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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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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...
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Letter to Parents/Guardians

June 29, 2020
Please see the attached letter from Kelly Barkman, Superintendant/CEO
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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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VolunTeen

June 22, 2020
​To apply, click here: https://tinyurl.com/y9kdvw7g

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Letter to Parents/Guardians

June 19, 2020

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Update - Catch-up Immunizations for Grades 6 & 8

June 16, 2020
Grade 6 and 8 catch-up immunizations will be held in the summer. Please see the updated attached letter from Access Transcona for more information. 
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Virtual Career Fair

June 02, 2020

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JWG "We Miss Our Wildcats" Parade

May 22, 2020
Led by Mr. Paterson's well dressed car, a pontoon boat float and a peloton of costumed cyclists, JWG showed our community how very much we are missing them!  
Staff took the opportunity to send messages of care and positivity to our student body, along with so many others we passed along...
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Food Hampers

May 21, 2020
On May 20th, John W Gunn staff delivered another round of food hampers to families in our community. Many thanks go out to the following companies for helping with our food hamper initiative:
Breakfast Club of Canada for providing funding
Bird's Hill Sobey's for special ordering all the groceries
French Way...
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We Miss Our Wildcats Car Parade

May 15, 2020
Please see the attached information on the JWG car parade scheduled for Thursday, May 21st (rain date, Thursday, May 28th). We look forward to seeing our Wildcats smiling faces.​
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InformNet Summer School Program

May 13, 2020
This year, summer school programming can be accessed online through the InformNet Summer School Program. This is for repeater courses only, so you may only register for a summer school course if you have taken the course before and have achieved a mark of 30 per cent or higher. If your...
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Locker Pick-up

May 01, 2020
​Any families who were not able to make it to the school during their scheduled pick-up time will still have the chance to pick up the locker contents. Parents/guardians are asked to please contact the school to set up a time to pick up their son/daughter’s supplies.
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Covid 19 Food Hampers

May 01, 2020
​On April 29th, staff at John W Gunn delivered food hampers to families in the community. A huge thank you goes out to the following companies for their support: Breakfast Club of Canada for providing funding for this initiative Bird's Hill Sobey's for special ordering groceries and making pick-up of them...
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JWG Staff Message to Students

April 24, 2020
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JWG Registration Forms 2020-2021

April 17, 2020
​ Attached are the Registration forms for the 2019-2020 school year.
Please note that all forms must be filled in and 2 pieces of identification with proof of residency must be provided for all new students to our catchment area.
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Postponement of upcoming in school student immunizations due to Covid-19

April 16, 2020
​ Please see attached the information from the Provincial Government regarding the postponement of the upcoming in school student immunizations.
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NOTICE RE FEE-FOR-SERVICE BUSING

April 14, 2020
If you are requiring Fee-For-Service transportation, the application form must be submitted to Transportation Dept. each school year.   Transportation Application – Fee-For-Service 2020-2021 forms are available from the school office or follow the Quick Link “Busing Information” on the RETSD website at www.retsd.mb.ca

Fee-For-Service applications must be submitted to the...
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Parent Portal Guides

April 14, 2020
Report cards will be available to view on the Parent Portal on Tuesday, June 30 th . 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...
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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...
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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.   https://twitter.com/wpgpolice/status/1247662649363410945 https://www.facebook.com/events/2541948762683498/
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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Galleries---Both Virtual and in Real Life

April 07, 2020
Since the beginning of time, artists have paid great attention to the world around them and responded in a myriad of ways. Our Wildcats are no different. Some of our grade 6, 7, and 8 artists are responding to the coronavirus by drawing masks, rolls of toilet paper, and creating emotional,...
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Counsellor Corner

March 27, 2020
​ Dear Parents/Guardians: 8 Parenting Tips:   You might find this brief article useful. https://theconversation.com/try-these-8-tips-to-reduce-parenting-stress-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-136381   As we come to the end of this very unique first week of school closures and endless news feeds of the world's reaction to this never seen before pandemic, it is easy to...
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Winnipeg Harvest Food Hampers

March 25, 2020
Please see the attached information regarding food hampers from Winnipeg Harvest​
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Contacting JWG during the School Closure

March 23, 2020
If you need to get in touch with the school, you have a number of options available to you:  • Call the school directly. Be sure to listen to the entire voice message and if you would like to leave a voice mail, please do so. We will be retrieving messages...
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Additional Online Educational Resources

March 20, 2020
​Please see the attached letter regarding online educational resources for our students.
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Microsoft TEAMS Login Support

March 18, 2020
Please see the attached information on student TEAMS support.​
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JWG Parent Information Letter

March 18, 2020
Please see the attached letter that was sent by e-memo today.​
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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...
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Grade 7 and 8 Survey

March 13, 2020
The Grade 7 and 8 students of John Gunn along with all Grade 7 through 12 students in the province of Manitoba  will be participating in a survey prior to May 5, 2020.  The survey created through a partnership of the Manitoba government departments of Families, Education and Manitoba Health,...
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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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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...
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Canadian Culture Trip 2021

February 28, 2020
​Is your child interested in the JWG Canadian Culture Trip in June 2021? Please see the attached invitation to learn more about it. Please RSVP if you will be attending the informational meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the school mini-gym.
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Evolution of Inclusion

February 19, 2020
​REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

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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...
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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

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MATC Seminar

February 13, 2020
MATC is presenting a seminar on Wed. March 18th for caregivers of children/youth who struggle with big emotions. Please see the attached poster for more information.
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Important Changes to the Parent Portal - Please Read

February 12, 2020
​ It is imperative that the school has the correct parent/guardian email address on file in order for you to access your student’s information in a timely manner.  Please see the letter attached and ensure that any changes have been forwarded to the school no later than Friday, February 14 th...
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Cold Weather Guidelines

February 11, 2020

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2020–21 Budget Meeting

February 03, 2020

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Jazz Band Winter Showcase

January 20, 2020

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Senior Years Information Evenings

January 15, 2020

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Middle Years Information Evenings

January 15, 2020

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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 –...
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JWG December 2019 Newsletter

December 20, 2019
Please see the attached newsletter.​
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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 RETLife.ca and follow RETLife on Twitter @RETLifeRETSD!
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Crayola ColorCycle

December 17, 2019
Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. Our school is registered...
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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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FREE Parent Intervention Program

November 05, 2019
The Parent Intervention Program offered by the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is a free two-evening program for parents/caregivers seeking information and support regarding their young person's substance use. This program is also for parents/caregivers interested in learning more about the signs to watch for to determine if your young person...
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JWG Weather Reminders

November 04, 2019
​ Please remember that although the weather is getting colder our students are still expected to stay outdoors until the 8:30 a.m. bell rings as well as during the second half of the lunch hour.  Please make sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather.
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First Snow Celebration!!

October 21, 2019
When our grade 7 students heard that one of their classmates was seeing his first snow fall, they wanted to celebrate by teaching him how to build a snowman. There were lots of smiles and giggles as they shared their knowledge of proper snowman making technique! What a great way to...
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JWG Cell Phone Policy 2019-20

October 11, 2019
Please see the attached letter regarding the school cell phone policy.​
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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...
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Access River East Free Session

September 16, 2019
Please see the attached information sheet regarding the Sept 26/19 session on Homework Tips for Kids with ADHD​
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Register for Youth Programs

September 09, 2019
​ RETSD offers a series of programs designed to keep our youth (Grade 6–12) engaged outside of school hours.  Have you considered any for your child? Click here to learn more and to register— Youth Programs
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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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JWG Student Absence Reporting

August 22, 2019
In the event that your child will be absent from school, please give the school a call at 204-958-6500 to let us know. Our answering service is available 24 hours a day and our office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ​
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JWG 2019-20 Supply Lists

June 24, 2019
Please see the attached Grade 6, Grade 7 or Grade 8 supply lists.​
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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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JWG 2019-20 Student Fees

May 14, 2019
​Student fees for current Grade 6 and Grade 7 students are now being collected for the 2019-20 school year. Due to increased costs our student fees have increased to $50.00 for the year. Fees are due on or before Friday, June 14/19 and should be handed in to the homeroom teacher....
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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...
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Student Art Show

April 16, 2019

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Pysanky Decorating Workshop

April 11, 2019

Learn the ancient art of making beautiful pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs). A wax-resist or batik method is used to create the designs, and the eggs are then dipped in brightly-coloured dyes.
TUES., APRIL 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Chief Peguis School (Art Room)
For youth, adults & families (ages 12 & up)
$15/person Registration...
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Notice Re: Fee-For-Service Busing

April 01, 2019
If you are requiring Fee-For-Service transportation, the application form must be submitted to Transportation Dept. each school year .  Transportation Application – Fee-For-Service 2019-2020 forms are available from the school office or follow the Quick Link "Busing Information" on the RETSD website at www.retsd.mb.ca

Fee-For-Service applications must be submitted to...
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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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Parent Intervention Program

March 20, 2019

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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....
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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)
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An Important Letter for Parents

January 28, 2019

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Register for ‘Mindful Me’

January 15, 2019
​ RETSD students from Grades 6–12 are welcome to join us for our first Empowerment Project of 2019 — Mindful Me.  It takes place on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 6–8 p.m. at Bernie Wolfe Community School. It's a FREE, fun-filled, and interactive day that will include snacks, crafts, and activities—discussions around mental health, mindfulness...
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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...
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Middle & Senior Years Info Nights

January 11, 2019

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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
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Lutheran Church Parking Lot

December 12, 2018
​ Parents/Guardians:   Please do not drop off or pick up students in the parking lot of the Lutheran Church parking lot as this is a private parking lot.
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School Conference Manager for Parents and Guardians

November 15, 2018
​ The School Conference Manager will be open to parents on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. for booking student led conference times. Instructions regarding the School Conference Manager booking system are attached.   Please note that at this time the system will only allow you to book a conference...

What's Up Wildcats March 16 - 20

October 03, 2016
Please see the attached for information on the week's happenings.