Woodlawn Early Years School

September 2021 Newsletter

Message from the Principals

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 Mrs. Kerri Richter (K) and Mrs. Karli Davidson (2-4 music) who are new teachers at Woodlawn.

It takes a lot of work to get a school ready for the start of the year. A big thank you to Ed Wolfe and his summer cleaning staff for making our school look great! Another big thank you to Melissa Thiessen and Crystal Penner 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.

As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we are doing so using the provincial guidelines and public health orders. I know that all of us are looking forward to a time when we can have school without the restrictions of Covid-19. This year will look different again as all students, staff, and visitors must wear masks. Our teachers will spend time teaching and talking about mask use at school. Another change from last year is that students will be able to play and share materials with other children in their class or cohort. Young children naturally gravitate to each other and we as a staff view this as a positive change from last year. We will once again be using cohorts, but this year each grade group is its own cohort.

We, as a staff recognize that the restrictions and public health guidelines can be challenging. We also know that when we work together as a school community, we can do hard things. For the first few weeks, teachers will be working hard to build a positive culture of learning in their classrooms. They will be working on building relationships with all of the students in their class. I encourage all families to make an appointment to meet your teacher on September 7. When families and school staff work together and establish positive communication and respectful relationships students benefit. We appreciate all of the families at Woodlawn and are looking forward to a great year.

Karen Fraser and Tara Reimer

september 8, 2021 - early dismissal for non-bus students


On Wednesday, September 8, (the first day of school) there will be an early dismissal at 3:15 pm for all non bus students.

All bus students are asked to stay in school for the regular dismissal. Due to our large number of bus students, all teachers will be involved in helping students locate bus lines.

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 handbook

Please take the time to read the Student Handbook. 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 - 2021-2022

This is our regular daily routine for the 2021-2022 school year. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Karen Fraser or Tara Reimer. Due to our need to social distance and manage cohorts, there have been changes to our nutrition and activity breaks. Please see the Woodlawn Return to School Plan to view the changes.

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 20 and Thursday, October 21.

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

Our hot lunch program is currently on hold. We are hoping to resume our hot lunch services shortly.

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.

2021-2022 Woodlawn Staff


KR2 Kerri Richter

KG1/KG2 Kara Grant

KM1/KM2 Angela Martin

Grade 1

1C Amanda Cipriano

1JC Jennifer Cuppage

1P Heather Penner

1G Angela Gosselin

1S Chris Schroeder

Grade 2

2LR Leah Read

2PR Pat Reimer

2MF Marlene Funk

2H Jessica Heier

2KF Kristen Falk

Grade 3

3R Kristen Reimer

3T Cathy Toews + Andrea Lepp

3K Shawn Kehoe

Grade 3/4 Combined

3/4A - Jordyn Arcand

3/4B Michael Bourget

3/4D Andrea Dick

3/4M Lisa Martens

Grade 4

4B Wendy Buhler

4G Simmy Gandhi

4JK Jerilyn Koslowsky

Music and Gym - K-1 Music & Gym Aimee Kroeker

Music and Gym - 2-4 Music Karli Davidson, 2-4 Gym Jesse Adams

Guidance Counselors - Sandy Caners, Katrina Hamilton (.5)

Learning Support - Glenda Maendel Amanda Bilevicius Katrina Hamilton (.5)

Instructional Coach - Monica Martens

Literacy Support - April Harder (.5), Katherine Peters (.5)

Principal - Karen Fraser

Vice Principal - Tara Reimer

Head Secretary - Melissa Thiessen

Secretary - Crystal Penner

Librarian - Sandy Loewen

Custodian - Ed Wolfe

Educational Assistants -

Kim Houska

Yvonne Neufeld

Natalie Dyck

Esther Plett

Stephanie Nickel

Tara Ledrew

Laura Zech

Gabriella Sulak

Sara Falk

Rose Friesen

Shana Heppner

Carol Peters

Terra-Lee Wilson

Rachel Friesen

Reetu Sethi

Felicia Nikkel


2021-2022 Important Dates

** Please be aware that any assemblies or larger group activities may be altered or cancelled based on provincial recommendations

Monday, September 6 - Labour Day

Tuesday, September 7 - PD/Admin Day

Tuesday, September 7 - Meet the Teacher

Wednesday, September 8 - First Day of Classes / K Interviews

Thursday, September 9 - K Interviews

Friday, September 10- Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Monday, September 13 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Tuesday, September 14 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Wednesday, September 15 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Thursday, September 16 - All K Students Attend (Days 1,3,5)

Friday, September 17- All K Students Attend (Days 2,4,6)

Friday, September 17 - Strong Connections Day 1

Monday, September 20 - Strong Connections Day 2

Friday, September 24 - Terry Fox Run

Monday, October 11 - Thanksgiving Day - No Classes

Mon-Thur, October 18-21 - Bus Safety Week

Friday, October 22 - MTS PD Day

Wednesday, October 20- Picture Day

Thursday, October 21- Picture Day

Wednesday, November 10 - Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, November 10 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Thursday, November 11 - Remembrance Day - No Classes

Friday, November 12 - PD Day

Monday, November 29 - Admin Day (Report Card Writing Day)

Friday, December 3 - Reports Issued

Thursday, December 9 - Student Led Conferences

Tuesday, December 21 - Aft/Evening Christmas Concert

Wednesday, December 22- Last Day of School Before Christmas Break

Thursday, January 6- First Day Back at School After Christmas Break

Friday, February 4 - PD Day- no classes

Mon-Fri, Feb 7-11 - Book Fair

Friday, Feb 18 - Winter Fun Day

Monday, February 21 -Louis Riel Day - No Classes

Friday, February 25 -HTA PD Day - No Classes

Friday, March 11 - Admin Day - No Classes

Friday, March 18 - Report Cards Issued

Mon-Fri, March 22-26 - Wacky Week

Tuesday, March 22 - Student Led Conferences

Friday, March 25 - Community Pancake Breakfast

Friday, March 25 - Last Day of School Before Spring Break

Monday,April 4- First Day Back After Spring Break

Friday, April 15 - Good Friday- no classes

Monday, April 18- PD Day - No Classes

Tuesday, May 10 - Aft/Eve Spring Concert - Grade 1

Thursday, May 12 - Aft/Eve Spring Concert - Grade 2

TBA - Volunteer Appreciation Event

Monday, May 23 - Victoria Day - No Classes

Wednesday, June 29- School Picnic and Last Day of Classes

Wednesday, June 29 - Report Cards released on Parent Portal

Thursday, June 30 - Admin Day

Terry fox event

Woodlawn School's Terry Fox Run will take place on September 23 and 24. Our students will do the run during their gym class. A route will be set up on the school grounds. We encourage students to bring a Toonie-for-Terry.

Student Accident insurance

Please read the attached information regarding voluntary student accident insurance.

- Student Accident Insurance Parent Letter

- Voluntary Student Accident Insurance Highlights

- Student Accident Insurance and Remote Learning

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 17 and 20!

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 17 or 20, 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.


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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 here on the Woodlawn School website.