E-Bulletin, May 9, 2017

1.  JR Walkof School Presentation
• Vice Principal Scott Hiebert, along with teachers Ashly Dyck, Monique Krapp and Erin Saquet provided an overview of play-based learning in kindergarten.
• Manitoba’s Kindergarten learning program offers our youngest students a joyful introduction to school through intentional play-based and developmentally appropriate learning experiences that respect children as capable, motivated, and confident learners and that foster children’s health across all developmental domains (A Time for Learning, a Time for Joy: A Resource for Kindergarten Teachers. Manitoba Education).
• The teachers shared examples of how they plan intentional and purposeful play to ensure that curricular outcomes are being met for all students.
• The presentation concluded with several videos of students engaged in learning through play at various learning centres in the classroom.
2.  2017 Skills Manitoba Competition
• Skills Canada Manitoba (established in 1998) is a not for profit, charitable organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to reposition skilled trades and technology careers, as a first choice career option for Manitoba youth.
• The Skills organization guides students toward available opportunities in skilled trades and technology through events and programs like the skills competition.
• The Board of Trustees would like to acknowledge and congratulate the following GVSD students on a job well done at the Skills Competition:
 o Daniel Banman Janzen – NPC – Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment (Silver medal)
 o Calvin Wiebe – NPC – Electrical Installations (Bronze medal)
 o David Thiessen – GVC – Automotive Service
 o Tobias Schlegel – GVC – Carpentry
 o Eric Warms – GVC – Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment
 o Joshua Nikel – GVC – Workplace Safety
3. Educating for ACTion Conference
• Every two years The Manitoba Teachers Society and the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents join forces to provide a highly anticipated 2-day conference for teachers, administrators, trustees and students. 
• On April 20 - 21, approximately 1,000 people attended the conference Educating for ACTion: Our Human Rights Journey, with about 200 of those being students from throughout the province of Manitoba.
• Keynote speakers included: John Ralston Saul, Raheel Raza, Chief Wilton Littlechild, Dr. Cindy Blackstock. In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference provided national, provincial and local expert voices speaking to human rights in areas such as: cultural competency, Indigenous issues, newcomers and refugees, poverty and socio-economic inequities, and mental health and well-being, to name only a few.
• The GVSD team of 17 people included:
 o GVC Students – Kezra Gerbrandt, and Denika Corrigal
 o GVC – Melanie Howe, Carrie Friesen
 o NPC – Bryan Matthews, Charlie Siler
 o Parkland – Janice Krahn
 o Emerado – Garth Doerksen, Alison Hesom
 o BV – Pam Klassen-Dueck
 o JRW – Moyra Vallelly, Scott Hiebert
 o Trustee – Tash Olfert
 o Division Office – Gwen Heinrichs, Jessica Askins, Doreen Prazak, Vern Reimer
• Participants were able to select from more than sixty workshops designed to build skills and understanding necessary to affect change for the society around us.
4.  2017-2018 Staffing Update
• To date 67 positons have been posted, 56 are filled (approximately 70% are internal candidates currently holding permanent/term positions in GVSD).