INVITATION TO ATTEND PUBLIC BUDGET PRESENTATION
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Division Administration Office
36 Armitage Avenue
With the holiday season fast approaching this is an opportunity to highlight some of the activities that have taken place in Rolling River School Division (RRSD) over the fall. The School Division is full of dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are committed to ensuring positive educational opportunities for our students. We have robust participation in music, art, drama, athletics and service projects. In the spirit of the season, our schools are preparing for holiday concerts. We encourage you to attend and enjoy the entertainment provided by the creative and talented youth in our communities. Please visit our RRSD website for a concert schedule listing at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent/Teacher Conferences were held on November 25. The conferences provide an opportunity to establish a cooperative home-school partnership. These one to one meetings are an opportunity to talk about academic, social and behavioral progress with the goal of helping students learn and be successful in school. When parents and teachers communicate and work together student progress increases. I encourage all parents to take advantage of parent-teacher conference opportunities scheduled for the school year, and to be involved in school experiences and events involving your children.
I'm particularly appreciative of the work completed this fall on the RRSD Strategic Plan which included broad participation of the Rolling River School Division Trustees, Principals, Teachers, Thoughtstream Community Survey data, and Tell Them From Me (TTFM) student data. The Rolling River School Division Strategic Plan details Board priorities from 2016 – 2021. The priorities include Cultural Proficiency, Mental Health and Well Being, Literacy and Numeracy. For information on each priority please view the plan on the RRSD website.
Mental Health and Well Being is a strategic plan priority and Rolling River School Division is partnering with Healthy Child Manitoba Office (HCMO) to offer PAX Training to RRSD teachers in September 2017. PAX is a set of tools and strategies used by teachers and students that creates conditions for active teaching and lifelong learning. Longitudinal studies have shown that students who participate in PAX are more likely to graduate from school, need fewer special education services, have better mental health (including less suicidal thoughts/attempts), fewer smoking, alcohol and drug addictions, and are less involved in crime, into their adult years. The PAX program is currently being implemented in early years in four of our schools. We are expanding the PAX program to include all schools and grades in RRSD that have not previously used PAX. We are in the initial planning stages and more information will be forthcoming to include a parent information evening planned for September 2017. Additional information on the PAX program can be viewed at http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/pax/.
I would like to express my gratitude to students, staff, parents, and community members who enthusiastically contribute to our School Division.
Rolling River School Division is responsible for the safe transportation of students on school buses. The Division shall exercise due care and caution in approving the operation of school buses during inclement and potentially hazardous weather and road conditions.
If you would like more information on our Division's Transportation Storm Policy, please click on the link below.
RRSD Transportation - Storm Policy EBCD/P
I'm writing to inform that the RRSD Strategic Plan is coming and the planning process is well underway with broad participation to include the Rolling River School Division Trustees, Principals, Teachers, Thoughtstream Community Survey data and Tell Them From Me (TTFM) student data. The plan will guide RRSD in the coming years and will provide a wealth of information to support student progress in the following 4 priority areas:
- Mental Health and Well Being
- Cultural Proficiency
The planning process will continue into the fall, with the Board adopting the final plan for posting later this fall.
Yours in Education.
The first day of classes in Rolling River School Division for the 2016-17 school year is Tuesday September 7.
A reminder to all motorists to be mindful of the speed limit in school zones; please watch for our children who walk to school. A flashing strobe light indicates a bus is near; when meeting or following a school bus, the flashing red light requires you to stop so that our children can safely get to their destination. Thank-you.
Please accept my wishes for a rewarding school year as we come together to work and learn each day.
I believe all students have the ability to learn and achieve success. To support student performance, I believe educators should use research based pedagogy and data to make decisions. I have a transformational leadership style which encourages collaborative decision making and increases the level of stakeholder commitment and program sustainability in RRSD.
Foundational to my work are actions that promote equity and justice for all in a democratic , supportive climate. For the 2016-17 school year, planning is underway for personal and professional development opportunities that will focus on the invisible dynamics in society that favor some groups over others. The goal of the personal and professional development opportunity on September 19, 2016 with Ozlem Sensoy is to understand the impacts of popular media and its role in stereotyping and marginalizing some groups over others in society. Ozlem Sensoy is a professor at the University of Victoria and the author of "Is everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice".
I believe a heightened level of understanding, supports caring environments that encourages personal excellence with dignity and respect for all. This is both transformative and democratic.
Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
The coming months will be busy with new opportunities as we prepare for the second half of the school year. High School students will be studying for exams and confirming their course selections for semester 2. The first day of semester 2 for our High School students is Tuesday February 9th. There is no school in RRSD on Monday February 8th. It is an Elementary Inservice day and a High School Administration day.
I encourage you to read Transportation Storm Policy EBCD at https://www.rrsd.mb.ca/governance/PolicyManual/Documents/EBCD-Transportation-Storm_Policy.pdf
This will inform you of the conditions for bus cancellation and school closures in the event of inclement weather.
I look forward to crossing paths with you in classrooms, hallways, and communities across the division.
Have a Safe, Happy and Healthy 2016.
This new blog post is well overdue. We put our heads down to work
in September, and when I looked up again it’s December. The Christmas Season is
here and it is a great time to pause from busy schedules, reflect on what we
have, and to say “Thank-you”.
I would like to thank the principals, teachers, office
administrative staff, secretaries, educational
assistants, clinicians, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers and
volunteers who support our students in the academic areas, school clubs, field
trips, and extra-curricular activities. I
would like to thank our Board of Trustees for the time they devote to support our
RRSD schools. Thank-you to the students who come to school to learn something
new, and parents for trusting us with your children. As the holiday season
approaches, staff and students are very busy finishing up schoolwork,
rehearsing for Christmas concerts, preparing community Christmas dinners and
generously donating food items and gifts to ensure holidays are enjoyed by all.
Our last day of school is Friday December 18, 2015 and we return to school on
Monday January 4, 2016. I wish everyone well deserved rest and relaxation
during the Christmas break.
Time together is the most special gift and it is my hope that this
Christmas Season is a special time for you and those who are dear to you.
See you in the New Year!
I hope that you have had an enjoyable
summer. The start of a new school year is an exciting time for students,
parents and educators to meet new people, reconnect with friends, and think
about personal goals for the year.
Our goal is to help your child have a
successful and enjoyable school year. This goal can be best accomplished when
parents and schools work together to support our children. We continue to encourage
your involvement by reviewing the information your child brings home and, if
required, sign and promptly return forms to the school, by attending
parent-teacher conferences, volunteering, attending special events, checking
your school website, and joining Parent
Advisory Councils (PAC) to meet other parents and learn more about your
I appreciate the hard work it takes to
prepare for a new school year. Teachers and principals have been attending
workshops and preparing and planning for the students who will be in their
classrooms on September 9th. The
Transportation Department has put in a phenomenal amount of work to ensure our
buses are safe and sparkling clean. The Maintenance Department has been working
diligently on projects such as roofing; installation of playground structures;
and general upgrades to ensure our buildings are ready for the new school year.
Administrative support staff have been busy ensuring school supplies are sorted
and distributed to schools for the first day of school.
The first day of classes for the school
year is Wednesday September 9th. A reminder to all motorists to be mindful of
the speed limit in school zones; please watch for our children who walk to
school. A flashing white strobe light
indicates a bus is near; when meeting or following a school bus, the flashing
red light requires you to stop so that our children can safely get to their
Please accept my wishes for a rewarding
Rolling River School Division
welcomes you to 2015. Now in our second week back at school after the Christmas
break, it feels like the time away is a long and distant memory. For High School
students the 1st semester is nearing an end, and that means final
course projects are due. Our Middle Years students are looking forward to snow
shoeing and cross country skiing in their Physical Education classes now that
we have more snow. And our Early Years students are ready to be outside at
recess breaks as the recent cold spell has kept them inside. Our schools seemed
only to pause for a moment, and then without hesitation, pick up right where
they left off before the break in their very busy and full schedules.
So far so good! Neither wind-chill
nor inclement weather has caused a bus cancellation as of the writing of this
blog. Perhaps I have now jinxed that by saying it; like talking about a shutout
before the end of a hockey game. None-the-less, we will continue to hope for
good weather so our roads are safe for everyone. If you have not done so, I
encourage you to take some time to read the information regarding “School
Closure and Bus Cancellation Guidelines” flashing across our website. This will
help clarify what weather conditions cause bus cancellation and on occasion,
school closure. As well, it explains how that information is shared with our
I will also take this
opportunity to remind all motorists to watch for the flashing white strobe
light, indicating a school bus is near. When you meet or are following a bus be
mindful of the flashing red lights which indicate you are required to stop so that
our busses can safely unload their precious cargo. A reminder as well to be
careful and watch for our children who walk to school. It is slippery, so give
yourself lots of room to stop.
Welcome to 2015 and thank you
for working with us in keeping our children safe in their travels to and from
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