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 email@example.com.
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, May 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.
Upcoming Events and Activities
EagleFest - Wednesday, May 24, 2017
April 20, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.)
In accordance with the SJRPA’s best practices and with SJR policy S-D080 Employee and Volunteer Screening, we encourage all parent volunteers to provide the School with a current criminal record check and child abuse registry check. Parents who wish to volunteer in roles where they may be in unsupervised situations with students are required to provide these checks. This includes classroom volunteers, lunch recess volunteers, library volunteers, coaches, and certain other volunteer positions that may be identified by the School. According to the SJRPA Constitution, SJRPA elected Board Members are also required to provide these checks to the School.
SJRPA Events and Activities
EagleFest 2017 - Step right up to the most fun around!
You are invited to EagleFest, the annual SJRPA carnival and BBQ! This fun family-friendly event is open to the entire SJR community, including the new families who will be joining the school in September. To take advantage of our early-bird prices, please pre-order all-inclusive and meal-only admission wristbands for your family and friends online by Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Full information about the event can be found here.
We need your help to make this event a success. If you can volunteer for an hour or so after 11:30 a.m. on May 24, please contact Tara Silvaggio at email@example.com.Thank you.
See you at EagleFest!
April 20, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, if you have any questions or if you require further information. I will help you with the organizing and invitations and guarantee you a night that will not soon be forgotten!
Save the dates for upcoming grade parties:
Grade 1 Parent Party - Saturday, April 22 at the home of Ray DuBois '87 and Jeanne Elliott.
Grade 2 Parent Party - save the date for Saturday, April 29 at Mona Lisa Restaurant. Co-hosted by Eva Canteenwala and Rea Roussin.
Grade 3 Parent Party - planning is in the works! Hosted by the Afifi, Hyman, Curran, Peters/Palace, and Wright families.
Grade 5 Parent Party - save the date for Saturday, May 27! Hosted at the home of Karen and Mike Boucher. Organizing and hosting is a large group of parents including Joan Schmidt, Julie Lamothe, Nithya Venkatesan, Khalie and Greg Jackson-Davis, Martha Borys, Leonie Coulson, Patti Backman, and Loreleen Britton.
Grade 6 Parent Party - Friday, May 12. Hosted by Eric and Clara Bohm. More information to follow!
Grade 7 Parent Party - Friday, April 21. The party will be co-hosted by Gail Halko, Sonya Reiss, Patricia Nesbitt and Esther Bast.
Grade 9 Parent Party - Friday, May 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Hala Salama. More information to follow!
Grade 11 Parent Party - Thursday, April 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Balwinder Dhillon at Tandoori House (on Pembina at Grant).
Tara Silvaggio, SJRPA Social Coordinator
Thank you to this year's Grade Party hosts!
April 7, 2017
SJRPA Magazine Drive
The SJRPA 2016-2017 magazine drive is ongoing and will run until the end of the academic year. Please order your subscriptions online for fast delivery. There are 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 that you can order at any time during the year and the SJRPA will continue to benefit from your purchases. Go to www.qsp.ca and use the following SJR 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 email@example.com.
Elly Hoogterp, SJRPA Magazine Coordinator
February 27, 2017
Bingo sign-up is not currently available. More information to follow.
December 19, 2016
Thank you for all your support this year!
SJRPA Lecture Series 2016-2017
The Importance of Sleep for You and Your Family
The second event in the 2016-17 SJRPA Lecture Series was an information evening for parents: The Importance of Sleep for You and Your Family. Dr. Brian Murray, MD, FRCP(C), D, ABSM from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a fully affiliated research and teaching hospital with the University of Toronto, visited SJR on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 and talked parents through several important issues relating to sleep, including:
* The basic elements of sleep physiology
* Why sleep is important for the brain and academic performance
* Common sleep disorders
* Some simple suggestions for a good night’s sleep
Dr. Murray’s major research interests are in the neurological aspects of sleep and the relationship between sleep and behaviour. Read more. Whilst at SJR, he also spoke to students in Grade 7 and Grade 11. At the end of the presentation: Sleep – Not a Waste of Time!, students knew some basic facts about sleep physiology, understood why sleep is important for academic success and health, and had some useful tips for getting good sleep.
For anyone wanting to learn more, Dr. Murray recommends https://sleepfoundation.org/
April 20, 2017
New Resource for Parents - 'Parenting in the Digital Age' website
The SJRPA is pleased to let you know about a new website: Parenting in the Digital Age. This site provides parents in the SJR community with a series of resources to help continue the conversations started at the January SJRPA Lecture Series event, Parenting in a Digital World’(see below).
The results of the recent Parent and Student Grade 6-12 Technology Surveys are included, as is information on topics such as digital citizenship, screen time management, security and privacy management, digital empathy, decision making, and digital footprints/portfolios.
Please click this link to complete a follow-up survey regarding the presentation in January.
The SJRPA would like to thank Mr. Phil Taylor for his support with this initiative.
March 7, 2017
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 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
The second and final SJRPA Babysitting Course of 2016-17 was held at SJR in conjunction with the South Winnipeg Family Information Centre on Monday, April 17, 2017. The course covered the following responsibilities of a babysitter: getting along with children, child care and development for infants and school-aged children, accident prevention and illness, and dealing with problems and emergencies, etc. While this course is designed primarily for students who are interested in babysitting, it is also a valuable opportunity to teach students self-confidence and self-reliance when staying home alone.
Thank you to all those students who participated in this year's babysitting courses. We hope you each had a wonderful learning experience and will benefit from future babysitting opportunities!
April 18, 2017
SJRPA Gala - Saturday Night Fever
The 2017 SJRPA Gala, which was held at the RBC Convention Centre on February 25, was an overwhelming success. The evening began with 70s cocktails and Studio 54-inspired looks. 225 parents and friends attended the event and danced the night away to the sounds of the Big City All Star Band. SJR Rock Show stole the show and we have never been more proud of our mini-rockers. Make sure you buy your Rock Show tickets soon - they will not disappoint!
Fundraising for the evening was a tremendous success, with an overflow of support for the SJR water fountain project. Bidding was fast and furious to the point where auction staff were challenged to keep up with the most generous support of the parent body. If you have not yet been contacted by our committee about your donation, kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to thank all donors and volunteers for their efforts and for ensuring a successful and fun evening was enjoyed by all! Their details are included in the Gala program. We would also like to acknowledge and throw a big shout-out to the staff of SJR for providing the administrative support that is so crucial to the success of an evening such as this.
Grade 12 volunteers were out in full force and we thank them for stepping up and getting involved. They were a huge help to the flow of the evening and showed great community spirit.
Ritza Lambos and Treena Hastings, SJRPA Gala Co-Chairs
February 28, 2017
"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
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 email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Brandee Olafson, SJRPA Library Coordinator
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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
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 email@example.com.
Noni Rosenblat, SJRPA Lunch Recess Coordinator
October 12, 2016
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
Constitution and Appendices
Reports and Minutes
Events and Activities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours.