Woodlawn Early Years School

September Newsletter

Message from the Principal

The start of a school year is always such an exciting time. Welcome back to all of our students and families returning to Woodlawn. Also a big welcome to all of our new students and families. I look forward to meeting you all. I would also like to welcome some new staff to Woodlawn - Ms. Rachael Neal, Mrs. Heather Penner, Ms. Jordyn Shaw, and Ms. Amanda Bilevicius.

It takes a lot of work to get a school ready for the start of the year. A big thank you to Don McCracken and his summer cleaning staff for making our school look great! Another big thank you to Cheryl Braun and Lynn Giesbrecht in the office for the hard work they do behind the scenes making sure everything is in order. Thank you to the teachers who have been working hard getting their classrooms ready for their students.

It is said that culture is what we value most. Our school culture includes the mission to CARE, CONNECT, and CONTRIBUTE. In the coming months your children will learn the meaning of these concepts and how important they are to living a good life.

The safety and education of your children is a privilege I and the entire staff take seriously. I want to thank you for partnering with us during your child's learning journey.

Please feel free to contact me at any time throughout the school year. My door is always open.

Karen Fraser

Message from the Vice Principal

Welcome back everyone! It is hard to believe that summer is behind us and we are starting a new school year.

The start of the school year is a good time to think about who we are and what kind of person we want to be. At Woodlawn we use the language of "Bucket Filling" and "Being Bucket Fillers" to help our students learn how they can Care, Connect, and Contribute. We look for learning and social behaviours that demonstrate these important skills and hand out Bucket Filling Slips to let our students know we notice and value these skills and help them notice too. Caring, connecting, and contributing can be something that we do or share with others. We also want our students to know that it is important for them to care about themselves, to connect with their environment and their learning, and to make a contribution to their world, both at the community level as well as the global level. When they receive a Bucket Filling Slip, part of the slip will go into a bucket outside of the principals' offices and the other half will go home for the student to share with his/her family. Names will be pulled each day and students will receive a small prize. Once a week the students who have had their names pulled will get to come to Makerspace Monday at lunch with Mrs. Fraser and myself. Once every six weeks or so, Mrs. Fraser and I will take the students who have had their names pulled on a special trip somewhere in the community. We are still deciding where our "Bucket trips" will be this year so stay tuned!

When your child comes home with a Bucket Filling slip, please take some time to talk to him/her about what he/she was doing to be caring, connecting, or contributing.

I hope you all have a wonderful start of the year. Please feel free to come and talk to me anytime. My door is always open!

Tara Reimer

Parent Portal/Student Information

The HSD Parent Portal is a communications tool designed to enhance and increase parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children by providing secure online access to their child's student information. With a single username and password you can access data for each of your children attending an HSD school. The Access IDs along with setup instructions have been sent via email to all eligible parents/guardians of new students. If you are new to Woodlawn and did not receive the specified email, please contact the school office at 204-326-6110.

Please take a few minutes to review the student information and contact information for your child. It is important that the school has current address and contact information for your child in case it is necessary to reach someone during the school day. Changes can be made through the parent portal.

Information verification forms will be mailed to parents/guardians that do have not an email address on file at the school. If you receive a form through the mail, please make any necessary changes on the form, sign and return the form to the school office.

student agenda/student handbook

Please take the time to read the Student Handbook that is included in your child’s agenda. The handbook can be a valuable reference tool during the school year for many questions that students or parents have.

The student handbook is also posted on our school website at woodlawn.hsd.ca.

Balanced Day Schedule - 2018-2019

Please take note of the daily routine for the 2018-2019 school year. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Karen Fraser or Tara Reimer.

9:00-9:05 Homeroom Time or Religious Exercises (in designated area)

9:05-11:05 Learning Block 1

11:05-11:55 Nutritional and Activity Break

11:55-1:10 Learning Block 2

1:10-2:00 Nutritional and Activity Break

2:00-3:45 Learning Block 3

3:45 Dismissal of Students

If you are picking up your child during the school day or dropping something off (labelled with name and homeroom) for your child you must report to the office. If it is necessary to pick your child up for an appointment please do so at the office before or after break times. It is difficult for recess supervisors to find students on the playground.

picture day

Mark your Calendar for our School Picture Day on

Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11.

Picture Day information forms will be sent home with all students.

Please review the information form and send it back with your child on or before Picture Day.

All students will be photographed for school service products. Proofs will be sent home for you to preview the images before you buy!

For Tips on preparing for photo day visit lifetouch.ca

Questions call Lifetouch at 1-866-457-8212 or email: guestservices@lifetouch.ca

wear the right stuff!

When your children take part in physical activity in the gym, it is very important that they be dressed properly. Students need to wear non-marking runners for Phys. Ed. Class and they must be tied tightly at all times. Due to spatial and time constraints, Woodlawn students do not change for gym activities. As long as children can move comfortably in their attire it should also be suitable for Phys. Ed. However, if your child wears long baggy pants or a skirt to school, he/she will need to bring a change of clothes for Phys. Ed. Class. This is to ensure maximum participation and safety for all students.

School safety reminders

If your child will be away from school or will be late or will not be returning to school after the nutritional and activity breaks please ensure you call the school at 204-326-6110, email woodlawn@hsd.ca or enter the attendance in your parent portal to let us know. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent please write a note in their agenda, email woodlawn@hsd.ca or enter the attendance in your parent portal. When the school is not advised of an absence or late arrival, the office begins a call back procedure to parents and emergency contacts. Many of these calls can be avoided if parents call ahead to advise us of the absence.

Parking/Pick Up/Drop off

To ensure the safety of our students and due to congestion of our staff parking lots and bus loop areas, parents are not to enter those ares between 8:15 - 4:30. Also note there is no public parking available at Entrance D (Barkman Street) at any time. All parking is reserved for school staff. If you are dropping off or picking up your child please park on Henry Street or on the church parking lot across from the school. For the safety of your child we request that you escort your child across Henry Street. For students' safety, please avoid parking along Barkman Street across from the school during 8:30 - 9:00 am and 3:30 - 4:00 pm.

School arrival/leaving times

Walking students and those dropped off by parents should arrive at school after 8:30 in the morning. Teacher supervision is provided starting at 8:30. Any students arriving on the playground before 8:30 will not be supervised and responsibility for the student belongs with the parent/guardian. Students are permitted to enter the building when the 8:53 bell rings.

Students are required to leave for home by 4:00 in the afternoon unless prior arrangements have been made. Please arrange a pick up location that is outside and near an entrance to the school (except the bus loop entrance) if you are picking up your child at the end of the day. This will help reduce the crowding in the halls by the classroom doors and at the front office at dismissal time (3:45). Make every effort to be punctual when picking up your children. Please ensure your child is aware of pickup arrangements before coming to school. Changes to routine pick up arrangements should be written in the agenda book. If a friend or relative is picking up a child from school the parent/guardian needs to notify the school or the classroom teacher by writing a note in the agenda. If you need to phone the school regarding a change in pick up for your child at the end of the day please call before 2:45 pm.

food services

Pizza Days
September 12 - Pepperoni Pizza
September 19 - Ham Pizza
September 26 - Pepperoni Pizza

Pizza is $2.00 per slice. Students place their order with their teacher first thing Wednesday mornings. For your convenience we have tickets available that are sold in sheets of 10 for $20.00. Tickets can be purchased from the school office.

Milk sales begin on Monday, September 10th. White or chocolate milk is available for purchase at lunch time for .75 each.

Friday Hot Lunch - Starting September 21st

This lunch service is organized by the Parent Advisory Council. This year Friday hot lunch will be supplied by Main Bread and Butter. The choices each week include: soup and a bun; a turkey wrap; and a pasta option. The price for each item is $3.25. For your convenience, the PAC has hot lunch tickets available for parents to purchase. These tickets are available at the office.

Stars of the Future

Stars of the Future is offered FREE to families living in the South East region through a partnership with Southern Health-Santé Sud, South East Children’s Therapy Initiative and Healthy Child Coalition – South East.

Children born between January 1 and June 30, 2015, together with their parents, are invited to attend the Fall 2018 Stars of the Future clinic. Stars of the Future is a FREE screening program for children that live in South East Manitoba. It is a onetime appointment, designed to find out how your child is doing in the areas of speech & language, hearing, growth and development. The appointment is one hour long. Appointments may be booked by calling 204-346-6136 and leaving a message. For more information on Stars of the Future go to www.healthychildcoalition.ca. Appointment times do fill up quickly, so we encourage you to book your appointment early.

Clinics will be held in the following communities:

Steinbach: September 20, 21 and October 11, 15

Niverville: September 13

St. Pierre: October

Lorette: October 2

Ste. Anne: September 12

administering medication to students at school

In the past there has been some confusion regarding the administering of medication while your child is under the care of the school. In accordance with Hanover School Policy, we feel you should be aware of the following points if your child requires the use of prescribed medication:

· All medication must be brought to school by the child’s guardian to ensure that the medication administered to your child is the correct medication. All Medications must be brought in the original pharmacy container.

· All medication administered at school will require forms completed by the parent which are available at the school office. If medication is required for more than fourteen days, an Individual Health Care Plan may be required.

· The school will not administer non-prescribed medication or over-the-counter medication. A doctor’s prescription is always required.

Even if your child is capable of taking their prescribed medication independently at school, it will still require the appropriate paperwork. The medication will be kept under lock and key. Students are not allowed to keep any type of medication in their locker, lunch kit, or backpack while on school premises.

If you have any further questions about this issue we would be happy to discuss it with you.


There are children in our school who have a severe allergy to peanuts. Exposure to even a tiny amount of this item could be potentially serious and life-threatening. We can all play a role in preventing such a dangerous and frightening situation at school. For this reason we are a "Peanut Aware" school. We do not describe the school as being "Nut Free" because we can't guarantee that students or adults have not brought nuts or traces of nuts into the building. Please help us keep all our students safe by checking the list of ingredients on items you send to school and avoid sending items that contain peanuts.

No child without

Our school is involved with the Canadian Medic Alert Foundation’s

No Child Without program. There is no cost for students who attend our school and are between the ages of 4 up to their 14th birthday to join the Medic Alert through this program. If your child has a medical condition, allergy or is required to take medication on a regular basis, then you should consider this program. A child’s MedicAlert identification can alert school staff, friends, coaches and other’s about your child’s medical condition should an emergency occur.

For further information come to the office for a brochure or go to

www.nochild without.ca. To register your child you will need a NO Child Without brochure from the school office.

If your child is already part of the No Child Without program and there has been a change to their medical condition, medications or emergency contact information, call MedicAlert at 1-866-679-3220 Ext 1 to update your child’s file.

2018/2019 Woodlawn Staff


Mrs. Kara Grant - KG1 & KG2

Mrs. Angela Martin - KM1 & KM2

Ms. Rachael Neal - KN1 & KN2

Grade 1

Ms. Amanda Cipriano - 1C

Mrs. Jenn Cuppage - 1JC

Mrs. Claire Neufeld - 1N

Mrs. Heather Penner - 1P

Mr. Chris Schroeder - 1S

Grade 2

Mrs. Marlene Funk - 2F

Mrs. Courtney Gangloff - 2G

Mrs. Katrina Hamilton - 2H

Mrs. Leah Read - 2LR

Mrs. Pat Reimer - 2PR

Mrs. Kristen Sheffield - 2S

Grade 3

Mr. Michael Bourget - 3B

Mrs. Andrea Dick - 3D

Ms. Jordyn Shaw (term teacher) - 3P

Miss Kristen Reimer - 3R

Ms. Cathy Toews - 3T

Grade 4

Mrs. Wendy Buhler - 4B

Ms. Simmy Gandhi - 4G

Mrs. Jerilyn Koslowsky -4JK

Mrs. Lisa Martens - 4M

Mr. Shawn Kehoe - 4SK

Music (Gr. 2-4) - Mrs. Katie Schroeder

PE (Gr. 2-4) - Mr. Jesse Adams

Music/PE (K & 1) - Mrs. Aimee Kroeker

Learning Support

Mrs. Rebecca Mackie

Mrs. Glenda Maendel

Mrs. Samuela Reimer

Literacy - Mrs. April Harder

Reading Recovery - Mrs. Katherine Peters

Numeracy - Ms. Amanda Bilevicious

School Counsellor - Ms. Sandy Caners

Vice Principal - Mrs. Tara Reimer

Principal - Mrs. Karen Fraser

School Administrative Secretary - Mrs. Cheryl Braun

School Secretary - Mrs. Lynn Giesbrecht

Library Support Specialist - Mrs. Sandy Loewen

Custodian - Mr. Don McCracken

Educational Assistants

Ms. Laura Borsch

Mrs. Natalie Dyck

Ms. Sara Falk

Ms. Ashley Hiebert

Mrs. Kim Houska

Mr. Josef Krieger

Mrs. Tara LeDrew

Mrs. Yvonne Neufeld

Miss Stephanie Nikkel

Mrs. Crystal Penner

Mrs. Esther Plett

Ms. Gabriella Sulak



Monday, September 3 Labour Day

Tuesday, September 4 Admin Day - No Classes

Tuesday, September 4 Meet the Teacher Evening (4:30 – 6:00)

Wednesday, September 5 First day of classes/Kindergarten Interviews

Thursday, September 6 Kindergarten Interviews

Friday, September 7 Kindergarten staggered entry

Monday, September 10 Kindergarten staggered entry

Tuesday, September 11 Kindergarten staggered entry

Wednesday, September 12 Kindergarten staggered entry

Thursday, September 13 All Kindergarten students attend (days 1,3,5)

Friday, September 14 All Kindergarten students attend (days 2,4,6)

Friday, September 14 Strong Connections – Day 1

Monday, September 17 Strong Connections – Day 2

Friday, September 28 Terry Fox Run

Monday, October 8 Thanksgiving Day – No Classes

Wednesday, October 10 Picture Day

Thursday, October 11 Picture Day

Mon-Thur, October 15-18 Bus Safety Week

Friday, October 19 MTS Day – No Classes

Monday, November 5 Admin day – No Classes

Friday, November 9 Remembrance Day Assembly

Friday, November 16 Report Cards Issued (Gr. 1-4)

Thursday, November 22 Student Led Conferences

Thursday, December 13 Aft/Evg Christmas Concert

Friday, December 21 Last day of school before Christmas vacation

Monday, January 7 First day back at school after Christmas vacation

Friday, January 18 Winter Fun Day

Friday, February 1 PD Day - No Classes

Mon-Fri, February 4-8 Kindergarten Phone-in Registrations

Mon-Fri, February 4-8 Book Fair

Monday, February 18 Louis Riel Day – No Classes

Thu & Fri, February 21 & 22 PD Days – No Classes

Friday, March 8 Admin. Day – No Classes

Friday, March 15 Report Cards Issued

Mon-Fri, March 18-22 Wacky Week

Tuesday, March 19 Student Led Conferences

Friday, March 22 Community Pancake Breakfast

Friday, March 22 Last day of school before Spring Break

Monday, April 1 First day back at school after Spring Break

Friday, April 5 Admin/PD Day – No Classes

Friday, April 19 Good Friday - No Classes

Tuesday, April 23 Board/PAC Liaison Meeting

Tuesday, May 7 Aft/Eve Spring Concert—Grade 1

Thursday, May 9 Aft/Evg Spring Concert- Grade 2

Monday, May 20 Victoria Day – No Classes

Tuesday, June 25 Woodlawn Grade 4 Farewell

Wednesday, June 26 School Picnic – Last Day of Classes (Report Cards Issued)

Thu & Fri, June 27 & 28 Admin Days - No Classes

Hanover Parent & Child Community Program

Attention: Woodlawn Parents/Guardians:

Woodlawn School and The Hanover Parent and Child Community Program would like to invite you to bring your English or German speaking preschool children to attend a weekly parent and child program offered in English and German. Come with your children to have fun, learn, play, create and sing. This program is free and provides a snack. No registration is needed, just drop in when you can.

Children enjoy playing with and learning from other children. It is important for children to be exposed to playing with other children so they learn how to share, participate in cooperative play and express themselves. Children will have the opportunity to play with a variety of toys, sing, complete crafts and learn new games.

This program is being provided for preschool children to promote the development of school readiness skills.

Come join Miss Lil for the English speaking program:

When: Tuesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30

Starting Tuesday, September 18, 2018 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Come join Miss Gertrud for the German speaking program:

When: Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30

Starting Thursday, September 20, 2018 until Thursday, June 6, 2019

(Families can attend weekly or just drop in when you can.)

Where: Community Room at Woodlawn School

* We will follow the same schedule as the division school calendar in regards to school closure days.

Can't wait to see you!

Terry fox event

Woodlawn School's Terry Fox run will take place on Friday, September 28th.

Drive away hunger

In recognition of World Food Day, our school has decided to participate in the Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger program and will be collecting donations of food for people who are hungry in our area.

By participating in this program, Farm Credit Canada will include our school in a random draw for a $500 donation to be used to make improvements at the winning school.

We would like you to send a food item to school with your child during October to support this program. All food items will be picked up and brought to South East Helping Hands. Watch for more information.

For more information on Drive Away Hunger, visit their website at www.DriveAwayHunger.ca

Below is a list of most needed food items according to the Canadian Association of Food Banks Canada:

*Pasta products and rice *Infant Formula and Baby Food

*Canned meats and fish *Flour *Dry and canned soups and stews *Breakfast cereal *Canned fruits and vegetables *Canned/powdered milk *Fruit juices *Pasta sauce *Beans and Legumes


Strong Connections Program at Woodlawn For Grades 1-4

Please sign into your child's Parent Portal to see which date your grade 1-4 student will attend for Strong Connections. A note will also be sent home shortly with students.

(Kindergarten classes will take place as usual.)

September 14 and 17, 2018!

Strong Connections will take place once again at Woodlawn School. This program has been implemented for several years now in Hanover School Division. Strong Connections is a program designed to build the relationships between teachers and their students as well as enhance the beginning of the year assessment of each child. Strong Connections activities are designed to help us get to know our students and how they learn in order to know where to begin with instruction. This provides an opportunity for teachers to extend and

consolidate their understanding of each child through one to one interview/assessment times. This will facilitate teachers in planning for instruction that will effectively address learning needs early in the year.

What will teachers learn through Strong Connections?

Teachers working individually with their students in an atmosphere of support and

encouragement have an opportunity to collect first hand information about such things as:

· How they learn

· Their confidence as learners

· The learning strategies they possess

· Their reading, writing and mathematical skills

· Their approach to problem solving

· Their attitudes toward school and learning

· Their ability to reflect upon and set goals for their learning

How will it work?

On either September 14th or 17th , 2018, students will attend school one day out of two. With half of the students present, homeroom teachers will have the opportunity to meet one on one with each student to participate in relationship building activities and assessment which revolves around literacy and numeracy. This is an opportunity for teachers to gather information about each child’s learning that may not be evident during whole class instruction. It is also an opportunity to further develop the teacher-student relationship. While some students are with the teacher, others will be participating in a variety of stations which include music, physical education, literacy, technology, art, and character building.

During these days, there will be no regularly scheduled classes for students. Students will arrive at school in their normal manner (bus or other) for their scheduled day. Parents will be notified during the first week of school as to when their child’s scheduled Strong Connections day will be.

We look forward to using these days to provide us with a deeper understanding of each student. More information will be sent out in September including which day your child is scheduled to attend.

Starke Anschlüsse Programm wird fortgeführt in Woodlawn

am 14. und 17. September 2018!

Starke Anschlüsse werden wieder in der Woodlawn Schule stattfinden. Dieses Programm wird seit mehreren Jahren in der Hanover School Abteilung durchgeführt.

Starke Anschlüsse ist ein Programm, das entworfen ist, um die Einschätzung jedes Schülers am Anfang des Jahres zu erhöhen. Die Aktivitäten der Starken Anschlüsse sind keine Tests, aber eher Aufgaben die uns helfen unsere Schüler und wie sie lernen durch persönliche Gespräche und Aufgaben kennenzulernen, um die Planung des Unterrichts erleichtern und die einzigartigen Lernbedürfnisse schon am Anfang des Schuljahres adressieren zu können.

Was lernen die Lehrer durch Starke Anschlüsse?

Die Lehrer, die einzeln mit ihren Schülern in einer Atmosphäre der Unterstützung und der

Ermutigung arbeiten, haben eine Gelegenheit, aus erster Hand bezogene Informationen über

solche Sachen zu sammeln wie:

Wie sie lernen Ihr Selbstvertrauen als Lernende

Lernstrategien, die sie beherrschen

Lesen, Schreiben und mathematische Fähigkeiten

Herangehen an die Problemlösung

Haltung gegenüber der Schule und zum Lernen

Fähigkeit nachzudenken und Zielsetzung für ihr Lernen

Wie wird es ablaufen?

Den Schülern wird entweder der 14. oder der 17. September zugewiesen, an dem sie zur Schule kommen müssen.

Mit der Hälfte der anwesenden Schüler werden Klassenlehrer die Gelegenheit haben sich mit jedem Schüler zu treffen, um

an den Einschätzungtätigkeiten in den Sprachkünsten und Mathematik teilzunehmen. Dieses ist eine Gelegenheit für die

Lehrer Informationen über das Lernen jedes Kindes zu sammeln, die Möglicherweise während des Ganzklassenunterrichtes

nicht offensichtlich sein würden. Es ist auch eine Gelegenheit, das Lehrer-Schüler-Verhältnis zu erweitern. Während manche

Schüler mit den Lehrern arbeiten, werden andere an verschiedenen Tätigkeiten teilnehmen, so wie Musik, Sportunterricht,

Lesen, Kunst und Charakter Bildung.

An den Tagen des Programms wird es keine regelmässig geplanten Stunden geben. Die Schüler werden wie üblich, mit dem Bus oder anders, an ihrem zugewiesenen Tag zur Schule kommen. Die Eltern werden während der ersten Woche der Schule benachrichtigt wann der Starke Anschluss Tag Ihres Kindes sein wird.

Wir freuen uns schon diese Tage ausnutzen zu können, da sie uns eine bessere Gelegenheit bieten um die Schüler besser zu verstehen. Mehr informationen sowie den genauen Tag an dem ihr Kind kommen muss, wird im September raus geschickt.


Notice of Approved Petitions for Woodlawn School

Petition for Religious Exercises - The Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious exercises be held in Woodlawn School during the 2018-2019 school year. The petitioners have specified their desire for the recitation of the Lord's Prayer and the reading of a Bible passage or story from the Bible. As the petition bears the signatures of parents/guardians representing more than 60 students in the school, the Board of Trustees of the Hanover School Division has authorized religious exercises, as specified above, to be held before the official instructional day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m., in a designated common area of the school.

Petition for Religious Instruction - The Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious instruction be held in Woodlawn School during the 2018-2019 school year. The petitioners have specified their desire for the Discovery Time program offered by Child Evangelism Fellowship. As the petition bears the signatures of parents/guardians representing more than 25 students in the school, the Board of Trustees of the Hanover School Division has passed the required by-law permitting religious instruction, as specified above, to be offered by volunteers during designated half-hour per week classes.

Parents/guardians who did not sign the original petitions are eligible to join at any time by submitting a signed note to the HSD Board of Trustees (forward directly to Woodlawn School). The note must indicate the name and grade of student for whom permission to participate is being given. Only children whose parents/guardians signed the original petition, or have subsequently joined, may participate in the exercises and instruction as described above.

As a Manitoba public school division, HSD is obligated to comply with the provisions of The Public Schools Act and provincial guidelines governing the implementation of religious exercises and religious instruction. The Public Schools Act states that public schools must be non-sectarian. Religious exercises and religious instruction in public schools may only be implemented by school boards in a manner consistent with the Public Schools Act and provincial guidelines - after parent/guardian petition is presented to the school board. Such petitions require annual submission, and must be received by the HSD Board of Trustees no later than April 30 (previous to the school year for which the petition applies).

Additional information regarding the Public Schools Act, HSD policies, and provincial guidelines governing these petitions can be viewed on the Woodlawn School website.

Approved May 1, 2018

Ron Falk, Board Chair

Hanover School Division

Randy Dueck, Superintendent-CEO

Hanover School Division

Hanover is a student-centred school division striving for excellence while developing skills and promoting values for a productive and wholesome life.