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Congratulations to Marie Klassen!

April 22, 2022
A special shout out to Marie Klassen on being 1 of only 8 recipients chosen to receive an Excellence in Education Award from the Manitoba Government for her outstanding contributions as a school counsellor. Congratulations! Read more about her:


Permits Now Accepted for Facilities Use

April 21, 2022
​ Permit request forms for public use of school facilities are now being accepted by RETSD for the 2022–23 school year. 
The deadline is May 15, 2022.  For more info, visit: Facilities Use
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2022–23 School Year Calendars Online

April 19, 2022

​The 2022–23 school year calendars have been added to our website.  This includes the kindergarten caterpillars and ladybugs calendars, as well as the six-day and two-day calendars for students from Grades 1–12.
To see them, visit: Calendars
Note:  The province has not yet decided if September 30, the National Day for Truth...
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Budget Issue of Torch Now Online

April 18, 2022

The budget issue of the board of trustees' newsletter, The Torch , will hit RETSD-area mailboxes this week. 
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Can my child attend school after returning from travel?

April 06, 2022


Preschool Growing & Learning Events

April 05, 2022
​ Is kindergarten just around the bend for your child? Check out our FREE Preschool Growing & Learning events taking place this spring. Register today!

Letter to Parents/Guardians

April 04, 2022

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Spring Break Hours

March 25, 2022
​ For the spring break (March 28 to April 1, 2022), the Administration Offices hours will be: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, April 4, 2022.

Kindergarten at Donwood Video

March 21, 2022

Please click on the attachment below to view the Donwood School Kindergarten video!

Torch Now Online

March 14, 2022

The board of trustees' newsletter, The Torch , is now online!  It was created several days before the fire occurred at Westview School, so the information about Westview in The Torch has completely changed.  The board and the division senior administration have made Westview their priority, along with supporting...
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Letter to Parents/Guardians

March 11, 2022

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Take It Slow in Ice & Snow

February 25, 2022
​A message from Curtis Basso, Director of Transportation.


Immunization Clinics—Grades K–5

February 01, 2022
Public Health is holding immunization clinics for students in Grades K–5 (ages 5–11) at several RETSD schools in the coming weeks. Click the link below for a complete list.
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This list of immunization clinics is subject to change. Please ensure you check back prior to the date of the clinic of...

Kindergarten Registration

January 24, 2022
Do you have a child about to enter kindergarten? Is your child five years old on or before December 31? If so, you may have questions about what to expect.
RETSD would normally hold kindergarten information evenings in January and February; however, COVID restrictions have required us to rethink how we'll...

Keeping You Informed

January 18, 2022
​ Recently, we updated parents/guardians regarding changes in how we are keeping our school communities informed about presumed COVID-19 cases and attendance rates.
Public Health measures have been adapted to reflect the changing public health situation. The increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant of concern has changed the approach to testing...
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Virtual Community Consultation

January 13, 2022
​ The board of trustees of River East Transcona School Division invites the community to attend a Virtual Community Consultation on the ThoughtExchange results and to inform budget deliberations.  Via Microsoft Teams.  To register, click: https://

Letter to Parents/Guardians

January 12, 2022


Restricted Level (Orange)

January 12, 2022

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Extension to Winter Break

December 22, 2021
Click on image for attached letter from the minister of education

K–6 Voluntary Rapid Antigen Test Kits

December 21, 2021

On December 21, the Government of Manitoba announced it is making rapid antigen test kits available to students in kindergarten to Grade 6. They provided a number of documents to help families familiarize themselves with rapid testing and how to administer the test. The test kits will be delivered to RETSD schools...

Your Trustees Want to Hear From You

December 16, 2021
Schools are the heart of the communities they serve.  They exist to help students become inspired, skilled, responsible members of society. Public education provides inclusive, innovative, engaging, quality programming for all students, embracing diversity, in a safe and caring environment.  In addition to core subjects, public education offers many services including...
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Board of Trustees Holiday Greeting

December 15, 2021

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Winter Kinder Links Programs

December 10, 2021

Registration is now underway for FREE Kinder Links programs in January/February 2022! We are once again pleased to offer virtual programming in the new year.
Kinder Links @ HOME (VIRTUAL)— To register, simply send a registration request to or call 204.669.4043 with the following information: 
 • Parent/caregiver name 
 • Names and ages of...
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Covid-19 Pop-up Clinic

December 02, 2021
​There will be a 'pop-up' vaccination clinic at Donwood School on Tuesday, Dec. 7 th from 3:45 pm until 6:30 pm. If you would like to be with your child when they get vaccinated, you may come with them anytime after 3:45 pm.  Members of the public can bring their children...

The Torch is Now Online

November 23, 2021

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Letter to Parents/Guardians

November 19, 2021

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Bus Cancellations

November 09, 2021
​ Sometimes, severe weather causes us to cancel buses.  If buses are cancelled, an alert will appear at the top of the home page of our website. If, by 6:45 a.m., we have not announced or posted a cancellation alert, buses are running.
If transportation is cancelled in the morning, this...

Cold Weather Guidelines

November 09, 2021

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Veterans Week

November 08, 2021
​ November 8–12 is Veterans Week, where we remember, acknowledge, learn about, and vow to never forget those who served our country and the many who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Today is Indigenous Veterans Day, a day to reflect on the Indigenous soldiers who served our country. Manitoba was the first province to...
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Taking Pictures?

October 19, 2021


Our Commitment to Truth & Reconciliation

September 23, 2021
RETSD is committed to the success of all students. The division is keenly aware of the challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples because of colonialism, the legacy of residential schools, and systemic barriers.
As a division, we have a robust Indigenous education plan that addresses both the academic and cultural domains...
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RETSD Board Elections

September 08, 2021

Family Lunch Day | Portola Springs Elementary

Lunch Supervisors Needed

September 01, 2021
​ Lunch Program Employment Opportunity    Working at the lunch program is a wonderful way to become involved with your child’s school. We are currently looking for employees who would be interested in working 3 to 5 days per week. The time commitment is 11:35 to approximately 12:45. Please email
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Countdown to Kindergarten

August 16, 2021


WASAC 2021 Summer Camps

August 12, 2021

RETSD is proud to continue our partnership with WASAC to provide up to 200 of our students an opportunity to attend 2-week day camps for free at either Donwood School, Arthur Day Middle School or Valley Gardens Middle School. Students learn about Indigenous culture and participate in various sports, games and crafts....
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Mobile Kinder Camp

July 29, 2021

The Countdown to Kindergarten team is excited to announce  FREE,   in-person outdoor programming  this summer! With Mobile Kinder Camp, our facilitators visit  outside  your home (in the front or back yard) to lead your family in chants, stories, rhyming, phonological activities, and active games to get moving! We'll also teach...
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Request a Stop Bill 64 Lawn Sign

July 28, 2021

Call the Administration Offices at 204.667.7130 or fill out the Bill 64 Sign Request form to request your free lawn sign. Please see the Board of Trustees section of our website for more information on the impacts of the proposed educational changes in Bill 64. ...
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The Torch

July 20, 2021
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Countdown to Kindergarten - Preparing for the Adventure of School

June 23, 2021
Kinder Links is pleased to offer many fantastic (and FREE!) programs that are geared towards getting your child excited to start kindergarten.

Flags Flown at Half-Staff

June 02, 2021
​ We at River East Transcona School Division, along with all Canadians, are saddened by the recent tragic news of the discovery of the mass grave of 215 children's remains on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. We acknowledge the families and community of Tk'emlúps...

Every Child Matters

May 31, 2021

We at River East Transcona School Division, along with all Canadians are saddened by the recent and tragic news of the discovery of the mass grave of 215 children’s remains on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. We acknowledge the families and community...
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Strategic Plan 2021–23

May 20, 2021

The Strategic Plan is a roadmap for achieving our goals. Click below for "online readable" and printable versions of our Strategic Plan to learn more about our strategic directions and actions we will take to achieve our goals. Strategic Plan 2021–23 (Online Readable) Strategic Plan 2021–23 (Printable)


Remote Learning Extended for Remainder of 2020–21 School Year

May 09, 2021
​NOTE: Parents, please make note of the information in this Summary of Level Red Restrictions. It provides highlights of information communicated to you earlier: Summary of Level Red Restrictions

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Letter to Parents (May 3)

May 03, 2021

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Donwood Parent Council's 50th Anniversary 50/50 Fundraiser

May 03, 2021

Donwood School is celebrating 50 years in education with an online 50/50 draw. All proceeds will go towards purchasing picnic tables and a shelter to enhance outdoor learning. All Manitoba residents are welcome to participate. Draw date is May 13th. Click here for more details.


Your Trustees Want To Hear From You

March 03, 2021
​ It would be appreciated if you would participate in a ThoughtExchange. Your responses will assist us in better understanding your personal perspective of your child(ren)’s education and learning during the pandemic.
Learn more here: ThoughtExchange

Polar Bear Club Recess

February 09, 2021

Polar Bear Club recess information was sent home November 17, 2021. 

Kindergarten Registration Starts March 1

February 04, 2021
PLEASE NOTE :  Due to COVID-19, kindergarten registration will be by appointment only. Please contact your child's school to schedule your appointment.

Do you have a child about to enter kindergarten? Is your child five years old on or before December 31? If so, you may have...
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Kinderlinks Winter 2021

January 13, 2021
​ Kinder Links @ Home is a FREE program for families with young children living in the River East Transcona community. Click here  to see how  Kinder Links @ Home features exciting ways to enjoy literacy and numeracy activities.

Winter Weather Bus Cancellation Notification

December 09, 2020
​ When the snow flies and the temperatures drop, it is important students dress appropriately for the weather. During the winter, bus cancellations become a possibility. If buses are cancelled, an alert will appear at the top of the home page of our website.   If, by 6:45 a.m., we have...
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Donwood School 50TH Anniversary

December 08, 2020
​Thank you for visiting our website to celebrate our upcoming 50th Anniversary. Click here to view and submit an entry into our Guest Book. Check back often for photos, videos, student contributions, our online clothing store and other ways we will be celebrating this milestone in Donwood School's history. 


Remote Learning Period

December 08, 2020

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Temporary Remote Learning

November 20, 2020


New Non-Instructional Days

November 13, 2020
​ To support our schools and allow them to collaborate and plan for temporary remote learning during the pandemic, RETSD will have non-instructional co-ordinated days on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, 2020, and Feb. 5, 2021. There will be no school on those days. See our calendars at:

Restricted (Orange) Continues for Schools

October 30, 2020

Update: Nov. 10, 2020 With today's announcement of the Province of Manitoba moving to Critical (Red) on the pandemic response system, schools will continue to be open and operating under the Restricted (Orange) level. 

RETSD Cold Weather Guidelines

October 28, 2020

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The Torch Is Now Online

October 15, 2020
​ The new issue of the board of trustees' newsletter,  The Torch , hit RETSD-area mailboxes recently, and it's also available on our website in the News & Publications section.   The Torch—Issue One

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Conference Manager

October 14, 2020
River East Transcona School Division is pleased to announce that Conference Manager has been rolled out divisionwide to facilitate digital parent-teacher conferences in all 42 schools. Conference Manager is currently in use at both middle years and senior years schools for parents.
For new users, the first step is to register...
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Kinder Links @ Home

October 06, 2020
The Kinder Links team is pleased to introduce Kinder Links @ Home, a FREE program for young families living in the River East Transcona community. Kinder Links @ Home features exciting ways to enjoy literacy and numeracy activities from the comfort and safety of your home. This fall, get creative, playful, and passionate...
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COVID-19 Notification Process

September 28, 2020

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Kinder Links Pen Pals Program

September 24, 2020
Introduce your child, ages 3–5, to the joys of reading and writing through our Kinder Links Pen Pals program. As a Kinder Links Pen Pal, your child will receive a special package in the mail featuring a short letter, notes, songs/rhymes, a joke, stickers, and a seasonal activity to try. The...

Bus Evacuation Drills - October 5 & 6

September 22, 2020
RETSD Transportation Department and Donwood School have scheduled bus evacuation drills for Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6. Please click here to read a parent letter regarding this event.
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Help Keep Our Schools Safe

September 17, 2020


Let's Do Our Part—Early Years

September 14, 2020

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Letter to Parents (Sept. 11)

September 11, 2020

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The RETSD Concern Protocol

September 10, 2020


Family & Guardian Guide to Microsoft Teams

September 09, 2020
​ We hear you. Your involvement in your student's education is more important than ever. On top of juggling work and personal responsibilities and ensuring that your family stays safe and healthy, you're now assisting with remote learning. You have a lot on your plate. We're here to help. This guide...
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Letter to Parents (Sept. 4)

September 04, 2020


RETSD Buys Seven New Buses

September 04, 2020

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Board Chair & Vice-Chair Elected

September 02, 2020

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Transportation Update

August 27, 2020
​ We are finalizing bus routes and will be uploading student transportation information to the parent portal next week.  We have made an important update to the transportation section of our "Welcoming Students Back" document regarding walking distance. As we worked through routes—with thoughtful planning around physical distancing, cohorts, and siblings—we...

Weekly Summer Update—Manitoba Education FAQ

August 13, 2020

As we continue to work hard on the division plan that will be released Monday, August 17, 2020, we want to share with you some questions and answers from Manitoba Education. 
We also want to remind parents that it is important to plan now for keeping your student home...

Weekly Summer Update—Division and School Plans

August 07, 2020
The province announced their return to school plan for Manitoba last week.  Schools in RETSD are planning for a safe return to learning for all students and staff.  We know that families have many questions and concerns regarding the start of school.  Details on our divisional plan will be available and...
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Weekly Summer Update—Manitoba School Re-opening Plan Announced

July 30, 2020

Today, July 30, 2020,  the province announced their return to school plan for Manitoba. Details of the provincial announcement can be found here: Welcoming Our Students Back: Restoring Safe Schools We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom on Tuesday, September 8 and are continuing to plan...
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Weekly Summer Update—Schedules & Transportation

July 24, 2020

As we await news from the province and Dr. Brent Roussin regarding school reopening plans, we are currently finalizing our comprehensive plans for the following three scenarios: In-class learning resumes for all with near normal conditions In-class learning resumes with additional public health measures Remote learning from home with...
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New Literacy Links Family Group Option

July 16, 2020

River East Transcona School Division is pleased to announce a new 'family group' option for participating in our  FREE  Literacy Links Visiting program this summer. Family Group appointments are an ideal way for families with younger/older children to share in the fun of preparing for kindergarten! Together we will enjoy...

Weekly Summer Update—Thoughtexchange

July 09, 2020
Thank you everyone for participating in our Thoughtexchange. We heard from parents/guardians from across our division on how we can best support their child(ren) in transitioning back to school. Here’s a snapshot of the participants, the top thought of the exchange, and the most commonly used words. We’ll be using this...

Lunch Program Information - *Registration forms added!

June 26, 2020
With school resuming September 8 2020, the Donwood User-Pay Lunch Program will be available to those families who require the service for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please click here for a Kindergarten Lunch Program registration. Click here for a Grades 1 to 5 Lunch Program registration.
If the link does not work for...
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Kinder Links Adapted Programming

June 22, 2020
​ If you have a preschooler, be sure to check out the Kinder Links adapted programming for this summer!
Just click here:

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2020–21 School Calendar Update

June 22, 2020
​ After reviewing the feedback of parents, students and other educational stakeholders, Manitoba Education has announced that the 2020–21 school year will begin for students on Tuesday, September 8.
Teachers and other staff will return to school for three mandated non-instructional days on September 2–4 to prepare physical spaces, inform staff...
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Letter to Parents/Guardians

June 19, 2020

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2020 Parent Portal Guides

June 19, 2020
​We are pleased to offer this service so you can stay up to date with your student's information. The Parent Portal offers secure, real-time access to school information concerning your student. This information can be accessed with a computer and an Internet connection. It is compatible with the current versions of...

Countdown to Kindergarten!

June 16, 2020
​ The Kinder Links program has been given approval to run adapted versions of Countdown to Kindergarten programs for July & August. Click here to view information.  Registration for these FREE programs will start Wednesday, June 17 by phone at 204.669.4043 or by email at
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School Playstructures Open

May 15, 2020
Manitoba’s chief public health officer recently issued guidelines that can be used to move forward with the reopening of play structures on school grounds.  With these recommendations in mind, we are now allowing community members to use equipment.  Equipment is not cleaned or sanitized, and use is at the discretion of...

Friday, May 29 Donwood on Parade!

May 15, 2020
​ Donwood staff will be parading through the neighbourhood on Friday, May 29 beginning at 1:00 pm. We will send out our exact route closer to the date so you will know where to look for us! Can't wait to to see your smiling faces!

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Global Outdoor Classroom Day - Thursday, May 21, 2020

May 15, 2020
​ Donwood will once again be participating in this global initiative to take learning outdoors, enjoy nature and have some fun. Though it will look different than previous years, we hope that you can take some time on that day to enjoy the outdoors. Please watch for ideas from your classroom...
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Registration for 2020-2021

April 30, 2020
Donwood School is accepting new registrations for September 2020. Please call 204-668-9438 to make an appointment to register your student. To ensure that Donwood School is your child's designated school, you can use our School Locator: ...

Donwood School Cares!

April 29, 2020
Teachers and staff at Donwood School would like you all to know we are missing you and hoping you are safe and well!​
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Kinder Links Email Pals

April 16, 2020
Calling all families with preschool children! (ages 5 and under) We are proud to introduce a new program to enjoy in place of Kinder Links' regular onsite programming.
Kinder Links Email Pals provides a weekly email that includes literacy and numeracy activities, ideas for easy at-home art experiences, movement breaks, and links...
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My Learning at Home

April 09, 2020
​ The province is providing a supplemental online resource for Manitoba families whose children are learning at home during the suspension of in-school classes because of COVID-19.
The web portal, My Learning at Home/Mon Apprentissage Chez Moi, will go live online today, providing a comprehensive resource to assist families in supporting...

Growing & Learning Events Cancelled

April 09, 2020
​ Unfortunately, our Growing & Learning events have been cancelled for this year.
These events were to be held at:
John de Graff School — April 16
Angus McKay School — April 22
Wayoata School — April 29
Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School —May 7
Bernie Wolfe School — May 13


Social Media & Online Gaming Safety

April 09, 2020
Join the Winnipeg Police Service today—April 9th—at 2:30 p.m. as they host a Facebook Live presentation for parents on Social Media and Online Gaming Safety.
Const. Orlando Buduhan, one of their school education specialists, will share information on: - The most popular online platforms being used
- Some of...
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COVID-19 Travel Update

March 15, 2020
Staff or students, if you are returning from international or inter-provincial travel, you will need to: 
Self-isolate for 14 days after your return.   Monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing.  Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.  If symptoms develop during the...

Parent Portal Upgrades Complete

March 09, 2020
​ We have some exciting news to share with you regarding the Parent Portal. Upgrades are complete and for your convenience, primary contacts will now use their email address as their username (if you have not provided your email address to the school, please do so ASAP). Since we launched the RETSD...
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Understanding Self Regulation

March 03, 2020
Parents are invited to a free seminar Wednesday, March 18 from 9:15 am  to 11:00 am at the ACCESS CENTER River East, 975 Henderson Hwy on Understanding Self Regulation. It is geared toward caregivers of children/youth who struggle with big emotions.​ To register contact Charlotte at 204-958-9600.

Co-existing with Coyotes

February 28, 2020
Coyotes have been seen in the vicinity of some of our schools. If you see a coyote near a school, we ask that you contact the school to inform them.  Coyotes adapt very well to a variety of environments, including urban, rural, and wilderness areas, so it's not uncommon for them...

Kindergarten Registration

February 25, 2020
Kindergarten registration begins on Monday, March 2, 2020, at your child's designated school. For information on kindergarten registration and which school is the designated school for your child, visit our Registration section HERE.  For a video about kindergarten in RETSD and information about programs that prepare you and your child for kindergarten, visit...
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Spring Kinder Links

February 24, 2020
​ The spring issue of Kinder Links is now online! Registration for some of the free programs starts immediately, and registration for the remaining starts on Saturday, March 14, 2020.  Click HERE to see the spring Kinder Links newsletter.
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Evolution of Inclusion

February 19, 2020


Improvements to Parent Portal

February 14, 2020
​ We will be making improvements to our Parent Portal system from February 18 to approximately mid-March. During these upgrades, the portal will not be available using parent/guardian login credentials. Students will still have access during this time under their own login credentials. Please ensure you log in to see and...

New Issue of The Torch

February 13, 2020

The new issue of the board of trustees' newsletter, The Torch , hit RETSD-area mailboxes recently, and it's also available on our website in the News & Publications section.  
Or click here: The Torch—Issue Two


Cold Weather Guidelines

February 11, 2020


2020–21 Budget Meeting

February 03, 2020

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Jazz Band Winter Showcase

January 20, 2020

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École Munroe Middle School's Grade 6 Open House

January 16, 2020
On Wednesday, February 5 at 6:00 pm École Munroe Middle School is holding an information evening regarding their English, Early Entry French Immersion, and Late Entry French Immersion programs. For more information, call 204-661-4451 or email   ...
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Preschool Pen Pals Program

January 15, 2020
​ Did you know we have a free Preschool Pen Pals program?
Introduce your child, ages 3–5, to the joys of reading and writing through our Preschool Pen Pals program. Your little one will enjoy receiving a special letter featuring a rhyme, joke, sticker, and seasonal activity to try. It's...
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Come out and enjoy some Winter Fun!

January 10, 2020
​ The 6th Annual, all-free family-friendly Elmwood Winter Fun Day is coming up soon. Bring your family out and enjoy this event from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Clara Hughes Park - 281 Henderson Highway. Hope to see you there!
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Winter Break Office Hours

December 20, 2019

If you need to get in touch with us over the winter break, the Administration Offices winter break hours are as follows: December 23 – 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. December 24 – 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. December 25 & 26—Closed December 27 & 30 –  8 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
December 31 –...

RETLife Winter 2020

December 17, 2019
Learn something new with RETLife—RETSD's continuing education program! Whether it's professional development to help you land your dream job, leisure courses that will ignite your passion, or the popular one-time kids courses, there's something for everyone. Register for Winter 2020 now at and follow RETLife on Twitter @RETLifeRETSD!

Seasons Greetings

December 03, 2019
​ The River East Transcona School Division board of trustees hopes that you are surrounded with the spirit of peace, hope and goodwill this Christmas season. To each of you and your families, we send our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy new year–a year filled...

RETSD Winter Concert Schedule

November 19, 2019
' Tis the season to enjoy one (or more!) of the many winter concerts taking place across our division. Please see the attached schedule for a comp lete listing of events :

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Award from Respect Group

October 02, 2019
Last night, River East Transcona was presented with an award by Respect Group, an organization co-founded by Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD).
RETSD was the first school division in the province to partner with Respect Group and the first to have 100...

Lockdown, Hold and Secure Information for Parents

September 19, 2019
​ Please read the attached letter regarding updated policies and procedures in place for your child's safety at Donwood School. 2019 Lockdown Hold Secure Parent Letter.pdf
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FREE Preschool Programs

September 12, 2019
​ If you have a preschool child— newborn to pre-K— you don't want to miss out on the wide variety of FREE programs we offer families in RETSD!  Click here to see the programs in the new issue of Kinder Links: Kinder Links— Winter 2019 Registration begins Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 9:30...
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Introducing... RETLife!

September 06, 2019
​ River East Transcona School Division is excited to announce... EDVentures is now RETLife! Whether it's professional development to help you land your dream job or leisure courses to ignite your passion—learning a new skill can change your life. And with RETLife, you can do it all without leaving River East Transcona....
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Concern Protocol

September 06, 2019

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Board Chair & Vice-Chair Re-elected

September 04, 2019
RETSD congratulates Colleen Carswell, trustee for Ward 1, who was re-elected as school board chair for the 2019–20 school year at the board’s inaugural meeting on September 3. We also congratulate trustee Jerry Sodomlak (Ward 1) on being re-elected vice-chair. 
Trustee Rod Giesbrecht (Ward 2) was elected chair of the Finance,...
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Parent Portal—Report Cards

June 19, 2019
​ We strongly encourage all RETSD Parent Portal users to save a copy of your child's report card  to your home computer or device (or print out a hard copy). This ensures you'll always have a copy of your child's report cards, even if you no longer have access to the...
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Summer Camp for Kids!

June 05, 2019
​ Summer will be upon us before you know it, so now is the time to register your children for our popular EDVentures Summer Camp for Kids! The camps are for children ages 5–12 (children must have turned five by Dec. 31, 2018).  Six weeks and six exciting themes offered from...
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Science for Kids!—Mechanical Engineering

May 02, 2019
​ As part of our Science for Kids! Series, we're offering  MECHANICAL ENGINEERING  workshops held by Engineering for Kids Winnipeg for two different age groups: ages 4–7 and ages 8–12. 
TUES., MAY 14, 2019
Pulleys (ages 4–7) 6–7 p.m. $20/child
Learn about the properties of simple pulleys. Then put your knowledge...
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Science for Kids!—Science on the Run

May 01, 2019
​ As part of our Science for Kids! Series, we're offering SCIENCE ON THE RUN workshops held by Wise Kid-Netic Energy for two different age groups: Grades 4–6 and Grades 7–10. 
Grades 4–6 / 6–7 p.m. $15/child
Grades 7–10 / 7–8 p.m. $15/child
This workshop has the wow factor of Science...

"Food Allergy Q & A: How We Live with Food Allergy"

April 09, 2019
​on May 1st from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Come hear from Pediatric Allergist Dr. T. Gerstner, a panel of teens with Food Allergy & CFL Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Food Allergy Advocate: Thomas Miles.
Who should attend: parents, caregivers, family members of children with food allergies, school age children with food allergies:...
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Free Kinder Links Programs!

April 04, 2019

Register now for a FREE Kinder Links program this spring! There is still space available in the following parent-child programs: 
Guess Who Helps You (Westview, pg. 9)
All Aboard the Friend Ship (pg. 10) WEDNESDAYS (DAYTIME)
Baby Bumblebees (Polson, pg. 5)
Once Upon a Rhyme (Joseph Teres, pg. 6)
Purple Stew (Radisson,...
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Register for 'My Tween & Me'

March 21, 2019
​ For parents/caregivers and their children ages 7–12. Registration is required and ONLY THE FIRST 12 REGISTRATIONS received will be accepted. There will be a waiting list in the event a spot opens. My Tween & Me is a facilitated group program that provides parents and their tweens with the knowledge,...

Board Passes 2019–20 Budget

March 13, 2019
​ The RETSD board of trustees passed the 2019–20 budget on March 12, 2019. For details, see the media release.
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Register for a Spring EDVenture!

March 05, 2019
The warmer weather is on its way! Celebrate spring and sign up for a class with EDVentures Continuing Education. You can start a new fitness routine, take ballroom dancing, learn how to make sushi, or participate in some great classes designed just for kids or for the whole family to enjoy....

Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2020

February 21, 2019

If your child was born in 2014, it is time to register them for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.
Kindergarten registration begins, Monday, March 4th, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in the school office.
When you come to register your child you need to bring:
-  2 pieces of identification for proof...

Ukrainian Program Announcement

February 05, 2019
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...
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Science for Kids—Open Heart Surgery

February 05, 2019
​ Does your child love all things science? Here's their chance to get up close and personal with biology!
Students will dissect a pig's heart and explore the circulatory system and heart anatomy in a tangible way. February 25
6–7 p.m. (Grades 5–11)
7–8 p.m. (Grades 5–11) Miles Macdonell Collegiate (Room 4)
757 Roch...
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Preschool Growing & Learning Days

January 16, 2019
​If you have a child who is about to start kindergarten this fall, don't miss out on our Preschool Growing & Learning Days taking place in April and May! And remember, kindergarten registration begins March 4, 2019.

Grade 4 & 5 Basketball Club

January 15, 2019

Practices are from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm. Practice schedule dates:
March 4th
March 6th
March 7th - Donwood Basketball Tournament
March 12th - Parent Invitational Basketball Tournament

French Immersion Boundary Changes

January 14, 2019
​ The RETSD board of trustees has completed a review of middle years French immersion enrolment and related catchment areas west of Lagimodiere.
The review was identified as a priority in the 2017–18 school year due to increasing demand for French immersion programming in RETSD and the impact it is having...

RETSD Cold Weather Guidelines

January 11, 2019

Kindergarten Parent Info Nights

January 11, 2019
​PLEASE NOTE: The location for the École Margaret-Underhill parent information night was previously incorrect, and has now been corrected. Their information night will be held at the school itself, as listed below.

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Science for Kids—Optics

January 09, 2019
​ Does your child love all things science? Here's their chance to get up close and personal with biology! Students will learn about the parts of an eye while dissecting an animal's eye. They will also learn about optical sensors while programming an Ozobot to solve a problem. 
January 14, 2019

Our Winter newsletter is now on line!

December 12, 2018
Please click here​ to view. The Donwood newsletters can be found under the "Parents and Community" tab on the Donwood School website.

Winter Issue of Kinder Links

November 26, 2018
The 2019 winter issue of Kinder Links is now available for download on the River East Transcona School Division website at Registration for our FREE parent-child programs begins on Saturday, December 01, 2018 - see page 2 in Kinder Links for more information. Register immediately by phone 204.669.4043...

PAC Glenlea Poinsettia Fundraiser pick up

November 20, 2018
The Winter Glenlea Poinsettia Fundraiser will be available for pick up on Monday, December 3rd from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. PAC thanks you for your support!​

Grade 4 and 5 Volleyball Club

October 26, 2018

Practice dates:
Tournament on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at Sun Valley School

Flag Football Club for Grade 4 and 5

September 18, 2018
​Practices are from 11:45 to 12:45 pm on
Tuesday, October 2nd
Thursday, October 4th
Tuesday, October 9th
Thursday, October 11th
Divisonal Flag Football Final Tournament:
Friday, October 12th, 2018...East Side Eagles Field

Cross Country Running Club for Grade 3, 4 and 5

September 12, 2018
​Practices are from 11:45 to 12:45 pm on Wednesday, September 19th
Friday, September 21st
Tuesday, September 25th
Divisional Cross Country Meet:
Thursday, September 27th at Bird's Hill Park

Fee for Service Bussing for 2018-2019

April 16, 2018
​ If you use fee for service bussing, please note that an application must be submitted each school year. Below is a link to the 2018/19 Fee-For-Service application:—Fee-for-Service%20-%20Form%20B.pdf

Grade 4 Handball Club

April 11, 2018
​ Practice dates are: April 12, 16, 18 and 19. All practices are from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
RETSD Grade 4 Handball Tournament at Donwood School in the afternoon, on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

Donwood Gymnastics Club for Grades 3-5

January 10, 2018
​ Practice dates are as follows:
March 15
All practices are from 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Donwood Run Club - Grades 3 - 5

September 12, 2017
​Practice dates: September 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 and 27
During lunch rec esses (12:15 - 12:45 p.m. )

River East Transcona Divisional Concert Choir auditions for Grades 5-8

September 05, 2017
​Please see attached letter for details on how to register for the auditions. RETSD Div Choir Aud Letter 2017 (003).pdf

Grade 5 Handball Club

April 10, 2017
Practices are: April 11, 13, 18, 20, 24 from 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Tournament at Chief Peguis School on Tuesday, April 25th (am only)​

Grade 4 Handball Club

April 10, 2017
Practice dates are: April 25 from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Tournament at Donwood School on Thursday, April 27th (pm only​)

Spring Break Kids Club!

March 20, 2017
Jubilee Mennonite Church 365 Edelweiss Crescent Monday, March 27th to Friday, March 31st 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Lunch provided FREE Community BQ - Friday, March 31st 3:30 p.m. at Jubilee Please call Jubilee, 204-668-9933 to register your children!

Donwood choir signs O Canada at Moose Game on February 22nd

February 27, 2017
​Please click below to view video    

Fit Kids Healthy Kids

January 31, 2017
Please join us at Donwood School on February 7th from 5:30-7:30 PM. We will be hosting an exciting and fun evening event for the whole family. Fit Kids Healthy Kids will set up our gym with awesome games using pool noodles, balloons, ropes, an obstacle course and so much more. This...

Ecole Munroe Junior High School Parent Information Evening

January 26, 2017
for students entering grade 6 Late Entry French Immersion/English programs February 8, 2017 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact: 204-661-4451​

Donwood Grades 3-5 Gymnastics Club

January 16, 2017
Practice dates are as follows:
March 13, 15
All practices are from 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Parent Information Evenings 2017 (Middle Years)

January 12, 2017
​ Please click here to see attached poster with information on Middle Years information evenings.

RETSD Holiday Video

December 14, 2016
​Click on the link below to see Donwood as part of the divisional holiday video!  
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Chief Peguis PAC Handmade Craft and Bake Sale

October 12, 2016
Saturday, November 5th, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Chief Peguis School Gym 1400 Rothesay Street ADMISSION: Free Please see attached poster​

Donwood Cross Country Run Club 2016! Grades 1 to 5

September 08, 2016
​Practice dates: September 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26. All practices will begin at 8:15 a.m. Students should come prepared to run outside.

RETSD has a new trustee

September 07, 2016
​ Congratulations to Brianne Goertzen, who was elected to the RETSD Board of Trustees, representing Ward 3. Ms. Goertzen is a Manitoba organizer for the Canadian Federation of Students, is on the board of Child Care Coalition of Manitoba and serves on CUPE's National Post-Secondary Task Force. We look forward to...

German Language and Soccer Camp

June 20, 2016
​will be held all day Monday and Tuesday morning at Donwood (Wednesday, Thursday at Princess Margaret and Chief Peguis). Two "Auf Ballhohe" volunteer soccer coaches from Germany have come to run this camp promoting soccer and the German language. Tuesday is the official opening of this week long event. In attendance...

Donwood Run Club

May 17, 2016
at 8:15 a.m. on
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June 2, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17  
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Donwood students go to City Hall

April 25, 2016
On April 14th, 2016 Grade 4 students from Frau von Hacht's class at Donwood School were invited to be delegates at a Water and Waste Meeting being held at City Hall. The meeting was regarding a proposal whether or not to implement a City wide composting program. Students had been researching...

Manitoba Adds German Event

April 19, 2016
​ You are warmly invited to an exciting and FREE event
ManitobaAddsGERMAN, proudly sponsored by the Goethe Institut Toronto
Come and go anytime between 4:30 and 8:30 pm to the RBC Convention Centre on
Thursday, May 19th.
Please see the attached poster and feel free to share and bring as many friends as you like.

Grade 5 Handball Club

April 12, 2016
​ Practice dates are:
April 27 from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. in the Donwood Gym
Tournament on April 29th (PM) at Chief Peguis

Grade 4 Handball Club

April 12, 2016
Practice dates are:
April 26 from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. in the Donwood Gym
Tournament at Donwood School on April 28th (PM only)​

**CANCELLED**Fit Kids Healthy Kids

April 05, 2016
 scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 19th  

AAA Community Spring Feast

April 05, 2016
on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Salisbury Morse Place School, 795 Prince Rupert Avenue, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. ​
Cultural Feast Lunch and Performances
Celebrating "Aboriginal Academic Achievement" in the River East Transcona School Division
RSVP please by calling Lisa at 204-669-9412 with how many people in your group will be attending.

Jar Bar this Thursday!

March 22, 2016
​ One of the events of Spirit Week will be a Jar Bar. The Jar Bar will be held on Thursday, March 24th. Tickets are $.25 each and the jars will be on display in the display case in front of the office. 

Donwood Book Fair

March 03, 2016
The Donwood Book Fair will be held Monday, ​March 14th to Thursday, March 17th

Little Jets THURSDAY Evening Floorball

March 03, 2016
​ The last Thursday Evening Floorball will be held on Thursday, March 10th. The Monday Little Jets program will continue until further notice.

Kindergarten Registration

February 24, 2016
​If your child was born in 2012, it is time to register them for kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.
Registration begins on Monday, March 6th, 2017. Our office is open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.
In order to register your child for kindergarten (English or German Bilingual) the following...

School Patrols Cold Weather Policy

January 14, 2016
-27 C to -34 C it is recommended that time on post not exceed 10 minutes. Warm clothing is essential. Facial protection is recommended.
-35 C to -40 C it is recommended that time on post not exceed 5 minutes. Posts located more than a five minute walk from the...

Donwood Gymnastic Club dates

January 13, 2016
March 3, 7, 9, 11 all practices are at 8:15 a.m. The Tumbling Rally will be held at River East Collegiate on Monday, March 21st. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

German Bilingual Kindergarten Presentation for Donwood and Princess Margaret Schools

January 12, 2016
​ will be held on Tuesday, February 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library at Donwood School. Please join us for an exposure to the  German Bilingual program 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in our gymnasium. Students from Donwood, Princess Margaret, Chief Peguis and River East Collegiate look forward to sharing...

Donwood School Movie Night

January 05, 2016
will be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2016.  Doors will open at 6:00 and the movie will begin at 6:30 pm. Permission forms will be sent home with students.

Check out our Community Links section

November 18, 2015
 Our Community Links section contains information on parenting and community classes that are offered, as well as other helpful and useful information. The Community Links section can be found under the Parents & Community link at the top of the Donwood home page.

Donwood Volleyball Club practice dates

October 22, 2015
We will practice from 8:15-8:45 on the following mornings: November 19, 23. The Volleyball tournament will be on Wednesday, November 25th from 10 to 2 at Donwood

School Safety Letter

September 16, 2015
  RETSD has worked with the Winnipeg Police Service to review and strengthen the practices we have in place to create a safe learning environment for our students. Please see the attached letter which provides information about our updated procedures regarding lockdown, and hold and secure. divisional parent lockdown letter.pdf

Cross Country Run Club 2015 Grades 3-5

September 11, 2015
​ Practices will be held of September 22, 24, 28, 30. All practices are at 8:15 a.m.

Mindful Parenting with Dr. Michelle Warren

September 10, 2015
    September 24th, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Bernie Wolfe School, 95 Bournais Drive
Please see attached poster for more details Mindful Parenting Poster sept 9-15.pdf ...

Soccer Program helps teach language and culture

June 24, 2015
  Please click here to view the article in The Herald newspaper.

Donwood Students and Soccer!

June 17, 2015
​ Please click here to view CBC news story

Province Announces New Child-Care Centre at Donwood Elementary School will Benefit Families in Northeast Winnipeg

June 11, 2015
- - -   Manitoba Continues to Build, Invest in Quality, Publicly Accessible Child-care Centres In Schools Throughout the Province: Premier Selinger Families in northeast Winnipeg will have greater access to high-quality, affordable child care in their community through the Family Choices Building Fund, Premier Greg Selinger announced today at Donwood...

Freezie Sale in support of Free the Children

June 10, 2015
​ Free the Children Freezie Sale on June 17 th AM and PM recesses. $1 for a Jumbo Freezie.

Babysitting Courses this summer

June 08, 2015
​​ Babysitting Course-Cdn First-Aid Training.pdf

Spring Community Feast

May 01, 2015
​ Tuesday, May 12, 2015; 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary School
166 Antrim Road, Winnipeg To register and to see more details, please click on the attachment below.

New for Lunch Time Absences

April 30, 2015
​ Students who are registered to be at school over the lunch hour on a full time basis:   If your child is at school, but will be going home or to an appointment over the lunch hour, please call 204-661-4200 ext 3262 - & leave a message to advise the...

Countdown to Kindergarten Preschool Growing & Learning Days

April 30, 2015
​ Is Kindergarten just around the bend for your child? If so, we can help you stay ahead of the curve, learn a thing or two about what to expect, and have fun at the same time! If your child will be attending kindergarten in our division in the year 2015,...

Kindergarten Registration

April 30, 2015
​ If your child will be FIVE (5) years of age on or before December 31, 2015, he/she is eligible to register for kindergarten. Kindergarten registration along with In-Division School of Choice applications will be accepted on Monday, March 2nd beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the school office.

When you come to...

Grade 4 Boys and Girls Handball

April 13, 2015
The practice dates are: April 14, 16, 20, 22, 28 and 29th
(Tournament Day) Practice time: 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.

Grade 5 Boys and Girls Handball practices

April 13, 2015
Dates are: April 15, 17, 21, 23, 27, 30 May 1 (Tournament Day) Practice time: 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

Springfield Heights Nursery School celebrating 50 years

April 07, 2015
The Springfield Heights Nursery School will celebrate a half-century of German-language education at a celebration on April 19th. Please see the attachment for more details.

SMP celebrating 100 years of learning

February 18, 2015
Salisbury Morse Place School invites all former students and employees to help them celebrate 100 years of learning on April 23, 2015. For more information, please see the attached poster.

Countdown to Kindergarten Preschool Growing & Learning Days

January 08, 2015
Is Kindergarten just around the bend for your child? If so, we can help you stay ahead of the curve, learn a thing or two about what to expect, and have fun at the same time! If your child will be attending kindergarten in our division in the year 2015, you...

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