Woodlawn Early Years School
March 2023 Newsletter
a message from the principals
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
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.
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:
Here’s to all of us reading, writing and speaking using stupendously riveting words at school and at home!
Numeracy News - Counting Collections in 1/2P
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!
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?
Curriculum Learning Support Teacher
Marlene laying out the flowers for one of the shawls.
Beadwork for hair ties and earring made by Marlene.
Making a shape with out bodies to tell a story.
Communication from Woodlawn
Early Years Digital Technology
We love volunteers!
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 email@example.com
Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
Tuesday, March 14th – 11:05am – Library
Monthly Hot Lunch Order
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
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 email@example.com
** Please note that all helmets must be CSA approved hockey helmets. This is a new rule this year.
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!
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.
LOST AND FOUND
arctic adventure book fair
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR 2023!!
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!
Mrs. S. Loewen
Library Support Specialist
SCHOOL BUS LOOP/SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY
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.
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