Woodlawn Early Years School
April 2019 Newsletter
I also want to take a minute to thank Mrs. Cheryl Braun for all of her hard work at Woodlawn School over the past 18 years. Mrs. Braun always faced every day with professionalism and she was truly dedicated to the well being of our staff, students, and families at Woodlawn. She was an integral member of our Woodlawn team and she will be greatly missed by all of us. Thank you Mrs. Braun! We welcome Mrs. Janette Koop as our new administrative secretary.
Finally, thank you to all of you parents who came to our student led conferences. Your children were excited to share all of their learning with you and the staff were all happy to have the time to connect with you. We as a staff value the partnerships between teachers and parents and we thank you for that opportunity.
Vice Principal's Message
The students also joined our Parent Council in making our staff feel incredibly appreciated and loved. Stars with wonderful messages to each of us filled our walls and we as a staff wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed reading them. A big thank-you to our PAC as well for treating us every day with snacks, lunches, and treats! You went above and beyond!
We ended off March with another successful pancake breakfast. It was so nice to connect with our students and families over a nice breakfast and I couldn't ask for a better way to head into Spring Break. We wish you all a safe and relaxing break.
ANNUAL COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST
On Friday, March 22nd, 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, 650 milk/chocolate milk and coffee (for adults) to students, parents and staff.
We appreciate all the parents and students for their attendance and donations and hope you enjoyed the morning event.
SAFE CROSSING ON HENRY AND BARKMAN
We also have a crossing guard helping students cross at Barkman and Penner in the morning and afternoon.
Our staff have witnessed several instances when parents have ignored our requests to follow these processes. Please know that we are not trying to inconvenience you. Rather we are trying to help our students get to and from school safely. Thank you to all of you who help your children learn to follow safety rules and develop good habits.
Kindergarten information for children registered for Kindergarten, September 2019, 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 16. Information about the Welcome to Kindergarten Evening will be emailed to parents/guardians at the end of April. 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, Learning Support 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 register your child at https://hsd.ca/schools/kindergarten-registration/
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, 2019.
ROOTS OF EMPATHY
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, 2015 and December 31, 2015 together with their parents, are invited to attend a Spring 2019 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. Registration begins March 12.
Clinics will be held in the following communities:
Steinbach: April 11, 12, 30 & May 1
Niverville: May 22
Grunthal: May 7
Vita: May 30 (pm)
Sprague: May 30 (am)
Ste. Anne: April 18
Lorette: April 16
Dominion City: May 15
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 8th
Spring picture day is Wednesday, May 8th. 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 KG2, KN2 or KM2 (attending on even days) and you would like their picture taken please bring them to the school between 9:30 and 11:30 for their photo.