Woodlawn Early Years School

October 2016 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Welcome to the introduction of our new e newsletter. I hope you will find this informative, interactive and user friendly. I'd be happy to receive feedback about the format and/or the contents of the e newsletter. Future volumes will also include feature items from classrooms and school programs. I hope you will enjoy.

I'd like to say a huge thank you for taking the time to attend the Meet Your Teacher evening this year. We had a 91% attendance rate! What an incredible turnout for a worthwhile, meaningful time to spend meeting your teacher and seeing your new classroom. This event helps reduce the anxieties of the first day. Your attendance was appreciated and contributed to the school having a smooth start.

Please take the time to read about all the exciting October events taking place at Woodlawn and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask your child's teacher, the office staff or one of the Principal's.


Shelley Amos

Vice Principal's Message

What a great September we had at Woodlawn School. The students and teachers have had a wonderful month getting to know each other and learning the routines. Students are being taught to respect themselves, respect property, and respect each other. At Woodlawn we refer to this as being a "Bucket Filler". When students are "caught" filling other people's buckets they are given a PR3. One half of the PR3 goes home for the parents to see and the other part goes into a bucket that sits outside of the principals' offices. At every assembly names are drawn from the bucket for students to attend our Makerspace Monday lunch. The students are also divided into six house colours. Six times per year, Shelley Amos and I take a house colour group on a special trip. Makerspace Mondays and House Reward events are a great way for Mrs. Amos and I to get to know them and let them know that we appreciate that they are "Bucket Fillers."

The destination for our House Rewards will be revealed at our next assembly. Parents will be notified of the date and time of the trip and asked to sign a permission form. If you have any questions at all please let me know.

Karen Fraser

International Walk to School Day

Woodlawn is participating in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5. Please join Woodlawn staff members at the clock tower on the corner of Main Street and Reimer Street at 8:30 am on October 5th to walk to school. Rain date is Friday, October 14.

iWalk is an international event that encourages schools to try using active transportation to get to and from school. Thousands of Manitoba children will join millions of others from over 43 countries to celebrate walking and biking to school.

Picture Day is Coming

Mark your calendars for picture day which is Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Order portraits now at mylifteouch.ca. using picture day ID QL916382Q0. Click on the link below.

MakerSpace Mondays

Did you know that every Monday is now a Makerspace Monday! Students who have had their PR3 (see vice principal's message) pulled at assembly spend lunch recess with Mrs. Amos and Mrs. Fraser in the Makerspace. The grade two and four students come for the first part of lunch and the grade one and three students come for the second part. During this time the students are able to play and make things that are of interest to them. So far this year we have played with our Sphero robot (driven with an iPad), made things with Snap Circuits, beaded bracelets, and played on the LEGO wall. Because there are only about twelve students in the Makerspace at a time, each student is able to focus on something that they really want to explore. Mrs. Amos and Mrs. Fraser enjoy seeing the students participate in activities they enjoy and it really helps them get to know the students better. Every student in grade one to grade 4 will have a chance to participate in a Makerspace Monday!


Our students will once again be selling magazine subscriptions from QSP. New this year is the opportunity to purchase gifts from QSP. Brochures will be sent home with students on October 3. The fundraiser will run from October 3-October 20.

Extra order forms are available from the school office. If you do not wish to participate in the fundraiser please recycle the brochures.

To ensure your child receives the prizes they earn and that your orders are processed efficiently please check that your order forms are completed properly. We plan to use the profits to support student programming such as bringing arts to our school and the Grade 4 Water Safety Program. As well these funds will be used for community building such as House Rewards, Meet Your Teacher and Celebration of Learning.


All urban bus routes are posted on the HSD website with times and maps. Any urban or rural bus that will be late due to weather or mechanical issues is listed on the HSD website under the bus delay tab.

Go to the drop down menu of Departments/Transportation where you can choose:

1. School Bus Delay Bulletins where any bus that is late is posted with the approximate delay.

2. Steinbach Urban Bus Routes - Scroll down to select Woodlawn School and then select your bus number.

Thank you for checking these options before calling the Hanover School Division Transportation Department with your questions regarding bus delays and Steinbach urban bus routes times and maps. Any questions for transportation please call 204-320-2347.


Most school bus fatalities occur when children are outside the bus and 75% of these fatalities involve children under the age of nine. On October 20th we will be having Bus Evacuation Drills for all our students.

Things Parents Should Know About Bus Safety

  • School buses are the safest form of transportation
  • The most dangerous part of the bus ride is getting on and off the bus
  • Young children are most likely to be struck because they:
  • Hurry to get on and off the bus
  • Act before they think and have little experience with traffic
  • Assume motorists will see them
  • Don't always stay within the sight of the driver

Things Children Should Know About Bus Safety

  • Stand back from the curb
  • NEVER run to or from the bus
  • NEVER try to pick up something that has fallen under the bus
  • Stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted
  • Wait for the driver's signal and then cross in FRONT of the bus


Daily attendance is important for all students. Students who attend school regularly are more engaged in learning, have a greater sense of belonging in the community and are more likely to obtain a high school diploma.

Here are some eye-opening facts regarding attendance:

  • If a student is 10 minutes late for class every day they will miss 6 days of instruction per year.
  • If a student misses 2 days of school per month they will miss one month of school in the school year.
  • If a student misses 15 days of school per year they will miss an entire year of school by their senior year.

Please be supportive of school attendance for your child/children. Help your child get ready for school every day through such things as homework monitoring, regular bedtimes and planning for breakfast and lunches. We also encourage you to try scheduling doctor and dentist appointments during inservice days and school breaks when possible.