Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Constable Cain at Linwood

Personal Safety Presentation

On October 27, the grades 2-3 students learned about different safety concepts from Constable Andrea Cain of the Winnipeg Police Service.  She used engaging music, videos and discussion to teach students how to identify unsafe situations and what to do to protect themselves. A few of the topics were: How to Identify Safe People and Places, Road Safety and Internet Safety. The children contributed relevant comments and asked questions. Please ask your child to share with you something learned from the presentation.

Internet Safety Presentation
Constable Andrea Cain encouraged the Grade 4 and 5 students to think carefully about their internet usage and online safety.

She encouraged parents to:

·       set limits around screen time

·       ensure that children only use their technology in family spaces

·       check their child’s accounts, chats and postings often

·       only allow children to download programs or apps with parental permission

·       cover webcams when not in use as they can be remotely activated

·       turn off geo-tracking on your child’s device so pictures cannot be tracked to your child’s location

The students learned that everything you post on the internet is there FOREVER and that everything you say or do online can be tracked back to you.  She taught to “THINK” before we post:

T – is it True?

H – is it Hurtful?

I – is it Illegal

N – is it Necessary?

K – is it Kind?

She taught the children to:

·       pick secure passwords and usernames and only share these with their parents

·       keep personal information private

·       know who their followers are – real friends not people met online

·       never say unkind things or make fun of people online – that’s cyber-bullying

·       block people and tell parents if someone says/does something inappropriate

·       never agree to meet someone in person that you met online without checking with a parent



Construction on the latest installment Parent Council's play space improvement is almost complete.  The berm (a small, low sloped hill) will be a wonderful feature on our playground.  The originally planned location of the berm was deemed too close to the crib (wooden perimeter) of the swings.  As such, the berm is located on the west side of the field along Winchester Street.  The next step in construction is to lay the sod.  The berm will remain surrounded by the existing snow fence for a period of time to let the sod take root.  We can't wait to play on the berm when it is ready!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Halloween Parade Reminder

Linwood’s traditional Halloween parade will take place:

Friday, October 31

at 1:15 pm

in the Gym
The parade will feature Halloween music, a video story as well as class walk-abouts for the children to display their costumes.

Students will be given time after lunch to change into their costumes for the parade at 1:00 pm.

Parents are welcome to attend!

Great job, Patrols!

The Linwood School patrols have been hard at work over the last few weeks. With all of the construction happening on Bruce the patrols have been very conscientious to ensure the students arrive safely to school. Keep up the great work. The patrols appreciate your safe driving practices.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Congratulations from the Minister

Recently, Linwood School was recognized by the Honourable James Allum, Minister of Education and Advanced Learning for becoming an Eco-Globe school. For the last several years, Linwood staff and students have been working on Education for Sustainable Development by focusing on issues of environmental stewardship and social justice. To learn more about the Eco-Globe schools program visit http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/esd/eco_globe/

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Magazine Orders Due

Today is the last day of our QSP Magazine fundraiser. This is the only fundraiser throughout the year where the school receives the proceeds. All funds raised go directly towards the cost of classroom field trips (admission, transportation). Teachers have already pre-booked some wonderful trips including Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Fort Whyte Alive, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Orders are due back to your child's homeroom teacher tomorrow, Friday, October 17. We thank all families for their participation.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Lunch Supervisors Wanted!

We are currently looking for lunch supervisors to fill full time (one hour every day) and part time (one hour four or less days per week) positions. Please call the school office at 204-889-9356 if you are interested. Hours are from 11:50 AM to 12:50 PM at a rate of about $12.45/hour.

Lunch Supervisors Wanted!

We are currently looking for lunch supervisors to fill full time (one hour every day) and part time (one hour four or less days per week) positions. Please call the school office at 204-889-9356 if you are interested. Hours are from 11:50 AM to 12:50 PM at a rate of about $12.45/hour.

We are Thankful for...

Ms. Dowd and her Kindergarten students have shared this video.  Enjoy!

A Message from Constable Sue

Hello to All!

 My name is Sue Zuk-Boyer, and I am the Winnipeg Police Service School Resource Officer for Linwood School this year.  The students and staff call me Cst. Sue.   I have been with the City of Winnipeg Police for over 28 years and an officer for 24 years.  This is my second year in the St James School Division and I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about our unit and program.

The School Resource Unit began over 10 years ago in the Winnipeg 1 School Division. It is jointly funded by the school division, the Province and the Winnipeg Police Service. Since its inception, the unit has grown to 13 constables, 1 patrol sergeant and 1 Sergeant. The 13 officers are responsible for approximately 133 schools within 3 divisions, those being Pembina Trails, Winnipeg and St. James. School Resource Officers (SRO’s) act as liaisons between the school divisions and the Winnipeg Police Service, and assist with many aspects of the daily functioning of the school.

The main duty of an SRO is to foster good relationships between the schools, public and police service. SRO’s can act as role models to the students and assist them in making positive choices to affect their future. An SRO needs to be approachable for the students so they feel comfortable coming forward and disclosing any dangerous activities that may be affecting the well-being of the students while at school.

An SRO can be called upon to offer legal direction to the school to deal with certain situations. While some situations may be serious, they may not necessarily be illegal, therefore SRO’s can offer direction as to how to handle the situation or assist with mediation. SRO’s can take reports from the school regarding property damage or thefts or assist with major reports that can be forwarded to the respective division for further investigation. SRO’s can also assist administrators with dealing with ongoing issues in the school in attempt to rectify them.

SRO’s can also affect arrests if necessary when dealing with students who have broken the law and need to be accountable through the justice system.

If at any time during the school year you may wish to contact me, please feel free to leave your name,number or email with the office staff and I will contact you,

I look forward to spending another year with the students at Linwood School!


Giving Tree Club

Linwood's Giving Tree Club is a group that works together to do good in our local and global communities.  All students in Grades 1-5 are welcome to attend.  Yesterday was the first meeting of the year and we had a fabulous turn out.  The students shared ideas about projects they might take on this year, the first of which is the Bag It Up challenge.  The next meeting of the Giving Tree Club will be on Thursday, October 30th at lunch time where members will see how many plastic bags we collected to help our earth.  This date hadn't been selected at the time of printing the activity calendar, so please pencil it in on your copy!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Story Time with the Principal

This is a long-standing Linwood tradition where students meet informally with the principal to share a snack and hear a story.  Each month a few students from each room attend, with every student taking a turn at some point during the school year.  In October, the following students heard Wolf by Becky Bloom or Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies by Carolyn Crimi:

Caroline, Griffin P., Mattejas, Kylie, Jaxon, Hudson, Landon, Cara, Cameron, Heather, Violet, Benjamin G., Dom, Matthew H., Blake, Margareth, Makayla, Max P.,  Luke, John A., Tiffany O., Connor S., Phoenix, Maggie, Cleo, Jerin, Fiona, Zia, Nathan, Taryn and Edwin.

Donations for Indoor Recess

As the weather begins to cool, we begin to assess our resources for those long days of indoor recess.  We are welcoming donations of items for use in the classrooms and the lunch room.  If your closets are getting a bit too full and you have gently used items such as those listed below, we would be happy to collect your donation in the office. We are looking for:

*Toy vehicles
*Board games
*Craft supplies
*Wii or Xbox Kinect games (rated "E" for everyone)

Halloween Parade

Linwood’s traditional Halloween parade will take place:

Friday, October 31

at 1:15 pm
in the Gym
The parade will feature Halloween music, a video story as well as class walk-abouts for the children to display their costumes.

Students will be given time to change for the parade at 1:00 pm.

Parents are welcome to attend!

Roots of Empathy

We would like to welcome baby Max and his mom Vivi into our school community as our Roots of Empathy family this year. The Roots of Empathy program is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effects in reducing aggression and raising social and emotional competence, as well as empathy, in school-aged children.

The students of Room 6 were delighted by Max’s toothless grin and started to learn what Max can do and what he prefers. They discovered that Max could communicate with his body and the sounds he makes. He likes looking at faces, listening to Room 6 singing and being with his mom. We look forward to an exciting year of learning with baby Max as our special teacher!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Kids in the Know: A Personal Safety Program

Beginning this week, the Gr. 4/5 classrooms will be participating in the Kids in the Know program, which is a abuse prevention and personal safety program. Mrs. Turner, the guidance counselor, will deliver the lessons due to the potentially sensitive nature.

Students in Grade 4/5 will have four lessons covering these topics:

  • Safe adults, breaking boundaries and keep vs. speak secrets
  • Common lures
  • Home alone safety
  • Online safety
The curriculum that will be used for all of these units is called “Kids in the Know”.  This curriculum is provided by The Canadian Centre for Child Protection.  Information about the program is available by calling The Canadian Centre for Child Protection at 1-800-532-9135 or at their website www.kidsintheknow.ca. Please visit this website as there is excellent parent information for you to review. Click on “Safety Tools” and then select the grade of your child to view grade appropriate materials and information.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Cross Country

Congratulations to all of our Grade 4 & 5 Cross Country Team members who did a fabulous job representing Linwood at yesterday's Divisional meet.  This was the final event of the Cross Country season.  We hope to see you all back for Walk/Run Club in the spring.  Big thanks to Mrs. Chumola and Ms. Palsson for their dedication to our runners.  Enjoy some photos below!

Olivia crossing the finish line!

Great job, Aidan!

Connor shows us his ribbon!
Nathan showed great sportsmanship!

Strong finish, Charlea!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Plastic Bag Round Up Challenge!

From now until Wednesday, October 29th, Linwood School will be collecting plastic bags as part of this challenge.  A detailed list of acceptable items is found below.  Please bundle your items and bring them to school.  The Giving Tree Club will be working together to organize this event- students who would like to get involved will hear more information on upcoming morning announcements.  Let's do our part to help!


MMSM Bag Up Manitoba -- Plastic Bag Roundup Challenge, a program of Take Pride Winnipeg! Inc.

Since the fall of 2008, elementary schools in Manitoba have collected over FOUR MILLION plastic bags for recycling into free Frisbees, bird houses, and benches for their schools. This year, the participation prize is a garden box, made from recycled plastic, from TREX!
Inspire your students to do more to reduce their waste and consider reusing, recycling and remanufacturing options! This challenge is open to elementary schools across Manitoba.
The goal of this challenge is to inspire students to do more to reduce their waste and consider reusing, recycling and remanufacturing options. Students are asked to collect as many plastic shopping bags as possible and bring them to their school for recycling.

Plastic items accepted:
grocery bags
retail bags
newspaper sleeves
produce bags
bread bags
ice bags
bubble wrap
case over wrap
pellet bags
salt bags
dry cleaning bags
re-sealable food bags
cereal bags
Take Pride Winnipeg! is proud to partner with Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) to bring you this free and fun program. Take Pride Winnipeg! also acknowledges the support of BFI Canada, Gardewine Group Inc., Trex and Canada Safeway in helping MMSM Bag Up Manitoba 2014 be a great success.




Remembrance Day Service

Our Remembrance Day Service will take place on Friday, November 7 at 11:00 AM.  All are welcome to attend this very special service in our gym.

This year, we would like to invite participation from our families who are actively in service with any branch of the Canadian Armed Forces.  Interested family members may contact the music teacher, Mrs. Wurch, by email cwurch@sjsd.net or by calling the school office at 204-889-9356.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A Peak into Linwood’s Choir and Recorder Club

Enthusiastic singers in Grades 3,4 & 5 have begun meeting on Day 2 during their lunch recess to begin working on songs for upcoming performances. These will include Remembrance Day, Winter Concert, and the Winnipeg Music Festival. We are already excited to share our songs with Linwood students and families at these events! New choir members are welcome to join!


New to Linwood this year is our Recorder Club. Meeting on Day 6 during lunch recess, the Recorder Club will be working on improving our musicianship as well as learning pieces to perform at our Remembrance Day and Winter Concerts. Although we won’t be able to practice every day outside we did take advantage of this gorgeous fall day and filled the skies with beautiful music! Thank you to Mr. Blake who will be assisting the Recorder Club this year! New members are always welcome!