Woodlawn Early Years School

March 2023 Newsletter

a message from the principals

March report cards and student-led conferences are approaching quickly. Report cards are intended as a communication tool between parents and teachers to let parents know how their child is progressing in academics and learning behaviours. Student-led conferences are where your child gets to demonstrate and share their learning with you. This not only allows parents to see what their child has been learning about, but it also allows students an opportunity to reflect on their own thinking and understanding which is a really important part of learning. Report cards will be available on the Parent Portal on Friday, March 17 at 3:45. Student-led conferences will take place on March 23 between 4:30 and 6:30. The conferences will be a drop in style so families can arrive anytime between 4:30 to 6:15.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress, please reach out to your child's teacher. A collaborative relationship between teachers and parents is so important for student success and well-being.

Karen Fraser and Tara Reimer

a message from the counsellors

Supporting students means taking care of parents too. Parenting is hard! It is one of the most difficult (unpaid) jobs you will ever have, but it can also be the most rewarding one. Woodlawn is hoping to start a parent group where we connect with other parents, discuss daily struggles and informational topics; but, ultimately support each other in this parenting journey. Gathering will be about one hour and snacks will be provided.

If you are interested, please complete the following by March 10. The link is listed below.

You can also contact the school counsellors, Sandy Caners or Courtney Gangloff, at 204-326-6110 if you have any questions.

Parent Group Survey - Click here.

literacy news

What do the words salakot, niveous, apricity, and flummoxed all have in common? They are all fantastic words that our students learned in February during I Love to Read month. Our theme was JUICY WORDS and we all embarked on an amazing journey to explore fascinating and intriguing words. We had many wonderful guest readers - enormous thanks to Mayor Funk, Corny Rempel, Steinbach Pistons players, Shelley Amos and other school superintendents, and many parent volunteers for reading with us!

Some highlights were:

Reading in the halls - we gathered to read in the halls while savoring juice and fruit snacks

Hat Day - we donned a variety of colorful, crazy hats

Assembly with Corny Rempel including a creative and entertaining reading rap!

Book Fair - so many tempting books and trinkets to peruse and obtain

Here are a few of the delightful stories we enjoyed in February that your family might also appreciate reading/viewing together:

Amos and Boris

Things to Do


The Keeper of Wild Words


Just Like Brothers

Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale

I am the Wind

Boom! Bellow! Bleat!

Here’s to all of us reading, writing and speaking using stupendously riveting words at school and at home!

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Numeracy News - Counting Collections in 1/2P

The students in 1/2P have recently found the joy and learning in counting collections. Mrs. Penner was excited to see how her kids would enter this learning experience in math. The lesson usually starts with a whole class discussion as they look at a picture or video of students counting a collection. They talk about how they think the pair is counting the collection and why. These pictures/videos are intentionally chosen to help prime the students for their own counting collections. Next, each pair of students chooses a collection (coins, erasers, beads, jewels, etc.). The collections are intentionally chosen based on attributes that lend themselves to counting beyond 1:1. For example, a collection of 5 sided wood pieces may be counted as individual pieces or students may see the 5 sides and count the total amount of sides in the collection. Students may sort a collection of coloured beads and count each colour separately and then add them altogether. In addition to choosing a collection, each pair of student also chooses a tool to help them with counting (muffin tins, hundreds charts, egg cartons, ten frames, etc.). Then they get to counting! The students decide how they want to organize their counting. The teacher plays a critical role in the experience. As Mrs. Penner walks around the room, she is looking for their understanding in foundational math concepts and decides what questioning she can use to stretch the students' learning. She is also deciding which groups she wants to highlight that day when the class meets as a whole class. This too is very intentional because not only are students learning from their own counting of their collection, they also learn from what other groups are doing. She may show a group first that is using skip counting by 5s and then a group that has skip counted by 10s. This can allow for students to talk about how the two strategies are connected. Students get an opportunity to explain their thinking to their peers.

Mrs. Penner is finding that there is so much math coming out of this process and it allows for every student to challenge themselves and work at their instructional level. Some students may be working at their 1:1 counting or sorting by colours. Some students may be working on skip counting and place value as they organize and count their collections. Some kids are working on addition, repeated addition and others are stretching themselves to explore multiplication. Student thinking is what is being valued by Mrs. Penner. The students are excited to share why they did what they did!

Indigenous Perspectives

In February, Darla Contois spent nine days with our students talking about storytelling and drama with our students. We learned that stories are told in many different ways. Video games, songs, movies, and dance can tell a story. We use stories to remember, to learn and to keep each other safe.

In March we’re looking forward to continuing to learn from Gramma Shingoose. We will also be learning from Josh Dueck. Josh is a former Woodlawn student who currently works at SBC. He is Cree. Josh will be using various cultural artifacts (furs, snowshoes, gillnets, etc) to talk about our uniqueness, our gifts, our value and how each of us matters.

The regalia making is coming along well. The shawls for the fancy dancers are almost finished. The dresses for the jingle and traditional dancers are almost finished. We are curious and looking forward to finding out what comes next once these items are made. Did you know there are three women’s categories of Pow Wow dancing and four men’s categories in Pow Wow dancing in the Treaty 1 region?


Monica Martens
Curriculum Learning Support Teacher

Communication from Woodlawn

As the digital age becomes more a part of our everyday life, Woodlawn is shifting away from paper forms and paper information being sent home. Paper permission forms are one of those things that you will see significantly less of since most permissions can now be given on the parent portal. Please make sure you monitor your emails and seesaw accounts from your student's teachers and the school. Please add woodlawn@hsd.ca to your contact list to help prevent emails from going into your junk mail.

Early Years Digital Technology

HSD has updated the Early Years/Middle Years Technology sheet. Please click HERE to see the updated sheet.

We love volunteers!

Our teachers are going to be looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please make sure your volunteer status is up to date with the HSD School Division.

Click HERE to read what will be needed to volunteer.

Woodlawn PAC March News

February was a very busy and exciting month as it was “I Love to Read” month.

With the help of volunteers we were able to offer teacher support by reading to students one on one with the direction of the classroom teacher. This was seen as a great help to teachers and we may look at continuing down the road.

Thank you to all who volunteered at this years book fair. Mrs. Loewen greatly appreciated all your help. We saw lots of families and students come through the library. Was exciting to see this back!

We are very fortunate that with the support of our Woodlawn families, we were able to spread kindness to our staff again with “We LOVE to READ a LATTE” The staff was so very grateful for all the treats and books!

Was very exciting to be able to enjoy Winter Fun Days again at school. PAC and other volunteers were there managing the hot chocolate station. It was such a delight to see all the smiley faces sipping on their hot chocolate.

THANK YOU to our Woodlawn Community! Without your support, volunteer hours and donations, we would not have the success that we do.

Please note, before volunteering, all required checks must be completed prior to volunteering. (criminal and child abuse)

Our school administrators are more than happy to assist with how to start this process.


We are excited to once again be selling Mom’s Pantry as a fundraiser. With the money raised we are also excited to be working towards expanding our outdoor play area to include an inclusive playground.

All forms, money, and online orders must be in by March 15th . Pick will be on April 6th.

Location for pick up to be announced.

Any questions or concerns about this fundraiser can be emailed to

Lisa at lfranzmann@gmail.com

Angela at angeladplett@gmail.com


Have you ever considered a career with the Hanover School Division as a Sub EA?

For more information, please head over to the Hanover School division web page.

Hanover School Division | A Student-Centred School Division (hsd.ca)

Next Meeting

Tuesday, March 14th – 11:05am – Library

Woodlawn PAC

Monthly Hot Lunch Order

Thank you to all the families that jumped on board for our new monthly ordering process for hot lunches, it makes things easier in the office and with the restaurants we work with. The order form for April will be sent out by email on March 18th and the deadline for ordering is March 25th. The order form will also be posted on our website.

Mom's Pantry Fundraiser

We are excited to be offering Mom's Pantry as a fundraiser. Please see attached information.

Thank you in advance for helping raise money to expand our outdoor play area. Orders are due March 15.

Your Woodlawn PAC

Woodlawn School Mom's Pantry Letter


All students in grade 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to go skating on March 14 and 15. Class notices and informed consent forms will be sent home and parents are asked to have helmets fitted and skates sharpened in preparation for the fun. If you absolutely cannot beg, borrow or buy the equipment, we do have some basic skates and helmets as a back up at the school. We welcome any parents who have any extra equipment they may want to share to call me so that all students can join in the fun! Please be aware that hockey sticks are not allowed to be transported on the school division buses. If your child would like to bring a stick please make arrangements to drop it off and pick it up at the school.

We also welcome and need parents to come out and help with supervision, tying skates and possibly sharing your own expertise in the sport. If your volunteer information is up to date and you would like to help, please contact Mr. Adams at jadams@hsd.ca

** Please note that all helmets must be CSA approved hockey helmets. This is a new rule this year.

Kindergarten Registration

If your child is eligible for Kindergarten Registration (must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2023), our online registration is now available. Our new online registration process takes only a few minutes to complete. To begin, visit the HSD Kindergarten Registration page at https://hsd.ca/schools/student-registration/

If you do not have access to the Internet, please visit our school and we will assist you in completing the registration form on a school computer.

Registering early will assist our school in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Early registration also provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in upcoming orientation activities.

Wacky Week at Woodlawn - March 20- 24

Every year during the last week before Spring Break, we take some time to build community by having some extra fun. Regular classes still take place, but each day is designated to have something a little extra special. We will post our dress up days on the website soon!

water bottles are important

We are asking for parents help to have each student bring a refillable water bottle each day to school with them.


Woodlawn School is happy to be hosting it's annual in person community pancake breakfast on Friday March 24th. Gym doors will open at 8:00am and all families are welcome to join us. Students whose families are unable to attend will be invited into the gym as they arrive at school, so that they can enjoy some yummy pancakes!

Families of the kindergarten students who are not attending on Friday (KM2, KR2, KS2) are welcome to attend the breakfast as well.

There is no cost for the breakfast, however donations are greatly appreciated to help us cover the cost of the event. If you would like to make a donation and would like a tax receipt, please write a cheque payable to Hanover School Division. To qualify for a tax receipt donations must be $25.00 or more.

We are purchasing the pancakes from Smitty's, if you or your child has food sensitives or allergies, you are free to bring or pack a breakfast for them to join in the gym.

To help us plan for this event, please click HERE to fill out the survey, if you have not done so already.


Please check the lost and found for items that your child may be missing. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold these items indefinitely. Any unclaimed items in the lost and found after March 25th will be donated to the Steinbach MCC Thrift Store during Spring Break.

arctic adventure book fair


Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair was a success! Thank you to all families, teachers, and students who participated, supporting our school while enhancing home libraries.

Your investment in your reader helped our school to earn $4500.00 that can be redeemed for new books for our school and classroom libraries, as well as supplies and Education Resources to benefit our students. We can’t wait to hear all about the new stories you have added to your home libraries!

Thank you for participating in our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!

Happy reading!!

Mrs. S. Loewen

Library Support Specialist


Staff or parent vehicles caught driving by a bus loading/unloading with lights flashing may be reported by the bus driver or receive a ticket directly from the RCMP who are monitoring drive-bys, including school bus loops. This is a very costly mistake.

Please take note of the 30 km/h area school zone signs on streets around our school. The 30 km/h speed limit is in effect Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 pm during the school year.

Please do not use the driveway or parking lot at Woodlawn Terrace Condominiums as a holding spot while dropping off or picking up your children.

Parents and Volunteers Please Note…

An important reminder...the office should be your first stop when you enter the school building during the school day. This minimizes disruptions to teachers during their teaching and keeps us accountable as to who is in our building. The secretary will be happy to assist you at the office. Please use the main doors on Henry Street to enter the school. Stopping in at the office allows us to ensure that we know of everyone who is in the building should we need to contact you or should we have to evacuate the school for any reason.

If you are volunteering please remember to sign in at the office and take a volunteer badge.

If you are picking up your child during the school day (between 9:08 and 3:45) please sign your child out at the office. The secretary will call your child to the office to meet you.

If you have something to drop off for your child, please label the item with your child’s name and homeroom, and drop it off at the office. The secretary will call your child to the office to pick up the item.

Interested in becoming a bus driver?

We provide all the training for free with applicants only required to provide a few items for a small fee. If anyone is interested they can gladly email Robert at rwarkentin@hsd.ca or call our office 204-320-2347 for more information. Another option is looking at the HSD website for job openings and the job application process.
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