Woodlawn Early Years School

May Newsletter

Principal's Message

​During the month of May the Woodlawn community will have the opportunity to attend two spring concerts showcased by our grade one and grade two classes. I would like to thank Mrs. Katie Schroeder, Mrs. Aimee Kroeker and the grade one and two teachers who are working hard in preparation for these events. I hope many of you will be able to come out and enjoy the creativity during the afternoon or the evening performance. The grade one concert will be held on May 7 and the grade 2 concert will be held on May 9.

During May Woodlawn also has the privilege of greeting our 2019-2020 Kindergarten students. The school is hosting a welcome evening on May 16 and stay and play days in early June. I look forward to meeting all the new children and their families and welcoming them to our great school community.

Our annual volunteer appreciation event takes place on May 23 where we have the opportunity to pay tribute to all the wonderful people who support us throughout the year by giving their time and energy. Thank you for your partnerships along the way.

As always, please don‛t hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions or concerns regarding programs or activities at Woodlawn School. The staff and I are happy to have a conversation with you.

Karen Fraser

Vice Principal's Message

The grade 4 students at Woodlawn School have done a great job this year giving back to their school community. As the oldest students in the school they are often looked upon as leaders.

Each grade 4 class took turns every month doing different jobs around the school. These jobs included recycling, selling milk, delivering walkie talkies, helping to change the outdoor sign, and participating in various "Bucket Filling" assemblies throughout the year.

Some grade 4 students also spent time during the lunch hour monitoring in Kindergarten classrooms and being recess coaches on the playground. Some grade 4 students were asked to be bus captains as well this year.

Grade 4 students were randomly selected at the beginning of the year to be a part of our WOW group. These ten grade 4 students worked throughout the year at various school events. The WOW students also planned and ran a snack shack in which they raised $185.00. As a group they decided to donate the money to Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue as a way to give back to an organization that works hard to help animals in need in our community.

Thanks to all of the grade 4 students who have given back to their Woodlawn Community this year. You are appreciated.

Karen Fraser


A friendly reminder, if your child will be away from school or will be late please make sure you let us know. You can communicate this by calling the school at 204-326-6110 before 9:00 am, emailing the office at woodlawn@hsd.ca, or marking your child absent on the Parent Portal. 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.

Traffic Safety

This week teachers are reviewing traffic safety with all our classes and practicing crossing the street safely. Here are some excellent resources for you to talk about traffic safety at home with your children.




Spring Picture Day - Wednesday, May 8

Spring picture day is Wednesday, May 8. Forms were sent home with students last week. Only students who return the form will be photographed. If you would like a sibling photo of your children please be sure to complete the form (including names of siblings and their classroom) and return it to the school with one of your children.

If you have a kindergarten child in KG1 or KM1 (attending on odd days) and you would like their picture taken please bring them to the school between 9:30 and 11:30 for their photo.


Staff will soon be meeting to determine class lists for the 2018-2019 school year. This is a complex process and as in previous years we are seeking parental understanding and support of this process.

It is our strong belief that the learning atmosphere in the classroom must be the first consideration in the formation of class groupings. Classes are organized to ensure Appropriate Education takes place for all students. We make every effort to minimize the potential for negative student interactions.

Staff teams strive to create classes that are heterogeneous and balanced in all respects. The following criteria (in no specific order) are considered when determining class lists:

· Student abilities

· Our knowledge of social interactions and dynamics between individual students and groups of students

· Student/teacher match

· Placement of students new to Woodlawn School

· Male/female ratio

· Parental information

· Approximately equal class sizes

Parents can assist the class formation process by:

1. Helping their children to understand the importance of class formation.

2. Supporting placements that have been made.

Given the criteria used to generate class groupings, it can sometimes be difficult to accommodate requests that we get to place a particular student with another student or group of students. It is equally difficult to accommodate requests for a particular teacher. We will do our best to accommodate requests, that are based on student specific needs, but we do not guarantee that requests will be honoured. Any such requests should be submitted in writing by May 15, 2019 to the school principal. Late requests will not be considered.

Given appropriate support at home and at school, it has been our experience that the vast majority of placements are successful. Where a placement is proving to be difficult, we ask that parents and students give it the time required for friendships and classroom community building to develop.

The name of your child(ren)’s teacher for 2019-2020 will be included with the June report card. Should you have any concerns, you are asked to put them in writing addressed to the principal. Concerns will be dealt with upon return in August 2019. Once the lists are compiled, administration tries not to make adjustments. However, certain circumstances may arise where placements need to be altered due to students leaving or enrolling, registration of new students with high needs etc. In these instances, parents will be notified in late August of the change in order to prepare your child.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to your child’s education at Woodlawn School.

Karen Fraser and Tara Reimer

2019-2020 Classroom Teachers - Not done

Mrs. Angela Martin K

Ms. Rachel Neal K


Ms. Amanda Cipriano 1C

Mrs. Jennifer Cuppage 1JC

Mrs. Heather Penner 1P

Mr. Chris Schroeder 1S

Ms. Amanda Bilvecious 1B

Ms. Kaitlin Flinta 1F

Mrs. Marlene Funk 2F

Mrs. Courtney Gangloff 2G

Mrs. Pat Reimer 2PR

Mrs. Kristen Shefield 2S

Mrs. Leah Read 2LR

Mr. Michael Bourget 3B

Mrs. Andrea Dick 3D

Ms. Kristen Reimer 3R

Ms. Cathy Toews 3T

Ms. Elana Cornelson 3C

Ms. Jordyn Shaw 3S

Mrs. Wendy Buhler 4B

Ms. Simmy Gandhi 4G

Mr. Shawn Kehoe 4SK

Mrs. Jerilyn Koslowsky 4JK

Mrs. Lisa Martens 4M


Grade 1 Presents: "Over in the Meadow" on Tuesday, May 8th at 2:00 & 6:00, a musical following curious child adventurers as they search for animals.

Grade 2 Presents:

"It's A Hit" on Thursday, May 10th at 2:00 & 6:00. Grab your peanuts, grab your cracker jack, and find a seat in the stands! The annual neighbourhood Baseball Tournament is about to begin! Cheer on us on for six innings as the Black Panther All-Stars, Red Pandas, Green Leopards, White Pitching Penguins, Blue Bird Strikers, and the Gray Wolves battle it out at the ball park. Whether at bat or in the field, whether they win or lose; they will learn how to be good sports and true All Stars!

Programs will take place at Woodlawn in the School Gym

A Coin Collection supporting a local charity will be taken on your way out of the gym.

Parking: The church lot across from the school is available for parking, please do not block entrances to the lot.

Kindergarten 2018/2019 Not done

Registration packages for children registered for Kindergarten, September 2019, will be sent home with a sibling or mailed out this week. If you registered a child and do not receive a package within the next week or so please contact the school. Woodlawn’s Welcome to Kindergarten evening is Thursday, May 16 from 4:30-6:00 and 6:30-8:00. Please join us for a fun evening of activities and information. Activities will include a story, arts & crafts, gross motor play, a tour, and even a bus ride. The Kindergarten Teachers, Resource Teachers, School Principals and our Speech Language Clinician will be available to answer questions.

If you live in Woodlawn’s catchment area and plan to send your child to Kindergarten in September 2019 but have not registered your child yet, please call Woodlawn School at 204-326-6110. Please pass this information along to any friend, neighbor or relative who may have children eligible for Kindergarten and who might not be aware of the registration process. To be eligible for Kindergarten children must be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2018.


Drop by the library on Thursday, May 17th between 8:30 and 9:00 am. We will have coffee and refreshments for you there. Then join us in the gym for a special volunteer appreciation assembly, finishing at 9:40 am. The Principals, teachers, staff and students here are so grateful for all you do to help out at our school. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Middle School Orientation - May 17 for 2018/2019 Grade 5 Students Not done

Stonybrook Middle School Orientation - Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 pm at Stonybrook Middle School

Clearspring Middle School Orientation - Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 pm at Clearspring Middle School

Grow A Row Not done

For 7 years, Woodlawn grade 3 students were involved in planting and harvesting root vegetables, for Southeast Helping Hands, in our Woodlawn Community Garden. These vegetables have benefitted families in need, from our local community. Last year, we invited families to participate in our first annual Grow a Row for Those in Need gardening campaign, and this year we are continuing this new tradition.

Participating families will fill out a pledge card and commit to donating one or more rows of root vegetables to our project. In the case of crop failure, you are under no obligation to provide produce, unless you so desire.

We will have a Harvest Jamboree in late September, to collect all the donated vegetables and present them to a representative of Southeast Helping Hands. Stay tuned for the exact date and time for this fun event.

If you do not garden, but wish to donate root vegetables that you have purchased, please feel free to do so. You can still fill out a pledge form, and we will collect your donation in late September, with details to follow.

All participating families will be provided with a burlap bag in which to bring their vegetables to school. The collection date will be announced in early to mid-September.

Thank you for your participation! We are excited to continue Woodlawn’s legacy of giving back to our local community and teaching children how to be generous, thoughtful and caring citizens.

Pledge cards will be sent home in mid-May.

Thank you in advance!

Kristen Reimer

Teacher lead

Jump Rope for Heart Not done

On Friday, June 1st, the grade 1 to 4 students in Woodlawn School will be involved in a Jump Rope for Heart event at our school. This event will involve some optional fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation with some of the proceeds going to our school. The fundraising will occur in the 3 weeks leading up to the event. Students will have the opportunity to win some fun prizes for their fundraising efforts, those prizes will be introduced during our kickoff event May 18th. May 18th will be the day that students take home their forms and can start their fundraising with June 4th being the deadline. I ask that the forms be returned even if no money was raised. Parents are welcome to accompany their child’s class the day of the event, just let their teachers know you are interested. More information about the event will come home with the forms after the kickoff event.

Jesse Adams

Phys Ed Teacher

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2018/2019 - not done

Dear Parents,

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, school principal and/or parent-teacher association 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

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

• Packaged in a Reusable Staples supplies bag

Woodlawn and Staples are excited to partner this coming school year!

Stay tuned for more information coming up!

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