Southwood School

September 2021

In This Edition

-Welcome Back to School Video

-COVID-19 Self Screening Questions

-School Hours - Daily Schedule

-2021-2022 Southwood Staff

-Southwood School Cohort Map

-School Routines

-Absent From School

-Terry Fox Run

-Student Insurance

-Picture Day

-Southwood School A "Nut Aware School"

-Hanover School Division Parent Portal

-Strong Connections September 17th & 20th

-HSD Master and Year-At-A Glance Calendars

-Nutrition Bits and Bites - Southern Health Newsletter

-Southwood School Website

-Dates to Remember

COVID-19 Self Screening Questions

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School Hours for 2021-2022

Daily Schedule

8:50 a.m. - Student Drop Off at Cohort Entrances

9:08 a.m. - Announcements & O Canada / Start of Morning Classes

11:05 - 11:30 a.m.- Gr. 1-4 Morning Activity Break / K Morning Nutrition Break

11:30 - 11:55 a.m. - Gr. 1-4 Morning Nutrition Break / K Morning Activity Break

1:10 - 1:35 p.m. - Gr. 1-4 Afternoon Activity Break / K Afternoon Nutrition Break

1:35 - 2:00 p.m. - Gr. 1-4 Afternoon Nutrition Break / K Afternoon Activity Break

3:35 p.m. - Dismissal of Non-Bussing Students

3:45 - Dismissal of Bussing Students

2021 - 2022 Southwood Staff

Teaching Staff:

K1G/K2G - Christie Gudmundson

K3B - Cheri Boschman

K4H - Holly Gushulak

K5V - Mrs. Vogt

1B - Vally Bergman

1C - Tabitha Cavanagh

1G - Susan Gudmundson

1M - Mandy Murphy

1P - Brad Peters

2C - Laurie Cox

2F - Rya Fontes

2K - Sandi Kauenhofen

2N - Shania Neyron

3H - Julia Hiebert

3M - Manuel Brotzman

3P - Kristjana Peterson

3/4B - Tara Bairos

3/4J - Holly Janke

4D - Michaela Dueck

4H - Cassie Healey

4N - Marianne Neufeld

Principal - Marge Thiessen

Vice Principal - Chantal Johnson

Learning Support - Melissa Heinrichs

Learning Support - Meagan Goncalves

Learning Support - Jordan Hurton

Guidance - Courtney Baudry

Literacy Support - Donna Neufeldt

Numeracy Support - Stacey Steinhilber

Phys. Ed. - Cheryl Chernos / Kendra Friesen

Music (Gr 1- 4) - Karla Brown / Kendra Friesen

Support Staff:

Administrative Secretary - Shae Olfert

Secretary - Sherri James

Library Support Specialist - Sarah Locke

EA - Kathy Bergen

EA - Amber Freisen

EA - Hilda Hildebrand

EA - Karen Hoffman

EA - Kristy Klassen

EA - Charlene Kratavicius

EA - Martine Aronson

EA - Erica Nickel

EA - Sharon Osiowy

EA - Brittany Schinke

EA - Jennifer Schroeder

EA - Sandi Stampe-Sobering

EA - Elizabeth Ikhine

EA - Christy Bolisay

EA - Lorie Chipilski

EA - Kristina Schelenberg

Custodian - Russ Sobering

Custodial Assistant - Angela McDonald

Southwood School Cohort Map

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School Routines

If a friend or relative is picking up a child from school the parent/guardian needs to notify the school or classroom teacher by 3:00 p.m. the same day. If the friend or relative will be regularly picking up your student please have them added to the parent/guardian approved pick up list at the office.

Parking near and around our school:

·Obey the “loading zone only” areas of our streets that are marked out by yellow paint on the curbs. Parking is available behind the cross walk on 3rd street and past Barkman Ave. It is best to park on 3rd and 2nd streets, further down Barkman Avenue, or in the overflow parking available to us from the Grace Church (Please see photo below for designated parking zones). Please do not drop off your student in the in the middle of the intersections or by the stop signs for the safety of all of our students at Southwood school.

Please DO NOT park, pick up or drop off your students in the bus lane or in the staff parking lot.

-Double parking on Barkman Ave. or on 3rd Street poses a serious risk for everyone.

-There are many students that are walking along these sidewalks and streets at the end of the day. We appreciate the extra care parents are taking as they drive their children to and from school and watching out for other students.

Leaving Messages

Keep this in mind when you are leaving a message for your child…

·Call or email the school as early as possible to leave a message by 3:00 p.m. Any messages after this time are not guaranteed to make it to the student as it is extremely busy in the office.

·Keep the message simple.

·As much as possible, please make arrangements for your child the day before and send an email to the home room teacher and copy the office on it. All email addresses for staff can be found on the Southwood School website under staff.

Custodial arrangements:

If you have a situation where parenting arrangements are unique and specific you need to inform the office and classroom teacher about these arrangements. Schools are required to follow legal documents that describe Custodial arrangements.

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Absent from School

Please call the school by 9:00 am if your child is going to be absent. You may contact us in the following ways:

· Email:

· Phone: 204-326-3518

· Parent Portal - under attendance

If we have not heard from the parent/guardian of an absent student, we will be calling the home and, if needed, work places to make sure the student is safe.

Terry Fox Run - September 23rd

Southwood's annual Terry Fox Run/fundraiser for cancer will take place this year on September 23rd!

More details to come.

Student Insurance

Student Insurance

Picture Day

Picture Day will be held on October 5th & 6th. Details will be sent home in the near future on which day your child’s class will be scheduled.

Southwood School a "Nut Aware School"

We are a ‘Nut Aware’ school

At Southwood School we are committed to providing a safe environment that is inclusive for all children. In common with most other schools, we have a number of children with nut allergies. The purpose of this page is to give families the information they need to support us in providing a safe and inclusive school.

Why ‘Nut Aware’? Southwood School is ‘Nut Aware’. 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.

What is Anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. Approximately 1-2% of Canadians live with the risk of an anaphylactic reaction. Food allergies are the most common cause of anaphylaxis. The most common food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, egg and milk products. Anaphylaxis can affect multiple body systems. This can range from skin inflammation to anaphylactic shock, which is an explosive over-reaction of the body’s immune system. This can be characterized by swelling, difficulty breathing, abdominal cramps, circulatory collapse, coma and, ultimately, death.
Source: Anaphylaxis Canada

Southwood School staff receive training and information related to many life threatening conditions common in our community. These conditions include anaphylaxis, seizure disorders, and diabetes. Students with life threatening conditions have URIS (health care) plans outlining their condition and the safety procedures required of school staff members in the event of an emergency.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

Hanover School Division Parent Portal

Stay Connected and Informed! The HSD Parent Portal is a communications tool designed to enhance and increase parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children. The portal provides parents/guardians with secure online access to our Student Information System.

With a single username and password, parents/guardians can access the following information for each of their children attending an HSD school:

· Student Information (can update current address & phone numbers)

· Attendance Information (can advise the office of any absences for the day)

· School Fees Account ( can be paid online)

· Permissions & Consent Forms (can give consent for learning trips for the school year)

· Report Cards (access to previous and current report cards)

· School Information

· Grad/Credit Summary

· Change of Contact Form

Southwood School encourages you to set up your account today as we will be using this feature regularly as a communication tool along with email. Please ensure you have an email address on file and that it is current. If you have any questions regarding set up please contact Mrs. Olfert or Ms. James in the office at 204-326-3518.

Strong Connections September 17th & 20th

Strong Connections is an assessment and relationship building program designed to enhance the beginning-of-the-year connection, assessment and familiarity of each student.

These activities are not tests. It is a day to help us get to know our students from a variety of perspectives. The format for Strong Connections also provides an opportunity for teachers to extend and consolidate their understanding of each child through one-on-one interview/assessment times, and hopefully, help build a strong foundation for a positive relationship between the child and the teacher.

Approximately 240 out of Southwood’s 480 students will attend school only one of these two days.

Please understand that your family will NOT be at school either Friday or Monday.

Parents can view your student’s Strong Connection date on the Parent Portal or email the teacher; if you have more than one child, all of your children will attend on the same day.

HSD Master and Year-At-A-Glance Calendars

A reminder that our online master calendar is now live on the HSD website!

Please note: Hanover School Division has created an online version of the HSD Calendar which can be accessed using the following link:

Visit the following link for the HSD Calendar Year-At-A Glance:

Nutrition Bits and Bites - Southern Health Newsletter

Southwood School Website

Stay connected with school updates and important information by visiting our website:

Dates to Remember

September 2021

6 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

7 - Meet the Teacher by Appointment Only

8 - First Day of School for Grades 1 - 4 students

8-13 - Kindergarten staggered entrance (1/2 class)

17 & 20 Strong Connections

23 - Terry Fox Run

30 - Orange Shirt Day


5 Picture Day

6 Picture Day

11 Thanksgiving

18-21 Bus Safety Week