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Welcome to the Windebank Elementary School Website:

Welcome to Windebank Elementary School, located in beautiful Mission, British Columbia, Canada. Our students range in age from Strong start through to Grade Six. Our school offers a variety of experiences for students in the area of sports, music, and creative thinking.

Here you will find information relevant for parents and students of Windebank., and some information on our Early Learning Centre. Please have a look around to learn more about our school's philosophy and expectations. Check back often for new updates.

Windebank Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a positive learning environment which will inspire everyone to believe in their ability to develop a healthy lifestyle and pursue their goal of a successful rewarding future.

"If you believe it, you can achieve it."


*******Windebank is NUT Aware***********

Windebank has several students who have a serious allergy to all tree nuts, known as Anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. As a result Windebank Elementary is a "Peanut Aware Zone". Please help us keep our school safe by following these simple rules:

1. Do not send or bring any nuts or nut products into the school
2. If you or your child eats peanut butter before coming to school please make sure hands and
face are washed.
3. Do not share any food at school.

This Week at Windebank!

Monday September26th


Tuesday September 27th

Cops 4 Cancer tour 10am

Wednesday September 28th


Thursday September 29th


Friday September 30th

Little Readers 9 - 10am

Orange Shirt Day

Movie Night 6pm


September 30th, Orange Shirt Day

orange shirt

Friday, September 30th, is Orange Shirt Day in BC!
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. 
It grew out of Phyllis’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 
The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.


Photo Day is October 4th, 2016


Tuesday, October 4th is individual student photo day at Windebank. Photo's start around 8:45am so make sure you're on time.



Roots and Fall



Currently, there is a lot of change taking place with the direction of learning in British Columbia. Part of this change has to do with the B.C. curriculum and the change from outcome focuses to competency based focus. Parents should be watching and listening to what is happening by visiting the ministry website and getting some background information on what these changes might look like. Check out the faq page that gives parents some rationale for the changes in the curriculum.

As schools change to the new curriculum in September 2016, there is much excitement that teachers will be able to dig deeper into learning making it more meaningful, engaging and connected to the real world through skills that students can apply as they grow up and become citizens in our society.



Click Here for Windebank 2016/17 School Supply list

Kindergarten 2016/17 School Supplies list

(To purchase items in store)


Volunteers Needed!

Windebank needs Parents to help out during the school week with the following:

If you are available to help out please contact the PAC at:

We also have a Facebook page:


Red Cross

Calling all Grade 6's that want to be a babysitter!

Windebank will be hosting the Red Cross Babysitter training course on Friday, October 21st.

Please check out the registration form for more information:

Red Cross Registration Form


Mission Public Library

Make sure to check out these events at the Mission Public Library this month: or check out the latest library programs at

Talk Like a Pirate Day Puppet Show Monday, Sept 19, 3:30 - 5 pm Yo Ho Ho and a bundle of books! You’d best be coming down to the old Mission Library and party like a Pirate! Make a pirate hat, earn your PSL Certificate (Pirate as a Second Language). Hear some Pirate Jokes, Pirate Stories, and a Pirate Puppet Show!

LEGO Club Tuesdays, Sept 20 - Dec 13; 3:30 - 4:30 pm We provide the LEGO, you bring your imagination! Come play, create and experiment.  

Make It and Take it Craft Program Wednesdays, Sept 28, Oct 26; 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Want to create something cool and learn something new? Each month we’ll have a different project and all the materials needed to complete it. Take the finished product home and wow your family. 

Chalk it Up! Friday, Sept 30,  3:30 - 4:30pm Bring your ideas and join us to celebrate Culture Days by decorating the plaza outside the library with chalk!  

A Boo-tastic Puppet Show Tuesday, Oct 25;  6:45 - 7:30 pm Put on your Halloween costume and scurry down to the library for a not-very-scary storytime! There will be songs, stories, and a boo-tiful puppet show.


Little Readers at Windebank!

Calling all 3 & 4 year olds!

Windebank's Little Readers drop - in sessions begin on Friday, September 16th in the library at Windebank Elementary school. Sessions start at 9am and will run for approximately 1 hour.

We ask that a parent or guardian stays with their child and joins in the fun!

Our program will include story time a craft activity involving fine motor skills and the opportunity to make new friends.

Windebank's Little Readers program is led by parent volunteer, Megan Simmons who organizes and facilitates the program.

little reader


Bus Transportation Registration for 2016-17

Families are advised that registration of students for bus transportation for the 2016-17 school year will run from May 3rd through June 30th, 2016. In order to ride a district school bus, all new and returning riders must complete a registration form each year.

Registration can be initiated by using our online bus registration form, or in person at the Transportation Department (NEW LOCATION) located at 33919 Dewdney Trunk Road, during the business hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. M-F. Please note, registration is not considered complete until full payment is received. If you are using the online form, you will be contacted directly by the Transportation office regarding payment arrangements.

Students who qualify to use district transportation services but have not registered by June 30th, or students who are cross boundary students, are not guaranteed transportation as it will depend on availability of service.

Any registrations received after the June 30th deadline will incur a 20% surcharge.

The Transportation office will be closed between July 1st and August 19th, 2016.  Online registrations may still be submitted during this time.


Science Rocks Summer Camps at UFV this July and August, 2016

Click on the link below for more information:



Thank You for Supporting the 2015 Christmas Store

Thank you Windebank community for all the generous donations that we received this year for the Christmas Store. It was another great success thanks to the hard work of our PAC and due to the generosity of the Windebank Community. Each student was able to take home two presents, and spend the day full of the spirit of giving! Thank you all again.

Bikes for Books

Windebank is very happy to again this year be part of the "Bikes for Books" program. This is sponsored by Pacific Lodge 16 of the BC, Yukon Freemason, A.F. & A.M. This program is open to all Windeabank students in Grades 3 and 4. Please check out the contest form at the office for more information.


Thank you Windebank families for suppoting our Book Fair!

The Pit Stop is now open – Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at lunch time every week.  

Please note: The Pit Stop has extras for the kids to purchase but the Pit Stop is not equipped to replace their lunch.    

Burger and Beverage Night

Thank you to all the families and businesses that supported the Windebank PAC's 2015 Burger and Beverage event on Saturday! Please check out the link below for a list of all the generous sponsors!

2015 Burger and Beverage Thank You's



Letter from Ministry of Education on 2015 New Curriculum

2015 2016 School Supply List

2015-16 District Calendar

2015-2016 Windebank Bell Schedule

Strong Start at Windebank is open

Mon/Weds/Thurs 8:30 - 11 Grow

What is StrongStart?

A place where…families are valued and recognized as their child's very first and most important teacher
A place that…models and supports family literacy
A place to…meet other children and their families
A place which… reflects the language and cultures of the community
A place where…information on parenting concerns, child development, school facilities, and local community resources are readily available
A place where…learning is fun. Parents and caregivers play alongside their child, therefore encouraging early learning.
A place where…children can develop emotionally, socially, physically, cognitively

StrongStart is designed for preschool aged children and their parent/caregiver; however children from birth to six years of age are very welcome. We encourage the whole family to join us.

Why StrongStart?

One of the objectives of StrongStart is to ensure a successful transition into kindergarten. Families
who attend StrongStart become very comfortable in a school setting.

Their active involvement in their children's education is ensured through the early positive connection. Through play based problem solving activities found at StrongStart children can develop the literacy and numeracy concepts they need to have in place for success in kindergarten.

What We Do at Strongstart!

We play! - Play is the most effective way for young children to learn.

Drama station:
Children are given opportunities to learn about relationships. Through role playing they begin to understand others’ needs, wants, ideas and feelings; therefore they begin to explore the concept of empathy. They are encouraged to develop their imaginations enhancing their understanding of another person’s perception. The drama station encourages children to learn the social graces/niceties such as taking turns, listening to others, and sharing materials and space.

Construction station:
Children can construct and reconstruct their world. They’re encouraged to learn about shape, design and structure. Develop mathematical concepts such as size, measurement and weight and show pride in the structures they create.

Math/Manipulatives station:
Children are encouraged to learn how to discriminate and classify using clues of sizes, shape, colour and detail. They learn to count materials, relay patterns and to sequence. Children are also given opportunities to develop their small muscle control through manipulating small objects, a skill needed in the future when they are learning to print.

When and where is StrongStart?

Strong Start is a drop-in- program, parents and caregivers can come with their children to any location, at any time, during the hours posted below.

Windebank Elementary School

33570 - 11th Ave.
Mission, BC
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8:30-11:30 am
During school days

What is the cost of StrongStart?

There is no cost to families to participate

New School hours

With the addition of four days to Spring Break this year, Windebank Elementary will cover the missed instructional time with the following changes. 2015/16 school hours, beginning September 9th, are:

8:30 - 2:21pm

Click Below for information on any of the following:

Year End 2015

A Tale of Two Very Important People

Windebank Growth Plan for 2015-16

Scholastic Learning Zone

Click Below for Bullying Info or

to Report Bullying



Windebank Elementary

The Latest News

For the latest events and news, click here to see our monthly newsletter.

Text Box: Windebank Elementary School  COMMUNICATION      

Literacy In Mission

"Literacy arouses hopes, not only in society as a whole but also in the individual who is striving for fulfillment, happiness and personal benefit by learning how to read and write. Literacy ...means far more than learning how to read and write...The aim is to transmit knowledge and promote social participation."

UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg, Germany

To see Mission's Community Literacy Plan, click on the following link 


In the front of the school's foyer…you'll find the LOST - n – FOUND. Parentsare welcome to come and check out the new system implemented and monitored by PAC. We are trying to make it neater, easier & keep it off the floors. Please help us in checking with your children re: missing clothing. There have been some awesome jackets, shirts, hoodies… etc, that a parent must be looking for.

Click here to see how it works!




Health Link


HealthLinkBC is the gateway to access, non-emergency health information services in BC.   It is a phone number (8-1-1) and it is a website ( It is also a collection of print (BC HealthGuide handbook and HealthLinkBC Files), and telephone resources, which put both services and health information into the hands of BC residents.

International Program

The Mission School District International Student Program Invites You …

The Mission School District International Student Program is currently looking for nurturing host families to provide a welcoming “home away from home” for our visiting elementary and secondary students. We are particularly in need of homes for elementary students. These paid positions are a wonderful opportunity to share your heart and your home as well as our great Canadian culture with young visitors from around the world. Student placements range from 2 weeks to 2 years! We invite you to complete our On-line Application Form to become a host family and be a part of our exciting International Student program. Please complete all 5 sections of the On-line Application Form and we will be happy to contact you for a follow up home visit.

Go to:; Host Family; On-line Application Form.

For more information, please call: 604-826-6286 Ex. 3336









Contact Us:

Windebank Elementary
33570 - 11th Avenue
Mission, B.C., Canada
V2V 6Z2

Ph: 604 826 2213
Fx: 604 826 7381



Jason Obert


Teresa Stefanek

Windebank Daily Schedule

8:30 - School Day Begins

10 - 10:15 - Recess

11:45 - 12:30 - Lunch

2:23 - Dismissal


2016 - 17 District Calendar

2016-2017 MPSD District Calendar



WestCoast Recess and Lunch Information


Upcoming Dates


Sept. 30th - Movie Night 6pm

Sept. 30th - Little Readers 9 - 10am

Sept. 30th - Orange Shirt Day


Oct. 3rd - Student/Virtue of the Month Assembly 8:45am

Oct. 4th - Student Picture Day

Oct. 10th - Thanksgiving - School Closed

Oct. 15th - PAC Burger and Beverage Evening

Oct. 21st - Prov. Prof. Dev. Day

Oct. 21st - Babysitting First Aid Course

Oct. 24th - Non - Instructional Day

Oct. 28th - Halloween Bazaar


Nov. 11th - Remembrance Day


Dec. 16th - Last Day before Winter Break


Student/Parent Handbook 2015