South Oaks School
I am encouraged by what I have experienced over the past few years at South Oaks. There are times when there are some challenging issues to face or some important decisions which must be made. At these times, I have seen parents and school staff come together to dialogue. The focus is usually, what is best for the children? That is the right focus and we always need to remind each other of that.
I am sometimes perplexed when parents hesitate to come and discuss their concerns with us. We are here for you and want to work together with our parent community. You are your child's first and greatest teacher! You have the closest attachment with your child and your child will need your permission to learn from our staff. You are the key to your child's attachment at the school. So, please know that we value our parents very much and welcome your feedback and your input into the education of your children.
Thanks for your graciousness when we make mistakes! The South Oaks staff members are some of the most competent professionals I have ever worked with. Yet, we are very human and we make mistakes sometimes. Thanks for understanding this and being patient when needed. On our staff, we talk about having "soft eyes" for each other. This basically means that we believe the best of each other, rather than criticizing and judging. I feel that many parents have soft eyes for us and show much kindness and respect towards our staff. Thank-you.
Thanks for dreaming with us, for supporting us and for working so hard to educate your children with us. We value your partnership and relationship more than you know. I hope you all have a great summer. We look forward to another great year next year. Take care.
Dates to Remember - June Calendar
June 3 to 14 - Grade 2 Swimming Lessons @ Grunthal Pool
June 4 - Grade 4's to Goldeyes game
June 5 - Grade 4 to 5 Orientation Session @ Green Valley School - 6:50 - 8:30 pm
June 6 - Kick into Kindergarten @ 6:30 pm
June 6 - Grade 3's to Manitoba Museum
June 7 - Picnic food orders due
June 7 - Assembly @ 9:15 am
June 7 - Run, Jump and Throw - Grade 3 & 4 Students
June 13 - Grade 1's to Assiniboine Zoo
June 17 - Library closed and all library books should be returned by this date
June 18/19 - Kindergarten Bridging Days
June 19 - Grade 3's to Fort Whyte
June 19 - Grade 2's to MHV
June 20/21 - Kindergarten Field Trips to the Children's Museum
June 21 - Grade 4 Farewell Assembly @ 9:15 am. Final Citizenship awards given as well.
June 21 - Grade 4 Farewell Lunch (for students only)
June 26 - South Oaks School Picnic in the PM. Picnic lunch at noon.
June 27/28 - Administration Days - No Classes
- Report Cards go out June 28th in PM
Grade Two Swim Program
Thanks to our Grade 4 helpers!
Thanks to Our Parent Volunteers!
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Grade Four ----- Five Transition
1 The Green Valley Guidance Counselor comes over to South Oaks and shows a video about Green Valley School and answers students' questions.
2 An orientation evening at Green Valley for both parents and students on Wednesday, June 5th. At this event staff members are introduced, and students will receive a tour of the school in order to become familiar with the building. Invitations will be sent home for this event; it promises to be an informative evening, so be sure to make plans to attend.
3 Grade four students write letters to grade five students.
4 Grade five students respond to the grade four students' letters, and then the grade four students visit Green Valley during the school day.
Grade 5 Orientation at Green Valley School:
All grade 4 students and their parents are invited to Green Valley School on Wednesday, June 6th to attend the Grade 5 orientation evening. The event takes place in the GVS gym and students and parents will have an opportunity to meet the grade 5 teachers, see the classrooms, see various parts of the school and interact with high school volunteers. We feel this orientation is a valuable event in preparing students for their transition to GVS and encourage all grade 4 students and their parents to attend. The event runs from 6:50-8:30 pm.
Please call GVS at 204-434-6415 or email their school counsellor, Cam Gerbrandt, at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more details.
Run, Jump and Throw Day - Updated Info on June 6 due to hot weather.
Parents and spectators are welcome to come watch and cheer. Please remember to send your Grade 3 & 4 student in running shoes with either laces or good velcro. We do not have a rain date planned.
South Oaks School Picnic - Last Day of School!
When - Wednesday, June 26th, Rain or Shine
Where - South Oaks School, inside or outside
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Classes as usual
12:00 pm -1:00 pm Picnic lunch - food to be pre-ordered and picked up at stations.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Picnic Carnival Activities
Our picnic will again be on the last day of school this year. If the weather is good, most stations will be set up outside as they have in the past years. If it rains, however, they will be set up in the classrooms and elsewhere in the school. This could possibly make for a crowded and perhaps even semi-hectic few hours, but it will be an exciting event nonetheless, and a fun/crazy way to finish off the school year. We will probably set up the bouncers in the gym once again, as they worked very well last year and it also provides a break from the heat if needed.
Please check your child's school bag on Friday, June 15th for complete picnic details. The food order will be sent out May 31st and needs to be returned by Friday, June 7th. It is essential ALL orders are received on time.
Parents of Kindergarten students, please note that there will be regular classes for KR1 & KLW1 on the last day of school, with the students participating in the school picnic like the grade 1-4 students. Kindergarten students in KLW2 and KDR2, however, who would not normally have school on that day, are very welcome and especially invited to attend the Carnival in the afternoon, accompanied by a parent or chosen adult. For further information, please see the Kindergarten newsletter in this regard.
School Supplies for 2019-20
So, more details will come in the fall, but there is no need to go out and buy school supplies as you have done in the past. We will do that for you this summer. You should just plan to have a backpack, shoes and lunch kit for your child next year. The $30.00 fee will be available for payment on your Parent Portal account in the fall.