Woodlawn Early Years School

April 2022 Newsletter

A Message from the Principals

These are very exciting and hopeful times. The staff at Woodlawn are very excited for a return to "normal". We are looking forward to having parent volunteers in our classrooms. Teachers are busy booking fieldtrips to create some fun hands on learning experiences for their students. We are hopeful that we will be able to host our grade 1 and grade 2 spring concerts. We are also busy preparing to welcome our new Kindergarten students in person this year. Finally, we are planning some fun events for our grade 4 farewell and we are looking forward to sharing this important milestone with our families. More information will be sent home as we get closer to these events.

a message from the counsellors

Below is an article on how beneficial words of encouragement are for kids. For more ideas, see https://parentswithconfidence.com/words-of-encouragement-for-kids/
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Numeracy News

Sometimes, we use words in our math classrooms that are not common in every day conversations. This can be confusing when you are talking to your child about what they are learning and exploring in math or when you are reading a report card comment. Here are a few of those words that you may have come across, but I also encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher if there is a word or idea that you would like to learn more about.

Subitizing: This is being able to figure out a small quantity (e.g., dots, objects) without actually counting them. A good example of this is when your child is playing a board game with dice. When they are able to subitize the dots, that means that they see there are six dots without needing to count them.

Decade: The term decade is used a lot outside of the math classroom, but you may have heard your child's teacher talking about having difficulties counting over the decades. This often means that a child knows the 1-9 sequence, but does not have a solid understanding of the counting sequence all the way to 100 and past. For example, you may hear a child say 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and then pause or put in a ten that doesn't fit like 20 or 40.

Part-Part-Whole: When you hear a teacher or your child talking about part-part-whole relationships, they are working on understanding that a number can be broken apart or composed of other numbers. For example, 12 can also be composed or broken down into 5 and 7 or two groups of 6.

Ten Frame: This is a tool we use often in our classrooms that is a 2 by 5 grid. Students use these to help become confident with numbers to 10 and above. For example, if a student is working with a quantity of 7, they may fill up the first column of 5 with dots/objects and then 2 in the second column. This can show a student a variety things about 7. For example, they can see that 7 is close to 10, that it is 5 + 2, and that it is 3 less than 10.

Manitoba Education also has an extensive glossary for K-8 mathematics. The document is designed to support teachers, but it can also serve as a quick place to check a word or idea that you are interested learning more about.

Literacy News

Did you know…. That it is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow? That a cat has 32 muscles in each ear? That octopuses have blue blood, three hearts and nine brains?

We live in an amazing world and there are so many things for all of us to learn. Children are naturally curious and nonfiction books can foster their curiosity, ignite wonder and teach them about so many incredible things. Children can learn about sports, history, animals, space, the human body, places around the world and so much more. Nonfiction books are also wonderful because they often have pictures that every child can enjoy regardless of how well they read.

Click here to learn some great tips for looking at nonfiction books with kids.

Some popular series to check out are:

Who Would Win

I Survived (FYI with the graphic novels: some pictures might be too intense for your kiddo)

Weird But True

National Geographic Kids

Where can you find nonfiction books? You can search for and request books from Woodlawn library on Destiny Discover. Jake Epp library also has a huge section of nonfiction books for kids.

You can also of course find tons of information online. But where do you start? Check out the learning links on Woodlawn’s website. There you will find three great free resources. Tumblebooks has great free ebooks including nonfiction ones. Kidrex is a search engine that lets children safely explore different topics on their own or with you. Pebblego has lots of links to information specifically about animals and science. You can also find great ebooks on Libby and EPIC.

There are so many fantastic books out there to look at and read including nonfiction ones. Enjoy exploring and learning with your child! Maybe you’ll find out how many teeth a slug has!

Indigenous Perspectives

We are so excited to announce we received a $25 000 grant to provide some land based learning and elder care for students in our school via the Teachers’ Idea Fund. Momenta will be working with some of our teachers and students to look at how the curriculum lives outdoors in outdoor learning spaces. You can learn more about one of the guides who will be working with our teachers and students here. In addition we will be inviting an elder from Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation to provide some cultural teaching for, and spend time with, Indigenous students. Indigenous students living in Steinbach have little access to cultural learning opportunities, especially if they are not living with their birth families. If you are an Indigenous family and would like your child to participate in these learning opportunities with an elder, please contact the school and let us know. We are so excited to see the impact of these programs on our students, families, and teachers, and look forward to sharing more with you throughout the spring.

Click here to view the article "Bringing Inclusitity" by Adrian Alphonso

Volunteering In Our School

We are excited that volunteers are being allowed back into our schools and classrooms. With restrictions opening up, field trips will also be starting. This means our teachers are going to be looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please make sure your volunteer status is up to date with the Hanover School Division. Parents will not be able to volunteer without all the checks being cleared. This process can take several weeks so please do not delay.

Click HERE to read what will be needed to volunteer.


All students in grade 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to go skating in April. 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! Please be aware that hockey sticks are not allowed to be transported on the school division buses. If your child would like to bring a stick please make arrangements to drop it off and pick it up at the school.

We also welcome and need parents to come out and help with supervision, tying skates and possibly sharing your own expertise in the sport. If your volunteer information is up to date and you would like to help, please contact Mr. Adams at jadams@hsd.ca

Spring Picture Day - May 12

Spring picture day is Thursday, May 12th. Forms will be sent home with students.

If you have a kindergarten child in KG2, KR2 or KM2 (attending on even days), their picture day will be Friday, May 13.

Mom's Pantry

Thank you everyone for participating in our fundraiser. It was very successful and will be very helpful for our playground. We will give you more details in the May Newsletter.

PLEASE NOTE: Mom's Pantry orders are to be picked up April 6th. NEW LOCATION: please come to WOODLAWN for pick up. Last names starting with A-L from 3:45-4:30 pm. Please do not come into the school sooner as the weather does not look promising and we need to get bus students looked after. Please go straight into the gym and someone will bring the order to you. Last names starting with M-Z from 4:30-5:30pm. Please make sure to have all frozen/cold orders picked up as there is no where to keep them cold.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa at lfranzmann@gmail.com

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.


With warmer weather, kids are starting to ride their bikes to school. Please remind your child to place their bike in the bicycle cage that we have in our playground, as well as sending a lock with them to lock up their bikes.


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.

We also have a crossing guard helping students cross at Barkman and Penner in the morning and afternoon.

Our staff have witnessed several instances when parents have ignored our requests to follow these processes. Please know that we are not trying to inconvenience you. Rather we are trying to help our students get to and from school safely. Thank you to all of you who help your children learn to follow safety rules and develop good habits.


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 enter your child's absence in Parent Portal, 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 you can also enter that in the Parent Portal ahead of time or 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 let the office know of the absence.

Kindergarten 2022/2023

If your child is eligible for Kindergarten Registration (must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2022), our online registration is now available. Our new online registration process takes only a few minutes to complete. To begin, visit the HSD Kindergarten Registration page at https://hsd.ca/schools/student-registration/

If you do not have access to the Internet, please visit our school and we will assist you in completing the registration form on a school computer.

Registering early will assist our school in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Early registration also provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in upcoming orientation activities.

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.


April is Earth Month! We are excited to spend the month learning about our Earth, why it is so important, and how we can help take care of it. The sustainability team has put together an interactive calendar for students that will help them explore different ideas and actions that they can take to practice being good citizens of our planet. The calendar will be posted on our Woodlawn website and includes read alouds, videos, and challenges for your family to explore! Happy Earth Month!


We are returning to pre-pandemic guidelines for use when students are sick. If a child has a fever, has vomited or had diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or has a very bad cough we ask that they stay home until they are well. The general rule of thumb is that students should be feeing well enough to participate in all daily activities.

Staff Appreciation Week

March 21st to 25th was our Staff appreciation week. Each day was an opportunity for us to show the staff how much we care and appreciate all the hard work they do!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the parents who baked, bought and dropped off items to make this such a successful week!! It was truly amazing to see all the support.

Thank you to all the students who wrote thank you letters and notes to the staff. They were very well received by all.

Have a safe and fun spring break.

Woodlawn PAC

Grow a row

For over a decade, Woodlawn students and their families have been involved in harvesting root vegetables for Southeast Helping Hands. We started with a Woodlawn Community Garden, and have since transitioned to inviting our families to donate from their own gardens, or to purchase and donate vegetables in the autumn. These vegetables have benefited families in need from our local community.

We are inviting Woodlawn students and their families to participate in our annual: Grow a Row for Those in Need gardening campaign. We are looking for root vegetables like: potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, beets, pumpkins and squash.

Participating families are asked to send an email confirmation to Miss Kristen Reimer (krreimer@hsd.ca) pledging their donation of one or more rows of root vegetables for our project. In the case of crop failure, you are under no obligation to provide produce, unless you so desire.

If you don’t plan on having a garden, but would still like to donate some root vegetables, your contribution is greatly appreciated. Please stay tuned in the autumn for more details.

Your child will be sent home with a reusable bag for our collection week in the autumn. Stay tuned for details in our September newsletter.

If you are interested in donating vegetables, please send a confirmation email to krreimer@hsd.ca by Friday, May 20th.

Thank you for your willingness to participate! We are excited to continue Woodlawn’s legacy of giving back to our local community and teaching children how to be generous, thoughtful, and caring citizens.

Interested in becoming a bus driver?

We provide all the training for free with applicants only required to provide a few items for a small fee. If anyone is interested they can gladly email Robert at rwarkentin@hsd.ca or call our office 204-320-2347 for more information. Another option is under HSD.ca, Employment tab, job openings and on the L side is link to our transportation application form.
Healthy Living - Nutrition News

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