Landmark Elementary School

Fall Newsletter - September 2019

Principal's Message - Mrs. Koop

The start of the school year is an exciting time for all. The staff has worked hard, preparing for the arrival of the students. One of my favourite days of the year is the first day of school! I love the energy that the students bring to school. A new year brings about a fresh start full of hope and anticipation.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Meet the Teacher Night. It is important to us at LES that we have a positive connection with our families. We appreciate the support and care that we receive from the community.

At LES, we have three value statements that guide us as we work with your children.

  • We are committed to providing a safe place of care and learning for every child.
  • We value building strong positive relationships and fostering a sense of belonging.
  • We believe in the potential of all children.

It is my privilege to work with your children every day, and I look forward to another positive year at Landmark Elementary School.

Nut Aware School

Landmark Elementary School is a "Nut Aware School."

Several children in our school have a severe allergy to many different kinds of nuts. Exposure to even a small amount can be potentially severe and life-threatening. We can not describe the school as being 'Nut Free' because we can't guarantee that students or adults have not brought nuts or traces of nuts into the building. To help create a safe environment for all of our students, we ask that your child does not bring food that contains nuts. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to provide a safe place of learning for all of our students.

Parent Portal/Student Information

The HSD Parent Portal is a communications tool designed to enhance and increase parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children. It is a way for parents/guardians to stay connected and informed.

Please complete the Walking Field Trip Permission Form on Parent Portal and any other updates as information may have changed over the summer.

Please review the student information for your child to make sure that it is correct and up to date.

Student Safety - Bus Loop

To help keep our students safe only buses are allowed in the bus loop in front of the school from 8:30-9:00 in the morning and 3:30-4:00 in the afternoon. Thank you for your cooperation.

School Arrival and Leaving Times

Walking students and those dropped off by parents/guardians may arrive at school anytime after 8:35 am as that is when we have teacher supervision on the playground. If they arrive before that time, they will not be supervised, and the responsibility for the student belongs with the parent/guardian.

Students will all enter the building when the buzzer rings at 8:50.


In addition to the newsletter, we also have our website ( and direct messaging. You can call us anytime at 204-355-4663 or send us an email:

If you have given permission for HSD to publish your child's photo please note that your child's picture may appear on our school's social media accounts.

We share and celebrate our learning through:

hashtag #leslearns

Twitter - @LESHanover

Instagram - landmark_elementary

Absent from School

Please call the school by 9:00 am if your child is going to be absent. You may contact us in the following ways:

· Email:

· Phone: 204-355-4663

· Parent Portal - under attendance

If we have not heard from the parent/guardian of an absent student, we will be calling the home and, if needed, work places to make sure the student is safe.

Hanover School Division Calendar

A reminder that our online master calendar is now live on the HSD website!

Please note: Divisional calendars are no longer available in the print format. Hanover School Division has created an online version of the HSD Calendar which can be accessed using the following link:

Hot Lunch Program

Our hot lunch program will begin on Friday, October 4th. Hot lunch order forms will be sent home next week and are due back to the school on Thursday, September 19th. Thank you to the volunteers that make our hot lunch program possible.

Strong Connections

Strong Connections will take place at Landmark Elementary on September 13th and 16th, 2019. Students will attend school on either the 13th or the 16th. With half the students present, the teacher will have the opportunity to meet individually and with small groups of students.

Strong Connections is a day designed to build the relationships between teachers and their students and enhance the beginning of the year assessments. When students are not in the homeroom they will take part in other learning activities within the school.

Stay tuned for pictures of the collaborative art project that students will take part in. Please check Parent Portal to confirm if your child will attend school on the 13th or the 16th.

Religious Exercises and Religious Instruction

A petition for Religious Exercises and instruction for Landmark Elementary for the 2019/2020 school year was presented to and approved by the Hanover School Division Board of Trustees Spring of 2019. Further information is found here

A Message from the School Counsellor - Mrs. Penner

I can honestly say it feels great to be back at Landmark Elementary for my 10th year of teaching. I feel I have grown and learned a lot in my role as the school counsellor and have enjoyed working with the parents, teachers and students on a different level.

So far in the first few days it has been exciting to see some familiar faces again, as well as some new ones. Each year individual and small group counselling is available to our students, as well as classroom guidance. This helps to promote personal and social growth, which in turn helps with the academics. If you have any comments, questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call or send me an email at

Zones of Regulation - Resources for Parents & Guardians

Digital Citizenship - Resources for Parents & Guardians

Looking forward to a great year ahead!

Kailey Penner

Welcome Back - Ms. Sokolowski

I hope everyone had a fun and active summer! We are looking forward to a busy month in the gym. Some of the upcoming events and activities include…

Terry Fox 2019

Students will be discussing Terry, his journey and his significant contributions throughout our September health classes!

Our annual Terry Fox Event will be held on Thursday, September 26. Our event will kick-off with an assembly at 10:15am and follow with our run at 11:00am. Parents/guardians are welcome to join us, as we remember Terry and all that he has done, during the assembly and/or run. If you would be willing to help out with the event, please contact Ms. Sokolowski at!

Students will be challenged to bring in “a toonie for Terry” or a donation of any size to contribute to the Terry Fox Foundation and their work with cancer awareness and research.


Cross-country club for grade 5 and 6 students has started up our first week back! This is an optional club for students who would like to challenge themselves and develop their running endurance. Practices will be held during the lunch hour as we lead up to our 2 cross-country meets in Steinbach on September 20 and 27!

Coming Up…

A few events LES will be seeing very soon are:

  • Walk/Bike/Roll to School - October 2

  • Mini-Soccer Club (grade 3-4) - October

  • Good Start Club (grade 5-6) - Starting October

  • Build-It Club (grade 1-2) - October - November

  • Speed Stacks Club (various grades) - November

  • Guiness Book of World Records Speed Stacking Day - November 14

Looking forward to an awesome year in the LES gym!

From the Music Room - Ms. Gordon

We are off to a great start in the music room at LES!

Please mark your calendar (and chat with your kids) about the following upcoming events and opportunities:

Grade 5 and 6 Choir Club will be starting next week. There will be an information meeting for all students interested during lunch recess on Tuesday, September 10. This club is optional and involves a number of performances, including the LES Remembrance Day Ceremony (Nov 8), Eastman Choral Workshop Day (Oct 18), the LES Christmas Concert (Dec 17) and a performance at the Steinbach Credit Union in December. If your child attends the meeting, s/he will receive more specific information about each of these events.

Is your child looking for an opportunity to be part of a regional choir? The Eastman Youth Chorus (for students in grades 5-8) begins on September 12. Rehearsals run on Thursdays at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Center with concerts on December 15th and May 8th. For more information, please contact the Steinbach Arts Council at 204-346-1077 or

From the Learning Commons - Mrs. Froese

Welcome back to our Learning Commons space where somethings are old, some are new, and some are coming soon!

The Learning Commons looks similar to last year and is a space for classrooms to relax and read classic, favourite, and new books. Participation from students, parents, and teachers help to keep our collection exciting and relevant so send any recommendations our way!

When you are here please check out our new Little Free Library where students can take a book home to keep or bring a book to donate. We also enjoy collaborative activities in the Learning Commons such as group discussion and research. Coming soon we will feature a new and exciting hands-on learning space, giving expression to creativity and building skills. Come and see us soon!

Upcoming Events

Kindergarten Staggered Entrance - September 9th

First Day of Regular Kindergarten - September 10th

Strong Connections - September 13th and 16th

Hot lunch Forms Due - September 19th

Cross Country Run #1 - September 20th

Terry Fox Run - September 26th

Cross Country Run #2 - September 27th

Orange Shirt Day - September 30th

Walk/Bike/Roll to School - October 2nd

Picture Day - October 4th

First Hot Lunch Day - October 4th

Thanksgiving No school - October 14th

Stars of the Future

Children born between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016 and their parents, are invited to attend a Fall 2019 Stars of the Future clinic. Stars of the Future is a FREE screening program for children that live in South East Manitoba. It is a onetime appointment, designed to find out how your child is doing in the areas of speech & language, hearing, growth and development. The appointment is one hour long. Appointments may be booked by calling 204-346-6136. For more information on Stars of the Future go to Appointment times do fill up quickly, so we encourage you to book your appointment early.

Clinics will be held in the following communities:

Steinbach: September 17, 18; October 16, 17

Ste Anne: October 9

Lorette: September 25

St Pierre: October 10

Niverville: October 3

Stars of the Future is offered FREE to families living in the South East region through a partnership with Southern Health-Santé Sud, South East Children’s Therapy Initiative and Healthy Child Coalition – South East.

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