Woodlawn Early Years School

September 2020 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

The start of a school year is always such an exciting time and this year, although much different is no exception. Our teachers have been busy getting their classrooms and supplies ready for their students and we are ready to welcome them back.

To our parents, thank you. We understand that sending your children to school this year, in the midst of a pandemic is challenging, to say the least. We value our partnership with you and we appreciate the words of encouragement and the support we have received these past few weeks. Positive communication between home and school is important to us and we will continue to ensure that our interactions with you are meaningful and frequent. The safety and education of your children is a privilege I and the entire staff take seriously.

Please feel free to contact me at any time throughout the school year.

Karen Fraser

Message from the Vice Principal

Dear Families,

Let me start by saying just how excited I am to welcome your children back into our school. When we are at school, we become family and I'm excited to have our family back together. Welcome to our new Kindergarten children and families. We know that this is not the start of school that you may have pictured, but know that our teachers are so incredibly excited to meet your children. Welcome to our new students and families. I may be biased, but this is wonderful place to learn and grow. You will love it here!

I know that there are so many questions still out there and you may be feeling uncertain. This is normal and I think all of us are trying to navigate this challenging time. I thank all of you for being patient with us as we try to find answers to your questions and our own at the same time. You will definitely see differences this year, but there are things that this pandemic will not change:

  • We love your children and they are the reason we are here!
  • We appreciate your support and trust that we will be there for your child every step of the way.
  • We love to have fun and we love to learn!

Woodlawn Family.... We've got this!

If you have any questions now or throughout the year, please don't hesitate to email or call me.

Tara Reimer

Important Return to School Information

  • All bus students in grades K-4 must wear a face mask if they are riding the bus. All grade 4 students must wear a mask and the grade 3 students in the grade 3/4 combined classes are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Please send your child with a ziplock bag for them to put their mask(s) in when they do no need to be wearing them (lunch, outside time).
  • Parents of non bus students are asked to drop their children off at 8:53 at the designated spot where their classroom teacher will be waiting for them. Here is our outside map. There will be many staff members available outside to help direct students and their parents. Parents will pick their children up at the same spot each day.
  • All non bus students will be dismissed at 3:15 on Wednesday, September 9. This will allow the staff to get the bus students organized. Starting on Thursday, September 10 all non bus students will be dismissed at the regular time which is 3:45.
  • If students arrive at school late for any reason they must come to the office to get a welcome slip. A staff member will get them to their classroom.
  • For the first couple of weeks students do not need to bring indoor runners. They will wear their outdoor runners all day.
  • Please be sure to read Woodlawn's Return to School Plan which includes very important information parents need to know.
  • When changes are necessary, we will communicate those changes with you via email.

Parent Portal/Student Information

The HSD Parent Portal is a communication 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 that is included here and on our school website at woodlawn.hsd.ca. Please note that some information in this handbook may be impacted by Covid-19. Please always refer to any updates found at www.hsd.ca

Balanced Day Schedule - 2020 -2021

This is our regular daily routine for the 2020-2021 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. Please use the office window in front of the school as your first contact.

Soups On

Woodlawn School works together with Soups On Steinbach to provide a breakfast and lunch program so all students may have enough food and nutrition to help them through their school day. If this is something that would be helpful to your family at this time, please let your child's teacher know. Food will be available as of the first day of school.

picture day

Mark your Calendar for our School Picture Day on

Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22.

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 nutrition 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.

Leaving times

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 Pizza, Hot Lunch, and Milk Sales are currently on hold. We will keep you posted if/when this changes. Thank-you for understanding.

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.

2020 - 2021 Woodlawn Staff


Mrs. Candace Georgijevic - KCG1

Mrs. Angela Martin - KM1 & KM2

Mrs. Kara Grant - KG1 & KG2

Grade 1

Ms. Amanda Cipriano - 1C

Mrs. Jenn Cuppage - 1JC

Mrs. Heather Penner - 1P

Mr. Chris Schroeder - 1S

Ms.Katlin Flinta - 1F

Grade 2

Ms. Kristen Falk - 2KF

Ms. Sandra Froese - 2SF

Mrs. Marlene Funk - 2MF

Mrs. Courtney Gangloff - 2G

Mrs. Leah Read - 2LR

Mrs. Pat Reimer - 2PR

Grade 3

Mr. Shawn Kehoe - 3K

Kristen Reimer - 3R

Cathy Toews (am) and Mrs. Angela Gosselin (pm)- 3T

Grade 3/4

Mr. Michael Bourget - 3/4B

Mrs. Andrea Dick - 3/4D

Mrs. Lisa Martens 3/4M

Ms. Jordyn Shaw 3/4S

Grade 4

Mrs. Wendy Buhler - 4B

Ms. Simmy Gandhi - 4G

Mrs. Jerilyn Koslowsky - 4K

Music (Gr. 2-4) - Mrs. Paula Kirland

PE (Gr. 2-4) - Mr. Jesse Adams

Music/PE (K & 1) - Ms Jessica Heier

Learning Support

Mrs. Glenda Maendel

Amanda Bilevicius

Rebecca Mackie

Literacy Support

Mrs. April Harder

Mrs. Katherine Peters

Instructional Coach - Monica Martens

School Counsellors - Ms. Sandy Caners, Rebecca Mackie, Christy Emard

Vice Principal - Mrs. Tara Reimer

Principal - Mrs. Karen Fraser

School Administrative Secretary - Mrs. Melissa Thiessen

School Secretary - Mrs. Crystal Penner

Library Support Specialist - Mrs. Sandy Loewen

Custodian - Mr. Ed Wolfe

Educational Assistants

Ms. Christy Bolisay

Mrs. Natalie Dyck

Mrs. Rose Falk

Ms. Sara Falk

Ms. Shana Heppner

Ms. Alexandra Hiebert

Mrs. Kim Houska

Mrs. Tara LeDrew

Mrs. Yvonne Neufeld

Miss Stephanie Nikkel

Ms. Carol Peters

Mrs. Esther Plett

Ms. Gabriella Sulak

Ms. Taylor Wiens


We have positions available on our PAC executive this coming year. If you are interested or have questions, please email woodlawnpac@gmail.com. Our elections happen at the AGM which will take place on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00. This meeting will take place outside in front of the school (weather permitting). Please bring a lawn chair. We are always looking to have more parents attending our monthly meetings as well.


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

Monday , September 7 - Labour Day

Tuesday, September 8 - Meet the Teacher

Wednesday, September 9 - First Day of Classes / K Interviews

Thursday, September 10 - K Interviews

Friday, September 11 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Monday , September 14 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Tuesday, September 15 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Wednesday, September 16 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Thursday, September 17 - All K Students Attend (Days 1,3,5)

Friday, September 18 - All K Students Attend (Days 2,4,6)

Friday, September 18 - Strong Connections Day 1

Monday , September 21 - Strong Connections Day 2

Friday, September 25 - Terry Fox Run

Monday , October 12 - Thanksgiving Day - No Classes

Monday-Thursday, October 19-22 - Bus Safety Week

Wednesday, October 21 - Picture Day

Thursday, October 22 - Picture Day

Friday, November 6 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Monday , November 9 - Admin Day - No Classes

Wednesday, November 11- Remembrance Day - No Classes

Friday, November 13 - Picture Retakes

Friday, November 13 - Reports Issued

Thursday, November 19 - Student Led Conferences

Thursday, December 10 - Aft/Evening Christmas Concert

Friday, December 18 - Last Day of School Before Christmas Break

Monday , January 4 - First Day Back at School After Christmas Break

Friday, January 29 - Admin/PD Day - No Classes

Monday -Friday , Feb 1-5 - Book Fair

Friday, Feb 12 - Winter Fun Day

Monday , February 15 - Louis Riel Day - No Classes

Friday, February 26 - HTA PD Day - No Classes

Friday, March 12 - Admin Day - No Classes

Friday, March 19 - Report Cards Issued

Mon-Fri , March 22-26 - Wacky Week

Tuesday, March 23 - Student Led Conferences

Friday, March 26 - Community Pancake Breakfast

Friday, March 26 - Last Day of School Before Spring Break

Monday , April 5 - First Day Back After Spring Break

Friday, April 16 - Admin/PD Day - No Classes

Tuesday, April 27 - Board/PAC Liaison Meeting

Tuesday, May 4 - Aft/Eve Spring Concert - Grade 1

Thursday, May 6 - Aft/Eve Spring Concert - Grade 2

Thursday, May 20 - Grade 5 Orientation Evenings at CMS and SMS

Tuesday, May 18 - Volunteer Appreciation Event

Monday , May 24 - Victoria Day - No Classes

Tuesday, June 29 - School Picnic - Last Day of Classes - Report Cards Issued

Wednesday, June 30 - Admin Day

Terry fox event

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run. We are currently planning to participate in the run although it will look different this year. We will send information home soon.


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.

(Kindergarten classes will take place as usual.)

Strong Connections will take place once again at Woodlawn School on September 18 and September 21. 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 18 or 21, 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.

Students will arrive at school in their normal manner (bus or other) for their scheduled day. Parents can check the Parent Portal to see 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.


Petition for Religious Exercises (2020-21)

Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious exercises be held at Woodlawn School during the 2020-21 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 has authorized religious exercises as specified above. These exercises are to be held before the official instructional day, in a designated common area of the school.

Petition for Religious Instruction (2020-21)

Hanover School Division Board of Trustees has received a petition requesting that religious instruction be held at Woodlawn School during the 2020-21 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 has passed the required by-law permitting religious instruction as specified above. This instruction is to be offered by volunteers during designated half-hour per week classes.

Parents/Guardians who did not sign the submitted petitions are eligible to join by delivering a signed note to the school office. The note must indicate the student’s name, their grade, and include a parent/guardian signature. The school principal will forward all received documentation to the HSD Administration Office. Only children whose parents/guardians signed the petition or have subsequently joined via permission note, may participate in the exercises and instruction as described above.

Hanover is a student-centred school division striving for excellence while developing skills and promoting values for a productive and wholesome life.