Kids and COVID-19

What questions might you and your children have about COVID-19? Can they play outside? Can they have a sleepover? Tune in live to have these and other questions answered by health care professionals. The event is on Thursday, April 2 at 11:00 am and is hosted by Ace Burpee. Watch live at YouTube.com/ManitobaGovernment.

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South Oaks on Youtube

Do you feel like you’re missing some of the normal parts of school, these days? We would encourage you to click on the blue square above that links to our YouTube content! You’ll find announcements from Mr. Martens, stories read to you by Mrs. Beaudette, and more coming soon! Check in regularly and enjoy the feeling of being back at school, even if it’s just for a bit.

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Tumblebooks & Tumblemath

South Oaks now has a subscription to two excellent online educational resources. Tumblebooks is an online reading service that offers a huge variety of books to read, listen to, and interact with. We highly recommend this service for regular reading practice, especially during the time that students will be learning from home. TumbleMath is a related service that uses children’s stories to teach & practice math. Enjoy the story, practice the idea, try the quiz!

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Chocolate Sales Fundraiser Postponed

The World’s Finest Chocolate sales fundraiser is postponed due to upcoming school closures. We hope to reschedule the fundraiser for later in the year, if possible. Thanks, Dale Martens

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South Oaks Kindergarten Registration

If your child is eligible for Kindergarten Registration (must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2020), and have not yet registered, it is helpful if this is done by March 1st. Our new online registration process takes only a few minutes to complete. To begin, visit the HSD Kindergarten Registration page at  https://hsd.ca/schools/kindergarten-registration/ Registering early will assist our school in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Early registration also provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to… Read More

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Winter Fun Days (Jan. 20-24)

Over the last number of years we have had to either alter or cancel our Winter Fun Day due to cold or inclement weather. A lot of planning and work goes into these days, so it is always unfortunate to cancel them. This year we are trying something slightly different and less structured in hopes that it will work better for everyone. We will continue with the covered wagon ride, hot cocoa and a hot dog lunch on Friday January… Read More

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Christmas Concert Reminders

For the Christmas concert week, here are a couple of reminders: – All Kindergarten students should come to school for the mornings only on Dec. 18 and 19. They can come to school as usual (via bus, walk, car, etc). Dec. 18 is the day of the dress rehearsal. The students will participate in the concert each morning and then go home with parents/Grandparents/etc. afterwards. K teachers will send more detailed information about these days as they approach. – On… Read More

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The Need for Emotional Regulation

I am currently reading a new book by Dr. Jodi Carrington called, “Kids These Days”. This Canadian author covers a lot of fascinating material about why kids do what they do. I really appreciated a whole chapter devoted to kids with a trauma history, including foster children. She says that the most important thing that we will ever teach our kids is to help them understand how to regulate their emotions. Without that, children cannot learn very well. The catch,… Read More

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Screen Time and Sleep

Screens and devices seem to be more and more numerous in all our lives. Research suggests that there is a connection between our use of devices and the quality of sleep we get. We invite you to read the findings for yourself and hope they help everyone in your home get a good night’s rest for a better day tomorrow. Article HERE .

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Kick into Kindergarten Event – June 6

All families with Kindergarten children joining our school in Sept. 2019 are invited to our Kick into Kindergarten event on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30.  This is an evening where students get some time to play with classmates in the gym and parents get to hear from the teachers. Teachers will introduce themselves and share what a typical day in Kindergarten looks like.  This year, we will also be able to tell you which class your child will be in… Read More

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