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Feb 21
Invitation to Attend Public Budget Presentation

INVITATION TO ATTEND PUBLIC BUDGET PRESENTATION

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Division Administration Office
36 Armitage Avenue
Minnedosa, MB

Dec 15
Highlighting RRSD Activities

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 rrsd@rrsd.mb.ca

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.

Dec 12
RRSD Transportation - Storm Policy

​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

Oct 25
Strategic Plan Announcement

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:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • 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.

Sincerely,

Mary-Anne Ploshynsky

Superintendent

Sep 02
Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

​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.

Sincerely,
Mary-Anne Ploshynsky

Apr 18
My Thoughts on Leadership and Democracy

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.

Sincerely,
Mary-Anne Ploshynsky

Jan 11
Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

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.

Sincerely,

Mary-Anne Ploshynsky

Dec 07
The Christmas Season Is Here!

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!

Sincerely,

Mary-Anne Ploshynsky

Aug 27
Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year in Rolling River School Division!

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 community school.

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 destination. Thank-you.

Please accept my wishes for a rewarding school year.

Sincerely,
Mary-Anne Ploshynsky

Jan 14
2015 Begins!

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 school communities.

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 school.

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