Woodlawn Early Years School

February 2018 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Brain research and educational data have taught the field of education a great deal over the last fifteen years. For these reasons, we continually reflect and change our practices to align with current research. This changes the way we teach children, set up our school environments, and deal with behavioural issues.

We have studied pieces of research that indicate we should also be addressing the way we schedule a child’s day at school. For this reason Woodlawn School will be taking part of a two year pilot to implement a balanced day schedule starting this September. We invite you to join us for a parent information night on February 6 (6:00 pm) in the school gym. If you are unable to attend, a parent package will be sent out to all families February 7.

Learning Partnerships are an important part of education at Woodlawn. I'd also like to share about the relationship we have with one of our important partners.

Did you know that each year we partner with Clearspring Middle School to facilitate a learning partnership? As part of the process of transitioning our grade 4 students to middle school we invite grade 7 students from CMS to work with our young students. The grade 7's call themselves The Connect Crew. Their major role is to act as mentors to our grade 4's. The Connect Crew visits Woodlawn from January through June to 'hang out and help out' in our grade 4 classes. Our grade 4 classrooms go to CMS for a few visits to have fun, learn the layout of the school and to become familiar with the school staff. This has proven to be a purposeful and valued partnership which lessons the anxiety of a transition to a new school for our young students. The Connect Crew also comes to Woodlawn to run our stations on Winter Fun Day. They are a very respectful and responsible group of adolescents. We really appreciated their help and communication with our students.

This past week we hosted about twenty CMS students at Woodlawn in our classrooms as part of their learning project called Options Day. This Learning Partnership is invaluable and provides opportunities for relationship building, leadership, academic learning and social emotional well being. It is a partnership which benefits both groups of students.

This month I'd like to say thank you to the CMS Connect Crew and the CMS staff who make it possible. Your partnership is very much appreciated and we hope it continues for many years to come.

If you have any questions feel free to contact either myself or our vice principal, Karen Fraser. Thank you for your continued support as we teach and nurture your children.


Shelley Amos

Vice Principal's Message

I Love to Read Month is always a fun month in most schools. The staff at Woodlawn have lots of fun things planned to help get our students excited about reading. Our theme this year is, "I Love to Read About Animals." Last week we revealed an incentive for classes to meet the reading goals their teachers set out for them. Each week as classes meet these goals they will earn animal tracks that will be put up in the hallways. Four of us - Mrs. Amos, Ms. Ciprianno, Mr. Adams, and myself will kiss a few farm animals at an assembly. The more tracks in the hallways, the more animals we will kiss! We hope that events such as these help foster a love of both reading and school by making it fun! We want all of our students to be lifelong readers.

Throughout the month we will have guest readers including some of the Pistons, and Corny Rempel from Mix 96. Assemblies and class activities will focus on reading. Another highlight will be the Book Fair which takes place from February 5-9. We also have a special assembly planned that will feature a group called Earth Rangers. They will teach us about different animals and the importance of conservation. They will also bring some cool animals for us to see! Please check out their website - https://www.earthrangers.com

We hope that all of you are able to spend time enjoying books and reading together as a family - not only during I Love to Read month, but all year long! Happy reading!


If you plan to send your child to Kindergarten next school year and did not return the Kindergarten pre-registration form that was sent home in January, please register your child by phoning Woodlawn School (204-326-6110) during the week of February 5 - February 9, 2018.

Information required when you call is: child’s name, birth date, mailing address, phone number, legal address, parents’ names, parents’ workplace information and information regarding custody or medical conditions.

To be eligible for Kindergarten children must be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2018.

Please pass this information onto any friend, neighbor, or relative who might have children eligible for Kindergarten and who might not be aware of this notice.

For information regarding school catchment areas please check the Hanover School Division website: https://hsd.ca/schools/registration/catchment-areas/ or call the Transportation Department at 204-320-2347.

SADDLE UP & READ BOOK FAIR - Adventure Awaits!

Wednesday, February 7 8:30-8:55, 11:55-12:55, 3:45-6:30

Thursday, February 8 8:30-8:55, 11:55-12:55, 3:45-4:30

Friday, February 9 8:30-8:55, 11:55-12:55, 3:45-4:30

Students will be browsing Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Check out the preview flyer going home the first week of February for a taste of what will be at the fair. Don’t forget to bring your ballot in (from the back of the flyer) when you visit the book fair with your child(ren).


I Love to Read about Animals!

Every February we place a special focus on reading. It is the perfect time of year to cozy up with a book or journal, strengthen reading and writing skills, and foster a love of literacy.

This year we will have a theme centered on animals. We will kick off the month with a staff reader's theatre performance during assembly. Friday, February 9th will be "Dress like an Animal Character" Day where we hope to see some Franklin turtles, some Scaredy Squirrels, and some Rainbow Fish! We will also have a special assembly by the "Earth Rangers". We will "track" reading goals by posting animal tracks as classes achieve weekly reading goals. If the students do well with meeting their goals, they will be rewarded by watching staff members kiss some farm animals!

Happy February! Happy Reading!


The HSD Parent Portal is a communications tool designed to enhance and increase parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children by providing secure online access to their child's student information. With a single username and password you can access data for each of your children attending an HSD school. The Access IDs along with setup instructions were sent via email to all eligible parents/guardians at the end of August. If you did not receive the specified email, please contact the school office at 204-326-6110.

Please take a few minutes to review the student information and contact information for your child. It is important that the school has current address and contact information for your child in case it is necessary to reach someone during the school day. Changes can be made through the parent portal. Parents can access their child's report cards, attendance information and permission and consent forms through the Parent Portal.

For additional information please click on the button below.


To ensure the safety of our students and due to the congestion of our staff parking lots and bus loop areas, parents are asked not to enter those areas between 8:00-4:30. If you are dropping off or picking up your child, please park on the street or on the church yard (do not block entrances) across from the school. Please do not park in the parking lot of the Envision home on Penner Street.

For the safety of your child, we request that you escort your child across Henry Street, Barkman Street and Penner Street.


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 arriving at school before 8:53 are to go directly to their playground to play until the bell rings. Students are permitted to enter the building when the 8:53 bell rings. In the event of indoor recess, a sign will be posted on school doors.

Students are required to leave for home by 4:00 in the afternoon unless prior arrangements have been made.


At times, parents or designated others pick up their children during the school day or at the end of the school day. Most homeroom teachers recognize the parents but at times we have guest teachers or the children are in Music or Phys. Ed. It is virtually impossible for these teachers to recognize all the parents or the designated “picker-uppers”. So in order to provide a safer environment, parents are asked to report to the office to sign out their children during the school day. The secretary will be happy to call your child(ren) to the office for you.

If she is unfamiliar with you she can check our files to ensure your child is being picked up by the correct person.

If you are sending a different "picker-upper" than usual at the end of the school day please write a note in your child's agenda or phone the school office before 3:00. This applies to both walking and bus students. Please work with us as we continue to implement this method and bear with us when we ask you to check with the office if you forget and show up at the classroom door.

As a school safety is of utmost concern to us. We have security cameras in various locations on the premise, both inside and outside. We have an extensive crisis plan in place and a crisis team who reviews the plan on a continual basis. We practice lock downs twice per school year in order to prepare our staff and students for a real crisis should it ever happen. All of our staff are trained to be on alert for anything or anyone suspicious and report it to the Principal immediately.


It is the time of year again when many students become ill with a cold or flu. We ask that parents/guardians notify the school if their child will be absent or late. There are many ways to report your absent or late child:

-Phone the school at 204-326-6110 between 8:00 and 9:00 am

-Leave a voicemail at 204-326-6110 before or after school hours

-Email woodlawn@hsd.ca

-Email your child's teacher (email addresses are available at woodlawn.hsd.ca. Select the About tab, select Staff)

Students arriving after 9:08 am or after 12:50 pm are to report to the office for an entry slip before heading to their classroom.

Thank you to everyone for cooperating in reporting to the office when picking your child up from school during the school day.


Woodlawn’s Winter Fun Day took place on January 19th, with the grades K-4 students doing activities both inside and outside all day. Activities included a hockey shoot-out, scooter races, snow bucket relay, snow painting, and lots of other fun and games. Of course, highlights were the hot chocolate station and the chance to play all day long.

A special thanks to all the parents who volunteered and to the student volunteers from Clearspring Middle School. Your help made Winter Fun Day a success!


All students in grades 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to go skating. Once dates have been confirmed, class notices and informed consent forms will be sent home and parents are asked to have helmets fitted and skates sharpened in preparation for the fun. If you absolutely cannot beg, borrow or buy the equipment, we do have some basic skates and helmets as a back up at the school. I welcome any parents who have any extra equipment they may want to share to call me so that all students can join in the fun!

We also need parents to come out as well and help with supervision, tying skates, and possibly sharing your own expertise in the sport.

Thank you,

Jesse Adams, Phys Ed Teacher


All school busses that are running late or cancelled will be posted on the Hanover School Division website at www.hsd.ca
Under the Departments tab you will find Transportation, Bus Delay Bulletins, and a list of affected busses.

The transportation department will no longer be calling individual homes when busses are delayed. When a bus route is cancelled due to weather or road conditions it may be cancelled for the a.m. and p.m. runs. If you drive your students to school, you will need to confirm whether or not your bus is operating in the afternoon. Please call transportation at 204-320-2347.

Parents will be expected to obtain information, if needed, on the status of their bus through the website. Busses that are running more than 10 minutes late on a given day will have the bus number and estimated lateness posted on the page. Homes that do not have computer access to the web should make arrangements with another family on the route whom they could contact.

2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

The 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is quickly approaching and is scheduled for Brandon's Keystone Centre Monday, March 26th-Saturday, March 31st, 2018. The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair features international caliber equestrian competitions, cattle shows, an amazing interactive Ag Education Area, a trade show, top notch entertainment and a terrific Petting Zoo! Check the website for additional information.
The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is able to provide FREE Children's admission tickets to students ages 6 to 12. These tickets can be downloaded from the Provincial Exhibition website.