Principal's Message: Winnipeg School Division

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Principal's Message: Winnipeg School Division
January                     550 Harrow Street
                                                                              Winnipeg, MB R3M 3A2
                                                                                Ph: (204) 453-3347
                                                       2019                     Fax: (204) 453-1135

Principal’s Message:
December was a busy month filled with many           If you are interested in attending a Family EAL
activities and outings. Thanks to so many of you     class (English as an additional language), please
for celebrating our Winter Concert with us. The      see the letter attached to this newsletter. The
children were very excited to perform for their      Bethel Mennonite Church has graciously
families and Ms. Somer and the staff worked hard     volunteered to sponsor 10 weeks of classes which
to ensure it was a successful evening. Thanks also   you may attend with your children to improve on
to Parent Council for sponsoring the event and to    your English-speaking skills together. The classes
Bethel Mennonite Church members for being            will be held at Bethel Church on Wednesdays
such gracious hosts. Providing a reception           from 4:00—5:00 PM starting on January 16, 2019.
afterward is a generous gesture of community         The students may go there right after school and
spirit and it was definitely well-attended and       they will receive a snack before the classes begin.
appreciated.                                         This is a great opportunity to connect with other
                                                     families new to Canada and to have some fun
We completed our annual evacuation practice          learning English together.
drill in December. In the event of an unscheduled
fire alarm during the cold weather or an            We would like to thank Lorraine Pelley for helping
emergency within the school, our students and       us out in the front office for the past few months.
staff will walk to the Harrow Daycare building.     Lorraine was a wonderful addition to our staff and
                                                    she worked hard to help keep things working
The Patrols were rewarded for their hard work       smoothly. Melissa Spiers will be returning to her
with a field trip to the Assiniboine Zoo. We really position after the holidays and we are pleased to
appreciate the dedication of our Patrols and our welcome her back.
Recess Buddies.
                                                    The teaching of Honesty will be the focus for
The Harrow Store was overflowing with donations January. We will introduce this teaching at our
from our families and staff and it made for a very January 11th assembly at 1:00 PM. You are
successful shopping experience for our students. always invited to our assemblies.
Thank you all for your generosity. Thanks to Ms.
Chernetz and Ms. Devlin for organizing the store On behalf of Harrow School Staff we would like to
and to the many volunteers who helped our           wish you all Seasons Greetings and hope you have
students do their shopping. The Grade 6 class       a wonderful family time during the break. We will
worked hard all day wrapping and writing gift       see you back on January 7th .
cards with the younger students.                                                  By Evelyn Siddall
Principal's Message: Winnipeg School Division
                                                            550 Harrow Street
                                                            Winnipeg, Manitoba
                                                                R3M 3A2

Evelyn Siddall, Principal                                                        Phone: 453-3347 Fax: 453-1135

December 17, 2018

Dear Harrow School Families,

Once again this year, the Bethel Mennonite Church is sponsoring Family EAL classes (English as an Additional Lan-
guage) to our students and their parents/guardians who are interested and available to attend. We hope that you will
accept this invitation to practice your English with your children in a fun learning environment and to learn some strate-
gies that you can continue to use at home. We are pleased to welcome back our three instructors from last year: Ms.
Taylor Curry, Ms. Leona Reimer, and Ms. Amelia Warkentin.

Information regarding Family EAL classes

Where:          Bethel Mennonite Church

When:           Every Wednesday from January 16, 2019 to March 20, 2019

                3:30 PM to 5:00 PM                3:30 to 4:00 = Healthy Snack provided

                                                  4:00 to 5:00 = Class

Should you need help after school at 3:30 PM with picking up your children and getting to Bethel Mennonite Church,
Harrow School staff (Ms. Curry/Grade 5 teacher) will walk them to the Church and meet you there for the class. We are
hoping that at least one member of your family will attend this Family EAL class with your child. There is no cost for you
for this program.

This is a wonderful opportunity provided by Bethel Mennonite Church and we thank them for their generosity in support-
ing our Harrow School families.

Please return the form below or call the school if you are interested in attending. Please call me if you have any ques-
tions or concerns.

Yours in education,

Evelyn Siddall/Principal

Students’ Names (First and Last):         ____________________________________Grade: _____

                                          ____________________________________ Grade: _____

Family members attending: Name and relationship to student:        ______________________________________


Do you need help with walking your child(ren) to Bethel Church to attend the classes: Yes or No (please circle)
Principal's Message: Winnipeg School Division
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                                                                                                  550 Harrow Street
                                                                                              Winnipeg, MB R3M 3A2
                                                 January 2018                                    Ph: (204) 453-3347
                                                                                                 Fax: (204) 453-1135

      Monday                      Tuesday                    Wednesday                 Thursday            Friday

                            1                            2                        3                   4

7                   Day 1   8                    Day 2   9               Day 3    10          Day 4   11            Day 5

    School Re-opens         Noon—Music Club                                       Noon—MYRCA Club     Assembly @ 1:00pm
 Lunch Program fees 6:15 PM—Parent
      are due
                            Council Mtg

14                  Day 6   15                   Day 1   16              Day 2 17             Day 3   18            Day 4
                                                         Pizza Lunch forms go
Noon—ECO Club                                                                                         Noon—MYRCA Club
                                                         Noon—Music Club

                                                         3:30—5:00—Family EAL
                                                         classes at Bethel

21                  Day 5   22                   Day 6   23               Day 1   24          Day 2   25            Day 3
                            Pizza Lunch forms are
                            due                                                   Noon—Music Club
                                                         3:30—5:00—Family EAL
                            Noon: Eco Club               classes at Bethel

28                  Day 4   29                   Day 5   30              Day 6    31          Day 1   Feb. 1st
                                                         Pizza Lunch                                  No School
Noon—MYRCA Club 2:30—Volunteer Training                  Noon—ECO Club
                            for all volunteers           (Swimming safety
                                                         presentation—Gr 4 @
                                                         3:30—5:00—Family EAL
                                                         classes at Bethel
    Harrow School                                                                                               Page 3
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Lunch Program                                 Parent Council
                     Lunch Program staff are                             Our Harrow School Parent Council is
                     responsible for the children                        always looking for new members!
                     during the lunch hour. If your                      Please consider joining us once per
                     child(ren) will not be attending                    month for a brief meeting to help
                     the lunch program on a specific                     support school programs such as
                     day please leave notice with the                    the Harrow School Lunch Program
office or lunch program director. Attendance is          and fundraising events.
taken daily. If the lunch program director has not         These programs and initiatives cannot continue
been notified a phone call will be made to the               without a strong parent voice and council!
parent or guardian of the child(ren). Reminder that
the cost of Lunch Program is due on the first of the                       Next Meeting:
month.                                                          Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 6:15 PM

                Student Absences
If your child will be absent or late,                                        Thank You!
please call the school office at                            A big “Thank You” to Bethel Church for providing
204-453-3347 or email                                       a wonderful venue for our winter concert and                                            also for providing the refreshments following the
If we do not hear from you, the                             concert.
school will contact you at home/
cell or at work.
Also, please notify us of any
changes of address and phone numbers.

            Cold Weather Clothing                           Patrol Guidelines for Cold Weather
The days are getting much colder. Please send your         We appreciate the service and responsibility that
children to school so they arrive just before the bell     our students take on as patrols for our school.
rings at 8:50 a.m.                                         This is especially evident when patrols are on duty
Students are expected to be outside for both               during the cold winter months. The guidelines for
recesses.                                                  patrols in cold weather are as follows:

Please remember to put a t-shirt under the warm            Patrols will do normal duty schedule up to and
layers of sweatshirts and sweaters so students don’t       including temperatures of -27°C. When the
get too hot during PE class.                               weather becomes colder than this (-28°C to
                                                           -35°C), they will have considerably shorter times
Please help by making sure that they dress for the         on post (5 minutes or less). After -35°C, no patrols
weather as well as for their school day.                   will be on duty.
                                                                               Please help ensure that your
                                                                               child is dressed appropriately
                                                                               for patrol duty during these
                                                                               cold months.

Harrow School                                                                                            Page 4
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Calling all our Harrow Volunteers! Current and New....we need you! On Tuesday
January 29th at 2:30 pm we will be holding a volunteer orientation session. Come
out and meet our volunteer coordinator, learn about the volunteer guidelines and
handbook. Please call the school to register at 204-453-3347 or email We will also post a sign-up sheet by the volunteer sign in
sheet in the front office. Hope to see you there!

Kati Devlin

     Students being street smart

     Does your child know how to be street smart? It’s something we talk about in our class-
     rooms because the safety of our students is very important. It’s also a good thing to talk
     about at home as a regular reminder for your child.

     Being street smart means knowing how to keep safe from strangers when we’re alone or
     with other kids. Walking to school, the bus, the playground or riding your bike in your neigh-
     borhood, being street smart helps you stay safe.

     Our school takes it very seriously when a student reports a suspicious person. In most cas-
     es, a police report is made and, sometimes, police are able to quickly interview the
     “suspicious” person and determine that it was a misunderstanding. At other times, however,
     police are required to conduct a bigger investigation of a more serious threat. We will let you
     know if we make a report of a suspicious person to police on behalf of one of our students,
     because we believe that an informed community is a safer community.

     Parents are encouraged to go to the website and click on Parents – Safe
     Schools to find a link called “Be Street Smart”. Here you will find a list of topics to share
     with your child to help them be street smart and safe, including knowing:
         Who are strangers?
         Who needs to know where I am and why?
         Why should I stick with a friend?
         What are my safe spots?
         What are the places that aren’t safe for me?
         What should I do if a stranger asks me for help?

     We’re proud to work with you in keeping our community and children safe!
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Where you learn with students from all over the

    Parents and Students are invit-
            ed to attend an
              OPEN HOUSE
         Grade 7/8 Girls Program
         Grade 7/8 Boys Program
       Come Learn About Our: Academ-
                ic Program
                 Genius Hour
               Creativity Hour
     Sports, Arts & Language Programs

      Wednesday, February 6,
      2019 7:00 p.m. Library –
                 3rd Floor
            340 Cockburn Street North
              Call: 204-474-1441
Principal's Message: Winnipeg School Division

                    SUMMARY OF DISCUSSIONS – Wednesday, December 5, 2018

      Trustee Mark Wasyliw welcomed everyone to the first South District Advisory Committee meeting for the
      2018/2019 school year. At the Inaugural meeting of the Board held on November 5, 2018, Trustee Jamie
      Dumont was appointed as the Board’s representative and Trustee Mark Wasyliw was appointed as the
      Board’s alternate representative to this Committee.

      The parent representative from Grant Park High School volunteered to Chair the South District Advisory
      Committee for the 2018/2019 school year.

      The Committee members approved the Agenda of November 27, 2018, as distributed.

      Committee members were provided with a copy of Manitoba News Release dated October 1, 2018 regard-
      ing the 2019 Pre-Budget Consultations. Manitobans are invited to provide feedback to the Minister of Fi-
      nance on an online survey which includes questions on the following topics:
      Reduce the number of school divisions
      Reduce senior management positions in school divisions
      Reduce the number of unionized education bargaining units
      Control the rate of overall education spending growth
      Ensure value for money in education spending

      Committee members were provided with a WSD fact sheet to assist parents in completing the Provincial
      Survey. Committee members commented on the impact amalgamation of school boards would have on
      programs and services for students.

      Committee members were informed WSD continues to operate as one of the leanest administration teams
      in the Province, while providing direction, support and service to the largest school division. WSD adminis-
      trative costs equal 2.7% of total spending, below the 3.0% mandated limit for all large urban school divi-
      sions in the province.

      Committee members were provided with contact information to voice concerns on the 2019 Provincial
      Budget proposals.

                    SUMMARY OF DISCUSSIONS – Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Principal's Message: Winnipeg School Division

      Committee members received an overview on the Budget Consultation for the 2018/2019 school year.

      Committee members were informed that the Board is committed to obtaining feedback from school com-
      munities, parent councils, residents and staff groups for the 2018/2019 school budget. The District Adviso-
      ry meetings will provide parent representatives with an opportunity to share feedback, ideas and questions
      with the trustees in their local area.

      Committee members received a survey to facilitate discussions on the 2019/2020 Budget which identified 3
      main topics for feedback on programs, mental health and property taxes.

      Committee members discussed programs which have most impacted their schools/children. Committee
      members discussed the French/language programs, importance of Nursery Program, sports, technology,
      languages and the arts. Committee members discussed that any programs that are well supported and re-
      sourced with teachers contribute to the flourishing of students.

      Committee members were in support of exploring additional support for mental health and social emotional

      Committee members discussed the provincially suggested 2% property tax limit, however specific recommen-
      dations were not provided as feedback.

      Committee members were informed that it is anticipated that the Provincial funding announcement will be
      made in late January/early February. Once the announcement is received, the Finance/Personnel Commit-
      tee of the Board will prepare final recommendations for approval by the Board of Trustees. Budget infor-
      mation will be distributed to all schools, parent councils, student councils, advisory committees, employee
      groups and others on request, and posted on Division’s website.

      Committee members were informed that District Advisory Committee meetings will be scheduled in Feb-
      ruary to provide an opportunity for dialogue and discussion about the draft budget. A Public Meeting re-
      garding the draft budget will be held on February 25, 2019. The deadline to receive feedback regarding the
      budget will be received by the Board until March 4, 2019. All feedback will be considered by Finance/
      Personnel Committee. The Board of Trustees will approve the budget at its meeting to be held March 11,
      2019. The Board must finalize the budget by March 15, 2019, as required by legislation.

      Naomi Kruse, Executive Director of MAPC was in attendance to provide an overview on the role and ser-
      vices provided by MAPC. Parents were encouraged to register as a member for the 2018/2019 school year.

      Committee members were reminded to contact the Board and Community Services Office if they wish to
      become a member of the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils for the 2018/2019 school year.

                            SOUTH DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
                       SUMMARY OF DISCUSSIONS – Wednesday, December 5, 2018

       Committee members were informed of the following schedule of the District Advisory Committees for the
       2018/2019 school year:

       Central District Advisory Committee                                Inner City District Advisory Committee
       7:00 p.m.                                                           6:30 p.m.

       Thursday, November 29, 2018                                        Wednesday, November 28, 2018
       Wednesday, February 20, 2019                                       Wednesday, February 13, 2019
       Thursday, April 25, 2019                                           Wednesday, April 17, 2019

       North District Advisory Committee                                   South District Advisory Committee
       7:00 p.m.                                                            7:00 p.m.

       Tuesday, November 27, 2018                                           Wednesday, December 5, 2018
       Tuesday, February 19, 2019                                           Tuesday, February 12, 2019
       Tuesday, April 30, 2019                                              Tuesday, April 23, 2019

       French Immersion Advisory Committee                                  Student Advisory Committee
       7:00 p.m.                                                             4:00 p.m.

       Thursday, December 6, 2018                                          Tuesday, December 4, 2018
       Thursday, February 21, 2019                                         Wednesday, February 20, 2019
       Thursday, May 2, 2019                                               Wednesday, May 1, 2019


       Parent representatives from the following schools provided a written report on school activities (attached):

              Sir William Osler School

6.1   District Advisory Reports and Summaries of Discussions
                Committee members were advised that the Summary of Discussions of Advisory Committees are
                distributed to Committee members once received by the Board of Trustees as information at a
                Board meeting.

                     SUMMARY OF DISCUSSIONS – Wednesday, December 5, 2018

      The Committee was also informed that once received by the Board, District Advisory Committee Reports and Summaries of
      Discussions are posted on the Division’s website under the Family and Community tab.

6.2         Guidelines for Board Advisory Committees
            The parent representatives received a copy of the Guidelines for Board Advisory Committees for infor

           The next South District Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

           IN ATTENDANCE:

       Voting Representatives:                         Administration:
       Collège Churchill                               Celia Caetano-Gomes, Superintendent of Education Services
       Earl Grey School                                Julie Millar, Director of Student Services
       Gladstone School                                Andrea Powell, Principal, Robert H. Smith School
       Grant Park High School                          Maria Silva, Principal, Kelvin High School
       Grosvenor School                                Wade Gregg, Principal, Queenston School
       École secondaire Kelvin High School             Jude Guzzi, Vice-Principal, Riverview School
       École LaVerendrye                               Thérèse Deleurme, Recording Secretary
       École River Heights School
       École Riverview School
       École Robert H. Smith School                    Non-Voting/Resource Members:
                                                       Naomi Kruse, Executive Director, MAPC

       Trustee Jamie Dumont                            Regrets:
       Trustee Mark Wasyliw                            Carpathia School
       Trustee Chris Broughton                         Harrow School
                                                       Montrose School
                                                       Queenston School
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