Woodlawn Early Years School
May 2019 Newsletter
During May Woodlawn also has the privilege of greeting our 2019-2020 Kindergarten students. The school is hosting a welcome evening and stay and play days. I look forward to meeting all the new children and their families and welcoming them to our great school community.
Our annual volunteer appreciation event takes place on May 23 where we have the opportunity to pay tribute to all the wonderful people who support us throughout the year by giving their time and energy. Thank you for your partnerships along the way.
As always, please don‛t hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions or concerns regarding programs or activities at Woodlawn School. The staff and I are happy to have a conversation with you.
Vice Principal's Message
Save the planet and earn money for Woodlawn School! We’re running a Colibri fundraiser to raise money for special events at Woodlawn and you can help by placing an order. It’s so easy, just add items to your cart, select our school/group at check out and all orders will be sent home with your student. Friends and family are welcome to order too - just enter the student’s name, grade and teacher and the orders will be sent home with them at the end of the campaign. Orders are due by May 6.
Click here to order: www.colibrifundraising.com
Spring Picture Day - Wednesday, May 8
Spring picture day is Wednesday, May 8. Forms were sent home with students last week. All students will be getting their picture taken, however purchasing pictures is optional. If you would like a sibling photo of your children please be sure to complete the form (including names of siblings and their classroom) and return it to the school with one of your children.
If you have a Kindergarten child in KG2, KM2, or KN2 (attending on even days) and you would like their picture taken please bring them to the school between 9:30 and 11:30 for their photo.
CREATION OF 2019-2020 CLASS LISTS
Staff will soon be meeting to determine class lists for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a complex process and as in previous years we are seeking parental understanding and support of this process.
It is our strong belief that the learning atmosphere in the classroom must be the first consideration in the formation of class groupings. Classes are organized to ensure Appropriate Education takes place for all students. We make every effort to minimize the potential for negative student interactions.
Staff teams strive to create classes that are heterogeneous and balanced in all respects. The following criteria (in no specific order) are considered when determining class lists:
· Student abilities
· Our knowledge of social interactions and dynamics between individual students and groups of students
· Student/teacher match
· Placement of students new to Woodlawn School
· Male/female ratio
· Parental information
· Approximately equal class sizes
Parents can assist the class formation process by:
1. Helping their children to understand the importance of class formation.
2. Supporting placements that have been made.
Given the criteria used to generate class groupings, it can sometimes be difficult to accommodate requests that we get to place a particular student with another student or group of students. It is equally difficult to accommodate requests for a particular teacher. We will do our best to accommodate requests, that are based on student specific needs, but we do not guarantee that requests will be honoured. Any such requests should be submitted in writing by May 15, 2019 to the school principal. Late requests will not be considered.
Given appropriate support at home and at school, it has been our experience that the vast majority of placements are successful. Where a placement is proving to be difficult, we ask that parents and students give it the time required for friendships and classroom community building to develop.
The name of your child(ren)’s teacher for 19/20 will be included with the June report card. Should you have any concerns, you are asked to put them in writing addressed to the principal. Concerns will be dealt with upon return in August 2019. Once the lists are compiled, administration tries not to make adjustments. However, certain circumstances may arise where placements need to be altered due to students leaving or enrolling, registration of new students with high needs etc. In these instances, parents will be notified in late August of the change in order to prepare your child.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to your child’s education at Woodlawn School.
Karen Fraser (Principal) and Tara Reimer (Vice Principal)
2019-2020 Classroom Teachers
Mrs. Angela Martin K
Ms. Rachael Neal K
Ms. Amanda Cipriano 1C
Mrs. Jennifer Cuppage 1JC
Mr. Chris Schroeder 1S
Ms. Amanda Bilevicius 1B
Ms. Kaitlin Flinta 1F
Mrs. Heather Penner 1P
Mrs. Marlene Funk 2F
Mrs. Courtney Gangloff 2G
Mrs. Pat Reimer 2PR
Mrs. Leah Read 2LR
Mrs. Kristen Sheffield 2S
Mr. Michael Bourget 3B
Mrs. Andrea Dick 3D
Ms. Jordyn Shaw 3S
Mrs. Elena Cornelsen 3C
Ms. Kristen Reimer 3R
Ms. Cathy Toews 3T
Mrs. Wendy Buhler 4B
Ms. Simmy Gandhi 4G
Mr. Shawn Kehoe 4SK
Mrs. Jerilyn Koslowsky 4JK
Mrs. Lisa Martens 4M
WOODLAWN SPRING PROGRAMS
Grade 1 Presents:
The grade ones have been hard at work for almost a month already preparing for our Spring Musical "Barnyard Moosical!" We are looking forward to performing two concerts on Tuesday, May 7th. The first concert will be at 2:00 and the evening concert will be at 6:00. Thank you in advance for making time to bring your kids to the concert. I know it's a busy time with soccer, softball and other sports going on. The doors to the gym will open 15 mins prior to the concert starting. It should be a great event!
Grade 2 Presents:
Yee-Haw! Howdy y'all!
Tie up your horse and have a seat! Woodlawn's Grade 2 students are about to go on a Rollicking Western Adventure, and you're invited! We'll be riding the open ranges, square dancing around hay bales, sharing a tale or two around the campfire, and witnessing a good old fashioned western show-down!
Thursday, May 9th at 2:00 and 6:00 pm, Woodlawn School Gym
A Coin Collection supporting a local charity will be taken on your way out of the gym.
Parking: The church lot across from the school is available for parking, please do not block entrances to the lot.
This year we have moved to an online registration process so you won't receive a Kindergarten Registration Package in the mail. If you have a child registered for Kindergarten 2019-2020, you should have received an email from the school inviting you to our Kindergarten Welcome Evening on Thursday, May 16th. Please join us for a fun evening of activities and information. Activities will include arts & crafts, gross motor play, a tour, and even a bus ride. The Kindergarten Teachers, Learning Support Teachers, School Principals and our Speech Language Clinician will be available to answer questions. There are two sessions to accommodate our size so please read the email to see what time you need to come. If you didn't receive an email, please contact the school.
If you live in Woodlawn’s catchment area and plan to send your child to Kindergarten in September 2019 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, 2019.
Calling all Parent Volunteers!!
We want to celebrate you!
On May 23 please join us for a light breakfast between 8:30 and 9 a.m. in the school library!
At 9:05 we will be having an assembly in the gym to show our thanks and appreciation for all of you!
“It’s so refreshing to have great volunteers like you”!
Middle School Orientation - May 16 for 2019-2020 Grade 5 Students
Stonybrook Middle School Orientation - Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 pm at Stonybrook Middle SchoolClearspring Middle School Orientation - Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 pm at Clearspring Middle School
Grow A Row
For the last 9 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 third 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
(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
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 24.
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
Jump Rope for Heart
On Friday, June 7th, the grade 1 to 4 students in Woodlawn School will be involved in a Jump Rope for Heart event at our school. This event will involve some optional fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation with some of the proceeds going to our school. The fundraising will occur in the 4 weeks leading up to the event. Students will have the opportunity to win some fun prizes for their fundraising efforts, those prizes will be introduced during our kickoff event May 14th. May 14th will be the day that students take home their forms and can start their fundraising with June 7th being the deadline. I ask that the forms be returned even if no money was raised. Parents are welcome to accompany their child’s class the day of the event, just let their teachers know you are interested. More information about the event will come home with the forms after the kickoff event.
Jesse Adams - PE Teacher
SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2019-2020
To help make Back to School as easy as possible for parents, Staples offers School Tools—complete school supply kits for students containing supplies that have been selected and approved by your child’s teacher, school principal and/or parent-teacher association as primary choices for the year ahead.
The School Tools Program allows you to view and order the upcoming year’s required supplies list for your child, as specified by their teacher, and is a very efficient way to ensure that your child has all of the core supplies they need on their first day back.
Why choose Staples School Tools?
• It’s the quickest and easiest way to purchase your child’s teacher-selected items for class
• Guaranteed quality in all products chosen
• Competitive pricing means great value for your money
• School-year product guarantee – Enjoy hassle-free product replacement at any Staples store
• Packaged in a Reusable Staples supplies bag
Woodlawn and Staples are excited to partner this coming school year!
Stay tuned for more information coming up!