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Angus McKay School
River East Transcona School Division

School Hours

Angus McKay School operates on a six-day cycle. Days are designated 1–6 and do not follow the calendar days of the week. Teachers’ in-service days are counted on the cycle; statutory holidays are not.

​8:55 a.m.
9 a.m.
​Opening exercises
10:15–10:30 a.m.
​Morning recess
11:45 a.m.
​Dismissal for lunch
12:45 p.m.
2:00–2:15 p.m.
​Afternoon recess
3:30 p.m.
​End of day dismissal

School office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If phoning outside school office hours, a message can be left on the school’s answering machine.

Appointments/Picking Up Your Child/Dismissal Arrangements

Parents are asked to make appointments for their children outside of school hours as much as possible. Students who must leave school early for medical, dental appointments, etc., are required to bring a note from a parent/guardian to their classroom teacher. Parents picking up their child for an appointment during the school day are asked to report to the office and we will have your child come to the office to meet you. Please keep dismissal time arrangements as routine as possible. Should a change be necessary, send a written note to the teacher or call the school office. If someone other than the parent or guardian is picking up the child, notify the school with the name and relation to the child.

Community Connection 

Angus McKay School believes in a strong connection between school, home, and community. We encourage family participation in your child’s education.

Concern Protocol

From time to time, parents/guardians may have questions or concerns about decisions made by school personnel. The following divisional process is to be followed to ensure effective and efficient communication between school personnel and parents/guardians: Concern Protocol

Division Personnel

Superintendent — Mr. Kelly Barkman
Secretary-Treasurer — Ms. Elise Downey
Assistant Superintendents of Schools — Ms. Karen Boyd, Mr. Jason Drysdale, Mr. Mark Bruce
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services — Ms. Tammy Mitchell

Early Dismissal/Professional Development Days

Students will be dismissed 45 minutes early six times during the school year for staff meetings. Dismissal on those days will be at 2:45 p.m. On the last day of school before Christmas and the last day of school in June students will be dismissed one hour early at 2:30 p.m. Staff is also involved in various professional development activities considered priorities by our school and school division. Please watch the school bulletin for the exact dates or see the website calendar.

Entry & Dismissal

Supervision occurs from 8:45 to 8:55 a.m. For safety reasons, students should not arrive at school before 8:45 a.m. For your child's safety, we ask that those children who go home for lunch do not return to school until staff supervision begins outdoors at 12:35 p.m. All  students are expected to wait outside until the bell rings. During the winter, if the temperature with wind chill is –27 or below, students will be asked to come inside by school personnel to wait for the bell. Our bells for entry ring at 8:55 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. 

At the bell, students are expected to enter in a quiet, orderly fashion, hang their outer clothing neatly in their designated coat areas and proceed quietly to their class. 

At 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., students are expected to leave the building quickly and quietly through the assigned exits and go straight home or to the arranged caregiver. Students are allowed to remain in school after dismissal times only if (1) requested to stay by their teacher or (2) participating in an extracurricular activity. In such cases, they are required to take their outdoor clothing to the activity. They will be dismissed directly from the activity. Classrooms are not accessible after dismissal.

In the best interests of your child's safety, no child will be kept in after 11:45 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. unless a parent, guardian, or caregiver has received prior notification or a phone call on that day.

Entrance for extracurricular events: Children who are coming to school for extracurricular activities before school hours should come into the school and meet the supervising teacher in the designated area.

Evaluation, Report Cards & Parent Conferences

Evaluation of student achievement in all subjects is administered on a continuous basis throughout the year, using a variety of sources ( e.g., daily assignments, projects, classroom observations and conversations, self and peer assessment, as well as tests). The achievements reflected on the report card are a summary of the progress made during the reporting period. Report card marks represent the subject marks for each term. Students in K–5 are evaluated on a scale of 1–4.

Angus McKay students will receive a report card three times during the school year (November, March, and June). Student-led conferences will take place after the November and March reports have been sent home. Subsequent conferences can be arranged by request.

Family Courier

In order to conserve paper, Angus McKay has a family courier system to deliver correspondence between school and home. The designated courier is the youngest child in each family. Information will also be communicated via email.

Field Trips & Consent Forms

Student participation in the curriculum-linked, out-of-school excursions that take place throughout the year is encouraged. A division-required consent form will be sent home prior to the event, listing all the details. Written parental consent on the school consent form is required in order for the student to participate. 

In-Service Days

The Public School Act specifies that each school may hold up to 10 in-service training days per year, one of which is used for staff meetings. These in-service days are necessary for staff to receive professional development, prepare report cards, plan school improvements, and allow for parent conferences. Advance notice will be given. See the website calendar.

Kindergarten Registration

Registrations are accepted each year in early March for the following school year. Students must be five years of age on or before December 31 of the year in which they register. When registering please bring the following:

Birth or baptismal certificate
Manitoba Health Card number (nine digit)
Two pieces of identification showing proof of residency (driver's licence, Manitoba Health Card, utility bill)

Kindergarten Pickups

All kindergarten students are required to be picked up by a designated person at dismissal time. If the designated pickup should change at any time, please notify the school as to who will be accompanying your child home.

Lunch Program

Angus McKay School has a paid lunch program. All students will be eating their lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., then going outside unless there is inclement weather that warrants remaining indoors.


Our newsletters are available online every two months. The purpose of our newsletter is to keep you informed as to what is happening in the school and to profile special events. Please sign up online to receive our newsletter. Current information is available on our school website under "Announcements" and is updated on a regular basis.

Student Information

The school updates student files each September. Each student receives an information form to be updated early in the new school year. Please notify the school of any change of address, sitter, or emergency contact as soon as possible.

Any information the school has about your child is available to you, our school personnel, or division personnel. It is not available to other agencies without your permission. Both parents have equal rights to information about their child unless the school has a court order restraining one parent from access to information. Copies of any judicial court order regarding custody of children must be given to the school if you wish for us to comply with the order.

Telephone Numbers

Angus McKay School — 204-661-2378
RETSD Administration Offices — 204-667-7130
Keith Morrison (School Trustee) — 204-795-3357
Brianne Goertzen (School Trustee) — 204-955-6782

Library Books

We ask for your co-operation in teaching your children to be responsible with the books they take home by looking after the books and returning them on time so other children may use them. In some cases, it may be necessary for the school to charge replacement costs for lost or damaged books.


Students are not permitted to bring personal technology such as iPods, iPads, and cellphones to school. The school cannot be held responsible for valuable items such as these.