St. John’s-Ravenscourt Parents’ Association (SJRPA)

The St. John’s-Ravenscourt Parents’ Association (SJRPA) is a vibrant and dedicated organization committed to making lasting contributions for the benefit of the School.

The SJRPA organizes a wide variety of activities that help parents and guardians get to know each other, as well as events for students that provide interaction with the broader community. It also provides meaningful volunteer opportunities, either short-term or ongoing, and raises funds to help meet various School priorities.

All current SJR parents and guardians automatically become members of this active volunteer community and are welcome to attend SJRPA meetings. You are encouraged to get involved to make the most of your SJR experience! Even if you can't make our meetings, you can still show your support by volunteering at SJRPA events and activities. There are daytime, evening and weekend volunteering opportunities to suit everyone! 

Information on forthcoming SJRPA events and volunteer opportunities is listed below - please scroll all the way down the page to read more or click the links on the green navigational bar above to move about the page quickly.

If you have any queries, ideas or suggestions, please email

The SJRPA is a member of the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils.




SJRPA Calendar  2016-17

Board Meetings - all meetings in Robinson Wolinsky Hall (unless stated)

Parents, students, staff and alumni are invited to read the reports and minutes. (Your EagleNet password is required.)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Upcoming Events and Activities 

SJRPA Gala: 'Saturday Night Fever' - Saturday, February 25, 2017
Babysitting Course (2 of 2) - Monday, April 17, 2017
Lecture Series (2 of 2) - Tuesday, April 18, 2017 
Staff Appreciation Day (2 of 2) - Wednesday, April 19, 2017
EagleFest - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

February 15, 2017


Volunteering at SJR

Volunteers are a crucial part of School life, making it possible for SJR to offer services, activities and events that just wouldn’t be possible otherwise. The SJRPA helps coordinate volunteers for various events and activities. Volunteering is a fantastic way to get to know other parents and students, and we can offer opportunities to fit your availability whether it's during the daytime, evening, or at the weekend. Please contact with any questions. 

Please scroll down the page to find out about our current volunteer opportunities and click here to learn more. (Your EagleNet password is required.)

School Policy requires that all employees and volunteers of SJR provide the School with a Criminal Record Check and a Child Abuse Registry every five years or more frequently upon request.



 SJRPA Events and Activities

The SJRPA Gala 2017 – Saturday Night Fever

The ticket website has now closed. If you purchased tickets, thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the York Ballroom at the RBC Convention Centre for a spectacular evening including a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, a fabulous dinner, live and silent auctions, and grooving disco music that is sure to fill the dance floor. Come dressed in disco attire for a night at Studio 54!

Please visit for more info, to read our Event FAQs and to check out the raffle and auction prizes.

Any questions? Email us at

Ritza Lambos and Treena Hastings, SJRPA Gala 2017 Co-Chairs 

February 21, 2017


Grade Parties 2016-2017

Grade Parties are a wonderful way to get to know other parents in your child(ren)'s grade(s). Every year the SJRPA assists parents who volunteer to host or organize a social gathering during the year for all the parents of their child(ren)'s grade(s).

Did you know?

1) Grade parties do not have to be held at your home and come in all shapes and sizes. Some grade parties have been held at various locales throughout the city including restaurants, banquet centres, bowling alleys, bars/lounges, and even laser tag. Use your imagination, the sky’s the limit!

2) More than one family can host and/or organize the Grade Party. Get a group of friends to plan the event together.

3) Plates, cutlery and stemware can all be borrowed from the SJR kitchen. 

Please contact me at if you are interested, if you have any questions or if you require further information.

Save the dates for upcoming grade parties:

Grade 8 Parent Party: Saturday, March 11, 2017. Co-hosted by Jayesh Daya and Nirinjani Ramasamy, Sumit and Aparna Sharma, and Jitender and Anju Sareen.

Grade 3 Parent Party planning in the works. Hosted by the Afifi, Hyman, Curran, Peters/Palace, and Wright families.

Grade 5 Parent Party planning in the works. Hosted by Julie Lamothe, Nithya Venkatesan and Joan Anderson.

We have people willing to co-host with someone else in Grade 1 and Grade 5 so if you are interested please let me know. I will help you with the organizing and invitations and guarantee you a night that will not soon be forgotten! 

Tara Silvaggio, SJRPA Social Coordinator

Thank you to this year's Grade Party hosts!

February 1, 2017


Bingo Sign-Up

Bingo sign-up is not currently available. More information to follow.

December 19, 2016


Thank you for all your support this year!

"Like a BIG pizza pie...  That’s amore!” 

On Tuesday February 14, 2017, Hamber Hall and Robinson Wolinsky Hall were transformed into heart-filled rooms with amore, smiles, and lots of BIG pizza pies from our wonderful supporter Pizza Hotline.

To volunteers Tracie Afifi, Barbara Arora, Rakesh Arora, Sangeet Bhatia, Martha Borys, Linda Bugas, Lisa Chomiak, Theresa Cianflone, Shawna Cook, Kim Daudet, Sue Deonarain, Bindy Dhillon, Sandy Dhillon, Christine Dubyts, Marcia Dzik (Langan), Janelle Hague, Lisa Heimbecker, Adi Huebert, Wendy Jackson, Lisa Kroft, Mamatha Kumbharathi, Michelle Lawton, Deb Mazur, Tania Morrison, Trish Nesbitt, Brandee Olafson, Maria Pewarchuk, Avery Rich, Kelly Radcliffe, Drew Salter, Oksana Semotiuk-Aaron, Devi Sharma, Carrie Shenkarow, Susan Shinkarik, Mandi Siddiqui, Tara Silvaggio, Christine Stanton, Shima Talebi, Brenda Tobac, and Leonor Turgeon, (we apologize if we inadvertently omitted any names),  who took time off from their busy schedules to come and decorate, oversee the pizza stations, serve pizza, serve seconds and thirds, hand out stickers and Smarties and ensure that students and staff had a great Valentine’s Day Pizza Lunch experience, a BIG thank you for your participation.  It is with volunteers’ contribution of time that the magical SJRPA Valentine's Day Pizza Lunch has become an annual SJRPA tradition.

We would also like to thank volunteers Ray Bissonnette, Amrit Malik, Kelly Radcliffe, and Joanna Richards, (we apologize if we inadvertently omitted any names), who assisted on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Valentine’s Day (Comes One Day Early) Pizza Lunch for Grade 4s.  The SJRPA recognized that the Grade 4s would be missing lunch at school the next day. Thank you to Mr. Buduhan and the grade 4 teachers, Ms Luchka and Ms. Millo, for giving the SJRPA the opportunity to include the grade 4s.  Thank you to Pizza Hotline for assisting us with pizzas for the grade 4s and their teachers as Valentine’s Day came one day early!

Thank you to Ms. Lynne Grant and her team for setting-up Hamber Hall and RWH for the lunch, Ms. Liz Watson, Ms. Emily Senyk and Mr. Tesfu Berhane for the Valentine’s Day posters and supplies.

Thank you to Mr. Gerry Ellis and the Food Services Staff for your direction and support for the SJRPA Valentine’s Day Pizza Lunch and the volunteers, and for the amazing job you do nourishing 1100 (!) students, staff and faculty within two hours daily (!) for the rest of the school year.

Thank you to Pizza Hotline for generously donating the specialty pizzas for the two Valentine’s Day Pizza Lunches.

Your support, participation and contribution made the 2017 SJRPA Valentine’s Day Pizza Lunch(es) a success. Good things happen at SJR!

Treena Hastings (2017 Valentine’s Day Pizza Lunch Coordinator), Nicolle Embil (Decorating Coordinator) and the SJRPA Valentine's Day Pizza Lunch Committee 

February 23, 2017


The National Public Speaking Championships

Thank you very much to everyone who took time from their busy schedules to be volunteer judges at the National Public Speaking Championships at SJR on February 4 and 5, 2017. The event was a great success thanks to your help. I hope you were impressed by the high level of public speaking skills of the competitors. 

Mr. Robinson said: "The SJR competitors met with great success, with four of the top 10 coming from our School. Three of the 7 students who qualified for the team that will represent Canada at the World Championships in Australia will be SJR students: Raffaele Cianflone, Kristin Smith, and Stefan Leicht.” 

Thank you for your support of the SJR debating program. We look forward to welcoming you back again at next year's event!

Ding Lin, SJRPA Debating Coordinator

February 11, 2017

SJRPA Lecture Series - Parenting in a Digital World

As part of the 2016-17 Lecture Series, the SJRPA hosted an information evening for parents, Parenting in a Digital World, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The evening started with SJRPA Lecture Series January 2017 a presentation of the documentary 'Screenagers'. This film revealed how tech time impacts kids’ development and offered solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

After the film, SJR Information Technology Specialists, Phil Taylor (Senior School), Nathan Reimer (Middle School), and Rob Wiebe (Junior School) together with Penny Roadley (Counsellor - Middle School/Senior School), met with parents to share information and consider effective strategies to use when supporting children as they navigate their academic and social lives.

The documentary was also shown separately to students from Grade 8 to Grade 12.  

February 3, 2017

Boarders' Breakfast

At 7:40 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016, contrary to their custom of staggering sleepy-headed into Hamber Hall at slightly past 8:00 a.m. for a bleary-eyed cup of juice and quick whiff of toast, 35 boarders (two of them were unable to attend due to other commitments) lined up eagerly at the doors of Robinson Wolinsky Hall in anticipation of a festive breakfast organized by the SJRPA with the invaluable assistance of Lynne Grant, Event & Facility Use Coordinator. The room seemed to emanate holiday spirit via low, seasonal music and a burning log in a YouTube fireplace.

Earlier that morning, Gerry Ellis, Chief Culinary Magician, had been flitting from table to table, adding potted fir trees and tea lights to the glittering decor strewn artistically about the previous evening by SJRPA volunteers Aynsley Cockshott, Sally Keefe and Alexis Yildir. Gerry had arranged for a wide selection of breakfast items from eggs through pastries to Belgian waffles. His hunches about boarders' tastes were rewarded with enthusiastic but unsuccessful efforts to empty the warming trays and tables of their delicious provender. However, the students were deeply divided in their reaction to eggnog. Perhaps it is well that there were but few adventurous boarders willing to essay such an odd beverage. Keep an eye on those that dared to sample that eggy elixir. Who knows what other dare-devilish pranks they may get up to.

The boarders were joined in their efforts to empty the buffet tables by Karl McCready, Director of Residence, and the Boarding Staff as well as Jim Keefe, Head of School; Linda Bulka, Principal of Senior School; Christine Churchill, Director of Student Care; Rob Ward, Vice-Principal of Senior School; Dan Stanier, Vice-Principal of Senior School; and Penny Roadley, Senior School Counsellor. 

The SJRPA had prepared gifts for the boarders in the form of SJR mugs laden with instant hot chocolate, chocolates and candy canes. All attendees were fulsome in their praise of the venue, the meal and the simple idea of extending hospitality to these young people so far from home. Just before leaving for classes, Michael Robinson spoke on behalf of his fellow boarders, thanking the SJRPA, the kitchen staff and all involved for the meal and gifts.

By 8:30 a.m., the students had evanesced in the direction of their first classes leaving kitchen staff and SJRPA volunteers Kim Isford and Alexis Yildir the task of whisking away all traces of the event.

Alexis Yildir, SJRPA Boarders’ Breakfast Coordinator

December 21, 2016 

Junior School Rosenberg Library Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who is volunteering in Rosenberg Library this year. The jobs we do free up our Teacher Librarian, Ms. Joyce Riddell, to spend her time with the students – teaching them, assisting them, and directing them. We, in turn, have the wonderful opportunity to see and interact with our children, their classmates, and teachers in a class setting.  

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers, please contact me directly at I look forward to hearing from you.

Book Fair

The annual Book Fair was held during Junior School Parent-Teacher Conferences December 1st and 2nd, with the theme "Bookaneer". The library was transformed into a pirate bookstore with 48 boxes of books being delivered to unpack. Huge thanks go to the help of our wonderful volunteers who helped set up and decorate, which took three days. The Junior School classes also contributed with their pirate ship creations that were proudly displayed. Teachers voted on which one was most creative and would float!

Thanks to the generosity of the many families who stopped into the book fair, we sold over $7,700 of books in just two days. This means that more than $4,400 in teacher and program resources will be coming back to the Junior School. Many families also contributed to the teachers' wish lists, and with the help of the SJRPA, 129 books were delivered to the classrooms.

The Book Fair has been an annual event for 19 years and wouldn't be possible without Ms. Riddell and the amazing parent volunteers.

Brandee Olafson, SJRPA Library Coordinator 

December 19, 2016 

CAIS U13 Boys' Soccer Tournament 

St. John's-Ravenscourt School had the privilege to host the 41st Annual CAIS U13 Soccer Tournament from October 20 to 23, 2016. We welcomed 15 teams, players, coaches, and families from across Canada. I want to thank all our wonderful volunteers for their loyal support and dedication throughout the tournament, making it a huge success. The boys played with such pride and their spirit was very exciting.

Christine Stanton, U13 CAIS Tournament Volunteer Coordinator

November 4, 2016

SJRPA Staff Appreciation Day November 2017

Staff Appreciation Day

The SJRPA will be holding another Staff Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 and we need volunteers! If you are interested in helping out, please contact me at Thank you!

Tara Silvaggio, SJRPA Social Coordinator

December 2, 2016

Hold Back the Snow

The 23rd annual Hold Back the Snow Ultimate tournament took place on October 15 and 16 at Assiniboine Park. An all-time high of 40 teams participated, translating into approximately 750 athletes and coaches. Overall the event went very well, thanks to a dedicated and knowledgeable committee and a team of amazing volunteers. The SJR Maintenance and Kitchen departments were incredibly helpful and supportive, and several boarders helped with the loading and unloading of the trailer at the school.

All the volunteers brought time, energy, and attitude to the event. They were invaluable and we could not have done it without them. Together we provided a wonderful experience for the athletes and their coaches. The genuine gratitude, enthusiasm, and enjoyment expressed by many participants reminded us all why we do it in the first place.

The Hold Back the Snow Committee, the SJRPA, and SJR offer heartfelt thanks to everyone who stepped up and volunteered. We look forward to working with all of you again next time! Thank you.

Marianne Crewson, SJRPA HBTS Coordinator

October 25, 2016

Grandparents' Day 

Grandparents' Day 2016 was a very special day for our students and their grandparents. We had over 30 volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly. The SJRPA would like to thank everyone who volunteered. Thank you to the bus riders, greeters, servers, and everyone at the registration desk for your time and kindness. You helped make Grandparents' Day extra special for the visitors and students at SJR.  Thank you!

Maybelle Pacak and Kathy Bayes, SJRPA Grandparents' Day Coordinators

October 25, 2016

2016-2017 Magazine SJRPA Fundraiser

This year’s magazine fundraiser started Monday, October 3, 2016 and runs all academic year. Please order your subscriptions online for fast delivery! There will be no paper order forms this year.

New this year are eBooks, photo books, gifts and wrapping paper. Gifts and wrapping paper will be delivered to the school without shipping fees.

Keep in mind you can order at any time during the year and the SJRPA will continue to benefit. Go to and use the following group numbers to order:

Kindergarten to Grade 5 Group Number: 3740412   Grade 6 to 12 Group Number: 3740396

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! If you have any questions please contact me at

Elly Hoogterp, SJRPA Magazine Coordinator

October 25, 2016



The SJRPA would like to extend its warmest appreciation to everyone who attended FallFest 2016. We chose thanksgiving as our theme this year because we are very grateful for the SJR community and what it has done and will continue to do for our children.

We would like to thank all of you who brought a non-perishable food item for those in need. Winnipeg Harvest is truly grateful.

The turkey dinner with all its trimmings was outstanding. It was prepared by our Food Services Director, Gerry Ellis, and his catering team.

A huge thank you to the De Nardi family for providing the delicious wines for the evening as well as a massive thank you to Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company for the scrumptious pies that were served for dessert.

Last but not least, we could not have done this without the help of the many wonderful volunteers who have made FallFest 2016 a great success. Thank you!

Susan Eisbrenner and Elly Hoogterp, FallFest 2016 Co-Chairs

October 4, 2016

Volunteer Junior School Lunch Recess Supervisors

The SJRPA is very grateful to the parents and grandparents who are volunteering to help out at Junior School Lunch Recess this year and who took part in October’s orientation session.  We are always keen to welcome new volunteers to help supervise students during lunch recess from 11:55 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.  It’s a great way to connect with your children, their friends, and other parent/grandparent volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email me at

Noni Rosenblat, SJRPA Lunch Recess Coordinator

October 12, 2016


Further Information

Members of the School community can find out more about the SJRPA on SJR's private website - EagleNet. EagleNet connects people within the School community and can only be accessed by current parents, students, staff and alumni, providing them with access to a wide range of School information that is not available to the public.

Please click the links below to find out more:

Vision, Mission and Values Eagle at EagleFest

SJRPA Positions

President's Message

Constitution and Appendices

Reports and Minutes

Events and Activities


SJRPA Scholarship

Forms, Guidelines, Policies and Templates


If you have trouble accessing your EagleNet account, or have forgotten your user name and/or password, please contact SJR Information Systems at 204.477.2479 or during regular business hours.

November 9, 2015