Woodlawn Early Years School

December 2019 Newsletter

Principal's Message

I would like to extend a thank you to all the families who were able to attend our student led conferences this fall. We had a high rate of attendance once again and hope you found it to be a valuable learning experience with your child. Your partnership with us is of utmost importance to your children's success at school. If you were not able to make it I hope you have had the opportunity to connect with your child's teacher. Please feel free to do so if you have not.

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 woodlawn@hsd.ca. 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!

Karen Fraser

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!

Tara Reimer

Balanced School Day Survey

In September of 2018 Woodlawn School and Southwood School embarked on the Balanced School Day. This was a two year pilot project approved by the Hanover School Division Board of Trustees. The two schools will be collecting some feedback from parents, staff, and students over the next couple of weeks. Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey that will be sent out shortly. Your feedback is important to us.


Woodlawn School is participating in Community Christmas again this year. We will be collecting new unwrapped toys (ages newborn to 17) to donate to Southeast Helping Hands. Toys will be collected from November 27 to December 6 (pick up will be on December 6).


From December 9-13th, the Grade 1 students from 1C and 1JC will be selling their homemade gingerbread cookies during both nutrition breaks (11:05 and 1:10) for 50 cents each (peanut free option available).

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.


If you send Christmas treats to school with your child please do not send anything containing peanuts/nuts or peanut/nut products.
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.


The Spenst Pizza Fundraiser was a huge success! Just over $8040.00 was raised to go towards our Outdoor Play Area! Thank you to our Woodlawn community for your support.


In the interest of maximizing learning time in the classroom and keeping interruptions to a minimum please make home time arrangements with your child(ren) before they leave for school in the morning.
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).


All urban bus routes are posted on the HSD website with times and maps. Any urban or rural bus that will be late due to weather or mechanical issues is listed on the HSD website under the bus delay tab.

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.


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 rwarkentin@hsd.ca for more information.


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.


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.


The school is in need of a variety of sizes of clean, used clothing such as pants, sweatpants, socks and sweatshirts for girls and boys. Sometimes parents are unable to bring a change of clothes for a child that has had an accident or fallen in a puddle and these items come in very handy. If you are able to donate clothing items please drop them off at the school office.

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

2020 - 2021 Online Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year will open on January 6, 2020. To be eligible, Children must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2020. 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, 2020, 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.