Woodlawn Early Years School

January 2023 Newsletter

A Message from the Principals

Welcome back! We hope you all had a great break. January brings with it a sense of energy and enthusiasm for learning. Classroom teachers are busy planning meaningful and authentic learning experiences for their students. Students and staff come back after the holiday rested and ready to work. Teachers will spend the first few days revisiting routines and classroom beliefs to reestablish a positive culture of learning in their classrooms.

Our admin/support team will be reviewing our school profile data that was collected before the break. This includes a variety of assessment tools including the grade three assessment, report card data, reading level data, guidance referrals, clinician referrals, and teacher assessments. As a team we use this data to determine where we need to put extra support. These supports may include literacy support, numeracy support and social emotional support. The admin/support team meets regularly to ensure that we are supporting our students. If you have any concerns about your child's progress, please contact his/her teacher.

There are a couple of staffing announcements we want you to be aware of. Welcome back to Rebecca Mackie who will be returning to a guidance (.5) and learning support (.5) role. Amanda Bilevicius will return to the classroom and take over the teaching duties in 1D. We say goodbye to Jason Dyck who was teaching grade 1. Thank you Jason for all of your hard work, dedication and professionalism. We hope to have you back at Woodlawn soon.

Karen Fraser and Tara Reimer

Literacy News

Digital Escape Rooms

If you’ve ever gone to an “Escape Room”, you know what fun the experience of searching for clues and solving puzzles with family or friends can be! The most successful escape room teams communicate well with one another, observe carefully, think logically, and keep trying even if something is tricky. These are all skills that children benefit from developing.

Here is a link to some digital escape rooms that your family can try together. There are many different themes to explore, including Pokémon and fairy tales. This could be an exciting addition to family game night or an alternative to the usual home reading or bedtime story. Try some out and enjoy reading and problem solving together

Numeracy News

Ask More Questions!

For so long, math has been about getting the correct answer quickly and answering questions that have only one right answer. The focus was more about that correct answer and less about how a child got there. As a result, when a student answers a question and you ask them "Why?" or "How did you get that?", we still see students quickly trying to change their answer. The assumption that their answer is incorrect if we ask them a follow up question like "why" tells us that we need to ask more questions all of the time. If your child answers a mathematical question at home, get in the habit of asking them why, tell me more, or how did they get that regardless of whether or not their thinking is sound and correct or not. The more we ask these questions, the more we are encouraging our kids to think mathematically and justify their thinking. When you ask a child to justify a correct answer, you allow them to deepen or solidify their thinking. When you ask a child to justify an answer that is not sound or seems incorrect, you allow the child to think about how they got there and perhaps they will see a different way to attack the problem. You also allow yourself to get a glimpse into their thinking and where they may be applying misconceptions.

Indigenous Perspectives

In January we begin weekly visits by a variety of Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Jacklyn Friesen, who is Cree and grew up in Steinbach, will spend four days in our school with the Indigenous Student Leadership Group and in classrooms talking about hunting, fishing, snaring and plants. If your child would like to be part of the Indigenous Student Leadership Group, please contact the school or Monica Martens (mmartens@hsd.ca). If you, as a parent, would like to attend part or whole days with the Elders and Knowledge Keepers helping out with student needs and sitting in on the learning, please contact the school or Monica Martens.

Hanover parent child community program

The Hanover Parent and Child Community Program invites parents and their preschool children to attend free parent-child programming!

This program is provided to promote school readiness. Children will have the opportunity to play, learn, create, sing, and develop skills to prepare them for kindergarten. Parents will be able to visit with other parents and participate in activities with their children. Programming is free and snacks will be provided. Families can attend once or twice a week or drop by when able.

We will follow the same schedule as the divisional school calendar in regards to school closure days and inclement weather.

Parents please report to the office for check in and park in the church parking lot across from the school.

We will meet on Monday mornings from 9:15 to 11:45 am and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

We will meet in Hut 35 at Woodlawn School. Children should bring indoor footwear.

Please contact Stacey Marcoux at 204-326-9829 or email smarcoux@hsd.ca should you have any questions.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Eastman Immigrant Services

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Online Registration for Kindergarten

Kindergarten registration for the 2023-24 school year will open on January 5, 2023. To be eligible, Children must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2023. The registration process will take place online at www.HSD.ca.

If you do not have access to the Internet, please visit the school office and we can assist you in completing the registration on a school computer. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to register their children soon after registration opens in January. Early registration will assist us in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Registering before March 1, 2023, will ensure there is sufficient time for school appointments and provide parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in Kindergarten orientation activities. Visit www.HSD.ca for registration instructions.

Soups On

Thanks to your contribution, we raised over $1200 for Soups On at the grade 3 and 4 winter concert!! This money will go towards helping feed students breakfasts and lunch in Hanover School Division. If your family is finding it difficult to provide breakfasts or lunches, and you would like to be added to the food program list, please contact the Woodlawn representative Courtney Gangloff at cgangloff@hsd.ca or 204-326-6110.

Soups On also has a family meal program. For more information on this, please contact Joy Neufeld at soupsonjoy@hotmail.com

Thank you for your support! Happy Holidays!

Water Bottles Are Important

We are asking for parents help to have each student bring a refillable water bottle each day to school with them.


Please take the time to check your children's lunches to make sure they have the cutlery that is needed. We are not able to hand out cutlery for all the kids that are needing spoons and forks.

Outdoor Play in Winter

There are many benefits for our young students to get outdoor breaks during the school day, even in the winter months. Many of us grew up being told that the cold weather makes us sick. That is simply not true! Illnesses like the cold and the flu are caused by viruses, not cold weather. In fact research states that spending time outside in the winter months actually improves our immune systems and gives us an escape from all of the germs and bacteria that are huddled up indoors. Outdoor recess time provides children with a brain break and helps them get their bodies ready for more learning. Spending time outdoors in the winter provides us with vitamin D which is essential for children’s physical well being and also their emotional well being. Vitamin D has been found to change serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a hormone that is important in regulating mood (Dennison, 2008). In other words, spending time outside may help children manage their emotions and improve their self-regulation.

Making sure that your children have the proper clothing for outdoor play will help them enjoy the time they spend outside at recess. Dressing in layers is always a great idea in our Manitoba climate!

In addition, our belief at school is that if children are too sick to go outside, they are also too sick to be at school. We will send all children out for all applicable recesses.

Only in some exceptional circumstances will students be permitted to stay inside. If you feel this is the case for your child, please contact your child's teacher to discuss if staying inside is an appropriate option.


If local conditions indicate that with the wind-chill the temperature is -30 or colder we have indoor recess. When temperatures with wind-chill range between -25 to -29 we normally have a shortened outdoor recess during the activity block.

As we all know the weather in Manitoba can change from one moment to the next. The main reasons students find winter outdoor recesses too cold is that they do not dress warmly enough or they do not get active enough. Please send your children dressed to deal with the elements. Good boots, mittens, and a hat added to ski pants and a parka makes all the difference between a child enjoying the outdoors or tolerating it. Please label all your child's outwear items as our young students often lose or forget items in various places!


When extreme weather or road conditions call for a school closure you will receive a recorded phone call from Superintendent Shelley Amos beginning at 6:45 am. This additional communication effort is to help ensure that all students will be aware of school closures and no students will find themselves in an unsafe situation where they may be facing extreme weather unnecessarily. When school is cancelled due to weather and road conditions there are no staff members at the school. If your phone number has changed since the beginning of the school year please call the office at 204-326-6110 to update your information.

Schools will be closed due to extreme cold when the temperatures in most locations in the division are

–35 degree Celsius or colder with –45 degree Celsius or colder wind-chill.


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8:53 am Bell Indicating Student Entry Inside the Building

9:00 am - 9:05 am Homeroom Time or Religious Exercises (in designated area)

9:05 am School Begins: O' Canada and Announcements / Attendance

9:05 am - 11:05 am Learning Block 1

11:05 am - 11:55 am Nutrition/Activity Break

11:55 am - 1:10 pm Attendance / Learning Block 2

1:10 pm - 2:00pm Nutrition/Activity Break

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Attendance / Learning Block 3

3:30 pm - 3:40 pm Students Proceed to Homeroom

3:45 pm Dismissal of All Students

If you need to pick up your child during the school day please report to the office to sign out your child and the secretaries will call your child to the office. It is very difficult to find students outside during the activity breaks so we ask that if you must pick up your child you do so before or after the activity breaks.


To ensure the safety of our students and due to the congestion of our staff parking lots and bus loop areas, parents are asked not to enter those areas between 8:15 - 4:30. Also note there is no public parking available at Entrance D (Barkman St.) at any time. All parking is reserved for school staff.
If you are dropping off or picking up your child, please park on Henry Street or on the church parking lot across from the school. When using the church parking lot please do not block entrances or exits. For the safety of your child, we request that you escort your child across Henry Street. For students’ safety, please avoid parking along Barkman Street across from the school during 8:30 - 9:00 am and 3:30 - 4:00 pm.
Please do not park in the parking lot of the Envision home on Penner Street. That is a private residence and your vehicle may be towed.
Thank you for choosing safety over convenience for the sake of all our children.


Thursday, January 5 - First Day Back at School After Christmas Break

Friday, February 3 - PD Day- no classes

Wed-Fri, Feb 8-10 - Book Fair

Friday, Feb 17 - Winter Fun Day

Monday, February 20 - Louis Riel Day - No Classes

Friday, February 24 - HTA PD Day - No Classes

Friday, March 10 - Admin Day - No Classes

Friday, March 17 - Report Cards Issued

Mon-Fri, March 20-24 - Wacky Week

Thursday, March 23 - Student Led Conferences

Friday, March 24 - Community Pancake Breakfast

Friday, March 24 - Last Day of School Before Spring Break

Monday, April 3 - First Day Back After Spring Break

Friday, April 7 - Good Friday- no classes

Monday, April 17 - PD Day - No Classes

Tuesday, May 9 - Aft/Eve Spring Concert - Grade 1

Thursday, May 11 - Aft/Eve Spring Concert - Grade 1/2 & 2

TBA - Volunteer Appreciation Event

Monday, May 22 - Victoria Day - No Classes

Monday, June 5 - Admin/PD Day - No Classes

Thursday, June 29 - School Picnic and Last Day of Classes

Thursday, June 29 - Report Cards released on Parent Portal

Friday, June 30 - Admin Day

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