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  2017-2018

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. (AGM)

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

Events and Activities 

Grandparents’ Day – Thursday, October 5, 2017
HBTS – Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 2017. It will take place at Maple Grove Ultimate & Rugby Park, 190 Frobisher Rd, Winnipeg. 
CAIS Volleyball Tournament - October 18-21, 2017
FallFest – Friday, October 27, 2017
Staff Appreciation Event 1/2 - Thursday, November 16, 2017
Middle School Babysitting Course 1/2 – Monday, November 24 (PD Day)
Boarders’ Breakfast – Friday, December 8, 2017
SJRPA Gala – Saturday, January 20, 2018
Pizza Lunch – Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Middle School Babysitting Course 2/2 – Monday, April 16, 2018 (PD Day)
Staff Appreciation Event 2/2 - Thursday, April 26, 2018
EagleFest - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SJRPA Lecture Series - dates to be confirmed

June 16 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.) Click here for a printable list of 2017-18 volunteering opportunities.

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


Thank you for all your support in 2016-2017!

To the wonderful volunteers at SJR - thank you!

On behalf of the SJRPA, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly this year for the benefit of the SJR community. From Lunch Recess Supervision and helping in the Junior School Library to Grandparents’ Day and Hold Back the Snow, many year-round activities and annual events simply wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support of our volunteers.

I also want to thank the awesome team of parents who make up the SJRPA Board Members and Event & Activity Coordinators. Each of them spent countless hours ensuring that every event and activity was a success! 

Through the work of volunteers, the SJRPA has been able to fund many projects at SJR. The money we give to the school is used in a number of ways to better the experience of students and the SJR community.

In response to requests from SJR faculty and staff, the Parents' Association approved allocations of $60,500 in 2016-2017:

Bonnycastle Library Furnishings - Middle and Senior Schools: $6,000
Classroom Furnishings - Junior, Middle and Senior Schools: $16,000
Cultural and Wellness Activities - Junior, Middle and Senior Schools: $4,500
Interactive Projector - Information Services: $6,000
Makerspace Development - Junior, Middle and Senior Schools: $10,000
Portable Food Cart - Food Services: $8,000
Rousseau Hall Enhancements - Middle School: $10,000

Lisa Kroft '88
SJRPA President 

June 12, 2017

SJRPA Magazine Drive

Thank you to everyone who ordered magazine subscriptions during the SJRPA 2016-2017 magazine drive. Each year, we hold a QSP magazine subscription fundraiser to raise money to benefit our students. The success of the program depends on your participation. Watch out for the email launch at the start of the new academic year! 

If you have any questions please contact me at

Elly Hoogterp, SJRPA Magazine Coordinator

June 21, 2017

Grade Parties 

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. 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 the 2016-17 Grade Party hosts!


Grade 8 thank you 2017Grade 1 parent party

Grade 7 parent partyGrade 11 parent party

June 5, 2017

EagleFest 2017 

Thank you to everyone who helped make EagleFest 2017 a happy and fun event! EagleFest could not have happened without the help of our parent and student volunteers, who were ably supported by SJR staff and faculty. The sound of laughter and the smiles on the kids' faces said it all - the students really love this event.

Thank you to those families who donated wonderful items for the ever-popular EagleFest basket raffle, and to everyone who came along and joined in the fun. See you next year!

Click here to see a list of the basket raffle prize winners. 

May 26, 2017

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

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

SJRPA Lecture Series January 2017 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

Staff Appreciation Days 

On April 19, the SJRPA treated faculty and staff to a specially designed Sweet Shoppe by Sweet Impressions for a staff appreciation event. It was "almost" too beautiful to eat!

Tara Silvaggio, SJRPA Social Coordinator

SJRPA Staff Appreciation Day November 2017

April 28, 2017

Babysitting Courses

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. It 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 in November and April. 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

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

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.

Brandee Olafson, SJRPA Library Coordinator 

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

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



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 

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.