South Oaks School
Celebrating "Extra Effort"
So, in this newsletter, I thought it was appropriate to share some stories from your homes. Thanks for all the photos that you are sharing with me and with your teachers! To me, the stories in this newsletter are symbolic of all the extra effort being given these days. Teachers and parents are doing their best to partner and work together. I hear teachers and parents say how they are working harder now than they were before the pandemic. I believe that is true, as we are finding our way through the haze together.
When this pandemic is over and we are in the history books, I believe we will be known for keeping our kids safe, having resilience in the face of uncertainty and doing our best to learn what we needed to, when facing challenges. Thank-you to everyone for everything you are doing these days. One thing I know for sure is that our kids are worth every bit of extra effort.
Dates to Remember
May 8 - Citizenship Award Announcement online
May 10 - Mother's Day
May 18 - Victoria Day - take the day off school work!
May 29 - Citizenship Award Announcement online
Learning with Lucy!
Stories from Home - Grade 2
A mom shared with us that her child woke up one morning and told her that he had dreamed that he was allowed to go back to school. The mom thought this was perfect and she said, “Good timing! Your teacher asked what your best dream was, and you dreamed that you could go back to school!"
The student responded, "No, going back to school isn’t my best dream.” The parents both looked at each other, chuckled and quietly said to each other, ‘Well, it might be the best dream for us!!!!!!"
Message from Mrs. Rogers - Kindergarten
I have been in the world of teaching young children for 32 years and this year has definitely been different and nothing like I have experienced before in my career! It has stretched me as a professional to encompass new things and to up my game in the world of technology! I have to say I still do not like videotaping myself! However having said that I feel that I have grown closer to my students in a new way and to their parents too, as we have navigated through the process of “Home Learning”. I am excited by the way parents and students have responded and want to share some of that with you.
Show and Tell is a big deal in kindergarten! So together, we are doing this on Seesaw. So far it has been great with parents and students really getting on board. The children are even asking their friends questions by using the microphone.
I have been so blessed to teach these wonderful children and have truly felt I have gotten to know them even better as individuals and had a glimpse of what is important in their lives through their sharing of smiley pictures and of many things during this time of “Home Learning”.
See the links below for some examples of our Show and Tell videos!
2020-21 Kindergarten update
If you visit the school calendar on our website, you will see that we are setting dates for the new K orientation events in September 2020. In this way we will be able to provide your child with the full experience and they will meet teachers personally instead of virtually. Thanks for your understanding. We can hardly wait to meet your children and get started with them.
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Public Health Hut Update
The South Oaks Parent Advisory Council (PAC) has been having a wonderful year working with both you and the South Oaks School staff. The purpose of the PAC is to:
● Discuss matters that are relevant to education in the school
● Discuss matters that are relevant to education in the Hanover School Division
● Discuss matters that are of concern to parents of South Oaks students
● To provide moral and financial support for educational programs which enhance or enrich the curriculum
We usually meet 4-5 times per school year to discuss these issues and others with our principal, Mr. Dale Martens, and the staff representative, Mr. Craig Froese.
This year the PAC was comprised of the following 5 members:
- Lorraine Wiens (President)
- Randy Fast (Vice-President and Treasurer)
- Teresa Wiens (Secretary)
- Jon Rempel
- Caroline Smith
*We currently have 1 position open in our PAC group and are looking for a male to fill this role.
If this is something you would be interested in being a part of, please contact the school or one of the above parents*
Some of the ways the PAC have typically been involved during the school year include:
● Winter Fun Day (preparing & serving the hot lunch, funding for the Sleigh ride)
● The spring “World’s Finest Chocolate” fundraiser (helping with the distribution of chocolates)
● Teacher Appreciation Lunch (organizing & serving the lunch)
● School Picnic (June) – (funding for the bouncy castles & preparing the hot lunch)
Of course, due to the school closure, some of these events needed to be cancelled this year.
If any parent has questions, suggestions or concerns for the PAC to address, please feel free to forward them to any one of the members.
Our contact information can be found on the school website under the “Parent Council Info” tab.
Thanks again for allowing us to represent you parents within the South Oaks School.
South Oaks School PAC