Woodlawn Early Years School

October 2019 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

There are four types of student engagement at school: social engagement, emotional engagement, intellectual engagement and academic engagement.

We understand that there are times when a child is too sick to attend school, and the occasional special event or family duties that requires time away from school. A high rate of daily attendance is important for all students. Students who attend school regularly are more engaged in learning, have a greater sense of belonging in the community and are more likely to obtain a high school diploma.

Here are some eye-opening facts regarding attendance as published by Manitoba Education through their Everyone in School Every Day project.

  • If a student is 10 minutes late for class every day they will miss 6 days of instruction per year.
  • If a student misses 2 days of school per month they will miss one month of school in the school year.
  • If a student misses 15 days of school per year they will miss an entire year of school by their senior year.

Please be supportive of school attendance for your child/children. Help your child get ready for school every day through such things as home reading monitoring, regular bedtimes and planning for breakfast and lunches. We also encourage you to try scheduling doctor and dentist appointments during inservice days and school breaks when possible.

If you experience any challenges with your child wanting to come to school, the staff and I are here to offer our advice and assistance. Please don't hesitate to contact us.


Karen Fraser

Message from the Vice Principal

I can't believe we have our first month behind us! Our staff and students have been busy reconnecting with old friends and welcoming new friends. Teachers have been helping their classes develop strong routines and relationships with a focus on respect, diversity, and a love of learning. Our goal is that every child is excited to come to school each morning! Creating a positive culture of learning and respect builds the foundation for everything else that will happen this year.

As the vice principal, a part of my role is supporting behaviour. At Woodlawn we believe that we all make mistakes and that mistakes can be fixed. We also know that when a child demonstrates unexpected behaviour, we need to try our best to figure out what they need. Our teachers support social and emotional development throughout the year. With lots of children interacting on a daily basis, we understand that there will be many problems and conflicts that will occur. We like to look at these situations as teaching opportunities. Our students are young and many are just learning to communicate their feelings, especially when they are upset. When children make mistakes and behave in a negative way, their behaviour is letting us know that something is wrong. When this happens, It is important that the adults help them label their feelings and find better ways to solve their problems. Of course some behaviours are "bottom line" behaviours. When a child has uses a bottom line behaviour there are steps that are taken. The behaviour and next steps will be communicated with parents/guardians. There are consequences for bottom line behaviours that depend on the behaviour (more information about this can be found in the student handbook). When they are ready, we expect students to "make it right" with the person they have hurt or fix the problem. When negative behaviour happens it is important to focus on the behaviour and not the child's character. We believe that there is only bad behaviour, not bad children. By focusing on the behaviour we can support students to find a better way to communicate their needs next time and make sure that we are not damaging their self-esteem. We believe all children who can make positive choices will do so and it is our job to provide help when they need it.

Tara Reimer

Parent Portal/Student Information

The HSD Parent Portal is a communications 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. We encourage all parents/guardians to set up a parent portal account. With a single username and password you can access data for each of your children attending an HSD school. If you have not yet set up an account for each of your children please contact the school office the access codes and set up information.

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.


Starting in October, every Friday will be a Fun Friday! Students who have their Bucket Filling slip pulled during the week will spend lunch recess with Mrs. Reimer and Mrs. Fraser in the library. During this time the students will be able to play with things that are of interest to them. We will have options such as a Makey-Makey, Snap Circuits, board games, and a LEGO wall. Each student will be able to focus on something that they really want to explore. Mrs. Reimer and Mrs. Fraser are looking forward to seeing the students participate in activities they enjoy and it will help them get to know the students better. Every student in grade one to grade four will have a chance to participate in a Fun Friday this year.

picture day

Mark your Calendar for our School Picture Day on

Wednesday, October 16 for KG2, KM2, KN2, Gr. 1 and Gr. 2

Thursday, October 17 for KM1, KN1, Gr. 3 and Gr. 4

Picture Day information forms were sent home with all students.

For your convenience orders may be placed online. If you choose not to order online please complete the form that was sent home and return it to the school before picture day.

All students will be photographed for school service products.

For Tips on preparing for photo day visit www.lifetouch.ca

Any questions, please call Lifetouch at 1-866-457-8212 or email: guestservices@lifetouch.ca

Drive away hunger Campaign September 30-October 11

In recognition of World Food Day, our school has decided to participate in the Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger program and will be collecting donations of food for people who are hungry in our area.

By participating in this program, Farm Credit Canada will include our school in a random draw for a $500 donation to be used to make improvements at the winning school.

We would like you to send a food item to school with your child during October to support this program. All food items will be picked up and brought to South East Helping Hands. Watch for more information.

For more information on Drive Away Hunger, visit their website at www.DriveAwayHunger.ca

Below is a list of most needed food items according to the Canadian Association of Food Banks Canada:

*Pasta products and rice *Infant Formula and Baby Food

*Canned meats and fish *Flour, whole grain cereals *Beans, soups and stews *Canned fruits and vegetables *Fresh, canned and powdered milk *Packaged nuts and peanut butter *Pasta, rice and sauces

Santa's Little Helper Fundraiser

This year, we will be fundraising using a company called Santa's Little Helper. Order forms and brochures will be sent home on October 10. We are asking that all orders be sent back to the school by October 17. Students should only sell to people they know and should never go door to door to fund raise.

Extra order forms are available from the school office. If you do not wish to participate in the fundraiser please recycle the brochures.

We plan to use the profits to support student programming such as bringing arts to our school, and the Grade 4 Water Safety Program. As well these funds will be used for community building such as Bucket Filling trips to Flippers, and Fun Friday supplies and prizes.

School Attendance Reminder

If your child will be away from school or will be late or will not be returning to school after any of our nutrition/activity breaks please ensure you call the school at 204-326-6110 or email woodlawn@hsd.ca 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, leave a voice mail or enter the absence in your child's parent portal account. 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.

Parking/Pick Up/Drop off

To ensure the safety of our students and due to congestion of our staff parking lots and bus loop areas, parents are not to enter those ares between 8:15 - 4:30. Also note there is no public parking available at Entrance D (Barkman Street) at any time. All parking is reserved for school staff. If you are dropping off or picking up your child please park on Henry Street or on the church parking lot across from the school. For the safety of your child we request that you escort your child across Henry Street. For students' safety, please avoid parking along Barkman Street across from the school during 8:30 - 9:00 am and 3:30 - 4:00 pm.

Hanover Parent and Child Program

Woodlawn School and The Hanover Parent and Child Community Program would like to invite you to bring your English or German speaking preschool children to attend a weekly parent and child program offered in English and German. Come with your children to have fun, learn, play, create and sing. This program is free and provides a snack. No registration is needed, just drop in when you can.

Children enjoy playing with and learning from other children. It is important for children to be exposed to playing with other children so they learn how to share, participate in cooperative play and express themselves. Children will have the opportunity to play with a variety of toys, sing, complete crafts and learn new games.

Come join Miss Lil for the English speaking program:

When: Wednesday afternoons from 1:15 - 3:15

This program starts Sept. 18, 2019 and ends June 3, 2020

Come join Miss Gertrud for the German speaking program:

When: Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30

This program starts September 19, 2019 and ends June 4, 2020.

( Families can attend weekly or just drop in when you can.)

Please note programming will be provided at Southwood School.

****Where: Southwood School Hut C2 in Steinbach.

* We will follow the same schedule as the division school calendar in regards to school closure days.


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 Services/Transportation Services and you can select:

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.

Bus Safety Week October 21-24

Most school bus fatalities occur when children are outside the bus and 75% of these fatalities involve children under the age of nine. On October 21 and 22 we will be having Bus Evacuation Drills for all our students.

Things Parents Should Know About Bus Safety

  • School buses are the safest form of transportation
  • The most dangerous part of the bus ride is getting on and off the bus
  • Young children are most likely to be struck because they:
  • Hurry to get on and off the bus
  • Act before they think and have little experience with traffic
  • Assume motorists will see them
  • Don't always stay within the sight of the driver

Things Children Should Know About Bus Safety

  • Stand back from the curb
  • NEVER run to or from the bus
  • NEVER try to pick up something that has fallen under the bus
  • Stay in your seat and sit quietly so that the driver is not distracted
  • Wait for the driver's signal and then cross in FRONT of the bus