Skip to main content

Community Report

September 16, 2023

Fort Rouge School
Community Report


Our Mission

At Fort Rouge School, we are committed to providing a calm, inspiring, learning environment where we will all be caring citizens, creative problem solvers and empowered leaders. 

Our Vision

  • We believe that all children can learn.
  • We believe that all children deserve to learn in beautiful, calm and respectful spaces. 
  • We believe that we are partners with our families and the community, working together to ensure the academic and social success of our students.
  • We believe that together with families and the community, we can inspire, identify and nurture the strengths of each student.
  • We believe that we must honour all individuals, learning from the experience and talents each brings to our school. We believe that we must help to prepare our students to be problem solvers, critical thinkers and leaders in our community.

About Our School

Located near the city’s historic Forks area, Fort Rouge School is a beautiful Nursery to Grade 6 elementary school with a student body of about 160 students. Given our small size, we are truly a family. In keeping with the family philosophy, many of our classrooms are multi-age learning studios, where students learn together with other students who may be younger or older. 

All our classrooms take full advantage of our surrounding community as an extension of our school. Students visit different sites, such as the Forks, or Upper Fort Garry, frequently and take regular community walks to enhance the learning that takes place in the classroom.

At Fort Rouge School, students engage in Physical Education classes, Music, Dance, Drama, and Art classes, and have access to a beautiful library and portable technology. We believe that students need to learn how to use technology and social media ethically and responsibly and we therefore focus on this throughout the year.

“Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow!” Is our motto and students regularly hear the message “We are learners, we are leaders, and we are kind, every day and everywhere.” 

Handbook%204-1.jpgFestival of the Arts - Handbells


  • Nursery classes – Half Day
  • Kindergarten classes – Half Day
  • Talk To Me Program (to support the Speech & Language of Nursery, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 students)
  • Grades 1 – 6 Multi-Aged Classrooms
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Outdoor Learning 
  • Reading Recovery Teacher
  • Integrated Arts Teacher – Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts
  • Adult Crossing Guards and Student Patrols
  • Parent Advisory Council (PAC) 
  • PAC Lunch Program
  • Breakfast and Snack Program
  • Maybrook Daycare (before, lunch, and after school care)
  • Family Room with Community Support Worker
  • Thrival Kits to Support Mental Health
  • Technology in each classroom (Chromebooks and iPads)
  • Inner City Soccer League 
  • Handbell Groups
  • Identity Alliance Club
  • WSD PowWow
  • Skating Club
  • University of Manitoba Student Nurses
  • Red River College Student EAs
  • JobWorks Student EAs
  • University of Winnipeg Student Teachers
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery Art Expressions
  • Goldeyes Baseball
  • Monday Morning Assemblies

Handbook%2011.jpgMulticultural Celebration

Priorities for 2022 - 2023

Social-Emotional Learning

In addition to our daily Mindful Moments, we will continue with our other initiatives from this year. Our school-wide focus on Bullying, what it is, and how to deal with it, has helped many students be less stressed. Thrival Kits were also introduced from Grades 3-6, which will continue for next year. 


We will continue to concentrate on engaged reading and purposeful writing. Understanding what we read and learning new vocabulary words every day makes us better readers and writers. In everything we do, whether it is outside at play or inside watching a video about the solar system, we are always learning new vocabulary words and trying to understand the meaning.  


We will continue our focus on problem solving and learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Knowing how to understand numbers and how to approach a situation is an important part of math. We need to know what and how to answer a question.  


Thanks to the nutrition grants, we will be able to provide more nutritious meals every day to our students. This year, we plan to return to students being involved in the planning, preparing, and delivering Breakfast and Snack to the school. 

Priorities for 2023 - 2024

We will continue to focus on the same four goals:

Social-Emotional Learning

Each student from Grades 1-6 will have a Thrival Kit where they can store items that help them stay calm, de-escalate, or reflect. Students will also regularly declare Three Good Things in their journal. We will also learn about Bullying and define the difference between being mean and bullying. We will also practice what to do when someone feels like they are being bullied. 


Reading to understand is the ultimate goal for all students. We will learn how to predict what will happen next, make connections between what we are reading and ourselves, and figure out what an author is really trying to say. When writing, we will learn how to describe situations in detail. 


Every day math through problem solving will be a focus for students. Learning how to see and solve math situations is an important skill that students will learn. We will continue to learn and practice basic facts every day. 


Each day in classrooms, we will continue to have free Breakfast and Snacks for all students who are hungry. Students will take turns preparing and delivering the meals, as well as Meals2Go the Harvest Manitoba initiative for students to have food on the weekend. 

A BIG thank you to the following charities for their generous donations to our Nutrition program, which includes Breakfast and Snack for all students every day: 

  • Winnipeg School Division
  • Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba
  • Breakfast Club of Canada
  • President's Choice Children's Charity

Parent and Community Involvement

We are very fortunate to have a full time Community Support Worker who has created a welcoming Family Room. Ms. Tammy Shone works to strengthen the home-school connection through programs, adult learning and school supports.

Handbook%2012-1.jpgAdult Painting Classes

Here are the many programs and activities that are offered throughout the year:

  • Handle With Care
  • Portfolio Building
  • Rhyme Time
  • safeTALK
  • Bookmates
  • Family Wellness Evening
  • Family Games Night
  • Video Story Time
  • Little Learners Library
  • February Book Draws
  • Painting Classes
  • Cooking Classes
  • Little Food Explorers
  • Food Security Program
  • Winter Clothing Distribution
  • Mobile Vision Care Clinic       
  • Meals2Go
  • Holiday Take and Make  
  • Parent Advisory Council
  • Traditional Parenting
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Bags
  • Multicultural Celebration
  • First Aid Training
  • Volunteer Program

In response to the limited access to grocery stores and high prices of food goods, we supported families with weekly potatoes, onions, and bread handouts. Every little bit goes a long way!

We have a Parent Advisory Council who meet monthly and supports the initiatives and priorities of the school.

We continue to have many of our parents graduate from different programs such as Job Works and take on positions as Educational Assistants and Adult Crossing Guards. 

We are fortunate to be a part of a vibrant, diverse community. We know that there is much to learn from our community: its past, its present and its future. We try to discover the gifts and talents of our families as much as we can.


Back to top