODLAWN SCHOOL IS A "PEANUT AWARE SCHOOL"
No child without
Our school is involved with the Canadian Medic Alert Foundation’s
No Child Without program. There is no cost for students who attend our school and are between the ages of 4 up to their 14th birthday to join the Medic Alert through this program. If your child has a medical condition, allergy or is required to take medication on a regular basis, then you should consider this program. A child’s MedicAlert identification can alert school staff, friends, coaches and other’s about your child’s medical condition should an emergency occur.
For further information come to the office for a brochure or go to
www.nochild without.ca. To register your child you will need a NO Child Without brochure from the school office.
If your child is already part of the No Child Without program and there has been a change to their medical condition, medications or emergency contact information, call MedicAlert at 1-866-679-3220 Ext 1 to update your child’s file.
2022 - 2023 Woodlawn Staff
KM1/KM2 - Angela Martin
KS1/KS2 - Trudy Smeltz
KR - Samuela Isenschmid Reimer
1S - Chris Schroeder
1D - Jason Dyck
1C - Elena Cornelson
Grade 1/2 Combined
1/2C - Amanda Cipriano
1/2JC - Jenn Cuppage
1/2P - Heather Penner
2LR- Loribelle Monchamp
2PR - Pat Reimer
2KF - Kristen Falk
3R - Kristen Reimer
3CG - Cathy Toews + Angela Gosselin
3K - Shawn Kehoe
Grade 3/4 Combined
3/4A - Jordyn Arcand
3/4B Michael Bourget
3/4D Andrea Dick
3/4M Lisa Martens
4F - Marlene Funk
4G Simmy Gandhi
4JK Jerilyn Koslowsky
Music and Gym - K-1 Music & Gym Aimee Kroeker
Music and Gym - 2-4 Music Jessica Heier, 2-4 Gym Jesse Adams
Guidance Counselors - Sandy Caners, Courtney Gangloff
Learning Support - Glenda Maendel, Amanda Bilevicius, Courtney Gangloff
Instructional Coach - Monica Martens
Literacy Support - April Harder, Katherine Peters
Principal - Karen Fraser
Vice Principal - Tara Reimer
Head Secretary - Melissa Thiessen
Secretary - Crystal Penner
Librarian - Sandy Loewen
Custodian - Ed Wolfe
Educational Assistants -
WOODLAWN SCHOOL 2022 - 2023 CALENDAR
2022 - 2023 Important Dates
Monday, September 5 - Labour Day
Tuesday, September 6 - PD/Admin Day
Tuesday, September 6 - Meet the Teacher
Wednesday, September 7 - First Day of Classes / K Interviews
Thursday, September 8 - K Interviews
Friday, September 9 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry
Monday, September 12 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry
Tuesday, September 13 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry
Wednesday, September 14 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry
Thursday, September 15 - All K Students Attend (Days 1,3,5)
Friday, September 16 - All K Students Attend (Days 2,4,6)
Friday, September 16 - Strong Connections Day 1
Monday, September 19 - Strong Connections Day 2
Friday, September 23 - Terry Fox Run
Friday, September 30 - National Day of Truth and Reconciliation - No Classes
Monday, October 10 - Thanksgiving Day - No Classes
Mon-Thur - October 17-20 -Bus Safety Week
Friday, October 21 - MTS PD Day
Wednesday, October 19 - Picture Day
Thursday - October 20 - Picture Day
Thursday - November 10 -Remembrance Day Assembly
Friday, November 11 - Remembrance Day - No Classes
Monday, November 14 - PD Day
Monday, November 21 - Picture Retake Day
Monday, November 28 - Admin Day (Report Card Writing Day)
Friday, December 2 - Reports Issued
Tuesday, December 6 - Student Led Conferences
Tuesday, December 13 - Aft/Evening Christmas Concert
Wednesday, December 21 - Last Day of School Before Christmas Break
Thursday, January 5 - First Day Back at School After Christmas Break
Friday, February 3 - PD Day- no classes
Wed-Fri, Feb 8-10 - Book Fair
Friday, Feb 17 - Winter Fun Day
Monday, February 20 - Louis Riel Day - No Classes
Friday, February 24 - HTA PD Day - No Classes
Friday, March 10 - Admin Day - No Classes
Friday, March 17 - Report Cards Issued
Mon-Fri - March 20-24 - Wacky Week
Tuesday, March 23 - Student Led Conferences
Friday, March 24 - Community Pancake Breakfast
Friday, March 24 - Last Day of School Before Spring Break
Monday, April 3 - First Day Back After Spring Break
Friday, April 7 - Good Friday- no classes
Monday, April 17 -PD Day - No Classes
Tuesday, May 9 -Aft/Eve Spring Concert - Grade 1
Thursday, May 11 - Aft/Eve Spring Concert - Grade 1/2 & 2
TBA - Volunteer Appreciation Event
Monday, May 22 - Victoria Day - No Classes
Monday, June 5 - Admin/PD Day - No Classes
Thursday, June 29 - School Picnic and Last Day of Classes
Thursday - June 29 - Report Cards released on Parent Portal
Friday - June 30 - Admin Day
STRONG CONNECTIONS - Grades 1-4
Strong Connections Program at Woodlawn For Grades 1-4
Please sign into your child's Parent Portal to see which date your grade 1-4 student will attend for Strong Connections.
(Kindergarten classes will take place as usual.)
September 16 and 19!
Strong Connections will take place once again at Woodlawn School. This program has been implemented for several years now in Hanover School Division. Strong Connections is a program designed to build the relationships between teachers and their students as well as enhance the beginning of the year assessment of each child. Strong Connections activities are designed to help us get to know our students and how they learn in order to know where to begin with instruction. This provides an opportunity for teachers to extend and
consolidate their understanding of each child through one to one interview/assessment times. This will facilitate teachers in planning for instruction that will effectively address learning needs early in the year.
What will teachers learn through Strong Connections?
Teachers working individually with their students in an atmosphere of support and
encouragement have an opportunity to collect first hand information about such things as:
· How they learn
· Their confidence as learners
· The learning strategies they possess
· Their reading, writing and mathematical skills
· Their approach to problem solving
· Their attitudes toward school and learning
· Their ability to reflect upon and set goals for their learning
How will it work?
On either September 16 or 19 , students will attend school one day out of two. With half of the students present, homeroom teachers will have the opportunity to meet one on one with each student to participate in relationship building activities and assessment which revolves around literacy and numeracy. This is an opportunity for teachers to gather information about each child’s learning that may not be evident during whole class instruction. It is also an opportunity to further develop the teacher-student relationship. While some students are with the teacher, others will be participating in a variety of stations which include music, physical education, literacy, technology, art, and character building.
During these days, there will be no regularly scheduled classes for students. Students will arrive at school in their normal manner (bus or other) for their scheduled day. Parents will be notified during the first week of school as to when their child’s scheduled Strong Connections day will be.
We look forward to using these days to provide us with a deeper understanding of each student. More information will be sent out in September including which day your child is scheduled to attend.
RELIGIOUS EXERCISES & RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION
Notice of Approved Petitions for Woodlawn School
Petition for Religious Exercises - The Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious exercises be held in Woodlawn School during the 2022-2023 school year. The petitioners have specified their desire for the recitation of the Lord's Prayer and the reading of a Bible passage or story from the Bible. As the petition bears the signatures of parents/guardians representing more than 60 students in the school, the Board of Trustees of the Hanover School Division has authorized religious exercises, as specified above, to be held before the official instructional day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m., in a designated common area of the school.
Petition for Religious Instruction - The Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious instruction be held in Woodlawn School during the 2022-2023 school year. The petitioners have specified their desire for the Discovery Time program offered by Child Evangelism Fellowship. As the petition bears the signatures of parents/guardians representing more than 25 students in the school, the Board of Trustees of the Hanover School Division has passed the required by-law permitting religious instruction, as specified above, to be offered by volunteers during designated half-hour per week classes.
Parents/guardians who did not sign the original petitions are eligible to join at any time by submitting a signed note to the HSD Board of Trustees (forward directly to Woodlawn School). The note must indicate the name and grade of student for whom permission to participate is being given. Only children whose parents/guardians signed the original petition, or have subsequently joined, may participate in the exercises and instruction as described above.
As a Manitoba public school division, HSD is obligated to comply with the provisions of The Public Schools Act and provincial guidelines governing the implementation of religious exercises and religious instruction. The Public Schools Act states that public schools must be non-sectarian. Religious exercises and religious instruction in public schools may only be implemented by school boards in a manner consistent with the Public Schools Act and provincial guidelines - after parent/guardian petition is presented to the school board. Such petitions require annual submission, and must be received by the HSD Board of Trustees no later than April 30 (previous to the school year for which the petition applies).
Additional information regarding the Public Schools Act, HSD policies, and provincial guidelines governing these petitions can be viewed here on the Woodlawn School website.