Woodlawn Early Years School

March Newsletter

Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the second term of the school year. The grade K-4 report cards will be issued on Friday, March 15. Our Student Led Conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 19. We look forward to sharing our learning journey with families. We look forward to working hard during the third term supporting academic and social emotional growth.

Our grade 4 WOW students (Woodlawn Outstanding Workers) have been working hard behind the scenes to plan fun events for the rest of the students at Woodlawn. The first event they have planned will take place from Monday, March 4 - Thursday, March 7 during the second nutrition break. They have planned to host a Snack Shack as a fundraiser for Cancer Care Manitoba. Last month they met with a nurse from Cancer Care and decided that they want to raise money for families dealing with Cancer in the Steinbach area. All proceeds from the Snack Shack will go to purchasing gas cards for families with children who have to travel to Winnipeg for treatments and/or for items that are needed at Cancer Care in Steinbach.

The WOW students have also planned Wacky Week which will take place from Monday, March 18- Friday, March 22. Stay tuned for more information.

On Friday, March 22 we will be hosting our Community Pancake Breakfast. All families are invited to come and have some pancakes with us starting at 8:00. We hope to see all of you there!

Karen Fraser

Vice Principal's Message

This year's I love to Read month was a success. Everyone was encouraged to find things they loved to read. Our students learned that they can read books, signs, maps, magazines, non-fiction, fiction, and so much more. If you walked around the school, you may have noticed pictures of our teachers with their favourite books. Students and staff were also busy this month sharing book talks or book recommendations which was a good way to learn about books or reading materials that they may want to search out for themselves. As a celebration of I love to Read, our whole school took time out of their day to read together (staff included). We also had a fun time dressing up like characters from stories that we have read.

We hope all of you have a wonderful and safe Spring Break.

Tara Reimer

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES - MARCH 19, 2019 4:30-8:00 pm

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. 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 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 a student led conference appointment for each of their children through their parent portal account.

For your convenience, you will be able to book appointments for your child/children through your parent portal account starting March 4th. We ask all parents to register for an appointment by the end of the day on March 18th. If you are having difficulties booking your appointment or do not have internet access please call the school between 10:00 and 2:00 for assistance.

Woodlawn PAC March News

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who volunteered at the Scholastic Book Fair; your help was greatly appreciated! The Book Fair was a huge success!

TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: We would like to thank all our teachers and support staff for their hard work and dedication to the education of our students. The PAC has started planning a Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week for March 18th - 22nd and are looking for a team of volunteers (parents and students) who would like to help in various ways. If you would like more information, please contact Tanya Penner at woodlawnpac@gmail.com

PAC INFORMATION: PAC news, events, meeting dates, and contact information can all be found on our website at www.woodlawn.hsd.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council.

You can also follow us on: Instagram: www.instagram.com/woodlawnpac2019/

Twitter: www.woodlawn.hsd.ca/twitter/

Tanya Penner Chairperson Woodlawn Parent Advisory Council

Wacky Week at Woodlawn - March 18-22

Every year during the last week before Spring Break, we take some time to build community by having some extra fun. Regular classes still take place, but each day is designated to have something a little extra special. Here is the lineup of special events for this year.

Monday, March 18: Jersey, Hat and Gum Day

Tuesday, March 19: Wear Green to Support Cerebral Palsy Month. Bring a loonie or toonie if you can to support!

Wednesday, March 20: Inside Out Day

Thursday, March 21: Fancy Formal Day

Friday, March 22: Pancakes and Pyjamas! Eat pancakes! Wear PJs, slippers, bring stuffed animals.


Woodlawn School will be hosting its annual Community Pancake Breakfast on Friday, March 22 starting at 8:00 in the gym. All families are welcome to join us. Students whose families are unable to attend will be invited into the gym as they arrive at school so that they too can enjoy some yummy pancakes.

There is no cost for the breakfast, however donations will be graciously accepted. If you would like to make a donation and would like a tax receipt, please write a cheque payable to The Hanover School Division. To qualify for a tax receipt donations must be $25.00 or more. All proceeds from this event will go to supporting Steinbach Community Outreach. We thank you in advance for your support.


Please check the lost and found for items that your child may be missing. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold these items indefinitely. Any unclaimed items in the lost and found after March 22nd will be donated to the Steinbach MCC Thrift Store during Spring Break.


Thank you to our Woodlawn community for your outstanding support for our Book Fair this year. Parents and students purchased $7020.75 worth of books, posters and school tools. Our school is receiving $2000.00 in products to help enrich our classrooms and $805.00 in cash for the library from Scholastic. Our seating area that was added last year has been such a hit that we would like to add another comfy seating area for students.

Thank-you for your continued support of the Classroom Wish List program. So many classes benefited from the generous gift of a book for their classrooms. It is greatly appreciated.

What would we do without the volunteers? Our book fair wouldn't survive. Thank you to the many volunteers for getting up early and braving our first day madness and being there for lunch hour and after school. Your support is amazing. Thank you for making our fair a great success.
I am looking forward to next year.
Sandy Loewen
Library Support Specialist


Staff or parent vehicles caught driving by a bus loading/unloading with lights flashing may be reported by the bus driver or receive a ticket directly from the RCMP who are monitoring drive-bys, including school bus loops. This is a very costly mistake.

Please take note of the 30 km/h area school zone signs on streets around our school. The 30 km/h speed limit is in effect Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 pm during the school year.

Please do not use the driveway or parking lot at Woodlawn Terrace Condominiums as a holding spot while dropping off or picking up your children.


All students in grade 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to go skating in March. Class notices and informed consent forms will be sent home and parents are asked to have helmets fitted and skates sharpened in preparation for the fun. If you absolutely cannot beg, borrow or buy the equipment, we do have some basic skates and helmets as a back up at the school. I welcome any parents who have any extra equipment they may want to share to call me so that all students can join in the fun! Please be aware that hockey sticks are not allowed to be transported on the school division buses. If your child would like to bring a stick please make arrangements to drop it off and pick it up at the school.

We also welcome and need parents to come out and help with supervision, tying skates and possibly sharing your own expertise in the sport.


Mr. Jesse Adams


Parents and Volunteers Please Note…

An important reminder...the office should be your first stop when you enter the school building during the school day. This minimizes disruptions to teachers during their teaching and keeps us accountable as to who is in our building. The secretary will be happy to assist you at the office. Please use the main doors on Henry Street to enter the school. Stopping in at the office allows us to ensure that we know of everyone who is in the building should we need to contact you or should we have to evacuate the school for any reason.

If you are volunteering please remember to sign in at the office and take a volunteer badge.

If you are picking up your child during the school day (between 9:08 and 3:45) please sign your child out at the office. The secretary will call your child to the office to meet you.

If you have something to drop off for your child, please label the item with your child’s name and homeroom, and drop it off at the office. The secretary will call your child to the office to pick up the item.