Woodlawn Early Years School

February 2017 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Learning Partnerships are an important part of education at Woodlawn. This month I'd like to share about the relationship we have with one of our important partners.

Did you know that each year we partner with Clearspring Middle School to facilitate a learning partnership? As part of the process of transitioning our grade 4 students to middle school we invite grade 7 students from CMS to work with our young students. The grade 7's call themselves The Connect Crew. Their major role is to act as mentors to our grade 4's. The Connect Crew visits Woodlawn from January through June to 'hang out and help out' in our grade 4 classes. Our grade 4 classrooms go to CMS for a few visits to have fun, learn the layout of the school and to become familiar with the school staff. This has proven to be a purposeful and valued partnership which lessons the anxiety of a transition to a new school for our young students.

The Connect Crew also comes to Woodlawn to run our stations on Winter Fun Day. They are a very respectful and responsible group of adolescents. We really appreciated their help and communication with our students.

This past week we hosted about twenty CMS students at Woodlawn in our classrooms as part of their learning project called Options Day.

This Learning Partnership is invaluable and provides opportunities for relationship building, leadership, academic learning and social emotional well being. It is a partnership which benefits both groups of students.

This month I'd like to say thank you to the CMS Connect Crew and the CMS staff who make it possible. Your partnership is very much appreciated and we hope it continues for many years to come.


Shelley Amos

Vice Principal's Message

This year the staff at Woodlawn School decided to combine numeracy month and literacy month and we came up with
I LOVE TO READ ABOUT MATH month which will run from January 13- February 17. We are using Canada's 150th birthday as a way to celebrate and help the students get excited about reading and math. In our front foyer is a large Canadian flag. The classes are busy reading books about math and taking pictures of those books. All of the classes are working together to cover the red parts of the flag with 150 pictures. If Woodlawn students reach their goal of reading 150 math books, Mrs. Amos, Mrs. Tara Reimer, and I will all get maple syrup poured on our heads! We are hoping that this will motivate our students to read books about math, but more importantly we want to help foster a love of both literacy and numeracy that will stay with our students for a lifetime. So for this month our motto at Woodlawn is, "cover the red - syrup on the head!"


If you plan to send your child to Kindergarten next school year and did

not return the Kindergarten pre-registration form that was sent home

in January, please register your child by phoning Woodlawn School (204-326-6110) during the week of February 6 - February 10, 2017.

Information required when you call is: child’s name, birth date, mailing address, phone number, legal address, parents’ names, parents’ workplace information and information regarding custody or medical conditions.

To be eligible for Kindergarten children must be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2017.

Please pass this information onto any friend, neighbor, or relative who might have children eligible for Kindergarten and who might not be aware of this notice.

For information regarding school catchment areas please check the Hanover School Division website: www.hsd.ca or call the Transportation Department at 204-320-2347.


The Hanover School Division will be conducting a survey for parents/guardians of children currently attending Kindergarten and for parents/guardians of children registered to start Kindergarten in September 2017. The survey is limited to one per household.
The link to the survey will be on our school website (www.woodlawn.hsd.ca) or click the link below. The survey will be available from February 6-13th.
A letter regarding the survey will be sent home with current Kindergarten students and siblings of pre-registered Kindergarten students before February 6th. Parents/guardians of current Kindergarten students will also receive an email from Hanover School Division with the survey link.
An iPad will be available at the Woodlawn School office from February 6-13th for parents/guardians that do not have access to the internet.


Wednesday, February 8 8:30-8:55, 11:55-12:55, 3:45-6:30

Thursday, February 9 8:30-8:55, 11:55-12:55, 3:45-4:30

Friday, February 10 8:30-8:55, 11:55-12:55, 3:45-4:30

Students will be browsing Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Check out the preview flyer going home soon for a taste of what will be at the fair. Don’t forget to bring your ballot in (from the back of the flyer) when you visit the book fair with your child(ren).


What do pancakes, French toast, waffles, and Mrs. Amos' head all have in common?

Read on to find out!

This month Woodlawn is combining the celebrations of Literacy, Numeracy, and Canada's 150th Birthday together for "I Love to Read About Math" month, which is running from mid-January to mid-February. Classes have been asked to take photos of themselves reading books that involve math concepts such as patterns, shapes, and counting. Their submitted photos will be placed on a large Canadian flag poster. The school goal is to receive at least 150 photos before the February 17th assembly in order to cover the red portions of the poster.

And if we cover all the red,

It's syrup on the head!

But Mrs. Amos' head won't be the only one! Mrs. Fraser and Mrs. Tara Reimer will also get that sticky Canadian syrup on their heads if our classes can meet their reading challenge. And there will be a draw to determine which lucky students get to pour some syrup.

So, we hope a lot of reading about math will happen this month! And also reading of any kind! Let's all encourage each other to pick up a book and foster a love of reading that will last a lifetime!


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 8:00-4:30. If you are dropping off or picking up your child, please park on the street or on the church yard (do not block entrances) across from the school. Please do not park in the parking lot of the Envision home on Penner Street.

For the safety of your child, we request that you escort your child across Henry Street, Barkman Street and Penner Street.


Walking students and those dropped off by parents should arrive at school after 8:30 in the morning. Teacher supervision is provided starting at 8:30. Any students arriving on the playground before 8:30 will not be supervised and responsibility for the student belongs with the parent/guardian.

Students arriving at school before 8:53 are to go directly to their playground to play until the bell rings. Students are permitted to enter the building when the 8:53 bell rings. In the event of indoor recess, a sign will be posted on school doors.

Students are required to leave for home by 4:00 in the afternoon unless prior arrangements have been made.


At times, parents or designated others pick up their children during the school day or at the end of the school day. Most homeroom teachers recognize the parents but at times we have guest teachers or the children are in Music or Phys. Ed. It is virtually impossible for these teachers to recognize all the parents or the designated “picker-uppers”. So in order to provide a safer environment, parents are asked to report to the office to sign out their children during the school day. The secretary will be happy to call your child(ren) to the office for you.

If she is unfamiliar with you she can check our files to ensure your child is being picked up by the correct person.

If you are sending a different "picker-upper" than usual at the end of the school day please write a note in your child's agenda or phone the school office before 3:00. This applies to both walking and bus students. Please work with us as we continue to implement this method and bear with us when we ask you to check with the office if you forget and show up at the classroom door.

As a school safety is of utmost concern to us. We have security cameras in various locations on the premise, both inside and outside. We have an extensive crisis plan in place and a crisis team who reviews the plan on a continual basis. We practice lock downs twice per school year in order to prepare our staff and students for a real crisis should it ever happen. All of our staff are trained to be on alert for anything or anyone suspicious and report it to the Principal immediately.


It is the time of year again when many students become ill with a cold or flu. We ask that parents/guardians notify the school if their child will be absent or late. There are many ways to report your absent or late child:

-Phone the school at 204-326-6110 between 8:00 and 9:00 am

-Leave a voicemail at 204-326-6110 before or after school hours

-Email woodlawn@hsd.ca

-Email your child's teacher (email addresses are available at woodlawn.hsd.ca. Select the About tab, select Staff)

Students arriving after 9:08 am or after 12:50 pm are to report to the office for an entry slip before heading to their classroom.

Thank you to everyone for cooperating in reporting to the office when picking your child up from school during the school day.


Woodlawn’s Winter Fun Day took place on January 20th, with the grades K-4 students doing activities both inside and outside all day. Activities included a hockey shoot-out, scooter races, snow bucket relay, snow painting, and lots of other fun and games. Of course, highlights were the hot chocolate station and the chance to play all day long.

A special thanks to all the parents who volunteered and to the student volunteers from Clearspring Middle School. Your help make Winter Fun Day a success!


All students in grades 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to go skating. Once dates have been confirmed, class notices and informed consent forms will be sent home and parents are asked to have helmets fitted and skates sharpened in preparation for the fun. If you absolutely cannot beg, borrow or buy the equipment, we do have some basic skates and helmets as a back up at the school. I welcome any parents who have any extra equipment they may want to share to call me so that all students can join in the fun!

We also need parents to come out as well and help with supervision, tying skates, and possibly sharing your own expertise in the sport.

Thank you,

Jesse Adams, Phys Ed Teacher


All school busses that are running late or cancelled will be posted on the Hanover School Division website at www.hsd.ca
Under the Departments tab you will find Transportation, Bus Delay Bulletins, and a list of affected busses.

The transportation department will no longer be calling individual homes when busses are delayed. When a bus route is cancelled due to weather or road conditions it may be cancelled for the a.m. and p.m. runs. If you drive your students to school, you will need to confirm whether or not your bus is operating in the p.m. Please call transportation at 204-320-2347.

Parents will be expected to obtain information, if needed, on the status of their bus through the website. Busses that are running more than 10 minutes late on a given day will have the bus number and estimated lateness posted on the page. Homes that do not have computer access to the web should make arrangements with another family on the route whom they could contact.

2017 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

The 2017 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is quickly approaching and is schedule for Brandon's Keystone Centre Monday, March 27th-Saturday, April 1st, 2017. The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair features international caliber equestrian competitions, cattle shows, an amazing interactive Ag Education Area, a trade show, top notch entertainment and a terrific Petting Zoo! Check the website for information on the Calf Scramble, Miss Piggy Scramble or the Pig Scramble.
The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is able to provide FREE Children's admission tickets to students ages 6 to 12. These tickets can be downloaded from the Provincial Exhibition website, until March 26th, 2017.