Woodlawn Early Years School

November 2018 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Student Led Conferences - November 22 from 4:30 - 7:20 pm for Kindergarten to Grade 4 Students

Student led conferences are an opportunity to meet with your child's teacher and to see the wonderful work that has been happening in the classroom during this past term. In the Kindergarten classes, centers will be set up and the children will guide their parents through these centers. The Kindergarten teachers will be interacting with students and their parents as they move from center to center. In grades 1-4, the teacher will conference with you and your child for a ten minute period. Your child and teacher will share his/her learning with you. Children and parents are invited to be in the room for an additional 10 minutes before or after your conference time to allow sufficient time for browsing and discussing the learning.

Communication about learning can occur effectively in student involved and student led conferences. The more student involvement there is, the more effectively the communication can support learning.

Please be aware that there may be more than one family in the classroom at the same time. If you or the teacher feel an additional private conversation is warranted without your child or another family present, this can be scheduled at a separate time, before or after the student led evening and can take place face to face or by telephone. This can be requested from either yourself or your child's teacher. Please feel free to request this from your child's teacher if required.

All parents are asked to register for student led conferences for each of their children through the parent portal. If you do not have a parent portal account set up yet and need the access code information for your child/children please contact Cheryl Braun at the school office. For your convenience there is a laptop at the office that may be used to book your appointments through your parent portal account.

Karen Fraser

Vice Principal's Message

With report cards going home this month, it is a great time to talk about one of the big focuses in our Early Year’s classrooms. We believe in teaching the whole child which means we provide our children with social emotional learning (SEL) in addition to rich academic tasks. We team up with you our families and community members to provide many learning opportunities that help our children learn about self-awareness and feelings, perspective taking, problem solving, and self-regulation to name a few of the SEL topics. Some examples of social emotional learning resources at Woodlawn are Bucket Filling, Second Steps, Roots of Empathy, working with multiple intelligences, and Zones of Regulation. Many of our classroom communities also use class meetings to work on problems that are important to their students. We believe that by helping children develop socially, emotionally and creating safe classroom communities, our children are better able to learn and approach the academics with confidence and persistence.

Tara Reimer

Report Cards

Report cards for Grade 1 -4 students will be issued on Friday, November 16th. If you would like to view your student's report card in your PowerSchool Parent Portal account please select the receive electronic reports option.

If you have not yet set up a Parent Portal account please click on the button below and follow the instructions on the HSD website to set up your account. If you need your student's access code please email chbraun@hsd.ca or phone the school. If you have any issues setting up your account please call the school office at 204-326-6110.


Student Led Conferences will take place the evening of November 22, 2018 starting at 4:30 pm. For your convenience, you will be able to book appointments for your child/children through your parent portal account starting November 7th.

If you have not set up a parent portal account yet and need the access code information for your child please call the school office. If you are having issues signing into your account please contact the school. There is a laptop available at the office which can be used to sign into your account to book your appointment. We encourage all parents to book their appointments using the parent portal.

Spenst Brothers Pizza Fundraiser

Woodlawn School's PAC is holding a pizza fundraiser to support our school with purchasing an indoor rock climbing wall. Students were given fundraising forms to take home last week. Order forms are due at the school on Friday, November 9th.. Pizzas will be available for pick up on Thursday, November 22nd from 3:30-6:30 pm.at the Lutheran Church, 465 Henry Street.

Please make cheques payable to Woodlawn PAC.

If you have any questions or concerns about this fundraiser please contact:

Carla at cjdueck@hotmail.com or Melissa at mgjoli@hotmail.com

Drive Away Hunger

In recognition of World Food Day, our school participated in the Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger program and collected donations of food for people in our area.

A huge thank you to everyone who gave towards this year's campaign. Together we collected 868 pounds of food and other much needed items! All these donations go to our local food bank, South East Helping Hands, to feed and help families in our community. Thank you for your generosity!

Picture Retake Day is Coming

Mark your calendars for picture retake day which is Friday, November 9, 2018. Please call the school office at 204-326-6110 if you would like a picture retake for your child/children.
Kindergarten parents of students in KG2, KM2 and KN2: Please bring your child to school for 10:00 am on November 9th if they require a retake.

Order portraits now at mylifetouch.ca. using picture day ID QL918382Q1. Click on the link below. Please contact Lifetouch at 1-866-457-8212 if you have any questions about picture orders.

Hot Lunch Information


Pizza is $2.00 per slice. Students place their order with their teacher first thing Wednesday mornings. For your convenience we have tickets available that are sold in sheets of 10 for $20.00. Tickets can be purchased from the school office. Please make cheques for pizza tickets payable to Woodlawn School.


Hot lunch tickets for Friday hot lunches are now available for purchase at the school office. A sheet of 10 tickets is available for $32.50. Students place their order with their teacher first thing on Friday mornings. Please check the Woodlawn November calendar for the Friday Hot Lunch options. Please make cheques for Friday Hot Lunch tickets payable to Woodlawn PAC.

Friday Hot Lunch Options for November are:

Chicken Noodle Soup & a Bun or

1/2 Turkey Wrap or

Pasta (Fettuccine)

Each item is $3.25

If you are sending cash with your child to pay for pizza or hot lunch, please send exact change.

Music News - Gr. 3 & 4 Christmas Concert

Save the Date!

Woodlawn's Grade 3 & 4 Christmas Concert will be on Thursday, December 13th at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, 360 McKenzie Avenue.

Performances are at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm.


All urban bus routes are posted on the HSD website with times and maps. Any urban or rural bus that will be late due to weather or mechanical issues is listed on the HSD website under the bus delay tab.

Go to the drop down menu of Serviceswhere you can choose:

1. School Bus Delay Bulletins where any bus that is late is posted with the approximate delay.

2. Steinbach Urban Bus Routes - Scroll down to select Woodlawn School and then select your bus number.

Thank you for checking these options before calling the Hanover School Division Transportation Department with your questions regarding bus delays and Steinbach urban bus routes times and maps. Any questions for transportation please call 204-320-2347.

Student Safety

If your child will be late or absent please notify the school in one of the following ways:

**Leave a voicemail at 204-326-6110 anytime

**Email woodlawn@hsd.ca and your child's teacher (teacher's emails available on our website at woodlawn.hsd.ca/about/staff/)

**Enter an absence request through your Parent Portal account

**Write a note in your child's agenda

**Phone the school at 204-326-6110 before 9:00

As a safety measure our policy is to phone home if we have not heard from the parent/guardian of an absent student. If necessary we will also phone workplaces and emergency contacts to make sure the student is safe. Any student that is arriving late (after 9:05) is to check in at the office before proceeding to class.


If it is necessary to pick up your child/children during the school day (9:05-3:45) please sign them out at the office. Your child may not be in their homeroom when you come for them, please allow yourself some extra time before appointments when picking up your children. We ask parents/guardians to avoid picking up children during their activity break (11:05-11:30 and 1:10-1:35 for Kindergarten students or 11:30-11:55 and 1:35-2:00 for Gr. 1-4 students) as supervisors are busy supervising outside and will not be able to easily locate your child.

The end of the day dismissal time for all students is 3:45.


In the interest of maximizing learning time in the classroom and keeping interruptions to a minimum, please make "home time" arrangements (including school pick up times, appointments and other arrangements) with your child(ren) before they leave for school in the morning.

Please write a note in your child's agenda if home time arrangements are different from your normal routine, whether your child is to go home with someone else, or to wait at the office to be picked up. Notes in the agenda will help to eliminate confusion for the student and teacher at the end of the school day (3:45).

**If you must phone the school regarding hometime arrangements for your child please do so before 2:45.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Woodlawn School and Hanover Parent and Child Community Program present:

Shake Rattle & Roll

Hanover Parent Child Community Program and participating schools present Shake Rattle and Roll! This is a free program offered to preschool children and their parents to promote physical movement. The facilitator will lead the one hour session promoting movement, coordination, listening skills, following directions, and cooperative play. No registration is required, just join in the fun!

The program will run on the following Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm :

November 7, 14, 21 & 28

December 5, & 19

January 9, 16, 23 & 30

February 6, 13, 20 & 27

March 6, 13 & 20

Healthy Living

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