Southwood School

November 2019 Newsletter

In This Edition

-Student Led Conferences

-Picture Retakes - November 8th

-Book Fair

-Music Therapy

-Report Cards

-Christmas Caring Project

-Upcoming Events

Student Led Conferences

Student led conferences will be held on Thursday, November 28th. Once again, parents/guardians will be able to sign up for a half hour appointment where your child will lead you through their learning thus far.

Appointments can be made using the Parent Portal starting November 15th to the 27th or by calling the school at 204-326-3518. We look forward to this exciting time for you and your child. If you have any questions please feel free to email your child's teacher.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be Friday, November 8th right after O'Canada until the photographers have gone through the students needing retakes. We will be using the C-2 hut. Please advise your students homeroom teacher if you wish your child to have retakes.

If your child does not attend Kindergarten that day you are welcome to drop by the C-2 hut around 9:00 a.m.

For any questions or concerns about pictures or your order please contact Lifetouch at 1-866-457-8212.

Arctic Adventure Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon. The Book Fair will run the week of November 25th - 28th. Our Family Event Evening will take place on Thursday, November 28th at the same time as our Student Led Conferences. We hope you or your child's grandparents will be able to join us! Wander into our Enchanted Library Learning Commons to visit the fair, shop for gifts, enter to win prizes, and enjoy an evening together with friends, family and neighbors. All purchases at the Book Fair benefit our school!

When you visit, please consider donating a book to your child's classroom library. Children's reading interests are always changing and teachers welcome updated classroom libraries. Just look for the Teacher Classroom Wish List display at the fair. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated!

Music Therapy

Southwood School is proud to partner with Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba and accredited Music Therapist, Elizabeth Janzen of Musical Roots Therapy. Music Therapy sessions will be held once a week for 45 minutes in the mornings on Tuesdays at Southwood School. This gives the opportunity for some of our students to build upon social, communication and sensory skills in a fun, supportive, musical environment.

Southwood School is providing the space and the necessary technical equipment for the sessions to run. We are so thankful that Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba is proudly supporting the delivery of the Music Therapy Program in our rural area.

To learn more about Variety visit:

Report Cards

We would like to remind parents that Term 1 Report Cards will be sent out this month. They will be available on the Parent Portal at 9 am on November 26, 2019, with paper copies being sent home at the end of the day. Please contact the office for information on how to get your Parent Portal account set up!

Southwood School Christmas Caring Project

We would like to thank you for your support with Drive Away Hunger last month. We have another caring project that we would like to share with you!

We are planning to help out the Steinbach Community Christmas by collecting items to fill their hampers that will be delivered before Christmas.

We have two projects planned.

The first is a toy drive which is for all students Kindergarten - Grade Four. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children newborn to 17 years old. ( no toy guns please )

As well, we will be holding another food drive to help fill the Christmas hampers. We have decided to divide the items and ask each grade level to collect particular items.

We will be collecting the items from November 15 - November 30.

Kindergarten students

crackers, cheez whiz, cake mixes, cookies, juice boxes, juice

Grade One students

Dish soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, household cleaners, garbage bags

Grade Two students

Ketchup, mayonaise, mustard, cooking oil, canned corn, boxed or canned soup

Grade Three students

Baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, baby food, baby crackers, ivory snow laundry detergent

Grade Four students

Porridge, cream of wheat, pancake mix, pancake syrup, pasta, pasta sauce sidekicks pasta or rice

If you are able to participate, please send the items to school with your child or drop them off on the tables that will be set up by the gym in the school’s front entrance. Thank you kindly for your support!

Upcoming Events


  • Nov 4 - Admin PD Day - NO CLASSES
  • Nov 8 - Picture Retakes (first thing a.m.)
  • Nov 8 - Assembly - 12:10 p.m.
  • Nov 11 - Remembrance Day - NO CLASSES
  • Nov 12 - Admin Day - NO CLASSES
  • Nov 15 - Student Led Conference booking begins (Parent Portal)
  • Nov 15 - 30 - Food Collection - Christmas Caring Project
  • Nov 22 - Report cards available on Parent Portal at 9:00 a.m., going home at the end of the day
  • Nov 22 - Assembly - 2:00 p.m.
  • Nov 27 - Last day to book Student Led Conferences online
  • Nov 28 - Student Led Conferences
  • Nov 28 - Book Fair Family Event 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


  • Dec 6 - Assembly 9:05 a.m.
  • Dec 11 - Kindergarten Christmas Program
  • Dec 12 - Grade 3 & 4 Christmas Program
  • Dec 16 - 20 - Dress Up Week
  • Dec 20 - Assembly 12:10 a.m.
  • Dec 23 - Jan 3 - Winter Break