Woodlawn Early Years School
November 2016 Newsletter
Along with this month's newsletter, you will have received a copy of our annual school priorities report. I encourage you to please take the time to read through both important publications as they are a primary tool of school to home communication regarding school wide issues and events.
Woodlawn's top three priorities for students are deeper learning in the areas of literacy, numeracy and social emotional well being. During the 2016-2017 school year we have embarked on an intensive journey to strengthen teaching and learning in the area of numeracy.
According to Dr. Miriam Small, "Numbers are a part of every young child's life. He or she wants to know how many of something there are, whether it is how many cookies he or she can eat, how many fingers someone is holding up, or how many candles are on his or her cake. Before they can work with numbers, whether representing quantities or performing operations, children learn to count."
Small, M. (2010). Big Ideas from dr. small: Creating a comfort zone for teaching mathematics. Toronto, ON. Nelson Education Ltd.
To strengthen your child's foundational skills in math I encourage you to please take opportunities at home, during play and travel time with your family to find ways to engage your child in counting activities or games and to discuss why numbers are an important part of their life.
Vice Principal's Message
Student Led Conferences
Student led conferences are an opportunity to meet 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. This is a special time for your child and you so we ask that you please not bring siblings along to this meeting. 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. 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 this week. All instructions will also be posted on our website: woodlawn.hsd.ca
The website will be available from November 3rd to 21st for booking appointments. We ask all parents to register online for an appointment by the end of the day on November 21st. If you are having difficulties, you may call the school for assistance. If you do not have internet access please call the school to arrange an appointment for your child's conference.
Picture Retake Day is Coming
Kindergarten PM parents: Please bring your child to school for 9:15 am on November 10th if they require a retake.
Order portraits now at mylifteouch.ca. using picture day ID QL916382Q0. Click on the link below. Please contact Lifetouch at 1-866-457-8212 if you have any questions about picture orders.
Thursday, Dec. 15th - Grade 3 and 4 Christmas Concert
- Emmanuel Free Church (360 Mackenzie Ave)
- 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Monday, Dec. 19th - Grade 2 Students Sing on the Radio!- Mix 96/AM1250 will do a live broadcast from the SCU
- 10:15-10:30 am
Go to the drop down menu of Departments/Transportation where you can choose:
1. School Bus Delay Bulletins where any bus that is late is posted with the approximate delay.
2. Steinbach Urban Bus Routes - Scroll down to select Woodlawn School and then select your bus number.
Thank you for checking these options before calling the Hanover School Division Transportation Department with your questions regarding bus delays and Steinbach urban bus routes times and maps. Any questions for transportation please call 204-320-2347.
If you are picking up your child during the school day or dropping something off for your child, please report to the office.
Shake, Rattle & Roll
Woodlawn School and Hanover Parent and Child Community Program present:
Shake Rattle & Roll
This is a parent and preschool child gym program to promote physical movement and development. Come and your children will play games, sing, and have fun while building co-ordination, body awareness, ability to follow directions and social development.
The program will run on the following Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00:
November 3, 10, 17 and December 1 & 8.
January 12, 26 and February 2, 9, 16 & 23