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The RETSD board of trustees, senior administration team, and student services staff receiving an award from Respect Group

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...
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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 fall issue of Kinder Links: Kinder Links— Winter 2019
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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: 
TUESDAYS (DAYTIME)
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,...
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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...
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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
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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
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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
6–7...
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Cold Weather Guidelines

December 20, 2018

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  https://www.retsd.mb.ca/ParentsandStudents/parentchildprograms/Kinder%20Links/Documents/2019%20Kinder%20Links%20FINAL%20NOV%2016.pdf 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: http://www.retsd.mb.ca/ParentsandStudents/Transportation/Documents/Transportation%20Application—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! https://vimeo.com/195368310  
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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.
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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
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May 26, 31
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.
You...

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.
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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
Windchill
-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 ...
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Soccer Program helps teach language and culture

June 24, 2015
  Please click here to view the article in The Herald newspaper.
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Donwood Students and Soccer!

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