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Community Report

July 20, 2022

Here is a .pdf version of our Community Report for the 2019-2020 school year. Click the picture to view the whole document.  

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Here is the text version of the report. If you would like to view it in a different lanuage, use the Google Translate option at the top of the page. 

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 responsibility 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, everyday and everywhere."

Highlights   

    • Nursery classes – Half Day
    • Kindergarten classes – Half Day and Full Day
    • Talk To Me Program (to support Speech & Language of N&K students)
    • Grades 1 – 6 Multi-Aged Classrooms
    • Inquiry Based Learning
    • Outdoor Learning
    • Reading Recovery Teacher
    • Literacy Support Teacher
    • Integrated Arts Teacher – Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts
    • Student Leadership – Patrols and Student Secretaries
    • Participation in MAGIC Camp, Career Trek
    • Tim Hortons Camp Whiteshell
    • Parent Advisory Council
    • Lunch Program
    • Breakfast Program
    • Maybrook Daycare (before, lunch, and after school care)
    • Walking School Bus
    • Family Room with Community Support Worker
      • Handle with Care
      • Traditional Parenting
      • Family Wellness
      • Painting Classes

    • Due to the suspension of classes on March 20th this year, two of our major family events were cancelled:
      • Multicultural Celebration
      • Year End BBQ


Priorities for 2019-2020

Attendance 

Our goal is to have every student attend school every day. Through engaging programming, relationships with the school community, and regular communication, we aim to have all students in school, every day. 

Nutrition

This year, healthy food and good eating habits will be a focus. We will continue with our Breakfast and Snack programs and will learn about food preparation. Last year, two of our classes participated in the Cooking with Class pilot project. We will promote healthy nutrition in all areas of our school. 

Literacy 

Reading and Writing will continue to be a priority. Making sure students have a good foundation is key. We have many programs in the school that promote early oral language, such as Talk To Me and Full Day Kindergarten. Learning how to speak words and understand what is being said is an important first step in learning how to read. Our focus will also be on vocabulary, which means not only knowing how to say a word or read it on a page, knowing what it means as part of a story or book.   

Numeracy 

Math is an important part of everyday life. We will continue our focus of learning how to talk about math and will further learn how to understand a situation involving math and how to solve a problem. We will also have an emphasis on learning basic facts.


Priorities for 2020-2021

Social Emotional Learning

The staff and students at Fort Rouge have participated in different learning experiences with mindfulness and what it feels like to be calm and alert, ready to learn. This year, all members of the school community – families, students, and staff – will learn how to handle different levels of stress and how to regulate their bodies.

Literacy

We will continue to have reading and writing for our teaching and learning priorities. We will focus on Vocabulary and Comprehension – predicting, making connections, inferring, and synthesizing. Many teachers observed that, during the COVID-19 isolation, students found meaningful writing difficult. Therefore, teachers will specifically target how to engage and inspire students in writing about themselves and the world around them. 

Numeracy

Learning where math occurs in our every day lives is important in all grade levels. Problem solving, or trying to solve a math question in a story or situation, will be a focus area in math. Students will also set goals to make sure they know the basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Nutrition

We will continue to enhance our Breakfast and Snack program in all grade levels. Students will learn about healthy nutrition and how preparing healthy foods is easy and fun. The Family Room will also continue to support families in their planning and preparing nutritious foods. 


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 support.

Last year, we promoted healthy living and support for families with Cooking Classes, Portfolio Building, and Family Wellness sessions. 

In December, we had a community wide celebration with the Holiday Make and Take. Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 suspension of classes, the other planned celebrations were cancelled.

We have an active Parent Advisory Council who are responsible for the running of our Lunch Program. Our PAC meets 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.

We also know that our students need to be prepared to be active, contributing leaders in their community. Our teachers regularly take their students outside, focusing on important curricular and citizenship skills. Whether it is a nature or history study through the trails at the Forks or a Geometry lesson outside on the play structure, learning outside in our community is an important part of our day.




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