Woodlawn Early Years School

April 2021 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Coming back to school after spring break always signifies the final stretch of the school year. That means that while staff and students are looking forward to summer, we still have lots of work to do. We will continue to follow the code orange response protocol as outlined in the province of Manitoba's pandemic response. In code orange we work towards maintaining a two metre distance to the best of our ability. To accomplish this we will continue with our overflow model in which small groups of students from each class learn in an alternate space with a learning support teacher or an educational assistant for the day. This model has been working well since January and while we are looking forward to the day when we no longer have Covid restrictions, we are thankful that our students get to come to school and we get to teach them in person.

Before spring break, report cards were available on the Parent Portal. Parents and teachers set up appointments to meet (virtually or telephone) to discuss student learning and progress. If you did not have the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher, I strongly encourage you to do so. Parental involvement in their child's education is an important indicator in school success. We value the relationships that we have with our families and this partnership is very important to the success of our students.

As we start to look ahead to the end of the school year and planning for next year, we will be working on welcoming our new Kindergarten students to school and saying goodbye to our grade fours who will be moving on to middle school. As soon as the details of these transitions are finalized we will communicate them with our families.

On a final note, I would like to thank our PAC and all of the families who contributed to staff appreciation week. The treats in the staffroom really did make us feel appreciated. Also, a big thank you goes out to Royal Lepage who treated all of the staff to lunch on the last day before spring break. Thank you!

Karen Fraser

Vice Principal's Message

I hope everyone was able to enjoy Spring Break and take time to relax. I spent as much time as I could getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. I am waiting patiently to have the pandemic behind us, but I am also noticing some positive things that hopefully can stay on past the restrictions. I have noticed an increase in people going for walks. With restrictions put on gathering sizes and places to go, many people have taken to enjoying nature. Nature has so much to offer us and it is encouraging to see so many people taking advantage of getting outside.

March seemed to go by so quickly, but I wanted to take time to give a big thank-you to Santa Lucia. They were able to meet all of the necessary steps to provide us with a fantastic pancake breakfast on the last day before Spring Break!

Tara Reimer

Woodlawn Book Fair

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April Showers

We expect the playground to be wet and muddy for a few weeks with the snow melting.

Parents and guardians please send extra socks and dry clothes with your child in case theirs get wet/muddy.


With warmer weather, kids are starting to ride their bikes to school. Please remind your child to place their bike in the bicycle cage that we have in our playground, as well as sending a lock with them to lock up their bikes.


We have a school staff member, wearing a vest and using a flag, acting as a crossing guard in front of the school on Henry Street. The crossing guard assists families across the street from the step. All walking traffic going to the church lot is asked to cross at this spot for safety reasons. We also ask parents to meet their child(ren) on the school grounds and cross together. Please do not stand in the parking lot and wave your child(ren) to cross alone.

We also have a crossing guard helping students cross at Barkman and Penner in the morning and afternoon.

Our staff have witnessed several instances when parents have ignored our requests to follow these processes. Please know that we are not trying to inconvenience you. Rather we are trying to help our students get to and from school safely. Thank you to all of you who help your children learn to follow safety rules and develop good habits.


A friendly reminder, if your child will be away from school or will be late or will not be returning to school after lunch please ensure you enter your child's absence in Parent Portal, call the school at 204-326-6110 before 9:00 am or email woodlawn@hsd.ca to let us know. For your convenience, you may also leave a voicemail message before 8:00 am or after 4:30 pm. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent you can also enter that in the Parent Portal ahead of time or write a note in their agenda. When the school is not advised of an absence or late arrival, the office begins a call back procedure to parents and emergency contacts. Many of these calls can be avoided if parents let the office know of the absence.

Kindergarten 2021/2022

If your child is eligible for Kindergarten Registration (must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2021), our online registration is now available. Our new online registration process takes only a few minutes to complete. To begin, visit the HSD Kindergarten Registration page at https://hsd.ca/schools/student-registration/

If you do not have access to the Internet, please visit our school and we will assist you in completing the registration form on a school computer.

Registering early will assist our school in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Early registration also provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in upcoming orientation activities.

Please pass this information to any friend, neighbor or relative who may have children eligible for Kindergarten and who might not be aware of the registration process.


On Earth Day, April 22, students will be invited to participate in a Woodlawn Spring Clean Up, with their classes. This will involve helping to tidy up a designated section of the school or playground with gloves and social distancing. Gooo Green Team Woodlawn!


Please take a few minutes to read over the guidelines recommended by the HSD office. These are the guidelines that we are following at our school should your child become sick while in class. If the symptom is in Column A, we will send this form home with your child, including the return date if you choose not to get tested. Also, please remember to screen your children before sending them to school. You can click on here to view the screening tool.
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Thank you to the PAC

Thank you to the PAC and all the parents who signed up to bring snacks for our Staff Appreciation Week! Thank you to Royal LePage who provided us with a hot lunch. We appreciated it!


Our Grade 2 students and our librarian would like to say a big "Thank You" for the donation of the book " Ari's Awful day".


Thank you to Royal LePage for providing our staff with a delicious lunch!