Sunday, 28 May 2017

Sansome’s Got Talent - Talent Show

Attention all students Grade 1-5! 

Can you sing, dance, perform, do gymnastics or magic tricks?

Whatever your talent, it’s your time to shine in Sansome’s Talent Show

When: 
Thursday, June 15th at 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the gym

An information meeting will be held on Monday , May 29th at 12:20p.m. in Room 31

*Further details of audition times and location will be announced after the first meeting. 

*Auditions are necessary to ensure everyone is prepared and choices are appropriate.

*Please provide a copy of the song lyrics for musical performances at auditions for approval.

*Please fill in the entry form provided from your teacher and have it signed by your parents by Friday, June 2nd. 
 
* Only one form is needed for a group performance.

* Performances are limited to 2 minutes.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

1st Annual Graduation Pow Wow

St. James-Assiniboia School Division is excited to announce our first annual Graduation Pow Wow taking place on Thursday, June 1st, at St. James Collegiate (1900 Portage Ave.). 

The Graduation Pow Wow is free to attend and is open to all members of the community. We look forward to welcoming students, staff, and community members to this inaugural celebration. Please see event details below:

Pipe Ceremony: 4:00 p.m.
Drum/Dancer Registration: 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Community Feast: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Grand Entry: 5:15 p.m.
Closing Ceremony: 7:45 p.m.

If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact Indigenous Education Teacher, April Waters, at 204-885-1334 ext. 2367.




Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Thank You Volunteers!

Our Volunteer Tea serves as just a small token of our overall gratitude and appreciation for all of the support and efforts we receive from a number of our Sansome families throughout a variety of activities and events at Sansome School.

Our volunteers continue to:

-     - assist our teachers within their classrooms and literacy lab.

-     - spend time assisting with one of our concerts, musicals various performing arts events.

-     - supervise, dressed or supported one of our athletic activities.

-     - join our students on a number of field trips

-     - be ongoing members of our dedicated parent council

-     - brave serving up one of the 100’s of special luches during our monthly special lunches

No matter their contributions, our volunteers are invaluable and vital to providing our students with a positive school experience.

A famous quote about volunteering reads as

 “Volunteers don’t just do the work … they make it work!”

This quote, to our entire school community, sums up the importance of all of our volunteers and their efforts towards supporting our staff and students throughout the year. 

Without their efforts, many of our school events and routines would simply not work. 

The quantity and quality of support we receive from our volunteers at Sansome is second to none and reflects the strong commitment our community puts forward in providing a positive school experience and learning environment for each and every one of our students.

We hope that everyone here has enjoyed their volunteer experiences this year and have felt valued not only today, but each time you’ve entered our school. 

The staff and students sincerely thank you and we all hope that you feel welcome to return for future events and volunteer opportunities for many years to come.






Friday, 19 May 2017

Wellness Month - Sleep Week


·      May is Wellness Month at Sansome School.  Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.  To help our students become more aware of the actions they take throughout the day that impact their wellness, we have organized four weekly, health-based challenges (one for each week of May). 

 In our fourth and final Wellness Month Challenge, Sansome School is going to help our students be aware of their amount of Sleep and how the act of sleeping impacts your day.  All classrooms will be encouraged to track sleep times and setting goals for target amounts each night.  Below is some information from Mrs. Starkell about the importance of sleep.

Sleep is our body’s way of recharging and getting ready for another day of life.
However, getting a good night’s rest isn’t always easy.  Worst of all, lack of sleep can have a serious impact on our health.  This impact can include lack of energy, increased risk of diabetes and/or obesity, as well as increased blood pressure and stress.

There are a lot of things we can do to help ensure that we are getting enough quality sleep every night.  This can include showering before bedtime, keeping a clean room (or at least bed), avoiding all screens an hour before bed, exercising throughout the day, and even having a warm drink before hitting the hay.

To help our students keep track of the quality of their sleep, make sure they are getting enough of it, this week’s Wellness Month Challenge will have our students filling out simple sleep reports every morning.

Students who are not getting enough quality sleep during the night will be provided with strategies to help improve their sleep patterns and enjoy the benefits of regular, high-quality sleep (which include improvements in mood, attention, memory, and reductions in anxiety, stress, and depression.)



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sansome School Classroom Projections 2017-2018


Based on current enrolment projections, Sansome School was approved for the following classroom configuration for the 2017-2018 school year. 


Grade
Number  of Classes
Kindergarten
3 (half day)
Grade 1
2
Grade 1/2  combined
1
Grade 2
2
Grade 3
2
Grade 4/5 combined
4

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Our Rationale: 

- The lift of the provincial restriction of having 20 students per classroom from Kindergarten through to grade 3 has allowed for greater flexibility and less dependency on combined classrooms.  Class sizes will be remain as low as possible at these levels.

-        Our largest grouping of students for the upcoming school year will be grade 5’s with a current count of 64.  Planning with combined classrooms for all grade  4 and 5 students ensures class sizes and experiences will remain consistent for every student.

-        Collaborative planning amongst all 4/5 teachers will occur to maximize growth in literacy and numeracy skills as well as a rotating curriculum over the next two years in Social Studies and Science, ensuring students gain a deep understanding of curricular outcomes.

-        To find out more about the benefits of Combined/Multi-Leveled classrooms please follow this link to Manitoba Education’s resource guide:


Class List Planning Process


Work on class lists and finalizing staffing has begun and will continue over the next month.  The purpose of the Class Placement Process is to maximize the learning and teaching opportunities for all students and teachers by constructing balanced classes.

The class creation process is a complex one involving the gathering of information about student needs and the making of collaborative decisions from school teams about student placement in classes. Criteria such as student interactions, student assessments, class sizes, students with special needs, and gender ratio are considered very carefully.
Class lists will be shared once completed and will also be included within student report cards in June.