École Bonnycastle School is committed to building an educational community that inspires academic and personal excellence in a
safe and caring environment.
Dear École Bonnycastle School Families,
Spring is in the air. The weather is starting to show promise and the students will soon enjoy recess on a
dryer field. École Bonnycastle School will be launching its new website soon. Please stay tuned for its unveil-
ing this month.
April is Nutrition Month! All students will participate in a healthy, nutritious snack each Thursday during the
month of April in order to learn about healthy eating choices.
Our students will be working on a divisional project to celebrate Canada 150 during the month of April and
May. Please follow our divisional link for details. https://ewww.pembinatrails.ca/AboutUs/SpecialEvents/
The last part of the 2016–2017 school year is full of great activities. Drop-In Gym, Running Club, and our
Music Clubs, Makerspace, Chess club, Robotics, Coding, Design projects - just to mention a few. These are
enjoyed by many of our students.
A reminder with the changing weather, please provide outerwear and footwear that will protect the children
from getting wet.
Thank you to all the parents, staff, students and volunteers who make our school so special and exciting.
Your ongoing commitment to our children and to all the wonderful learning opportunities at Bonnycastle is
Caterina Romeo-Mzakar Cara Zurzolo
Principal / Directrice Vice Principal / Directrice-adjointe
Absentees: If your child will be absent, please
call the school at 204-261-9400.
Late Arrivals: Students who are late MUST re-
port to the office upon arrival.
Illness: If your child becomes ill at school, you
will be contacted. Please make sure to notify the
office of any changes to your home or cell phone
Visitors to the School:
All visitors to the school are expected to report to
the office, sign in and get a visitor tag. On the occa-
sion that a lunch, homework or gym clothes need to
be delivered during the day, we ask that in order to
refrain from interrupting instruction time, please
drop these items at the office and we will be happy
to ensure your child gets these items.
8:45 a.m. Entry to School
11:40-12:40 p.m. Lunch
12:40 p.m. Entry to School
3:30 p.m. Dismissal
Community Bulletin Board
Please follow the link below to see what’s posted on
our Community Bulletin Board. You will find items
such as: After school programs, community events,
...etc. You can also access this information by going
to the school website (https://
ebonnycastles.squarespace.com/), under the Par-
IMPORTANT DATES 2016-2017
Monday, April 3rd First day back to classes
Friday, April 14th Good Friday – No Classes
Friday, April 21st PD Day – No Classes
Monday, May 22nd Victoria Day – No Classes
Friday, June 16th Admin Day – No Classes
Thursday, June 29th Last Day of Classes!
Spring has sprung in the music room. Students will be learning different songs about Springtime and all the beautiful sounds
that go with this season. Younger grades are starting to explore new instruments, while the older students are working on
Wednesday, May 17
at 6:30 pm will be our Café Night, with performances from our Grade 3 Choir, Grade 4 Choir and
Grade 4 Orff Club. Everyone is welcome. These students have been working very hard to put on this special performance
K. Richard & A. Neufeld
Congratulations to Ms. Meena Upadhyay and her family who became Canadian citizens in March. Ms. Meena works as an
educational assistant in our school. Her daughter attended Bonnycastle School previously and is continuing to study in
Pembina Trails. Ms. Meena models citizenship and respectful kindness to our students and staff. We are proud to call her
We have had a successful year in the Lunch Program. We provide a safe and caring space for students to
eat lunch, socialize and enjoy some outdoor play time with their friends. École Bonnycastle School is an
allergy aware environment. You are asked to provide lunches and snacks free of nuts to help create a safe
environment for children with this food allergy.
We are looking forward to having fun in the sunshine as the weather gets warmer. We want to say a spe-
cial thank you to all of our lunch supervisors. We appreciate all the care and support they provide our stu-
Parents please be sure to pay lunch program fees on time.
Fees can be submitted to the main office or sent along with your child and given to the classroom teacher.
Physical Education News
March was a busy month in the gym. Grade 3 and 4 Skipping Club had almost 90 boys and girls taking part
in various events. Weekly skipping club involved students learning skills such as single rope, partner, long
rope and double dutch tricks. Each week students were challenged to skip continuously without missing for
one to five minutes. Congratulations to the students who reached these milestones. On March 3rd these stu-
dents took part in our Jump Rope for Heart event where they skipped for over an hour at twelve different sta-
tions. Fund raising was optional but we managed to surpass our goal of $2300. The exact amount will be
mentioned in our next newsletter. Congratulations to all the students who helped fundraise for this worthy
cause. Grade 4 students had the chance to show their skipping skills to the school at the annual Skipping
Assembly on March 23rd. Students did an amazing job putting together routines to music. A big thank you to
Mme. Bourbounnais, Ms. Valcourt and Mr. Osipa for their assistance with skipping club.
Members of grade 3 skipping club were: Emily, Aubree, Kailee, Scarlette, Siena, Shayne, Bella, Anni-
ka, Uloma, Nmesoma, Ellie, Addison, Ameedat, Amanda, Serena, Areeza, Elizabeth, Gurneet, Aaidah, Kea-
ton, Mikkel, David, Milan, Lucas, James, Cohen, Kenneth, Mariam, Praise, Tamilore, Tessa, Kavita, Laelle,
Megan, Yomna, Rimple, Tavleen, Alaa, Rumeha, Anureet, Namanjot, Tricia, Sophia, Fikayo, Neth, Su-
myyah, Fatiha and Kenana
Members of grade 4 skipping club were: Cami, Juliana, Alyssa, Haniya, Luca, Phillip, Bryce, AJ, Kait, Ini,
Abigail, Angela C, Kirsten, Chloe, Nicole, Riya, Moada, Lekan, Joshua, Afnaan, Zarif, Krishna, Janvi, Ben,
Amer, Angela L, Harin, Caheyoung, Golivia, Dolapo, Khali, Robin, Hala, Aseel and Rusul.
Physical Education News
Grade 4 students practiced different track and field events once a week since the beginning
of November and had the opportunity to take part in two track meets at the Max Bell Centre
at the University of Manitoba. At the first meet, the Boeing Games, on March 2nd the grade
4 boy’s team managed a bronze medal in the shot put relay. The girls’ team won silver medals in the 4x100m re-
lay and the 8x40m shuttle relay. They also received a bronze medal and fifth place ribbons in the long jump relay.
The grade 4 girls were declared Provincial Champions and took home the gold medal in the shot put relay. Great
One of the reasons we were successful this year was due to all the coaches who helped out over the lunch hour
practices. A big thank you to Mr. Osipa, Mr. Vargas, Ms. Armstrong, and Mme Bourbonnais, Mme El Gayar and
Mrs. Shaw for all their help.
Members of the grade 4 track club were: Abigail, Kait, Kirsten, Shaniyah, Cami, Khali, Riya, Ini, Brooklyn, Juliana,
Angela C, Claire, Angela L, Harin, Krishna, Alyssa, Raghed, Nicole, Chaeyoung, Prabhleen, Cheyenne, Diya,
Adeola, Tulsi, Hala, Divya, Haniya, Sezal, Moada, Baljit, Dolapo, Crystal, Robin, Rusul, Golivia, Jorgen, Lakon,
Raymond, Rodmehr, Owen, Moaaid, Denys, Luca, Zarif, Naman, Phillip, Joshua, Bryce, Afnaan, Silas, Michael,
AJ, Lolufe, Mofe, Ben and Nicholas
Activities in April include grade 4 Running Club which will take place Wednesday