Southwood School

March 2019

Southwood School Invites You to Our Student Learning Expo

Please join us on Thursday, March 21st from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate what students have been learning. This year our theme is "Celebrating Our Stories" and students have been learning about another culture as well as working on their citizenship skills. During this evening, you are welcome to visit each classroom in our building where students will be available to share their learning. Also be sure to stop by the gym to see performances happening there too. We are looking forward to it!

Southwood Chocolate Sales Fundraiser - February 25th to March 15th

Our chocolate fundraiser is underway!

This fundraiser supports Southwood School to provide our students with fun activities and special events throughout the school year which include: Artists in the School, Grade 4 Farewell, House Hoopla events, Guest Presenters, and School Capital Projects such as the Nature Playground. There are weekly prizes along with prizes for selling 3 or more cases as well as 6 or more cases.

We appreciate your willingness to make this a fun filled event!


February 25th: Chocolates are distributed to students and the sale begins!

February 27th, March 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 13th, & 15th: Twice daily at 8:40am and 3:40 pm - Money is collected and more chocolates are distributed to families who want to sell more in our office lobby by our parent volunteer team.

Please note that these are the only dates that we will do chocolate sales business with students.

March 15th - FINAL DATE - All money and unsold chocolates should be returned to the school no later than 1:00 p.m.

Report Cards

March 8th, 2019 is an Administration Day for all Grades K-4 teachers. The teachers use this time to complete report cards and administrative tasks in their classrooms. This is the second of three annual report cards for Gr. 1 - 4 parents. Please call your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Report cards will be available on the Parent Portal Thursday, March 14th.

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child born in 2014 please visit our new online kindergarten registration to register your child if you haven't done so already.

Registering your child online is made easy by following the two-step process:

1. Complete the online registration form located at on our HSD website.

2. Bring supporting documentation to the school.

Please let friends and neighbors know it is time to register for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.

Absentee Policy / End of Day Instructions

Please contact the school by 9:00 a.m. if your child is going to be absent. You may contact us in the following ways:

If we have not heard from a parent/guardian of an absent student, we will be calling the home, and if needed, work places to make sure the student is safe.

End of Day - If any changes to end-of-day pick up and/or bussing are needed, please advise the office prior to 3:00 p.m.

March Dress Up Week! - March 18th - 22nd

Monday - House Colour Day

Tuesday - Sports Day

Wednesday - Story Book Day

Thursday - Formal Day

Friday - Super Hero Day

Explore Science After School Program

This exciting after-school program will be lead by grade 11 and 12 students from SRSS for grades 3 and 4 students who have already pre-registered.

Over the course of 8 weeks (every 2nd Thursday beginning on March 7th), students will learn exciting scientific concepts through a variety of demonstrations, inquiry-based discussions, and hands-on-labs where students create something to take home! All streams of science will be explored.

Staff Changes

Welcome to our new Head Secretary Mrs. Shae Olfert, Grade 3 teacher Mrs. Michaela Dueck, Youth Support Worker Ms. Allyson Freisen, and our new EA's: Ms. Charlene Kratavicius, Ms. Kylee Unrau, and Ms. Brittany Schinke!

Southwood Community Breakfast

Join us for the Southwood Community Breakfast! This will be a time for family and neighbors to enjoy a breakfast with our Southwood School team. The pancake breakfast is being hosted by our local Lions Club. The cost of the breakfast is $3 per plate which supports the Lions Club and some of the expenses for the breakfast.

Thursday, April 4th

8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Southwood School Gymnasium

Cash donations are also welcome to support our local Lions Club.

We hope to see you there!

Creation of 2018-2019 Class Lists

Staff will soon be meeting to determine class lists for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a complex process which is taken very seriously by school administration. It is our strong belief that the learning atmosphere in the classroom must be the first consideration in the formation of class groupings. Classes are organized to ensure appropriate education takes place for all students. We make every effort to minimize the potential for negative student interaction.

Staff teams strive to create classes that are balanced in all respects. The following criteria (in no specific order) are considered when determining class lists:

  • Student abilities (class composition)
  • Our knowledge of social interactions and dynamics between individual students and groups of students
  • Student/teacher match
  • Placement of students new to Southwood School
  • Male/female ratio
  • Parental information
  • Approximately equal class sizes

Parents can assist the class formation process by:

  1. Helping their children to understand the importance of class formation
  2. Supporting placements that have been made

Given the criteria used to generate class groupings, it can sometimes be difficult to accommodate requests that we get to place a particular student with another student or group of students. It is equally difficult to accommodate requests for a particular teacher. We will do our best to accommodate requests, that are based on the student specific needs, but we do not guarantee that requests will be honoured. Any such requests should be submitted by email to Mr. Rod Kehler ( or in writing by April 30, 2019 to the school administration. Late requests will not be considered.

Given appropriate support at home and at school, it has been our experience that the vast majority of placements are successful. Where a placement is proving to be difficult, we ask that parents and students give it the time required for friendships and classroom community building to develop.

The name of your child(ren)'s teacher for the 2019-2020 school year will be included with the June report card. Should you have any concerns, you are asked to put them in writing addressed to administration. Concerns will be addressed in August 2019. Once the lists are compiled, administration tries not to make adjustments. However, certain circumstances may arise where placements need to be altered due to students leaving or enrolling. In these instances, parents will be notified before the start of classes in September of the change in order to prepare your child.

Thank you for continues support and commitment to your child's education.

Rod Kehler, Principal

Chantal Johnson, Vice-Principal

Important Dates


Mar 1 - Assembly @ 9:05 a.m.

Mar 8 - Admin/PD Day - NO SCHOOL

Mar 14 - Report Cards (Gr. 1-4)

Mar 15 - Last day of chocolate sales

Mar 18-27 - Dress Up Week

Mar 21 - Student Learning Expo

Mar 22 - Assembly @ 12:10 p.m.

Mar 25-29 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL


Apr 1 - 1st day back after spring break for grades 1-4 and even-numbered kindergarten classes (K2KF & K4JG)

Apr 2 - 1st day back after spring break for odd-numbered kindergarten classes (K1CB, K3JG, & K5HV)

Apr 4 - Southwood Community Breakfast 8:15 - 9:30

Apr 10 - Assembly @ 2:00 p.m.

Apr 18 - Jump Rope for Heart

Apr 19 - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Apr 26 - Assembly @ 9:05 a.m.

Apr 30 - Kindergarten welcome evening 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.