southwood school

June 2019, End of Year

In This Edition

-2019-2020 Teaching & Support Staff

-Planning on Moving?

-Meet the Teacher Night

-Strong Connections

-Community Report

-Summer Reading Books Available @ Tumblebooks

-HSD Calendar

-Dates to Remember

2019-2020 Teaching & Support Staff

In September 2019 we will welcome the following staff members to Southwood K-4 School:

Teaching Staff:

Principal - Rod Kehler

Vice Principal - Chantal Johnson

Learning Support - Melissa Heinrichs

Learning Support - Nicole Billiald

Learning Support - Jordan Hurton

Guidance - Chantal Johnson

Guidance - Courtney Baudry

Literacy Support - Donna Neufeldt

Numeracy Support - Charissa Martin

K1KF - Kendra Friesen

K2KF - Kendra Friesen

K3CB - Cheri Boschman

K4CD - Christie Durston

K5HV - Helga Vogt

1R - Stephanie Raine

1G - Susan Gudmundson

1CM - Catrina McKay

1ST - Stacey Steinhilber

1/2SM - Megan Smyth

1/2N - Shania Neyron Term

2C - Laurie Cox

2K - Sandi Kauenhofen

2J - Jaycia Koop

3B - Tara Bairos

3H - Julia Hiebert

3J - Holly Janke

3P - Kristjana Peterson

4H - Cassie Healey

4L - Audrey Loewen

4N - Marianne Neufeld

Phys. Ed. - Cheryl Chernos

Music (Gr 1- 4) - Karla Brown

Music (Kindergarten) - Courtney Baudry

Support Staff:

EA - Kathy Bergen

EA - Hilda Hildebrand

EA - Erica Nickel

EA - Amber Friesen

EA - Sandi Stampe-Sobering

EA - Kerstin Enns

EA - Sharon Osiowy

EA - Jennifer Schroeder

EA - Karen Hoffman

Administrative Secretary - Shae Olfert

Secretary - Sherri James

Library Support Specialist - Sarah Locke

Custodian - Russ Sobering

Custodial Assistant - Angela McDonald

Custodial Assistant - Chelsea Dawson-Sayer

Planning on Moving?

If you are planning to move locations during the summer please call our office at 204-326-3518 as soon as possible or the school division at 204-326-6471 after June 28th. Thank you!

Meet the Teacher Night

Tuesday, September 3, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m

Parents and children are invited to Southwood School the night before school starts to find their classrooms, meet their new teachers and drop off their school supplies. We are sure that this approach to "Meet the Teacher Night" will remove a few of the "night before the first day of school" jitters!

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for Grade 1 - 4: Wednesday, September 4th

Strong Connections

Friday, September 13 and Monday, September 16

These two days will be set aside for teachers and students to be involved in some in-depth "getting to know your child" activities and assessments. This is possible because they will only have about half of their students in their classroom on each day. Each family will be notified in the beginning of September if their family is attending school on Friday or Monday. The students will have a regular "school day" with some extras in terms of fun and unique activities in the computer lab, gym and music room.

Community Report

Southwood School

Community Report for 2018-19

Care. Learn. Grow.

Planning Priority #1 - Learning Partnerships

  • Students will be provided with opportunities and resources so they can be actively involved in classroom and whole-school activities that support collaboration and learning with others. Some of the activities which contributed to this were school clubs, house-hooplas, seasonal celebrations, community breakfast, and the student learning expo.

  • Students participated in a variety of global and national events that included Pink Day, Orange Day, Treaty Education, Green Action Centre, Active and Safe Routes to School, and The Giving Project.

  • Classroom teachers and divisional support staff will grow professionally as they participate in a variety of PD opportunities.

  • Communication with parents and guardians enhanced with the use of parent portal, SeeSaw, and Brightarrow.

  • Students and staff had opportunities to connect with a variety of community individuals and organizations which included indigenous elders, treat education, Fernwood Place, The Lions Club, SRSS Science Club, Farm Credit Canada, and Recreational Opportunities for Children (ROC).

Planning Priority #2 - Learning Environments

  • Teacher professional development focused on a positive and healthy school culture involved professional development with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, book studies, and sessions on student attachment and play-based learning.

  • School programs and activities will be provided to increase student engagement and enhance student learning of the curriculum. Activities include iWalk, iBike, Earth Day, STEAM Month, Pink Day, Terry Fox Run, Literacy and Numeracy Month. Programs include Buddy Systems, House Colour System, Kindergarten Welcome and Orientation, Gr 4 Farewell, and school picnic.

  • A focus on student well-being and activities that promote positive mental health choices will support healthy learning environments. These include Zone of Regulation, Project 11, Roots of Empathy, Career Development, Second Step, and Deeper Learning.

  • Balanced School Day was introduced this school year which reduced the number of transitions during the school day, provided longer learning blocks and improved the nutritional and physical activity needs of the students.

Planning Priority #3 - Pedagogical Practices

  • Teachers will receive professional development and training which incorporate technology to enhance student learning and engagement. Students will engage in learning experiences which incorporate technology and deepen their learning.

  • Teachers will take part in professional book studies and learning opportunities in the area of numeracy and early childhood development.

  • The introduction of the Balanced School Day, intentionally increased learning blocks throughout the day, decreased the number of student transitions, and increased student engagement.

  • The school based Deeper Learning Plan focused on treaty education and indigenous perspectives through the lens of the six competencies.

Summer Reading Books Available @ Tumblebooks

This collection of online books, etc. can be accessed from a link on our school website, or at the following web address:

To login at the top right, simply enter the following information;
Username = southwoodelem
Password = reads

The Southwood literacy team has subscribed to Tumblebooks. What are Tumblebooks?

“Tumblebooks is a collection of books (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Math Stories, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), Videos (from National Geographics), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books, Tumble Puzzles & Games, and TumbleResources for teachers and students. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which we have licensed from children’s book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format”.

We hope that teachers, students and families will all enjoy this collection of great books at school and at home. Enjoy!

The Southwood School Literacy Team

HSD Calendar

Our online master calendar is now live on the HSD website!

Please note: Divisional calendars are no longer available in the print format. Hanover School Division has created an online version of the HSD Calendar which can be accessed using the following link:

Dates to Remember

June 2019

26 School Picnic & Last Day of School

26 Report cards will be sent home with students and will also be available on the Parent Portal



September 2019

2 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

3 Meet the Teacher Night 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

4 First Day of School for Grades 1 - 4 students

4-9 Kindergarten staggered entrance (1/2 class)

13 & 16 Strong Connections for Grades 1 - 4 students

26 Terry Fox Run