Woodlawn Early Years School
June 2022 Newsletter
Message from the Principals
We are also busy planning our summer fun day and school picnic that will take place on June 29. Students will participate in fun activities in the morning. Parents and families are invited to join their child/children for a picnic lunch from 11:45 to 1:15. We strongly encourage families to bring a picnic lunch from home as the restaurants in town are very busy on that day!
The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is organizing a basket raffle that will take place during the picnic. The draws will be made at 12:45. More information about all the days activities will be sent home prior to June 29.
Karen Fraser and Tara Reimer
A message from the counsellors
Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? It’s your kids. ALL THE TIME.
Children watch everything we do and don’t do, whether we realize it or not. Parenting is an experience in which the learning never stops. As we learn, our kids learn with us. Reflecting on what we are modeling for our kids is a great place to start thinking about what is going well and what needs adjusting.
Feel free to contact one of us if you are looking for some support.
Sandy Caners & Courtney Gangloff
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Summer is almost here! Let the fun begin! It’s important to relax and take a break from school pressures. But we also know that summer is a perfect time for families to enjoy, explore and create together. A lot of this can be done in active and meaningful ways that include literacy - reading, writing, viewing and representing all the great things that happen in the summer.
Some great ideas for summer projects and activities are here. Consider these:
Design a neighborhood scavenger hunt for or with your kids - perhaps offer to other families in the neighborhood
Family stories - have your child interview a family member and share what they learned at a family gathering
Go for a walk and look for letters of the alphabet in the buildings
Make a shopping list and then go shopping together
Read a book together and then watch the movie
Create a scrapbook together about a trip or fun thing you did in the summer
Another idea is to get involved at Jake Epp library this summer. The library has lots of exciting summer programming. They will have weekly programs for K-grade 8, storytime in the park, and movie nights. Online registration begins on June 15th.
We hope you have a wonderful summer filled with lots of relaxation, creativity and fun!
Elder Marlene has been meeting weekly with the Indigenous students in our school. We have been so grateful for her care as these children have learned Anishinaabemowin, cultural teachings and craft making. We’re looking forward to a special visit from her grandson who will bring his drum and do some singing and round dancing with the children in June. One of our grade 3 students said, “I am so grateful to be able to spend time with other Indigenous people like me who can speak my language. It reminds me of home.”
Some classes have also been participating in outdoor forest school days with an Indigenous forest school practitioner from Momenta. As teachers, we are learning from Adrian Alphonso, the importance of being in balance and creating opportunities for children to be in balance. Balance means paying attention to the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional parts of a child. Inside the walls of the classroom we tend to focus on the mental piece of ourselves and can easily exclude the other three needs. When we spend time outside all of these parts of ourselves are more easily in balance.
News from the PAC!
Hello from Woodlawn PAC,
Wow, we can’t believe we are already heading into the final month of school!
Thank you to all the families of Woodlawn for making this year a successful one. We appreciate your continued support.
The Woodlawn parent advisory Council (PAC) is excited about planning one last event for the students. So exciting that we get to have our school picnic on the last day of school. We will be collecting items for a basket raffle that will take place at the picnic.
Please bring an item that supports the theme of the basket that's assigned to your child's classroom. Items are due by June 20th.
Art & Creativity 1S 3T 2LR
Backyard Fun 4 K KM 3/4A
Baker's Delight 3R 2PR 1P
Beach day 4G KR 3/4D
Sports 4B KG 2MF
Dress up 1C 3/4M 2H
Family night 1JC 3K 2KF
I love to read 1G 3/4B Staff
The Woodlawn PAC has big fundraising goals for adding outdoor structures for our kids, so if you wish you could also make a donation to Woodlawn PAC. All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt. Please make cheques payable to Woodlawn School.
DRAW DATE : JUNE 29th
Tickets for the gift baskets will be sold at the picnic on June 29th with the draw to take place at the picnic.
10 for $2
25 for $5
Thank you in advance for all your contributions.
Are you an outdoor enthusiast?
Our PAC is currently in the process of forming a Beautification team. This team will work alongside our teaching staff to help with any current or future projects, that are needing to be completed on our playground.
A sign up genius will be created shortly to further explain these projects and opportunities to help enhance our playground! STAY TUNED
PAC members needed!
The Woodlawn Parent Advisory Council works to support our school. We do this through fundraising for various projects, providing feedback to all administration, and organizing special appreciations/activities for the students and staff.
Our next meeting is scheduled for June 7th at 11:05am in the gym.
If your interested in attending a meeting, please join us. All are welcomed and we hope to see you there.
Thank you again
Jump Rope for Heart
Woodlawn will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser this year. All fundraising will be online and more information will be available closer to the date. Some important dates to remember are May 27th which will be our kick off assembly and start of fundraising. Then June 2 which is our Jump Day and fundraising deadline. Thank you ahead of time for any fundraising.
Taking care of our bodies
Grade 4 Celebrations!
- Monday, June 27 - Grade 4 farewell. This will take place in the morning at 10:00. Parents are invited. A picnic lunch will follow. Lunch will be provided by the school for the students. Parents are invited to bring their own lunch and join us.
- Tuesday, June 28 - Rainbow Stage - The Hockey Sweater. Cost will be covered by the school. More information and permissions will be sent home shortly.
Kindergarten Registration is open online. If you live in Woodlawn’s catchment area and plan to send your child to Kindergarten in September 2022 but have not registered your child yet, please follow the link on our website. Please pass this information along to any friend, neighbor or relative who may have children eligible for Kindergarten and who might not be aware of the registration process. To be eligible for Kindergarten children must be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2022.
Here is some additional information for those registered for Kindergarten 2022-2023
- We will be hosting our Stay and Play on June 1, 2, 8 and 9. Keep an eye on your email for those details.
- Please send in your Step 2 documentation if you have not done so already. Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting Transition and Change for Our Kids
GROW A ROW
For over a decade, Woodlawn students and their families have been involved in harvesting root vegetables for Southeast Helping Hands. We started with a Woodlawn Community Garden, and have since transitioned to inviting our families to donate from their own gardens, or to purchase and donate vegetables in the autumn. These vegetables have benefited families in need from our local community.
We are inviting Woodlawn students and their families to participate in our annual: Grow a Row for Those in Need gardening campaign. We are looking for root vegetables like: potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, beets, pumpkins and squash.
Participating families are asked to send an email confirmation to Miss Kristen Reimer (email@example.com) pledging their donation of one or more rows of root vegetables for our project. In the case of crop failure, you are under no obligation to provide produce, unless you so desire.
If you don’t plan on having a garden, but would still like to donate some root vegetables, your contribution is greatly appreciated. Please stay tuned in the autumn for more details.
Your child will be sent home with a reusable bag for our collection week in the autumn. Stay tuned for details in our September newsletter.
If you are interested in donating vegetables, please send a confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 20th.
Thank you for your willingness to participate! We are excited to continue Woodlawn’s legacy of giving back to our local community and teaching children how to be generous, thoughtful, and caring citizens.
Woodlawn Teachers 2022 - 2023
Angela Martin - KM
Trudy Smeltz - KS
Samuela Isenschmid Reimer - KR
Elena Cornelson - 1C
Chris Schroeder - 1S
Jason Dyck - 1D
Jenn Cuppage - 1/2JC
Amanda Cipriano - 1/2C
Heather Penner - 1/2P
Pat Reimer - 2PR
Leah Read - 2LR
Kristen Falk - 2KF
Kristen Reimer - 3R
Cathy Toews / Angela Gosselin - 3CG
Shawn Kehoe - 3K
Jordyn Arcand - 3/4A
Michael Bourget - 3/4B
Andrea Dick - 3/4D
Lisa Martens - 3/4M
Jerilyn Koslowsky - 4K
Simmy Gandhi - 4G
Marlene Funk - 4F
SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2022-2023
At Woodlawn we collect a School Supply Fee of $35. Our teachers order the school supplies for all of the students. This way all of our children have the same supplies. All fees can be paid on parent portal.
Our school has moved away from using agendas. Your child's teacher will let you know the best way for ongoing communication.
As parents you will need to supply the following:
- 1 pair of labeled indoor running shoes
- 1 labeled plastic water bottle
- 1 extra change of clothes (for accidents or if they fall outside in the mud/water)
- 1 labeled backpack
- 1 box of Kleenex
Some specific classes may ask for headphones that would be returned at the end of the year.
WISE kid-Netic Energy Camp
Substitute Bus Drivers Needed
(204-320-2346) and talk to Robert if you have more questions.