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Focus on Education 2018

Next to unconditional parental love and quality family time, your child must have a well-balanced education to be successful in today's challenging world. Even at the pre-school level, parents are shopping for programs that best suit the needs of their children. Many parents are looking outside the public school system in search of smaller classrooms, language immersion, religious and cultural training, greater discipline, experienced, enthusiastic motivating, teachers and a variety of extracurricular activities. Public school systems are realizing that to keep their students and attract new ones, they too must offer specialized programs. Ensuring that your child's school experience is a positive one starting from the pre-school years should be every parent's priority!

Here are some suggestions to consider when school shopping:

  • How many children in a classroom?
  • Is there an active parent council?
  • Is the environment clean, safe and well maintained?
  • Does the staff (principal, teachers and office staff seem friendly and helpful?
  • Are the halls filled with the works of the students?
  • Do the teachers speak to the children respectfully?
  • How are children disciplined for unacceptable behaviour?
  • Is the library busy and well stocked?
  • Do you see parents volunteering in the classrooms?
  • Is there a modern computer and science lab?
  • Are there a variety of extracurricular clubs and sports programs?
  • Be assertive and detail your child's personality when you go to an interview.

Write down all the answers given so that you can go home and compare notes.


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EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

KINDERGARDEN TO S4 SCHOOLS

ENRICHED AND SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION


EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Manitoba Catholic Schools
Catholic schools offer a unique environment in which a balanced education is provided in the context of a caring Christian community. Our values, which are formed according to the Christian faith and the Catholic tradition, permeate every aspect of school life. A child's spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional needs are attended through a program that places an emphasis on both academic achievement and character formation. Students are challenged to develop their gifts so they may put their lives at the service of God and of the community.

Catholic schools adhere to the academic curriculum prescribed by Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning. Teachers are provincially certified and maintain a high academic standard which fosters the development of skills which allow students to become independent learners.

Catholic schools offer a safe and structured environment. Attendance is monitored, age and grade appropriate homework is assigned and parents are kept informed about their child's progress. Our schools respect parents as the primary educators of their children. Our mission is to assist parent in carrying out their solemn duty to promote the growth and welfare of their children.


The Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools
The Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools
Choosing the right school for your children is no easy task, but it could be the most important decision you make this year! The Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools (MFIS) can help. The mission of MFIS is "To support and encourage high educational standards and the values unique to our various school communities and to represent the interest and concerns of independent schools in Manitoba." MFIS represents a community of schools that share a common commitment to parental choice, diversity, and excellence in education. Currently 50 of Manitoba's funded independent schools are members of MFIS. Member schools reflect the diversity of the Manitoba population: Alliance, Anglican, Baptist, Canadian Reformed, Catholic, Christian, Hutterite, Islamic, Jewish, Lutheran, Mennonite, Seventh-Day Adventist, Sikh, Interdenominational and non-faith based. Collectively, these schools currently serve approximately 14,000 students and their families.

The member schools of MFIS value the pursuit of excellence for the students we serve. Our schools strive to encourage all aspects of our students' intellectual and personal capabilities by providing challenging learning environments where students strive to reach their full potential as individuals and as contributing members of society. We know that parents are looking for schools that foster and provide their children with the kind of critical thinking, creativity, and persistence required for future success. In today's rapidly changing society with its complex challenges it is more important than ever to also provide our students with a solid ethical and moral footing to help guide them throughout their lives. Our member schools strive to see our students well prepared for the very different future that awaits them where they will help to contribute to the common good.

At MFIS we believe that we can strengthen the educational system in Manitoba by promoting parental choice, diversity and excellence. Find the independent schools and explore open houses in your eighbourhood by visiting the MFIS website.


PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Casa Montessori & Orff Elementary School
If your dreams include a child who really loves school, is an independent and creative thinker, and who thinks and cares about others, then you are certainly doing the right thing by giving your child the gift of a Montessori education.

In 1991, five Winnipeg Montessori teachers conceived the unique idea of merging the Montessori principles of education with the Orff method of teaching music. Their vision, in the spirit of both Maria Montessori and Carl Orff's philosophies, was to create an environment that would touch the imagination of the child and stimulate learning in a creative and independent environment. And so began the journey of Casa Montessori and Orff School from a pre-school program for 2-6 year olds to the addition in 2008 of the first and only recognized Elementary Montessori program in Winnipeg. The Elementary program is highly enriched and challenging. Children have the opportunity to learn absolutely amazing things in an independent and creative environment. There are three main components in the program: The first is the Mastery of Fundamental Skills and acquisition of basic knowledge found in a traditional curriculum including math, language, geography, botany, zoology, history, art, geometry, physics, chemistry, French, and music.

The Great Stories are the second component. They are presented as inspiring stories and include the story of how the world began, the development of plant and animal life on earth, the story of humankind, the history of language, math and technology. They are intended to give children a perspective of the Earth we live in and humanity's place within the universe. The third component is Individual Chosen Research. Students gather information, assemble projects and share whatthey have learnt with their fellow classmates. Their oral presentation and written research reports grow in sophistication and
complexity over the years.

Learning continues to be a hands-on experience and the Montessori materials that were used in the pre-school classrooms are used in an even more sophisticated manner. The unique peace curriculum enables the development of a small community in which children learn to work together, become involved in charities and community service projects and ultimately prepare students for life.

A student's Elementary education culminates with an amazing experience at the Montessori Model United Nations in New York. Students step into the shoes of Ambassadors of other countries, debate international issues, negotiate and resolve conflicts while navigating the UN's rules procedures.

The schools will be hosting an Information Session on February 12th, 2018. Please visit our website and our facebook page for more information.


Children's House Montessori
Children's House at 150 Pacific has provided a unique education to young children of Winnipeg since 1967. Our school is housed in a two storey building of over 6000 sq. ft. The upper level contains our classroom and music room, while the lower level consists of a large indoor gym/creative movement area. We also have a large fenced outdoor classroom. Children's House offers a high quality learning environment for children ages 2 1/2 to 6, five days a week from September to June, in half-day sessions. The educational program is based on the work of Maria Montessori and emphasizes the development of all aspects of the child. The warm and friendly staff at Children's House are committed to providing a non-competitive environment that fosters within each child a love of learning, self-motivation, independence, responsibility and self- confidence while allowing the children to exercise their natural curiosity and creativity. They learn to respect their surroundings, each other and themselves. A Department of Education accredited Kindergarten program is offered as an integral part of the Children's House program. Kindergarten-aged children have the option of attending either full day or half day sessions. Children's House also offers an Orff-based music program.

If you are considering enrolling your child, you are encouraged to make an appointment to visit the school by calling 956-1622; Registration for September is now in progress.


Little Dipper Montessori School
Little Dipper Montessori School is dedicated to providing a rich program which is well-balanced and educational. We meet the needs of 2 1/2 - 6 year olds through a holistic, developmental, child centered approach. Little Dipper uses the Montessori method of teaching that provides for the whole development of the child and respects their emotional, spiritual, physical and moral development. Our curriculum includes Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Science, Physical Ed, Cultural, Music, Creative Drama and Art (creative expressions). Weekly learning themes are also followed. The Montessori method gives children a solid foundation on which to build further education that includes a positive attitude toward learning, positive self-esteem, sense of order, abiding curiosity, deep concentration, persistence, self-discipline and responsibility.

Little Dipper operates five days a week from September to June. Parents may enroll their children 2,3,4 or 5 half days per week.

We have morning and afternoon sessions. We are now accepting registrations for September 2018. For further information please call 204-694-4443.


Montessori Academy
MONTESSORI ACADEMY offers uniquealternative. Parents searching for a unique alternative in child care and education for their children may find what they're looking for at the Montessori Academy, located at 870 Scotland Avenue. The school serves over 200 children from ages 12 months to Grade 4. This purpose-built facility, has an onsite indoor swimming pool, child friendly playground and a Music room. The teaching method allows children to develop at their own pace, assisted by the guidance of trained Montessori teachers. Whether an activity's purpose is developing pencil grip, recognizing geometric shapes, learning sounds and numbers, reading phonetically, or developing eye hand coordination, the Method promotes enjoyment of the learning process. Full and part time programs offered. The School has served the community for over 30 years.

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE:

Thursday, February 15th
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.,
Formal Presentation and Q/A at 7:00 p.m.
Phone: 204-452-6547 for information
E-mail us form more information
Visit our website form more information


Bambini Montessori Preschool
Bambini Montessori Preschool is a wellestablished licensed center in St. Vital, with a Director who has 40 plus years of experience as a Montessorian, Director and Montessori teacher trainer/examiner.

At Bambini, our priorities are love, exceptional care and education while keeping our motto: "From your safe hands to ours" in mind. We offer Science, Math, Geography, Culture, History, Music, Yoga, French, Art, Spanish and Language for children between 2-6 years of age. We also offer a Kindergarten program to prepare your child for school.

The education that we provide at Bambini is exceptional. Our students succeed and adjust very well when they start going to school. In a recent survey, 98% of our parents rated us as excellent in all categories. We also have affordable fees as our goal is to take this wonderful method of education to children across Winnipeg, catering to every family. Communication is key in our school and we have a very fast response times in all inquiries you make. Call/email us today to see what we offer and arrange a tour.


The Little Years School Inc.
The Little Years School Inc., a nursery school program, is accepting registration forms for the 2018-2019 Academic School Year. We are located in three classrooms within Ralph Maybank Elementary School at 20 Donnelly Street in Fort Garry, Pembina Trails School Division.

We are proud to be an enhanced nursery school with a variety of programs to choose from. The two day/week program runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings or afternoons at a cost of $40/month. The three day/week program runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings or afternoons at a cost of $60/month. Our Basic French program is offered M/W/F afternoons for $60/month. And we offer a 5 day/week program for $100/month. Ourprograms run from September to June.

Our dedicated and devoted teachers, and very well-equipped classrooms provide quality preschool education in a safe, fun, spacious, clean, and stimulating atmosphere. All teachers have a minimum of Early Childhood Educator II accreditation. Our director is an Early Childhood Educator III, with a Bachelor of Education degree. Children participate in free play, printing practice, crafts, arts and science centres, music and movement, learning circles, snack time, gym time and story time. Each child brings their own healthy (all nut free) foods for snack time. The use of a large school gymnasium is available which enhances our physical education program. Weather permitting, on rare occasions we do take the children outside to play for the last 15 minutes of class time only if the gym is unavailable.

For more information on the school or to start the application registration process contact Olga Wiebe, Director, by telephone at 204-489-0303 or by using e-mail. You can also check out our website for more information.


Winnipeg Montessori School Inc.
Winnipeg Montessori School Inc. has been promoting the love of learning for 50 years and remains one of the city's oldest and most respected Montessori schools. Our program is designed to create an ideal environment to further enhance a child's natural social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. According to Dr. Montessori, "He or she must do it himself or herself or it will never get done." Keeping in line with this method of teaching, it is believed that the goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate each child's own natural desire to learn.

The warm and friendly staff at WMS nurture this desire of learning. They are committed to fostering the progression of children at their own level while emphasizing self-motivated learning, choice-making, and respect for self and others. Their primary goal is to provide an opportunity for children to gain independence and self-confidence. Also offered within this program is a weekly Orff music class.

WMS is located at 1525 Willson Place, off Waverley Street and boasts 4800 square feet of learning area. The school offers bright, open classrooms, which are abundant with engaging Montessori educational materials and equipment. A large indoor gym allows for daily gross motor activities and creative movement. The outdoor playground further enhances this ideal learning environment for pre-school and Kindergarten aged children.

We offer half day morning or afternoon programs. You can chose 2, 3 or 5 half days including a half-day Kindergarten program OR 2, 3, or 5 full day program. WMS offers a wonderful learning opportunity for children between the ages 2 1/2 - 6 years. WMS is a licensed, non-profit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. If you would like further information please call 204-452-3315 or check out our website, or visit our Open House, Thursday, February 8th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. or Saturday, February 10th,1:00-2:30 p.m. Tour the school, meet the teachers and speak to parents whose children have experienced at WMS and all that it has to offer.


Riverview Montessori
Give your child an amazing start to their schooling experiences - enrol them at Riverview Montessori to provide your child with not only a solid foundation in mathematics, reading, and writing, but also in science, Orff music, French, art, geography, and social studies. Our classroom educators support learning through caring attention to each child's learning preferences and needs. Every day includes time for singing together, sharing stories and ideas in group time, indoor physical activity on our play structure, and outdoor play in our field, or on a nature walk to a nearby park, or on our snow hill in the winter.

Riverview Montessori staff are trained in the Montessori method of education, with our program designed to enhance all aspects of development, allowing children to progress at their own pace, and to foster a love of learning. In the warm, caring environment at Riverview Montessori, the children develop positive social skills, good work habits, learning independence, self-confidence, and a respect for others and their surroundings.

Riverview Montessori, 170 Ashland Avenue, offers an enriched learning environment for children ready for preschool, nursery, and kindergarten (children turning 3,4, or 5 before December 31, 2018). Our kindergarten program is accredited through the Province of Manitoba and is offered in English and Early Start French. Riverview Montessori welcomes all children, and encourages the enrollment of children with inclusion support needs.

We are accepting registration for September 2018. For further information or to schedule a visit phone (204) 475-1039 or visit our website.


Norwood Nursery Inc.
Norwood Nursery School has been an institution in Norwood Flats for over 40 years!

We currently offer part-time Nursery School programs for children from 2 to 5 years of age, Monday to Friday from 8:45-11:30 at the Norwood Community Centre. We also have two Before & After School programs- one in the Norwood Community Centre and one at Nordale School. We also provide inservice programming for School-Age children.

Norwood Nursery provides enriched opportunities for your children to learn through play in a warm, caring, inclusive program. Our environments are clean and cheerful with lots of natural light!

Our educators are highly trained, professional and happy to provide care for your children.

Norwood Nursery is happy to announce that we have a new Director who is anxious to ensure that our programs are meeting the needs of the families in Norwood Flats, St. Boniface, Windsor Park and Southdale. You can look forward to new and exciting things in our future with a renewed commitment to quality that you've come to expect.


West Kildonan Tiny Tots
West Kildonan Tiny Tots welcomes you and your child to our Nursery School for children ages 3-5. Our program is designed to aid your child's development physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. It is time away from home in a safe, happy, fun environment. Our curriculum is playbased, child-centred and emergent with toys, art and crafts, fine/gross motor activities, field trips, parties and much more!! It provides opportunities for cooperation and independence a great transition for children before entering kindergarten. Classes are scheduled mornings and afternoons for 2 1/4 hours per session. Our staff are trained professionals with many years of experience working with children. West Kildonan Tiny Tots is a non-profit organization. Please call the Nursery School for more information at 204-339-1724 or to register for our September 2018-2019 classes, please attend our OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, March 20, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm. We are located inside the West Kildonan Community Centre at 346 Perth Ave.



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KINDERGARDEN TO S4 SCHOOLS


Balmoral Hall School
Discovery, it turns out, is STEAM-powered.

At Balmoral Hall School, girls' learning science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) begins in the early years.

Kindergarten teacher Arda Thomson takes a multidisciplinary approach to teaching so that her students grow to love learning right from the start. For example, in the unit " How We Organize Ourselves," a JENGA® like game is used not only to show the interconnectedness of jobs at the school, but also introduces the students to engineering concepts. Guest speakers from the medical profession further the understanding of this concept, by discussing how the body systems rely on one other to maintain good health.

Beyond the classroom, they are active participants in the Tomatosphere™ project led by the Canada Space Agency (CSA). The girls love planting the seeds provided by the CSA, observing their growth, and guessing which of the seeds spent time in space. The findings are reported the CSA. BH girls are proud of their contributions to science!

These extraordinary five-year-olds also take on the role of teacher each week. The weekly show and teach program is a platform that allows the students to research STEAM topics, and to present them to their classmates. This is a great exercise, that develops confidence, public speaking skills, and the ability to organize one's thoughts, says Mrs. Thomson.

Learn more about Balmoral Hall School's promise of discovery at the open house on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 1 - 5 p.m. at 630 Westminster Ave. in Winnipeg.


Beautiful Savior Lutheran School
Give your Child a Great Start... at Beautiful Savior Lutheran School
Beautiful Savior Lutheran School (BSLS) is an independent School promoting academic excellence in a faith-based environment. Our purpose is to provide a Christ-centred education for children, so that they may grow spiritually, academically, emotionally, physically and socially to become strong, confident and competent adults. Students receive a complete and enriched K - 8 Manitoba Education Curriculum in a safe, caring, family-like atmosphere with daily devotions and a weekly Chapel service for students and their families. BSLS is a full day Kindergarten to Grade 8 School with a Before and After School Care program for all students. The school provides curricular programing for all classes which includes daily music: violin, theory, band, phys. ed. and French to enrich the academic experience. Students are mentored by experienced caring teachers to use self-control, patience, love, kindness, joy and faithfulness to live well in today's world. Please contact Heather, admissions coordinator by e-mail at or by telephone at 204-984-9600 ext. 4 to set up your personal tour today!


Calvin Christian School
Elementary Campus K - Grade 6 and Collegiate Campus Grade 7 - 12

Since 1960, Calvin Christian has provided Christian families with a secure and enriching learning environment in which God's children can explore, experience and evaluate all of life under the Lordship of Christ.

As a faith-based institution, our dedicated teaching staff develops and provides students with a solid academic program based on the biblical truth that God is revealed in all things. Calvin provides favorable teacher-student ratios and promotes strong relationships and long lasting friendships. Our graduates successfully enter post-secondary programs of their choice, many of them receiving entrance scholarships.

In addition to academics, Calvin Christian offers an outstanding athletic and performing arts program at the high school level. Students also have the opportunity to participate in service learning opportunities both locally and internationally. As a school, we seek to have our students become "difference makers" and culture changers.

Information Evenings: Elementary - February 8 at 7:00 p.m. 245 Sutton Ave.; Collegiate - February 15 at 7:00 p.m. 706 Day Street. In addition, there are Open Houses Thursdays at both our campuses - 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information visit our website or call 204-338-7981.


Gray Academy of Jewish Education
"When we moved back to Winnipeg, we were nervous for our two young girls to adapt to a new city, new house and new school. However, we knew that Gray Academy would provide our children with the education we wanted them to have, in a warm and caring environment. From the day we arrived we were welcomed with open arms and instantly felt at home. Gray Academy is not only a school, but also a community that provides a strong sense of belonging. Each day we are reminded of how special Gray Academy is, and are proud that it is our school of choice."

-Tara & Paul Kozlowich, Parents of Samara(8) & Bailee(5)

Our students are original thinkers, principled leaders, and global citizens prepared for an ever-changing world. As they grow, they become championship debaters, mathematicians, scientists, accomplished athletes, talented musicians, and artists. They also know how to dream, have vision, and be curious, life-long learners. With Jewish values at the heart of everything that is taught, Gray Academy students are respectful, compassionate human beings, and engaged community volunteers. We believe that who students are is as important as what they know.

Gray Academy of Jewish Education offers an accelerated program of studies from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12. Accredited by the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), our students master a challenging curriculum that includes both general and Judaic studies. In Grades 7 to 12, students can pursue our advanced placement program which enables them to complete university-level
courses in their final year of high school.

To arrange for a personal tour, contact us by e-mail or speak to Judi, our Director of Admissions at 204.477.7489.


Ecole William Osler
Ecole Sir William Osler is accepting registrations for children in Nursery to Grade 4 for the 2018-2019 school year. …cole Sir William Osler is located at 1600 Grant Avenue. We are a caring, creative and innovative Early Years French Immersion in the Winnipeg School Division. We are proud of our strong Early Years philosophy and work in partnership with families to offer a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment. We have the YMCA/YWCA childcare on sight, which provides half day care for Nursery and Kindergarten children, and before and after school care for our grades 1-4 students. Our school is an exciting community school with a warm family atmosphere, and we value our relationships with our students, families and community.

More information is also available on our website. Please follow us on Instagram at ecolesirwilliamosler, or like us on Twitter @SirWilliamOsle1 or find us on Facebook at Ecole Sir William Osler. We would love to meet with you and your child! If you would like to book a tour of our caring community school, or would like more information, please contact us at 204-488-3569. Come and see what we are all about!


Linden Christian School
Linden Christian School is a dynamic independent school providing an outstanding education for over 975 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our teachers are committed to providing a life changing educational experience for your child based on the Provincial curriculum, with a Biblical perspective.

LCS strives towards a standard of excellence in every endeavor. Our students consistently score well above the provincial median on provincial exams. Smaller class sizes provide a nurturing environment where each student has the opportunity to excel to his or her full potential. It is the desire of our staff to see your child grow into a well-balanced individual academically, spiritually and socially.

LCS offers outstanding Athletic and Performing Arts programs, as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as competitive athletics, leadership and service opportunities. Current computer technology is integrated through our Kindergarten to Grade 12 course programs. LCS also provides a Before and After School Care program for a minimal fee.

For further information regarding Information Evenings or for application information, please contact Joanne Ritchie, Registrar at 204-989-6739.

For further information regarding Information Evenings or for application information, please contact Joanne Ritchie, Registrar at 204-989-6739.


St. Maurice School
(K-12) of St. Vital Roman Catholic Church 18 We are the largest Catholic school in the province of Manitoba. Since 1958 we have established a tradition of academic excellence within a structured learning environment permeated by Christian values. Since 1991 our high school graduates have gone on to be meaningful contributors to society both in their chosen vocation and in their acts of Christian service. You can read some of their stories on our web page in the "Admissions" tab under the heading "Read My Story". Over 93% of our graduates continue on to postsecondary studies. Invariably they come back to visit and tell us, "We were well prepared!" Along with a strong faith and academic culture, our school has developed into a vibrant community with a family atmosphere where students feel welcomed, safe and at home.

Other Highlights of St. Maurice School

  • Liturgical celebrations at St. Vital Parish Church
  • A Campus Ministry program
  • Christian Service Program Grades 7-12
  • School Uniform K-12
  • Over 35 extra-curricular activities to choose from including one of the top debating programs in the province.
  • Grade 12 Advanced Placement Courses
  • Award winning High School Business Education Program
  • Non-semestered year-long courses in high school

St. Maurice School is a full service education institution:

  • St. Maurice Daycare (ages 1-5), adjacent to the school buildings
  • Healthy Lunch program for Grades 1 to 6 (Tues-Fri)
  • Before and After School Program for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students
  • Before and After School Study Halls for Grade 7-12 students.
  • School Cafeteria with daily food services for 7-12

St. Paul's High School
St. Paul's High School is a welcoming community with nearly 600 young men attending from over 60 different junior high schools in and around Winnipeg. The result is an ethnically, spiritually and socially diverse school community. Our students have a greater understanding of the world around them and the diverse fabric that makes up our community, city, province, country and world.

St. Paul's provides our students with a safe and nurturing environment where they can grow into young adulthood with a stronger sense of who they are and how they can relate to the world around them in a positive and effective manner. The enriched and challenging academic program, the engaging spiritual formation, and the great variety of athletic, cultural, artistic and intellectual activities are all intended to address the developmental needs of young men as they progress through their formative years. Our curriculum has been developed in a way that stimulates our students' imagination and desire to learn, encourages them to make positive and meaningful decisions and provides a foundation that promotes life-long learning.

With over 60 elective courses available, including Advanced Placement options, students have the flexibility and opportunity to explore subjects that not only interest them but also prepare them for the next step in their education. Approximately 97% of our students continue to post-secondary education at institutions across Canada, the United States and abroad.

Full and partial bursaries are available to any student based on financial need. Tuition assistance is an essential aspect of a Jesuit education ensuring accessibility to all qualified applicants. Therefore it is our policy that: No student who is successful in the admissions process will be refused entry due to an inability to pay tuition.

For more information, please visit our website and discover why St. Paul's is an Education for Life!


Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary & Middle Schools
(WMEMS)
REACHING for the highest heights is what students do every day at Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary & Middle Schools. Starting in Kindergarten, students are taught to try their best and encourage others to do the same, exploring their interests and developing new skills along the way. Students in grades 5-8 participate in Art, Band, Drama, Digital Arts and Outdoor Education as part of our Enrichment Program. Middle School students also attend camps in fall and winter, where they have an opportunity to reconnect, learn and embrace the outdoors.

DISCOVERING their world through hands-on lessons is an every day
part of our program at WMEMS. From melting crayons into the layers of the earth, to growing caterpillars from larvae, watching them cocoon, and eventually setting them free as butterflies, our students learn from experience. Our teachers ensure that each lesson is designed to not only teach the students, but to engage them in their own learning.

BELIEVING in God and in themselves is at the core of every lesson we teach our students at WMEMS. Educating a child is more than just academics. At WMEMS, we believe developing children academically, emotionally and spiritually will build a foundation for success in the future. For more information, visit our website.


St. Boniface Diocesan High School

"Small enough to Care, Big enough to make a Difference" is the motto that this affordable English Catholic High School embraces. The Phrase is familiar to anyone who has walked the halls of St. Boniface Diocesan High School (SBDHS), a small co-educational facility located among quiet residential streets in the heart of St. Boniface.

Better known as "St. B." the school has many features that make it different from other high schools. With an average enrollment of approximately two hundred and fifty students, St. B. lives up to its Catholic philosophy emphasizing personal integrity, authenticity, respect and compassion for others. St. B. encourages students to make choices based on personal faith convictions and is devoted to keeping the Catholic faith an integral part of students' lives.

St. B. continues the work begun by parents, providing intellectual, spiritual, athletic and social development, giving expression to its Catholic mission. St. B's small size and ministry allows students to grow not only as a school community, but as a meaningful part of the larger community. This msall Caholic community builds strength in its ability to recognize and foster the talents given to each gifted individual. Students are valuded for their uniqueness in a respectful and familial manner. Small class sizes, standards in academics, an emphasison spirituality and acceptance of one another are just a few highlights tht St. B. offers up to parents searching for a high school.

For more information about St. Boniface Diocesan High School, please attend the Open House on Wednesday, February 7th, at 7:30 p.m. Information may also be found on the school’s website.



ENRICHED AND SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION


ADDing Performance
The ADD Centre's Neurofeedback Brain Training is proven 91% successful in resolving ADHD symptoms, removes the need for medication and worries about side-effects. Learning, self-esteem, behaviour and social skills are improved. The skill of managing one's brain once learned lasts a lifetime. Biofeedback and
Neurofeedback have demonstrated results with ASD, Anxiety, Learning isabilities, and Mood, Headaches, Stress and Sleep issues including Bed Wetting, Nightmares and Bruxism. Biofeedback trains students, athletes and adults to be calm, relaxed and focused during critical tasks such as exams, competitive sports and work. Achieve optimal performance with the same training used by Canada's Olympians and professional athletes. Our Sports and Business Performance programs gives athletes and professionals the winning edge. Children and adults can train anytime or take part in the "Boot Camp for the Brain" summer program to achieve life-time success. We offer psychological assessments and treatment for ADHD, Anxiety and related conditions.

For further information e-mail the ADD Centre, phone at 204-897-4493 or visit our website and our Facebook page.


Oxford Learning
Reading and Mathematics are the two subject areas that predict high school success. Here are some tools to enrich and stimulate your child in elementary school.

Start by learning the sounds of the alphabet: leave the names of the letter for later, when they will be used for spelling. When reading, focus on sounds and on sounding out. A child who cannot sound out new words will feel overwhelmed and resentful if they have to memorize sight words and entire books by rote.

When kids feel confident in their ability to sound out words, sight words become easier to take on, since the vast majority can be sounded out. For every 'tough' word there are a dozen easy words like "best" and "drink."

If your child continues to guess wildly based on the first and last letters of the word, suggest that the rule for guessing is to try it after two attempts to sound out. Sometimes a child will sound out the letters properly and then guess something using a totally different sound set. In this case, have them 'sing' the sounds so that they connect better. Instead of "d" "r" "I" "n" "k", have them try to hold the sounds as if they were singing "duhrrrriiiinnnnk."

When it comes to math, focus on repetition. The current approach to math in school is great for developing concept understanding, but to move forward, knowledge needs to be present as well. Start with learning to count to 100. Do it every day and celebrate how high your three-year-old can count. For addition and multiplication facts, do not be afraid to use flashcards in a mood of fun. Keep it quick: no more than 5 or 10 minutes of drill at a time. Schedule a few minutes daily for several weeks to increase addition or multiplication knowledge. Keep in mind that the goal is instant recall, so keep working on cards that take a few moments to figure out and retire those that are instantaneous. Some games like Yahtzee, Cribbage, and Monopoly are natural developers of basic addition facts. You can adapt a game like War to develop addition and multiplication by dealing two cards at a time. Players add or multiply the values and the larger sum or product wins. Don't forget that children enjoy games they win. You do not have to be a cardsharp to make that happen. No matter how you are helping your child learn, make sure that it is pleasant, celebratory, and positive. Reading and math will be fun if your child is having fun learning.

Please visit our website for more ideas or call Alexis Yildir at
204-944-0898 to see if your child would benefit from our reading or math
programs.


Partners for Learning
Partners for Learning is owned and operated by Louise Carson, a certified reading clinician, who has over 30 years of experience working with both students and educators. Students are assessed by Louise who then designs and supervises each instructional program. A student works individually with one of the certified teachers on staff, each having an area of teaching specialty.

Tutoring takes place Mondays through Thursdays after school during the school year. Summer tutoring is very popular as this is the only time when a student with problems can narrow the gap while the rest of the class isn't actively learning. Tutoring is available during July and August. As well, there are numerous options for small groups and clinics during August which focus on reading, writing, spelling, math and study skills.

Partners for Learning is celebrating 30 years of helping children become successful independent learners. 1988 -2018. For further information call 204-475-2199.


Sylvan Learning South Winnipeg
Our south Winnipeg Sylvan has served students for over thirty years offering professionally crafted programs administered by caring, committed teachers under the direction of the same long-term owner. Our core programs in reading, math, study skills and writing are the foundation programs, still building on basic skills and now offered with new innovative technology. But we know that to grow we must be truly forward thinking, so we've stepped into the future with some relevant and fun learning programs for today's students.

Kids love our Robotics course where they get to create unique programmable robots. They get so excited when their creation comes to life. It's a small step into the world of tomorrow! In Coding our students learn the basics using blocks of code. They develop some of the logic of coding in a hands-on, step by step process. They learn in small groups, with an experienced instructor, in a cooperative, positive atmosphere.

And finally, we now offer Math and Algebra Edge, our newest technology based program where students can practice and review skills at their own pace, with support from a trained instructor. These Edge programs can be combined with "homework help".

Call 204-988-5055 to discuss a program tailormade for your child and budget, or to arrange a visit to our centre and a no charge, no obligation consultation with a director.


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