Southwood School Newsletter

December 2020

In This Edition

-New PD Days

-Holiday Dress Up Week

-7 Days of Winter

-Southwood School Cookbook

-December Zoom Assembly

-Thank You For Participating

-Online Registration for Kindergarten

-Southern Health Nutrition Newsletter

-Messages from the Office

-Upcoming Events

New PD Days

As you are aware, we had 3 extra PD days added to the school calendar:

November 30

December 7

February 26

There will be no classes on these days (both in class and online) but they WILL NOT affect the school day cycle which means:

December 1 remains Day 2

December 8 remains Day 1

March 1 remains Day 6

Holiday Dress-Up Week! - December 14th to 18th

We hope you will join in and have some fun bringing Christmas cheer to school this year! Even if you are learning from home we want to see you dress up and participate. You will earn house color points for every day you participate.

Monday - Christmas Clothing!

*Wear your Christmas sweater or other Christmas themed/pattern clothing!

Tuesday - Holiday Headwear!

*Wear your favourite holiday head gear! (Santa hat, reindeer antlers, elf hat, Christmas headband etc) Bonus house points if you have a matching outfit!

Wednesday - Christmas Tree Day!

*How closely can you make yourself resemble a Christmas tree? Pin some Christmas ornaments and garland to your clothes! How far you go is up to you!

Thursday - Christmas Colors Day!

*There is more than just red & green - Candy cane (red & white), Classic Christmas (red & green), Night Before Christmas (blue, black & yellow), Shimmer and Shine (gold & silver), Christmas Tree (yellow, green shirt & pants)

Friday - The Night Before Christmas Pajama Day!

*Let's see your best Christmas Pajamas!

7 Days of Winter

Winter is a season of recovery and preparation. Winter is not just a season, it's a celebration. Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth. It will be important for all of us, in the midst of the challenges in our world today, to take time to relax and reflect. Reflect on the things we can be thankful and grateful for. Reflect on moments with loved ones from our past and present.

This year, the students at Southwood School want to help you appreciate the wonders of Winter and reflect on the good things in our lives with our “7 Days of Winter”. It’s true that our traditional concert will look different, but the students and staff found a creative way to celebrate the season.

On seven different days, we will share a video link that will connect you with the images, sounds, and stories that make this season special for our students. We hope you are able to sit back, relax and enjoy our student presentations. We hope it takes you to a place of joy and gratitude. Feel free to share the link with grandparents, friends, and family. Below you will find the dates and our student house colour groups that are providing that day's presentation.

7 Days of Winter from Southwood

December 9th - Pink Flamingos

December 10th - Green Gators

December 11th - Purple Panthers

December 14th - Yellow Yakity Yaks

December 15th - Red Rockets

December 16th - Blue Coyotes

December 17th - Orange Orangutans

We hope you enjoy these presentations. On behalf of the students and staff at Southwood School, we will you a safe and joyous holiday season.

If you can't come to school, bring a little piece of school home with you!

Southwood School Cookbook - $10

In 2019 Southwood School published a collection of recipes from our families. From appetizers to main courses, soups to salads, and breads to deserts, you are sure to find a recipe that will become a new family favorite!

Check out these recipes:

Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl

Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos

Autumn Bread


Coca Cola Cake

Paleo Waffles


Purchase one at the office for your family or also makes a great Christmas gift!

December 18th Zoom Assembly!

Don't forget to tune in from home on December 18th at 2:15 p.m. when we have our LAST assembly of the year! We will send out the zoom link to you so you can all watch from home. We will have special guest, Corny Rempel reading a holiday story using his many distinct character voices!

Thank You!

We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who were able to help out with our caring projects this fall. A lot of food items were brought in for our Drive Away Hunger which was donated to South East Helping Hands. As well, many food items and gifts were brought in to support the Steinbach Community Christmas project. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Online Registration for Kindergarten

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year will open on January 4, 2020. To be eligible, Children must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2021. The registration process will take place online at If you do not have access to the Internet, please visit the school office and we can assist you in completing the registration on a school computer. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to register their children soon after registration opens in January. Early registration will assist us in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Registering before March 1, 2021, will ensure there is sufficient time for school appointments and provide parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in Kindergarten orientation activities. Visit for registration instructions.

Messages from the Office...

Winter is here...

Students need to be dressed and ready to play outside! The morning and afternoon activity breaks are 25 minutes each. The actual time that the children are really outside depends on how quickly they are able to bundle up! They look forward to this time of socializing and playing in this wonderful fresh snow. Good boots, mittens and a hat - added to ski pants and parka will make all the difference between a child enjoying the outdoors or tolerating it.

The following guideline will be used for deciding when indoor recess should occur:

  • -30 degrees Celsius (with wind chill) - indoors for all recess
  • -25 to - 30 degrees Celsius (with a wind chill) partial recess indoors

In the case of multiple indoor recesses due to cold weather, teachers may choose to take their class outside for a 5 - 10 minute break if needed. At these times, the class will be very closely supervised.

Our source - We check the Environment Canada website for up-to-date weather information: Please check the Hanover School Division website for school closures information:

Upcoming Events


Dec 7 - Admin Day - No Classes

Dec 9 - 17 - 7 Days of Winter

Dec 14 - 18 - Christmas Dress Up Week

Dec 18 - Last day of school before Christmas break

Dec 18 - Assembly 2:15 pm

Dec 21 - Jan 1 - Christmas Break


Jan 4 - First day of classes

Jan 4 - Kindergarten Online Registration open for fall 2020

Jan 7 - Assembly 9:00am

Jan 22 - Assembly 2:00pm