On this, the last day of school for another year, I would like to say goodbye and thank you to the wonderful Glenwood School Community. It has been an honour serving this community as the Principal of Glenwood School for the last 5 1/2 years. I have so many wonderful memories and for that I will be eternally grateful. I will be moving to become the Principal of Victor Mager School next year.
It gives me great pleasure to share that my replacement as the Principal of Glenwood School, is Mr. Mike Heilmann. Mike is currently the Vice-Principal of Samuel Burland School. Mike has had the opportunity to visit Glenwood on several occasions since his appointment as Principal was announced and he is very excited to begin at Glenwood in August.
Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much Glenwood School Community for the wonderful memories.
Over the last 3 weeks, Glenwood School has had the good fortune of being 'adopted', through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Adopt a School Program. This program aims to foster a love of reading in all schools and does so by adopting schools and enhancing their library collections.
We are extremely grateful for the generosity that our community has shown through online donations as well as via in-person donations of books at the Chapters St. Vital Centre location. When we applied to be an adopted school, our hope was to have at least one book donated for each of the 162 children that attend Glenwood School. I am now thrilled to share that we have far surpassed our goal as 434 books have been donated to Glenwood School over the last 3 weeks!!!
On behalf of the entire Glenwood School Community, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Indigo, Chapters St. Vital Centre, and all of the generous citizens that have donated during this wonderful campaign.
One of the most amazing gifts that we can provide to our students/children is the opportunity to give to others. This giving also provides opportunities for learning about the needs, and sometimes difficult circumstances, that other people in our school, community, city, and country are faced with. Last Friday, Glenwood School donated an abundance of fresh produce to Siloam Mission as a result of our very successful Farm To School Fundraiser. These donations were the result of the generosity of students, families, and Glenwood School Staff.
As the leaves all fall to the ground, we are reminded that the Winter Holiday Season is just around the corner. Very soon, Glenwood School and Glenwood Community Centre will forge our annual partnership to provide several Holiday Hampers for families in need in the Glenwood Community. We will not only give, but in the process, we will educate our students about the needs of others.
While the above inititatives in and of themselves are wonderful opporunities to foster the spirit of generosity in our students, we were seeking a more long term program to facilitate ongoing learning in this area. We are very happy to announce our participantion in a program through Winnipeg Harvest that will allow us to develop this learning and understanding of the needs of others on a more long-term basis. Mr. Cohen's Grade 5/6 classroom has already visited and volunteered for a full day at Winnipeg Harvest and will do so several more times this school year.
On behalf of the entire Glenwood School Community, thank you for your continued support in teaching our children the importance of generosity and giving to others.
On behalf of the entire Glenwood School Team, I would like to welcome all of our students and their families back to Glenwood School. As we arrive at the end of our first full week of school, I would like to provide some new information and updates for the 2015-16 school year.
There have been quite a few changes to our teaching and educational assistant staff this year. Mr. Joshua Malcolmson will be teaching half-time Grade 2/3 and will also teach Social Studies in Grade 7/8. Ms. Brittany Barber will now be teaching full time in Grade 3/4. We would like to welcome Mr. Scott Hjartarson to Glenwood School as our new Grade 7/8 teacher for 2015-16. We are happy to also welcome Tara Best, Jodie Garrioch, Deborah Marchuk, Kirstie White, Shirley Fraser, and Gelsomina Nyiri to our amazing team of educational assistants.
The beginning of the new school year has brought with it an unexpected, but very welcome, number of new registrations to Glenwood School. Since we left for summer break in June, we have welcomed 35 new students to our school. All of the new faces, adult and child alike, have brought a new excitement and energy to the halls of our school to start the new year.
Our year is off to a very smooth start and there are many exciting events and activities planned for the school year, beginning with our Annual Terry Fox Week Fundraiser for Cancer Research next week. I would like to thank the Glenwood Home and School Association and the tireless efforts of the Glenwood Community Centre in providing for our annual Back to School Barbeque at Meet the Teacher/Opening Day Conferences.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact the school with any questions or concerns that you may have. On behalf of the entire Glenwood School Team, I would like to wish you all a happy and rewarding 2015-16 school year!
Hard to believe that we have arrived in the month of May and we are counting down the weeks, and, dare I say, days until the end of another exciting school year. While we ae busy with preparations for the end of the current school year, we are also planning and looking ahead to the 2015-16 school year at Glenwood School.
The conclusion of the school year in a Kindergarten to Grade 8 School, always brings the anticipation of the Grade 8 Farewell Ceremony at the end of June. This is the formal ceremony that says goodbye to our students as they head off to begin the next chapter of their school careers in High School. However, long before this ceremony takes place, the process of transitioning our students to their respective High Schools is well under way. Our Glenwood Transition Team has already been involved in transition meetings with the Glenlawn Collegiate Transition Team, and students have had, and will continue to have opportunities to visit Glenlawn to familiarize themselves with their new school environment. More details will be coming home soon related to the Grade 8 Farewell that will take place on Thursday, June 25.
As mentioned, we are also busily preparing our class configurations and staffing for next year. At this time, we are in the midst of the staffing process and do not have final information about who will be teaching in each of our classrooms next year. However, we can tell you that our classroom configurations have been configured as follows for the 2015-16 school year:
Grade 7/8 (2 classrooms)
Over the next 6 weeks, we will be working hard to complete our staffing process and also to finalize our classroom compositions for next year. As always, several factors will be considered as we decide which students will be placed in which classrooms. It is a process that involves the input of several professionals and balances the needs of individual learners with the needs of the overall classroom environment.
If you have any questions related to the transition of our Grade 8 students to high school or the classroom configurations and compositions for the 2015-16 school year, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
The long days of summer are near!
Once again this holiday season, the staff and students of Glenwood School will be working to put together Holiday Hampers to help make the season a little brighter for families that are struggling at this time of year. We will once again be providing for families in the community, but we will be changing our approach somewhat to ensure that the families receive all of the diverse goods that they may need. We have assigned certain classrooms to specific families this year. Your child may come home and ask you for something a little more specific than in the past; a 3kg bag of sugar, 3 cans of peas, or a box of tea, as examples. Depending on how teachers have organized the gathering of goods, your child may also come home and ask that you contribute a small monetary amount to the cause so that we may purchase gifts for the families as well.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Louis Riel School Division Board Office Staff who are graciously donating Holiday Hampers to three families in the Glenwood Community this holiday season.
On behalf of our entire school and extended community, I would like to thank you all in advance for your efforts in assisting us to teach our students the beauty of generosity and giving to others.
While generosity and the spirit of giving are on our minds year-round, it is during this time approaching the festive Winter Break that we pay particular attention to those who may be in need of food or clothing. As has been the case for many years now, Glenwood School will be asking for donations from both students and staff in order to develop some hampers for families in need.
Please watch for information coming home with your child in the next few days related to this worthwhile annual event at Glenwood School. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
As I watch the snow falling to the ground leaving a light blanket of white on the playground behind the school, I am acutely aware that a change of season is upon us. We are only 5 short weeks away from Winter Break and our school and families in the community are in the midst of change as well.
The change of season brings with it the necessity of a change in outerwear for our children as well. As the temperature drops to below the freezing mark, children's ears, fingers, and toes are in need of some warm cover to ensure safety and comfort both during the trek to and from school, as well as during recess play. We are aware that this can be an expensive time of year for families as we purchase proper winter clothing and prepare for the Christmas Season all at the same time. If for whatever reason you are having a difficult time making ends meet, please do not hesitate to call the school so that we may assist you in properly outfitting your child/ren.
As most of you are aware, we have had some major changes in the form of renovations going on at Glenwood School over the last three months. These renovations are now coming to a conclusion and we are moving all of our Grade 4-8 students back up into their appropriately scheduled classrooms. I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our students and staff as they have managed these difficult changes in physical space with patience and understanding. Our second floor of the East Wing is looking fantastic and our newly finished roof on this portion of the building should protect us from the changing weather elements for a long time to come.
Many of you have also undoubtedly noticed that we are continuing to change the way that we communicate to families as well. We are trying to ensure that the communication between school and home is as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. The Louis Riel School division has worked very hard to improve our communication via our divisional and school websites. While we are continuing to work through some of the unexpected challenges that come with any new technological endeavour, we are very excited about the potential of these new sites to provide timely and pertinent information to our communities. Please visit our Glenwood School site at the following link and see what is happening at our school: https://www.lrsd.net/schools/Glenwood/Pages/default.aspx. We are continually updating the calendar on the page and more and more we will be posting information related to stories and exciting events at our school. We will also continue to send home information in the form of a Newsletter to families. However, we will change our practice by sending home three or four during the school year as opposed to a monthly newsletter.
On behalf of the entire Glenwood School Staff, I would like to thank you all for your efforts in assisting your child/ren with the aforementioned changes. We are looking forward to sharing a joyous approach to the holiday season with our entire school community.
Go Grizzlies Go!!!
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