School board briefs
The Portage la Prairie School Board met this week in Portage la Prairie. (file photo)
I love to read month
The Portage la Prairie School Division is celebrating ‘I Love to Read Month’ through February and the students have been benefitting from some special guest readers over the month.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Janice Filmon stopped into Oakville School at the start of the month to read to Grade 3 students. Minister of Education and Portage MLA Ian Wishart and Portage Mayor Irvine Ferris even took some time to stop by and read to classes.
One of the highlights for the students is when some of the Portage Terriers players stopped in to read and share stories as well.
Health and wellness
The Division has been taking advantage of the Healthy Schools Grant for some time now and assistant superintendent Pam Garnham says it’s helping across the division.
“We have a lot of different programs that were created because of this grant,” says Garnham. “The Grade 9 wellness program, our swim programs, a few general school activities promoting wellness, and even some breakfast programs are all covered by this grant."
The division receives the grant every year and must submit a report on what money was spent on through the fiscal year.
Big budget night approaching
Wednesday, February 21, is the Portage la Prairie School Division’s open house and budget meeting to be held at Portage Collegiate.
“It’s in the west building’s gym and the budget deliberation is only going to take about 20 minutes of the two hours we plan to be open,” says Garnham. “It’ll be like a trade show where every school will be showcasing what is happening, and what they have to offer in the division.”
Students and teachers alike will both be there showcasing some of the things that all the schools around the division have to offer. One of the division’s new school buses will be on display, as well as the vocational classes offered at Portage Collegiate.
“There will also be students performing,” adds Garnham. “We’ll have the jazz band, some choir groups, and it’s going to be really exciting because a lot of kids will be there. Yellowquil is bringing over their 3D printer, Fort la Reine will discuss their iPad Pilot Project, and many other things will be showcased."
The event is open to parents and students, but Garnham hopes the general public will also stop in to see what is being offered today across the division. Both the Numeracy and Literacy Coaches will have tables set up and every school will get some space to showcase.