Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Bump Up Day

As part of the transition to our new school year, today we held our third annual "Bump Up Day".  Students had a short visit in their new classroom to meet their new teacher and classmates. Mrs. du Plessis, who will return to teach in Room 10 beginning in September, was able to  join us!  Ask your son/daughter about his/her "Bump Up".

Monday, 26 June 2017

Lost & Found

A number of items still remain in our Lost and Found.  These items are now on display in the front hallway of the school.  Please encourage your child to look at these tables for any items that he/she may have misplaced.  We will do the same!  Any items that remain at the end of June will be donated to charity.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Final Report Cards

Final Report Cards will be distributed at the end of the day on the last day of school (Thursday, June 29, 2017). 

If you know your child will be absent (or leaving early) on the last day, you may choose one of the following options:

  1. Send us a self-addressed, stamped ($ 1.80), 10” x 13” envelope & we’ll mail it to you.
  2. Have us hold the report card until school re-opens on August 23rd.

c) Send a letter to the school giving written permission for us to release your child’s report card to another person who can pick it up after 3:40 p.m. on June 29th.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Community News

Indigenous Education

At Linwood, we are continuing to work at incorporating Indigenous perspectives into our classrooms in a variety of ways. Many classrooms are learning about the Seven Sacred Teachings (respect, love, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth) through literature and art, including our divisional program known as The Integrated Arts, where professional artists work in the school. The Social Studies curriculum also addresses various aspects of citizenship as a core concept across all grades. The concept of diversity, including Indigenous perspectives, is integrated throughout the curriculum.


Some of our classrooms hold teacher led Sharing Circles as a format for class meetings.  Others are fortunate enough to participate, at different points during the school year, in a Talking Circle program led by a member of the division’s Indigenous Education Department.  The Talking Circle is part of divisional programming held within the classroom, for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to learn and benefit from.


Talking Circles create a safe space where all learners have a voice, and feel honoured, respected, and valued. The Talking Circle is used to build community, foster respect, develop public speaking skills, develop listening skills, and extend understanding.  It is also used to integrate Indigenous perspectives into the school culture.


As part of the Talking Circle program, classrooms may be invited to participate in a smudge.  Teachers will send home more specific information and a permission slip with students who are invited to participate.  All families will be informed in advance of the date that a smudge will be lit and plans will be made for students with severe allergies/ respiratory issues.

The date of our next smudge will be Tuesday, June 20th.  Classroom participating are Rooms 4, 16, and 18.   

For more information about the St. James-Assiniboia School Division Indigenous Education Department, please visit their website  Manitoba curricular documents are available here



As always, we value your participation in your child’s education.  Please feel free to contact us at any time,




The Linwood Teaching Team

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Outdoor Challenge!

Dear Linwood Families,


Our school will once again be participating in an Outdoor Education Challenge! We will be learning outdoors all day for a week, rain or shine! Students will be designing and constructing shelters to take a break from sun, wind and/or rain.  Students will even eat lunch outdoors “picnic style”.  In the event of extreme heat/humidity or severe rain we will take a break and head indoors for students to eat in their regular lunch rooms.


We are excited to share this adventure with our students and look forward to the learning opportunities we will have together June 19th -23rd.


We are asking for your support to make this an enjoyable experience. Students should dress for the weather and will need some supplies to ensure their comfort and safety each day.                                                                                                                     

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen & Bug Repellant                                                                                        
  • Rubber boots and a rain coat or poncho
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Sweater or jacket for cool mornings
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • A change of clothes


*All items should be labeled with your child’s name and room number please. **In the case of severe weather we will return indoors.


Our plan is to engage students in a variety of literacy, numeracy, science, social studies, art, and play activities that stimulate their interest in and their appreciation of the outdoors.


While outdoors in nature, a child is more likely to “encounter opportunities for decision making that stimulate problem solving and creative thinking because outdoor spaces are often more varied and less structured than indoor spaces,” and “induce curiosity and the use of imagination” (Burdette & Whitaker, 2005, p. 48).


Part of the week will involve exploring our community.  In September, you signed a permission slip to allow your child to participate in community walks for the remainder of the school year.  If your wishes have changed since then, please contact your child’s teacher directly.


If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher at school.


Yours in learning,

The Linwood Team


“We must teach them to love the earth, before we can ask them to save it.” ~Unknown

Reminders Re: Parent Council BBQ

Tomorrow is Parent Council's annual BBQ.  The BBQ is scheduled from 4:00-6:00 and all families are invited to attend.  Please remember that students need to attend the BBQ with their families as no supervision is provided. 

Students will be dismissed at 3:40 and follow their usual routine on this date; bus students will ride the bus home and day care students will go to day care.  If your child is a bus student and you plan to meet him/her at the school at 3:40, please advise the office in advance to assist with our end of day bus loading procedure.  Thank you for your help!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

First Annual St. James-Assiniboia School Division Graduation Pow Wow

St. James-Assiniboia School Division is excited to announce our first annual Graduation Pow Wow taking place on Thursday, June 1st, at St. James Collegiate (1900 Portage Ave.).

The Graduation Pow Wow is free to attend and is open to all members of the community. We look forward to welcoming students, staff, and community members to this inaugural celebration. Please see event details below:

Pipe Ceremony: 4:00 p.m.

Drum/Dancer Registration: 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Community Feast: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Grand Entry: 5:15 p.m.

Closing Ceremony: 7:45 p.m.

If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact Indigenous Education Teacher, April Waters, at 204-885-1334 ext. 2367.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Giving Tree Update

      Hi, Linwood School! This is an announcement from Giving Tree!

            We want to thank you for donating your money and buying food at our snack sale for Mission to Mexico. We sold chips and licorice during recesses in March to raise money for the Volcanes Community Education Project to purchase school supplies for kids in Mexico. With your help and support, we raised $657.36!

            Thank you for your support! We appreciate all the help that you gave the kids in Mexico.

            Story Time with the Principal

            Every month students from each classroom come together to enjoy a story and a snack with Mrs. McDonald.  Over the course of the year, each student will have a turn. In May, the following students participated:  Elizabeth, Jaxon S., Alisa, Verna, Vlada, Graham, Teagan, Caroline, Zeida, Mekhi, Tayna B., Rebecca, Ethan R., Vlera, Mikey, Julie, Yu Min, Rowan C., Kshanelle, Kael, Natalie, Alex C., Wyatt, Jared and Elyse.

            Thursday, 11 May 2017

            Room 15's Family Fun Night

            The excitement is in the air as Team 15 will be hosting a Family Fun Night! Tickets are $3 and available at the door or in advance from any Team 15 students. Please join us on Monday, May 15th, 3:40 - 5:40 p.m. in the Linwood School gym and auditorium for games, snacks and drinks for purchase, and to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation.

            Wednesday, 10 May 2017

            Parent Survey

            Every second year, the St. James-Assiniboia School Division surveys parents of Early Years students to gather your feedback on areas of strength and areas for continued growth within our schools.

            We value the feedback of all our families and hope that you are able to complete the survey.  Please click this link to complete the survey before.  The link will remain open until May 31st. 
            Should you have any questions about the survey, please don't hesitate to call the school office at 204-889-9356.

            Tuesday, 9 May 2017

            Information Regarding 2017-2018

            Plans for the fall are well underway.   If, at any time, your plans regarding returning to Linwood  for 2017-2018 change, please contact the office.

            Below please find the profile for the 2017-2018 school year.

            Opening Conferences: Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 7.  Details will be sent home with your child's June report card.

            First Day of Classes: Friday, September 8

            Winter Break: Monday, December 25 to Friday, January 5

            Spring Break: Monday, March 26 to Friday, March 30

            Last Day of Classes: Thursday, June 28

            Linwood will have the following classrooms for 2017-2018:

            Kindergarten (one each AM and PM class)

            One class of Grade One

            One class of Grade One/Two

            Three classes of Grade Two/Three

            Three classes of Grade Four/Five

            Teaching assignments have now been finalized.  All homerooms will retain the same teacher with the exception of Room 10.  Mrs. du Plessis will return from her maternity leave in September, resuming her position in Room 10. 

            Class Placement for 2017-2018

            The purpose of the Class Placement Process is to maximize learning for all students by constructing balanced classes.

            The class creation process is a complex one involving the gathering of information about student needs and the making of collaborative decisions from staff and administrative teams about student placement in classes.

            Factors considered are academic progress, specific instructional needs in different areas, interactions between students, gender balance, numbers in each grade for multi-level classrooms, and information provided by the current teachers, child, and parents.  If there is information in addition to the knowledge we presently have about your child that you believe may be important to our consideration of class placement, please let Mrs. McDonald know.

            Placing students is not an easy task and the professionals in our school invest a great deal of time and thought into the process.   The classroom drafts are reviewed by collaborative teams of classroom teachers, specialists and administration. We strive to create the conditions that will help each child be successful here at Linwood.

            Students in Grade 2 from Rooms 4, 6 and 10 as well as students in Grade 4 from Rooms 15, 16, and 18 will continue on to Grade 3 and 5, respectively, with their current classroom groupings.  Towards the end of June we will once again hold “Bump Up Day” where all students meet with their new teacher and classmates. This experience has been well received in previous years and benefited students by reducing anxiety and creating excitement about the new year.

            Please direct all questions to Mrs. McDonald at 204-889-9356. Thank you for your support.

            Friday, 28 April 2017

            Music Monday is coming to Linwood!

            Please join us as Linwood celebrates Music Monday on Monday, May 1st at 9:05 – 10:20 (approximate times) in the auditorium. Every student will have a part in this assembly which will include Orff instruments, drumming, movement, singing, the Linwood Choir, and a couple of surprises! We will finish our assembly by singing the Music Monday 2017 Anthem, Sing it Together, led by guest musicians, Mr. G. Dresser and his son, Pierce.

            Thursday, 20 April 2017

            The St. James Divisional Children’s Choir Visits Linwood!

            Students and staff were serenaded today by the Divisional Children’s Choir! A huge thank you to Mrs. Neufeld and the choir (which incudes four of our own Linwood Grade 5 students: Izzy, Makayla, Sasha, and Toby) for your beautiful performance and for including Linwood on your tour! Our students and staff were inspired by your dedication, excellence and beautiful singing!


            If any Grade 4 students would like to audition for the choir for next year, please contact Mrs. Wurch for forms and audition information which will be available next week.

            Tuesday, 18 April 2017

            Message from the City of Winnipeg

            Winnipeg Parking Authority campaign encourages drivers to “Be Aware. Park with Care” around schools, fire lanes and designated spaces


            Campaign aims to educate drivers prior to WPA mailing out tickets for parking violations


            Winnipeg, MB – Today, the Winnipeg Parking Authority (WPA) launched its “Be Aware. Park with Care” campaign which encourages drivers to follow parking laws when stopping or parking around schools, fire lanes and designated parking spaces. The campaign aims to educate drivers about the parking rules in these high-offense areas prior to the WPA beginning to mail out parking tickets on May 1, 2017.


            “Parking illegally around schools, in fire lanes and in designated parking spaces can cause serious safety concerns, traffic delays and inconvenience,” said Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation. “I’m pleased to see the Winnipeg Parking Authority take the initiative to educate the public and emphasize that these spaces are saved for something more important than your convenience.”


            The campaign features several videos that will be used to supplement a social media campaign, radio spots, newspaper advertising as well as targeted communication with schools and parents.


            “Illegally parked vehicles during school pick up and drop offs create serious safety hazards for children and cause traffic delays,” said Councillor Brian Mayes, the City’s Liaison for School Boards & Youth Opportunity. “I am thrilled the Winnipeg Parking Authority is launching this campaign and working with schools to address these concerns.”


            Similarly, the campaign notes that illegally parked cars in fire lanes, whether at a shopping mall, grocery store, community centre or other public venue, can also cause safety issues.


            “It’s vital that fire lanes remain free and clear of any parked cars so that we can respond quickly to emergency situations,” said Assistant Chief Mark Reshaur, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. “Whether it’s a fire or a medical emergency, seconds count so please pay attention to signage and do not park in fire lanes.”


            Also highlighted in the campaign are designated parking spaces which are reserved for persons with a physical disability and a properly displayed current permit.


            More information is available at




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            Monday, 3 April 2017

            Volunteer Appreciation


            Linwood Volunteers,
            You Keep Us Afloat!
            Linwood Volunteers are invited to join us on
            Tuesday, April 18th at 9:15 a.m.
            for a morning of treats and talents.
            anchor-clipart-1398629005otDHope to see you there!

            Welcome Back!

            We hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break and found time to balance rest and relaxation with fun and adventure.  Families are reminded that students must be prepare to be outdoors daily, recess happens in all sorts of weather!  During this 'soggy' time of year a spare pair of socks and even a change of clothes can help to make the day more comfortable in case of we clothing.  The final term of the school year will see lots of special events taking place.  Please be sure to check the school and classroom blogs frequently to ensure you are 'in the loop'!

            Monday, 20 March 2017


            Parent Council has generously arranged for our students to enjoy a special performance "Folklorama Teaching Workshop".  The workshop will feature two different performances in an assembly style presentation.  This will take place on Friday, March 24th at 1:15 PM.  Parents are welcome to join us!

            Story Time with the Principal

            Every month students from each classroom come together to enjoy a story and a snack with Mrs. McDonald.  Over the course of the year, each student will have a turn. In March, the following students participated:  Samantha, Makayla V., Marcus, Zhane, Seth, Tae Hyon, Gabriel M., William, Ken, Miley, Rowan, Noah, Nikolai, Sasha, Ella, Madelynn V., Madysen E., Kieran B., Hana, Ajay, Ben, Maddox, Audrey, Makayla H., Addi W., and Madison H.

            Monday, 13 March 2017

            Attention Volunteers!

            Have you helped out with a field trip, fun lunch, sending party snacks, or in the classroom?  We appreciate your efforts!  Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is coming up quickly on Tuesday, April 18th at 9:15 AM.  More details will be sent home with students closer to the event.  For now, please save the date!

            Thursday, 9 March 2017

            Celebration of Learning

            On Thursday, March 16th we will host our second term Celebration of Learning with an open house from 4:30-7:00 PM.  Our goal is to have all families participate.  This is a wonderful chance for our students to share with their families all of the learning that has taken place during the second term of our school year.  Details were sent home yesterday with your child's report card.

            While you are visiting our classrooms, please also remember to visit:

            - The lost and found (on display in the front hallway).  Items remaining at the end of March will be donated to a charitable organization

            - Book give-away (also in the front hallway).  Free children's and adult's books will be on display, help yourself!

            - Project Fair (auditorium).  Students who participated in this optional event will have their Heritage Project or Science Project on display for all to enjoy.

            Monday, 6 March 2017

            Giving Tree Hosting Snack Sale

              Hi, we're Ayla and Maddox from Giving Tree.

                  For the next two weeks, Giving Tree will be hosting a snack sale of chips and licorice for Mission to Mexico. This sale helps kids in Mexico living in poverty. We decided to help after watching a presentation by the Mission to Mexico Youth Team, a group of high school students working with the School of Champions and the Volcanes Community Education Project in Mexico.

                      The Mission to Mexico project started when two of the high school students, the Liscum boys, were just in Grade 4. They visited Mexico and learned about the struggles the kids face there. Many of the kids we're helping live near the garbage dump and depend on the materials from the dump for food and housing. The kids often drop out of school to help their parents take care of their families, so food and education are great ways to support the kids in building a healthier and more stable life.

                          All of the money we raise will buy the kids school supplies. Please support us and buy a bag of chips for $1.00 and a strand of licorice for $0.25 (a quarter) during our recess sales and at conferences. The first sale is Wednesday, March 8
                           during p.m. recess by the office. Please see the schedule of snack sales included below. You can check out the Volcanes Community Education Project at the website link below as well. Please help the kids in Mexico by buying our snacks! Thank you for your support!


                                  Giving Tree

                                    Our Choir Won Silver!

                                    Congratulations to our choir for winning a Silver for their performance at the Winnipeg Music Festival on Wednesday, March 1st! We are extremely proud of our Choir members and thank them for their hard work, dedication to practicing and for doing a wonderful job representing Linwood School! Thank you to Izzy, Hana S., Makayla, Ashley, Addi W, and Mr. Wurch for accompanying our songs with percussion and violin!  A final thank you goes out to our volunteers who helped chaperone our trip! A date for our Silver Celebration Party will be announced soon!


                                    Friday, 3 March 2017

                                    Thin Ice Warning


                                    Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre is advising people to stay off the Red River in the Winnipeg area as high water from the United States makes its way north, raising river levels between eight to 10 feet, possibly weakening and breaking the ice.  The rising Red River will influence the level of Assiniboine River in the area where the two rivers meet and possibly upstream. 
                                    Recent warm weather extended into the northern U.S. melting surface snow and raising water levels in the Red River Basin. 
                                    Due to changing weather patterns, ice conditions on southern rivers and lakes may be hazardous.  It is strongly advised that people be careful if venturing out onto what appears to be frozen rivers and lakes due to thin ice conditions. 
                                    Rivers can be especially hazardous as ice thickness can vary in the same area of a river.  Ice tends to be weaker toward the middle of the river, although there may be exceptions.  Areas of fast-flowing water tend to have thin ice which may not be visible. 

                                    Wednesday, 1 March 2017

                                    News from City of Winnipeg

                                    City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide

                                    The City of Winnipeg is proud to provide a wide variety of recreation and leisure opportunities that contribute to the overall well-being of our community.  The Leisure Guide is published three times per year and is filled with fun and exciting programs for everyone.  The Spring/Summer 2017 edition features spring skating lessons and a number of exciting camps to keep the kids busy this summer, including a full-day format for our “L’il Critters” preschool camps! 


                                    For more information on leisure, sport and fitness programs, please pick up a copy of the Leisure Guide, call 311 or visit  Guides are available for pick up at civic pools, libraries and leisure centres, and at a number of retail locations including Safeway, 7-Eleven and Mac’s. 


                                    Watch for the Spring/Summer 2017 Leisure Guide at the beginning of March!  Registration for swimming lessons only will begin on March 14 at 8:00 am.  Registration for all other programs will begin on March 15 at 8:00 am. 


                                    Register for any 2017 City of Winnipeg summer camp by May 5 and you could win your camp for FREE!



                                    City of Winnipeg Priceless Fun


                                    Winnipeggers now have easy access to information about free recreation, leisure and library programs with the free programming guide, Priceless Fun.

                                    The Spring/Summer edition of Priceless Fun, available at the end of March, provides information about the free programs for children and youth being offered by the City of Winnipeg throughout the city, all in one convenient guide.

                                    Hard copies of Priceless Fun are available for pick up at all civic indoor pools, libraries and leisure centres. You can view the current edition of Priceless Fun online at: Information about programs is also available by calling 311.