The cornerstones of our Student Services model are teamwork and
While the majority of students receive their educational
programming in a conventional classroom setting, a continuum of services exists
at the school and divisional levels to meet the wide range of needs presented by
all students. The Student Services Teachers at Nordale School provide
educational support for students and their teachers. Direct service to the
students is provided either in the classroom or in another setting as required
by the short-term needs of the student. Indirect service is provided through
consultation, collaboration and coordination with the classroom teacher, the
principal and the parents. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are developed for
students by the Student Services personnel, classroom teachers, and parents.
Student Services also plan and run small group sessions for social skills and
life skills. The Student Services Team at Nordale School is committed to working
together with teachers, parents and students to provide the best learning
environment to meet the needs of our community.
Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth is committed to fostering inclusion
for all people. Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every
individual to feel accepted, valued, and safe. An inclusive community
consciously evolves to meet the changing needs of its members.
recognition and support, an inclusive community provides meaningful involvement
and equal access to the benefits of citizenship.
In Manitoba we embrace
inclusion as means of enhancing the well-being of every member of the community.
By working together, we strengthen our capacity to provide the foundation for a
richer future for all of us.
- the identification,
evaluation, and programming of students who require extra supports for learning
and/or enrichment opportunities
- the coordination of necessary supports
(Divisional Student Services Department, educational assistants, clinicians,
teachers and parents) to meet the needs of students
- the welcoming of new
students and their families
- assistance for students and their families
with personal and school-related social, emotional, and behavioural concerns
- assistance for families to access outside resources and reference
- the transitioning to high school
- Early Years literacy
- personal or group counseling sessions on a variety of topics
including: friendship, loss, self-development, social skills building and stress
management are run throughout the year.
Clinical Services Unit
This team of specialists, consisting of a Speech and Language
Pathologist, a Social Worker, a Psychologist, an Occupational Therapist and
Physiotherapist, is part of the student services of the School Division. These
specialists are available to parents, students and teaching staff. School staff
will contact them after consulting with parents.
Nordale offers a program designed to assist students in
Grade 1 who are experiencing difficulties in the acquisition of literacy skills.
Students work one-on-one with the Reading Recovery specialist on a daily basis.
Reading Recovery™ is an early intervention program for six year old students in
Grade One. It provides the extra support that some students need in learning to
read and write during that critical acquisition stage. At the beginning of the
school year children are selected for Reading Recovery™ using classroom
teachers’ judgment and results from observation surveys. To help link the
acquisition between home and school, your child will be guided in selecting
books to bring home.
Early Reading Intervention Program
The Early Reading Intervention (ERI) Program is designed for Grade
1 and Grade 2 students. It provides the extra support that some students need in
learning to read and write. The literacy teacher, along with the Grade 1 and 2
teachers, give the observational survey to Grade one students. Students who are
identified as needing a boost in literacy skills are then placed in small
groups. Children selected for this program receive a daily half hour of
additional reading and writing instruction in a small group, under the direction
of the literacy teacher. Sometimes, Grade two students are also included in this
small group instruction.