To the parents of Donwood
It has been said that without ideals, without effort,
without scholarship, without philosophical continuity, there is no such thing as
education. To that we link two simple expectations for students and staff,
behaviour motivated by social responsibility and "being the best that we can
be". On this rests the operation of our school, its policies, procedures, and
daily routine. We believe it is important for us to communicate this to our
As you move through the pages of our website, you will appreciate the
challenge a school has of harmonizing the variety of expectations that come with
different children, different families and different backgrounds. Regardless,
curriculum, teaching methodologies, rules and regulations at Donwood will all
1. Maintain a safe and caring environment.
2. Promotion and support
of intellectual, physical and social/emotional growth.
These goals are consistent with the River East Transcona School
Division’s mission statement which states its commitment "to educating all
students to become thoughtful and responsible citizens, through inclusive,
innovative practices and relevant curriculum provided by knowledgeable, skilled
Please do not hesitate to call 204-668-9438 for further information or
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily
School Hours: 8:55 a.m. -
12:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Students enter at specified
All RETSD schools, including Donwood School, operate on a six day
Daily time schedule:
a.m. entry bell: 8:55 a.m.
classes begin: 9:00 a.m.
recess: 10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
lunch: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45
p.m. entry bell: 12:45 p.m.
classes begin: 12:50 p.m.
recess: 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
dismissal: 3:30 p.m.
East entrances (Parking Lot): Upper elementary & kindergarten
West entrances: Primary grades
Students are to enter and exit the
building at their designated doors.
Children should not arrive earlier than 10 minutes before school
opening. The playground is unsupervised prior to this time. Students who arrive
at school early are expected to remain outside until the entry bell rings.
Exceptions are made during inclement weather and for extracurricular activities.
Students are expected to go home directly after school.
Donwood School begins every day with the playing of our national
anthem followed by our morning messages with student involvement, adhering to
the Education Administration Act and the Public Schools Act regarding patriotic
observances. Religious exercises are run by parent volunteers before school at
8:50 a.m.; these are voluntary and parent permission is required.
Recognition gatherings and
Every second cycle, with occasional exceptions, we assemble all our
students in the gym to celebrate our successes and build a sense of school
community. Parents are welcome to attend these assemblies, particularly on those
occasions where we include one or more special items on the program.
Besides being fun, field trips are an important part of the educational
process! Field trips will be planned throughout the course of the school year to
compliment the learning in the classroom and school. Permission notes sharing
information and details will be sent home in advance of an outing. Parental
permission is required for students to leave the school for any such activity.
The permission letter in the school agenda covers trips in the local community
where students may walk with their class. Any trip or activity that requires
transportation will require parental permission for each specific trip.
Early dismissal times are set by the RETSD. These days are co-ordinated
with all the divisional schools. Students will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m. on
these days unless otherwise noted on the calendar. See the dates for early
dismissals on the school calendar.
All schools in Manitoba are granted, through the minister of education,
a total of ten administration and professional development days. Administration
days are used to prepare report cards, hold student involved conferences or are
used for purposes of collective staff and administration organization.
Professional development days provide teachers with the opportunity to stay
current in teaching methodology and curriculum content.
As a safety measure to our students, a "call back" program
is in place at Donwood School. We request that families use the following
If a child is going to be absent or late, parents are
to notify the school before 9:00 a.m. or before 12:45 p.m. Our office
phone number is 204-668-9438. If a child is absent, but the school has not been
notified of the absence, we will call the parent as soon as possible. Please
feel free to call the school during off hours and leave a message on the
Our school has a very large student population, and we sincerely
hope all parents will participate in this program and call the school if
a child will be late or absent.
Students absent from
On occasion, we have parents requesting to have their children absent
from school. The reasons range from an extended vacation trip to weekly period
absences for music lessons. Depending on the child or circumstances, absences
from class can detrimentally affect the child’s academic progress. Although we
recognize that school is not the only place where children learn, we want to
encourage parents to make every effort to avoid scheduling holidays, music
lessons, etc. during school time.
Before the appointment or once a child returns to school following an
absence, whether it be just one day or a week in length, we would sincerely
appreciate it if parents would send a note to the classroom teacher explaining
the reason for the absence. At times, a medical certificate may be requested,
especially if adaptations will be required in the school day.
It is difficult for a child to concentrate and learn when he/she is not
feeling well. Please keep your child at home during a serious illness to
facilitate a speedy recovery.
It is our policy that all students go out for fresh air during recess
and lunch, except in inclement weather. We expect all students to participate in
recess, and students will only be kept inside for extreme medical circumstances.
Exceptions may also be made for disciplinary reasons.
Communication between the school and home is important for the success
of a student. There is a variety of information that the school needs to share
with parents, and parents should have the opportunity to respond or to ask
questions related to the welfare and/or education of the student. The school
uses the following methods to make contact with parents:
1. Student agenda book - The students in grades 1-5 have agenda books
to record daily homework assignments record up coming class and school
activities as well as communicate between home and school. Please support your
child by checking and signing their agenda daily.
2. Newsletters/E News- The school publishes 3 newsletters that are sent home, as well
as posted on this website, intended to keep parents informed of student
activities, upcoming events, important dates, etc. The school also sends out information as needed, E News, via email.
3. Open house - Held during September, is an evening to give parents
the opportunity to meet staff and learn about your child's new classroom,
expectations for the year, curriculum and teaching methodology.
4. Parent-student-teacher conferences - 'Celebration of Learning'.
In November/December and March, student involved conferences are
held to share student growth and progress as well as set learning goals for the
next term. Report cards are sent home prior to these conferences.
5. Winter concert - A time when we highlight the musical and
dramatic talents of Donwood students. The concerts are held during the later
part of December.
6. Family nights - Several opportunities take place for the community
and school to get together socially or to promote partnerships. Some of these
events are movie nights, Family Literacy Olympics and Nutrition
7. Other - When necessary, teachers or the administration will contact
the home by note or telephone.
8. Parental concerns - From time to time a parent may have a question
or concern with respect to an academic or behavioural issue. We recommend that a
parent goes to the teacher first. Should the contact with the teacher fail to
resolve the problem, the parent is advised to contact an administrator. In
almost all instances, problems are resolved where communication is immediate and
9. Website - Donwood School's website has school and classroom
information as well as newsletters, current calendar and an e-mail address to
contact the school.