School Goals

J. R. Walkof is currently working on the following school goals

Numeracy

Scheduled supervision for bus students begins when the first bus arrives. Students who are dropped off, walk, etc. are not to arrive prior to 8:30 a.m.

Students are expected to go home for lunch whenever possible. Lunch supervision is provided by staff and community members for students who must stay. Students staying for lunch will eat in their classroom, seated at their own desk. Students are responsible to clean up after themselves. At 12:15 p.m. eating time is concluded and they must get ready for outdoor recess. At 12:20 all students are to exit the school for recess.

Unless student has written permission to stay after school, students must leave the school grounds when the dismissal bell rings at 3:40 p.m. They must report home to a parent/guardian prior to returning to play on school grounds. A parent’s verbal permission is not sufficient for a child to stay after school and play.

 

Students are expected to go home for lunch whenever possible. Lunch supervision is provided by staff and community members for students who must stay. Students staying for lunch will eat in their classroom, seated at their own desk. Students are responsible to clean up after themselves. At 12:15 p.m. eating time is concluded and they must get ready for outdoor recess. At 12:20 all students are to exit the school for recess. Unless student has written permission to stay after school, students must leave the school grounds when the dismissal bell rings at 3:40 p.m. They must report home to a parent/guardian prior to returning to play on school grounds. A parent’s verbal permission is not sufficient for a child to stay after school and play.

School Board Policy states that, “Where it is unavoidable, pupils may be permitted to keep medical or dental appointments during school hours upon request from the parent or guardian. Such requests should be submitted to the Principal (or classroom teacher) at least 1 day prior to the appointment.”

If your child must leave school early for any reason, written notification or a phone call to the teacher is required.When a child is to be picked up during the school day, parents must come into the school to pick them up.  Students will be dismissed from the classroom or office only.

Wherever possible, music lessons should be scheduled outside school hours. Keeping up with all work assignments missed, due to music lessons or other appointments, is the responsibility of the student.

A division-wide school policy is in place regarding the administering of medication to students by school personnel. School staff is highly restricted in dispensing medication of any type. Before any medication comes to school a plan must be put into place.  Anyone wishing additional information is asked to contact the general office.

We welcome you to visit/volunteer at J. R. Walkof.  Some parking is available in the designated Visitor Parking area which is located at the northeast end of the parking lot.  All other spaces in the Staff Parking area are assigned to staff members.

When dropping off or picking up students, drivers must only use the ‘parent drop off loop’. There are No Parking signs stating times when vehicles can not be parked on the loop even for a short period of time. No drivers are to enter the ‘bus drop off loop’ or the staff parking lot at any time.  Your cooperation is expected.

In the event of adverse weather conditions, the superintendent of schools and the supervisor of transportation will make a decision on school closures. If it is decided that the transportation system should not, or can not operate, school closure announcements will be broadcast on all local radio and television stations by 6:45 a.m.

 GVSD Criteria used for school closure due to weather:

1) Weather Forecast and Road Conditions- monitored up until decision is made by 6:45am.

2) Driving GVSD Roads- Supervisor of Operations drives rural roads between 5:30-6:30am.

3) Bus Driver Input - Drivers in 3 rural parts of the division are called between 6:15-6:30am.

4) Neighbouring Divisions  are emailed / called by Transportation Department by 6:30am.

5) Supervisor of Operations consults with Superintendent to make final decision by 6:45 am.

What is the cause, symptoms, transmission, infectious period, time to go back to school? What about siblings? Read all this information in the public health booklet

There is approximately one hot lunch offered each month.
Orders are due the week prior to Hot Lunch Day.
Order Forms will be sent home and must be returned with exact change or a cheque.
Cheques may be made payable to JR Walkof Advisory Council.
No change will be given.
No reimbursements.

Who Was Mr. John R. Walkof?  (1888-1965)

The influence of Mr. J.R. Walkof is still very much alive. Our school is, in fact, a fruit of the influence he had in his public life.

For forty-five years, Mr. Walkof contributed actively to the cause of education in Southern Manitoba. He taught for about twenty years in various school districts – Kronsfeld, Glencross, Blumstein, Zion, Valleyfield, Plum Coulee and Wakeham. Twenty-four of his best years were spent in the Winkler School District.

Above and beyond school responsibilities, Mr. Walkof was also an active promoter of sports and recreation. He was particularly fond of baseball and soccer. His large wooded farmyard at Blumstein became a park and playground for local families, complete with flowers, bird houses, swings and slides.

Mr. Walkof once quoted these words from Lincoln, “I like to see a man proud of the place he lives. I like to see a man who lives in it so that his place will be proud of him.” Mr. Walkof was proud of Winkler and Winkler is proud of him.