Woodlawn Early Years School

April Newsletter

Principal's Message

Welcome to April. This third term of the school year is typically very busy and I am looking forward to all of the learning, excitement and celebrations that comes along with this last term. This month, I'd like to draw your attention to our Mission and Beliefs.

Woodlawn Early Years School Mission

Woodlawn School is an environment where education and culture empowers our students to grow into caring, connected and contributing global citizens.

Belief Statements

1. We believe that a school culture which builds strong RELATIONSHIPS with students and their families creates the conditions to improve student learning outcomes. We welcome, nurture and encourage positive communication and relationships.

2. We believe in INCLUSION; meaning everyone is welcome, valued and safe. Every student is involved in every way possible.

3. We believe we are teaching the CHILD FIRST and the curriculum second. We work on developing a ‘can do’ attitude, self-esteem and belief in oneself as a learner.

4. We believe that a strong emphasis on developing LITERACY skills sets the foundation for learning and success across all other environments.

5. We believe that all forms of PLAY (educational, physical, creative, and free) must be included in the learning environment to engage the brain and foster critical thinking skills.

Should you have any questions about our Mission, Beliefs, programs and activities, please feel free to discuss with your child's teacher or with the administration team.

I hope you enjoy spring!


Shelley Amos

Vice Principal's Message

March was a busy, but awesome month at Woodlawn. We had different opportunities to connect with our families. The home-school partnership is so valuable for our young students and all of the staff at Woodlawn appreciate the support we receive from our parents/families.

It was great to see so many families come out for our student-led conferences this week. The students and teachers were excited to prepare for this evening so students could share their learning with their families. What a wonderful way to end the second term.

Our pancake breakfast was a huge success again this year. So many of our families attended the event. It was great to see so many parents eating pancakes in their pyjamas! So much fun.

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe spring break. I hope you found lots of time to connect and spend time with your family and friends.

Karen Fraser


On Friday, March 23rd, Woodlawn hosted our annual Community Pancake Breakfast.

We held this awesome event together with our Pajama Day and what a great success this was!

Our staff served 1200 pancakes, 700 milk/chocolate milk and coffee (for adults) to students, parents and staff. A special thank you to Woodlawn PAC members for all of their help.

We appreciate all the parents and students for their attendance and donations and hope you enjoyed the morning event.

April Showers

We expect the playground to be wet and muddy for a few weeks with the snow melting.

Parents and guardians please send extra socks and dry clothes with your child in case theirs get wet/muddy.


We have a school staff member, wearing a vest and using a flag, acting as a crossing guard in front of the school on Henry Street. The crossing guard assists families across the street from the step. All walking traffic going to the church lot is asked to cross at this spot for safety reasons. We also ask parents to meet their child(ren) on the school grounds and cross together. Please do not stand in the parking lot and wave your child(ren) to cross alone. Pylons and/or a no parking sign are used to block cars from parking in front of the steps. We hope this process is smooth and creates a safer environment for our families.


A friendly reminder, 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 before 9:00 am or email woodlawn@hsd.ca to let us know. For your convenience, you may also leave a voicemail message before 8:00 am or after 4:30 pm. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent please write a note in their agenda. 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.

Kindergarten 2018/2019

Registration packages for children registered for Kindergarten, September 2018, will be mailed out in May. If you registered a child and do not receive a package before the end of May please contact the school. Woodlawn’s Welcome to Kindergarten evening is May 24, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Please join us for a fun evening of activities and information. Activities will include a story, arts & crafts, gross motor play, a tour, and even a bus ride.

The Kindergarten Teachers, Resource Teachers, School Administration and our Speech Language Clinician will be available to answer questions.

Please RSVP to the school at 204-326-6110.

If you live in Woodlawn’s catchment area and plan to send your child to Kindergarten in September 2018 but have not registered your child yet, please call Woodlawn School at 204-326-6110.

Please pass this information to any friend, neighbor or relative who may have children eligible for Kindergarten and who might not be aware of the registration process. To be eligible for Kindergarten children must be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2018.


The staff at Woodlawn School works hard to teach the “whole child”. This includes the academic, physical, emotional, and social aspects of every student under our care.

We have been trained and use a number of programs and techniques in each of the aspects mentioned above. We are excited to include a program called “Roots of Empathy” in the upcoming year. For more than ten years across Canada and internationally, thousands of children have learned about empathy and respect for one another with the lessons started through their Roots of Empathy baby.

A mother and her baby are invited into the classroom and help create a world of understanding and empathy. The sessions are led by trained school staff.

If you know of someone who has a baby between the ages of 2 months and 4 months that would be willing to participate in this worthwhile program, please encourage them to call Karen Fraser at 204-326-6110.

Stars of the Future

Children born between July 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 together with their parents, are invited to attend a Spring 2018 Stars of the Future clinic. Stars of the Future is a FREE screening program for children that live in South East Manitoba. It is a onetime appointment, designed to find out how your child is doing in the areas of speech & language, hearing, growth and development. The appointment is one hour long. Appointments may be booked by calling 204-346-6136 and leaving a message. For more information on Stars of the Future go to www.healthychildcoalition.ca. Appointment times do fill up quickly, so we encourage you to book your appointment early.

Clinics will be held in the following communities:

Steinbach: April 11, 12 & May 16, 17

Niverville: April 19

Grunthal: April 23

Vita: May 3

Sprague: May 3

Ste. Anne: May 10

Lorette: May 24

Stars of the Future is offered FREE to families living in the South East region through a partnership with Southern Health-Santé Sud, South East Children’s Therapy Initiative and Healthy Child Coalition – South East.

Spring Picture Day - Wednesday, May 9th

Spring picture day is Wednesday, May 9th. Forms will be sent home with students. If you would like a sibling photo of your children please be sure to complete the form and return it to the school with one of your children.

If you have a kindergarten child in KG1 or KM1 (attending on odd days) and you would like their picture taken please bring them to the school between 9:30 and 11:30 for their photo.