E-Bulletin, April 14, 2015

1.  Parkland School Presentation • Principal Jennifer Loewen was joined by Vice Principal Linda Dyck, Resource Teacher Joanne Derksen and Kindergarten Teacher June Kehler to

provide a presentation on Professional Learning Communities at work in Parkland School. • There are currently 10 learning teams in operation at the school. • The group provided information on one specific learning team – the Kindergarten PLC. This PLC has been focusing on developing common goals and common assessments in kindergarten mathematics, and then developing intervention strategies to support students who are not meeting the learning goals. 

2.  GVSD 5-year Capital Plan • Each year all school divisions are required to submit a 5 Year Capital Plan to the Public Schools’ Finance Board. • The Board submitted two requests on the current 5 Year Capital Plan – a new K-8 school for Winkler West and renovations to the Home Economics Lab at Winkler Elementary School. • A new school eliminates the need for: permanent construction at two schools in Winkler that currently have 22 portables; additional portable classrooms to meet the provincial initiative to reduce class sizes in K-3. 

3.  RRTVA Students Find Success at Skills Manitoba Competition • The philosophy of the Skills Competition is to reward students for excellence, directly involve industry in evaluating student performance, and keep training programs relevant to employers’ needs. • Students participate in challenges designed to test skills required in trades and technology careers. • Winners of the provincial competition may compete at the Skills Canada National Competition. • Trustees offer congratulations to all RRTVA participants, with special mention to GVSD students who received awards: o Manuel Stuermer – Gold - Electrical Installation o Nelli Albertin – Gold - Aesthetics-Skin Care o Devin Boger – Gold – Autobody o Leonard Heinrichs – Gold - Outdoor Power & Recreation Equipment o Jerry Fehr – Bronze – Culinary   4.   MCC Low German Mennonite Services Presentation • Tina Fehr-Kehler provided a presentation on the concept of establishing an alternative classroom to provide instruction tailored towards the culture and lifestyle of low-German speaking conservative Mennonite families.