Southwood School

June 2019 Newsletter

In this edition...

  • School Picnic
  • Grade Four Farewell
  • Important Information
  • Report Cards
  • Baby Needed - Roots of Empathy
  • Library News
  • Religious Opening Exercises and Instruction Notice
  • Early/Middle Years Digital Technology
  • HSD Festival of the Arts
  • WISE Kin-Netic Energy Science & Engineering Day Camp
  • Dates to Remember

School Picnic - June 26

On June 26th, Southwood School will be hosting the annual school picnic. Students will spend half of their day enjoying the picnic games led by their classroom teachers. Please note that all kindergarten classes will be attending on this day. Kindergarten classes are cancelled for June 25th.

Parents are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy a family meal on the school grounds from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Students will return to their classes after the lunch period and resume their activities. There will be no food options for purchasing at this years picnic, so please remember to pack a lunch.

Please note there is no parking in the bus lanes as end of day buses continue to need access to this lane. In the event of rain, all activities will be moved indoors.

Students will return to their classes at the end of the day for a final “treat” and clean-up. We anticipate another great community event and hope to see you there.

Grade Four Farewell June 25th, 2019

This year we want to celebrate the accomplishments of our grade four students and have an opportunity to say farewell. On June 25th, we are inviting families and friends to attend a short and casual farewell in the school gym at 12:00 pm.

After the grade four farewell, the students and teachers will go to Boston Pizza for a celebration meal followed by a movie at Keystone theater. Students will return at 6:00 pm for some fun activities in the school. The evening will finish with an ice cream treat and parents should pick up students at school at 7:00 pm. Feel free to contact the school if you have any questions about this event.

Important Information

2019/2020 HSD CALENDAR: Are you wondering when Christmas and Spring Break are for the 2019/2020 school year? Check the Hanover School Division website for all 2019/2020 in-service and holiday dates.

MOVING? - If you are planning to move locations during the summer please call our Southwood School office at 204-326-3518 as soon as possible or the school division transportation office at 204-320-2347 after June 30th.

BUSSING FOR SEPTEMBER 2019 - Urban bussing times will be changing over the summer months. Some stop locations will change as well. At the end of August / beginning of September, please check the Hanover School Division website for updates on the urban bus schedule. Website: - go to Schools and Department - then Transportation - Urban bus Routes - then click on appropriate map or view routes.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home with your child at the end of the day on the last day of school. Those students that are not here on the last day the report cards will be mailed out.

Parents can also log on to the Parent Portal to access their students report card at the end of the school day.

Baby Needed

Southwood School is looking for babies born between March 2019 and June 2020 to take part in our roots of empathy program for 2019 - 2020. If you have a newborn or know someone who does, we need you!

For more information please contact Mr. Kehler or visit for more information.

Library News

Inventory time in the Library Learning Commons is coming up quickly.

Please check your shelves at home for those lost or forgotten library books.

All student books are due back by Monday, June 17th.

If your student has unpaid fines for lost or damaged books, please send in payment at this time

as well.

Religious Opening Exercises and Instruction Notice

Notice of Approved Petitions for Southwood School Petition for Religious Exercises (2019-20)

Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious exercises be held at Southwood School during the 2019-20 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 has authorized religious exercises as specified above. These exercises are to be held before the official instructional day, in a designated common area of the school.

Petition for Religious Instruction (2019-20)

Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious instruction be held at Southwood School during the 2019-20 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 has passed the required by-law permitting religious instruction as specified above. This instruction is to be offered by volunteers during designated half-hour per week classes.

Parents/Guardians who did not sign the submitted petitions are eligible to join at any time, by delivering a signed note to the school office. The note must indicate the name and grade of student for whom permission to participate is being given, and include parent/guardian signature. The school principal will forward all received documentation to the HSD Administration Office. Only children whose parents/guardians signed the petition or have subsequently joined via permission note, may participate in the exercises and instruction as described above.

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 petition by parents/guardians. Petitions must be presented to the board on an annual basis, in advance of the next school year. Original petitions must be submitted to the Hanover School Division Administrative Office by April 30th.

Additional information regarding the Public Schools Act, HSD policies, and Provincial Guidelines governing these petitions can be viewed on the Southwood School website.

Ron Falk, Board Chair Hanover School Division

Randy Dueck, Superintendent-CEO Hanover School Division

Approved May 7, 2019

Early / Middle Years Digital Technology

We have updated our Early / Middle Yrs. Digital Technology Information Sheet for 2019-2020.

Please see the link below to view our new document.

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WISE Kid-Netic Energy Science & Engineering Day Camp

WISE Kid-Netic Energy Science & Engineering day camp is coming to Steinbach again this summer!

When: July 29-August 2, 2019

Where: Clearspring Middle School

WISE Kid-Netic Energy will be in Steinbach soon! Spots are filling fast, so this may be your last chance to register for this science and engineering day camp. Campers will explore a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics including Chemistry, Agriculture, Material Science, Natural Disasters and Coding. Come and join the fun!

There are a total of 3 female camper spots still available for the week. Open to ages 9 – 12 (by December 31, 2019). We have a wait-list available for male children. Registration is $100 for the one-week camp. Registration is available online at

Special thanks to Hanover School Division for their continued support.

For more info:

Phone: 1-204-474-9340

Toll Free: 1-800-432-1960 ext. 9340

Fax: 1-204-474-7644



Twitter: @WISE_KidNetic

Instagram: wisekidneticenergy

Dates to Remember

June 2019

4 Roof Top Photo 10:00 am

14 Assembly - 12:10 pm

14 Grade four afternoon at CMS & SMS

19 & 20 - Kindergarten 2019/2020 Stay & Play

25 Assembly - 9:08 a.m.

25 Grade 4 Farewell Assembly @ 12 pm & evening activities

26 School Picnic & Last Day of School *Report Cards or sent home with students



September 2019

3 Meet the Teacher Night (4:30 pm - 6 pm)

4 First Day of School for Gr. 1-4

4-9 Kindergarten staggered entrance

10 Regular classes begin for Kindergarten

13 &16 Strong Connections for Grades 1 to 4 students.

26 Terry Fox Run