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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?
    The early years Ukrainian programs will be united at the start of the 2020–21 school year in September 2020 at Prince Edward School.
  • How will we know if we're impacted?

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

  • Why are you doing this?
    The decision to unite the early years Ukrainian 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 projected to be over capacity in the near future.

    Under the Public Schools Act, RETSD is mandated to offer instruction in both English and French. The board of trustees has chosen to support the community request for Ukrainian Bilingual Heritage programming. How this program is offered and where it is offered are decisions made based on best educational practices as well as available divisional space.

  • How many students are currently enrolled in the program?

    ​Please see the enrolment chart that shows the number of kindergarten to Grade 3 students currently in the Ukrainian program and the projected enrolment at Prince Edward School. Students currently in kindergarten in the 2018–19 school year will be in Grade 2 in September 2020.

  • Why Prince Edward School?

    Since amalgamation in 2002, this program has operated in two locations. The program at Bernie Wolfe Community School does not have viable numbers to continue, and both schools are at capacity or nearing capacity, so an alternative location needed to be identified.

    Prince Edward was chosen for a number of reasons including:

    1. The school's capacity for growth in terms of infrastructure and room for additional students.

    2. Prince Edward School is located in a well-established neighbourhood that won't be directly impacted by the new developments in our division.

    3. Existing bus loop.

  • What about the middle years Ukrainian students?

    ​The RETSD senior administration team is currently working on a report to the board of trustees to review for the spring of 2019.

  • 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.

    It is important for parents to register on the online provincial registry as soon as possible (before Dec. 31, 2019). In the notes section of the application, please indicate you are in the Ukrainian program. This does not guarantee a spot but will highlight how many new spaces they will need to plan for and request in expansion plans.

  • 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.

  • 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 schools are at capacity and projected to be over capacity in the near future. To learn more about Schools of Choice, please see our Schools of Choice Brochure here.
  • What if I have questions?

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

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