Southwood School

May 2023

In This Edition

-New Kindergarten Welcome -- (Students coming in the fall of 2023)

-Spring Concert

-Sunshine Greenhouse and Chinos Fundraiser

-Parent Parking and Student Pick Up Reminders

-Southwood School Clothing for Order

-Gardening Opportunity at Southwood

-Grade 4 Farewell

-Transition for Grade 4 Students to Grade 5 (2023/2024)

-School of Choice Deadline

-Bits and Bites Newsletter

-Did You Know? - Visiting the Southwood School Website

-Important Dates

Kindergarten Orientation Days - Two parts - May 16th (Evening), 17th and 18th (Appointments)

Part 1 - The evening event (May 16th - 6:00 - 7:15 pm.) for all incoming Kindergarten students, their parents and Southwood siblings. This event consists of a big welcome in the gym, followed by a series of activities including a bus ride, time in the classroom, playtime on the play structure (weather dependent) and a school tour.

Part 2 - Day Time appointments (May 17th and 18th) for incoming K students and their parents. These appointments are scheduled by our office in 30 - 45 minute slots for small groups of parents and their K aged children. Our incoming Kindergarteners spend some time in the library at different activities (a short version of a typical Kindergarten day). Parents meet with school admin and support personnel to hear some information about the Kindergarten program at Southwood School

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Sunshine Greenhouse and Chinos Fundraiser

Order your gift cards for Sunshine Greenhouse and Chinos Bistro today! Pick up on time for Mother's Day. Proceeds go to Southwood Playground Upgrades.

Parent Parking and Student Pick Up reminders...

Parking near and around our school:

Obey the “loading zone only” areas of our streets that are marked out by yellow paint on the curbs. Parking is available behind the cross walk on 3rd street and past Barkman Ave. It is best to park on 3rd and 2nd streets, further down Barkman Avenue, or in the overflow parking available to us from the Grace Church. It is not safe or legal to drop off or pick up your student in the in the middle of the intersections, the crosswalk or by the stop signs.

DO NOT park, pick up or drop off your students in the bus lane or in the staff parking lot.

Double parking on Barkman Ave. or on 3rd Street poses a serious risk for everyone.

Southwood School Clothing for Sale -- Quick Delivery

Want some Southwood School shirts, jackets, etc? Lots of selection... quick delivery.

Gardening Opportunity at Southwood

It looks like Spring will finally arrive, fingers crossed. We are excited to get out into our outdoor learning space, particularly our garden beds. Several of our classes have started plants and are getting ready to fill our garden boxes. We are hoping to partner with our families and parents for the summer to help us keep them growing and productive during the summer months when students and teachers are on vacation.

If you would like the opportunity to try out your green thumb and help weed and water Southwood's garden beds this summer, please contact your child's teacher or the office and express your interest.

Grade 4 Farewell -- June 28th -- Save the date -- Morning Assembly for parents

The Grade 4 teachers are very excited to host the Grade 4 Farewell this year! This will be taking place on Wednesday, June 28 beginning with a Farewell Assembly in the morning and various activities for students throughout the day until 5:15 p.m. More information will be coming to families closer to the beginning of June.

Transition for Grade 4 Students to Grade 5 (2023/2024)

By now, all parents of students who will be attending Grade 5 at Clearspring Middle School or Stonybrook Middle School next year (2023/2024) should have received and submitted the registration package from their prospective schools. If you have not, please contact the school for a package

In May and June students will visit the middle schools and meet some of the Grade 5 teachers and Middle School staff.

Our team also meets with the middle school team to provide them with information that we know will help these transitions go as smoothly as possible.

School of Choice Deadline

If you are planning to complete school of choice forms(s) for your student(s) to attend a school out of your catchment area please hand them into your school of the Hanover School Division office no later than May 15, 2023.

Moving? Address Changes? -- Please contact our office

If you are planning to move locations during the summer please email our office at as soon as possible or the school division at 204-326-6471 after June 30th. Thank you!

Did You Know? - Visiting the Southwood School Website

Our website is full of information and is constantly updated for any information you may need.

Find information on hot lunch, kindergarten registration, bus schedules, and literacy links, just to name a few.

Stay connected by visiting to keep up to date!

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Important Dates to Remember

May 2 - Assembly - 12:30 - Volunteer Appreciation

May 16 - Kindergarten Welcome Evening

May 17 - Pre-Kindergarten Orientation Day

May 18 - Pre-Kindergarten Orientation Day

May 22 - No Classes - Victoria Day

May 25 - Spring Concert Event (Grades 1 & 2) - (more information on times to follow)

June 1 – 2C and 2K Field trip to Manitoba Museum, 1G - walking to the library

June 5 - PD Day - No Classes

June 6 - Grade 3 Field trip

June 7 - 1C Firehall

June 8 - 2F, 2N, 2M field trip, 1M Firehall

June 12 - 1P Firehall

June 13 – 1G Firehall, Assembly

June 14 – Grade 1’s – Zoo Field Trip

June 15 - Grade 4 Field trip

June 26 – Level Up day – Students visit next grades classes

June 28 – Grade 4 Farewell

June 29 – Family Picnic Day - Last Day of classes

June 30th – Admin day – No classes

September 5 – Admin Day

September 6 - First day of classes