Dates to Remember
Parent Advisory Council News
News from the Band Room
Phys. Ed. News
Wpg Police Service School
Milk Order Form
The Principal’s Message
We have had a busy start to our school year and it has been great getting to know all the
students, parents, and new staff of the Laidlaw community. Teachers are examining the
Strong Beginnings data, creating class profiles, and planning for the success of each
student. We would like to welcome Miss Caitlin Albl to the Laidlaw staff, as our new
Educational Assistant covering Mrs. Mann’s maternity leave for the remainder of the year.
We also welcome Miss Abby Nykvist, who is joining us as an Educational Assistant
practicum student from the University of Winnipeg.
There have been many changes as we update the learning spaces and address student safety
at Laidlaw. Over the summer, a new paging system was installed and the wifi was upgrad-
ed. The library construction at the Laidlaw School is almost complete. Soon, we should
see the final phase of the library/learning commons upgrade, new shelving around the
perimeter of the library with built-in reading nooks for students to curl up in. During the
first week of October, Laidlaw is being completed refitted with new computers as part of
regular cyclical replacement. The new furnishings are in place in the grade 7/8 science/
math room and was met with excitement and positive comments from students and Mrs.
Denolf. In the future, we are planning minor changes to the space in the computer lab in
order to better facilitate the teaching of coding and robotics.
The Laidlaw staff will continue to focus on improving student math scores, improving the
quality of student writing, and addressing student engagement needs. Laidlaw teachers
have developed a writing continuum to better monitor student progress. They are also
familiarizing themselves with the new ELA curriculum that will be in place for next year,
as we as the new Divisional Standards for Success in Literacy document. In math, teachers
are focusing on improving students’ basic math facts in order to improve problem-solving
skills. As a school, we continue to work to provide students with a variety of opportunities
in which they can demonstrate their learning. Student engagement means that all students
are in charge of their learning and that it is not a passive process. Through questions, hands
-on activities, and self-reflection, students work to acquire and share knowledge. Students
are encouraged to think about how they learn best and feel safe enough to take risks. This
also involves helping all of our new students feel that they are a valuable part of our
September is always both busy and exciting. I truly hope that we can keep the students
busy and excited about their learning as the rest of the year progresses. I encourage you to
watch and celebrate the growth that you will see in your children as they learn and explore
over the next months. The teachers look forward to meeting with you on October 13th and
14th to discuss your children and their learning. Until then, enjoy the fall colours and the
crisp autumn weather!
Parent Advisory Council News
Submitted by J. Thiessen & L. Kemp, PAC Co-Chairs
Laidlaw’s 4th Groove-a-thon is planned for Thursday,
October 20th…and it’s sure to be “Out of this
Your pledge packages will be coming home soon.
All donations will be going directly to our Laidlaw School
Outdoor Space Renewal.
Concept designs of these plans are in display in the school
library. Please take a look and see what all the excitement is
Fun lunches this month:
October 13 - Taco Del Mar
October 28 - Pita Pit
Laidlaw Athletic Apparel orders are due October 11th.
Mark the Date:
Laidlaw’s first movie night fundraiser will be Thursday,
Dates to Remember 2016-2017
October 7 Terry Fox Walk/Run
October 10 Thanksgiving Day—No School
October 11 Gr. 6 & 8 HPV Shots—PM
October 13 Tri-Conference 4—8 PM
October 14 Tri–Conference—AM
No School all day
October 20 LifeTouch Picture—AM
October 21 MTS (SAGE) Day—No School
November 11 Remembrance Day—No School
November 14 School PD Day—No School
November 16 LifeTouch Picture Retake—AM
November 17 PAC Movie Night
December 5 Christmas Concert
December 9 Report Writing Day—No School
Dec 23—Jan 8 Winter Break—No School
January 9 Classes Resume
February 2 Tri-Conference 4—8 PM
February 3 Tri–Conference—AM
No School all day
February 14 Gr. 4 Men-C—AM
February 20 Louis Riel Day—No School
March 17 Report Writing Day—No School
March 25—April 2 Spring Break—No School
April 3 Classes Resume
April 14 Good Friday—No School
April 21 School PD Day—No School
May 4 Gr. 6 & 8 HPV Shots—PM
May 22 Victoria Day—No School
June 15 PAC School BBQ—4PM
June 16 Evaluation Day—No School
June 29 Last day of School
June 30 School PD—No School
The W.E. Team
We are still collecting tabs from
cans (soft drinks, cat food cans etc.) to raise money to
help out other's in our local and worldly communities!
Please bring in your tabs and place them in the green
containers in your classroom, or in the large bin on the
bench in the front hall. Thanks!
It is very much appreciated that Laidlaw Parent Council provides
a supervised 1-hour Lunch Program for the students at Laidlaw
School. The first 25 minutes the students eat in their classrooms,
and the remainder is for outside activity or organized clubs/
activities as offered. Without this program, parents would have to
make other arrangements. Please remind your children that they
are to follow the direction of the supervisors at all times. We rely
on the cooperation of students, parents and lunch staff to ensure
the safety of all students during the lunch hour.
Golf on School Property
If anyone is aware of anyone golfing on the school grounds after
hours, could you please report it to the principal or to the office.
So far we have half a garbage can of golf balls and one broken
window. This has also become a hazard when the grounds crew is
mowing the lawn. Before we incur more expense or an injury, we
would like to see this stopped.
PE News October
Submitted by M. Stupak
Cross Country season has come to an end.
Congratulations to all grade 4-8 students that participated
on a great season.
Grade 7/8 Boys and Girls Volleyball season begins.
Grade 7/8 Flag football intramurals will be starting during
Early Morning Games will continue on Tuesdays (Gr 3-5)
and Thursdays (Gr 6-8).
Terry Fox Walk/Run Friday Oct 7th.
Picture Day Is Coming!
Mark your Calendar for our School Picture Day on the
morning of Thursday, October 20, 2016. Lifetouch has
an exciting photography program with online ordering
capabilities. There are over 100 looks and backgrounds
to choose from.
For this pre-pay program, each student will receive a
flyer and have the ability to view and order from all of
these different looks online at mylifetouch.ca. Orders
can also be placed using the paper flyer on photo day.
Students may order up to 48 hours after Picture Day
online. The online site will open and be available to
accept your order 2 weeks prior to the photo day.
Be ready to bring your smiles on picture day! For best
results, please have your child/children wear brightly
colored clothing. For hygiene—students should bring
their own comb/brush.
Questions call Lifetouch at 1-866-457-8212
Submitted by S. Hjalmarson
The Power of Shared Reading
Daily reading with a significant adult is one of the most pow-
erful learning supports we can give a child. Here are some
ways to support your young readers at home.
1. Set aside a reading time that works for everyone.
Reading together should be a fun and relaxing activity.
2. When reading a picture book, sit so that everyone can
enjoy the illustrations. Use the illustrations to make pre-
dictions about what may happen next in the story.
3. Be willing to read the same story over and over again.
Children build confidence and fluency by rereading a