Friday, 30 October 2015

Remembrance Day Service

A Remembrance Day Service will take place in the gym on Tuesday, November 10th at 11:00 AM. All parents and friends are invited to attend.

Students who are Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts or Beavers are invited to wear their uniforms to school that day. Their uniforms are symbolic of citizenship and service to others and are therefore most appropriate for  Remembrance Day.

Poppies will be distributed to all students. Any contributions will be gratefully accepted and forwarded to the Royal Canadian Legion. 

Halloween Fun!

Today we had our annual Halloween parade. Each class paraded the gym displaying their costumes. Then we watched a few short, silly videos featuring the staff.  Next was a sing-a-long to our favourite Halloween song.  Finally, the whole school danced the Monster Mash together before heading back to our classrooms for our parties.  Enjoy a few pictures!

Jib Jab Videos by Ms. Dowd & Mrs. Rogala
Charlea and Tiffani

Tyler, Sara, Izzy and Kate

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Team Handball

Information regarding Grade 4 and 5 team handball games and practices has been sent home with interested students.  Schedules are also online here for your convenience.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Koats for Kids

Koats for Kids is collecting all sizes of gently used winter jackets (clean with working zippers), snow pants, boots, hat, scarves and mittens. Donations can be dropped off at any Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Station or Perth’s location.

If your child or children require winter outerwear, Mrs. Turner will happily assist you. Please call 204-889-9345 or email her at indicating your child's winter clothing need and size. Orders from Koats for Kids must be placed through the school and will be delivered to Linwood.

Stay warm!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Story Time with the Principal

Each month a few students from each classroom are invited to enjoy a snack and listen to a story with Mrs. McDonald.  The following students participated in October: Akshat, Graham, Caroline, Griffin P., Kieffer, Tajha, Alex U., Violet, Aubrey, Hudson, Drayson, Nikolai, Caeley, Xander L., Avery M., Casey, Luke, Czanelle, Riley S., Abbie, Julia, Liam, Izzy and Dylan K.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Election Time!

This fall our Grade 4/5 classes have been studying the democratic ideals in Canadian society.  This has included looking at citizen participation in government, identifying elected government leaders at the various levels of government and determining the different ways that governments help people meet their needs.  To culminate their study, students participated in two hands on activities.

The first was a mock election where students worked with peers to form four different political parties, each made up of student members from all classrooms.  Next they elected leaders and discussed ways that they could make a difference in our school community.  These ideas formed the platform for their election. 

A rally was held and each party shared their ideas with the electorate. 

The second activity was called Student Vote.  Student Vote’s website describes the event as “a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with federal, provincial, territorial and municipal elections.  The purpose is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.”

During their study of government our students had an opportunity to learn about the actual candidates running in their home riding of Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia.  Then stood in line at the polls and cast their vote on Student Vote ballots.

We are proud of our active democratic citizens!

Monday, 19 October 2015

Annual Fundraiser

Each year schools in St. James-Assiniboia School Division hold one fundraising event for the school.  Recently, your child brought home information about Linwood's "Fundraising Fee" in lieu of the traditional fundraiser this year. 

All funds raised will be used towards transportation and admission to field trip experiences for students and towards special presentations/performances at the school.

Thank you to all for your anticipated support!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Information Letter for Grade 4 & 5 Parents

Dear Parent or Guardian:


In our continuing efforts to increase school effectiveness, we will be implementing an online student survey this fall called Tell Them From Me (TTFM). This is a well-known survey tool which gives students the opportunity to express their thoughts on various topics and provides schools with information to improve student learning and foster safe and welcoming environments for all students.


TTFM was created by The Learning Bar, based on the work of Dr. Doug Willms, who is well-known nationally and internationally for his work on the development of educational monitoring systems, including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Since 2004, Tell Them From Me has become Canada’s largest national school survey.


TTFM is an online survey that allows students to provide their input anonymously in terms of school improvement initiatives. Each student receives a randomly generated username and password, so that their identity and responses cannot be linked. All the students in grades 4 and 5 will be given the opportunity to participate in the survey, but their participation is not mandatory.


This survey has been specifically designed for the grades 4 and5 student population and will require approximately 35 minutes to complete. It will include the topic of “bullying and school safety”.  The survey will take place on Oct. 28th.


If you would like more information about TTFM or want to preview the survey before it is administered at the school, please contact Mrs. Turner or Mrs. McDonald at 204-889-9356.

Thank you for your support.




Kim Turner

Guidance Counselor

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Vision and Hearing Screening

Vision Screening

Vision Screening will take place at Linwood starting Monday October 26, 2015. Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, and 5, teacher referrals and students new to the school will be screened. The resource teacher and trained volunteers will assist in the screening.

This screening program is designed to uncover signs of any possible vision difficulty, which may interfere with school progress. It is not intended to be a substitute for the vision examination performed by an Ophthalmologist/Optometrist.

The screening instruments measure a student’s ability to see at far (myopia), at near (hyperopia), and to co-ordinate both eyes (muscle balance).

Children who are currently wearing glasses will not be screened.

After the vision screening has been completed, if you receive a notice from the school requesting that you refer your child for a professional eye examination, please follow-up by making an appointment with an eye doctor (Ophthalmologist/Optometrist) of your choice. Ask the eye doctor to complete the form sent to you by the school and then return this completed form to the school. Children who are referred for an examination may not require glasses.

If you do not wish that your child participate in this no-cost vision screening please contact the school.
 If you require further information please contact the resource teacher at 889-9356.

 Hearing Screening

Hearing screening programs lead to the identification and prevention of ear disease which can cause associated hearing problems, and to the identification of children with educationally significant, temporary or permanent hearing impairments.

The St. James-Assiniboia School Division has a Hearing Screening Program for students within the Division. The resource teacher, who will be assisted by trained volunteers, will administer this program. The screening program determines if the student can hear specific sound frequencies or tones.

Hearing Screening will take place at Linwood beginning Monday October 26, 2015. The target population includes all students Kindergarten and Grade 1. Teacher referrals and students new to the school are also included in the screening.

Students who do not pass the initial screening, or are absent on the screening day will be re-screened. Any child who does not pass the second screening will have a letter sent from the school to the parent or guardian. The letter asks the parents to contact the Deer Lodge Hearing Centre to make an appointment for their child for a complete hearing test.

If you do not wish that your child participate in this no-cost hearing screening please contact the school.
 If you require further information please contact the resource teacher at 889-9356.



Friday, 9 October 2015

Halloween Parade

Our annual Halloween costume parade will be held in the gym on Friday, October 30th at 1:15 PM.  All families are invited to join us!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Lifetouch Pictures

Picture orders are due back to the school tomorrow, Friday, October 9th.  For families wishing to have retakes, this will take place on November 6th in the morning only.  Afternoon kindergarten students wishing to have retakes should report to the office at 9:00 AM.

Save the Date!

Plans for our annual Winter Concert have already begun.  This year's concert will be held on Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 PM.  Our venue will once again be St. James Collegiate.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Parent Council News

At the Parent Council meeting held last evening election for the position of Secretary was held.  Congratulations to Kari Haakman, the newest member of the Executive!  Thanks go out once again to all of our outgoing Executive members for their dedicated service.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Little Free Library

The Little Free Library has been very busy since re-opening and is in need of books.  If you have used children's books that you'd like to share, please add them to the FLF or to the blue bins in front of the school office.  Thanks!