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Mental Health & Wellness Fair

Transcona Collegiate
February 20, 2018

wellness.jpgTranscona Collegiate held its inaugural Mental Health & Wellness Fair last week, and students could take part in a wide variety of activities to provide them with experiences or information to help them live a more balanced life. These included physical fitness (HIIT & yoga), woodworking, art therapy, Indigenous drumming, mindfulness, healthy stress, grief, technology, and the effects of substance use.  

Meaning of Home writing contest

Sun Valley School
February 20, 2018

IMG_1301a.jpgCongratulations to Adam Hryhoruk, a Grade 5 student at Sun Valley School, for winning 3rd place in the national Meaning of Home writing contest sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. 

He's pictured here with student teacher Tara Mota who initiated students' participation in the project. Well done!

I Love to Read at Bernie Wolfe

Bernie Wolfe Community School
February 15, 2018

DSC_3711a.jpgRETSD board chair Colleen Carswell visited the Bernie Wolfe Community School library this morning and read to some students for I Love to Read Month.

I Love to Read at Westview

Westview School
February 14, 2018

I Love to Read 1a.jpgTrustee Jerry Sodomlak visited Westview School on February 8 to read to the students for I Love to Read Month. He shared "A Loonie for Luck," the true story a loonie embedded in the hockey ice by an ice maker at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

I Love to Read at Hampstead

Hampstead School
February 14, 2018

I Love to Read 2a.jpgTrustee Rod Giesbrecht dropped by Hampstead School on February 7 to read to students for I Love to Read Month. The kids were very engaged by his choice of books.

I Love to Read at Emerson

Emerson Elementary School
February 14, 2018

Faith.jpgEmerson Elementary School had a guest on Monday from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Defensive tackle Faith Ekakitie stopped by to read to Grade 3 and 4 students for I Love to Read Month. He shared his sense of humour with the students while reading the book "Stuck" by Oliver Jeffers.

The story, while somewhat ridiculous, reminded the students of the importance of staying focused on goals, and also of being able to change plans if things don't go quite as expected.

Faith patiently answered many questions about topics from hobbies to football to video games and he even stuck around to sign autographs!

Olympic Day at ERP

École Regent Park School
February 14, 2018

DSC03800a.jpgWhile the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics captivate people around the world, École Regent Park School held its own Olympic Day on February 9, coinciding with the official Olympic opening ceremonies.

Staff and students representing 15 countries took part in a fun-filled day with outdoor activities that simulated bobsledding, biathlon, and skiing moguls. Indoors, students continued the Olympic celebrations with artistic and musical events.

Craig Heisinger speaks at kickoff

Transcona Collegiate
February 14, 2018

DSC_3666a.jpgYesterday, the students and staff at Transcona Collegiate were fortunate to have Craig Heisinger, assistant general manager for the Winnipeg Jets, stop in for a visit.

Mr. Heisinger was there to kick off the school's inaugural Mental Health and Wellness Fair. He spoke about his late friend Rick Rypien and Project 11, a program designed to help support students and teachers in bringing mental health awareness, along with positive coping skills, into their lives.

To learn more:

I Love to Read at Donwood

Donwood Elementary School
February 14, 2018

don.jpgLast week, Donwood Elementary School staff kicked off I Love to Read Month with a schoolwide assembly encouraging kids to “Fish for a good book!” 

On Monday, Cathy Cox, MLA for River East, read to some of their Grade 1 and 2 students.

Moon watchers

John Pritchard School
February 08, 2018

lunar eclipse watchers.jpgOn February 1, John Pritchard teacher Sylvia Scott took learning outside the classroom, when she and her Grade 6 students met in the school parking lot to watch a lunar eclipse. 

This was at 6:00 a.m., so bravo to all for their dedication! 

The students had been studying the moon in their science class, and this event helped bring the learning out of the classroom and into real life. 

I Love to Read at EMU

École Margaret-Underhill
February 05, 2018

IMG_5057a.jpgOn January 29, École Margaret-Underhill had their kickoff assembly for I Love to Read Month (February). The students were entertained by a local Transcona music group, PETRIC.

The Petric brothers read a Dr. Seuss book to the students and shared with them that reading and writing is like a muscle that needs to be used daily and "trained" in order to improve; something they continually work on through their music.

Throughout I Love to Read Month, staff and students will be visited by guest readers from a wide variety of professions who will read their favorite books and share how they use literacy to perform their jobs. 

Girls Got Goals!

River East Transcona School Division
January 30, 2018

Empowerment 17a.jpgWe had a great turnout at our most recent Empowerment Project, called "Girls Got Goals!," held on January 27 at Bernie Wolfe Community School.

Girls spent the day setting goals, talking about daily intentions, practising different ways to be mindful, and writing each other inspiring messages to take home. Each girl left with a day planner and take-home material on how to set intentions and practise mindfulness.

Empowerment projects are free and fun workshops for RETSD girls in Grades 6–12. The date of the next one has yet to be determined, but parents and students are encouraged to get on a mailing list by emailing Karina Walker at

EAL students publish picture books

Kildonan-East Collegiate
January 29, 2018

BOOKS.jpgA group of 10 newcomer students from Kildonan-East Collegiate will get to see their dual-language picture books published thanks to their teacher Vanessa Romans.

The Grades 9–12 students are all studying English as an additional language (EAL). They completed a unit on short stories in their first semester this year, and are now in the process of writing their own stories based on the theme of "the journey of life," which brought to light memories of love, loss, self-discovery, and dreams.

They're working in their mother tongue and English to create a picture book where both languages are recognized. Languages used include Arabic, Punjabi, and Tigrinya. They are not only the authors, but are the artists, as well.

If anyone would like a PDF copy of the books when they're completed or would like to purchase a hard copy (proceeds will be donated to one of KEC's charitable causes), contact Vanessa Romans at Kildonan-East Collegiate, 204.667.2960.

Ukrainian students celebrate Kolyada

English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program
January 26, 2018

Kolyada 1a.jpgOn January 25, the RETSD English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program held their annual Kolyada (Ukrainian Christmas) celebration at Bernie Wolfe Community School. Students, dressed in their Ukrainian cultural costumes, performed for family, friends and special guests, and everyone enjoyed a meal together. In Ukraine, the tradition of Kolyada involves groups of young Ukrainians going from home to home singing kolyadki (Ukrainian Christmas carols). RETSD has three schools that offer the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program—Bernie Wolfe, Springfield Heights School and Chief Peguis Junior High.

Photo by: Norbert K. Iwan

Funds raised for RAY

River East Collegiate
January 25, 2018

RAY.JPGRecently, two students from River East Collegiate delivered a $385 donation to RAY (Resource Assistance for Youth). 

The students got a tour of the building while they were there, and learned about all of the resources RAY provides. 

RAY is a non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29. 

Photo, left to right: student Morag deKoning, Kate Armstrong from RAY, and student Lena Andres

Students put on French plays

Munroe Junior High School
January 24, 2018

Plays.jpgMunroe Junior High School teacher Lise Leveille's Grade 7 French immersion classes put in a lot of work in December to bring a bilingual play she wrote to life.

They performed 14 shows for students, staff and their parents over a two-week period. They enjoyed collaborating, learning the many aspects of putting on a dramatic performance, and helping English-track students, teachers and their own parents understand the French language.

They plan on writing and performing two more plays in the spring, fusing both of Canada's official languages together to entertain all Munroe students.

Students to appear on CBC’s Oniva!

John Henderson Junior High School
January 18, 2018

DSC_2743a.jpgSome French immersion students from John Henderson Junior High School got to be part of an episode of the French CBC program Oniva! on January 17. The Grade 6 students were split into boys' and girls' teams and videoed engaging in an epic sock battle, along with Oniva! co-host Olivier Mercure. Not only was it fun, it was also a great opportunity for them to get a behind-the-scenes peek at how a program is created. They discovered that not everything is captured in one take.

Student art on display for summit

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
January 16, 2018

ART.jpgSome talented artists from teacher Tamara Fraser's classes at Miles Macdonell Collegiate answered a recent call for art to be displayed at Manitoba Summit on Literacy and Numeracy held January 9–11.

Six Grade 12 students created art related to humanity and human rights, and 10 Grade 9 students created woodlands art.

During the creative process, Beryl Peters, arts education consultant for the provincial government, visited and interviewed each of the students who submitted art, giving them an opportunity to share the thoughts, meaning and symbols they incorporated. She used that information to write artist statements for each of the pieces.

Teacher candidate Elysia Shumka (pictured) was on hand during the interview process and was recruited to facilitate at the gallery in the Convention Centre where the summit took place.

Ronald McDonald Family Room

River East Collegiate
December 22, 2017

RMH REC Dec 2017 1.jpgOn December 16, some Grade 9 students from River East Collegiate volunteered their time to serve a lunch to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald Family Room in the Children's Hospital.

Ryan Keil, Owen Rempel and Kennedy Thiessen, along with their teacher, Jan Augert Yarema, cut and prepared veggies, fruit, cheese, meat and bread, and made soup. The students recognize the importance of a healthy meal for families living at the hospital with a critically ill child. Numerous families enjoyed the meal and thanked the volunteers for their time and effort.

Mrs. Augert Yarema's family required the services of the Ronald McDonald Family Room for several months in 2013 when her youngest son was ill. Her family became spokespersons for the Ronald McDonald House of Manitoba following their experiences. She shared her story with her students to encourage acts of kindness towards others.

Many thanks to friends, family members, REC staff and Safeway (Henderson Highway and Kildare Avenue) for their generous donations of care packs and gift cards used to purchase the groceries for the meal. The students also held freezie sales at REC to raise funds for the lunch. What a rewarding experience!

Mother-daughter Paint Night

River East Transcona School Division
December 22, 2017

Mother Daughter Paint Night 1a.jpgWe had a great turnout for the last Empowerment Project of 2017—our first mother-daughter Paint Night. It was extremely successful with 60 participants! We will be hosting more of these events in the New Year. The next Empowerment Project will be announced during the first week back to school. Parents who want to be on the mailing list to receive information are encouraged to email Karina Walker at:

Christmas hampers from students

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
December 21, 2017

IMG_0552[1]a.jpgThe Youth in Philanthropy committee at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate, along with teacher Brienna Street, co-ordinated a collection of non-perishable items for Christmas hampers, and the school hockey team happily volunteered to deliver them.

Four hampers were put together by the committee, and an additional hamper was assembled by the parents and coaches of the hockey team. The receiving families were very grateful.

Thanks to everyone for being such terrific ambassadors for the school and its community.

New classrooms for Dr. Hamilton

Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School
December 21, 2017

Top photo of dignitaries at announcement; bottom photo of Ron Schuler speaking with studentsInfrastructure Minister Ron Schuler visited Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School on November 20 to announce that the school will soon benefit from two new classrooms. Construction is set to begin in early 2018.

"We're pleased to support this project to accommodate the needs of our growing community for years to come," said Mr. Schuler.

The project is supported by planned capital spending by the province in 2017–18 for public school infrastructure projects.

RETSD board vice-chair Michael West was on hand for the announcement to thank the province and speak on behalf of the division.

"Adding two new permanent classrooms will help us to better meet the needs of our students, staff and school community," said Mr. West. "Once complete, it will be a great space where our students can continue to learn and grow. I can tell you we're proud of the work that goes on inside this building to educate our students."

Photos: (top, left to right) Principal Susan Reynolds; superintendent Kelly Barkman; trustee Rod Giesbrecht, Ron Schuler, MLA for St. Paul; board vice-chair Michael West; Brian Duval, councillor for East St. Paul; (bottom) Ron Schuler chatting with some Dr. Hamilton students.

Carollers visit board

Princess Margaret School
December 20, 2017

a group photo of the board of trustees with 16 boys and girls wearing Santa hatsThe RETSD board of trustees had some special visitors from Princess Margaret School last night before their last board meeting of 2017. The students sang some carols and the trustees gave them goody bags before they left. 

Photo: (Back row, left to right) Trustees Rod Giesbrecht, Brianne Goertzen, Jerry Sodomlak, Brian Olynik, Michael West (vice-chair), John Toews, Peter Kotyk and Eva Prysizney; joined by Princess Margaret School students and their music director, Irene Penner.

Students go on VR tour

Chief Peguis Junior High
December 15, 2017

two female students wearing and using virtual reality headsetsChief Peguis students from the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program had the opportunity recently to learn about ancient civilizations by going on a VR (virtual reality) tour. 

They virtually walked through a museum and studied different artifacts from ancient societies in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, China, Greece and Rome. 

Virtual reality gives students the illusion of being located in an environment that isn't really there. It allows them to engage with educational content in a whole new way. The experience was very powerful and interesting for them. 

Catapult-building competition

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
December 15, 2017

IMG_0407a.jpgTalk about a great example of student success! Last week, the metals fabrication program at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate hosted a catapult-building challenge, sponsored by the Winnipeg chapter of the Canadian Welding Association. They invited teams from a variety of companies and schools to take part. Murdoch placed 2nd and 3rd, and the only team to defeat theirs was from MacDon Industries. Murdoch bested ProForma Engineering, AXIS Inspection Group, St. Labre, and Selkirk High School in a combination of distance and accuracy. Well done!

Hour of Code

River East Collegiate
December 11, 2017

Code.jpgSome River East Collegiate Grade 9 students recently participated in the Hour of Code—a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify computer code and show that anyone can learn the basics of computer science. Some students created their own music beats, Snapchat filters, and even Wonder Woman movie scenes.​

Operation Radio Santa visits students

Maple Leaf
December 11, 2017

Operation Santa 1a.jpgOn December 7, some of Santa's helpers stopped by for a visit to Maple Leaf School. A communications regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces set up a command post next to the school for Operation Radio Santa, a public outreach program that teaches kids about peacekeeping and emergency response situations.

Classes got to go inside the command post tent and ask the soldiers questions about their duties and about the regiment's special friend, Santa Claus. The soldiers used a two-way radio connected to the North Pole to allow the excited kids to take turns talking to St. Nick himself! 

Baking for Madison House

Maple Leaf School
December 07, 2017

Baking Cookies (small).jpgOn December 5, students from Maple Leaf School walked up the street to McIvor Church and spent some time baking and decorating Christmas cookies with the church's outreach team. 

While they did get to have a nibble, most of the cookies will be packed into paper bags decorated by Maple Leaf students and delivered along with other supplies they collected to Siloam Mission's Madison House in Wolseley.

Great job, kids!

Treaty No. 1 territory

Angus McKay & Polson Schools
December 05, 2017

Treaty map on Polson bulletin board; class treaties on Angus McKay bulletin boardBoth Angus McKay and Polson, along with other schools in our division, have done projects or posted information recognizing that their schools are on Treaty No. 1 territory. 

In Angus McKay's case, the entire student body took part in a treaty project led by Leanne Smith, an RETSD Indigenous inclusion teacher. Treaty No. 1 was negotiated and entered into in August 1871 at Lower Fort Garry. 

Click here for more information about the treaty:

Students 'Create Kind'

River East Transcona School Division
December 05, 2017

Advent.jpgOn November 25, a group of RETSD girls from Grades 6–12 gathered for the division's latest Empowerment Project called "Creating Kind." It was a free, interactive event during which they created kindness advent calendars to bring back to their schools and help promote positivity. Great job, girls!

Congratulations to Rajbir Singh

Kildonan-East Collegiate
December 05, 2017

Reivers (small).jpgCongratulations to Rajbir Singh, who plays football with the Kildonan-East Collegiate Reivers. Last week, at the annual WHSFL awards banquet, Rajbir was chosen to receive the John Potter/D'Arcy Bain Sports Physiotherapy Award.

The award and bursary of $500 are presented to a graduating player based on their development and progress during their high school career. Rajbir first started playing football in Grade 10 as a mostly practice player and developed into a starter (and league All Star) this year.

His love for the sport inspired his commitment and determination to achieve his best. Rajbir is a respectful young man and is always proud to call himself a Reiver. Way to go, Rajbir!

Congratulations also go out to nominees Jackson Oneschuk (Best Defensive Player), Joe Heyward (Best Lineman), and Deion Nelson (Best Offensive Player). Well done, players!

Photo: (left to right) Coach Ryan Scott, Joseph Heyward, Deion Nelson, coach Jason Hawkins, Rajbir Singh, Jackson Oneschuk and coach Chris Cunnane.

Deck the halls of RETSD

Administration Offices
December 01, 2017

Charlotte1b.jpgDecember is here! And that means the RETSD Administration Offices are decorated for the season, courtesy of our receptionist, Charlotte Benedictson. She does a smashing job of decking the halls every year, and we're very lucky to have her.

Students ‘Care, Give and Share’

Angus McKay School
December 01, 2017

Advent (small).jpgAs a way to do something special for their school, teacher Calla Cooper's Grade 5 class at Angus McKay School created a "Caring, Giving and Sharing" advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas vacation. They researched and compiled a list of ways students can show kindness and then chose an idea to hide in each numbered envelope suspended on the tree. So, each day has a special surprise challenge for Angus McKay students to try to complete. Each day, a selected student opens up an envelope and the kindness challenge is shared on the morning announcements and in the classroom. The students have the month of December to complete as many as they can. The hope is that all students have fun counting down the days, while remembering that it's always a time to care, give and share.

Students visit aviation museum

Bernie Wolfe Community School
November 30, 2017

Aviation 1.JPGOn Wednesday, Grade 6 students from Bernie Wolfe Community School went on a field trip to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. 

They toured real airplanes and learned about Bernoulli's principle, the four forces of flight and lighter-than-air flying devices. (Photos by Norbert Iwan)

Percussion ensemble takes on CBC challenge

River East Collegiate
November 28, 2017

Percussion Ensemble.jpgThe River East Collegiate Percussion Ensemble—nine musicians from Grades 9–12—has submitted an entry for the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge. The winners will be announced on December 15. We wish them the best of luck!

Listen: Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" by the REC Percussion Ensemble

Student chosen for Canada 150 forum

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
November 23, 2017

group photo of Canada 150 Youth Forum participantsJuscenta Haligowski, a Grade 10 student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate, was selected to take part in the Canada 150 Youth Forum in Ottawa in July. 

She was chosen for this all-expenses-paid opportunity as a result of the leadership she demonstrated at the Canada 150 Youth Forum on Human Rights held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights last May. 

Juscenta took part along with the rest of the Grade 9 students in teacher Kara Wickstrom-Street's social studies classes. Ms. Wickstrom-Street very proudly passed along this photo of Juscenta (third from right) along with the other participants.

Gator Nation

Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary
November 22, 2017

wall map and closeups of North America, Asia and AfricaJust inside the doors of Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary, there's a large map on wall with the words "Gator Nation" next to it (the school's mascot is an alligator). 

It's marked with stickers (and a pin) showing where some of the school's students originally lived, and spans the globe from across the Americas to nations in Asia and Africa. 

What a great way for kids to be proud of where they've come from and also feel like part of the "Gator" school community!

Little chefs prepare healthy meals

Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary
November 21, 2017

kindergartners wearing chef hats chopping fruits and vegetablesToday, fruits and veggies were abundant in Arusia Leskiw's kindergarten class at Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary. So were little chefs. For the past seven years, students in Ms. Leskiw's class have worked with Agriculture in the Classroom to learn more about the food they eat, and this year the class has partnered with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, as well. The CPMA provided funding so the students could prepare some healthy menu items and learn more about healthy eating.

"I've made chef hats for all the kids," says Ms. Leskiw. "And we're so excited to be adding an Indigenous component to our cooking."

International student nominated for award

Kildonan-East Collegiate
November 16, 2017

Giorgia.jpgCongratulations to Giorgia Di Tria, a Grade 12 student at Kildonan-East Collegiate, on being nominated for the International Student Award from the Manitoba Council for International Education. Giorgia is from Italy. Unfortunately, she didn't receive the award, but she had a wonderful time meeting Minister of Education Ian Wishart and Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon. The food at the reception was fabulous, and being nominated was a great honour.

Photos: (top) Giorgia (right) with Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon and Mariela Rueda Gomez, who is from Mexico and is staying with the same homestay family as Giorgia; (bottom) Giorgia and Mariela with Education Minister Ian Wishart.

Titan chosen as ‘Athlete of the Week’

Transcona Collegiate
November 16, 2017

Kolbuck.jpgCongratulations to Christine Kolbuck, a Grade 10 student at Transcona Collegiate who was highlighted by the Winnipeg Free Press as one of their “Athletes of the Week.” 

Christine plays on the Titans volleyball team and has helped lead her team to titles in tournaments at Garden City, Maples and Calvin Christian Collegiates.

Veteran shares experiences

Valley Gardens Middle School
November 15, 2017

DSC_1753a.jpgStanley Mazur, a veteran of the Second World War, visited Valley Gardens Middle School on November 9 and spoke to students about his experiences as a new recruit and during the liberation of the Netherlands, often with self-deprecating humour. Mr. Mazur worked with mortars (cannons), though the army first suggested he become a paratrooper: "They wanted me to jump out of planes, when I wasn't even comfortable climbing a ladder!"

Wall of Honour and Remembrance

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
November 15, 2017

Wall.jpgThe Henderson Highway Legion has created a special Wall of Honour and Remembrance that includes the work of RETSD students, such as those from Miles Macdonell Collegiate who took part in trips to France for the 95th and 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (1917).

Two stories from Hiroshima

Sun Valley School
November 14, 2017

Cranes (small).jpgLast week, when students across RETSD were learning about the sacrifices made during wartime, students at Sun Valley School learned about the story of Hiroshima from two different perspectives.

Armond Bourbonniere—the grandfather of two Sun Valley students—was a prisoner of war near Japan at the time the atomic bomb was dropped on the city and he saw the terrible aftermath. He allowed his story to be posted in the school and shared with Sun Valley students.

Click here to read it: Armond Bourbonniere's Story

As well, Susan Odaisky's Grade 3 class initiated a drive to fold over 1,000 paper cranes that now fill the school's display case (left). The reason they did this can be found in the story titled "Sadako."

Click here to read it: Sadako

A card for a boy's last Christmas

Harold Hatcher Elementary School
November 14, 2017

IMG_7793a.jpgWhen Taylor H. heard the story about Jacob Thompson—a 9-year-old boy from New York with terminal cancer—she decided she wanted to help grant his wish to receive cards for his last Christmas. 

Taylor, who shares a love of penguins with Jacob, decided to send him a giant penguin card signed by her and all of her classmates at Harold Hatcher Elementary School. It was accompanied by a penguin stuffy and penguin Santa hat. 

Kindness like this is the true spirit of the Christmas season—well done, Taylor! And kudos to Liana Romeo's Grade 4 class at Harold Hatcher.

Another successful Paint Night!

River East Transcona School Division
November 10, 2017

file3.jpegWe had a great turnout for the Paint Night we held on November 7 and everyone enjoyed getting creative.

Our next one will be in December 2017, so stay tuned for details.

If you want to get on the waiting list for that event, contact Karina Walker at

Students visit senior care centre

John G. Stewart School
November 10, 2017

image1a.jpgStudent leaders from John G. Stewart School are now volunteering at Kildonan Personal Care Centre, which is just up the street from their school.

The students started yesterday, visiting and playing cards with the seniors. By all accounts it was hugely successful and the visits will be a weekly occurrence.

The care centre was excited about hosting youth from the alternative school, and recognizes the value in this mutually beneficial relationship.

Honouring Remembrance Day

École Centrale
November 08, 2017

KP Remembrance.jpgAs Remembrance Day approaches, our schools each honour the occasion in their own way, paying tribute to Canadian service members who fought and died in the line of duty.

RETSD board chair Colleen Carswell gave greetings at a service held at Kildonan Place on Nov. 6, organized by the Transcona Historical Museum, which has an exhibit on display at the mall's centre court titled: "Remember & Reflect: War Efforts of Transcona."

Students from the École Centrale Lunch Time Choir sang several songs for those gathered.

The service was hosted by Peter Martin, who is a past president of the museum and a member of the Transcona Legion, Branch No. 7. His father, Paul Martin, was a Second World War veteran and lifelong Transconian.

Photos: (from top) RETSD board chair Colleen Carswell with MLA James Teitsma, former MP Bill Blaikie and MLA Blair Yakimoski behind; École Centrale choir; Peter Martin with Mr. Teitsma, Mr. Yakimoski and Alanna Horejda from the Transcona Historical Museum; École Centrale choir.

Take Our Kids to Work

River East Collegiate
November 02, 2017

TOKTW.jpgOn the first Wednesday in November each year, Grade 9 students' learning doesn't happen at school but in workplaces across the country through the Take Our Kids to Work™ program.

Take Our Kids to Work was developed in 1994 by a not-for-profit organization called The Learning Partnership. All Grade 9 students in RETSD participate, attending the workplaces of parents, uncles and aunts, grandparents, guardians, family friends and business contacts they've been connected with through their schools.

Photo: Some River East Collegiate students who took part—in some cases with the people they shadowed for the day.

Family Fun Night

River East Transcona School Division
November 02, 2017

FAMILY FUN NIGHT 2.jpgWe had another great turnout for our Family Fun Night on October 27!

The next one is Friday, Nov. 24. Click below for more details and don't forget to register.

Family Fun Nights information

Award-winning teacher

Robert Andrews & Sherwood Schools
October 27, 2017

Matthew Careless (web).jpgCongratulations to Matt Careless, music teacher at Robert Andrews and Sherwood, who was chosen to receive the Builders Award for New Teachers from the Canadian Music Educators Association. Mr. Careless not only inspires students at school; he has also struck up a community band in the RETSD area. He's great example of the dedicated professionals we have working in our division!

Athlete of the Week

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
October 26, 2017

Kerra.jpgCongratulations to Kerra Houde from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate on being selected as Athlete of the Week by the Manitoba High School Athletic Association.

The 5-foot-9 middle player led the Clansmen women’s volleyball team to a pair of wins with 26 kills, only two errors and a hitting percentage of 96.

"Kerra is the key to our success this season," coach Treva Tilston-Jones said in an MHSAA release. "She is the foundation of the team and excels in preparing our team for games. She leads by example, and encourages all players on and off the court."

Kenyan Boys Choir performs at Chief Peguis

Chief Peguis Junior High
October 25, 2017

Kenyan.jpgThe Kenyan Boys Choir, who once performed at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration, sang for an enthusiastic crowd of staff and students at Chief Peguis Junior High on Oct. 24. They were in town to perform at WE Day at Bell MTS Place on Oct. 25, and also took the time to visit some lucky local schools.

The choir is made up of youths and young men from a variety of backgrounds in Kenya, united by their love for singing and commitment to nurturing their talent.  It was started in 2004 to assist boys from disadvantaged backgrounds in raising money for their school fees. Since singing for President Obama, they've had a very busy schedule and have recorded several albums.

Click here to see a video of them performing at the school:
Kenyan Boys Choir

International Day of the Girl

River East Transcona School Division
October 20, 2017

DSC_1626a.jpgWe had a great turnout on October 14 for our first Empowerment Project of the year, which celebrated International Day of the Girl.

The girls had a video chat with Breanne Lavallee-Heckert, who used to work in RETSD youth programming. She's now finishing her law degree at McGill University in Montreal and works for Plan International Canada, which created the #GirlsBelongHere campaign to challenge people in a variety of roles where females are traditionally underrepresented.

On Twitter, Lavallee-Heckert challenged Justin Trudeau to share his role as Prime Minister with her… and he accepted! Each girl had a chance to ask her a question about what it was like to be Prime Minister for the day. Read about her experience here: 'Challenge accepted': Winnipeg Metis woman's tweet turns into a day with Justin Trudeau

For more about Plan International Canada's campaign, click here: #GirlsBelongHere

REC ‘Runs for the Cure’

River East Collegiate
October 17, 2017

IMG_1106a.jpgA round of applause for the 28 students and four staff members from River East Collegiate who took part in the CIBC Run for the Cure for breast cancer awareness on October 1!

The group collected $7,780 in donations, winning the Winnipeg-area school challenged for the 13th year (5th consecutive year). Three of the students raised $600 or more and many were able to at least $100. Some former students are so dedicated that they're still participating—that's the spirit!

Miles Mac students garner film award

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
October 05, 2017

Bugspray2.jpgTwo Miles Macdonell students—Taryn and Shay Edgeworth—along with five other friends, formed a group called Lucky 7 Studios and made a short film recently to submit to the Winnipeg Film Group for their 48 Hour Film Contest. They won second place and the People’s Choice Award! Their film was also nominated for the Gimli Film Festival. Way to go!

Click the link below to see their short film, titled “Bugspray.”

Bugspray (3 min. 20 sec.)

First Family Fun Night of the year

River East Transcona School Division
October 04, 2017

file1a.jpgWe had our highest attendance ever at our Family Fun Night on September 29!

This year, the events are being held in a gym, and the space will allow us to have more options and activities for families to participate in.

Don’t miss our next Family Fun Night—Halloween-themed activities on Friday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. at Bertrun E Glavin Elementary. Families are encouraged to wear costumes and must register by October 25.

Day of learning for RETSD staff

River East Transcona School Division
October 02, 2017

DSC_1414a.jpgRiver East Transcona students had the day off on October 2, as staff from all 42 division schools participated in a co-ordinated day of professional development. The theme this year was: “Empowering All Learners.”

The staff members met at four locations in RETSD and had the choice of 44 different sessions in which to take part, such as: Makerspaces, STEM and Coding; Building Robots; LGBTQ from the Aboriginal Perspective; Music Therapy in the Classroom; Inuit Culture; Engaging and Empowering Middle Years Students in Learning; and a variety of French-only sessions for the immersion staff.  

Photo: School staff take part in the Building Robots session.

Orange Shirt Day

École Margaret-Underhill
October 02, 2017

Orange.jpgÉcole Margaret-Underhill honoured Orange Shirt Day on Friday with guest readings, art projects, and discussions of the book “When I Was Eight,” which is about an Indigenous girl’s experience in a residential school.

Peace Days at Whittier Park

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
September 28, 2017

Peace.jpgOn September 22, Murdoch MacKay Collegiate students took part in a Peace Days event at Whittier Park called “Standing with Mother Earth.” They enjoyed Indigenous teachings about the four elements—earth, wind, fire and water—that were supported by western science.

Athlete of the Week

River East Collegiate
September 28, 2017

ETopping2.jpgCongratulations to Ethan Topping of the River East Kodiaks for being singled out by the Winnipeg Free Press as an Athlete of the Week for his defence in the WHSFL Vidruk Division. 

In a game against Kelvin, Ethan tallied up eight tackles, an interception return for a touchdown, and a fumble recovery. Well done!

International Day of Peace

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
September 26, 2017

Peace2.jpgMiles Macdonell Collegiate held its annual speaker and workshop series to celebrate International Day of Peace on September 21.

Students were given opportunities to hear different points of view, and interact with each other and visitors on a wide range of subjects pertaining to peace, diversity and human rights.

They welcomed Jean Pierre Venegas from Welcome Place; Misan Odidison, diversity officer for the Winnipeg Police; human rights activist Anamika Anwesha; restorative justice facilitator Louisa Hext; Rachelle Rocque from Development and Peace; and representatives from the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties.

Transcona schools unveil playground changes

École Centrale & Wayoata Elementary School
September 15, 2017

Playground.jpgTwo of our Transcona schools introduced exciting changes to their playgrounds on September 14. Board Chair Colleen Carswell, trustee Jerry Sodomlak, MLA James Teitsma, MP Daniel Blaikie and many families were on hand to visit the new naturalized playground at Wayoata Elementary School. As well, Trustee Carswell, along with city councillor for Transcona Russ Wyatt and many others, took part in the unveiling of a new playground structure at École Centrale.

Reivers show gratitude to Eagles

Kildonan-East Collegiate
September 13, 2017

Eagles 2.jpgThe Kildonan-East Collegiate Reivers football team showed their gratitude toward the East Side Eagles Football Club in a special presentation prior to KEC's first home game on September 7.

They presented the Eagles with a metal eagle sculpture created at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate. A plaque attached reads, "Presented to the East Side Eagles on behalf of Kildonan-East Reivers Football. Working together for our community!"

The Eagles have been a great support to the Reivers since the team's inception in 2006, renting and lending equipment and locker space, accommodating Reivers home games at the club's field, and helping to develop the skills of some of the players.

Photo: Back Row—Reivers head coach Jason Hawkins, Eagles president Ian Brown, Abhishek Sharma, Nick Ducharme, Jackson Oneschuk, Joseph Heyward, Eagles vice-president Al Leitch, Reivers coaches Mike Goring and Ron Burley. Front Row—Reivers coach Ryan Scott, Alex Bater, Brendan Ruchkall, Stephen Dang, and special guests Karen Scott and son.

Culinary arts students feed evacuees

John G. Stewart School
September 08, 2017

Evacuees3.jpegCulinary arts students from John G. Stewart School, along with their teacher, Paul Lemire, volunteered their time and talents this week to prepare and serve food at an emergency shelter at the RBC Convention Centre.

The shelter residents were evacuated from Wasagamack, Garden Hill and St. Theresa Point First Nations at the beginning of September, and flown to Winnipeg and Brandon as wildfires approached the communities. In total, around 4,200 people were forced from their homes in the three First Nations.

The shelter is now closing, and the evacuees are staying with family and friends, and in local hotels. Many thanks to Mr. Lemire and his students for stepping up to help the evacuees!

Construction officially begins on new Valley Gardens Community Centre spray pad

Valley Gardens Middle School & Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary
July 31, 2017

July282017 Sod Turning Valley Gardens Spray Pad.JPGNestled between Valley Gardens Middle School and Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary, the new Valley Gardens Community Centre spray pad is set to open summer 2018 to the delight of families in River East Transcona School Division. Dan Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface - Saint Vital, Councillor Schreyer, Councillor Wyatt, Councillor Browaty, Councillor Pagtakhan and Valley Gardens Community Centre President Angela Howie officially turned the sod to begin construction.  The spray pad area will also feature a new playground and swings, as well as new benches, picnic tables, bike racks, pathways, landscaping and fencing. Learn more here.

Province opens new child-care centre

Donwood Elementry School
July 20, 2017

Families in River East Transcona School Division now have access to more child-care spaces with the opening of the new Laugh 'N' Learn Early Learning Centre located next to Donwood Elementary School. Some of our trustees were invited to tour the facility, meet the staff and the children. Read more.

Photo: (Left to right) Trustees Peter Kotyk, Jerry Sodomiak, and Michael West, River East MLA Cathy Cox, Trustee Eva Prysizney, Superintendent Kelly Barkman, Seine River MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte.




Congratulations to our graduates!

River East Transcona Graduates
June 30, 2017

Grads.jpgCongratulations to this year's graduates for their accomplishment and all the hard work it took to achieve it. We're excited for what the future holds for you! The following ads will appear in the Wednesday, July 12th edition of The Herald: one congratulates all of our high school graduates and lists the award winners; the other congratulates and lists the adult education graduates who attended the graduation ceremony.

High School Graduates & Award Winners Ad

Adult Education Graduates Ad

If you'd like to pick up a hard copy of either ad for yourself, The Herald can be found at the following locations:

City Hall—Information Desk
Concordia Hospital
Henderson Library
Marketplace McIvor Mall
Millennium Library
Munroe Library
Munroe Pharmacy
Public Meats
Tasse's Foods
Transcona Library

Record number of international students graduating

International Education Program
June 29, 2017

IntEd1a.jpgRETSD has a record number of 23 international students graduating this year!

Combined, our schools welcomed over 120 students from 21 different countries, attending grades 5–12 through our International Education Program. 

When these students see their dream of obtaining a Manitoba high school diploma come true, they make their overseas families immensely proud with this huge achievement. Many RETSD graduates will remain in Canada as they continue their post-secondary education in Winnipeg or elsewhere in the country.  

The division is very thankful for the support our international students have received from the administrators, teachers and other school staff during the 2016–17 school year.

KEC talents shine at mock wedding

Kildonan-East Collegiate
June 28, 2017

wedding.jpgKildonan-East Collegiate students from a variety of programs got to show off their talents at the annual KEC "mock wedding" on May 24.

The wedding took place at the Via Train Station and the reception was held at KEC. The bride and groom are drama students and their drama classmates also portrayed roles such as the bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents and guests.

Students participated from programs such as hairstyling (bridal party hair), pastry arts (cake), photography (wedding photos), art (reception decoration), and graphic arts (invitation design). It's quite an undertaking and a great way to show off all the diverse skills being learned by KEC students.

Photos: By students from the KEC Photography Program; invitation by KEC graphic design students

ERP celebrates Canada 150 with ‘Summer Games’

​École Regent Park School
June 22, 2017

GAMES.jpgÉcole Regent Park School celebrated Canada's 150th anniversary in a big way yesterday. They participated in their own opening ceremony for the Canada Summer Games 2017, which will take place in Winnipeg from July 28 to August 13. Each of the 13 provinces and territories were represented by all staff and students. The students will also take part in a wide range of activities that promote health, teamwork and fair play.

Bernie Wolfe unveils new mural

Bernie Wolfe Community School
June 22, 2017


Bernie Wolfe Community School recently unveiled a new mural that's been in the making since June 2016. It was painted by four Grade 8 students under the guidance of local artist Lubko Kozak and with the encouragement and support of several Bernie Wolfe staff members, including principal Andy Zarrillo and teacher Norbert Iwan. The mural, located in the school's front foyer, is 25 feet long and depicts 100 images that represent life at BWCS. It was painted on wood panels using acrylics and markers, and then covered with an epoxy, which protects it and makes the colours very vibrant.

Photo: (Left to right) Trustee Jerry Sodomlak, Devon Pokornik, Megan Roberts, Madison Roberts, principal Andy Zarrillo, assistant superintendent Greg Daniels, artist Lubko Kozak, Jocelyn Kotlarchuk, teacher Norbert Iwan.

Board chair and students sign Indigenous Accord

John G. Stewart School
June 20, 2017

Accord.jpgJohn G. Stewart School was very excited to be one of the first organizations to sign the City of Winnipeg's new Indigenous Accord. Teacher Terence Hoorman took two students to Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks to sign the accord on June 20.

As well, RETSD board chair Colleen Carswell was present to sign the accord on behalf of the division.

The Indigenous Accord is a living document to guide the commitment of the city and its partner organizations to the journey of reconciliation in Winnipeg, and is rooted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action. John G. Stewart School will choose two out of the 94 and work to create initiatives that foster something very positive for our community.

John G. Stewart School and River East Transcona School Division are very proud to be a part of this important initiative.

Photos: (top) Colleen Carswell (centre, in black) at Oodeena Celebration Circle to sign the Indigenous Accord; (bottom) Ms. Carswell signing the accord.

Outdoor learning at Harold Hatcher

Harold Hatcher Elementary School
June 19, 2017

Outdoor Learning.jpgFor the past two weeks, four classes from Harold Hatcher Elementary School took a break from the four walls of their classrooms and took their lessons outside, rain or shine—two combined Grade 3/4 classes and two kindergarten classes. Tarps were laid out under the trees for some shade, and the students also enjoyed some walks through the neighbourhood.

Trailblazing artist visits ERP

École Regent Park School
June 16, 2017

ARtist.jpgLocal artist KC Adams recently spent a two-week residency at École Regent Park School, teaching students the fine art of clay-making based on the Seven Sacred Teachings.

Students designed, sculpted and glazed their own one-of-a-kind art pieces under her guidance. They felt honoured to have an artist of her calibre involved with their school these past two weeks.

Ms. Adams recently won the Winnipeg Arts Council's Making A Mark Award and the Aboriginal Circle of Educators' Trailblazing Award. She has had several solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and was included in the PHOTOQUAI: Biennale des images du monde in Paris, France.

Photos: (top two) Artist KC Adams working with students at ERP.

Valley Gardens creates ‘wax museum’

Valley Gardens Middle School
June 15, 2017

Wax Museum.jpgThe Grade 6 students at Valley Gardens Middle School came up with an interesting and interactive way to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary and learn more about their country's history. They staged an event called "The Great Canadian Wax Museum." Each student researched a famous Canadian, created a display about that person and dressed up as them. Then they posed in the gym next to their display. Visitors could "activate" the "wax figures," who would talk about their role in Canadian culture and history.

German students celebrate success

English-German Bilingual Program
June 15, 2017

German 3.jpgOn June 12, the English-German Bilingual Program held an end-of-year award ceremony at River East Collegiate for students who earned their Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German language diplomas). Grade 5 English-German bilingual students from Donwood Elementary and Princess Margaret schools were also on hand to celebrate their own successes… and to enjoy some cake!

Miles Mac student wins MCIC award

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 14, 2017

Marcus Matheson 1a.jpgCongratulations to Marcus Matheson, a Grade 12 student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate (MCIC), for winning the Outstanding Take Action Project Award from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation. He won this award for organizing and implementing the Mental Health Awareness Week at Miles Mac in January. Marcus spoke about his project and received the award, along with a cheque for $250, at the MCIC AGM on June 12 at the Canadian Mennonite University.











Murdoch wins Skills Canada tools

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
June 13, 2017

Tools 1a.jpgWhat happens to all the wonderful tools used at Skills Canada once the competition is over? They're gifted to a school in the host province (Manitoba this year) that writes a winning grant proposal. That winning school was Murdoch MacKay Collegiate! The proposal was written by teacher Tom Morley, and it earned the school an impressive $16,000 in Stanley DeWALT tools, such as cordless power tools, mitre saws, scroll saws, and hand tools such as screwdrivers. Many thanks to Mr. Morley for his winning proposal!

Boys Club pilot a great success

John W. Gunn Middle School
June 12, 2017

JWG Boys Club 1a.jpgLast week, our community programming department wrapped up their first-ever Boys Club— John W. Gunn Middle School was the pilot school. The boys met once a week for eight weeks to discuss matters important to them (e.g. friendship, emotions, bullying and self-acceptance). The club was funded by a grant from Healthy Together Now. It was a great success and it will continue at John W. Gunn next year.

New garden beds provide outdoor learning

Westview School
June 09, 2017

DSC_9726a.jpgOn June 8, the schoolyard at Westview School underwent some changes, just in time for the warm weather.

Westview had been looking to expand their outdoor learning opportunities and reached out to the community for support. They were fortunate enough to receive a $500 grant from the Nutrients for Life Foundation, which they used to buy plants, soil and gardening tools.

The Home Depot supported the school with a generous donation of materials, as well as a group of volunteers from Team Home Depot who came to the school and built two raised garden beds—one will be used to grow vegetables and the other to grow flowers.

The beds will give students the opportunity to learn about the basic needs of plants, the interdependence of plants and animals within a mini ecosystem, the role of decomposers in breaking down organic materials, and how these processes impact on the quality of the plants and soil.

Students will be able to engage in hands-on learning in the natural and social sciences, and engage in meaningful discussions about the importance of good nutrition.

With the help of their community partners, Westview was able to create an attractive and permanent outdoor learning space that can be used by the school and daycare staff and students for years to come.

Photo: Westview students hold tomato plants in front of the garden beds with members of Team Home Depot (in orange shirts) and teacher Anna Unrau.

Student chosen for national forum

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 08, 2017

​CIMG_6456a.jpgongratulations to Miles Macdonell Collegiate student Jessi Haligowski who has been selected as one of the 150 students from across Canada to take part in the "National Canada 150&Me Youth Forum" in Ottawa from June 24 to July 3. All expenses for this trip are covered by Experiences Canada, a national charitable organization and a provider of youth travel and exchange opportunities in Canada. Jessi was selected based upon her leadership and participation in the "Canada 150&Me Youth Forum on Human Rights" at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on May 25.













REC singers perform in community

River East Collegiate
June 07, 2017

Singers.jpgThe talented student singers of River East Collegiate have been getting out and about in the community lately. The senior vocal jazz group Vocalease performed "You've Got a Friend in Me" and other songs with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra at the art gallery. And the chamber choir visited Donwood Manor Personal Care Home to perform at an ice cream social. They not only sang; they also served the residents their ice cream, which was provided by Eastview Community Church.

Photos: Vocalease (top) and the chamber choir (bottom).






REC student honoured for leadership

River East Collegiate
June 05, 2017

Anna Streu.jpgCongratulations to Anna Streu from River East Collegiate on receiving the McDonald's Leadership Award from the Manitoba High School Athletics Association. This annual award is given to 16 students (eight boys and eight girls) who demonstrate exceptional leadership in high school sport, school and community involvement while also maintaining a minimum of 75 per cent average. Well done, Anna!












RETSD joins legion in honouring veterans

River East Transcona School Division
June 05, 2017

Parade1a.jpgThe Transcona Legion held its annual Decoration Day Parade on June 4 and RETSD trustee Jerry Sodomlak was there to take part and represent the division. It began with a service at the Transcona Cemetery to pay respects to our fallen veterans in the Field of Honour. Then, legion and guard members, along with government representatives, marched from the legion to the cenotaph at Memorial Park Circle, where wreaths were laid.

Photo: Trustee Jerry Sodomlak, escorted by a guard member, approaches the cenotaph to lay a wreath at its base.

John W. Gunn marks its 50th

John W. Gunn Middle School
June 02, 2017

JWG50.jpgJohn W. Gunn Middle School alumni greeted each other with hugs and handshakes, reminisced and roamed the halls as the school celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 31. Former and current staff, administrators and trustees were in also attendance, chatting about old times and looking through photos from across the decades and at artwork by current students. From the looks of it, a good portion of Transcona showed up for the event. Happy 50th anniversary, John W. Gunn!

Prince Edward students donate to Oak Table

Prince Edward School
June 02, 2017

20170529_171416a.jpgPrince Edward School recently held a month-long toiletries donation drive and four students delivered the impressive amount of supplies they collected to the Oak Table Community Ministry at Augustine United Church in Osborne Village. Oak Table provides refuge, a meal and a place to connect for some of the more marginalized members of Winnipeg's downtown community. The students representing Prince Edward had a firsthand view of the work done by Oak Table and its volunteers, who feed and provide friendship, compassion and support to almost 100 guests every day. Upon returning to school, the students led their peers in a discussion about what they learned regarding helping the local community.

RETSD students compete in Skills Canada

River East Transcona Senior Years Schools
June 01, 2017

20170601_102348.jpgThe Skills Canada competition is underway at the RBC Convention Centre and runs until June 3. Six RETSD students who won gold medals at the Skills Manitoba competition in April earned the chance to compete at the national competition, which promotes skilled trades and technologies to youth.

Madlen Bowen and Travis Schreibmaier from Miles Macdonell Collegiate are competing in 3D Character Computer Animation; Christiana Masalunga from Kildonan-East Collegiate is competing in Baking​; and Aurora Donaldson and Cory Gross from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate are competing in Fashion Technology and Precision Machining, respectively.

We wish them all the best of luck!

Pictured, a group from RETSD were taken for a tour of the competition: (left to right) Checking out the competition are Superintendent Kelly Barkman, Transcona Collegiate principal Sandy Dzuba, assistant superintendent Karen Boyd, John Henderson principal Brian Straub, Murdoch MacKay principal John Muller, Munroe principal Kevin Mckay, and trustees Rod Giesbrecht, Jerry Sodomlak and Peter Kotyk.

REC golf team wins tournament

River East Collegiate
June 01, 2017

Golf.JPGCongratulations to the River East Collegiate golf team on winning the 47th Annual Ledingham GM Golf Tournament in Steinbach! The REC team finished 12 strokes ahead the second place team, Dakota Collegiate. Riley Hall had the 3rd lowest round of the day with a solid 76. Well done, team!

Photo: (Left to right) Riley Hall, Kyle Schroeder, Eric Strick and Brett Hendrickson. Absent from photo: Mason Hughesman.












Bomber cheerleaders visit Jordan 411

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
June 01, 2017

DSC_9375a.jpgOur favourite amateur sportscaster, Jordan Rogodzinski, was at it again on May 26, taping a segment for his YouTube show—"Jordan 411 Sports"—at Miles Macdonell Collegiate.

Jordan is a Grade 12 student at Miles Mac and has made quite a name for himself in sports circles, interviewing former Blue Bombers Milt Stegall and Doug Brown, and Team Canada basketball player Martin Riley.

This time, Jordan interviewed Bomber cheer and dance team manager Jennifer Mathieson, cheerleaders Minlou Davis and Tasha Farmer, and former Bomber cheerleader (and Miles Mac alumna) Madison Cronk. He also got a special visit from Bomber mascots Buzz and Boomer.

Photo: (Left to right) Minlou Davis, Jennifer Mathieson, Boomer, Madison Cronk, Buzz, Jordan Rogodzinski, and Tasha Farmer.​

Students code, create virtual reality

Kildonan-East Collegiate
May 31, 2017

Virtual Reality.jpgSome Grade 9 students at Kildonan-East Collegiate are developing their own virtual reality projects using a website and app combination called CoSpaces.

The students are in a course called Information and Communication Technology and are creating escape room games, underwater challenges and retellings of fairytales, all viewable on iPods, phones and virtual reality headsets.

The students have learned to add interactivity to their projects by combined coding block, much like assembling puzzle pieces. When the pieces are assembled correctly, objects become interactive and characters, animals or vehicles can move, speak, shrink, grow, change colour or aid in presenting a story.

Students receive Young Humanitarian Award

Bird's Hill School
May 31, 2017

yhab1a.jpgCongratulations to the Bird's Hill School students who recently received a Young Humanitarian Award from the Manitoba Teachers' Society!

The group of seven students were chosen for this honour because of the Dog House Canteen they run at their school under the supervision of teacher Krista Wasney (pictured with the students). The canteen, named in honour of the school's Bulldogs sports teams, donates the proceeds from their sales to charity. They've been running the canteen every second month since May 2016 and have donated over $2,500 to organizations such as The Canadian Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, Christmas Cheer Board, Children's Hospital of Manitoba, and Spirit of Hope Rescue.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Ace Burpee, took place at The Fairmont on May 24. Each of the girls received a personalized framed certificate and medal, and the Dog House Canteen received $1,000. Well done, girls!

Adult education student wins award

McLeod Adult Learning Centre
May 31, 2017

Adult Ed Award1a.jpgCongratulations to Houda Alkwatli, a student at RETSD's McLeod Adult Learning Centre and recipient of an award for the 2017 Starr Writer's and Video Contest, held each year by the Adult Secondary Education Council of Manitoba.

The competition is open to students attending adult learning programs in Manitoba and contestants submit essays or videos based on their recent experience within an adult learning environment. Houda described her return to classroom learning in a way that obviously impressed the contest judges and she should be proud of her accomplishment.

Ms. Alkwatli has been invited to attend the Adult Secondary Education Council Fall conference in October 2017 to share her essay with other adult learning students and staff. Well done!

Photo: Houda Alkwatli (right) and her teacher Jan Ivey.

RETSD patrols earn awards for excellence

Sherwood School, École Centrale & Angus McKay School
May 30, 2017

patrolawards2 (21)a.jpgCongratulations to the hard-working, dedicated RETSD patrol teams who were presented with School Safety Patrol Awards by the Winnipeg Police Service.

Every year, the WPS School Education Section judges the patrols on their ability, professionalism and technique while on patrol.

Sherwood School received 1st place for RETSD and were invited, along with Grade 5 teacher and patrol supervisor Eduard Khinich, to attend an awards ceremony hosted by the Winnipeg Police Service. École Centrale received 2nd place and Angus McKay School received 3rd place. Well done, patrols!

Photo: The Sherwood School patrol team with Cst. Kevin Rampersad (top left) and Eduard Khinich (top right).

Miles Mac celebrates Canada 150

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
May 30, 2017

MMC Canada 150a.jpgLast week, the Miles Macdonell student council, students and staff held daily events for their Canada 150 Spirit Week, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada. They played street hockey and capture-the-flag, held a Red and White Day, and finished the week with a rooftop photo. 

First Paint Night a great success

Community Initiatives Department
May 29, 2017

Paint Night.jpgRETSD's community initiatives department held its first Paint Night on May 25 and it was a great success! We had a combined 40 participants made up of both RETSD students and the L'Arche community, and they were guided by artist Hannah Picklyk. The event encouraged inclusiveness, socializing and exploring new talents. A big thank you to L'Arche Tova Café for hosting this event! There will be more Paint Nights to come.

AAA mentors honoured

Aboriginal Academic Achievement
May 26, 2017

AAA.jpgA large group of RETSD students have put their time and hearts into serving as mentors to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in the division. On May 26, they were honoured at the Aboriginal Academic Achievement (AAA) Mentorship Celebration at the Canad Inns on Regent, and trustee Michael West and MLA Nahanni Fontaine attended to give thanks for their work.

Photos (clockwise from top left): (Left to right) Trustee Michael West, AAA staff members Lisa Aymont Hunter, David Delorme and Connie Spence, and assistant superintendent Jason Drysdale; trustee Michael West and MLA Nahanni Fontaine; AAA mentors; Lisa Aymont Hunter and a student prepare a spirit plate.

Angling Club catches and cleans

Miles Macdonell Collegiate
May 25, 2017

Angling Club.jpgThe Miles Macdonell Buckeyes Angling Club has been meeting regularly and fishing two evenings a week since the beginning of fishing season a few weeks ago. At the end of each evening, they’ve done a riverbank cleanup and hauled away many bags of garbage. Next week, they’re finishing off their season with the 8th Annual Buckeyes Fishing for a Cure Derby for which they’ve collected pledges (for fish caught), and 100 per cent of the pledge money will go directly to charities of their choice.

Murdoch holds Integrity Barbecue

Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
May 25, 2017

Integrity BBQ 2a.jpgOn May 16, Murdoch MacKay Collegiate students took part in an Integrity Barbecue. Integrity is one of Murdoch's core beliefs. Staff were asked to submit ballots to acknowledge students who have demonstrated integrity at school this year. Students who received ballots were congratulated, invited to the celebration barbecue, and asked to bring a friend with them if they wished. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks were consumed by over 60 students. A great example of the school's positive behavioural interventions and supports.













Earth Rangers visit Emerson

Emerson Elementary School
May 24, 2017

Earth Rangers.jpgStudents got to meet some fascinating creatures at Emerson Elementary School on May 19, when they were visited by Earth Rangers, a kids' conservation organization. The students learned some important lessons about the role they can play in helping to conserve wildlife and the environment. They also met several Live Animal Ambassadors, such as a tegu lizard, a prehensile-tailed porcupine, a peregrine falcon and a barn owl, and got to see the falcon and owl fly over their heads. Kateri the falcon had a mind of her own, and decided to tour the gym and visit the basketball backboards and video screen before returning to her handlers. To learn more about Earth Rangers and their programs, visit:

Photos: (Clockwise from upper left) Trustee Peter Kotyk (left) and principal Peter Nicholls talk to the students; Crimson the tegu lizard; students enjoying the show; and Quillow the prehensile-tailed porcupine.

Student represents Manitoba in gymnastics

River East Collegiate
May 23, 2017

April DeMeule 1a.jpgCongratulations to April DeMeule, a Grade 11 student at River East Collegiate, on earning a place to represent Manitoba at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Montreal, May 23–29. April has trained very diligently to be able to represent her province at this prestigious event. We wish her the best of luck!