At Emerson School, we believe in quality education for all students in a safe, responsible, and respectful learning environment where individuals, their efforts, and achievements are valued.
Emerson School was built in 1979 as a community school to provide school-linked services to a residential neighbourhood in the northeast part of Winnipeg. A time capsule was made and sealed behind the cement block (dated 1979) near the front entrance. This time capsule was opened at the 25th anniversary celebrations in June 2004.
A beautiful mural on the east wall of the school was commissioned by the Emerson Advisory Council to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school. The mural, by local artist Bev Bedford, depicts two children sitting beneath a tree with the message, "Give your child Just two things. One is roots; the other wings." The east field has a community fitness trail, a baseball diamond, and two soccer fields that are used extensively for community sports. The schoolyard also houses two large play structures provided through funds raised by the Emerson Advisory Council for school and community use. The play structure on the Emerson Avenue side is wheelchair accessible.
Our current enrollment in kindergarten to Grade 5 is approximately 180 students. Emerson has 13 full-time equivalent professional staff, which includes classroom teachers, specialists in library, music, physical education, and resource, and the principal. In addition we have several educational assistants, a half-time library technician, a full-time secretary, and four custodial staff.
The School as a Safe, Respectful & Inclusive Place
The Emerson School community believes it is important to have open communication within a safe, caring, and respectful environment. To this end, we follow the RETSD Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct describes the rights and responsibilities of students, staff, and parents. In partnership with parents, we believe our primary role is to teach students caring and respectful behaviour.
At the beginning of each year, students are taught the Emerson School pledge and the behavioural expectations from the school's Behaviour Matrix. Through PALS assemblies and day-to-day teachings, students learn how to Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe at Emerson School. We also promote responsible citizenship through service and giving to others. As an entire community, we reach out to others through fundraising for the Terry Fox Foundation, United Way, Winnipeg Harvest, Christmas Cheer Board, Siloam Mission, and other community charities.
Our school pledge is:
- I will be prepared and do my best.
- I will be kind, courteous, and co-operative.
- I will be respectful of myself and others.
- I will act in a safe and responsible manner.
- I will have fun!
The central message at Emerson School, which is displayed in the front hall of the school since it opened, is the Golden Rule—treat others the way you want others to treat you.
Our school priorities are as follows:
- Enhance student performance in the areas of literacy/numeracy
- Enhance student performance through a respectful, safe, and responsible school culture
- Enhance student awareness in the area of sustainability
Our work in these priority areas centres on the following outcomes:
- Students will improve their academic achievement in the areas of literacy and numeracy through authentic and appropriate instruction paying close attention to differentiating and adapting instruction for struggling learners.
- All students will be taught the behavioural expectations within the Emerson School Behaviour Matrix, which will result in an increase in positive behaviours and a decrease in negative behaviours.
- Students will develop an understanding of how to live in a sustainable manner.
At Emerson School, students are the focus for everything we do. We provide a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities to develop thinking and reflection, reading and writing in all curricular areas, and citizenship and social responsibility within a safe, caring, and respectful school culture. There is a student leadership program and student leadership is promoted through patrols, student-led assemblies, student office assistants, nursery helpers, library helpers, and lunch and milk monitors. Student voice and student involvement is developed through our service to others in service projects and in schoolwide initiatives.
Parents in the School
At Emerson School, we believe a strong link between teachers and parents is essential to student success. We promote a proactive reciprocal approach in communicating information between home and school about a student’s academic, social, and emotional well-being. For students in Grades 1 to 5, the student agenda is a daily tool for communication. Notes about activities or special events are communicated to parents through letters home, email, and E-Memos. If you are registered with the school to receive E-Memos, you will receive them approximately every three to four weeks. E-Memos will include letters, reminders, etc. General information about the school is sent home through regular newsletters (The Emerson Informer). At the beginning of the school year, we welcome parents/guardians to our annual open house, which is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the school and its community.
Parents are encouraged to be volunteers at Emerson School. Teachers ask parents to volunteer in a variety of ways, including listening to children read, assisting with field trips, photocopying materials for students, assisting with the library, etc. We have a special hot lunch program occurring monthly and canteens at tournaments and special events run by volunteer parents. Anytime a parent is available to assist is greatly appreciated. Parents in the school help to strengthen the school-home link, improving communication between student, parent, and teacher.
The Emerson Advisory Council is dedicated to the education and well-being of the students. The EAC’s primary mandate is to promote effective communication between home and school. The EAC encourages parents to participate in meaningful educational activities and decision-making, to strengthen the role of families in education and schooling, and to foster meaningful parent participation. The EAC meets eight times per year in the school library. The EAC chair can be reached by leaving a message at the school.