Woodlawn Early Years School

November 2016 Newsletter

Principal's Message

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.


Shelley Amos

Vice Principal's Message

Teachers are getting ready to write the first report cards of the year in November. With report cards comes a lot of focus on academics. While academics are very important, the teachers at Woodlawn are also encouraged to focus on the social-emotional well being of their students. Since September, teachers and students have been involved in many lessons and activities that help students grow in the area of social-emotional learning (SEL). You may have heard reference to such things as Bucket Filling, Restitution, The Multiple Intelligences (different ways of being smart), Zones of Regulation, and Roots of Empathy. The staff at Woodlawn believe that social-emotional learning is just as important in an Early Years setting as numeracy and literacy. Students learn to problem solve through class meetings and lessons in Restitution. Our school's guidance counsellor and our learning support teachers have been busy co-teaching in class rooms using lessons that promote positive social and emotional learning. We believe that when students feel good about themselves, they are more ready to learn the academics. Social-emotional learning does not take away from the more academic learning. We believe that the better children feel about themselves as learners the more they will be willing and ready to learn, thus improving academic outcomes. So, when report cards come out and you attend student-led conferences with your child, please remember to talk to your child about their social-emotional learning as well as their academic learning.

Karen Fraser

Student Led Conferences

November 22nd and 24th from 4:30 - 7:00 pm for Kindergarten to Grade 4 Students

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

Mark your calendars for picture retake day which is November 10, 2016.
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.

Music News

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


All urban bus routes are posted on the HSD website with times and maps. Any urban or rural bus that will be late due to weather or mechanical issues is listed on the HSD website under the bus delay tab.

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.

Student Safety

Please call the school between 8:00 and 9:00 am or write in your child’s agenda before hand if you know they will be absent or will be late because of an appointment. You can also e-mail us at woodlawn@hsd.ca or leave a voicemail outside of school hours at 204-326-6110. As a security measure our policy is to phone home if we have not heard from the parent/guardian of an absent student. If necessary we will also phone workplaces and emergency contacts to make sure the student is safe. Any student that is arriving late is to check in at the office before proceeding to class.
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