Woodlawn Early Years School

May Newsletter

Principal's Message

​ During the month of May the Woodlawn community will have the opportunity to attend two spring concerts showcased by our grade one and grade two classes. I would like to thank Mrs. Katie Schroeder, Mrs. Brandie Funk and the grade one and two teachers who are working hard in preparation for these events. I hope many of you will be able to come out and enjoy the creativity during the afternoon or the evening performance.

During May Woodlawn also has the privilege of greeting our 2017-2018 Kindergarten students. The school is hosting a welcome evening and stay and play days. I look forward to meeting all the new children and their families and welcoming them to our great school community.

Our annual volunteer appreciation event takes place on May 18 where we have the opportunity to pay tribute to all the wonderful people who support us throughout the year by giving their time and energy. Thank you for your partnerships along the way.

As always, please don‛t hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions or concerns regarding programs or activities at Woodlawn School. The staff and I are happy to have a conversation with you.

New Logo for Woodlawn!

Woodlawn School unveiled a new logo during April. The following is an explanation of how each part of the logo represents Woodlawn as an early years school.

Owl: Learning

Earth: Humanity, Inclusion, Equality

Leaf: Sustainability, Environment

The W and the colour: History and traditions of Woodlawn

Vice Principal's Message

The grade 4 students at Woodlawn School have done a great job this year giving back to their school community. As the oldest students in the school they are often looked upon as leaders.

Each grade 4 class took turns every month doing different jobs around the school. These jobs included recycling, selling milk, delivering walkie talkies, helping to change the outdoor sign, and participating in various "Bucket Filling" assemblies throughout the year.

Some grade 4 students also spent time during the lunch hour monitoring in grade 2 classrooms and being recess coaches on the playground. Some grade 4 students were asked to be bus captains as well this year.

Grade 4 students were randomly selected at the beginning of the year to be a part of our WOW group. These ten grade 4 students worked throughout the year at various school events. The WOW students also planned and ran a snack shack in which they raised $245.93. As a group they decided to donate the money to Soups On as a way to give back to an organization that does so much for our school and our students.

Thanks to all of the grade 4 students who have given back to their Woodlawn Community this year. You are appreciated.

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A friendly reminder, if your child will be away from school or will be late or will not be returning to school after lunch please ensure you call the school at 204-326-6110 before 9:00 am or email woodlawn@hsd.ca to let us know. For your convenience, you may also leave a voicemail message before 8:00 am or after 4:30 pm. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent please write a note in their agenda. 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.


Staff will soon be meeting to determine class lists for the 2017-2018 school year. This is a complex process and as in previous years we are seeking parental understanding and support of this process.

It is our strong belief that the learning atmosphere in the classroom must be the first consideration in the formation of class groupings. Classes are organized to ensure Appropriate Education takes place for all students. We make every effort to minimize the potential for negative student interactions.

Staff teams strive to create classes that are heterogeneous and balanced in all respects. The following criteria (in no specific order) are considered when determining class lists:

· Student abilities

· Our knowledge of social interactions and dynamics between individual students and groups of students

· Student/teacher match

· Placement of students new to Woodlawn School

· Male/female ratio

· Parental information

· Approximately equal class sizes

Parents can assist the class formation process by:

1. Helping their children to understand the importance of class formation.

2. Supporting placements that have been made.

Given the criteria used to generate class groupings, it can sometimes be difficult to accommodate requests that we get to place a particular student with another student or group of students. It is equally difficult to accommodate requests for a particular teacher. We will do our best to accommodate requests, that are based on student specific needs, but we do not guarantee that requests will be honoured. Any such requests should be submitted in writing by May 15, 2017 to the school administration. Late requests will not be considered.

Given appropriate support at home and at school, it has been our experience that the vast majority of placements are successful. Where a placement is proving to be difficult, we ask that parents and students give it the time required for friendships and classroom community building to develop.

The name of your child(ren)’s teacher for 17/18 will be included with the June report card. Should you have any concerns, you are asked to put them in writing addressed to administration. Concerns will be dealt with upon return in August 2017. Once the lists are compiled, administration tries not to make adjustments. However, certain circumstances may arise where placements need to be altered due to students leaving or enrolling, registration of new students with high needs etc. In these instances, parents will be notified in late August of the change in order to prepare your child.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to your child’s education at Woodlawn School.

Shelley Amos Karen Fraser

Principal Vice Principal


Grade 1 Presents: "Oceans of Fun" on Tuesday, May 9th at 2:00 & 6:00, an under the sea musical that explores interesting facts about ocean creatures.

Grade 2 Presents: "When I Grow Up"on Thursday, May 11th at 2:00 & 6:00, a musical that encourages kids to dream big and work hard for their goals

Programs will take place at Woodlawn School Gym

A Coin Collection supporting a local charity will be taken on your way out of the gym.

Parking: The church lot across from the school is available for parking, please do not block entrances to the lot.

Kindergarten 2017/2018

Registration packages for children registered for Kindergarten, September 2017, have been sent home with a sibling or mailed out. If you registered a child and did not receive a package please contact the school. Woodlawn’s Welcome to Kindergarten evening is Tuesday, May 16 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Please join us for a fun evening of activities and information. Activities will include a story, arts & crafts, gross motor play, a tour, and even a bus ride. The Kindergarten Teachers, Resource Teachers, School Principals and our Speech Language Clinician will be available to answer questions.

If you live in Woodlawn’s catchment area and plan to send your child to Kindergarten in September 2017 but have not registered your child yet, please call Woodlawn School at 204-326-6110. Please pass this information along to any friend, neighbor or relative who may have children eligible for Kindergarten and who might not be aware of the registration process. To be eligible for Kindergarten children must be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2017.


Drop by the library on Thursday, May 18th between 8:30 and 9:00 am. We will have coffee and refreshments for you there. Then join us in the gym for a special volunteer appreciation assembly, finishing at 9:40 am. The Principals, teachers, staff and students here are so grateful for all you do to help out at our school. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Middle School Orientation - May 18 for 2017/2018 Grade 5 Students

Stonybrook Middle School Orientation - Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm at Stonybrook Middle School

Clearspring Middle School Orientation - Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm at Clearspring Middle School

Grow A Row

For the last 7 years, Woodlawn grade 3 students have been involved in planting and harvesting root vegetables for Southeast Helping Hands, in our Woodlawn Community Garden. These vegetables have benefitted families in need, from our local community.

We would like to expand this worthwhile venture to include more Woodlawn families, and to enable more students to contribute to helping others. We would like to invite you to participate in Woodlawn’s first annual: Grow a Row for Those in Need gardening campaign.

Participating families will fill out a pledge card and commit to donating one or more rows of root vegetables to our project. In the case of crop failure, you are under no obligation to provide produce, unless you so desire.

We will have a Harvest Jamboree in late September, to collect all the donated vegetables and present them to a representative of Southeast Helping Hands. Stay tuned for the exact date and time for this fun event.

If you do not garden, but wish to donate root vegetables that you have purchased, please feel free to do so. You can still fill out a pledge form, and we will collect your donation in late September, with details to follow.

All participating families will be provided with a burlap bag in which to bring their vegetables to school. The collection date will be announced in early to mid-September.

Thank you for your participation! We are excited to continue Woodlawn’s legacy of giving back to our local community and teaching children how to be generous, thoughtful and caring citizens.

Pledge cards will be sent home in mid May.

Thank you in advance!

Jump Rope for Heart

On Thursday, June 1st, the grade 1 to 4 students in Woodlawn School will be involved in a Jump Rope for Heart event at our school. This event will involve some optional fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation with some of the proceeds going to our school, which will occur in the 3 weeks leading up to the event. Students will have the opportunity to win some fun prizes for their fundraising efforts, those prizes will be introduced during our kickoff event May 12th. May 12th will be the day that students take home their forms and can start their fundraising with June 2nd being the deadline. I ask that the forms be returned even if no money was raised. Parents are welcome to accompany their child’s class the day of the event, just let their teachers know you are interested. More information about the event will come home with the forms after the kickoff event.


Dear Parents,

To help make Back to School as easy as possible for parents, Staples offers School Tools—complete school supply kits for students containing supplies that have been selected and approved by your child’s teacher, school principal and/or parent-teacher association as primary choices for the year ahead.

The School Tools Program allows you to view and order the upcoming year’s required supplies list for your child, as specified by their teacher, and is a very efficient way to ensure that your child has all of the core supplies they need on their first day back.

Why choose Staples School Tools?

• It’s the quickest and easiest way to purchase your child’s teacher-selected items for class

• Guaranteed quality in all products chosen

• Competitive pricing means great value for your money

• School-year product guarantee – Enjoy hassle-free product replacement at any Staples store

• Packaged in a Reusable Staples supplies bag

Woodlawn and Staples are excited to partner this coming school year!

Stay tuned for more information coming up!


WISE Kid-Netic Energy Science & Engineering day camp is coming to Steinbach again this summer!

When: July 31-August 4, 2017

Where: Southwood School

Each day campers will explore a different theme through fun hands-on activities. This year’s theme days include Space Discovery, Medical Science, Mining, Sustainability and Genetics. Registration is $100 and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 30 camper spots available, open to youth ages 9 – 12, by December 31, 2017. Special thanks to Hanover School Division for once again sponsoring camp, and in doing so helping to keep registration costs down for families. Registration is available online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca. Sign up today!

For more info:

Phone: 1-204-474-9340

Toll Free: 1-800-432-1960 ext. 9340

Fax: 1-204-474-7644

Email: wise@kidneticenergy.ca

Facebook: facebook.com/wisekidnetic

Twitter: @WISE_KidNetic

Manitoba Summer Fair

The Manitoba Summer Fair takes place June 7th – 11th in Brandon at the Keystone Centre. In addition to the midway rides (provided by North American Midway Entertainment) we will have the People of the Plains Pavilion, a soccer tournament, the RCMP Musical Ride (Wednesday and Thursday evening only), a Heavy Horse and Light Horse Show, Mini-Chuck Wagon races, the midway market, tons of fair food and of course Doodles the Clown!!

The Manitoba Summer Fair is offering free tickets to youth 6 to 12 years of age. For further information on the Fair please click on the button below.