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École Springfield Heights School
River East Transcona School Division


School Hours

School operates on a six-day cycle as follows:

Morning entry bell                    8:55 am
Morning announcement         9:03 am
Classes begin                             9:10 am
Morning recess                         10:20–10:35 am

Lunch                                          11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Lunch recess                              12:15–12:45 p.m.

Afternoon entry bell                 12:45 p.m.
Afternoon recess                       1:55–2:10 p.m.
Afternoon dismissal                  3:30 p.m.


This service is designed to ensure your child's safety. If your child is going to be absent or late arriving to school, please notify the school in advance (prior to 9:00 a.m.) by calling the school at 204-663-5078 and leaving a message on the answering machine. If the school has not received prior notification of your child's absence, you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Assessment & Reporting

Assessment is an ongoing process that supports learning on a daily basis in our classrooms. Report cards are sent out in November, March, and June. Parents/guardians are invited to parent/student/teacher conferences at these times to discuss their child’s progress and celebrate success.

Before & After School Care

Skipper’s Scholars, a before-and-after-school program, provides daily care for École Springfield Heights School students between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. For information on options of care, program fees, and registration, call Skipper’s Scholars at 204-396-4203.

Child Custody Documents

If there is a court order that limits the rights of one parent regarding custody or visitations, please submit the original Court of Queens Bench order to the office so a copy can be made for reference. Unless this is done, access to either parent cannot be denied. Please notify the office of any changes.

Late Slips

Students who arrive late to school are required to report to the office for a late slip before going to class.

Lost & Found

There are 2 Lost & found bins located in the main hallway. Please feel free to check it for articles that may belong to your child. Items not claimed at the end of December, March, and June will be donated to a local thrift shop. Please label your child’s clothing and belongings to assist in a prompt return if misplaced.

Lunch Program

ÉSHS has a user-pay lunch program. The program provides a safe, supervised environment during the lunch period on a not-for-profit basis, within the policies and guidelines of both River East Transcona School Division and ÉSHS.

Students are not allowed to leave school property unless accompanied by a parent/guardian. Supervision is provided to ensure safety for students who remain at school for lunch.

Milk Program

You have the option of purchasing milk to accompany your child's lunch from October to May. Milk cards are available for purchase in the school office. 

Parent Association

The parent association is an opportunity for parents/guardians to be involved in their children’s education and be informed about school issues. It is made up of a parent executive, parents, a staff representative, and the school administrator who meet informally once a month at 6:30 p.m. in the library during the school year. The goals of the association are to work with the school to:

  • Promote parental involvement in educational issues and decisions
  • Organize activities/fundraisers that support the school
  • Promote a positive family/school/community relationship

Open House

Each September, we host an open house for parent(s)/guardian(s) so you may be introduced to staff and visit your child's classroom. This evening is designed to give you an overview of the classroom program, as well as to provide an opportunity for questions regarding school topics.

Parking Lot

The school parking lot is reserved for staff use only. You may park on Kingsford Avenue or Mark Pearce Avenue. Please do not drop off or pick up your child(ren) in the parking lot, as it is unsafe. You may drop off or pick up your child(ren) on Sharron Bay, past the front of the school (beyond the orange cones), or at the walkways from the playground on Kingsford Avenue or Mark Pearce Avenue.


Students have a 15 minute recess in the morning and in the afternoon. The morning recess is from 10:20–10:35 a.m. The afternoon recess is from 1:55–2:10 p.m.  Students are expected to come dressed for outdoor weather, so they can enjoy these breaks.

Student Records

Please keep the school up to date by informing us of any changes in business, home, sitter, or emergency phone numbers and/or addresses.


Visitors to the school are required to report to the school office first where a sign-in/sign-out log is kept. All volunteers are asked to wear a volunteer badge.

Lockdown, Hold & Secure Information for Schools

Your child's safety is very important to us. We have policies and procedures in place at both the divisional and school level to support their safety. Our school division has worked with the Winnipeg Police Service—as well as referencing materials from the RCMP and Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning—in order to review and strengthen the procedures we have in place to protect students and staff in the event of a safety threat at school. We would like to share details of these updated procedures with you now.

Safety procedures now fall into two categories: Hold-and-secure, and lockdown.

A hold-and-secure will be activated if there is a potential threat outside the school. In these situations, the police typically contact the school and direct the school to go into hold-and-secure. When there is no longer a threat outside the school building, the police inform us that we can resume regular activities.

If our school is in hold-and-secure, the following procedures will apply: 

  • All exterior doors will be locked.
  • NO ENTRY signs will be placed on each door.
  • No one will be permitted to leave or enter the school until school administration announces that hold-and-secure is over. 

A lockdown will be activated if there is a potential threat inside the school building. If the school is in lockdown, the following procedures will apply:

  • All students and staff will proceed to the nearest classroom or office.
  • All doors to classrooms and offices will be locked and/or barricaded by the supervising adult.
  • Students will be kept away from windows and doors and instructed to remain silent and still.
  • No one will be permitted to leave their room until the lockdown is over.

All schools in RETSD are required to hold at least two lockdown drills and one hold-and-secure drill each school year. The purpose of the drills is to provide training for staff and students, so everyone knows what to do in the event of a safety threat. Everyone in the school building will participate in these drills. Students, staff, and parents will be informed in advance of these practice drills.  

If your child arrives at school during a hold-and-secure or lockdown procedure, they must proceed to the school evacuation site, sign in, and remain there until directed otherwise by administration or police. The evacuation site for your child's school is: North Kildonan Community Centre, 1144 Kingsford Place, phone: 204-663-5028.

If you arrive at the school during a hold-and-secure or lockdown, do not attempt to enter the school. Instead, please proceed to the parent/guardian information site where divisional personnel will be available to assist you. The parent information site for your child's school is: North Kildonan Community Centre, 1144 Kingsford Place, phone: 204-663-5028.

If you hear about a serious emergency at your child's school through media reports or other means, do not proceed to the school. Instead, proceed immediately to the parent information site identified above.

Please do not call your child's cellphone during an emergency; particularly in a lockdown situation where it is critical to remain silent and still and not draw attention from any threat-makers who may be in the building

If you would like to read more information about safety policies in RETSD, please visit the RETSD website and scroll to Section E: Support Services. 

If you have any questions about the procedures described above, please feel free to contact the principal or vice-principal at the school.