Woodlawn Early Years School

February 2022 Newsletter

A Message from the Principals

We, the staff have been busy planning a variety of events for the month of February. February is always a busy month and this year is no exception. I Love to Read month started with a whole school virtual assembly where we were introduced to our featured author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. I encourage you to check out some of his work on YouTube. Students will be learning lots about Oliver Jeffers and his books in their classrooms this month. We are also asking students to share their families' favourite books this month. More information will be sent home shortly.

This year we will have a Festival du Voyageur theme for Winter Fun Day on February 18. All students will participate in a variety of activities with their class that day. Inside activities may include beading, Metis dot painting, Metis storytelling, and learning about jigging. All students will participate in outdoor activities that day so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately. As per Covid guidelines, we will run activities in classes/cohorts.

Our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) will be meeting virtually on Tuesday, February 8 at 2:00. The PAC has been busy fundraising for our playground project and planning staff appreciation events. The PAC also works with the principals on such things as safety planning, school planning and priorities, and several other school initiatives. Please consider joining the PAC. It is a great way to get involved with your child's school. If you would like more information send an email to our PAC president Sara Richards at woodlawnelementarypac@gmail.com or one of the principals. We would love to see you at the next meeting.

Karen Fraser and Tara Reimer

A Message from the Counsellors

Raising a Confident Child

As pandemic disruptions continue, we may worry about kids losing ground — on academics, on behavior, on social skills. There’s a lot we can’t control, but one important thing we can do for children during this challenging time is focus on keeping up their sense of worth and teaching them to have self compassion and self confidence. It’s the foundation for all kinds of development.

Right from birth, children learn and acquire new skills and develop confidence to use them. Kids need to trust in their own capabilities but also know that they can handle being unsuccessful. It is through the experience of mastery and rebounding from failure that kids develop a healthy self confidence. As a parent there are a few things that you can do to help your kids feel capable & build confidence:

  1. Model confidence yourself: Allow your child to learn through watching you tackle and accomplish a new task with optimism.

  2. Don’t get upset about mistakes:Help your child see that it is ok to make a mistake. This will teach them that making mistakes is ok and that you can learn something from them. The message you will send them is that we don’t need to let fear of making a mistake stand in the way.

  3. Encourage them to try new things: Instead of only focusing on things that they already excel at, encourage them to step out of their comfort zone. Attaining a new skill will make kids feel capable and confident.

  4. Allow Kids to fail: It is natural to want to protect your child from failure, but kids learn through trial and error. When kids fall short of a goal it helps them learn that failing is not fatal and that they can always try again with more effort the second time around.

  5. Praise Perseverance: Learning to not give up after the first sign of frustration or a setback is an important life skill. Confidence and self worth are not about succeeding all of the time, they’re about being resilient enough to keep trying even when things are hard.

  6. Help kids find their passion: Allow your child the ability to explore his/her own interests in order to help develop a sense of identity.

  7. Set goals: Kids feel strength when they achieve a goal. Work with your child to create goals that are achievable in the future.

  8. Celebrate Effort: celebrate effort, not only success. Kids need to hear that you are proud of them no matter what, and especially for trying.

  9. Expect them to pitch in: Even though they might complain, kids feel more connected and valued when they are counted on. Expecting them to do age-appropriate jobs around the house will encourage responsibility and teach them time management skills.

  10. Embrace imperfection: Kids need to know that perfection is unrealistic. Help kids see that whether it’s on TV, a social media feed or in a magazine the idea that others are always happy, successful and perfect is a fantasy. Remind them that imperfection is human!

  11. Set them up for success: While challenges are good for kids, they also need opportunities to be successful. Get your child involved in activities that make them feel comfortable and confident.

  12. Show your love: Let your child know that you love them no matter what! Kids need to know that you are their biggest fan - win or lose, fail or succeed. Even when you're mad at them. Make sure your child knows that you think they are great - not just when they do great things.

If you would like to talk to a counselor about your child, please feel free to email or call either of us.

Katrina Hamilton


Sandy Caners



Child & Mind Institute. (N.d.) 12 tips to raising confident kids. https://childmind.org/article/12-tips-raising-confident-kids/

Literacy News

LOVE LITERACY - Tips and Tricks from Literacy Support

February is I Love to Read month at Woodlawn. We are celebrating by learning about the author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers. He is a thoughtful and engaging writer and artist. Teachers will be sharing his books this month and doing fun and creative related activities with their classes. You can find information about him at https://www.oliverjeffers.com/. If you want to follow along at home, many of his books are available at Jake Epp library and there are lots of great read alouds online.

Home contest: Woodlawn is doing a school wide contest on our favourite books. We will be sending a slip of paper home on which your child can draw or write about a book that they love. We will post these entries on a bulletin board in the school to share with each other. Those who complete this activity will be eligible to win a wonderful prize basket featuring books by Oliver Jeffers. There will be one prize basket per grade. Thanks for celebrating reading with your child this month!

Numeracy News

Communication in Math

Why is it important for kids to communicate in math? According to the Conceptual Framework for K-9 Mathematics, communication “opportunities allow students to create links between their own language and ideas, and the formal language and symbols of mathematics” (Manitoba Education, 2013, p.11). Communication can happen in many different forms. For example, kids can communicate their thinking and understanding of numeracy concepts through pictures, objects, talking, and symbols. You may have grown up hearing “show your work”, but maybe wondered why you needed to show your work. When I was in school, I thought showing my work was just so the teacher knew if I was doing a question right. I didn’t realize that communicating my ideas was also valuable to me and not just my teacher. Sometimes, kids may have a beginning understanding of an idea in math. Through communication (verbal or visual), they can deepen that understanding, work though parts they are unsure of, and make connections. And yes, when kids communicate their thinking in math, it also allows the adults and other students to take a peek into their mathematical thinking. Our teachers provide many different communication opportunities in their math learning experiences. Some examples are in math talks, collaborative problem solving, counting collections, choral counting, which one doesn’t belong, and many more.

Indigenous Perspectives

In 3R and 3/4D students have been learning about Indigenous structures. Did you know structures such as the sweat lodge (wigwam), lodge (long house), tipis and igloos are still used today by Indigenous Peoples? The Forks and Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation (the closest Indigenous community to HSD) both have lodges that are used for ceremonies. Many Indigenous communities (including in Winnipeg), organizations and families have sweat lodges in their yards that they use all year long. Tipis are set up to house people as needed. Today Inuit people do not live in igloos, but they are still built and carry significance in everyday life. Students in Woodlawn are learning about the purpose, the methods of construction and the ways Indigenous Peoples harvest building materials sustainably and with respect.


All staff and students must continue to wear masks. Students must come to school with a few masks that fit them well. Masks must have ear loops and fit snugly over the mouth and nose. Neck warmer style masks or masks with mesh or vents will not be permitted. The school has a limited supply of masks to give to students. If your child comes to school without a mask or a mask that does not fit well, we will call home and ask you to bring one.


During the winter months our playground can get quite icy. Mr. Wolfe works very hard to continuously put down sand around all of our entrances and walking paths. Even with the sand, we remind our students to walk carefully inside and outside of the building. There will also be recesses where our teachers may close down the structure or our hill when they become too slippery. When our students are playing on the hill, we do ask them to only slide down on their knees or bottom.

We try to get outside as much as we can. When the temperature with the wind chill is between -25 and -29, we will go out for a shortened recess of 15 minutes. When it is colder than -29 we do stay inside. We ask parents to make sure their children are dressed warm and prepared to go outside. Warm mittens, neck warmers, toques, and ski pants help to keep them warm and dry. We also ask that you put your child's name on these items as they often get misplaced and end up in the lost and found.

Smitty's Hot Lunch

PAC will be offering a Smitty's hot lunch on Tuesday February 22nd. A google form will be sent to all parents on February 11th. Please complete and pay for your students hot lunch by Friday February 18th.

Valentine's Day

Classroom teachers will be sending out information in regards to Valentine's Day celebrations. If you are asked to bring a snack, it must be nut free and prepared and individually packaged in a commercial kitchen. Please check with your child's teacher if you have any questions.


Are you looking for a more convenient way to let the school know about your child's attendance? You can enter your child's appointments and absences on the Parent Portal. You can even enter them ahead of time. The link to the Parent Portal is further down the newsletter. Check it out and give it a try!


If your child is eligible for Kindergarten Registration (must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2022), 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.


This year our Scholastic Book Fair is going to be done virtually. You can browse and order from the comfort of your home. Not only that, your books will be delivered right to your home! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place February 7 - February 18, 2022. Click on the header below to visit our school's Virtual Book Fair.


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. If you have not received the Access ID along with setup instructions for your student please call 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. Parents can access their child's report cards, attendance information and permission and consent forms through the Parent Portal.

For additional information please click on the button below.


To ensure the safety of our students and due to the congestion of our staff parking lots and bus loop areas, parents are not to enter those areas between 8:00-4:30. If you are dropping off or picking up your child, please park on the street or on the church yard (do not block entrances) across from the school. Please do not park in the parking lot of the Envision home on Penner Street.

For the safety of your child, we request that you escort your child across Henry Street, Barkman Street and Penner Street.


At times, parents or designated others pick up their children during the school day or at the end of the school day. Most homeroom teachers recognize the parents but at times we have guest teachers or the children are in Music or Phys. Ed. It is virtually impossible for these teachers to recognize all the parents or the designated “picker-uppers”. So in order to provide a safer environment, parents are asked to report to the office to sign out their children during the school day. The secretary will be happy to call your child(ren) to the office for you.

If she is unfamiliar with you she can check our files to ensure your child is being picked up by the correct person.

If you are sending a different "picker-upper" than usual at the end of the school day please write a note in your child's agenda or phone the school office before 3:00. This applies to both walking and bus students. Please work with us as we continue to implement this safety feature.

As a school safety is of utmost concern to us. We have security cameras in various locations on the premise, both inside and outside. We have an extensive crisis plan in place and a crisis team who reviews the plan on a continual basis. We practice lock downs twice per school year in order to prepare our staff and students for a real crisis should it ever happen. All of our staff are trained to be on alert for anything or anyone suspicious and report it to the Principal immediately.


We ask that parents/guardians notify the school if their child will be absent or late. There are many ways to report your absent or late child:

- Parent Portal Account

-Phone the school at 204-326-6110 between 8:00 and 9:00 am

-Leave a voicemail at 204-326-6110 before or after school hours

-Email woodlawn@hsd.ca

-Email your child's teacher (email addresses are available at woodlawn.hsd.ca. Select the About tab, select Staff)

Students arriving after 9:05 or returning from an appointment during the school day are to report to the office for an entry slip before heading to their classroom.

Thank you to everyone for cooperating in reporting to the office when picking your child up from school during the school day.


All school busses that are running late or cancelled will be posted on the Hanover School Division website at www.hsd.ca
Under the Departments tab you will find Transportation, Bus Delay Bulletins, and a list of affected busses.

The transportation department will no longer be calling individual homes when busses are delayed. When a bus route is cancelled due to weather or road conditions it may be cancelled for the a.m. and p.m. runs. If you drive your students to school, you will need to confirm whether or not your bus is operating in the afternoon. Please call transportation at 204-320-2347.

Parents will be expected to obtain information, if needed, on the status of their bus through the website. Busses that are running more than 10 minutes late on a given day will have the bus number and estimated lateness posted on the page. Homes that do not have computer access to the web should make arrangements with another family on the route whom they could contact.