Woodlawn Early Years School

June Newsletter

Principal's Message

​It's hard to believe we are in the last month of the school year! I look forward to all the exciting year end events planned for June. At the same time I encourage our students to continue to engage with their learning and be inspired by all the activities right until the end of June! We will be having our annual school family picnic on June 28 this year. Look for the details in this newsletter. Thank you to all of you for continuing to support our school and staff. We really appreciate the learning partnership we have with each of you. I continue to be honoured to be working with your children and yourselves. I wish everyone a safe, happy, healthy summer. See you in September.

Vice Principal's Message

This month we will be welcoming a new group of students to Woodlawn School. Our upcoming Kindergarten students have been invited to come for Stay and Play. About five upcoming Kindergarten students will be spending some time playing in what will be their Kindergarten class in September with the current Kindergarten students who will "show them the ropes". The new Kindergarten students will also get to spend some time with their new teacher. Relationships between a teacher and their students and families are so important and we hope that our Stay and Play will be a great way to foster those relationships.

As we welcome new group of students we also say goodbye to another. The grade 4s will be moving on to new adventures in middle school next year. It certainly does not seem like their Kindergarten welcome was already five years ago! We will miss them. The grade 4 farewell will take place in the morning on June 27 in our school gym. Then we will be going to the park for a hotdog lunch. More information will go home soon.

I wish you all a wonderful month of June. I hope that you are all able to find time to spend with your family and friends and that you are able to enjoy these beautiful summer days.


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.

School Routines

As you enter the school you will see a sign that welcomes you to Woodlawn School. This sign reminds all visitors and parents to report directly to the office. The secretary will be happy to assist you. This allows the school to be aware of all adults in our building and minimizes disruptions to the learning and routines of the classroom. If you are picking up your child during the school day or dropping something off (labelled with name and homeroom) for your child please report to the office. If you must pick your child up for an appointment please try to do so before or after recess times.

With the warmer weather here, please arrange a pick up location that is outside and near an entrance to the school (except the bus loop entrance) if you are picking up your child at the end of the day. This will help reduce the crowding in the halls by the classroom doors and at the front office at dismissal time (3:45). Make every effort to be punctual when picking up your children. Students are required to leave for home by 4:00 in the afternoon unless prior arrangements have been made. Please ensure your child is aware of pickup arrangements before coming to school. Changes to routine pick up arrangements should be written in the agenda book. If a friend or relative is picking up a child from school the parent/guardian needs to notify the school or the classroom teacher by writing a note in the agenda.
If you must phone the school regarding pick up arrangements please call before 2:45 pm.


Walking students and those dropped off by parents should arrive at school after 8:30 in the morning. Teacher supervision is provided starting at 8:30. Any students arriving on the playground before 8:30 will not be supervised and responsibility for the student belongs with the parent/ guardian. Students are permitted to enter the building when the 8:53 bell rings.



Wednesday, June 28

Parents are invited to join their child/children to have a picnic lunch from 11:45 - 1:15 on the school grounds. Children and parents need to bring their own lunch as there will be no vendors for this day. Please look for more information to be sent home shortly.

The PAC (Parent Advisory Council) basket raffle will take place at 12:45 on June 28th. PAC will be selling tickets ahead of time in the school foyer on June 20th to 24th from 12:00 - 1:00 and 3:30 - 4:00. Tickets will also be sold on June 27th during the Grade 4 Farewell from 10:00 - 11:30 and on June 28th during the school picnic. Tickets are 10 for $2.00 or 25 for $5.00. Thank you to all our families for donating items for the basket raffle.


Please note: Parents/guardians that have requested to receive report cards via email will receive an email at the end of the day on Wednesday, June 28th. Printed report cards will be sent home with those students whose parent/guardians have requested a printed copy at the end of the day on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 28th. Report cards for students absent that day will be mailed.


If your Kindergarten - Grade 4 child will not be attending Woodlawn for the 2017/2018 school year please contact Mrs. Cheryl Braun at the school office at 204-326-6110 as soon as possible.

Woodlawn Grade 4 Farewell

All parents of grade 4 students are welcome to join students and staff for a Farewell Ceremony in the school gym on Tuesday, June 27th from 10:30 - 11:30 am. This will be followed by a BBQ lunch for the grade 4’s at KR Barkman Park. Lunch will be provided to the students. Parents/families/guardians are welcome to join with a picnic lunch.

Jump Rope for Heart

On Thursday, June 1st, the grade 1 to 4 students in Woodlawn School were involved in a Jump Rope for Heart event at our school. This event involved some optional fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation with some of the proceeds going to our school. Students had the opportunity to win some fun prizes for their fundraising efforts. June 2nd was the deadline for returning fundraising forms. Prizes will be distributed to students once they are received from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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 will be sent home with students on June 28th and information will be posted on our website.


All student library books are due on Thursday, June 15th.

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Sandy Loewen

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.

Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found for items that your child may be missing. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold these items indefinitely. Any unclaimed items in the lost and found after June 28th will be donated to the Steinbach MCC Thrift Store.


It is almost the end of the school year and that means that the school picnic and Jelly Bean Tabloid are right around the corner. To make this event very successful Woodlawn relies heavily on volunteers.

I am looking for volunteers for the Jelly Bean Tabloid day event on June 28th from - 9:00 12:00. I will set up approximately 40 stations and have the kids try to participate at all the stations. We are looking to get 20 volunteers but there is no cap as we could always use more help. Our staff will help out at most of the stations but we will need help to supervise the remaining stations. If you are interested in coming out and running a station give me a call at the school, 204-326-6110. There are a variety of stations to choose from, please feel free to call for further details.


Jesse Adams

PE Teacher


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 who will be between the ages of 2 months and 4 months in October that would be willing to participate in this worthwhile program, please encourage them to call Shelley Amos at 204-326-6110.


This Fall our school will be Fundraising with QSP Magazines.

We will be sending home an envelope with brochures, order forms and a parent letter in September.

PLEASE WAIT TO RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS THROUGH YOUR SCHOOL. (please disregard renewal notices you receive in the mail so that you can continue to support your local school). Support your school online at www.qsp.ca


Thank you for your support.


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!

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