Woodlawn Early Years School

December 2016 Newsletter

Principal's Message

I would like to take an opportunity to give a big thank you to all our students who worked hard, were engaged and deepened their learning during this first term. I feel so humbled by our students, staff and families and grateful for each day I get to spend leading and learning alongside this wonderful Woodlawn community.

I wish each of you a safe and peaceful holiday surrounded with love from your family and friends.

Here are some further thoughts from Dr. Marian Small, an expert in teaching and learning math, whom we are studying this year as part of our school wide goal numeracy goal.

Support your child's learning in math by...

  • encouraging your child to 'teach' you and share their thinking about math
  • Showing that you enjoy math
  • Having confidence and believing that your child can succeed in math
  • Placing the emphasis on the good thinking, not the speed or the mistakes. View mistakes as opportunities for learning.

Success in math...
  • is not just about good marks
  • reflects an enjoyment in math and builds connections
  • is about making sense of daily life and the world using math

If you are interested in further information please click the button below.


Shelley Amos

Student Led Conferences

Thank you to all the families who were able to make our student led conferences. We had a high turn out percentage once again and hope you found it to be a valuable learning experience with your child. Your partnership with us is of utmost importance to your children's success at school. If you were not able to make it I hope you've also had the opportunity to connect with your child's teacher.

Vice Principal's Message

As Vice- Principal, one of my roles is that of student behaviour. The staff at Woodlawn believe that our young students are learning all the time and that much of this learning is about getting along with others. Many of our teachers and their students have worked with our Guidance Counselor, Sandy Kehler on the principles of Restitution. Part of Restitution is the belief that everyone makes mistakes, but that when we make a mistake it is important to fix it with the person who has been harmed (through our words or our actions). Relationships are an important part of Restitution.

When I am woking with students on their behaviour, I often use the Restitution Triangle to help students try to understand how their behaviour has affected others as well as themselves. The student and I will try to determine what need they were trying to meet with their behaviour and then we talk about more appropriate ways to meet that need. I will then guide the students to help them fix their mistake.

There are of course some behaviours that are "bottom lines". When a behaviour is deemed a "bottom line" behaviour there is usually some sort of consequence that follows. Parents are notified and school and home work with the child to fix the mistake and work on meeting needs in a more appropriate way. The important part of Restitution is to always make sure relationships are intact. Children need to know that making a bad choice is very different than being a bad person.

If you have any questions at all please feel free to come and talk to me. My door is always open.

I would like to personally wish all of you a very joyous holiday season. Be safe and enjoy spending time with your friends and family.

Karen Fraser

For more information visit: https://rebeccagrayblog.wordpress.com/the-restitution-triangle/

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Woodlawn School is doing a toy drive this year in order to support families in our community through Southeast Helping Hands.

We will be collecting new unwrapped toys for ages newborn to 17 (no weapons or violent toys please). The toy drive will run from Monday, November 28 – Friday, December 9, 2016. For every toy that a child contributes, their class will receive one ballot to enter for a chance to win a pizza party for their class.

This holiday season help to make sure that everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

Thank you for your support.


Woodlawn's Grade 3 and 4 students will be presenting a Christmas Concert titled "Snowed In".

"All the students have just arrived at school when Principal Famous and Principal Blazer get a troubling weather forecast. A blizzard is on the way, and it's coming soon! So soon, that the buses can't make it back in time to pick up the kids. Everyone is Snowed In! Watch as each class passes a long day and night at school, with wacky holiday games, hot chocolate, snowflake dances, and remembering what the true meaning of Christmas is" .

Each class will be featured instrumentally for one of the songs! The concert will be held at the Emmanuel Free Church (360 Mackenzie Ave), and parents are welcome to attend either concert (2 or 7pm)!

Please note that the evening concert is usually very full! Please consider attending the afternoon concert if at all possible! Woodlawn's Afternoon Kindergartens, Grade 1, and Grade 2 students will also attend this concert.

A goodwill offering supporting Steinbach Community Outreach will be taken halfway through the concert. The grade 1 classes will also be selling their homemade gingerbread cookies in the lobby for $0.50 with proceeds also going to Steinbach Community Outreach, a program that supports people in our own community who struggle with the basic necessities in life such as food, clothing and shelter. Thanks for your support!

For those parents attending our annual Christmas Concert, I would like to thank you in advance for having your younger or older children stay under your direct supervision at all times during the concert performances. We must be respectful of the Church and its property. Younger and older siblings are not allowed to wander in the vestibule, rooms or upstairs while we are using the facility. Thank you for cooperating with this request.


If you send Christmas treats to school with your child please do not send anything containing peanuts/nuts or peanut/nut products.
We have students with severe allergies to peanuts and appreciate your help in keeping all our students safe.

It is appreciated when a list of the ingredients is also sent so that the teacher may check carefully for any other allergies.


In the interest of maximizing learning time in the classroom and keeping interruptions to a minimum please make home time arrangements with your child(ren) before they leave for school in the morning.
Please write a note in the agenda if home time arrangements are different from your normal routine, whether your child is going home with someone else or being picked up at the end of the day.
If you are picking your child up for an appointment during the school day please sign your child out at the office and the secretary will call your child to meet you at the office. It is difficult to locate students on the playground during recesses and we ask that if you must pick up your child during the school day you avoid recess times.


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 Departments/Transportation where 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.


As we all know the weather in Manitoba can change from one moment to the next. Please send your children dressed to deal with the elements. Good boots, mittens,and a hat added to ski pants and a parka makes all the difference between a child enjoying the outdoors or tolerating it. Please label all your child's outwear items as our young students often lose or forget items in various places!

Students are encouraged to go out for recess because it is important to get some fresh air during the day. Remember germs, not cold air, cause illness.

Weather and grounds permitting, all students play outdoors until 8:53 in the morning. Our cold weather policy is to keep students inside at recess when the wind chill factor is –30 or greater. Outside recess times will be shortened if the wind chill is between –25 and –29 Celsius.


When extreme weather or road conditions call for a school closure you will receive a recorded phone call from Superintendent Randy Dueck beginning at 6:45 am. This additional communication effort is to help ensure that all students will be aware of school closures and no students will find themselves in an unsafe situation where they may be facing extreme weather unnecessarily. When school is cancelled due to weather and road conditions there are no staff members at the school. If your phone number has changed since the beginning of the school year please call the office at 204-326-6110 to update your information.

Schools will be closed due to extreme cold when the temperatures in most locations in the division are

–35 degree Celsius or colder with –45 degree Celsius or colder wind-chill.


The Resource department is in need of a variety of sizes of clean, used clothing such as pants, sweatpants, socks and sweatshirts for girls and boys. Sometimes parents are unable to bring a change of clothes for a child that has had an accident or fallen in a puddle and these items come in very handy. If you are able to donate clothing items please drop them off at the school office.
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Shake, Rattle & Roll

Woodlawn School and Hanover Parent and Child Community Program present:

Shake Rattle & Roll

This is a parent and preschool child gym program to promote physical movement and development. Come and your children will play games, sing, and have fun while building co-ordination, body awareness, ability to follow directions and social development.

The program will run on the following Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00:

November 3, 10, 17 and December 1 & 8.

January 12, 26 and February 2, 9, 16 & 23