Woodlawn Early Years School

September Newsletter

Message from the Principal

Welcome back! A new school year is always such an exciting time. A fresh start, the smell of new school supplies, a clean building and the return of smiling young faces eager to connect with friends, meet their new teacher and ready to learn is such an inspiration to me. I look forward to greeting all our returning students and families and to welcoming new students and families to Woodlawn. Welcome as well to our new teachers; Christy Emard, Leah Read, Nia Rogers, Scott Jodoin and our new educational assistants Rene Schulz and Josef Kreiger.

The staff have worked hard these past couple of weeks readying classrooms and cleaning the school to be ready for the first day! A big thank you to Don McCracken and his summer cleaning staff for making our school look great! Another big thank you to Cheryl Braun and Lynn Giesbrecht in the office for the hard work they do behind the scenes making sure everything is in order.

It is said that culture is what we value most. Our school culture includes the mission to CARE, CONNECT, and CONTRIBUTE. In the coming months your children will learn the meaning of these concepts and how important they are to living a good life. Our new and improved 'Bucket Filling' slips will reflect their learning along the way.

The safety and education of your children is a privilege I and the entire staff take seriously. I want to thank you for partnering with us during your child's learning journey.

Please feel free to contact me at any time throughout the school year.


Shelley Amos

Message from the Vice Principal

Welcome back everyone! It is hard to believe that summer is behind us and we are starting a new school year.

At Woodlawn we like to encourage our students to be "Bucket Fillers". We spend time in assemblies and in classrooms talking about what it means to be a bucket filler. This year we, the staff are planning on also talking to our students about some of the key words in our mission statement: Care, Connect, and Contribute. We have new bucket filling slips with a focus on these three words. Caring, connecting, and contributing can be something that we do or share with others. We also want our students to know that it is important for them to care about themselves, to connect with their environment and their learning, and to make a contribution to their world, both at the community level as well as the global level.

Students will get "caught" by staff members caring, connecting, or contributing and they will get a bucket filling slip. Part of the slip will go into a bucket outside of the principals' offices and the other half will go home for the student to share with his/her family. Names will be pulled each day and students will receive a small prize. Once a week the students who have had their names pulled will get to come to Makerspace Monday at lunch with Mrs. Amos and myself. Once every six weeks or so, Mrs. Amos and I will take the students who have had their names pulled on a special trip somewhere in the community. We are still deciding where our "Bucket trips" will be this year so stay tuned!

When your child comes home with a Bucket Filling slip, please take some time to talk to him/her about what he/she was doing to be caring, connecting, or contributing.

I hope you all have a wonderful start of the year. Please feel free to come and talk to me anytime. My door is always open!

Karen Fraser

Parent Portal/Student Information

The HSD Parent Portal is a communications tool designed to enhance and increase parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children by providing secure online access to their child's student information. With a single username and password you can access data for each of your children attending an HSD school. The Access IDs along with setup instructions have been sent via email to all eligible parents/guardians. If you did not receive the specified email, please contact the school office at 204-326-6110.

Please take a few minutes to review the student information and contact information for your child. It is important that the school has current address and contact information for your child in case it is necessary to reach someone during the school day. Changes can be made through the parent portal.

Information verification forms will be mailed to parents/guardians that have not updated their information through the parent portal before September 15th. If you receive a form through the mail, please make any necessary changes on the form, sign and return the form to the school office.

student agenda/student handbook

Please take the time to read the Student Handbook that is included in your child’s agenda. The handbook can be a valuable reference tool during the school year for many questions that students or parents have.

The student handbook is also posted on our school website at woodlawn.hsd.ca.

Daily Routine - 2017-2018

Please take note of the daily routine for the 2017-2018 school year. The rationale for the staggered lunch is that as we continue to grow we are looking for solutions to our very busy playground. A staggered lunch helps because there are less children on the playground during our longest recess time. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Shelley Amos or Karen Fraser.

9:00-9:05 Homeroom Time or Religious Exercises (in designated area)

9:08 School Begins: O Canada and Announcements/Attendance

10:40-10:55 Morning Recess

11:55-12:22 Lunch - Grades Kindergarten & 4

Lunch Recess - Grades 1, 2, & 3

12:22-12:50 Lunch - Grades 1, 2, & 3

Lunch Recess - Grades Kindergarten & 4

12:50-12:55 Attendance

12:55 Afternoon Class Time Begins

2:25-2:40 Afternoon Recess

3:40 Students proceed to Homeroom

3:45 Dismissal of Students

If you are picking up your child during the school day or dropping something off (labelled with name and homeroom) for your child please report to the office. If you must pick your child up for an appointment please do so at the office before or after recess times. It is difficult for recess supervisors to find students on the playground.

picture day

Mark your Calendar for our School Picture Day on

Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12.

Picture Day information forms will be sent home with all students.

Please review the information form and send it back with your child on Picture Day.

All students will be photographed for school service products. Proofs will be sent home for you to preview the images before you buy!

For Tips on preparing for photo day visit lifetouch.ca

Questions call Lifetouch at 1-866-457-8212 or email: guestservices@lifetouch.ca

wear the right stuff!

When your children take part in physical activity in the gym, it is very important that they be dressed properly. Students need to wear non-marking runners for Phys. Ed. Class and they must be tied tightly at all times. Due to spatial and time constraints, Woodlawn students do not change for gym activities. As long as children can move comfortably in their attire it should also be suitable for Phys. Ed. However, if your child wears long baggy pants or a skirt to school, he/she will need to bring a change of clothes for Phys. Ed. Class. This is to ensure maximum participation and safety for all students.

School safety reminders

If your child will be away from school or will be late or will not be returning to school after lunch please ensure you call the school at 204-326-6110 or email woodlawn@hsd.ca to let us know. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent please write a note in their agenda or email woodlawn@hsd.ca. When the school is not advised of an absence or late arrival, the office begins a call back procedure to parents and emergency contacts. Many of these calls can be avoided if parents call ahead to advise us of the absence.

Parking/Pick Up/Drop off

To ensure the safety of our students and due to congestion of our staff parking lots and bus loop areas, parents are not to enter those ares between 8:15 - 4:30. Also note there is no public parking available at Entrance D (Barkman Street) at any time. All parking is reserved for school staff. If you are dropping off or picking up your child please park on Henry Street or on the church parking lot across from the school. For the safety of your child we request that you escort your child across Henry Street. For students' safety, please avoid parking along Barkman Street across from the school during 8:30 - 9:00 am and 3:30 - 4:00 pm.

School arrival/leaving times

Walking students and those dropped off by parents should arrive at school after 8:30 in the morning. Teacher supervision is provided starting at 8:30. Any students arriving on the playground before 8:30 will not be supervised and responsibility for the student belongs with the parent/guardian. Students are permitted to enter the building when the 8:53 bell rings.

Students are required to leave for home by 4:00 in the afternoon unless prior arrangements have been made. Please arrange a pick up location that is outside and near an entrance to the school (except the bus loop entrance) if you are picking up your child at the end of the day. This will help reduce the crowding in the halls by the classroom doors and at the front office at dismissal time (3:45). Make every effort to be punctual when picking up your children. Please ensure your child is aware of pickup arrangements before coming to school. Changes to routine pick up arrangements should be written in the agenda book. If a friend or relative is picking up a child from school the parent/guardian needs to notify the school or the classroom teacher by writing a note in the agenda. If you need to phone the school regarding a change in pick up for your child at the end of the day please call before 2:45 pm.

food services

Pizza Days
September 13 - Pepperoni Pizza
September 20 - Ham Pizza
September 27 - Pepperoni Pizza

Pizza is $2.00 per slice. Students place their order with their teacher first thing Wednesday mornings. For your convenience we have tickets available that are sold in sheets of 10 for $20.00. Tickets can be purchased from the school office.

Milk sales begin on Monday, September 11th. White or chocolate milk is available for purchase at lunch time for .75 each.

Friday Hot Lunch - Starting September 22nd

September 22nd - Choice of chicken noodle soup and a bun or a turkey wrap from Main Bread and Butter. Each item is $3.25.

September 29 - Choice of a cheeseburger or crispy chicken wrap from Dairy Queen. Each item is $3.25.

administering medication to students at school

In the past there has been some confusion regarding the administering of medication while your child is under the care of the school. In accordance with Hanover School Policy, we feel you should be aware of the following points if your child requires the use of prescribed medication:

· All medication must be brought to school by the child’s guardian to ensure that the medication administered to your child is the correct medication. All Medications must be brought in the original pharmacy container.

· All medication administered at school will require forms completed by the parent which are available at the school office. If medication is required for more than fourteen days, an Individual Health Care Plan may be required.

· The school will not administer non-prescribed medication or over-the-counter medication. A doctor’s prescription is always required.

Even if your child is capable of taking their prescribed medication independently at school, it will still require the appropriate paperwork. The medication will be kept under lock and key. Students are not allowed to keep any type of medication in their locker, lunch kit, or backpack while on school premises.

If you have any further questions about this issue we would be happy to discuss it with you.


There are children in our school who have a severe allergy to peanuts. Exposure to even a tiny amount of this item could be potentially serious and life-threatening. We can all play a role in preventing such a dangerous and frightening situation at school. For this reason we are a "Peanut Aware" school. We do not describe the school as being "Nut Free" because we can't guarantee that students or adults have not brought nuts or traces of nuts into the building. Please help us keep all our students safe by checking the list of ingredients on items you send to school and avoid sending items that contain peanuts.

No child without

Our school is involved with the Canadian Medic Alert Foundation’s

No Child Without program. There is no cost for students who attend our school and are between the ages of 4 up to their 14th birthday to join the Medic Alert through this program. If your child has a medical condition, allergy or is required to take medication on a regular basis, then you should consider this program. A child’s MedicAlert identification can alert school staff, friends, coaches and other’s about your child’s medical condition should an emergency occur.

For further information come to the office for a brochure or go to

www.nochild without.ca. To register your child you will need a NO Child Without brochure from the school office.

If your child is already part of the No Child Without program and there has been a change to their medical condition, medications or emergency contact information, call MedicAlert at 1-866-679-3220 Ext 1 to update your child’s file.

2017/2018 Woodlawn Staff


Mrs. Glenda Maendel - KGM

Mrs. Kara Grant - KG1 & KG2

Mrs. Angela Martin - KM1 & KM 2

Grade 1

Ms. Amanda Cipriano - 1C

Mrs. Christy Emard - 1E

Mrs. Jenn Cuppage - 1JC

Mrs. Aimee Kroeker - 1K

Mrs. Claire Neufeld - 1N

Mr. Chris Schroeder - 1S

Grade 2

Mrs. Courtney Gangloff - 2G

Ms. Kristen Falk - 2KF

Mrs. Leah Read - 2LR

Mrs. Marlene Funk - 2MF

Ms. Katrina Peter - 2P

Mrs. Pat Reimer - 2PR

Grade 3

Mrs. Audrey Penner - 3P

Miss Kristen Reimer - 3R

Ms. Cathy Toews - 3T/R

Miss Nia Rogers - 3T/R

Grade 3/4

Mr. Michael Bourget - 3/4B

Mrs. Andrea Dick - 3/4D

Grade 4

Mrs. Wendy Buhler - 4B

Ms. Simmy Gandhi - 4G

Mrs. Jerilyn Koslowsky -4K

Mrs. Lisa Martens - 4M

Music - Mrs. Katie Schroeder

PE - Mr. Jesse Adams

Music/PE - Mr. Scott Jodoin

Learning Support

Mrs. Tara Reimer

Mr. Shawn Kehoe

Mrs. April Harder

Reading Recovery - Mrs. Katherine Peters

School Counsellor - Mrs. Sandy Kehler

Vice Principal - Mrs. Karen Fraser

Principal - Mrs. Shelley Amos

School Administrative Secretary - Mrs. Cheryl Braun

School Secretary - Mrs. Lynn Giesbrecht

Library Support Specialist - Mrs. Sandy Loewen

Custodian - Mr. Don McCracken

Educational Assistants

Mrs. Natalie Dyck

Ms. Sara Falk

Ms. Ashley Hiebert

Mrs. Kim Houska

Mr. Josef Krieger

Mrs. Janine Martel

Mrs. Yvonne Neufeld

Miss Stephanie Nikkel

Mrs. Crystal Penner

Mrs. Esther Plett

Mr. Rene Schulz


Monday, September 4 Labour Day- No Classes

Tuesday, September 5 Admin/PD Day - No Classes

Tuesday, September 5 Meet the Teacher Evening (4:00 – 6:00 pm)

Tuesday, September 5 PAC Annual General Meeting (6:00 pm)

Wednesday, September 6 First day of classes/Individual Kindergarten Student Orientation

Wednesday, September 6 Early Dismissal at 3:15 for Non Bus Students

Thursday, September 7 Individual Kindergarten Student Orientation

Friday, September 8 Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Monday, September 11 Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Tuesday, September 12 Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Wednesday, September 13 Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Thursday, September 14 All Day 1, 3, 5 Kindergarten Students Attend

Friday, September 15 All Day 2, 4, 6 Kindergarten Students Attend

Friday, September 15 Strong Connections – Day 1

Monday, September 18 Strong Connections – Day 2

Friday, September 29 Terry Fox Run

Monday, October 9 Thanksgiving Day – No Classes

Wednesday, October 11 Picture Day

Thursday, October 12 Picture Day

Mon.-Thursday, October 16-19 Bus Safety Week

Friday, October 20 MTS Day – No Classes

Tuesday, October 24 Board/PAC Liaison Meeting

Monday, October 30 Admin/PD Day - No Classes

Friday, November 10 Picture Retake Day

Friday, November 10 Remembrance Day Assembly

Monday, November 13 Admin Day – No Classes

Friday, November 17 Report Cards Issued

Tuesday, November 21 Student Led Conferences

Thursday, November 23 Student Led Conferences

Thursday, December 14 Aft/Evg Christmas Concert

Friday, December 22 Last day of school before Christmas vacation

Monday, January 8 First day back at school after Christmas vacation

Friday, January 19 Winter Fun Day

Friday, February 2 Admin/PD Day - No Classes

Monday-Friday, February 5-9 Kindergarten Phone-in Registrations

Monday-Friday. February 5-9 Book Fair

Monday, February 19 Louis Riel Day – No Classes

Friday, February 23 HTA PD Day – No Classes

Friday, March 9 Admin/PD Day – No Classes

Friday, March 16 Report Cards Issued

Monday-Friday, March 19-23 Wacky Week

Tuesday, March 20 Student Led Conferences

Friday, March 23 Community Pancake Breakfast

Friday, March 23 Last day of school before Spring Break

Monday, April 2 First day back at school after Spring Break

Friday, April 6 Admin/PD Day – No Classes

Tuesday, April 24 Board/PAC Liaison Meeting

Tuesday, May 8 Aft/Eve Spring Concert—Grade 1

Thursday, May 10 Aft/Evg Spring Concert- Grade 2

Thursday, May 17 Grade 5 Orientation Evenings at CMS and SMS

Thursday, May 17 Volunteer Appreciation Event

Monday, May 21 Victoria Day – No Classes

Tuesday, June 26 Woodlawn Grade 4 Farewell

Wednesday, June 27 School Picnic – Last Day of Classes (Report Cards Issued)

Terry fox event

Woodlawn School's Terry Fox run will take place on Friday, September 29th.

Drive away hunger

In recognition of World Food Day, our school has decided to participate in the Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger program and will be collecting donations of food for people who are hungry in our area.

By participating in this program, Farm Credit Canada will include our school in a random draw for a $500 donation to be used to make improvements at the winning school.

We would like you to send a food item to school with your child during October to support this program. All food items will be picked up and brought to South East Helping Hands. Watch for more information.

For more information on Drive Away Hunger, visit their website at www.DriveAwayHunger.ca

Below is a list of most needed food items according to the Canadian Association of Food Banks Canada:

*Pasta products and rice *Infant Formula and Baby Food

*Canned meats and fish *Flour *Dry and canned soups and stews *Breakfast cereal *Canned fruits and vegetables *Canned/powdered milk *Fruit juices *Pasta sauce *Beans and Legumes


Strong Connections Program at Woodlawn For Grades 1-4

(Kindergarten classes will take place as usual.)

September 15 and 18, 2017!

Strong Connections will take place once again at Woodlawn School. This program has been implemented for several years now in Hanover School Division. Strong Connections is a program designed to build the relationships between teachers and their students as well as enhance the beginning of the year assessment of each child. Strong Connections activities are designed to help us get to know our students and how they learn in order to know where to begin with instruction. This provides an opportunity for teachers to extend and

consolidate their understanding of each child through one to one interview/assessment times. This will facilitate teachers in planning for instruction that will effectively address learning needs early in the year.

What will teachers learn through Strong Connections?

Teachers working individually with their students in an atmosphere of support and

encouragement have an opportunity to collect first hand information about such things as:

· How they learn

· Their confidence as learners

· The learning strategies they possess

· Their reading, writing and mathematical skills

· Their approach to problem solving

· Their attitudes toward school and learning

· Their ability to reflect upon and set goals for their learning

How will it work?

On either September 15th or 18th , 2017, students will attend school one day out of two. With half of the students present, homeroom teachers will have the opportunity to meet one on one with each student to participate in relationship building activities and assessment which revolves around literacy and numeracy. This is an opportunity for teachers to gather information about each child’s learning that may not be evident during whole class instruction. It is also an opportunity to further develop the teacher-student relationship. While some students are with the teacher, others will be participating in a variety of stations which include music, physical education, literacy, technology, art, and character building.

During these days, there will be no regularly scheduled classes for students. Students will arrive at school in their normal manner (bus or other) for their scheduled day. Parents will be notified during the first week of school as to when their child’s scheduled Strong Connections day will be.

We look forward to using these days to provide us with a deeper understanding of each student. More information will be sent out in September including which day your child is scheduled to attend.

Starke Anschlüsse Programm wird fortgeführt in Woodlawn

am 15. und 18. September 2017!

Starke Anschlüsse werden wieder in der Woodlawn Schule stattfinden. Dieses Programm wird seit mehreren Jahren in der Hanover School Abteilung durchgeführt.

Starke Anschlüsse ist ein Programm, das entworfen ist, um die Einschätzung jedes Schülers am Anfang des Jahres zu erhöhen. Die Aktivitäten der Starken Anschlüsse sind keine Tests, aber eher Aufgaben die uns helfen unsere Schüler und wie sie lernen durch persönliche Gespräche und Aufgaben kennenzulernen, um die Planung des Unterrichts erleichtern und die einzigartigen Lernbedürfnisse schon am Anfang des Schuljahres adressieren zu können.

Was lernen die Lehrer durch Starke Anschlüsse?

Die Lehrer, die einzeln mit ihren Schülern in einer Atmosphäre der Unterstützung und der

Ermutigung arbeiten, haben eine Gelegenheit, aus erster Hand bezogene Informationen über

solche Sachen zu sammeln wie:

Wie sie lernen Ihr Selbstvertrauen als Lernende

Lernstrategien, die sie beherrschen

Lesen, Schreiben und mathematische Fähigkeiten

Herangehen an die Problemlösung

Haltung gegenüber der Schule und zum Lernen

Fähigkeit nachzudenken und Zielsetzung für ihr Lernen

Wie wird es ablaufen?

Den Schülern wird entweder der 15. oder der 18. September zugewiesen, an dem sie zur Schule kommen müssen.

Mit der Hälfte der anwesenden Schüler werden Klassenlehrer die Gelegenheit haben sich mit jedem Schüler zu treffen, um

an den Einschätzungtätigkeiten in den Sprachkünsten und Mathematik teilzunehmen. Dieses ist eine Gelegenheit für die

Lehrer Informationen über das Lernen jedes Kindes zu sammeln, die Möglicherweise während des Ganzklassenunterrichtes

nicht offensichtlich sein würden. Es ist auch eine Gelegenheit, das Lehrer-Schüler-Verhältnis zu erweitern. Während manche

Schüler mit den Lehrern arbeiten, werden andere an verschiedenen Tätigkeiten teilnehmen, so wie Musik, Sportunterricht,

Lesen, Kunst und Charakter Bildung.

An den Tagen des Programms wird es keine regelmässig geplanten Stunden geben. Die Schüler werden wie üblich, mit dem Bus oder anders, an ihrem zugewiesenen Tag zur Schule kommen. Die Eltern werden während der ersten Woche der Schule benachrichtigt wann der Starke Anschluss Tag Ihres Kindes sein wird.

Wir freuen uns schon diese Tage ausnutzen zu können, da sie uns eine bessere Gelegenheit bieten um die Schüler besser zu verstehen. Mehr informationen sowie den genauen Tag an dem ihr Kind kommen muss, wird im September raus geschickt.


Notice of Approved Petitions for Woodlawn School

Petition for Religious Exercises - The Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious exercises be held in Woodlawn School during the 2017-2018 school year. The petitioners have specified their desire for the recitation of the Lord's Prayer and the reading of a Bible passage or story from the Bible. As the petition bears the signatures of parents/guardians representing more than 60 students in the school, the Board of Trustees of the Hanover School Division has authorized religious exercises, as specified above, to be held before the official instructional day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m., in a designated common area of the school.

Petition for Religious Instruction - The Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious instruction be held in Woodlawn School during the 2017-2018 school year. The petitioners have specified their desire for the Discovery Time program offered by Child Evangelism Fellowship. As the petition bears the signatures of parents/guardians representing more than 25 students in the school, the Board of Trustees of the Hanover School Division has passed the required by-law permitting religious instruction, as specified above, to be offered by volunteers during designated half-hour per week classes.

Parents/guardians who did not sign the original petitions are eligible to join at any time by submitting a signed note to the HSD Board of Trustees (forward directly to Woodlawn School). The note must indicate the name and grade of student for whom permission to participate is being given. Only children whose parents/guardians signed the original petition, or have subsequently joined, may participate in the exercises and instruction as described above.

As a Manitoba public school division, HSD is obligated to comply with the provisions of The Public Schools Act and provincial guidelines governing the implementation of religious exercises and religious instruction. The Public Schools Act states that public schools must be non-sectarian. Religious exercises and religious instruction in public schools may only be implemented by school boards in a manner consistent with the Public Schools Act and provincial guidelines - after parent/guardian petition is presented to the school board. Such petitions require annual submission, and must be received by the HSD Board of Trustees no later than April 30 (previous to the school year for which the petition applies).

Additional information regarding the Public Schools Act, HSD policies, and provincial guidelines governing these petitions can be viewed on the Woodlawn School website.

Ron Falk, Board Chair

Hanover School Division

Randy Dueck, Superintendent-CEO

Hanover School Division

Approved May, 2, 2017

Hanover is a student-centred school division striving for excellence while developing skills and promoting values for a productive and wholesome life.