South Oaks School

June 2017

Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that summer is just around the corner! This year has been filled with many learning opportunities for students and staff alike. My own learning curve was fairly steep as well at times. Thanks for your patience as this new principal has been learning the ropes!

I also want to say a huge "thank-you" for partnering with our school as parents. We value your feedback and we will continue to learn and grow as a community of learners. Our hope is that South Oaks School will be the best possible school for your kids to grow up in.

For next year, we are planning some exciting opportunities for your kids, including an Artist in the School residency, an updated positive behaviour system and a focus on Character and Citizenship for the year. It will be great to see all the good that can come from these initiatives.

All the best as you and your family prepare for the summer. It has been a pleasure getting to know the kids and the families of South Oaks School this year.

Have a great summer,

Dale Martens

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Dates to Remember - June Calendar

June 1st - 2017-2018 Kick Into Kindergarten Evening

June 5 to 16th - Grade 2 Swimming Lessons @ Grunthal Pool

June 7th - Grade 4 to 5 Orientation Session 6:45pm @ Green Valley School

June 9th - Run, Jump and Throw Day - Grade 3 & 4 Students

June 13th - Grade 4 classes to the Goldeyes Game.

June 15th - Run, Jump and Throw RAIN DATE - Grade 3 & 4 Students

June 20th - Last day for Library. All books should be returned.

June 22nd - KO-135 & KDR-135 Field Trip - Manitoba Children's Museum

June 23rd - KO-246 & KDR-246 Field Trip - Manitoba Children's Museum

June 23rd - Grade 4 Farewell Assembly @ 11am

June 27th - Grade 4 students visit GVS

June 28th - South Oaks School Picnic in the PM / Last Day of Classes

June 29/30 - Administration Days - No Classes

- Report Cards go out June 30th in PM

Grade Two Swim Program

A letter has gone out to the parents of grade two students regarding the Hanover School Division swim program at South Oaks. This year lessons will be held at the Grunthal Centennial Pool on weekdays starting Monday June 5th till Friday, June 16th. Parents are reminded that Hanover School Division will once again be covering the $70 cost for the lessons, so parents need not send any money. We are very grateful that the Division enables the development of students' swimming and water safety skills in this way. Students will be shuttled back and forth from South Oaks to the pool by bus each of the weekdays. Both male and female volunteers are needed, so please contact the grade two teachers of the respective classrooms if you are interested. Those parents who wish to observe the lessons are welcome to do so from outside of the pool area. Thanks for your involvement and cooperation.
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Report Cards

This year students' final report cards will be emailed on Friday, June 30th in the late afternoon. For those parents who do not have email, paper copies of the report cards will be mailed.

Thanks to our Grade 4 helpers!

We just want to say a huge "Thank-you" to our grade 4 students for helping with lunch monitoring and bus captain duties this year. Your leadership in our school is appreciated. We will celebrate with a special pizza lunch for you on June 16. Thanks again for all your work this year.
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Grade Four ----- Five Transition

June is an exciting month for our grade four students as they anticipate moving over to Green Valley next year. At the school level a number of things are done to prepare students for this change, including the following:

1 The Green Valley Guidance Counselor comes over to South Oaks and shows a video about Green Valley School and answers students' questions.

2 An orientation evening at Green Valley for both parents and students at 6:45pm on Wednesday, June 7th. At this event staff members are introduced, and students will receive a tour of the school in order to become familiar with the building. Invitations will be sent home for this event; it promises to be an informative evening, so be sure to make plans to attend.

3 Grade four students write letters to grade five students.

4 Grade five students respond to the grade four students' letters, and then the grade four students visit Green Valley during the school day.

Grade 5 Orientation at Green Valley School:

All grade 4 students and their parents are invited to Green Valley School on Wednesday, June 7th to attend the Grade 5 orientation evening. The event begins at 6:45pm in the GVS gym and students and parents will have an opportunity to meet the grade 5 teachers, see the classrooms, see various parts of the school and interact with high school volunteers. We feel this orientation is a valuable event in preparing students for their transition to GVS and encourage all grade 4 students and their parents to attend.

Please call GVS at 204-434-6415 or email their school counsellor, Cam Gerbarndt, at to get more details.

Run, Jump and Throw Day

This year there will once again be a Run, Jump & Throw Day at South Oaks for grade 3 and 4 students, featuring a number of Track and Field - like events. It will be held on Friday, June 9th in the afternoon with events starting at 1:15pm on the schoolyard as well as the soccer field just south of the school grounds. Mrs. Neufeld, the substitute Physical Education teacher, along with the grade 3 & 4 teachers, will host the event.

Parents and spectators are welcome to come watch and cheer. Please remember to send your Grade 3 & 4 student in running shoes with either laces or good velcro. The rain date is Thursday, June 15th in the afternoon.

South Oaks School Picnic - Last Day of School!

When - Wednesday, June 28th 2017, Rain or Shine

Where - South Oaks School, inside or outside


9:00am - 12:05pm Classes as usual

12:05pm-1:00pm Lunch (Picnic)

1:00pm- - 3:00pm Picnic Carnival

Our picnic will again be on the last day of school this year. If the weather is good, stations will be set up outside as they have in the past years. If it rains, however, they will be set up in the classrooms and elsewhere in the school. This could possibly make for a crowded and perhaps even semi-hectic few hours, but it will be an exciting event nonetheless, and a fun/crazy way to finish off the school year.

Please check your child's school bag on Friday, June 16th for complete picnic details. The information sheet will also include the food order, which needs to be returned by Monday, June 19th. It is essential ALL orders are received on time PLEASE!

Parents of Kindergarten students, please note that there will be regular classes for KO-135 and KDR-135 on the last day of school, with the students participating in the school picnic like the grade 1-4 students. Kindergarten students in KO-246 and KDR-246, however, who would not normally have school on that day, are very welcome and especially invited to attend the Carnival in the afternoon, accompanied by a parent or chosen adult. For further information, please see the Kindergarten newletter in this regard.