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In September 2020, the early years (K–5) Ukrainian language program—that is currently offered at Bernie Wolfe Community School and Springfield Heights School—will be united and relocated to Prince Edward School. 

To ensure all students in RETSD have a safe, stimulating learning environment, the board of trustees frequently reviews boundary lines and current and projected enrolment numbers for all of our schools. After conducting a review of school catchment areas across our division, the decision to unite the Ukrainian early years program and relocate to Prince Edward School was done for two reasons:

  1. To strengthen the program by creating a larger, more robust experience for early years Ukrainian students with an increase in peer-to-peer interactions.
  2. Ease enrolment at both Springfield Heights School and Bernie Wolfe Community School which are at capacity and are projected to be over capacity in the near future.

River East Transcona School Division is proud of our Ukrainian program and the tight-knit community of families who benefit from having this option in our division. By bringing the two early years programs together, students will benefit by having more opportunities to learn within their peer groups which creates a more robust learning environment.

 

 FAQ

  • When will this happen?

    ​At the beginning of the 2020–21 school year in September 2020.

  • How will we know if we're impacted?

    ​Parents and guardians of students impacted by this have received personal notification.

  • What if I can't attend the parent information evening and have questions?

    ​You can speak to your school principal or email us at communciations@retsd.mb.ca.

  • Will this affect busing?

    ​The busing policy will not change as a result of this plan. Students in kindergarten to Grade 6 who live over 1.6 km away from their designated school qualify for busing. To learn more, please see: Policy EEA—Student Transportation. A transportation allowance is available to those families who live east of Lagimodiere in lieu of bus transportation.

  • Why are you doing this?

    The decision to unite the Ukrainian early years program and relocate to Prince Edward School was done for two reasons: 

    1. To strengthen the program by creating a larger, more robust experience for early years Ukrainian students with an increase in peer-to-peer interactions.

    2. Ease enrolment at both Springfield Heights School and Bernie Wolfe Community School, which are at capacity and are projected to be over capacity in the near future. 

  • What about child care?

    ​The school division works alongside daycares and before-and-after program organizations who supply the service needed in our schools. We plan to work with the existing two before-and-after programs currently at Prince Edward School regarding accommodating parent requests to attend the program.

    We encourage parents to contact the child-care program operating at Prince Edward School to inquire about available spots. They can be reached at 204-667-4828.


  • Can my child stay at their school if they switch to English?

    ​If either Bernie Wolfe or Springfield Heights is your catchment area school, your child can stay if they switch to the English program. However, these two schools are closed to Schools of Choice (out of catchment) applications until further notice. Both are either at capacity or nearing capacity based on current enrolment and our analyses of projected enrolment.

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