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 and excitement that comes along with this last term.

During April we will be launching a new logo for Woodlawn and selling pride wear (t-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps). Sample sizes and order forms will be available during the April 13 Celebration of Learning evening. We hope all families will be able to come out and celebrate the learning with your child(ren). This year's event takes place from 5:00-6:30. Please visit your child's classroom, the gym, the music room as well as the Maker Space.

Our playground is finally ice free and starting to dry up. With the warmer weather on the way expect to see some increased outdoor learning and phys ed taking place. During April, we will be installing a pergola onto the concrete pad in the Outdoor Learning Garden and then we hope to install the finishing touches into the space and open it up for use at all times of the day.

Hope you enjoy spring!


Shelley Amos

Vice Principal's Message

" We believe in INCLUSION; meaning everyone is welcome, valued, and safe. Every student is involved in every way possible." This is one of our belief statements at Woodlawn School and we work hard every day to make this a reality. Inclusion means so much more than acceptance. Inclusion means that every member of a community is valued for the gifts that they bring to their community.

During Wacky Week, we had a chance to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by participating in Rock Your Socks Day. We all wore fun and colourful socks and we had a great time celebrating with two of our students who live with Down Syndrome. We ate cupcakes and Mr. Corny Rempel from Mix 96 came and read a story to their classes. Our young students are learning that diversity is a good thing and that while we may have differences we all share the important things that make us human.

" It is only when children are accepted as they are, with their unique gifts and limits, when they are listened to and respected, that they will be able later on to accept others."

Jean Vanier

Karen Fraser


On Friday, March 24th, 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. This years donations will be given to Steinbach Community Outreach.

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 2017/2018

Registration packages for children registered for Kindergarten, September 2017, will be mailed out at the beginning of May. If you registered a child and do not receive a package before the middle of May please contact the school. Woodlawn’s Welcome to Kindergarten evening is May 16, 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 2017 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, 2017.


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 Shelley Amos at 204-326-6110.

Stars of the Future

Children born between July 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, together with their parents, are invited to attend a Spring 2017 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 or click the button below. Appointment times do fill up quickly, so we encourage you to book your appointment early.

If you want to book an appointment with a German translator, please call Gertrud at 204-346-6128.

Francophone clinics are held in the Spring. Contact your local cpef for more information.

The Stars of the Future Spring 2017 locations and dates are:
Steinbach: April 12 and 13; May 10 and 11
Sprague: April 6
Ste. Anne: April 21
Vita: April 24
Lorette: May 2
Grunthal: May 8
Niverville: April 27

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


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

When: July 31-August 4, 2017

Where: Southwood School

Each day campers will explore a different theme through fun hands-on activities. This year’s theme days include Space Discovery, Medical Science, Mining, Sustainability and Genetics. Registration is $100 and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 30 camper spots available, open to youth ages 9 – 12, by December 31, 2017. Special thanks to Hanover School Division for once again sponsoring camp, and in doing so helping to keep registration costs down for families. Registration is available online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca. Sign up today!

For more info:

Phone: 1-204-474-9340

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

Fax: 1-204-474-7644

Email: wise@kidneticenergy.ca

Facebook: facebook.com/wisekidnetic

Twitter: @WISE_KidNetic

Spring Picture Day - Tuesday, April 25th

Spring picture day is April 25th. 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.


Staff will soon be meeting to determine class lists for the 2017-2018 school year. This is a complex process and as in previous years we are seeking parental understanding and support of this process.

It is our strong belief that the learning atmosphere in the classroom must be the first consideration in the formation of class groupings. Classes are organized to ensure Appropriate Education takes place for all students. We make every effort to minimize the potential for negative student interactions.

Staff teams strive to create classes that are heterogeneous and balanced in all respects. The following criteria (in no specific order) are considered when determining class lists:

· Student abilities

· Our knowledge of social interactions and dynamics between individual students and groups of students

· Student/teacher match

· Placement of students new to Woodlawn School

· Male/female ratio

· Parental information

· Approximately equal class sizes

Parents can assist the class formation process by:

1. Helping their children to understand the importance of class formation.

2. Supporting placements that have been made.

Given the criteria used to generate class groupings, it can sometimes be difficult to accommodate requests that we get to place a particular student with another student or group of students. It is equally difficult to accommodate requests for a particular teacher. We will do our best to accommodate requests, that are based on student specific needs, but we do not guarantee that requests will be honoured. Any such requests should be submitted in writing by May 15, 2017 to the school administration. Late requests will not be considered.

Given appropriate support at home and at school, it has been our experience that the vast majority of placements are successful. Where a placement is proving to be difficult, we ask that parents and students give it the time required for friendships and classroom community building to develop.

The name of your child(ren)’s teacher for 17/18 will be included with the June report card. Should you have any concerns, you are asked to put them in writing addressed to administration. Concerns will be dealt with upon return in August 2017. Once the lists are compiled, administration tries not to make adjustments. However, certain circumstances may arise where placements need to be altered due to students leaving or enrolling, registration of new students with high needs etc. In these instances, parents will be notified in late August of the change in order to prepare your child.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to your child’s education at Woodlawn School.

Shelley Amos Karen Fraser

Principal Vice Principal



Earth Day is fast approaching. This year it is on Saturday April 22. During the month of April Woodlawn will be participating in two, school wide, fun energy saving games! The goal is to be aware of the energy we consume and how we as a school can help save energy. This game will involve all members of Woodlawn school! Teachers and students will work together to turn off their lights and projectors when not in use, or in the classroom.

Energy Bug Game Rules:

  1. Classrooms can continue to use their lights and projectors when in the classroom.

  2. When the whole class is not in the classroom, lights and projectors should be turned off.

  3. If a class walking by observes an empty classroom that has left their lights or projector on, they can find that class’ “energy bug” and write in their class name with a whiteboard marker (The “bug” will be located in a visible place, like on the whiteboard).

  4. Once you have received the energy bug reminder in your classroom, your classroom should work together to remind each other to turn off the lights and projectors and be on the lookout for another classroom with their lights left on.

  5. If the class would like to keep track of how many reminders they needed, they are welcome to, but remember this is meant to be a positive way to remember to conserve energy and it is just for FUN!

LOL- Lights out Lunch!

This game will be for all classrooms! During the lunch hour you can have your classroom lights off and enjoy the natural light that comes into your classroom! Please remember to eat your lunch and respect the lunchtime rules:)

Thank you from,

The ECO committee