Woodlawn Early Years School

March Newsletter

Principal's Message

As we head full steam into March, the grade 1-4 report cards will be issued on Friday, March 16th. Our Student Led Conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 20. We look forward to sharing our learning journey with families. We look forward to working hard during the third term supporting academic and social emotional growth.

It is with bittersweet feelings that I announce the following news to you. I have been offered and accepted a new position, that being Assistant Superintendent of Hanover School Division. My new position will take effect for the 2018-2019 school year.

Woodlawn School has been my place of employment and ‘second home’ for the past sixteen years and I am completing my seventh year as Principal. I have held various positions and been involved with the students, families and every aspect of the school community along the way. I will greatly miss all the Woodlawn students, staff and families.

It has been my pleasure and honour to serve this school community and I wish all the best to a new school leader once she/he has been chosen. I have every confidence that an excellent candidate will be selected and able to continue to nurture the learning community, mission, beliefs and positive culture at Woodlawn School.

I extend my gratitude to all of you for your incredulous support along my journey at this amazing school. I now look forward to passing the baton to a new principal and being able to serve and support Woodlawn in a new capacity.

Hanover School Division will proceed with the hiring process shortly and you will be kept informed along the way.

Once again, I want to thank you for the support provided to our school as we go through this season of change.


Shelley Amos

Vice Principal's Message

I Love to Read month was a success and the students met their reading goals. That means that Mrs. Amos, Mr. Adams, Mrs.Ciprianno, and I will be kissing a rabbit, a duck, a calf, and a pony at an upcoming assembly!

Our grade 4 WOW (Woodlawn Outstanding Workers) group have been busy preparing an upcoming fundraiser. Each year the WOW group chooses a charity to support during the school year. This year the WOW students decided to support Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue. They will be organizing and running a Snack Shack during the week of March 12-16. Students may bring some money to buy a treat at the Snack Shack over the lunch hour. More information will be sent home next week. The WOW students will also be planning an animal food and supply drive later in the year to support the animal rescue. Earlier this year the WOW students spent a lunch hour with Michelle Neufeld, the president of Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue. They had the opportunity to ask her some great questions and learned about all of the important work they do. We are very proud of our WOW students for raising awareness and funds for animals in need in our community.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES - MARCH 20, 2018 4:30-7:50 pm

Student led conferences are an opportunity to meet with your child's teacher and to see the wonderful work that has been happening in the classroom during this past term. The teacher will conference with you and your child for a ten minute period. Your child and teacher will share his/her learning with you. Children and parents are invited to be in the room for an additional 10 minutes before or after your conference time to allow sufficient time for browsing and discussing the learning.

Communication about learning can occur effectively in student involved and student-led conferences. The more student involvement there is, the more effectively the communication can support learning.

Please be aware that there may be more than one family in the classroom at the same time. If you or the teacher feel an additional private conversation is warranted without your child or another family present, this can be scheduled at a separate time, before or after the student led evening and can take place face to face or by telephone. This can be requested from either yourself or your child's teacher. Please feel free to request this from your child's teacher if required.

All parents are asked to register for a student led conference appointment for each of their children at www.woodlawn.schoolappointments.com . Please follow the instructions in the handout that your child will bring home next week. All instructions will also be posted on our website: www.woodlawn.hsd.ca

The booking site will be available from March 7th-19th for booking appointments. We ask all parents to register online for an appointment by the end of the day on March 19th. If you are having difficulties or do not have internet access please call the school for assistance.

Wacky Week at Woodlawn

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. Here is the lineup of special events for this year.

Monday, March 19: Hat and Gum Day

Tuesday, March 20: Character Dress. Dress like a book, movie, TV or sports character.

Wednesday, March 21: Sock Day. Wear crazy socks. Donate $1.00 in support of WDSD

Thursday, March 22: Inside Out Day-Movie and wear clothes inside out

Friday, March 23: Pancakes and Pyjamas. Eat pancakes! Wear PJs, slippers, bring stuffed animals.


Woodlawn School will be hosting its annual Community Pancake Breakfast on Friday, March 23 starting at 8:00 in the gym. All families are welcome to join us. Students whose families are unable to attend will be invited into the gym as they arrive at school so that they too can enjoy some yummy pancakes.

There is no cost for the breakfast, however donations will be graciously accepted. If you would like to make a donation and would like a tax receipt, please write a cheque payable to The Hanover School Division. To qualify for a tax receipt donations must be $25.00 or more. All proceeds from this event will go to supporting Steinbach Community Outreach. We thank you in advance for your support.


Please check the lost and found for items that your child may be missing. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold these items indefinitely. Any unclaimed items in the lost and found after March 23rd will be donated to the Steinbach MCC Thrift Store during Spring Break.


Thank you to our Woodlawn community for your outstanding support for our Book Fair this year. Parents and students purchased $7248.65 worth of books, posters and school tools. Our school is receiving $2000.00 in products to help enrich our classrooms and $895.00 in cash for the library from Scholastic. Our seating area that was added last year has been such a hit that we would like to add another comfy seating area for students.

Thank-you for your continued support of the Classroom Wish List program. So many classes benefited from the generous gift of a book for their classrooms. It is greatly appreciated.

What would we do without the volunteers? Our book fair wouldn't survive. Thank you to the many volunteers for getting up early and braving our first day madness and being there for lunch hour and after school. Your support is amazing. Thank you for making our fair a great success.
I am looking forward to next year.
Sandy Loewen
Library Support Specialist


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.


All students in grade 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to go skating in March. Class notices and informed consent forms will be sent home and parents are asked to have helmets fitted and skates sharpened in preparation for the fun. If you absolutely cannot beg, borrow or buy the equipment, we do have some basic skates and helmets as a back up at the school. I welcome any parents who have any extra equipment they may want to share to call me so that all students can join in the fun! Please be aware that hockey sticks are not allowed to be transported on the school division buses. If your child would like to bring a stick please make arrangements to drop it off and pick it up at the school.

We also welcome and need parents to come out and help with supervision, tying skates and possibly sharing your own expertise in the sport.


Mr. Jesse Adams


Parents and Volunteers 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 volunteering please remember to sign in at the office and take a volunteer badge.

If you are picking up your child during the school day (between 9:08 and 3:45) please sign your child out at the office. The secretary will call your child to the office to meet you.

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.