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:
- To strengthen the program by creating a larger, more robust experience for early years Ukrainian students with an increase in peer-to-peer interactions.
- 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.
Families impacted by the relocation will be given a form to fill out in May 2019 to indicate their intentions to the board on how they can best support students with the transition in terms of child care and transportation. Families are asked to look carefully at their personal situations and wishes for their child(ren) going forward in the Ukrainian language program.