to our grade 5 and 6 students who all qualified for the RRSD track meet this
year! It is not often that we have all students make it this far with track and
field and we are very proud of their accomplishments! We look forward to celebrating
this at the Grade 6 farewell which will be taking place on June 26th
in the morning.
haven’t had a chance, stop by the school and check out the plants that your
child planted in our community garden. During the final month of school one of
our classrooms look after the gardens. We really appreciate the community
helping out in July and August with garden! We know that a number of you stop
by to have a look, pick a few weeds and help with watering. It’s another
demonstration of the community spirit that is continues to stay strong in
administration are in the process of finalizing staffing for the 15-16 school
year. Once this information is completed, I will include the most up to date
staffing information in the RES community report which will go out before the
end of June. As you know, we will have multi-level classrooms for all gr.1-6
classrooms starting September 2015. Information regarding the transition for
gr.3-6 was sent out recently. If you have any questions, please feel free to
been a few questions regarding report cards for the end of the year. We will be
handing out report cards on June 29th, the last day of classes for
students. If you know that your child will be away the last day of classes,
please let Mrs. McMurachy know as soon as possible and we can make arrangements
for mail delivery or if possible pick up on June 26th at the end of
On the last
day of classes, June 29th, we are celebrating “Fly Into Summer” with
a presentation and family lunch bbq. Everyone is welcome to attend. More
information regarding location and time will be available to families closer to
the event. We hope you can make it! If I don’t see you before the end of the
school year. I want to wish you and your family a restful and enjoyable summer
break seems like a distant memory after another busy month of learning at
Rivers Elementary. Spring break came fast just after parent teacher conferences
and Rolling River Festival of the Arts. We are very proud of all the students
who participated in the festival this year! With festival taking place at the
same time as the parent teacher conferences, I want to say thank you to all the
families and teachers for being so flexible to ensure that everyone was
accommodated during this time.
In April, during
the elementary in-service day, our teachers gathered to talk about our school
priorities for the 15-16 school plan. When we think ahead about our school
plan, we center our plan on the divisional priorities. Our teachers have
prioritized excellence in education with a focus on math and student self-assessment,
continuing with health living and community partnerships. In the last few
months, we hope to narrow our plan to two goals for our school. We are looking
for your feedback. If you have any suggestions or comments for the 15-16 school
plan, please email or give me a call as soon as possible.
April 24, our staff and students also participated in a Shelter in Place Drill.
This is a practice drill for our school to have a systematic response to
hazardous materials released in the community. Our drill was very successful
with students and staff doing a fantastic job ensuring everyone’s safety.
newsletter, I have mentioned how we are moving to multi-level classes for our
3-6 grade levels in the 15-16 school year. Teachers are anticipating this shift
and have started having conversations with students in class. I will send a
note home in the upcoming weeks with more information regarding this
transition. If parents request an information evening, I would be happy to have
a session. After you receive the multi-level information letter, please contact
me if you would like an information session.
also like to announce that my family will be extending by another child! I will be going on maternity leave during the
15-16 school year following the birth of our second child. The replacement for
my maternity leave has not been finalized but I will let you know as soon as I
have any additional information. My anticipated due date is in mid-October so I
will be returning for the start of the school year in the fall and working for
as long as I am able to. I really appreciated all of kind words and
thoughtfulness of our students today when I shared the news with them. I am so
grateful to work in a community that values family and continues to work hard
to teach our children to be raised as kind of thoughtful children.
in the air! Our students and staff have already started preparing for the
season with their planting time this month during Social Learning Communities.
Thank you for helping them to care for their seeds at home. We hope they grow
into excellent plants that can be transplanted into our community garden at the
end of May.
was also a very exciting day for us this month! It’s always great to see the
students’ creativity and families coming out to support the event! What I love
most about Carnival is that it brings out the kindness of our students. Older
students help younger students count change and work their stations. Children
often lose items or money during the event in the excitement of the moment and
these things make their way back to owners. Adult supervisors make their way
through out the building and observe children demonstrating positive
citizenship skills while being independent. We expect no less from our students
and marvel in their success!
for joining us at parent teacher conferences this year. There seemed to be a
variety of activities happening in addition to the conferences in this round.
It was great to see families and teachers with flexible times in order for
those important conversations to continue. This was another good example of the
value our community places on education and Rivers Elementary.
report cards provide us with valuable information on student learning, we know
that the conversations with the teachers are the most beneficial. You have
probably noticed a change in the way the report cards are written since they
have become provincially mandated. Teachers are now reporting to you using
outcome based language focusing on strengths, challenges and next steps. During
each reporting period, teacher spend hours(which total up to days) gathering
evidence of learning and planning how they can best provide you with
information about your child’s learning growth. This isn’t all we do with the
report cards! We also spend time looking at the data from report cards and
children’s evidence of learning to plan how we can continuously improve the
depth of understanding and support specific student learning needs. The data
helps us to make informed decisions about school planning.
At the end
of April, our teachers will come together and talk about our school plan for
the 15-16 school year. We always welcome your input with the school plan.
Please contact the school if you have any suggestions as we think ahead. During
this time we will continue to plan ahead with the multilevel classrooms that will
take place next year which is not new for our gr.1/2 students but will be a new
adventure for the remaining grades.
a joyful spring break filled with fabulous weather and lots of fun with family
was exciting month at Rivers Elementary! We celebrated “I love to read” in a
variety of ways including having community members come into the school and
model their love of reading with our students! We were excited to have hockey
players from the Wheat Kings as well as Leanne Rowat sharing their love of
books with RES.
a great time to think about how we are supporting our young readers and writers
throughout the year. At school, we find ourselves forever collecting the best
literature we can to promote children’s love of books in and out of the
classroom. We want to have a range of books that children can choose from. One
of the most important skills you can have as a reader is to believe that you
can read and we know this happens with great literature.
classrooms, it’s no longer enough for students to be able to answer questions
at the end of the chapter or fill in the blanks on a worksheet. Our
expectations are much higher. Instead, children are being asked to read a range
of texts and think deeply and critically, discovering new meanings, making
personal interpretations, connecting texts to one another, and borrowing mentor
writer techniques as students create their own writing. These are not the same
classrooms that you and I attended. Our teachers support each child at his or
her own reading level and we spend time as a staff talking about how we as a
school team can help our readers.
So what can
you do to support your child with reading at home? Pay attention to your
child’s growth as a reader and celebrate this often! Share your questions with
teachers or me and read often with your child. Some of the books may come home with
your child and some books your child will need to have choice with. Most
importantly, make this a time to drop everything and cuddle up together. We
know that our readers are learning much from parents at home because at RES, we
are proud of the reading growth that happens among our students.
We also know
that you trust we will work hard to be explicit with instruction. While many of
our students learn with regular instruction, there are times when extra support
is needed. So above and beyond the everyday school structures for reading with
children, to children, and having children read to themselves, we are providing
interventions for struggling readers. We continue to work as a team with you to
ensure that every child in our school grows as a reader to her or his best
Here is a
website with 20 tips for parents to help create lifelong readers as a little
extra light read! http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_20_Ways_Parents/
reading to all of our Rivers Elementary families!
Happy New Year for 2015! It's an exciting start to the new year with our classrooms work hard in a variety of ways. Our teachers continue to enhance student performance through differentiated assessment and instruction as one of our major school plan goals this year. I see this happening in the classrooms in a variety of ways. Teachers work with individual and small groups of children as needed to support their academics as well as doing whole group instruction. In our classrooms that have two grades, this is a very important goal and great way to meet the needs of each child at Rivers Elementary.
As our school division continues to plan ahead, Rivers Elementary is one of the schools who will be moving to a full multi-level program next year. As you know, this year is the beginning of the transition with grade ½ classes. For the 15/16 school year we will continue with ¾ classes and 5/6 classes in our intermediate grades. This will be an opportunity for us to continue to grow as a learning community and value the needs of each individual learner. There will be a parent information session in April for families who would like to know more.
There have been some exciting activities happening in the classrooms. If you stop by the school, please take time to notice the artwork and writing on the walls created by our students! We also have continued with our Breakfast Club which has received excellent support from our community, The Honey House, and the Nutrition Council of Manitoba. A special thank you to our high school students who volunteer to help out every morning! Voyageur Day took play on January 16 during Social Learning Communities with great success.
Best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and happy 2015! You have such a key role in your child's education and your school support is much appreciated.
It's the time year for celebrating and sharing virtues with family and friends as we approach the holidays in December. At school, celebrating student learning at parent teacher conferences was big focus for us. I hope all of our families had an opportunity to stop in the gym for the literacy fair to see the children's favourite books on display with their projects that older students led younger students through. We appreciate the value you put on supporting your child's academic success at school! Establishing a partnership between teachers, students and parents is the most integral part of student learning.
Thank you to our families for sending students at 8:45am instead of 8:30am daily following the note home last week. As temperatures continue to drop, the later time gives them an opportunity to play before school starts without freezing in the cold for too long. We monitor the temperature and weather regularly and make sure students will come inside the school in the morning and through out recesses during the day when conditions do not permit them to be outside.
Our next exciting event takes place December 10th with the Christmas concert. This year's theme is "The Spirit of Christmas" with each classroom trying something a little different for you to enjoy. Mr. Graham is away this month on a medical leave so we will have Mrs. Krahn leading our choirs and music for us.
We are continuing to learn the features of our new website and how this communication tool can benefit parents. Until we are operating smoothly and effectively to ensure all families in our community can have access to the website, we will continue to run our newsletters and email information(or print when needed) so you receive items in a timely manner. In the future you will receive emails as website updates are created as part of your "My Site" access. There will be more information to come from the school division technology department. Thank you for the website feedback received so far which has been very positive. We are always looking for any suggestions that you have!
Welcome to the first principal blog post for the "NEW" Rivers Elementary website! This is a place where you can find that I will be sharing ideas, opinions, and events related to our school and community.
I'm excited to share with you the learning that's happening in our school. I am a proud principal because RES has a fantastic learning environment filled with excellent children who bring a smile to my face everyday! You know, everytime a visitor comes to our school and does a presentation or participates in an assembly when all of our students are together, the visitor comments on the respectfulness and kindness of our students. Whether it's students holding the door open and welcoming people to our school or how they listen so respectfully to someone they have never met before, our students leave a lasting impression!
It is an honour for me to be here for my third year as principal working with such a dedicated group of educators. As I write this first blog, our teachers are working vigorously to ensure they share evidence of our students' learning in a meaningful way to parents for the first term of provincial report cards.
It is my hope that you will find this website as a way to feel connected to our students and staff at RES. Please be patient with us as we learn the ropes for the first little while. We are always looking for ways to improve so if you have any suggestions for our site or for news clip ideas, let me know as soon as you can. Give me a call or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.