Thursday, 29 September 2016

Help Shamattawa!

Some of the members of the Linwood School Giving Tree Group met today to discuss an urgent Manitoba matter and actions we can take.  Can you help?

We are helping the people in Shamattawa because their only store burned down and they are our Manitoba neighbours and need help NOW!

To help, we are collecting:

  • Diapers (any size)

  • Baby food (any type)

  • Baby formula

  • Toilet paper

  • Cash donations

We will collect donations from Friday, Sept. 30 - Thursday Oct. 6th.

Please, bring donations and put them in the bins outside of room 6.

If you bring a cash donation please give this to your homeroom teacher (don't put it in the bins).
 If you have any questions, please talk to the Giving Tree Leadership Team. A list is printed outside of room 6.

You can also contact Miss Cichosz ( and Mrs. Vincent (

We hope you will support us in helping Shamattawa!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Report to the Community

Each year, school's in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division create a report for community which summarizes accomplishments from the previous school year and plans for the current year.  Linwood School's 2016-2017 Report to the Community is now available for viewing here.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Information for Parents of Grade 5 Students

HPV VACCINES: an Interactive Information Evening for Parents



OCTOBER 20th 6:00-8:00pm

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1 Braintree Cres



There is a great deal of conflicting information about vaccines in social media.  For families with girls in 5th and 6th grades anticipating their vaccination, with older daughters who missed it, or those with sons for whom they are considering private vaccination, we invite you to meet with local doctors to explore these topics together.   Resident physicians from Women's Health at St. Boniface and Women's Hospitals will host an evening with multiple stations where parents can learn about the virus, about the role of vaccination to prevent cervical cancer before it starts, and to participate in small group sessions where parents' questions and concerns can be addressed in a welcoming environment.


 For families who would like pizza, please RSVP number of persons attending and if you prefer meat or vegetarian options:


For families who would like childcare, please RSVP the number and ages of children attending:

HPV Vaccines: It's Always the Right Time to Prevent Cancer

Parent Council Milk Program News

Parent Council Milk Program

Tickets will be sold on Tuesday, September 27, and then will usually follow the early dismissal Tuesday schedule:

October 4, 18, November 1, 15,  December 1 (Thursday) and 13.

$8 for 10 milk tickets ($4 for 5, $16 for 20)
Exact change if paying cash or cheques payable to: Linwood School Parent Council

More info on the program:

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba have a Milk Program that aims to encourage kids to drink milk at lunch time.  They promote the nutritional value of milk as a source of nutrients and energy.  The Milk Program uses a reward system to encourage student participation.

The way the program works at Linwood School:

Linwood Parent Council buys 250ml milk from a milk supplier and this milk is stored in a fridge in one of the lunch rooms.

Parent Council volunteers go to each classroom every other Tuesday so students can buy milk tickets.

Milk tickets come in sheets of 5, 10, or 20, and student write their name and room number on their tickets.

During lunch time, students exchange one ticket for a 250ml milk or chocolate milk from a lunch supervisor.

The ticket with the student's name on it is kept as a draw ballot, and during each month, the tickets are drawn.  There are usually a dozen or more tickets drawn each month and students can have their pick from a basket of rewards that are provided by Dairy Farmers of Manitoba.  Rewards typically include pencils, notebooks, keychains, t-shirts etc.

Non-Profit: Milk tickets are priced at $0.80 each which covers the exact cost to purchase the milk.

Bonus:  If students bring their own milk to school from home, they are entitled to fill a draw ballot for a chance to win the rewards.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Digital Citizenship

At the beginning of each school year all families are asked to give consent for the use of their child's image by school staff for the purpose of celebrating and promoting school events and achievements.  There are some families who prefer their child's image not be broadcast on websites or social media. The school respects this parental decision and refrains for publishing photographs or video of those students.

At school events such as concerts, assemblies and other celebrations where parents and family members are invited to attend as guests the expectation for privacy is different. It is understood that families like to capture these special memories on photo and video and that when recording your own child there are times when you capture images of other children as well.


We are respectfully asking all families to carefully consider how those photos and videos are used after leaving the school.  If you choose to post online (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) pictures of your child(ren) that have been taken at a school event please ensure that other children's images are not in those photos.

We also ask that individuals who are commenting on posts refrain from using a child's name in their comment(s).  Again, this is a way to respect the wishes of families who prefer to keep their children's names and photos separate.


When we teach our students about digital citizenship, we teach them that each individual owns his/her images and that one does not have the right to use those images without that person's permission.  Please respect the right of each family to choose when and how their children's images/names appear online.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Parent Council Established!

At the Annual Establishment meeting held last evening a Parent Council was once again established at Linwood School.

A heartfelt "thank you" goes out to the outgoing executive members for all of their contributions during the course of their term.

Congratulations to the newly and/or re-elected executive members:

President: Ms. Rebecca Holmes
Vice President: Ms. Thea Ferrari
Treasurer: Ms. Laurel Terichow Parrott
Secretary: Ms. Kari Haackman

The next meeting of Parent Council which will be held on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 in the staff room.  We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Save the Date

The date for our Winter Concert will be Wednesday, December 7 @ 6:30 PM.  Our venue will once again be St. James Collegiate.  Watch for more information regarding this much anticipated annual event as we get closer to that date.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Sweater Weather

Our school is in the midst of having our heating system replaced.  The project is going smoothly, but is not yet complete.  As the cooler weather starts to settle in and you are turning on your household heat, please keep this in mind.  Your child might be most comfortable at school on cooler days with a sweater to wear indoors in addition to his/her usual outdoor clothing.  An update will be posted here when the project is complete.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Are you getting your Remind messages?

New to Linwood?  We use online messaging service to help our families remember things like early dismissal and inservice dates and to check online for news on the blog.  You can receive these reminders as text messages, emails or both!

If you change your phone number or email address you will need to subscribe again with this new information.  Here's how:

September Bulletin

The first official day of classes at Linwood was fantastic!  We kicked off the day with a whole school assembly where we discussed all the ways that we work together at Linwood to make our school a safe and respectful "home away from home" for everyone.  Staff and students all work together in our "school family" to make our school a great place to come every day.

In our classrooms, teachers and students are already working together to make "belief statements" or "class promises" that underline the ways each member of the class team contributes to a positive learning environment.  Relationships are being built and routines are being established.

We are off to a great start with our new school year!

As parents, you can be a partner in your child's education in many ways.  Here are just a few:

* Ask questions.  When we ask our children "What did you do at school today?" we get "nothing" as a reply.  Try some of these:
         - Who did you play with at recess?
         - What did you/your teacher read about in class?
         - Was the morning math problem a brain tickler?
         - Did anything funny happen today?
         - What games did you play in gym/music?

* Come out to Parent Council. No need to commit to being at every meeting.  There are lots of "behind the scenes" jobs for parents who can contribute time - whether that's a little or a lot.  The Annual Establishment Meeting is coming up on Thursday, September 15 @ 6:30 in the staff room.  Come join us!

* Stay informed by checking this blog and the classroom blogs often.  Don't forget to sign up for Remind (both the school and your child's classroom)!

* Help your child by reviewing school expectations and routines together at home.  These are all published on this blog; click the Parent/Student Handbook tab.

* Communicate openly.  If there is something on your mind, be in touch with your child's teacher sooner than later.

We are looking forward to our continued partnership with all families.

Happy September,

The Linwood Staff


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.

Early Learning Tools from The Learning Partnership

The Learning Partnership Offers Up Early Learning Tools for the New School Year

The early years experts at The Learning Partnership have developed some great tools to offer parents of early learners on how to make the most of the new school year, both in the classroom and in their own family rooms.

This time of year means a fresh start and the perfect opportunity for new ‘school year’ resolutions - not just for the child, but for the parent. Regardless of last year’s successes (or challenges), every new school year is an opportunity to begin again. Whether they’re in kindergarten or Grade 12, this tip sheet provides four ways parents can help their children succeed in school. 

The influence of media is everywhere. Raising children in this digital age is filled with opportunity and also with challenges. The early years are a critical time in making healthy media choices and developing solid habits that nurture positive growth. So, how can families successfully structure and navigate the virtual world on behalf of their young children? We have four ways for you to engage in healthy media consumption activities for your little ones.

The Learning Partnership’s Welcome to Kindergarten program provides families with a kit of early learning items and activities to help parents engage with their children and get them ready for school. But even if you haven’t been to a Welcome to Kindergarten session, you have things already in your home that you can use to help your child develop the foundations needed for a successful transition to school - such as, listening and speaking, sharing and taking turns, vocabulary development, print, alphabet and number awareness, hand and finger coordination and creative thinking.

With summer winding down, the endless afternoons of running and playing outside are coming to an end – but cooler weather doesn’t have to mean staying inside! This school year, The Learning Partnership suggests six simple ways to keep your children healthy and active.

Talk Read Sing Play every day!   

The Learning Partnership is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and advancing publicly funded education in Canada.

Fall News from St. James-Assiniboia Parent Child Coalition

Fall Programs @ St. James Public Library