Woodlawn Early Years School

March 2022 Newsletter

a message from the principals

This month the provincial government will start lifting some of the restrictions that have been in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. One of these changes is the mask requirement in schools. From what we have heard, starting on March 15 masks will be recommended by Public Health, but they will not be mandatory. Families will decide what option is best for them. This will mean that some staff and students will be wearing masks and some will not.

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:

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

literacy news

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!

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Numeracy News

Lots of our teachers are using Which One Doesn't Belong (WODB) as a learning experience in math. What is great about this numeracy routine is that it gets students thinking, talking, listening, explaining, and justifying. Students are shown 4 pictures/symbols/equations/etc. and are asked the question: Which one doesn't belong? They share what their answer is and why they believe it doesn't belong. This is what we call an open ended task because there isn't just one right answer. All students have an access point to this learning as they are able to draw on what they already know. Once they share one, they can continue looking to see if another one wouldn't belong for a different reason. When students are listening to their peers, they may learn more about a concept or solidify an understanding they already have.

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.

Indigenous Perspectives

The Indigenous structures inquiry is catching on at Woodlawn School and a number of other grade 3 and 3/4 classes are also exploring structures. We’ve been using our design minds and hands to wrestle with the shape of the tipi skirt! It’s harder than you might think! We sent a few of our tipi questions off to our friends in Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation (RRFAN). Did you know that each pole in the tipi holds a teaching? Did you know that you only need 2 or 3 people to pitch an average tipi? And the fastest time for pitching a tipi that Josie from RRFAN knows of is 8 seconds!


Crossing guards are at Hespeler and Barkman in the morning from 8:30-8:55 and in the afternoon until 4:00. The afternoon crossing guard is noticing that some of the Woodlawn students are coming late as they are playing in the snow. Please remind your children that they must go home right away so that they are not crossing Hespeler by themselves.

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!

We are excited that volunteers are being allowed back into our schools and classrooms. With restrictions opening up, field trips will also be starting. This means our teachers are going to be looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please make sure your volunteer status is up to date with the HSD School Division.

Click HERE to read what will be needed to volunteer.


We have decided to push back report cards by one week to give our teachers and students more time for instruction and assessment. Because we had so many snow days we want to give teachers as much time as possible to provide parents with an accurate representation of their child's learning. Report cards will available on the Parent Portal at 4:00 on Friday, March 25. We will have parent -teacher conferences during the week of March 21-25. These will be virtual or phone appointments. We decided to change to a parent-teacher format instead of student-led conferences so that teachers can discuss the report card with you as well as your child's strengths and challenges. Parents will be able to book an appointment time on the Parent Portal in a couple of weeks.

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

Twitter: www.woodlawn.hsd.ca/twitter/

Monthly Hot Lunch Order

Thank you to all the families that jumped on board for our new monthly ordering process for hot lunches, it makes things easier in the office and with the restaurants we work with. The order form for April will be sent out by email on March 18th and the deadline for ordering is March 25th. The order form will also be posted on our website.

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

Online order information

Winter Fun Day

What a crazy winter we have had! We have had to cancel our Winter Fun Day many times in February. The weather is looking great this week and we will have our Winter Fun Day on Friday, March 4. KM1 and KG1 will have their Winter Fun day on Thursday, March 3. Please make sure your kids are dressed to be outside and please include a change of clothes including socks in case they get wet.


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 jadams@hsd.ca

Kindergarten Registration

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

We are asking for parents help to have each student bring a refillable water bottle each day to school with them. Our water fountains are only for bottle filling. As a school we cannot be handing out cups at the rate we are. If your student forgets their water bottle, we will be calling home for one to be brought for them. We thank you in advance for your participation in this matter.


Friday, March 25, we are going to have a pancake breakfast similar to last year where kids will have their pancakes in with their classmates! Each child will get 2 pancakes, an individual syrup, and a chocolate milk. We are ordering our pancakes from Smitty's! If you have a child with allergies or food sensitivities and they cannot eat pancakes and/or have chocolate milk, please feel free to send a special breakfast that day. Our KM1 and KG1 classes will have their pancake breakfast on Thursday, March 24.


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 25th will be donated to the Steinbach MCC Thrift Store during Spring Break.

arctic adventure book fair


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!

Happy reading!!

Mrs. S. 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.

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.

Interested in becoming a bus driver?

We provide all the training for free with applicants only required to provide a few items for a small fee. If anyone is interested they can gladly email Robert at rwarkentin@hsd.ca or call our office 204-320-2347 for more information. Another option is under HSD.ca, Employment tab, job openings and on the L side is link to our transportation application form.
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