Woodlawn Early Years School

March Newsletter

Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the second term of the school year. The grade K-4 report cards will be issued on Friday, March 20. Our Student Led Conferences will take place on Tuesday, March 24. We look forward to sharing our learning journey with families. We also look forward to working hard during the third term to support academic and social emotional growth.

The grade 4 WOW students from 4M worked hard helping out with I Love to Read month. They collected gently used books that will be distributed to families who do not have many books at home. They also gave up many recesses to read to the Kindergarten and grade 1 students. The younger students loved the Elephant and Piggy books the grade 4 students picked!

If you would like your students to receive some of the books that were collected from the book drive please send an email to woodlawn@hsd.ca. We will make sure your child has a chance to pick some books that they will enjoy. They can even pick some for their younger siblings!

On Friday, March 27 we will be hosting our Community Pancake Breakfast. All families are invited to come and have some pancakes with us starting at 8:00. We hope to see all of you there!

Karen Fraser

Vice Principal's Message

February seemed to go by so quickly with lots of fun I Love To Read activities. It was great to see lots of guest readers in our school over the month from our division and community. As we head into March, we have lots to look forward to as well. 4JK is our WOW class for March and April and have already started planning their leadership experiences. They will be running a snack shack at the end of March. They will be selling healthy snacks to tie into our Nutrition Month. More details will come out closer to the end of March. They will also be looking at ways to help build healthy eating habits with a school wide "healthy eating challenge".

We have already been experiencing some warmer temperatures outside. Please keep in mind that our mornings can still be quite chilly when our kids play outside before school. It is important that they are still dressed for these colder mornings.

Tara Reimer

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES - MARCH 24, 2020 - 4:30-8:00 pm

Student led conferences are an opportunity to meet with your child's teacher and to see the wonderful work that has been happening in the classroom during this past term. The teacher will conference with you and your child for a ten minute period. Your child and teacher will share his/her learning with you. Children and parents are invited to be in the room for an additional 10 minutes after your conference time to allow sufficient time for browsing and discussing the learning.

Communication about learning can occur effectively in student involved and student-led conferences. The more student involvement there is, the more effectively the communication can support learning.

Please be aware that there may be more than one family in the classroom at the same time. If you or the teacher feel an additional private conversation is warranted without your child or another family present, this can be scheduled at a separate time, before or after the student led evening and can take place face to face or by telephone. This can be requested from either yourself or your child's teacher. Please feel free to request this from your child's teacher if required.

All parents are asked to register for a student led conference appointment for each of their children through their parent portal account.

For your convenience, you will be able to book appointments for your child/children through your parent portal account starting March 10th. We ask all parents to register for an appointment by the end of the day on March 23rd. If you are having difficulties booking your appointment or do not have internet access please call the school between 10:00 and 2:00 for assistance.

Woodlawn PAC March News

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who volunteered at the Scholastic Book Fair; your help was greatly appreciated! The Book Fair was a huge success!

STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: We would like to thank all our teachers and support staff for their hard work and dedication to the education of our students. The PAC has started planning a Staff Appreciation Week for March 23rd - 27th and are looking for volunteers who would like to help in various ways. Check out our volunteer opportunities.


If you would like more information, please contact Tanya Penner at woodlawnpac@gmail.com

PAC INFORMATION: PAC news, events, meeting dates, volunteer opportunities, and contact information can all be found on our website at www.woodlawn.hsd.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council.

You can also follow us on: Instagram: www.instagram.com/woodlawnpac2019/

Twitter: www.woodlawn.hsd.ca/twitter/

Wacky Week at Woodlawn - March 23rd - 27th

Every year during the last week before Spring Break, we take some time to build community by having some extra fun. Regular classes still take place, but each day is designated to have something a little extra special. Here is the lineup of special events for this year.

Monday, March 23: Hat and Gum Day

Tuesday, March 24: Wear your Teacher's Favourite Colour

Wednesday, March 25: Crazy Hair Day

Thursday, March 26: Class Chosen Organization Day (each class will choose an organization to build awareness about and will dress in a colour that makes sense)

Friday, March 27: Pancakes and Pyjamas! Eat pancakes! Wear PJs, slippers, bring stuffed animals.


Woodlawn School will be hosting its annual Community Pancake Breakfast on Friday, March 27th starting at 8:00 in the gym. All families are welcome to join us. Students whose families are unable to attend will be invited into the gym as they arrive at school so that they too can enjoy some yummy pancakes.

There is no cost for the breakfast, however donations will be graciously accepted. If you would like to make a donation and would like a tax receipt, please write a cheque payable to The Hanover School Division. To qualify for a tax receipt donations must be $25.00 or more. All proceeds from this event will go to supporting Steinbach Community Outreach. We thank you in advance for your support.


Please check the lost and found for items that your child may be missing. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold these items indefinitely. Any unclaimed items in the lost and found after March 27th will be donated to the Steinbach MCC Thrift Store during Spring Break.



Thank you to our Woodlawn community for another outstanding Book Fair. Parents and students purchased $6,750.00 of books, posters and school tools. Our school is taking $1,000.00 in products to help enrich our classrooms and $1162.00 in cash for the library.

Thank you for your continued support of the Classroom Wish List program. So many classes benefited from the gift of a book for their classrooms. It is greatly appreciated.

What would we do without the volunteers? Our book fair wouldn’t survive. Thank you PAC for organizing the volunteers. Thank you to the many volunteers for getting up early and braving the first day madness and for being there at lunch and after school. Your support is amazing. You make our book fair a great success.

Mrs. S. Loewen

Library Support Specialist


Staff or parent vehicles caught driving by a bus loading/unloading with lights flashing may be reported by the bus driver or receive a ticket directly from the RCMP who are monitoring drive-bys, including school bus loops. This is a very costly mistake.

Please take note of the 30 km/h area school zone signs on streets around our school. The 30 km/h speed limit is in effect Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 pm during the school year.

Please do not use the driveway or parking lot at Woodlawn Terrace Condominiums as a holding spot while dropping off or picking up your children.


All students in grade 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to go skating in March. Class notices and informed consent forms will be sent home and parents are asked to have helmets fitted and skates sharpened in preparation for the fun. If you absolutely cannot beg, borrow or buy the equipment, we do have some basic skates and helmets as a back up at the school. I welcome any parents who have any extra equipment they may want to share to call me so that all students can join in the fun! Please be aware that hockey sticks are not allowed to be transported on the school division buses. If your child would like to bring a stick please make arrangements to drop it off and pick it up at the school.

We also welcome and need parents to come out and help with supervision, tying skates and possibly sharing your own expertise in the sport.


Mr. Jesse Adams


Parents and Volunteers Please Note…

An important reminder...the office should be your first stop when you enter the school building during the school day. This minimizes disruptions to teachers during their teaching and keeps us accountable as to who is in our building. The secretary will be happy to assist you at the office. Please use the main doors on Henry Street to enter the school. Stopping in at the office allows us to ensure that we know of everyone who is in the building should we need to contact you or should we have to evacuate the school for any reason.

If you are volunteering please remember to sign in at the office and take a volunteer badge.

If you are picking up your child during the school day (between 9:08 and 3:45) please sign your child out at the office. The secretary will call your child to the office to meet you.

If you have something to drop off for your child, please label the item with your child’s name and homeroom, and drop it off at the office. The secretary will call your child to the office to pick up the item.