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Robertson School Newsletter “A community of learners—working together” Robertson School

Robertson Roadrunners

550 Robertson Street Winnipeg, MB R2X 2C4 Ph:




PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Changes for next year….. We welcome the following new staff / new job descriptions for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Sharon Penner - Reading Recovery and Special Education Resource

We have come to the end of a very successful year and we have many people to thank.

Christine Bartley – job share grade 4 with Donna Bain (rm. 132) Tania MacKenzie - grade 5 (rm. 103) Curtis Bilewitch – computer teacher

Robertson School teachers and Educational Assistants who care so very much about the students in the school and work to make this a stimulating, inclusive, active learning environment for all Ms Carol, our head secretary, who treats everyone with kindness and respect and is the first person that people happily connect with in the office Ms Marge who works in the library and in the office. She phones home for students who are away and you get a chance to see her in the office at noon. Parent Council members whose support with all our school initiatives and field trips is invaluable. A special thank you to the PC executive – especially the chairperson, Bonnie Janzen

We are also going to be having a school-wide anti-bullying program taught in the classrooms for next year. The focus will be on conflict resolution and bystander training. The common language that all students and adults have been using when dealing with issues at school will continue to be used. Our students know the importance of: Make a Good Choice Do Your Job Show Respect Be Safe

Our custodians who work to keep the school clean and safe for all Our volunteers who give of themselves to help the students Lunch Program staff who organize the lunch time, making sure our students eat healthy and play safely at noon hour

Check the inside of this newsletter to read our Community Report for the facts at a glance and our priorities and successes for the past year, 2009-2010.

CGC personnel who work with staff and students in the school. (we would also like to say thank you and wish the best to our speech clinician, Carla Sharman, who is going on to another division)

Finally, Elaine McKenna and I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank everyone for a successful 2009-2010 school year and we wish everyone a very safe and happy summer.

Leaving Robertson…..

Take some special time to connect with family and friends and enjoy our wonderful Winnipeg summer.

We have some staff that we have to say goodbye to for the next school year and we wish them the best in the future.

Laura Ateah, SERT for grade 3

Pam Ball


Carol Nichols, .50 Librarian Joey Tiede, .50 Computer teacher

We are also saying goodbye and good luck in the future to Adrienne Katz, our morning Kindergarten teacher, who has been with us since 2003. She is retiring and we wish her all the best in the future and thank her for her time at Robertson.

Students return to school on Wednesday, September 8th 2010 Meet the teacher night Thursday, September 9th 2010 (6:30 - 7:30 P.M.)

ROBERTSON SCHOOL Community Report 2009-2010 Principal: Vice- Principal: Head Clerk :

Pamela Ball Elaine McKenna Carol Brooks

Head Custodian:

Bill Gastl

Fast Facts 436 students

Students in the Life Skills program are included in age-appropriate classrooms

33 teachers

2 low enrolment classrooms

33 teacher assistants

Supportive Parent Council

2 clerks

Before and After School Program

1 full time custodian

Vibrant caring community

2 part-time custodians

Parent run Lunch program

Reading Recovery Program

Parent room

Child Guidance Clinicians

Volunteer program

Phys Ed, Music, French specialists

2009 - 2010 staff Principal -

Mrs. Pam Ball

Grade 1

Ms Tracey Forester – rm 153

Vice-Principal -

Mrs. Elaine McKenna

Grade 1

Ms Leanne Scott – rm 152

Grade 2

Ms Pam Peden – rm 151 a.m.

S.E.R.T. (N, K,fam.rm) Mrs. Nancy Adkins S.E.R.T. (gr. 1)

Ms Tammy Ortynski

S.E.R.T. (gr. 2)

Ms Nancy Peters

Grade 2

Mrs. Marilyn Baziuk – rm 150

S.E.R.T. (gr. 3)

Ms Laura Ateah

Grade 3

Mrs. Gisele Saltise – rm P2

S.E.R.T. (gr. 4, 5)

Ms Donna Bain

Grade 3

Mrs. Lori Cruickshank – rm P1

S.E.R.T. (gr.5, 6)

Mr. Rico Sabatini

S.E.R.T . (rm 10)

Mr. Arvid Ivans

Grade 4

Mrs. Evelyn Zankowski – rm 134

Autism teacher

Mr. Kyle Le Blanc – rm 115

Grade 4

Ms Sarah Kjear – rm 133

Reading Recovery (am) Mrs. Pam Peden

Grade 5

Ms Marnie Olson – rm 101

Reading Recovery (pm) Ms Tammy Ortynski

Grade 5

Mrs. Kerrie Green /

Physical Education

Ms Tania MacKenzie - rm 151 p.m.

Mrs. Frances Lionetti – rm P1

Mr. Brent Stacey - gym

Ms Christine Bartley - rm 103

Ms Leslie Parsons - gym day 3

Grade 6

Mrs. Nadia DeLuca – rm 105


Mrs. Susan Le Grand – rm 131

Grade 6

Mr. Stuart Kearney – rm 102


Ms Wendy Challis - rm 147

.50 Computer Teacher Mr. Joey Tiede – rm 116


Mrs. Adrienne Katz – rm 135

.50 Library Teacher

Ms. Carol Nichols – rm 123


Mrs. Beth Henteleff – rm 135

.50 EAL support

Ms Sharon Penner

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2009 – 2010 Highlights We began the year in our newly expanded and updated facility. The new gym, library, computer lab, Autism facility and renovated office, staff room, grooming room and kitchen area was a wonderful addition and all students and staff were very happy to work in the new areas. In the gym, there was finally the room for our winter concerts, Parent Council BBQ, musical as well as the other activities that included our entire community. Our new parent room opened up to welcome parents. Many parents are in the room before school starts, at the end of the day and at all other times as well. Nancy Adkins, our special educational resource teacher, has been designing programs for parents, started a special program for parents of 3 year olds and has worked with parents on different ways to assist their children with reading and homework. There were also fitness workshops and nutritious cooking classes. If you haven’t visited the parent room yet, please do so. The coffee is always on! We continue to be an inclusive education school with almost all of our special education students included in age-appropriate classrooms. We also have a co-teaching model taking place in that the special education resource teachers work in the classroom with the classroom teachers. Having the additional support in the classroom is very beneficial to all students. As a staff, we focus on small group instruction in the classrooms (reading and math groups, activity stations and one-on-one instruction). Students do their work according to the level of their abilities. There is excellent EA support in the room. The success of inclusion and our co-teaching model is very evident and staff and students benefit. The priorities of Strengthening Math and Literary Skills with ICT was one of the priorities for the 2009-2010 school year. With the increase in resource support and with our co-teaching model, our students did very well with the priorities that were our focus. A computer teacher was hired this year and worked with teachers to use technology in theme explorations. Our students worked on strengthening their skills in summarizing, making connections and synthesizing and 85% of students gained greater than, or one year’s growth in these areas. The Math skill area (place value) that was targeted, showed 83% students gaining greater than or one year’s growth.

Another priority of ours was to sustain our Caring, Inclusive Healthy Community. All staff, students and other adults in the building continued to use our common language. “Make a Good Choice, Do Your Job, Show Respect, Be Safe” and strategies to promote empathy and understanding of another’s point of view were addressed. The seven teachings were used as a starting point and were the focus of our monthly assemblies. Our annual community conference was held at Robertson School this year and it was a wonderful evening – parents learned about face book and internet safety and children were entertained by a live dog and cat show.

Parent Council continued to provide tremendous support to school activities and we thank them, with Bonnie Janzen as chair, for all their hard work and dedication to the school. Outstanding parent support for student-led conferences, home reading programs and in responding to our parent surveys has been very gratifying for the staff. Thank you to all parents/guardians for your continued support. We truly are a “Community of Learners-Working Together”.

Looking ahead to next year….

2010-2011 Priorities

1. Continue to sustain our caring, inclusive and healthy community. This upcoming year, as an inclusive school with almost all of our special ed students integrated in regular classrooms, we will continue to sustain our beliefs and philosophy of inclusion. We will continue to work on the caring, inclusive and healthy initiatives we have had in place for the past three years. In addition, we will be implementing a school-wide anti-bullying program and will focus on our students’ conflict resolution skills. We continue to educate students on healthy eating habits and sustainability issues. In our parent room, there will be many more sessions offered - cooking and nutrition classes, exercise classes, how to help your child with reading and math plus the continuation of the very successful parent and child (age 3) play and learning group. 2. Work to develop and strengthen math and literacy skills with ICT Our literacy focus for this year will be on improving writing skills for the upcoming year. Math instruction will focus on place value with an emphasis on mental math strategies. Staff will also be involved with in-servicing for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). CAP results in the fall as well as other assessment strategies will help to guide the individual instruction for each child at Robertson School.

Classroom changes / Staff changes: We will have a grade 4/5 combined classroom in addition to the two grade 4 and two grade 5 classrooms. The room number for the combined 4/5 classroom will be 133. Sarah Kjear will teach the combined classroom. We welcome our new .50 Computer teacher, Curtis Bilewitch and our new grade 5 classroom teacher, Tania MacKenzie. One of the grade 4 classrooms will be a job share with Donna Bain teaching in the morning and Christine Bartley teaching in the afternoon. Leanne Scott will teach the morning Kindergarten class and Reading Recovery and Diane Suppes will teach grade 1. Sharon Penner will also teach Reading Recovery and be the SERT for grade 4/5 and 5.

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A huge thank you to all the grade 4 patrols who have done a great job in May and June. The grade 5 and grade 6 patrols went to Fun Mountain Waterslides on June 17th and had a BBQ lunch. It was a lot of fun! We will have three squads of grade 5 and 6 patrols next year. Our new patrol Captains are Emily D., Ryan J., Anne Thea O., Rhea H. and Tony K. Our Lieutenants are Cassidy S. and Chaise C. The end of the year squad will start in September. Those patrols are Anne Thea O. (Captain), Emily D. (Captain), Cortney C., Adam F., Christian S., Ryley B., Copeland W., Taylor G., David B., Meagan G., Tracy B., Caelin B., Paulene M., Sean P., Wesley B., CJ R., Patrick A., Gabriel A. and Rhomill O. PATROLS, PLEASE PICK UP YOUR VEST ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH , AFTER 1:00 p.m. FROM MR. SABATINI IN ROOM 137. Mr. Sabatini and Mr. Bilewitch will be the patrol supervisors for next year.

Have a great summer! Mr. R. Sabatini Patrol Supervisor

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Physical Education News from Mr. B. Stacey Softball Some students in Gr. 5 and 6 were involved in the division softball tournaments held at Little Mountain Sportsplex during the last week in May and the first weeks in June. These tournaments were non-competitive and the emphasis was on equal participation for all involved. Unfortunately with our weather problems, the Gr. 5 girls tournament was cancelled and we were not able to make the rain date due to prior commitments. Congratulations to the following participants: Gr. 6 Boys

Gr. 5 Girls

Gr. 6 Girls

Gr. 5 Boys

Elijah W

Mackenzie C

Stephanie S

Evan J

Dominic M

Amanda C

Joanne F

Justin P

William G

Electra B

Ajay N

Cole S

Sam B

Raeven F

Corinne W

Ryan J

Gage B

Pauline C

Jocelyn K

Kobie A

Patrick A

Emily D

Rey Ann C

Brennan K

Reilly B

Khadija H

Siera T

Paolo B

Isaac B

Cassidy S

Samantha G

Miguel B

Jagor M

Copeland W

Ivy D

Chaise C

Errol M

Breanna T

Anjelica M

Kirk B

Leo P

Nikka G

Cora M

Landen P

Reid I

Jana A

Shaira N

Casey S

Jessica K

Shyla F

Chenelle S

Bianca P

Anne Thea O

Valeri K

Rhea H

Daisy L

Lovely D

Ashley F

Frances H A big thanks to all coaches who volunteered their time: Bonnie Janzen, Evelyn Zankowski, Tammy Ortynski, Chris Eccles, Desmond Welburn and Rico Sabatini. Fit Run On Tuesday, June 2nd, members of the Running Club attended the Winnipeg School Division Fit Run at Assiniboine Park. It was a soggy day for running with all the rain from the previous weekend, but the students worked hard and we had excellent effort from the entire team. The races were quite large, with some having over 140 participants. Congratulations to the following students: Matthew K

Riley T

Gabe A

Evan J

Anthony S

Immanuel M

Samantha G

Cassidy S

Justin P

Gavin G

Bea B

Cole S

Adam F

Gabriel E

Caelin B

Kobie A

Ana S

Foster J

Brennan K

Mason S

Patrick A

Brayden Y

Emily D

Christian S

Chaise C

David B

Ryan J

Jocelyn K

Sean P

Breanna T

Reilly B

Errol M

Kirk B

Jake R

Shaira N

Harrison T

Landen P

Kyle D

Daniel M

Jhomari T

Joanne F

Jerome R

Alyssa P

Karl P

Daisy L

Sam B

Isaac B

Ajay N

Tyler A

Top twenty finishers who received a ribbon for their effort were: Mason S, Sam B, Cassidy S, Gavin G and Evan J.

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Music News from Mrs. Le Grand It has been another productive and exciting year in the music room and in our new gym. It was so nice to have enough room for all our concerts, assemblies and the musical. Summer is a time for relaxing, listening to our favourite music and getting ready for next year. All the grade four, five and six students will be playing recorder once again next year. The grade six students will begin in October, grade fours in January and grade five in March. Recorders have been ordered for those who wish to purchase one in the fall. Good luck to all the grade six students moving to junior high. It has been a pleasure sharing my love of music with you. Have a safe and happy summer and I look forward to another great school year with your children in the fall.

Dear Families, Thank you to everyone who volunteered at Robertson School this year and participated in activities in the Parent / Family room. See you in September! Sincerely, Mrs. Nancy Adkins

A huge thank you to the grade 6’s for their participation in the Team Up to Clean Up Campaign! They collected a lot of garbage around the school and were treated to Tim Horton’s Timbits and hot chocolate. Thank you for making our school community more vibrant and clean! What a great way to give back to the school! Mr. Sabatini Mrs. De Luca

THANK YOU to Stephanie S. and Sierra T. for initiating our new GREEN CLUB and to all the members who helped to keep the school grounds tidy. Page 6

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Time: Location: Facilitator:

Wednesdays October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2010 and November 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2010 inclusive 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Robertson School 550 Robertson Street Karen Naumiuk Parent Resource Coordinator

This is an eight week Group Session for parents and guardians. Children of all ages need a safe, secure and loving environment. Positive parenting is an effective approach to raising children that emphasizes the positive. In the group session, participants receive information on ensuring a safe engaging environment creating a positive learning environment, using assertive discipline, having realistic expectations and taking care of yourself as a parent.

***Registration deadline is September 30, 2010 and is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, so please register early. Call 474-1513 to register.

Date: Time: Location: Presenter:

Thursday, November 18, 2010 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sargent Park School 1070 Dominion Street Carol Hryniuk-Adamov Certified Reading Clinician, CGC

*** Attention families of students from Grade 6 - 12! *** All students can benefit from key strategies to improve learning and memory in all subjects. Plan to attend a strategy-packed evening for parents and students (Gr. 6-12). You will learn many practical ways to improve your learning, memory and reading comprehension. These suggestions may help you and your family in your lifelong learning journey together. This is a suitable evening for adult learners in our division as well.

To Register Call: 474-1513. Please register early to ensure your place. Page 8

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All outstanding fees must be cleared before attending the Lunch Program in September. If this is not done, your child will not be able to attend the program.

We are already getting ready for the upcoming school year, so if you decide to enroll your child or take your child out of the program, please let the office know before the first day of school.

All students who stay for the Lunch Program must fill out a yellow registration form with a $5.00 registration fee. This needs to be done before they are able to stay during the lunch hour. Thank you everyone for a wonderful Lunch Program year, it was very successful and fun.


Chocolate Monkey Ingredients 1 cup milk

Berry Blast

Crumbled Cookie Ice Cream Sundae



1 cup milk

2-3 scoops Vanilla ice cream

3 Tbsp chocolate syrup

1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or

Crumbled chocolate cookie bits

1 scoop vanilla ice cream


1 banana

3/4 cup raspberry yogurt

Directions Drizzle a small amount of hot fudge sauce in bottom of your dish

Directions Whip until creamy; serve chilled.

Directions Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Sprinkle a few cookie bits and then add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Repeat layers and finish with crumbled chocolate cookie bits.



Dear Parents/ Guardians, It’s hard to believe that school is done for the year. It has been a very exciting and busy year. In saying that, I would like to once again thank all the volunteers who helped to make this year such a successful one. Without your help the students at Robertson School would not be able to participate in all the activities that they do throughout the year as the school itself only has so much money to put towards these special events. I would like to thank everyone who volunteered for our Community BBQ. This is a huge undertaking and we are lucky to have such wonderful volunteers to help us put this evening on. I would especially like to thank the staff who took time away from their family and community that evening to help out. Our children are truly fortunate to be a part of such a great caring school. To all the grade 6 students we wish you all the best in Junior High. I would like to thank those of you who volunteered at the barbeque as well. You helped make it a success twice this school year. Robertson School Parent Council would like to wish you all a safe and happy summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you in September.

Sincerely, Bonnie Janzen #5894745

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Robertson School 2010 - 2011 Robertson Roadrunners

Tuesday, Sept. 7

NO CLASSES - Administration Day

Wednesday, Sept. 8

First Day of Classes

Thursday, Sept. 9

Meet the Teacher night - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 16

Walk-A-Thon Assembly (afternoon)

Monday, Sept. 20

School Photo Day taken by Lifetouch

Friday, Sept. 24


Wednesday - Friday, Oct. 6, 7 & 8

Soccer Tournament

Monday, Oct. 11

NO CLASSES - Thanksgiving Day

Friday, Oct. 22


Monday, October 25

Picture Retake Day - a.m. only

Monday, Nov. 1

NO CLASSES - N. District Schools In-service Day

Thursday, Nov. 11

Remembrance Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Thursday, Nov. 25

2:55 p.m. Early Dismissal - Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, Nov. 26

NO CLASSES - Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Dec. 20

Winter Concert (2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Winter Concert (2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Last day of classes

Dec. 23 - Jan. 5

SCHOOL CLOSED - Winter Break

Thursday, Jan. 6

Classes resume

Friday, Jan. 21

NO CLASSES - In-service Day

Friday, Feb. 4

NO CLASSES - N. District Schools In-service Day

Friday, Feb. 18

Gr. 1/2/3 Winter Activity Day

Monday, Feb. 21

NO CLASSES - Manitoba Louis Riel Day

Thursday, Mar. 3

Winter Fun Day - gr. 4, 5 and 6

Thursday, Mar. 17

2:55 p.m. Early Dismissal - Student Involved Parent Conferences

Friday, Mar. 18

NO CLASSES - Student Involved Parent Conferences

Thursday, Mar. 24

French Cafe

Friday, Mar. 25

Student Celebration / Last day of classes

Mar. 28 - Apr. 1

SCHOOL CLOSED - Spring Break

Monday, April 4

Classes Resume

Wednesday, April 20

Gr. 4 - 6 Choir Musical

Friday, April 29

NO CLASSES - Division In-service Day

Tuesday, May 3

Volunteer Tea

Friday, May 13

NO CLASSES - In-service Day (Planning Day)

Monday, May 23

NO CLASSES - Victoria Day

May 25, 26 and 27

Gr. 6 students to Camp

Friday, June 17

NO CLASSES - Administration day for staff

Tuesday, June 28

Gr. 6 Farewell

Wednesday, June 29

Gr. 1 - 3 and gr.4 & 5 Recognition Assemblies

Thursday, June 30

11:30 students dismissal

Robertson School Newsletter July 2010  

Robertson School's monthly newsletter for July 2010