WES Handbook



Winlaw Elementary School Handbook PDF link
The Winlaw Code PDF link

5604 Winlaw Bridge Road

Box 10, Winlaw BC  V0G 2J0

 PHONE  250-226-7217

FAX        250-226-7210

E-MAIL   clerical.winlaw@sd8.bc.ca

WEB PAGE    http://winlaw.sd8.bc.ca

Winlaw School is part of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) 

District and Provincial Mission Statements

Provincial Mission Statement

The purpose of the British Columbia school system is to enable all learners to develop their individual potential and to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to contribute to a healthy society and a prosperous and sustainable economy.

District Mission

We focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.

Belief Statements

  • We believe that students should be the focus of all our endeavours.
  • We believe that public education must strive for excellence.
  • We believe that public education must reflect and utilize the strengths and diversity of its communities and individuals.
  • We believe in mutual respect, fairness and dignity.
  • We believe in providing challenging, active and relevant learning opportunities for all.
  • We believe in supporting highly qualified and motivated staff.
  • We believe the success of education depends upon the commitment of students, schools, families and communities.
  • We believe in providing a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for all.
  • We believe in the importance and the uniqueness of the community school.
  • We believe a strong public education system benefits a democratic society

Board Goals

  • Resiliency
  • Academic Success
  • Citizenship
  • Creativity and
  • Imagination



Welcome to Winlaw Elementary!  We would like you to feel at home in our school.  It’s a warm, friendly, busy place with a fabulous staff that is dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for your children.

As parents you are encouraged to become involved in your child’s learning journey at Winlaw School. We believe that your child’s education is enriched through a strong partnership between students, parents, staff, and the greater community. We have an open door policy at Winlaw, so please feel free to come to the school to meet your child’s teacher, and to become familiar with our school and its programs.

The staff at Winlaw Elementary is committed to providing meaningful educational experiences in an environment that is safe and enjoyable.  It is our goal that the learning experiences of your child will contribute in a purposeful way to their intellectual, artistic, emotional, social and physical growth and well being.

Recognizing that every member of the community has direct interest in the educational process, the staff will endeavor to be sensitive to the various needs of the community.  It will strive to keep the community informed and up-to-date on programs offered at the school and make a deliberate attempt to seek community input in the development and monitoring of those programs. We believe that our school is made better through strong community connections.

We hope that your time at Winlaw School will be memorable. Welcome to our school community!            

OUR MISSION STATEMENT (Our collective commitment to the students in our school community.)

 At Winlaw Elementary School we are committed to producing critical thinking, problem solvers who can collaborate with their peers in a respectful and kind manner. Our hope is that our students will leave Winlaw as mindful, good citizens with a strong grasp of content and the skills to become lifelong learners. As a staff, we are committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all our learners.

 Our School Goal to Strengthen Student Learning

Goal 1 (core literacy): To Identify areas of weakness in reading and increase proficiency in comprehension, accuracy, fluency and efficiency.

 Goal 2 (deeper learning, development of rich learning environments): To encourage environemtnal stewardship with a school wide environmental education program called Winlaw WILD (Winlaw Indigenous Leadership Development)


Winlaw Daily Schedule

7:40 a.m. ————————————————— Supervision Begins

8:10 a.m. ————————————————— Bell

8:10 a.m.—————————————————- Classes Begin

9:50 a.m. ————————————————— Recess

            Everyone is expected to play outside unless the weather is unsuitable.

            Please provide a healthy snack for your child to eat at recess time.

10:10 a.m. ————————————————- Classes Resume

11:30 p.m.————————————————– Lunch Break (Play)

12:15 p.m.————————————————– Lunch Break (Eating)

             Students go outside to play before they eat.

12:15 p.m. ————————————————- Classes Resume

2:03 p.m. ————————————————— Dismissal

2:10 p.m. ————————————————— Busses Leave


 All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten

These are the things I learned:

  • Share everything
  • Play fair
  • Don’t hit people
  • Put things back where you found them
  • Clean up your own mess
  • Don’t take things that are not yours
  • Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody
  • Wash your hands before you eat
  • Flush
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you
  • Take a nap every afternoon
  • When you go out in the world

–          Watch out for traffic

–          Hold hands

–          Stick together

  • Live a balanced life

–          Learn some

–          Think some

–          Draw and paint some

–          Sing and dance some

–          Play and work some


Keep Smiling

SMILING is infectious; you catch it like the flu

When someone SMILED at me today, I started SMILING too

I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin

When he SMILED, I realized its worth,

A single SMILE just like mine could travel ‘round the earth

So if you see a SMILE begin, don’t leave it undetected

Let’s start an epidemic quick and get the world infected

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