Monday, 24 November 2014

Drills & Emergency Practices

During the course of a school year, we are mandated to practice 10 fire drills, two lockdown drills and one tornado drill to prepare our students in the event there is an emergency.  Staff will have reviewed procedures with children before emergency measures practices take place.  We will only notify home in the event of a real crisis.  We will hold our first practice lockdown drill in the coming weeks.  Please do not hesitate to call the school if you need any clarification.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Exploring the Seven Teachings

This year, the staff and students of Linwood School will be exploring the Seven Sacred Teachings. The Aboriginal way of life is built around the seven natural laws, or sacred teachings. Each teaching honours one of the basic virtues to a full and healthy life.  An animal represents each teaching to emphasize the connection between people and the natural world.

At Linwood School, we will focus on one teaching each month. Each classroom will explore the teaching in a manner that is age-appropriate and may include writing, talking circles, drama, technology or art.

The seven teachings to be explored are:

November: Respect - The Buffalo

December: Love – Eagle

January: Courage – Bear

February: Honesty – Sabe (Sasquatch)

March: Wisdom – Beaver

April: Humility – Wolf

May: Truth – Turtle

In November, the children have learned how to show respect to themselves, others and the earth.  Students explored the teaching through writing, talking circles, drama, technology or art. Many classrooms explored the “Buffalo Box” to learn how the First Nations people showed respect to the bison by using every part and wasting nothing at all.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Outdoor Play & Cold Weather Policy

A healthy mind and healthy body go hand-in-hand. Outdoor recess is a time to connect with friends, and recharge through exercise. In this light, all students are expected to go outside for recess. 

Generally speaking, a child who is too sick to go outside at recess is too sick to benefit from attending school. We do not have indoor supervision for students during recess. Indoor recess is only permitted in exceptional circumstances.
During severe weather conditions, as outlined by division policy, all students will be supervised indoors. When the wind chill hazard is at or colder than -29 degrees students will not be permitted outdoors.  When the wind chill hazard is between -25 degrees and -28 degrees students may go outdoors for a shorter outdoor recess, up to 10 minutes.  We call this shorter recess a "fresh air break". 

Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather everyday as conditions often change throughout the day.  Many families also choose to send extra socks and/or mittens in their child's backpack for extra comfort when gear ends up wet.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Important December Events- Conferences & Concert

On Thursday, December 4th and Friday, December 5th, we will be having our Tri-conferences. The purpose of these conferences, led by the student, is to share what is happening in the classroom and to give students the opportunity to demonstrate, reflect on, and celebrate their own individual growth.

Conferences will run Thursday evening from 4:30pm – 7:00 pm and Friday morning from 9:30-11:15. There are no classes for students Friday.  The sign-up form for conferences will come home with your child's report card on November 26th

As the focus is on celebrating learning, and due to the fact that there will be multiple families together in the classroom, this is not the ideal time to discuss any concerns you may have about your child. If you would like to arrange to speak privately with your child’s teacher please contact her/him directly.

Our annual Winter Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 10th at St. James Collegiate at 6:30 PM.  Planning for this event is well underway!  A note containing all the pertinent details will come home with all students closer to the event. 

A Note from the Giving Tree Club

Hi parents and guardians,

We hope you can give neck warmers, hats and mittens for the Giving Tree Club. Please donate one or two things for kids who need them. We need your help. There are three giant bins by the office to put your donations in. Please give by Nov. 24th.

Avirey (on behalf of Linwood School's Giving Tree Club)

Friday, 7 November 2014

Koats for Kids


Koats for Kids is an organization that helps families in need by providing winter outerwear. Coats, ski pants, hats and mittens are distributed through schools. We also have some winter boots at the school as well.

If your child or children are in need of winter clothing, please contact Mrs. Turner at or at 889-9356 and she will arrange to access needed winter wear for you.

If you have winter wear that you wish to donate, gently used outwear can be dropped off at any Fire Paramedic Station or at Perth's.

Keep warm!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

November Story Time

The following students enjoyed a story and a snack with Mrs. McDonald in November:

MacKenzie B., Zti, Seth H., Jordyn M., Nikolai, Drayson, Ace, Dorian, Sophia, Trinity, Adalie, Addi W., Alex C., Sunny, Aidan H., Sasha, Caleb, Jessica, Hannah, Liam N., Alan, Kael, Nick, Seth A., Nolan D., Jorja, Olivia D., Abbie, Max R., and Sam.

Parent Information Evening

National Speaker and Author

Diane Gossen to present…
Restitution Approaches to Help Your Child be Responsible


Event: Parent Information Night

Place:  Crestview School

Time:  5:30 – 7:00

Date:  Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Cost: Pizza Dinner & Child Care Provided



Come join us for a Parent Information Night on November 18th, 2014. Author and national speaker Diane Gossen, will present strategies that support your child to be more responsible.  She will share how this method is working in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division, and answer questions you may have regarding parenting your child.


Topics such as the following will be discussed:

   Ways to help your child take responsibility for their own actions

   Why your child behaves the way they do

   Ways you can help your child be more self-disciplined

   Ways to get your child’s and your needs met in a win/win approach


To register, please call Crestview School (Vicki Gillingham) at 204-885-7710,

Space is limited.

Child care may be requested with registration by Friday, November 14, 2014



Sponsored by the St. James-Assiniboia School Division

Monday, 3 November 2014

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.