Woodlawn Early Years School

End of June Newsletter

Message from the Principals

With many hugs, lots of waves, and a few tears we wrapped up the 2016-2017 school year. Thank you to all of the families who came out to our picnic to share the last day of school with us. It is so amazing to be a part of this wonderful community that we call Woodlawn.

There are so many people who work so hard to make each and every school year a success. Thank you so much to our secretaries in the front office, Mrs. Braun and Mrs. Giesbrecht. They work so hard day in and day out making sure that things run smoothly. Thank you to Mrs. Loewen our librarian. Thank you Mr. McCracken, our custodian for keeping our school in such tip top shape. Thank you to our educational assistants. Thank you to our amazing parent council. Not only did they finish the year off with a fun basket raffle and pie throwing contest, but they also worked hard throughout the year on a variety of projects. We appreciate everything you do for us. Finally, thank you to our wonderful teachers who put their heart and soul into the students they teach. They are the heart of our school and I am so honoured to work alongside such an amazing group of professionals. Enjoy your summer! you deserve it!

Shelley Amos Karen Fraser

Principal Vice Principal

Meet Your Teacher Night

Woodlawn School is excited to welcome back students at Meet Your Teacher night!

To help students transition into their new year, Meet Your Teacher will take place on September 5th, 2017 (the evening before school begins). Students and their parents can come and go any time between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. Students may drop off their supplies, see their new class, where they sit and say hello to their teacher before their first day back. (School supply lists are available on our website, woodlawn@hsd.ca.) Parents will also receive class outlines and information.

We hope to see you all there!


Woodlawn School's Parent Advisory Council will hold their Annual General Meeting on September 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the gym. Coffee and refreshments will be available for those in attendance. Everyone is welcome!

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


Dear Parents,

To help make Back to School as easy as possible for parents, Staples offers School Tools—complete school supply kits for students containing supplies that have been selected and approved by your child’s teacher and school principal as primary choices for the year ahead.

The School Tools Program allows you to view and order the upcoming year’s required supplies list for your child, as specified by their teacher, and is a very efficient way to ensure that your child has all of the core supplies they need on their first day back.

Why choose Staples School Tools?

• It’s the quickest and easiest way to purchase your child’s teacher-selected items for class

• Guaranteed quality in all products chosen

• Competitive pricing means great value for your money-you will save 10-20% on pricing

• School-year product guarantee – Enjoy hassle-free product replacement at any Staples store

• Packaged in a Reusable Staples supplies bag

Woodlawn and Staples are excited to partner this coming school year!

More information was sent home with students on June 28th and information is posted on our website.

Hanover School Division Note:

Reminder to families who are moving/changing locations during the summer months to please contact the Transportation office at 204-320-2347.

The transportation office is open all summer long.



On Wednesday, September 6th, (the first day of school) there will be an early dismissal at 3:15 pm for all non bus students.

All bus students are asked to stay in school for the regular dismissal. Due to our large number of bus students, all teachers will be involved in helping students locate bus lines.


At the end of August / beginning of September, please check the Hanover School Division website for updates on the urban bus schedule. Website: HSD.ca - go to Schools and Department - then Transportation - Urban bus Routes - then click on appropriate map or view routes.

If you move during the summer please notify the Hanover School Division transportation office at 204-320-2347. The transportation office is open all summer.

The Woodlawn School office closes on July 5th and will re-open August 23rd.

The staff at Woodlawn School would like to wish all students and their families a safe summer holiday!


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-Thursday, March 20-23 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 22 Victoria Day – No Classes

Tuesday, June 26 Woodlawn Grade 4 Farewell

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

Jump Rope for Heart

Woodlawn students raised $3498.00 for Jump Rope for Heart. Thank you to our Woodlawn community for your generous donations!

SUMMER 2017 Hanover Parent and Child Community Program

The Hanover Parent and Child Community Program invites parents and their preschool children to attend free summer parent-child programming. This program is being provided by the Hanover School Division to promote continued development and school readiness skills. Children will have the opportunity to play, learn, create, sing and develop skills to prepare them for kindergarten. Parents will be able to visit with other parents, learn parenting skills and participate in activities with their children. Snacks will be provided.

The Hanover Parent and Child Community Program will be offered:


Woodlawn School - Room 29 (Community Room) on the following days:

Tuesday Afternoon from 1 to 3

July 4, 11 & 18 and August 8, 15 & 22, 2017

Thursday Mornings from 9:30 - 11;30 on

July 6, 13 & 20 and August 10, 17 & 24, 2017

Come with your children and enjoy playing, reading, physical activity, singing, crafts and snacks. Come each time or just drop in when you can.

No registration is needed.

Please call 204-326-9829 if you require any more information.


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.