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Feb 10
February Administrators' Message

​At École Van Walleghem School we are learning about the Seven Teachings.  Each month we focus on a different theme.  During the month of February, we are learning about love.  From the perspective of the Anishinabe people, the eagle represents love because he has the strength to carry all the teachings.  The eagle has the ability to fly highest and closest to the creator.  He also has the sight to see all the ways of being from great distances.  The Eagle's teaching of love is the core of all teachings, therefore, an eagle feather is considered the highest honor and a sacred gift.  To know love is to know peace.  We are celebrating love this month through our Festival du Voyageur and I Love to Read activities.  Of course, classrooms will celebrate Valentine's Day in their own unique ways.  Through their dedication to providing high quality classroom experiences for their students, and by offering many clubs and activities, our teachers show their love and commitment to our students.  See the school calendar for information on current extra-curricular offerings.  The division will show its appreciation to our staff at a luncheon on February 21.  We are fortunate to have trustees who recognize our efforts!

Dec 04
December Administrator's Message

December is a time of joy and celebrating at Ecole Van Walleghem School.  We are pleased to invite you to join us for one of the most delightful events of the school year, our winter concert.  This year our concert will be held on Monday, December 16th at the Church of the Rock.  Please look for more detailed instructions from your child's classroom teacher regarding attire and pick up and drop off instructions.

The staff are currently busy writing first term report cards.  They will be available online on December 17th.  Students in grade 3 (and Grade 4 FI) took home provincial assessments on December 3rd.

Though we have been very fortunate to date, December heralds the arrival of cold weather.  We remind families of the school division's policy for indoor recess: Indoor recess will be held if the temperature (including windchilll) is -27 degrees Celsius or below. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor recess.

At the end of December we will bid farewell to four valued colleagues and friends.  Mme Patenaude is taking a leave until September 2020. We wish her safe travels. M. Noudoda has completed his term in grade 7 and 8 FI. We wish him well in his future endeavors.  Mrs Kinley, a longtime educational assistant at our school, has decided to retire after 12 years of service to our school division.  She will be sorely missed.  Finally, Mr. Poersch, our sage, will retire and pursue new adventures.  It has been wonderful to work with him.  Students and staff will have an opportunity to say goodbye at an assembly on the morning of December 20th.  

In January, we will welcome back Mme Mueller, who will be teaching grade 7 & 8 Science and Mme Robert, who will be teaching grades 7 & 8 Francais and Sciences Humaines.  Mme Tugby will join us to teach K - 5 Music.  Mr Sandhu will remain at VW half time - teaching grade 8 ELA. 

As we begin the final month of 2019, we want to thank the staff for their dedication, the parents for their support and the students for their efforts, their energy and their kindness to one another.  Finally, we want to extend kindest wishes for the joys and happiness of the holiday season to all!

On behalf of the Ecole Van Walleghem Staff,

Oct 08

  • We are rolling full steam here at VW! In September, teachers focused on making connections with students, creating solid classroom routines, and learning about their students so that they can plan for a year of academic and social success.

    Setting goals is an important part of school planning and programming. This year the staff of Van Walleghem School is focusing on integrating information about indigenous culture, treaties and reconcilliation into their teaching, enhancing French language learning, and teaching through inquiry. While these goals are created for the whole school, goal setting for individual students and classrooms is also an integral part of our planning. We begin planning at this level with information gathered by teachers during Strong Beginnings. The data gathered from these one-to-one sessions is used to determine student strengths and areas for growth. Following Strong Beginnings, a class profile is created. During class profile meetings, classroom teachers, support team members and administration look at the observations and data that have been gathered in September to determine what types programming and supports are needed to help maximize student learning for individual students and for the class as whole.

    At our October Tri-Conferences,  among other things, students, parents and teachers discuss student goals and strategies for achieving them. In preparation for these meeting students are given the opportunity to reflect on themselves as learners and set personally meaningful goals.  When students are part of the goal setting process, the probability of them achieving their goals is enhanced.  We look forward to meeting with you and your child between Oct 8th and 11th.

  • We recognise, with gratitude, the incredible community support that we recieve for our Walkathon Fundraiser and Book Sale.  Thank you so much!  On behalf of the staff of École Van Walleghem school, we wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Aug 26
September 2019

Bonne rentrée!  

We are excited to welcome everyone back to Ecole Van Walleghem School and would like to offer a special welcome to our kindergarten students, as well as to all the new students and their families at Ecole Van Walleghem School.  We also want to thank the custodial and office staff, educational assistants and teachers for their hard work preparing for the start of the year and making the school so clean and inviting.  We are looking forward to another wonderful year of learning together.


Please mark your calendars for the following date.  On Thursday, September 12th we are hosting our Meet the Teacher evening, Grade 8 Quebec Trip meeting and the first Parent Advisory Council meeting.  We are looking forward to a great turnout.


4:30 to 5:00 or 5:00 to 5:30 Grades 1 to 6 Meet the Teacher (in classrooms)


5:00 to 5:30 or 5:30 to 6:00 Grades 7and 8 Meet the Teacher (in the gym)


6:00 to 7:00 Grade 8 Quebec Trip Meeting (in the library)


7:00 to 8:00 VW Parent Advisory Council (in the library)


Nous vous souhaitons une année scolaire teintée de réussite. We wish everyone an academic year full of success.

Jun 12
June Update

Spring is a exciting time at Van Walleghem!  

On May 29th our grades 6, 7 and 8 students wowed us with their musical talents at My Church. We recognise the efforts of our Band teacher, Mr Neufeld, our Music teacher, Mme Patenaude, and our creative arts educational assistant, Ms. Main, as well as those of all the students who participated.  

K- 6 students are busy getting ready for  Dance in the Park, which will take place on June 13th in the afternoon.  This is a very important and much loved tradition in our community - please join us if you are able.   Our Parent Council organizes a family picnic over the noon hour that same day, if you haven't already ordered food, you are welcome to bring a bagged lunch.

One June 21st, we will be marking National Indigenous Peoples Day with classroom activities aimed at helping our students understand and celebrate the diversity of indigenous peoples and cultures. 

Looking farther ahead into the month of June, we are holding our farewell ceremony for our grade 8 students on Monday, June 24 at 10:00 am.   On behalf of the entire staff, we wish them all the best as they move on to the next phase of their academic journey.

On June 25, students in grades 7 and 8 will participate in Mega Options. Students choose from a wide range of activities which have been organized to make the last days of school fun and engaging.

On the last day of school, we will host our annual Talent Show and Canada Day celebration.  Students are encouraged to wear red and white on this day.

It is with mixed emotions that we will be saying goodbye to Mrs.Hughes, one of our grade 4 teachers.  Mrs. Hughes is a valued member of our staff and we are grateful for her 16 years of service to the community.  

We also bid farewell to teachers who have been with us on term assignments this year: Mr Hollins, Mme Lewis and Halket, we will miss you!  We wish you well in your future endeavors!

We do not yet have final information about our EA complement for next year, though it is likely that some of our EAs will need to work in other schools.  We want to recognize the efforts of all of our EAs and say a fond farewell to those who will not be at our school next year.

On behalf of the Ecole Van Walleghem School staff,

Apr 02
April Message

Welcome back!  We hope that everyone enjoyed a restful and fun spring break. 

 On behalf of the staff, we would like to convey our heartfelt thanks to the community for their contributions to making Staff Appreciation week so delightful.  We are very fortunate to work at this school!

 Springtime brings some new Five Star activities and happenings around our school.  Badminton, Ultimate Frisbee are new sports teams that are currently up and running. Arts activities include the grades 7/8 musical and the grades 3 and 5 Hip Hop clubs.  The Be the Change Club, our school social action group, continues to meet regularly.  Students at various grade levels have Mathematica Club over the noon hour.  MYRCA, Scratch Club, Chess Club and Maker Space opportunities also contribute to developing our students reading, logical, problem solving and creative abilities.

This month parents will have an opportunity to learn more about how they can support their children's reading development at our Literacy Information night on April 10 at 7 pm in our library.  This event will be of special interest to parents of children in K-4.

Students are invited to wear pink on Wednesday, April 10th, in honour of Pink Day.  Thanks to Miss Austen and her BE the Change students who are busy planning a few things for that day.  

We would also like to do a shout out to Mme Gaultier and the teams of students helping with our composting program. On that note, in honour of Earth Day, the school is collecting  used cell phones for the month of April.  Phones will be sent for recycing. Little acts make a big difference!  

April also marks the end of Mme Lafleche's time at our school.  The staff and students have enjoyed getting to know her.  We welcome, Mme Lewis who is taking over the Mme Lafleche's 5/6 FI class for the spring term.  

Although it doesn't quite feel quite like spring yet, we are hopeful the warm weather will soon be upon us.  We look forward to a strong finish to the school year. 

On behalf of the VW staff,

Mar 13
March Message

​March finds us looking forward to many exciting and productive learning opportunities for our students at VW.  Teachers and students are busy completing assessments and writing reports card for term 2.  The report cards will be ready for viewing for parents with students in grade 1 to 8 on April 2, 2019 following Spring Break.

As we come to the end of another basketball season we want to extend congratulations to all of our teams who displayed great athleticism and sportsmanship this season.   We are equally proud of our band students who participated in the Optimist Music Festival and won an honour medal.

We would like to invite any interested parents to a presentation on reading by the Pembina Trails Early Literacy Consultant and Reading Recovery Leaders.  The presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 7:00 p.m. in the Van Walleghem School Library.  We hope that you are able to join us.

On behalf of the VW staff,

Feb 05
February Message

January certainly confirmed the fact that we Manitobans are a hardy bunch.   We want to thank everyone for their flexibility and cooperation on the day that no school buses were running.  It is not an easy feat to ensure that all 600 of our students get home safely under such circumstances, but the process went very smoothly.   Thanks families and staff members for your patience and efforts on that day.  Kudos also go out to all the families that braved the cold to attend our January Triconferences.  While many school and non-school factors influence outcomes for students, parental engagement is associated with higher achievement.  As I write, we are in the middle of a string of indoor recesses. Among the many activities that keep students busy during the indoor recesses are: choirs, intramurals and sports team practices as well as many clubs, including: Mathematica, Chess, Spanish, MYRCA, board games, Be the Change and Makerspace. 

Basketball season began in January.  We currently have 7 teams – with over 100 students participating.  Kudos to all of our staff who have volunteered to make it possible for so many students to participate.  We look forward to a great season ahead! 

Tonight, February 5th, we are hosting our Kindergarten Information Evening.  We appreciate the support we receive from our community at this event. Gramma Marie's daycare, the Fort Garry St. Norbert Healthy Child Coalition, our Divisional Literacy Links teacher, members of our parent council, and several VW staff members will be in attendance.  We always look forward to meeting the newest members of our community.  At the other end of the school, transition planning has already begun for our grade eight students.  They will be visiting Shaftesbury High School (English Program) on February 7th or Ecole Secondaire Oak Park High School (French Program) on the afternoon of February 11.

February is a month of festivities.  Our various bands will take part in the Optimist, Jazz Optimist, and Level One Festivals.  Our K – 4 classes will participate in le Festival du Voyageur on February 15 with a morning of activities on that theme.  Thanks to Mme Beauregard for her leadership on this. From February 25 to March 1st, the whole school will celebrate I Love to Read, organized by Mme Perron and her team of staff and student volunteers.  Stay tuned for more information about these events in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, February 6, the Grade 6 Introductory Band Concert will be held in our gym.  It is remarkable that a few short months ago, most of these students could not make a sound on their instruments, but now are able to make music as a group.  All are welcome to attend.

Eighty-one students will attend our annual Grade 6 and 7 ski trip, which will take place in early March.  Registration for this event is now closed.  Thanks to Mr. Persaud and his team for putting this trip together.  For those students who are not participating in the ski trip, alternate school activities will be planned. 

Jan 07
Bonne Année and Happy New Year!

We would like to wish a warm welcome back to all our students and families. We hope everyone had time to recharge and refresh over the winter break.  It was wonderful to see many of our families at the Winter concert and enjoy the sights and sounds of our K-5 students singing and acting in our musical.  The students were very dedicated in and out of music class working to perfect their performances. Thanks again to Mme. Patenaude and our staff for all of the time working on costumes and decorations and extra choir, voice and dance rehearsals. It was a fabulous evening.

January also brings to us the start of Basketball season for our 6, 7 and 8 students.  In grade 7 and 8 we have 5 teams competing in 3 divisions. Our grade 6 students will have a lunch time basketball club to work on their skills.  Thanks to all our coaches for supporting the development of these young athletes.

Our arts star has Mr. Neufeld and the 7 and 8 bands busy practicing and preparing for our music festivals and concerts coming up in the next few months.  

Looking ahead on February 5 we will be hosting our kindergarten informaiton and registration evening in the school library at 6 p.m. we look forward to meeting the newest members of the VW community.

As we start 2018, it is a good time to reflect on the last term and set goals for the future term and we know teachers and students will be working hard towards academic growth and learning this month.

On behalf of the Van Walleghem staff,

Dec 21
December 2018

​Congratulations to all of our students who gave us the gift of a wonderful winter concert and band concert.  Un grand merci to all the staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare the students. The action star was shining extra bright this week as VW families and students collected and delivered 19 Christmas Hampers.  We are so grateful for the generous giving by our families.

On behalf of the entire VW staff we wish everyone a Happy Holiday and all the best for the New Year!

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