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Apr 13
April Newsletter

Dear Royal School Families,

Welcome back to our final term of the school year.  I hope you enjoyed your Spring Break.  Students have quickly settled back into the school routine.  We are looking forward to the adventures of the next few months of school.  Below are details for the month of April.

Report Cards:  Term two report cards will be available electronically on April 9.  To access your child's report, go to the Parent Scheduler and follow the same process as you would to set up a tri-conference.  The link to the scheduler can be found at the bottom of the Royal School website.  You will use the same username and password.  Use the dropdown box/arrow to see Term 2.  Your child's/children's names will come up.  You will be able to access the report card under your child's/children's name(s) as of April 9 at 9:00a.m.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Comberbach at scomberbach@pembinatrails.ca.  She will respond to you and be able to answer your questions.  

Report cards communicate significant aspects of student academic achievement and learning behaviors.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the classroom teacher.

Assembly:  Our April assembly will take place on Friday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m.  Our assembly will take place on MS Teams.

Day of Pink:  On April 14, staff and students will be participating in Day of Pink, a special day to think about respect and anti-bullying.  Day of Pink began in Halifax, NS, when a group of students stood together in support of a fellow student who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.  Today it has become a nationwide event with schools and businesses wearing pink, taking pledges and learning more about how to create and support safe and caring learning communities through a systematic focus on respect.  Students are encouraged to wear pink shirts on this day.

Kindergarten:  Families who have children of eligible age are asked to register as soon as possible to help us determine the number of Kindergarten classes and appropriate staffing. If you have any neighbours or friends in the area who have a child who will be 5 years old (by December 31, 2021) please encourage them to contact our school office for more information.  Royal School often has out-of-catchment families applying for their children to be accepted for our Kindergarten program; however, there is a delayed acceptance for this process.  We must wait until we know our in-catchment enrolment before we accept School of Choice applications.  

For more information, please call the school at 204-889-6650 or email royal@pembinatrails.ca or visit https://www.pembinatrails.ca/schools/royal/About-Us/How-To-Register/Pages/default.aspx.

Our Kindergarten Orientation Evening will take place on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00-7:30 p.m.  More details will follow as to the format of this evening and if we are allowed to meet in person or through MS Teams.

From Parent Connection:  Our next Parent Connection online meeting is Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. on MS Teams. Would you like to connect with other parents while supporting Royal School in really wonderful ways?  Parent Connection is a small volunteer-run group and we're looking for parents just like you!  We'd love to see you at our next meeting...it's only an hour of your time.  If you would like to receive the link to the meeting (on MS Teams) please contact the school. 

Parent Connection meeting minutes are available on the Royal School website at the following link: https://www.pembinatrails.ca/schools/royal/Community/Parent-Council/Pages/default.aspx.

Glenlea Greenhouses Plant Fundraiser:  Parent Connection is currently holding a fundraiser selling plants and gift cards from Glenlea Greenhouses.  An email with details was sent home on January 29.  Orders can be placed on-line until April 15.  Plants will be delivered on May 19.  More details on pick-up will follow to those who ordered plants.  Here is the link to Glenlea Greenhouses:  Winnipeg Plant Fundraising | Glenlea Greenhouses

Unpredictable Weather:  Please dress your child for the unpredictable spring weather.  To help students have an enjoyable time outside during recess, mittens/gloves and an extra pair of socks in your child's backpack is helpful and splash pants help to keep clothing dry on our wet playground. 

COVID Reminders:  Please remember to send your child/children with all of the things they need during the school day.  Staff and students in 3/4H, 4/5G and 5M are to wear masks at school.  Younger students may also wear masks.  All students need a refillable water bottle.  There are two water filling stations in our school. 

Be sure to refer to the Pembina Trails website for more details about COVID at  Pembina Trails School Division.

Upcoming events:

  • April 5 – Classes Resume (Day 3)
  • April 9 – Report Cards available online
  • April 9 – Assembly (1:00)
  • April 14 – Day of Pink
  • April 15 – Glenlea Flower Baskets (Parent Connection)
  • April 20 – Parent Connection Meeting (6:30) on MS Teams
  • May 7 – Assembly (11:00)
  • May 18 – Parent Connection Meeting (6:30)
  • May 24 – Victoria Day – NO SCHOOL
  • May 26 – Kindergarten Orientation Evening (6:00-7:30)
  • June 4 – Assembly (1:00)
  • June 16 – Field Trip to the Assiniboine Zoo (tentative)
  • June 18 – Evaluation Day – NO SCHOOL
  • June 24 – Grade 5 Farewell
  • June 25 – Tabloid Day
  • June 29 – Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 – Admin/PD – NO SCHOOL

The next few months will pass by very quickly.  There is still lots of learning to take place as well as many special events as we conclude our school year at Royal School.

Learning together,

Lorraine Barton

Principal

 

 


Feb 26
March Newsletter

Dear Royal School Families,

February was an exciting month.  Along with the many engaging classroom experiences that our students are exposed to every day, students had many additional educational opportunities during this short but busy month.  Events included I Love to Read secret agent activities, Spirit Days, 100 Day, our Fort Whyte Forest School Winter Carnival and Vive La Voyager visits.  What a vibrant and busy place Royal School is for children to learn and grow. 

It is hard to believe that it is March.  Almost a year ago our world was turned upside down by a global pandemic.  I am grateful that we can be at school each day.  Thank you for being diligent about screening your children each morning and for following all of our COVID protocols. 

Assembly:  Our March assembly will take place on Thursday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m.  Our assembly takes place on MS Teams.

Author Visit:  On March 9 we will welcome Lisa Bowes, author of the Lucy Tries series.  Lisa will visit our grade 1-4 students virtually.  For more information about this author/sports journalist visit her website at:  lucytriessports.com.

Report Cards:  Thank you for attending the term 2 Tri-Conferences.  Students took great pride in sharing their work and setting new goals for the next term.  Since this was our last Tri-Conference for this school year, I encourage you to contact the classroom teacher if any questions or concerns arise. Students do not have school on Friday, March 19.  On this day teachers will be preparing the second term report card.  The report cards will be available the week after Spring Break. 

Kindergarten:  We had a very good response to our Kindergarten 2021-22 Virtual Information Evening.  Families who have children of eligible age are asked to register as soon as possible to help us determine the number of Kindergarten classes and appropriate staffing.  If you have any neighbours or friends in the area who have a child who will be 5 years old (by December 31, 2021) please encourage them to contact our school office for more information.  Royal School often has out-of-catchment families applying for their children to be accepted for our Kindergarten program; however, there is a delayed acceptance for this process.  We must wait until we know our in-catchment enrolment before we accept School of Choice applications.  For more information, please call the school at 204-889-6650 or go to this link on our website:  https://www.pembinatrails.ca/schools/royal/About-Us/Open-House/Pages/default.aspx.

Spring Break:  The last day of school before Spring Break is Friday, March 26.  Students return to school on Monday, April 5 (Day 3).

Parent Connection:  Our next Parent Connection meeting is Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30 pm.  Please consider coming out to meet other parents.  This is a wonderful way to support Royal School.  If you would like to receive the link to the meeting (on MS Teams) please contact the school.

Glenlea Greenhouses Plant Fundraiser:  Each year Parent Connection holds a fundraiser selling plants and gift cards from Glenlea Greenhouses.  An email with details was sent home on January 29.  Orders can be received on-line until April 15.  Plants will be delivered on May 19.  Here is the link:  Winnipeg Plant Fundraising | Glenlea Greenhouses.

Parking Lot Concerns:  Please remember the importance of safety and patience in our parking lot.  We continue to re-think and respond to the challenges of drop-off and pick-up times.  One difficulty is parents turning left when leaving the parking lot during peak times.  We understand that parents need to turn left if they have to re-enter the parking lot (loop around again) to pick up their child/children.  If you have your child/children in the car and can turn right on Laxdal or go straight onto Bloomer this would assist with the back-up of traffic at the end of the day.  We cannot put any more cars into the parking lot loop until cars exit the parking lot.  Also do not pass stopped cars in the parking lot. 

If you have someone new picking up your child/children, please explain to them the process of our drop-off and pick-up routines.  Thank you for your help with this. 

Upcoming events:

  • March 4 – Assembly (11:00)
  • March 16 – Parent Connection Meeting (6:30)
  • March 19 – Evaluation Day – NO SCHOOL
  • March 29 – April 2 – Spring Break
  • April 2 – Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
  • April 5 – Classes Resume (Day 3)
  • April 7 – Staff Meeting
  • April 9 – Report Cards available online
  • April 9 – Assembly (1:00)
  • April 14 – Day of Pink
  • April 20 – Parent Connection Meeting (6:30)

Thank you for working with us and your support of Royal School,

 

Lorraine Barton

Principal


Feb 09
February Newsletter #2

Dear Royal School Families,

In November we shared with you that we could not hold a Holiday/Christmas concert.  Instead we would send you an "informance" video to give you a glimpse into the Music program at Royal School.

Before the school year began, Mrs. Dyck wrote lyrics to the song, My Favourite Things, as her theme for the school year.  During the school year Mrs. Dyck's plan was to teach all of her favourite things from her many years as a Music teacher.  COVID changed her plans.

Here is a link to Mrs. Dyck singing Royal School's version of My Favourite Things.  As she sings you can watch the pictures of our students participating in the many Music activities happening at Royal School.  This is a private YouTube link.  My Favourite Things

Harvest Food Drive:  Thank you for your generous donations to Harvest.  We filled two bins! 

Tri-Conferences:  Our second set of Tri-Conferences will be held on Monday, February 8 from 9:00-12:00 and 4:00-8:00.  Teachers will participate in PD in the afternoon.  There is no school on Monday. 

Valentine's Day:  We will celebrate Valentine's Day on February 12.  Traditionally students bring Valentine's Day cards to share with their friends.  We want to continue with this tradition.  To safely do so with COVID, we are asking that families complete Valentine's Day cards at home and deliver them to school on Tuesday, February 9.  On February 9 teachers and students will deliver the cards.  Valentine cards will then be placed in quarantine until February 12.  Children will open the cards during the class Valentine's Day party.  If your child is planning to give Valentine's cards to their classmates, it is important that a card is given to every student in the class.               

Virtual Kindergarten Information Evening:  We look forward to welcoming families to our Virtual Kindergarten 2021-2022 Information Evening on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30pm.  This will be held through MS Teams.  Details are on our website at Royal School (pembinatrails.ca).

Forest School from Fort Whyte Alive:  Fort Whyte Alive is coming to Royal School on February 22, 23 and 24.  K-3 will participate in Winter Carnival Fun and Grade 4-5 will participate in Vive le Voyager.  The cost of the Forest School will come from our Move and Groove-a-thon funds. 

I Love to Read:  We will be celebrating I Love to Read month with many activities that will develop an interest in books and a love of reading.  Our theme is "Secret Agent Royal School". 

We will hold an additional Spirit Day on Friday, February 26 – Secret Agent Day.  Students are encouraged to dress-up as Secret Agents.

Spirit Days:  We will be hosting thee more Spirit Days on the following Fridays.  Students can participate by dressing up in the following ways: 

  • February 12 – Red and White Day
  • February 19 – Royal School Day (wear your "royal" gear (king, queen, princess, knight) or school colours)
  • February 26 – Secret Agent Day

From Parent Connection:  February 8-12 is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.  Our Parent Connection group would like to encourage all families to reach out to our school staff with messages of gratitude.  See details that came home in the Parent Connection email on January 29.

Upcoming events: 

  • February 8 – Tri-Conferences (morning and evening, PD in afternoon) – NO SCHOOL
  • February 9 – Valentine's Day Cards brought to school
  • February 12 – Celebrate Valentine's Day
  • February 12 – Spirit Days – Red and White Day
  • February 15 – Louis Riel Day – NO SCHOOL
  • February 16 – Kindergarten Information Evening, 6:30-7:30 (virtual on Teams)
  • February 19 – Spirit Days – Royal School Day (school colours/Royal School clothes/dress like royalty)
  • February 22, 23, 24 – Forest School visit from Fort Whyte Alive
  • February 26 – Spirit Days – Secret Agent Day

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 


Feb 09
February Newsletter #1

Dear Royal School Families,

While February is the shortest month of the year, it is one of the busiest months.  During the month we will celebrate Tri-Conferences, Valentine's Day, I Love to Read events, a Virtual Kindergarten Information Evening, the 100th day of school, Forest School from Fort Whyte Alive, three more Spirit Fridays, and other events that make Royal School a wonderful place to be.  These events are noted on the website calendar with more details below.

Harvest Food Drive:  Thank you for your generous donations to Harvest.  We filled two bins!  Our Food Drive will continue until February 4.

School Assembly:  We will host our next school assembly on Friday, February 5 at 1:00.

Tri-Conferences:  Our second set of Tri-Conferences will be held on Monday, February 8 from 9:00-12:00 and 4:00-8:00.  There is no school on this day.  Tri-Conferences will be done virtually through Teams or by phone.  The parent scheduler (to book a Tri-Conference) opened on Monday, January 25.  Tri-Conferences are a time to celebrate student growth and to establish new learning goals. 

Valentine's Day:  We will celebrate Valentine's Day on February 12.  Traditionally students bring Valentine's Day cards to share with their friends.  We want to continue with this tradition.  To safely do so with COVID, we are asking that families complete Valentine's Day cards at home and deliver them to school on Tuesday, February 9.  On February 9 teachers and students will deliver the cards.  Valentine cards will then be placed in quarantine until February 12.  Children will open the cards during the class Valentine's Day party.  If your child is planning to give Valentine's cards to their classmates, it is important that a card is given to every student in the class.               

Virtual Kindergarten Information Evening:  We look forward to welcoming families to our Virtual Kindergarten 2021-2022 Information Evening on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30pm.  This will be held through MS Teams.  Details are on our website at Royal School (pembinatrails.ca).

If you have any neighbours or friends in the area who have a child who will be 5 years old by December 31, 2021, please encourage them to register as soon as possible. Staffing is determined by our enrolment, so we won't know if we have one or two Kindergarten classes until we have final registration numbers.  Royal School often has out-of-catchment families applying for their children to be accepted for our Kindergarten program.  There is a delayed acceptance for this process.  We must wait until we know our in-catchment enrolment before we accept School of Choice applications.  For more information, please contact our school office.

Forest School from Fort Whyte Alive:  Due to COVID-19 we cannot participate in our field trip to Fort Whyte Alive.  Instead, Fort Whyte Alive is coming to us on February 22, 23 and 24.  K-3 will participate in Winter Carnival Fun and Grade 4-5 will participate in Vive le Voyager.

The cost of the Forest School will come from our Move and Groove-a-thon funds. 

I Love to Read - February is I Love to Read month, and that makes it a great time to talk about the importance of reading and developing a love of books in the life of your child.  We will be celebrating I Love to Read month with many activities that will develop an interest in books and a love of reading.  Our theme is "Secret Agent Royal School". 

A Thought About Books:  What's not to love about books?  They can take you places that you can only dream of for much less than the cost of airfare; introduce you to new friends without ever leaving your home; and bring magic into your life which can be a spark for further imagination and creativity. 

Without a doubt, reading together can be considered the best gift you can give your children from the day they are born until the time they are fully independent readers.  It will have a lifelong positive impact. Being read to boosts a child's vocabulary and communication skills and opens up conversations about all kinds of topics through shared stories.  Experts agree that reading to your children is the easiest and most effective way to turn children into lifelong readers and it can be as beneficial for you as it is for your children because the time spent reading together builds bonds between the reader (you) and listener (your child).

There is also a direct link between reading and writing and it has been proven that the more one reads, the better your writing skills will be.  Reading impacts everything from word choice, organization, spelling, grammar and ideas in student writing.  Dr. Seuss had it right when he said: "The more you read, the more you will know."  

Spirit Days:  We will be hosting three more Spirit Fridays.  Students can participate by dressing up in the following ways: 

  • February 5 – Western Day
  • February 12 – Red and White Day
  • February 19 – Royal School Day (wear your "royal" gear (king, queen, princess, knight) or school colours)

Parent Connection Meeting:  Our next Parent Connection meeting is on March 16 at 6:30 p.m.  All parents are welcome to attend.  Thank you to our Parent Connection Group for purchasing voice amplifiers and document cameras for our teachers.  The minutes of the Parent Connection meetings can be found at Royal School (pembinatrails.ca).

Glenlea Greenhouses Plant Fundraiser:  Each year Parent Connection holds a fundraiser selling plants and gift cards from Glenlea Greenhouses.  A separate email will come home explaining the process to order.

Staff Appreciation:  February 8-12 is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.  Our Parent Connection group would like to encourage all families to reach out to our school staff with messages of gratitude.  Details will also come home in the Parent Connection email.

Upcoming events: 

  • February 5 – Assembly on Teams (1:00)
  • February 5 – Spirit Days – Western Day
  • February 8 – Tri-Conferences (morning and evening, PD in afternoon) – NO SCHOOL
  • February 12 – Celebrate Valentine's Day
  • February 12 – Spirit Days – Red and White Day
  • February 15 – Louis Riel Day – NO SCHOOL
  • February 16 – Kindergarten Information Evening, 6:30-7:30 (virtual on Teams)
  • February 19 – Spirit Days – Royal School Day (school colours/Royal School clothes/dress like royalty)
  • February 22, 23, 24 – Forest School visit from Fort Whyte Alive
  • March 5 – Assembly on Teams (11:00)
  • March 16 – Parent Connection Meeting on Teams (6:30)
  • March 19 – Evaluation Day – NO SCHOOL
  • March 29 – April 2 – Spring Break

Have a lovely month.


Jan 07
January Newsletter

Dear Royal School Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back!  I hope everyone had a restful holiday with family.  I wish you and your family all the best in 2021.  Please take note of the information below.

Welcoming New Staff:  Welcome to Mr. Adam Hildebrandt, our new Phys. Ed teacher and Ms. Annabelle Church, a new Educational Assistant.  We also welcome Mrs. Tanya Humphries who is teaching in 4/5G and Ms. Amber Hamit who is teaching in grade 3.

New Student Handbooks:  Later this week students will be coming home with updated student handbooks (one per family).  The important school dates portion of the handbook contains dates of full school activities during the time leading up to Spring Break.  On our school website you will find this student handbook and the full school calendar.

Assembly:  January's assembly will take place on Friday, January 8 at 11:00 on Teams. 

Food Drive for Harvest Manitoba, Food Bank Winnipeg:  It is a school tradition to host a food drive in the new year.  This year's food drive will take place from January 18 – February 4.  Donations of non-perishable food products are greatly appreciated.  Non-perishable food items include: 

Rice                                                     Cereal such as Cheerios

Baby formula                                       Canned stew, chili, baked beans      

Macaroni/Noodles (Kraft Dinner)        Peanut Butter

Canned soup                                      Spaghetti sauce

Canned fruit and vegetables              Canned fish and poultry

Parent Connection:  Our next Parent Connection meeting is on January 19 at 6:30 p.m. on Teams.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend to be more aware of what's happening in our school community.  If you would like to receive an invite to the Teams meeting, please let me know by email.

Spirit Days:  We will be hosting Spirit Days on six Fridays starting on January 15.  Students can participate by dressing up in the following ways: 

  • January 15 – Pajama Day
  • January 22 – Jersey Day
  • January 29 – Wacky Hair/Hat Day
  • February 5 – Western Day
  • February 12 – Red and White Day
  • February 19 – Royal School Day (school colours/Royal School clothes/dress like royalty)

Access to School:  All our doors will be locked during the day. Parents/guardians will not be able to come into the building as we are being diligent in tracking who is in our building for contact tracing. Should you need to drop off or pick up your child or drop off an item for your child, we ask that you call the school (204.889.6650) when you arrive at the main school doors or use the intercom system located above the accessible door button at the main school entrance. Parents/guardians must wait outside the school building when dropping off or picking up their child. 

Illness:  If your child will be absent from school due to illness or an appointment, please contact the school office at 204.889.6650 or by email at royal@pembinatrails.ca before the start of classes. In this way, we help to ensure that every child is safe and accounted for. You may also leave messages on our answering machine.

Due to COVID-19 we ask that you screen your child for symptoms. If your child is experiencing flu-like/COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your child at home and follow Public Health guidelines.

If a student exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, they will be isolated, and parents will be called for immediate pick-up. If you are unable to pick up your child within 30 minutes, we ask that you have a back-up plan of someone who can pick up your child.  More details can be found at https://www.pembinatrails.ca/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx and https://www.pembinatrails.ca/Pages/When-can-your-child-return-to-school-after-an-illness.aspx.

Tri-Conferences: Tri-Conferences will take place on Monday, February 8 morning and evening.  An email will come home when it is time to book your conference time through the Parent Scheduler (starting on January 25).  Tri-Conferences will be done on Teams or by phone.

Dressing for the Weather:  Please ensure your child is dressed properly for the cold weather.  Snow pants, boots, gloves/mittens, hats and neck warmers are a must.  Students go outside to play until the windchill reaches or exceeds -27C.  Due to COVID-19, Phys. Ed classes are frequently held outside.  Outdoor play is more fun when students are dressed properly for the weather.  Please label your child's belongings.  If clothing items are lost, they can be found in the Lost and Found bins by the gym.

Upcoming events: 

  • January 4 – Divisional Common Day – NO SCHOOL (Day 4)
  • January 5 – Classes Resume (Day 5)
  • January 8 – Assembly on Teams (11:00)
  • January 15 – Spirit Days – Pajama Day
  • January 18 - February 4 – Food Drive for Harvest Manitoba
  • January 19 – Parent Connection Meeting on Teams (6:30)
  • January 22 – Spirit Days – Jersey Day
  • January 29 – Spirit Days – Wacky Hair/Hat Day
  • February 5 – Assembly on Teams (1:00)
  • February 5 – Spirit Days – Western Day
  • February 8 – Tri-Conferences (morning and evening, PD in afternoon) – NO SCHOOL
  • February 12 – Celebrate Valentine's Day
  • February 12 – Spirit Days – Red and White Day
  • February 15 – Louis Riel Day – NO SCHOOL
  • February 16 – Parent Connection Meeting on Teams (6:30)
  • February 16 – Kindergarten Information Evening, 6:30-8:00 (virtual)
  • February 19 – Spirit Days – Royal School Day (school colours/Royal School clothes/dress like royalty)
  • March 5 – Assembly on Teams (11:00)
  • March 16 – Parent Connection Meeting on Teams (6:30)
  • March 19 – Evaluation Day – NO SCHOOL
  • March 29 – April 2 – Spring Break

It is hard to believe that we are looking at only six months of school to the end of June.  Soon we will be planning for the 2021-22 school year.  As principal, my goal is to support staff and students so that we will continue to have a school where all children feel safe, valued, included and able to take on the challenges of learning.  

Thank you for doing your part to ensure Royal School is a safe place.  Thank you for following all of the COVID-19 procedures.

Thank you for your continued support of our work with your children at Royal School.

Lorraine

Lorraine Barton

Principal


Nov 27
December Newsletter

December 2020

Dear Royal School Families,

Happy December!  We look forward to the Christmas season with the many festive events, bright lights and glistening snow.  Due to COVID-19, Christmas will look different for each of us this year.  Normally by this time of the year we are busy preparing for our Christmas/Winter/Holiday concert. 

Christmas/Winter/Holiday Concert:  Mrs. Dyck is busy planning/considering the details of an "Informance".  When ready, we will send you a link to a private YouTube channel/video giving you a peek into the music room.  We are working on this and will email you when it is ready (end of December/beginning of January). 

FOB/Intercom Door Access System:  When you come to the school you can contact our office by using the Intercom Door Access System.  Just push the button on the panel above the accessible door button.  You will be connected with our school secretary who can see you and talk to you.  This is located at the main school doors.

Report Cards:  It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of our first term.  Grade 1-5 teachers are writing first term report cards on Friday, November 27.  There is no school on this day.  On December 11, grade 1-5 parents will receive the first report card of this school year communicating your child's strengths, challenges and next steps for learning. 

If you have any questions about your child's report, please contact your child's teacher.  Please continue to be in communication with your child's teacher regarding any academic or behavior concerns as they arise.  Open and honest communication between home and school is essential to a child's success in school.  Report cards will be available on the Parent Scheduler.

Kindergarten students receive one report card each year, in June.

Drop-off and Pick-up:  Please remember to drive with safety in mind in our parking lot and around our school.  In the colder winter months, we tend to focus on convenience over safety when dropping off and picking up children.  Accidents happen when we least expect them. Please keep our students safe!

 In the school parking lot, please follow the line of cars and drop your child off at the opening in the large gate.   You are also welcome to park in one of the visitor spots along the north fence and walk your child to the opening in the gate.  Another option is to park at Charleswood Centre and cross the intersection at Grant and Laxdal with your child or have the crossing guards cross your child.   Thank you for making sure that your child is supervised by a parent in the parking lot and ensuring they exit the vehicle on the passenger side, closest to the fence.  Please stay in a single file when driving through the parking lot.  Do not pass stopped cars.  Please enter and exit the parking lot as indicated by the signs (entrance at the north, exit at the south).

Remember that the area in front of the school is a school zone.  There is no stopping or parking and waiting.  Doing so in front of the school is at your own risk as you could be ticketed.  Take note of the signage on Laxdal.  Some of this area is "no stopping" and other areas are "no parking" 8:00-5:00.  The school zone extends to the third house north of the school. 

Parent Connection:  Our next Parent Connection meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm.  We will not hold a Parent Connection meeting in December.  Parent Connection meetings are held on MS Teams.  If you would like to participate in the January meeting, please let Mrs. Barton know and she will send you a calendar invite.

Thank you for your support of our Shelmerdine's fundraiser.  Gift cards and vouchers (for poinsettias and door swags) will be sent home soon.

In response to a need of our teachers, Parent Connection purchased voice amplifiers for our classroom teachers. 

The minutes of the November meeting are on the Royal School website: https://www.pembinatrails.ca/Repository/SBAttachments/f9ce7988-64ee-4378-b09e-12065ff31932_November172020Minutes.pdf

Winter dress:  Winter is here, and it is time for students to dress appropriately for the weather.  It's time to dig out the winter gear; coats, mittens, hats and boots so that students can enjoy the outdoor recesses and Phys. Ed classes.  Outdoor recesses/classes take place until the wind chill reaches or exceeds -27C as posted on the Pembina Trails website.  Please add an extra pair of socks and mittens to your child's backpack, as socks and mittens get wet during the day.

Upcoming Events:

  • November 30 – Divisional Common Day, PD – NO SCHOOL
  • December 11 – Divisional Common Day, PD – NO SCHOOL
  • December 11 – Report Cards Sent Home through the Parent Scheduler (Grades 1-5 only)
  • December 21 - January 1 – Winter Break
  • January 4, 2021 – Classes Resume (Day 4)

On behalf of the staff of Royal School, best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Lorraine Barton

Principal

 

 


Nov 09
November Newsletter


Dear Royal School Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the many changes that have occurred at Royal School over the past two weeks.  As communicated by letter on October 29, we have now realigned our classrooms into larger classroom spaces or two classroom spaces to distance students 2-metres apart (chest to chest) while seated, to the greatest extent possible.  We are so fortunate to have ample space in our building to create these new classroom spaces. 

Many of the things we would normally plan for November will be different this year.  Below you will find the details.

Remembrance Day:  Our Remembrance Day assembly will take place on Tuesday, November 10 at 11:00 through MS Teams.  Students and teachers will connect from their own classroom.  We have a guest speaker coming from 1 Canadian Air Division.  One of our students will be playing O' Canada on the recorder.  Grade 3/4H will present a movement piece called Of Foreign Lands and People.  4/5G will be reciting the poem In Flanders Fields.  Students in 5M will be sharing reflections about Remembrance Day.  Students will be given a poppy to wear to our Remembrance Day assembly. 

Music and Phys. Ed:  Our Music and Phys. Ed programs are both being held in the gym.  On days 1, 3 and 4 students will be having Phys. Ed outside as Music classes are in the gym.  Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather as we will be going outside as much as possible. 

Winter dress:  Winter is here and it is time for students to dress appropriately for the weather.  It's time to dig out the winter gear; coats, mittens, hats and boots so that students can enjoy the outdoor recesses and Phys. Ed classes.  Outdoor recesses/classes take place until the wind chill reaches or exceeds -27C as posted on the Pembina Trails website.  Please add an extra pair of socks and mittens to your child's backpack, as socks and mittens get wet during the day.

Parent Connection:  Earlier this week we sent home an email from our Parent Connection group.  They are hosting a fundraising event by selling holiday poinsettias, door swags and gift cards from Shelmerdine Garden Center.

You received details regarding the Shelmerdine Garden Center fundraiser on Tuesday.  If you are interested, please fill out the order form and return it to the school.  Payment is by cheque only made out to Royal School Parent Connection.  Order forms are due to the school on November 16. 

This year's Parent Connection officers are:

  • Chair: Roger P
  • Vice-Chair: Christa M
  • Treasurer: Louis F and Joe T
  • Secretary: Sara G
  • Fundraising:  Darcy P and Danae T

Parent Connection meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.  We will be meeting by MS Teams this year.  Minutes of the meetings are posted to the school website under the Community tab.  Parents are always welcome to join us.  Please contact Mrs. Barton if you would like to receive a MS Teams calendar invite to our meeting on November 17.

Reporting:  It was a pleasure to connect with so many families at our Tri-Conferences in October.  It was wonderful to meet to discuss school progress and to set learning goals.  Our next conferences are on February 8 in the morning and evening.  The school year is divided into three reporting periods, with report cards in December, March and June and Tri-Conferences in October and February.  Academic grades are reported separately from learning behaviors.  Effective assessment and grading are based on curricular outcomes.  Providing parents with the information that they need to be full partners in their children's education is important to us.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.  Evaluation Day for first term report cards is on Friday, November 27.

School Plan:  Each year, schools develop a plan which guides our teaching and learning for the upcoming year. The priorities of our school plan are in line with the divisional expectations in the areas of literacy and numeracy and engagement:

 Numeracy – By June 2021, students will have achieved grade level expectations or student specific outcomes in the area of mental math strategies, computation and communication.

  • Literacy – By June 2021, students will have achieved grade level expectations or student specific outcomes in reading and writing.
  • Safe and Caring School – By June 2021, students and staff will recognize, value and support a safe, healthy, caring and inclusive school community.

Traffic Procedures (Drop Off and Pick Up): Thank you for following the traffic/safety guidelines as set out in our student handbook and the communication that has been sent home over the past few months.  As a reminder, when dropping off or picking up students please note the following:

Drop Off and Pick Up

When dropping off or picking up students please note the following:

1.   School buses have priority in the school parking lot.

2.   Most parking spots in our parking lot are used by school and daycare staff members. Staff members are required to pay for their parking spots.

3.   If you are parking in the parking lot, use the assigned visitor spots. Do not extend the parking spots. By doing so you limit the turning radius of the bus.

4.   Drop off and pick up should take place in front of the school, in the school parking lot, on Bloomer, and in the parking lot across Grant Avenue by Tim Hortons.

5.   Drop off and pick up areas in front of the school and in the parking lot are "stop, drop and go" areas. There is to be no parking and waiting.

6.   The outer loop of the parking lot is to be used to "stop, drop and go". The inner loop is not to be used. Pylons will be used to block the inner loop.

7.   Students are to exit their cars from the passenger side. Parents are to remain in their cars.

8.   Caution must be used to ensure the safety of students moving through the parking lot.

9.   The Manitoba Hydro lot across from the school is for Manitoba Hydro use only. Parents are not to park in this lot.

10. The speed limit in the parking lot is 10km/h.

11. When exiting the school parking lot, please be patient.  Do not pass stopped cars or buses.

12. Daycare parents and students are to use the appropriate daycare door for drop off and pick up.  Daycare doors are located at the back of the school. 

13. When crossing Laxdal or Grant be sure to respect the patrols/crossing guards and cross safely.

14. Do not park in spot #28, as this spot is reserved for the Chapman Daycare white bus. 

Be Aware, Park with Care:  The City of Winnipeg Parking Authority monitors parking in school zones.  Fines start at $52.50 and range up to $300.00.  Do not stop or park in front of the school on either side of Laxdal.  If you choose to stop on Laxdal Road, it is at your own risk.  Also if you are parking on Bloomer be aware that there must be 3 meters from your parked car to the corner of the street.  If you are parking closer than 3 meters you may be ticketed and/or towed.  For more information go to: http://theparkingstore.winnipeg.ca/theparkingstore/care/schoolzone.stm and/or http://theparkingstore.winnipeg.ca/theparkingstore/parkingInfo/parkSmart.stm.

Please note that the school zone extends from Grant Avenue to the third (white) house north of the school.  I have contacted the City of Winnipeg and we are waiting for more "no parking signs".

Upcoming Events:

November 10 – Remembrance Day Assembly on MS Teams (11:00)

November 11 – Remembrance Day – NO SCHOOL

November 17 – Parent Connection Meeting on MS Teams (6:30)

November 20 – Divisional Common Day, PD – NO SCHOOL

November 27 – Evaluation Day – NO SCHOOL

December 11 – Report Cards Sent Home (Grades 1-5)

December 21 - January 1 – Winter Break

January 4 – Classes Resume (Day 1)

You will also find this newsletter on our website under the Administrator's Message.  Be sure to visit our website frequently to keep up with school and divisional information.

Learning together,

Lorraine Barton

Principal

 


Oct 01
October Newsletter

Happy October.  At the beginning of each month you will receive an email outlining what to expect over the month and highlighting some exciting events that occurred during the past month.  This newsletter will also be posted under the Administrator's Message section on the front page of our website.  Periodically during each month, you may also receive reminder emails of events that are happening soon.  We will keep our website updated and encourage you to visit our website frequently.  Royal School's website is:  https://www.pembinatrails.ca/schools/royal.

It is hard to believe that the first month of the 2020-21 school year is behind us and that October is here.  We have experienced a wonderful beginning to the school year.  Students are settled and an abundance of learning is taking place each day.  Students have learned new routines/expectations of school due to COVID-19.  We are proud of your children (our students) and their willingness to follow all the procedures we have in place to keep them safe.  Thank you for supporting our efforts at home.

October will be a busy month at school.  While we cannot invite you into our building, we will continue to celebrate special events at school.  Please check the calendar on the school website for the events that are scheduled such as Thanksgiving and Tri-Conferences.

Illness:  Please refer to the following links for information about illness.  It is important that we all do our job to keep our school a safe and healthy place.  Below are three important links on our Pembina Trails website.  These are documents related to COVID-19.

https://www.pembinatrails.ca/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.pembinatrails.ca/Pages/What-to-do-if-your-child-is-sick-.aspx

https://www.pembinatrails.ca/Pages/When-can-your-child-return-to-school-after-an-illness.aspx

If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms on the lists in the attached links please keep your child home.  If your child exhibits any of these symptoms while at school, we will call you to pick up your child.  Take note of the documents which explain the amount of time your child is to remain at home when sick and the expectations if your child is tested for COVID-19 or not.

 Tri-Conferences:  Tri-Conferences occur on Thursday, October 15 in the evening (4:00-8:00) and Friday, October 16 in the morning (9:00-12:00).  Tri-Conferences are a celebration of learning and a time for you and your child to connect with your child's teacher and set next term goals.  The Parent Scheduler for Tri-Conferences opens on October 5 at 9:00a.m. (or shortly thereafter).  You will receive an email with details when the scheduler is opened. 

Due to COVID-19 Tri-Conferences will be conducted by phone or Microsoft Teams.  If you would like your appointment to be by phone, we ask that you leave the best phone number to contact you in the note section of the appointment scheduler.  Teachers will call you at your assigned appointment time. 

If you would prefer a Teams meeting, please note this in the note section of the scheduler.  Teachers will send you a calendar invite by email.  Please join the meeting at the scheduled time.  If choosing Teams, please ensure your microphone and camera are working prior to the scheduled appointment.  Each appointment is limited to 15 minutes.

Report cards come home in early December for grades 1-5.  Kinders receive one report card during the school year in June. 

School Video:  Since we unable to host a Meet the Teacher evening and cannot host Tri-Conferences at school, we thought you would like to see the school and the classroom set up by video.  In this video we have created a tour of the school starting at the main school doors, moving on to Kindergarten and working up through the grades.  With each classroom you will also see pictures of the teachers and Educational Assistants working in that classroom. 

This video was safely filmed with physical distancing.  Some staff are wearing masks and smiling with their eyes.  Other staff members chose to get their picture taken without their mask so you could see their smiling faces.  Thank you to Mrs. Barton for taking the pictures, Mrs. Friesen for creating the video and to Mrs. Dyck for providing the music. 

Click here to watch video:  Royal Fall 2020

Parent Connection:  Royal School Parent Connection will hold its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 20 from 6:30-8:00p.m.  Due to COVID-19 this meeting will be held virtually.  More details will come home closer to the meeting date.

Royal School Parent Connection is looking for parents to participate in this group.  Over the past number of years Parent Connection has hosted community school events (BINGO Nights, Family Dance), Fun Lunches and raised the funds needed to create the beautiful Nature Landscape on the playground.  We are looking for new people to join this parent group.  Parent Connection meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30-8:00pm.  Minutes from each meeting are posted to the website under the community tab. 

Please contact the school office at royal@pembinatrails.ca if you are interested in participating in the Parent Connection Group and we will forward your name onto the executive. 

Drop-off and Pick-up:  Please use caution when moving through the school parking lot, remembering that the speed limit is 10km/h and that buses have priority in the parking lot.  The buses need ample space to turn in the parking lot. 

When dropping of your child, remember that the parking lot and in front of the school are stop drop and go areas.  When in the parking lot, students are dropped off and picked up along the fence, by the big gate, and are to exit and enter the car from the passenger side of the car.  If you are walking your child to the playground, parking is available in the visitor spots only.  You may also park on Bloomer, further north on Laxdal Drive (watch the no parking signs) or at the shopping center on Grant.  Do not park in staff parking spots. 

When leaving our school parking lot please exercise patience and yield to the cars in front of you, do not drive around them.  Do not drive out the entrance.  It is important that you follow the loop entering from the north and exiting from the south. 

We have procedures in place for the safety of our students.  Please communicate this information with family members and friends who drop off and pick up your child.

Bikes:  Many students are riding their bike to school each day.  It is important that each student has their own lock.  For the safety of all, parents and students are to get off their bike and walk their bike when on school property.

Unpredictable Weather:  Please ensure your child is dressed for the unpredictable weather in the fall and coming winter months.  An extra pair of socks and a pair of gloves are helpful on cool mornings. 

Due to COVID-19 students and teachers are spending more time outside.  Gym classes are often held outside.  Please ensure your child is dressed to be outside on these beautiful fall days. 

Terry Fox Run:  Our Terry Fox Run will take place on Friday, October 2.  Leading up to Friday, teachers will spend time discussing Terry Fox and the impact his life/legacy made on cancer research.  On Friday afternoon, students will walk around the school and/or field with their cohort.  Together we can make a difference.

We will not be fundraising as a school.  If you are interested in making a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation you may do so at:

https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/DonationPage.aspx?eventid=203789&langpref=en-CA&Referrer=https%3a%2f%2fterryfox.org%2f

Student Safety/Allergies:  We hope that you have taken the time to read the student handbook which was sent home in the welcome package and is on the website.  Each year we monitor the needs of our students as to the severity of their allergies.  We have students in our school who have severe peanut/nut and other allergies.  These students stay for lunch.  To ensure their safety; Royal School is a peanut and nut-aware school.  For the safety of these students, please do not include nuts or nut products in your child's packed lunch or snacks.

Upcoming events:

  • October 12 – Thanksgiving Day – NO SCHOOL
  • October 15 – Tri-Conferences (evening)
  • October 16 – Tri-Conferences (morning), PD (afternoon) – NO SCHOOL
  • October 20 – Parent Connection Meeting (6:30-8:00p.m.)
  • November 6 – Picture Retakes
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day – NO SCHOOL

We look forward to working with you and your children during, what will surely be, a year rich in learning.  Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your child please contact your child's teacher first.  If you have any other concerns, please call me at the school at 204.889.6650 or send me an email.  As partners in your child's learning we hope you will feel free to call us with any observations or comments that would help us make Royal School an even better place for your children.

I would like to thank students, staff and parents, for a wonderful start to the 2020-21 school year.  I am truly grateful to be part of this wonderful learning community.  We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Learning together,

Lorraine Barton

Principal

 


Aug 25
Welcome Back August 2020

Dear Royal School Families,

We are looking forward to having students return to school on Tuesday, September 8.  We are following the direction of Pembina Trails School Division, The Department of Education and Public Health to ensure a safe and healthy start to the 2020-21 school year.

The Pembina Trails School Division Return to School plan is posted on the divisional website at this link: https://www.pembinatrails.ca/Pages/Welcoming-our-students-back-in-September.aspx

The safety of our students and staff is at the forefront of the decisions we are making for the return of students in September.  Please read the information in the link and in the email sent to all families on August 24 carefully.  Please note that there will be a staggered start for all grades K-5 students on September 8 and 9.  Details are contained within the August 24 email attachment.  More information will be following throughout the next two weeks via email.  Our school office officially re-opens on August 31, 2020 at 9:00a.m.

Thank you for your patience,

Lorraine Barton

Principal

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