Woodlawn Early Years School

June Newsletter

Principal's Message

​It's hard to believe we are in the last month of the school year! I always look forward to all the exciting year end events planned for June. At the same time I encourage our students to continue to engage with their learning and be inspired by all the activities right until the end of June! We will be having our annual school family picnic on June 26 this year. Look for some details in this newsletter and a separate message to come home soon. Thank you to all of you for continuing to support our school and staff. We really appreciate the learning partnership we have with each of you.

On May 23 the staff and students celebrated our wonderful volunteers at our annual volunteer appreciation breakfast and assembly. We have so many wonderful volunteers who contribute so much to this amazing community we call Woodlawn! If you are a volunteer, but were unable to attend the volunteer event, we hope you know how much we appreciate everything you do! Thank you!

On May 30 we had our first ever Indigenous/ Seven Teachings Day. The Day started with an assembly. Mitch Bourbonniere from The Mama Bear Clan came to talk to our students about the importance of giving and taking care of each other. We were then treated to a presentation by the Aboriginal School of Dance. With their teachers, students then participated in a variety of activities all related to the Seven Teachings. It was a great day! Thank you to all of the staff who worked hard organizing this amazing event for us.

Karen Fraser

Vice Principal's Message

As I am writing this message, I am reflecting how fast the school year has gone and the amazing things our staff and students have accomplished along the way. I want to take a minute to thank our community, our families, our staff, and especially our students for sharing wonderful memories, your talents, and your learning with us this year. I have no doubt that June will also be filled with great learning experiences and community building.

This is also the time of year where we get to meet our new Kindergartens who will be joining us next year. Our transition to Kindergarten has evolved over the past several years. We have two opportunities for our families to visit our school in May and June. In May we had our Kindergarten Welcome Evening. It was great to see many of the children and their families join us for a tour of the school, some games in the gym, and even a bus ride! In June, we invite our new Kindergartens to participate in our Stay and Play. In their 30 minute visit, five new Kindergarten students come to play with our current Kindergarten students and the teacher who they will have for next year. This has been a great way for our teachers and new kindergartens to meet and get to know each other in a safe and natural setting.


A friendly reminder, if your child will be away from school or will be late or will not be returning to school after one of the nutrition/activity blocks please ensure you call the school at 204-326-6110 before 9:00 am or email woodlawn@hsd.ca to let us know. For your convenience, you may also leave a voicemail message before 8:00 am or after 4:30 pm. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent please write a note in their agenda. 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.

School Routines

As you enter the school you will see a sign that welcomes you to Woodlawn School. This sign reminds all visitors and parents to report directly to the office. The secretary will be happy to assist you. This allows the school to be aware of all adults in our building and minimizes disruptions to the learning and routines of the classroom. If you are picking up your child during the school day or dropping something off (labelled with name and homeroom) for your child please report to the office. If you must pick your child up for an appointment please try to do so before or after recess times.

With the warmer weather here, 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. Students are required to leave for home by 4:00 in the afternoon. 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 must phone the school regarding pick up arrangements please call before 2:45 pm.


Walking students and those dropped off by parents are to 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.



Wednesday, June 26

Parents are invited to join their child/children to have a picnic lunch from 11:45 - 1:15 on the school grounds. Children and parents need to bring their own lunch as there will be no vendors for this day. Please look for more information to be sent home shortly.

The PAC (Parent Advisory Council) basket raffle will take place at 12:45 on June 26. Winning ticket numbers will be posted at the school. More information will be sent home.


Please note: Parents/guardians that have requested to view electronic reports in their Parent Portal account will be able to view report cards at 3:45 on June 26.

Printed report cards for parents that have not requested to view electronic reports will be sent home with their child at the end of the day on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 26.

We will not release any report cards earlier than 3:45 on June 26.

Report cards for students absent on June 26 or before 3:45 on June 26 will be mailed.

Thank you for your understanding.


If your child will not be attending Woodlawn for the 2019-2020 school year please contact Mrs. Janette Koop at the school office at 204-326-6110 or by email to woodlawn@hsd.ca as soon as possible.

Woodlawn Grade 4 Farewell

All parents/guardians of grade 4 students are welcome to join students and staff for a Farewell Ceremony in the school gym on Monday, June 24 from 10:30 - 11:30 am. This will be followed by a BBQ lunch for the grade 4’s at KR Barkman Park. Lunch will be provided for the grade 4 students including a hot dog, chips and a drink. Parents/families/guardians are welcome to join with a picnic lunch.

News from Our PAC

Basket Raffle Fundraiser

Our PAC has had a great year planning special events and fundraisers for Woodlawn School. We will be organizing one last fundraiser; a Basket Raffle. No selling is required; simply donate and purchase tickets.

Please bring an item to school the supports the theme assigned to your child’s classroom (letters were sent home today). Items can be brought to their class until June 17th and then will be combined into 8 large baskets. These baskets will go on display in the Lobby and tickets will be available for families to purchase.

Raffle tickets will be on sale in the Main Entrance on June 24th-26th during the Nutrition Breaks and then at the School Picnic. The baskets will be raffled off during the school picnic.

PAC Information

PAC news, events, meeting dates, and contact information can all be found on our website at www.woodlawn.hsd.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council.

You can also follow us on:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/woodlawnpac2019/

Twitter: www.woodlawn.hsd.ca/twitter/

Tanya Penner


Woodlawn Parent Advisory Council

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, June 7, the grade 1 to 4 students in Woodlawn School will participate in Jump Rope for Heart at our school. This event involves some optional fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation with some of the proceeds going to our school. Students have the opportunity to win some fun prizes for their fundraising efforts. June 6 is the deadline for returning fundraising forms. Prizes will be distributed to students once they are received from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Dear Parents,

Woodlawn and Staples are excited to partner again this coming school year! To help make Back to School as easy as possible for parents, Staples offers School Tools—complete school supply kits for students containing supplies that have been selected and approved by your child’s teacher and school principal as primary choices for the year ahead.

The School Tools Program allows you to view and order the upcoming year’s required supplies list for your child, as specified by their teacher, and is a very efficient way to ensure that your child has all of the core supplies they need on their first day back.

Why choose Staples School Tools?

• It’s the quickest and easiest way to purchase your child’s teacher-selected items for class

• Guaranteed quality in all products chosen

• Competitive pricing means great value for your money-you will save 10-20% on pricing

• School-year product guarantee – Enjoy hassle-free product replacement at any Staples store

• Packaged in a Free Reusable Staples supplies bag

Grades 1-4 Supply lists for the 2019-2020 school year will be available soon on our website.


All student library books are due on Friday, June 14.

Have a great summer!

Mrs. Sandy Loewen

Hanover School Division Note:

Reminder to families who are moving/changing locations during the summer months to please contact the Transportation office at 204-320-2347.

The transportation office is open all summer long.

Lost and Found

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 June 26 will be donated to the Steinbach MCC Thrift Store.

Message from the Gym! Summer Fun Day!

It is almost the end of the school year and that means that the school picnic and Summer Fun Day are right around the corner. To make this event very successful Woodlawn relies heavily on volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers for the Summer Fun day activities on June 26 from 9:00-11:45. We will set up approximately 40 stations and have the kids try to participate at all the stations. We are looking to get 20 volunteers but there is no cap as we could always use more help. Our staff will help out at most of the stations but we will need help to supervise the remaining stations. If you are interested in coming out and running a station contact Jesse Adams at the school, 204-326-6110 or email him at jadams@hsd.ca. There are a variety of stations to choose from, please feel free to call for further details.


Jesse Adams & Aimee Kroeker


The staff at Woodlawn School works hard to teach the “whole child”. This includes the academic, physical, emotional, and social aspects of every student under our care. We have been trained and use a number of programs and techniques in each of the aspects mentioned above. We are excited to include a program called “Roots of Empathy” in the upcoming year. For more than ten years across Canada and internationally, thousands of children have learned about empathy and respect for one another with the lessons started through their Roots of Empathy baby. A mother and her baby are invited into the classroom and help create a world of understanding and empathy. The sessions are led by trained school staff.

If you know of someone who has a baby who will be between the ages of 2 months and 4 months in October that would be willing to participate in this worthwhile program, please encourage them to call Karen Fraser at 204-326-6110 or by email at kfraser@hsd.ca.


WISE Kid-Netic Energy Science & Engineering day camp is coming to Steinbach again this summer! When: July 29-August 2, 2019
Where: Clearspring Middle School

WISE Kid-Netic Energy will be in Steinbach soon! Spots are filling fast, so this may be your last chance to register for this science and engineering day camp. Campers will explore a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics including Chemistry, Agriculture, Material Science, Natural Disasters and Coding. Come and join the fun!

There are a total of 3 female camper spots still available for the week. Open to ages 9 12 (by December 31, 2019). We have a wait-list available for male children. Registration is $100 for the one- week camp. Registration is available online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca.

Special thanks to Hanover School Division for their continued support.

For more info:

Phone: Toll Free: Fax: Email: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:

1-204-474-9340 1-800-432-1960 ext. 9340 1-204-474-7644wise@kidneticenergy.ca facebook.com/wisekidnetic @WISE_KidNetic wisekidneticenergy