School Handbook

Welcome To Miniota School

 To provide sound educational experiences for children is both challenging and rewarding.  The entire staff works as a team to carry out this success, but the ultimate success of any school is determined by how well the school, the home, and the community work together in the best interests of children.

 We encourage parents to be involved in your children’s education.  It is important that you be familiar with the school, the programs and the teachers early in the school year.  This handbook will provide you with the information, which will help you and your children to know and enjoy Miniota School.  

 The staff wishes you and your children success, satisfaction, and happiness at Miniota School.  We invite you to continue to be informed about and involved with your children’s education at our school.  Please contact your children’s teachers or the school administration should you have any questions or concerns.

 By continuing to work together, we do make a positive difference and your children are the winners!

 Mission Statement

 As a partner in Park West School Division, Miniota School will provide a safe and caring environment in which all students can grow academically, emotionally and physically.

 School Motto

 Small School, Big Heart, Achieving Excellence


General Goals


Ø  To develop in students an eagerness for learning, thinking skills, problem solving skills and creativity.

Ø  To develop competence in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, representing and computational skills.

Ø  To demonstrate through actions of students and staff, sound discipline, self-respect, respect for others and respect for the school.

Ø  To develop positive attitudes and good work habits.

Ø  To develop in students a feeling of self-worth and pride in their work and achievements.

Ø  To develop in students, skills to become physically fit and understand the importance of good health and safety practices.

Ø  To involve and inform the school community.

 General Information

 Miniota School is a K-8 school in the Park West School Division.

Grade                       K            1              2              3              4              5              6               7                8

Enrollment           8             5              8              9              8       12 8               9               10

Total:  77 students 

Facilities:  Five regular classrooms, library, resource office, kitchen (staff room), gym, main offices, stage and storage room, nursery school room, and daycare room.


 Teachers                       %           Teaching Load

Trevor Lewis             100 Principal, Gr.7-8 Math, Science & Phys. Ed.

Stacy Paull                    90 Grade 5-6 Math & ELA

Tricia Leloind              80 Resource/Guidance, Gr. 7-8 ELA

Britta King                   75 Kindergarten Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, French & Art

Melissa Hill   90 Gr. 1-2 Math, ELA, Science, French & Art

Marianna Loconte 100 Gr. 3-4 Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, French & Art

Andrew Brereton-Waller 100 Gr. 5-6 Social Studies, Science, Gr. 7-8 Social Studies, French & Art Gr. 1-2 Social Studies

Marc Rivard                           Custodian

Sheane, Laurie                          Secretary/Librarian

Gardham, Shelley                   Education Assistant

Muir, Courtney                        Education Assistant

Ashley Zuk                   Education Assistant

 Gurr, Murray                            Bus Driver

Anderson, Tiffany                  Bus Driver

Kestirke, Fred                           Bus Driver

 Programs Offered

 Miniota School offers all regular Kindergarten to Grade 8 Manitoba Education Curricula.  Subjects offered are English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education/Health, French, Art and Music.  Our Kindergarten program is a ¾ time program (half time from September to February and then full time for the remainder of the year).


Park West School Division

Weather Related Emergencies

 Due to the uncertainty of Manitoba weather and road conditions, the Board of The Park West School Division approves the following precautions and procedures to ensure the safety of all students.

 Emergency Billets 

Severe Weather Policy

Student safety has the highest priority with Park West School Division. With respect to transported students, the Division, under the provisions of the Public Schools Act and supporting regulations, is responsible for student safety from the time that students board the bus in the morning and are delivered back to their designated stop after school. In the event that bus transportation is deemed unsafe due to weather conditions, policy and procedures will determine the process for cancellation of bus service and related school closures.

 In any unforeseen circumstances, the CEO in consultation with the Transportation Supervisor has the authority to decide whether or not there is a full or partial cancellation of bus service. Severe weather for the purpose of this procedure is classified into 2 categories:

1.) Wind Chill Days

2.) Storm Days

 Wind Chill Days

 School bus service will be cancelled if the wind chill factor reaches -45 C, as reported by Environment Canada for Shoal Lake weather station at 6:00 a.m.. When the wind chill factor is between -40 C and -44 C, the Transportation Supervisor will consider existing road and local weather conditions to determine the advisability of school bus service. On wind chill days, although bus service may be cancelled, schools are considered to be open and all staff will report for work at their school as usual. Students may attend school at parent discretion.

 Storm Days

 Storm days occur when weather conditions, warnings, road closures or report of impending weather conditions create visibility and/or road conditions that make travel unsafe or impossible. Adverse weather conditions include reduced visibility due to extreme fog and/or blowing snow and hazardous road conditions or road closure due to snow and/or ice covered sections.

 Parents have the fullest knowledge of actual and probable road and weather conditions in their area. They are obliged to exercise discretion in permitting their children to ride the bus when weather conditions are, or expected to become, dangerously inclement. Parents shall call the school if their children will not be attending.

 a. Individual Bus Cancellations

The individual bus driver shall decide, in consultation with the area captain, whether or not he/she can safely get students to school that morning. If the bus driver is unable to make the regular run, he/she shall inform the Transportation Supervisor and the parents on the route. The Transportation Supervisor shall inform the principal of the school and the CEO. For individual bus cancellations, school is considered to be open and all staff will report for work at their school as usual. Students are also expected to attend school.

 b. Regional or Division-Wide Bus Cancellation or School Closures

The Transportation Supervisor will consult with area captains and recommend to the CEO whether weather conditions are such that bus service is deemed inadvisable for one or both regions. When regional or division-wide bus service is cancelled, schools are considered closed. Staff attendance is discretionary. Students do not attend school. If schools are closed division-wide due to a storm, division office staff, and other non-school assigned staff attend work at their discretion. It is an expectation that staff be available via phone should contact be required. The school principal/head custodian is responsible for the safety and security of the building on all weather related closure days. The principal must also ensure that someone is at the school in the morning to meet any students that may come to school inadvertently. In cases where principals do not live in the community it is expected that the principal will make appropriate arrangements.

 c. Afternoon Bus Cancellations

Buses will either leave at their regularly scheduled time or not at all. In order to ensure the safety of transported students, it is recommended that buses do not leave the school at other than regularly scheduled times. If the weather has deteriorated significantly over the day, the buses will not run in the afternoon. This decision will be made by 2:00 p.m. so that schools have ample time to notify parents and/or arrange appropriate billets.

 Notification of Wind Chill and/or Storm Days

For a wind chill day and a region or division-wide storm day, the Transportation Supervisor shall:

* Notify CBC Radio One (990 AM and 89.3 FM), CJGX (940 AM), CKDM (730 AM), CKLQ (880 AM), STAR FM (94.7 FM), KX96 (96.1 FM) and The Farm (101.1FM) of school closures and/or bus cancellations by 6:45 a.m.

* Use divisional notification system to send messages about cancellations or closures

* Post the announcement on the Park West School Division website

* Notify the principals so appropriate information is available for parents and staff

* Notify the bus drivers, who in turn, call all of the parents on their route

 Dress for Transported Students

The Board recognizes the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children are appropriately dressed for weather conditions, but requests that bus drivers report to the Principal, those students who are inadequately dressed for the prevailing weather conditions. If students are not prepared to wear articles of clothing appropriate to the weather conditions they should be requested to bring appropriate apparel in a tote bag.

 Students Who Walk

Parents of students who walk to school are expected to use their judgment respecting the advisability of sending their students to school during extreme weather conditions. If parents have any reason to believe that there is a problem, and decide to keep their children home, they are to contact the school. 

 Resource Centre

 Throughout the grade levels, the library program is designed to encourage and stimulate an interest in reading as well as provide additional resource material to support student work in other subject areas.  Throughout K-8 the emphasis of the library program includes topics on how to use a library, how to find information in a specific book, how to develop research skills and technology tools.

 School Hours

Breakfast Program

8:40 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Lunch Hour

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Lunch in home room)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. (recess outside)


12:50 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.


2:05 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.


2:20 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Town students are asked to please not arrive at the school in the mornings before 8:40 a.m.                                                                       


School Nutrition Policy

 In accordance with the Manitoba Government’s new Health Initiatives, Miniota School will be offering healthy food choices for students as per school and division policy.  We encourage parents to do the same.

Administering of Medication in School

 The division recognizes that in rare circumstances children may have to be given medication during the school day.  The only medication to be given will be that as prescribed by a medical doctor and under the following conditions:

 Accident Procedures

The school requests that parents leave the name and phone number of someone to contact in case of an accident or emergency on the registration form.  It is important that this information be kept up to date in each student’s file.  A child who receives a minor injury such as a scrape, bruise or cut will be attended to by our staff.  Should a child receive a more serious injury, please note the following procedure:


The PWSD has purchased accident insurance for every student within the division.  This insurance covers any student during school hours and also during any school activity which occurs after school hours. 

Parents are encouraged to subscribe to the Student Accident Insurance offered through the school division in September of each year if they want their child(ren) covered during non-school hours, sports, etc.

 Indoor Footwear Required

 All students should have a pair of non-scuff runners for indoor wear at school in addition to the footwear worn to and from home.  The indoor runners remain clean and are worn in class and for Phys. Ed. class.  Parents are asked to NOT purchase blue and black-soled runners (unless they clearly state they are non-scuff) as these mark tiled floors badly.  Students are required to remove outdoor footwear and place it on the boot trays or in their lockers upon entering the building.  This assists in keeping classrooms, hallways and gym floors clean.  Students should not walk in stocking feet or bare feet for health and safety reasons (ex. fire drill).  Indoor footwear should be labeled clearly and kept in the locker or on the boot trays at the entrance.  Your cooperation is appreciated.


Loading / Unloading Bay

Please use the one-way loading / unloading loop in front of the school to drop off and pick up your children except between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., or in the afternoon between 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  At these times, parents are asked to park south of the loading zone - not anywhere on the street in front of the school.  Please make anyone else aware of these loading & unloading areas, if they are picking up or dropping off your children.

 Communication With Parents

Reporting on Student Progress:

Teachers evaluate student progress on the basis of work habits, behavior, attitude and testing.  Staff uses their own individualized reporting style.  Written reports are sent home in November, March and June.  Conferences with parents are held in November and in March, or any other time if required.

 General Communication: 

Open House is held in the Fall as appropriate.  Most communication will be done using electronic means such as Class Dojo and email.  Paper communication will also occur as needed.  Telephone calls will also be made to parents when a verbal conversation is required.

 School Website:

We have a school website to help parents and students keep up to date with information such as our school calendar, special events and sports schedules and/or results.  The address for the website is:

 Crisis Management

 The Board of The Park West School Division is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in schools in which students, staff, parents, and others feel safe. To this end, the Board shall establish a protocol for responding to student threats/high-risk behaviours.  Miniota School has a Crisis Management team in place for such incidences and/or behaviours.

 Bus Evacuation Drill

All students are trained for the procedure used in emergency evacuation of a school bus.  Drills are held at the school twice a year – once in the Fall and once in the Spring.

 School Absence Policy

Parents are asked to notify the school of a child’s absence before or on the day of the absence.  If the teacher is unaware of an absent child’s whereabouts and the school has not been informed, a phone call will be made to verify the child’s whereabouts.  

 Student Phone

Students wishing to use the telephone to call home must first get permission from a teacher.  Cell phones are not to be used during school hours.  If a student is caught using a cell phone, it will be confiscated for the day plus lose the right to bring the phone to the school.  If caught with the phone after the first incident, the cell phone will be confiscated for 1 week, with the parents having to come to the school to retrieve it.  Any further incidences will result in further consequences in consultation with the student and parents.

Lunch Rules

 Students will sit at tables in the classroom from 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Good manners and appropriate conversation are expected.  

 Recess Policy

Recesses are unstructured times throughout the school day where students are expected to go outside.  These times allow the students to “play” and get refocused for the class periods that follow.  All students are expected to go outside during recesses throughout the year unless other activities – homework, intramurals, sports practices, student council, discipline, etc. – require them to remain inside.  For this reason, it is very important that parents ensure their children are dressed appropriately for the weather.  In situations where the weather is extreme – too cold, raining, wind and/or lightning storms – students will be allowed to stay indoors.  If parents wish their children to remain indoors due to illness or other reasons, a dated note addressed to the teacher would be appreciated.

 Playground Area

 Emergency School Evacuation

The school has an emergency program for emergencies that may arise during the school day.  Each year drills must be held to familiarize and reinforce pupils with proper evacuation procedures.  The purpose of drills is an exercise in discipline, not speed, although reasonable prompt evacuation is implemented.


 Students who ride their bicycles to school are to place them in or near the bicycle racks.  The school assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged bicycles. Bicycles are off limits throughout the day unless a student is going home at lunch or after school.

 Nut Safe School

We make every attempt to be a nut safe school therefore we ask that no food containing nut products be sent to the school. (Example:  peanut butter, peanut oil, any food item containing peanuts, etc.)  

Breakfast Program


Miniota School provides a daily breakfast snack program.  Breakfast will be served to students in their classrooms from 8:45 - 9:00 a.m. each morning.  Students will be provided with a variety of healthy food options throughout the year.  This program is available to all students at no cost. 

 Label All Student Belongings

 Please make sure runners, winter shoes, gym clothing and outerwear are marked with the student’s name.  Check the lost and found boxes at parent/teacher conferences and other times you are in the school.

Dress Code

 We expect our students dress appropriately for classes and activities  For inclement weather, students are expected to dress appropriately for the conditions. 


 Students in Grade 5-8 are provided a locker for the school year.  Students wishing to use a lock can get one from the office or if they have their own lock they are required to give an extra key to a staff member in case they misplace their own.  Students should lock their locker at home time.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

 School Entrances

 -        Students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 enter the school via the south entrance.

-        Students in Grades 5-8 enter the school via the main entrance.