South Oaks School

Happy Thanksgiving! October 2020

COVID Free Conversations?

I talked with a very wise teacher leader recently. He said that when he attends meetings or has conversations these days, he asks the group if they could agree to have a "COVID free conversation". The group can then have a rich discussion about learning or whatever the topic may be.

I thought that was rather brilliant. As we have received so much information about COVID lately, we may need to draw some boundaries. COVID is a historic event in our world today, but it is not the only important thing that is happening. So, for this newsletter, I have decided to focus on some significant things happening in the school in the next few weeks and have a COVID free newsletter.


Dale Martens


Dates to Remember

September 29: Terry Fox Walk

October 2: Orange Shirt Day

October 5&6: Picture Day


October 20: Religious Exercises begin

*Note: See Calendar on our website for latest updates!

Terry Fox Walk

Our annual Terry Fox event is on Tuesday, Sept 29. This year the event will be in smaller groups as classes or cohorts will go for a walk on a predetermined course in the community. All safety protocols will be followed. Parents can make a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation online at, instead of sending money to school. Thanks for your support of this event! Please note that this event is for students only.
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Picture Day Changes

Picture day at South Oaks will be on October 5 & 6. The ordering procedure is a little different this year. LifeTouch will be providing each parent with the proof of their child's photo and then they can place orders directly with LifeTouch, either online or by phone. The school office will not be handling any orders/money.

Orange Shirt Day - Oct. 2

On Friday, Oct. 2 we will host a special indigenous dancing/drumming presentation to commemorate our annual Orange Shirt Day. The outdoor event has been modified to follow safety guidelines, so only the grade 4 cohort will be seated at the event. Other cohorts or classes may watch from a distance, if physical distancing requirements can be achieved. As South Oaks and Hanover School Division continue the journey of Reconciliation in Canada, we are pleased to be able to host this event.

Your children are also welcome to wear an Orange Shirt on this day, as a way to show support and acknowledge that "Every Child Matters". A variety of lessons will be planned in some classrooms, to link this special event with the Social Studies curriculum. Please note that this is a student only event. Unfortunately, we cannot have parents at the event due to health restrictions. Thanks for your understanding.

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Most school bus fatalities occur when children are outside the bus, and 75% of these fatalities involve children under the age of nine.

Make sure your children know and follow these rules:

1. Be on time

2. Never run to or from the bus.

3. Stand back from the curb.

4. Don't push or shove.

5. Stay in your seat.

6. Don't yell or shout.

7. Always obey the driver.

8. Wait for the driver's signal before crossing.

9. Always cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus.

10. Never crawl under a school bus.

11. Wear a mask!

Remove Drawstrings:

Clothing that your children like may not always be safe. Drawstrings can catch in playground equipment, fences, school bus doors and escalators. Wherever possible remove, shorten or replace drawstrings with another kind of fastener.

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Tile Mosaic Project - Grand Finale!

This month will see the completion of the tile mosaic project for South Oaks. We are looking forward to finishing this project and displaying the beautiful art work in our front lobby. We hope that our students see the many "blessings" in their life when looking at the mosaic. Our theme is "Flourishing" and all the limitations of the pandemic have really reminded us of all the good things that we missed during quarantine. In this way, the mural brings a message of optimism and hope for better days ahead. It also fits with the Thanksgiving season and all the things we can be thankful for in our lives.
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