Woodlawn Early Years School

June 2021 Newsletter

Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that we are already in the month of June. As you are aware, on June 4 and June 7 grades 1 - 4 will be having our Learning Forward days. On each of these days only half of the grade 1 - 4 students attend school. Kindergarten students will attend school as normal. This will provide our teachers with time to conduct some of the assessments that are required of them at the end of the year. These assessments are just one tool that will provide us with information of students' strengths and challenges. These assessments allow us as a school to look at the big picture to determine where our areas of focus need to be. They will also provide next years' teachers with starting points in the different academic areas. The assessments will include literacy (K-4), numeracy (1-4) and social and emotional learning (3&4). If you have any questions about these assessments, please feel free to contact me at the school.

As we prepare to say goodbye to this school year, we are working on a plan to say goodbye to our grade 4 students. Due to Covid restrictions we will have to do something different than we have in past years. Our grade 4 teachers are still planning to celebrate our grade 4 students and as soon as our plans are finalized, we will let you know.

I hope you all have a wonderful June!

Karen Fraser

Vice Principal's Message

I can't believe we only have one month of the school year left! I have no doubt that it will be a month packed with fun, learning, and classroom community celebrations. I'm not sure if it is a result of this year or not, but I have really noticed strong connections between students and their peers. This makes my teacher heart very happy! As students are arriving to school by bus, walking, or being dropped off, I hear them greeting each other with a smile and a hello. At the end of every day, I also hear many children saying good-bye to their classmates by name. This may seem small, but there is a sense of belonging that comes with personalized greetings.

Speaking of a welcoming greeting, spring is the time of year where we start meeting our new Kindergarten students who will be starting school in September. Similar to last year, we are unfortunately unable to offer our Stay and Play events. We are offering an outside Meet and Greet with their teacher for next year. This is by appointment only and more information has been sent out to families. If you haven't heard from the office, please call and we will help you out. We are very excited to meet our new Kindergarten students!

Enjoy the sunshine,

Tara Reimer

Learning Forward Days

On June 4 and June 7, Woodlawn students in grades 1-4 will participate in HSD’s Learning Forward Days. These days will be scheduled the same as the Strong Connection Days in September. Half the class will attend June 4, and the other half will attend June 7. The purpose of these Learning Forward Days will be to collect assessment information about each child to assist next year’s teachers in understanding each child’s academic progress and social-emotional well-being. Students will complete diagnostic assessments in the areas of numeracy, literacy, and social emotional learning (SEL). This is particularly important after a year of multiple adjustments in learning environments.

Parents are able to find out which day their child has been scheduled to attend by visiting the HSD Parent Portal. If you have any questions or if you need help accessing the Parent Portal, please call the school.

Water Bottles Are Important

Please have your child bring a water bottle to school every day. With the weather warming up, it is important that the kids have water to drink. Also, please bring a hat and sunscreen. Unfortunately, our water fountains are not available, but out water bottle filling stations are available at all times.


For the last 10 years, 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 benefitted families in need, from our local community.

We are inviting Woodlawn students and their families, to participate in our fourth annual: Grow

a Row for Those in Need gardening campaign. We are looking for root vegetables like:

potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, beets and squash.

Participating families are asked to send an email confirmation to Miss Kristen Reimer

(krreimer@hsd.ca) 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


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.


Karen Fraser - Principal

Kristen Reimer - Teacher Coordinator


Report cards will be available on June 29 at 3:45. We will not be printing report cards. They can be viewed on the Parent Portal. Parents have the option to download the report card and save it or print it at home if they wish.


If your child will not be attending Woodlawn for the 2021-2022 school year please contact Mrs. Melissa Thiessen at the school office at 204-326-6110 or by email to woodlawn@hsd.ca as soon as possible.

Woodlawn Teachers 2021-2022

Mrs. Angela Martin - KM

Mrs. Kara Grant- KG

Mrs. Kerri Richter - KR

Ms. Amanda Cipriano - 1C

Mrs. Jennifer Cuppage - 1JC

Mr. Chris Schroeder - 1S

Mrs. Angela Gosselin - 1G

Mrs. Heather Penner - 1P

Mrs. Marlene Funk - 2MF

Ms. Jessica Heier - 2H

Mrs. Pat Reimer - 2PR

Mrs. Leah Read - 2LR

Ms. Kristen Falk - 2KF

Ms. Kristen Reimer - 3R

Ms. Cathy Toews / Mrs. Andrea Lepp - 3T

Mr. Shawn Kehoe - 3K

Mr. Michael Bourget - 3/4B

Mrs. Andrea Dick - 3/4D

Ms. Jordyn Shaw - 3/4S

Mrs. Lisa Martens - 3/4M

Mrs. Jerilyn Koslowsky - 4K

Ms. Simmy Gandhi - 4G

Mrs. Wendy Buhler - 4B


Dear Parents,

At Woodlawn we collect a School Supply Fee of $30. 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.

Some classes use agendas while other classes have a different system for communication. The following grades/classes are using agendas which will add an additional $5 fee (Grade 1, Grade 3/4 combined classes, and 4G).

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.


All student library books are due on Tuesday, June 22.

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Sandy Loewen

Hanover School Division Note:

Reminder to families who are moving/changing locations during the summer months to please contact the Transportation office at 204-320-2347.

The transportation office is open all summer long.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is currently not accessible, but we will hold onto the items until we are able to put these out for you to come and look. If you are looking for something specific, please email the school at woodlawn@hsd.ca

Substitute Bus Drivers Needed

Are you looking for part time employment and want to start a new career? We are looking for spare school bus drivers for all areas of the division. You do not need experience or a class 2 license. We provide training with little cost to yourselves. You can drive as little or as much as you want. In the future regular positions can become available. Please call our office

(204-320-2346) and talk to Robert if you have more questions.