South Oaks School

January 2019

Principal's Message

Thanks to the K-2 students and staff for a wonderful Christmas Concert! I hope the concert helped to prepare you for the Christmas season and that you had a great time with family and friends.

It is now time to look ahead into the New Year. This year will bring many exciting events such as Winter Fun Day, I Love to Read Month, the Book Fair, Spring Concert, Field Trips, etc. It will certainly be a great year of learning together. Most importantly, it will bring many opportunities to build relationships in a safe place.

In the New Year, we welcome Susan Simcoe to our Music program. We will also see the half time return of Alicia French in grade 4AP, at least until Spring Break. Please see below for further details about other January happenings.

Happy New Year!

Dale Martens


Winter Fun Day - Jan. 25th

Our annual South Oaks Winter Fun Day is scheduled for January 25th. Many exciting activities have been planned for that day, including horse drawn sleigh rides, outdoor play stations, marshmallow roasting, an inside hot chocolate break, and a warm lunch made by the South Oaks Parent Council. We look forward to a fun day of playing outside together!

Dates to Remember

Jan. 7 - First day back to school

Jan. 8 - Greendale visit 3JH

Jan. 18 - Assembly at 9:15 AM - parents welcome

Jan. 25 - Winter Fun Day

Jan. 31 - Assembly - parents welcome

December Citizenship Awards

At our Dec. 21st assembly we recognized the following students who have shown generosity to others in their classrooms and in our school community. We celebrate this quality, especially during the Christmas season!

1GR - Jeremy Sandford

1MC - Charlize Mooney

1JD - Madison Doerksen

2CF - Thomas Dueck & Ethan Reimer

2CE - Zachary Martens

2BO - Skandar Preteau & Alejandro Unrau Bergen

3EC - Madison Martens & Zachary Chester

3BT - Matthew Meekis-Kirton

3JH - Maxim Schneider

3KB - Enna Fetter & Daxtyn Unrau

4KL - Brooke Peters & Chloe McCullough

4AP - Alexis Funk & Leon Kakegamic

4BJ - Sydney Rempel

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Kindergarten Registration for 2019-20

There is a new process for Kindergarten registration for next year. If you visit the South Oaks website, you will see a link to the HSD Kindergarten registration page. If you click the link, it will take you to the Hanover School Division Kindergarten registrations page for 2019-20. All Kindergarten registrations will need to be done on this website.

If you don't have access to a computer or the internet at home, we will provide one at the school for you to use. If you need assistance with the registrations, we are available to assist you. Just give us a call or stop by the office for further assistance. We look forward to preparing our K classes for next year!

New Music Teacher!

We are very please to announce the hiring of a new Music teacher. Susan Simcoe begins teaching at South Oaks in January. Susan has taught many different grades and recently taught at Niverville Elementary School. We want to welcome Susan to our team and we look forward to having her on our staff. Please join us in welcoming Susan whenever you are able. Susan is teaching a term position from January until May, when Mrs. Dueck is scheduled to return.

Inclement Weather Reminder

In case the weather is such that there will be no classes in

Hanover schools and / or the bus runs cancelled, the announcements will be made between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on the following radio stations: CJOB 680, AM 1250 and 96.7 FM. It will also be posted on the Hanover web page at Every home in Hanover School Division will also receive a phone call on the morning of School Closure days to advise that school is closed. For further information on school closing during inclement weather check the HSD website (

Cold Weather Policy

The South Oaks policy is that all students are required to go outside for some fresh air unless the combined temperature / wind-chill effect is –30 degrees Celsius or lower. We make sure they are bundled up with all the warm clothes that are sent from home. There are also always a number of adults on duty outside with the students, who, if necessary, may bring them all in, especially during the longer noon hour recess. We do not have supervision inside at recess time, so if a request is made for a child to stay in, that child will be unsupervised.