Woodlawn Early Years School
December 2019 Newsletter
I would like to take a moment to remind all parents to please let the school know when your child will be absent or late. For your convenience you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the school at 204-326-6110 or record the absence directly on the Parent Portal. We will call parents when we have not been notified that a student is absent or late. If we are unable to contact a parent we will call the emergency contacts. We appreciate you letting us know ahead of time. Your cooperation allows us to make sure all students are accounted for in a timely manner.
On the topic of safety, a letter was sent home to parents providing safety guidelines that we expect will be followed by all parents when dropping off or picking up their children at school. Please be sure to read this information and talk to your children about being safe on their way to and from school. This information can be found on our website as well. Click here for more information.
The month of December will be very busy at Woodlawn with lots of activities and smiles as we approach the winter holidays. Please check the newsletter, calendar and our website carefully for all the upcoming events.
I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with the love of family and friendship. Be safe and enjoy!
Vice Principal's Message
I can't believe it is already December! We have had quite the mix of weather this past month. As we enter the colder months of the year, we still try to get outside every activity break that we can. Winter play looks different, but there are still many exciting things for kids to do. We do remind all of our students to be safe outside in the snow. We do not allow any throwing of snow or ice chunks. We always encourage kindness to everyone.
When we are dressed in warm dry layers, the cold temperatures can't keep us from having fun. Some hints for helping kids stay warm are: (1) Doubling up socks (2) Having a thin pair of mittens under waterproof mittens (3) Drying wet boots and gear over night (4) Dressing in layers so they're warm at recess, but not too hot inside (5) Encouraging your child to run around and play! Speaking of layers and warm clothing, please come by and check out the lost and found. There are many mittens, sweaters, and other items already filling the bins.
There are many benefits to getting outside in the winter at school and at home. Playing and running in the deep snow works some of our larger muscles! While it may just look like cold white snow to us, our kids see snow people, snow castles, mountains, challenges, and an empty canvas for art! Although it can be quite chilly, we often get beautiful sunny days in the winter which gives us much needed Vitamin D. We also get the benefit of fresh air for a chance to get away from the germs and cold viruses.
I wish all of you and your families a safe and relaxing holiday break!
Balanced School Day Survey
GINGERBREAD COOKIE FUNDRAISER
All proceeds will go to Steinbach Community Outreach, a program that supports people in our own community who struggle with the basic necessities in life such as food, clothing and shelter.
Thanks for your support!
1C & 1JC
WOODLAWN CHRISTMAS CONCERT - December 12th 1:30 & 7:00 pm
"The Christmas Train"
"Toot Toot!" All aboard the Saint Nicholas Express! The Christmas season is upon us, and we are so excited to take a train trip across Canada! From East to West, and even up North; this Christmas train is filled with Woodlawn students who are excited to see the sights, the lights, and the traditions of Canada's provinces and territories at Christmas time. Join us as we sing, dance, and play our way across Canada!
Each grade 3 and 4 class will be presenting a scene, singing in the Grade 3 or 4 choir, as well as being featured instrumentally for one of the songs!
The concert will be held at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, 360 McKenzie Avenue and parents are welcome to attend either concert (1:30 or 7pm)!
Please note that the evening concert is usually very full! Please consider attending the afternoon concert if at all possible! Woodlawn's KM1, KN1, Grade 1, and Grade 2 students will also attend the afternoon concert.
A goodwill offering supporting Steinbach Community Outreach will be taken halfway through the concert. The grade 1 classes will also be selling their homemade gingerbread cookies in the lobby for $0.50 with proceeds also going to Steinbach Community Outreach, a program that supports people in our own community who struggle with the basic necessities in life such as food, clothing and shelter. Thanks for your support!
For those parents attending our annual Christmas Concert, I would like to thank you in advance for having your younger or older children stay under your direct supervision at all times during the concert performances. We must be respectful of the Church and its property. Younger and older siblings are not allowed to wander in the vestibule, rooms or upstairs while we are using the facility. Thank you for cooperating with this request.
The Hanover School Division has limited, or no control, over photographs and videos taken by news media and others in public locations, or at school-sanctioned events open to the public - such as sporting events, performances, concerts, and similar events. When members of the public are invited/permitted to attend an event, those in attendance may choose to take student photographs, videos, and/or publish identifying information without requesting consent. In these instances, HSD cannot enforce or protect stated permissions.
We have students with severe allergies to peanuts and appreciate your help in keeping all our students safe.
It is appreciated when a list of the ingredients is also sent so that the teacher may check carefully for any other allergies.
SPENST PIZZA FUNDRAISER
HOME TIME ARRANGEMENTS
Please write a note in the agenda if home time arrangements are different from your normal routine, whether your child is going home with someone else or being picked up at the end of the day.
If you must phone the school regarding a change in home time arrangements please call before 2:45.
If you are picking your child up for an appointment during the school day please sign your child out at the office and the secretary will call your child to meet you at the office. It is difficult to locate students on the playground during the activity breaks and we ask that if you must pick up your child during the school day you avoid the activity break times (11:05-11:30 and 1:10-1:35 for Kindergarten students or 11:30-11:55 and 1:35-2:00 for Grades 1-4).
Go to the drop down menu of Services where you can choose:
1. School Bus Delay Bulletins where any bus that is late is posted with the approximate delay.
2. Steinbach Urban Bus Routes - Scroll down to select Woodlawn School and then select your bus number.
Thank you for checking these options before calling the Hanover School Division Transportation Department with your questions regarding bus delays and Steinbach urban bus routes times and maps. Any questions for transportation please call 204-320-2347.
TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Hanover School Division is actively looking for new Spare Bus Drivers. This is a great casual part time job where you control the amount you want to work. Hanover School Division Transportation Department provides all of the training you need to be a successful bus driver. If you are interested please email email@example.com for more information.
LET'S KEEP WARM
As we all know the weather in Manitoba can change from one moment to the next. 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!
Students are encouraged to go out for recess because it is important to get some fresh air during the day. Remember germs, not cold air, cause illness.
Weather and grounds permitting, all students play outdoors until 8:53 in the morning. Our cold weather policy is to keep students inside at recess when the wind chill factor is –30 or greater. Outside recess times will be shortened if the wind chill is between –25 and –29 Celsius.
SCHOOL CLOSURE NOTIFICATIONS
When extreme weather or road conditions call for a school closure you will receive a recorded phone call from Superintendent Randy Dueck 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 degrees Celsius or colder OR is experiencing a wind chill of -45 degrees Celsius or colder. Click here for more information.
Shake, Rattle & Roll
Woodlawn School and Hanover Parent and Child Community Program present:
Shake Rattle & Roll
This is a parent and preschool child gym program to promote physical movement and development. Come and your children will play games, sing, and have fun while building co-ordination, body awareness, ability to follow directions and social development.
The English program will run on the following Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm:
January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 3, 10, 17, 24
The German program will run on the following Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm:
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 5, 12, 19, 26