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May 02
Everyday tasks can help your child strengthen math skills

Most people read every day. They probably do math, too, although they may not realize it. Math is a natural part of life, and it’s important to include your child in daily math activities.

With your child, you can:

  • Take a trip. Before leaving, measure the air pressure in your car or bike tires. Also calculate how many miles you’ll go. If you are driving, how much gas will you use? As you travel, say a number between 1 and 10. Who can find a license plate with numbers that add up to the number you called out?

  • Follow recipes. When preparing meals, let your child help with weighing and measuring. Discuss sizes, shapes and fractions. Find answers to questions such as, “How could we double this recipe?” and “When we add ¼ cup to ¼ cup, what do we get?”

  • Go shopping. Use a calculator to keep a running tally of purchases. Use coupons to inspire math problems. “If we use this coupon, will the item cost less than other brands?” “Which of these items is really the best deal per pound?”

  • Save money. Help your child choose a goal, such as saving for a book. Make a chart to help. How much does she need to save each week? How long will it take her to reach the total? Keep track of how well she is doing. Then have fun shopping together!

  • Play games. There are lots of fun math games you can play together. Try dominoes, Uno and Connect 4.

(Reprinted with permission from the May 2017 issue of Parents make the difference!®  (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2017 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.)

Apr 05
School Attendance - Information for Parents

What Parents/Family Can Do with Children...

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Building good habits as early as pre-school can help you child's education throughout their school years.

  • Help your child get organized for school the night before
  • Have regular bed time routines
  • Avoid scheduling medical appointments and vacations when school is in session
  • Follow personal health practices that reduce the risk of your child becoming ill
  • Don't let your child stay home unless he or she is really sick. Keep in mind that stomach aches or headaches can be a sign of stress or anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of going to school everyday
  • Set an example of what good attendance looks like
  • Read to your child from a very early age. Students who are good readers tend to stay in school longer and achieve higher academic scores.

What Parents Can Do with the School...

When the parents and the school work together to improve attendance the children benefit and feel better about school and home.

  • Connect with your child's school early in the year, before there are any problems
  • Learn the school's attendance policies and practices
  • Make sure the school has current contact information
  • If your child appears anxious about attending school contact the school and see if anything has changed at school

What the Community Can Do...

Effective schools are integral parts of their community. Attendance and concerns about truancy are community problems not just school problems.

  • Make attendance a community priority
  • Help parents look for solutions
  • Provide appointments for children that are outside of school hours
  • Offer free parenting programs to parents, such as Triple P Parenting
  • Support families with after school programs such as After the School Bell Rings
  • Partner with the school to provide incentives
  • Involve community leaders in the goal of improved attendance

Personal Health Practices

The number one reason that students miss school is due to illness. The best way to reduce the risk of your child being ill is to follow preventative health practices that keep your child well.

Some examples are:

For more information, please click on Healthy Habits for Life.

Feb 21
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

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

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.


Mary-Anne Ploshynsky


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.

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.

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

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.


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!


Mary-Anne Ploshynsky

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