Woodlawn Early Years School
March 2022 Newsletter
a message from the principals
As a school we are going to do some teaching around perspective. We will help our students understand that it is okay if our friends or classmates believe something different or have a different perspective than we do. We do not all need to share the same opinions, but we do need to be respectful and kind to one another.
One of our beliefs at Woodlawn is; We believe that a school culture which builds strong
RELATIONSHIPS with students and their families creates the conditions to improve student learning outcomes. We welcome, nurture, and encourage positive communication and relationships. As a school staff we have talked about this often throughout the pandemic. We may not have always agreed with each other about Covid-19 and the restrictions, but we did not ever want our different perspectives to negatively impact our relationships with each other. We want this to continue and extend to our students and their families. Starting on March 15 some families will be happy that the mask mandate is over and some may feel apprehensive. Both are okay. Neither are wrong, they are just different. As we move forward we want to help our students learn that they can hold onto what their family believes while understanding that others don't feel the same way and that is okay. Differences coupled with respectful dialogue make us stronger collectively. The most important thing all of us need to remember is that our relationships with each other are more important than anything else so being kind to each other will be especially important and will get us through the upcoming changes together.
Karen Fraser and Tara Reimer
a message from the counsellors
Talking to Kids About Report Cards
This term there have been many unusual disruptions to learning at school. What a weird winter! Soon report cards will be out and it will be more important than ever for us all to remember to focus on areas of progress and where effort has been demonstrated. Because neuroscience has shown that too much stress leads to the shut down of the prefrontal cortex (the thinking part of the brain), we know that what we say and how we say it actually really matters. Comments that may contribute to feelings of guilt, shame or pressure may actually make it harder for children to do well. There are different reasons why you might be disappointed, surprised or concerned with your child's report card. Try to be aware of those reasons, and remember that you have an opportunity to encourage your child and contribute to their joy of learning, which is one of the most helpful things you can do. Here are some suggestions:
Ask open ended questions about your child’s progress instead of yes or no questions. (Eg: what is easiest / hardest for you? What do you like the most / least?) Remain present and listen to their responses.
Offer specific praise and encouragement instead of general statements. (Eg: It looks like you worked very hard in math this term.)
Focus on a goal and come up with a plan together. (Eg: How can I help you? - practice math facts, get to bed earlier, read together, get up earlier, have breakfast)
Report cards are only one way that demonstrates your child’s capabilities / learning; they do not define how smart or capable your child is. There are many, many other ways your child demonstrates skills, capabilities and talents. Remind your child to remember those too.
Our words matter, and when we use positive growth mindset language it encourages learning. If you want to practice using growth mindset language at home with your child check out the link below:
Throughout “I Love to Read” month, students were asked to return a form about books their family loves. The idea behind this activity was to spur conversations about books and to have a source for book recommendations. It wouldn’t make sense to keep this valuable group resource to ourselves, so below I’ll share just some of the many wonderful book titles discovered.
There were a couple of authors that were repeatedly recommended. Many students suggested books written by Mo Willems including The Thank You Book, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, I Will Surprise My Friend, and I Really Like Slop. Robert Munsch was another popular author with titles such as Love You Forever, Moose!, Finding Christmas, School Rules, and the collection Munsch More. I think we can now add author Oliver Jeffers to this list after enjoying many of his books during school-wide “I Love to Read” month activities.
It’s always great when you can discover an enjoyable book series so that one book can lead to another. Series that were recommended included Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park, The Trouble at Table 5 by Tom Watson, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer.
Thank you to all families who participated in recommending books. I hope these suggestions will come in handy the next time you are heading to the library or book store!
This website provides many examples, but you don't need to stop there! Teachers and students can create their own Which One Doesn't Belong and share it with their peers.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION - CROSSING HESPELER
Also, please remind your children about the staying off the snowbanks. We have had parents and bus drivers report that some children are still walking along the snowbanks instead of the sidewalks. We will continue to remind them, but hearing it from their parents will also be helpful.
We love volunteers!
Click HERE to read what will be needed to volunteer.
REPORT CARDS AND PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Woodlawn PAC March News
STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: We would like to thank all our teachers and support staff for their hard work and dedication to the education of our students. The PAC is starting to plan a Staff Appreciation Week for March 21 - 25 and will be looking for volunteers who would like to help in various ways. Stay tuned for more details.
PAC INFORMATION: PAC news, events, meeting dates, volunteer opportunities, and contact information can all be found on our website at www.woodlawn.hsd.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council.
You can also follow us on: Instagram
Monthly Hot Lunch Order
Mom's Pantry Fundraiser
We are excited to be offering Mom's Pantry as a fundraiser. Please see attached information.
Thank you in advance for helping raise money to expand our outdoor play area. Orders are due March 9.
Your Woodlawn PAC
Woodlawn School Mom's Pantry Letter
Winter Fun Day
All students in grade 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to go skating in April. 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. If your volunteer information is up to date and you would like to help, please contact Mr. Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child is eligible for Kindergarten Registration (must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2022), our online registration is now available. Our new online registration process takes only a few minutes to complete. To begin, visit the HSD Kindergarten Registration page at https://hsd.ca/schools/student-registration/
If you do not have access to the Internet, please visit our school and we will assist you in completing the registration form on a school computer.
Registering early will assist our school in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Early registration also provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in upcoming orientation activities.
Wacky Week at Woodlawn - March 21 - 25
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 - Wacky hair and funny socks day
Tuesday - Favourite colour day - Dress head to toe in your favourite colour
Wednesday - Fancy day
Thursday - Dress up like your favourite character or animal day (students will not be permitted to wear costumes that are violent or scary)
Friday- Pyjama day
water bottles are important
LOST AND FOUND
arctic adventure book fair
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR 2022!!
Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair was a success! Thank you to all families, teachers, and students who participated, supporting our school while enhancing home libraries.
Your investment in your reader helped our school to earn $355.60 that can be redeemed for new books for our school and classroom libraries, as well as supplies and Education Resources to benefit our students. We can’t wait to hear all about the new stories you have added to your home libraries!
Thank you for participating in our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!
Mrs. S. Loewen
Library Support Specialist
SCHOOL BUS LOOP/SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY
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.
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.