Sister Gloria School Newsletter: December 2016


Mr. Morrison (Our School Principal)

Merry Christmas

School will close for the Christmas break on Thursday December 15th and classes will resume on Wednesday January 4th, 2017. I would like to thank the teacher’s and TA’s for all their hard work this first term and for the wonderful Christmas Concert. I would like to thank Child and Family Services (Mamawi Awasis) for the donation of Goodie Bags for all the students. Thank you as well to Mark Garreau. Also a big thank you to the Little Red Forestry Service for their donation which provided every child with a Christmas gift. Thank you to the Little Red River Board of Education for supplying the students with a wonderful Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. It truly does take a village to raise a child. Happy New Year everyone.


Mr. Christofalos

I have made the decision to make a New Year’s resolution this year. I have always been a joker and sometimes I can get into trouble because of my sense of humor. One time in particular, I was teaching in Larissa and there was a student who was in the Junior High Level, His name was ****. He told me that I resemble Mr. Bean. I laughed and said to him, "you know who you look like? that guy from the Lord of the Rings, Gollum". He laughed and said, "Joking right?". I said, "No, you really look like him". It was obviously a joke, but I realize years later when he became a model, and he was being interviewed for a magazine, he actually mentioned his teacher who told him he looked like Gollum. He never mentioned the teachers name, But who else could it have been? It was then that I realized that those words actually hurt his feelings.


Even years later, When he became a model, and obviously a very good looking man, he still remembered how one teacher told him long ago that he looked like Gollum. (above is an actual picture of the student. OH DARN, I DID IT AGAIN, you know, this is not an easy task and it's difficult to keep a new year's resolution like that, But I will try very hard)

My new year’s resolution is to be extra careful how I talk to students. Some simple little joke that we say to them can have a major impact on their self-esteem. I will also ask older siblings, cousins, school mates, and even aunts and uncles to not make the same mistake I made. To treat the younger kids as the delicate individuals that they are.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, We are still working on fractions in math, and studying white blood cells in Biology.
Have a happy Christmas and a New year that was better than the last.


Miss. Nawolski

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Grade 2 room. We have been busy practicing our Christmas song, decorating ornaments to take home for our Christmas trees and other fun holiday activities. We are finishing up our first units in social and science right now too! Holiday cheer can be found in our classroom.


Miss. Townsend

Happy holidays everyone! We have been busy in grade 5 finishing up our physical regions of Canada unit in social studies, and have started multiplication in math! We are busy doing lots of Christmas and winter crafts, including cardboard gingerbread houses, and decorating our door. I hope you all have a wonderful and restful December break, and I am looking forward to continuing our learning in 2017! - Ms. T :-)


Miss. John


​The Grade 3's and I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year! We have been busy, but now it is time for family & friends... Enjoy! See you in January!


Miss. LeLiever

Season’s Greetings from the grade 6 class! December has quickly come upon us, and has brought many changes and excitement to the grade 6 class. The first big change in our classroom is that the grade 6/7 class has become just grade 6. In language arts, we have been continuing to work on reading comprehension. Students have also been introduced to character traits, in which will be utilized in the new year for a focus on writing. In art, we have expanded our artistic talents through recently implementing painting into the classroom. Students have utilized their painting skills on our beautifully decorated door. The grade 6’s came together as a class to design and decorate our classroom door as a gingerbread house with many holiday themed finishing touches. I wish everyone in Garden River a safe and wonderful holiday season.


Ms. Gladue

Hello from the K5 classroom!!!

It is hard to believe that we are already celebrating the Christmas season. Parents, please make sure to practice writing and reading the alphabet letters and sounds and also practice printing and matching numbers to 10. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best in the 2017 school year!

Mrs. Gladue


Ms. Barnett

Myself and the Grade One class would like to wish you much fun, food, and family this holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please stay warm and safe.



Ms. Livingston

Season’s Greetings from the grade 6 class! December has quickly come upon us, and has brought many changes and excitement to the grade 6 class. The first big change in our classroom is that the grade 6/7 class has become just grade 6. In language arts, we have been continuing to work on reading comprehension. Students have also been introduced to character traits, in which will be utilized in the new year for a focus on writing. In art, we have expanded our artistic talents through recently implementing painting into the classroom. Students have utilized their painting skills on our beautifully decorated door. The grade 6’s came together as a class to design and decorate our classroom door as a gingerbread house with many holiday themed finishing touches. I wish everyone in Garden River a safe and wonderful holiday season.


Ms. Alvina D’Or

Tansi parents & guardians, Our students had a busy December month, we continue to do our jolly phonics sounds daily, we've done one Christmas decoration for the children to take home. The Christmas concert performance was a success, considering most of our reindeer got lost on their way to the concert, haha. Santa stopped by to say hello and give our students a present. We would just like to say this class is filled with wonderful students and families and we hope that you all have HAVE a very blessed Merry Christmas.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO STARTING 2017 working with you and your children.







K4 Teaching Team
Mrs. Alvina D’Or
Mrs. Marina Nanooch



Mr. Samson

The past couple weeks have been very hectic in my class. Working of Christmas activities such as coloring contests, door decorations and Christmas concert preparations have been exhausting! I am looking forward to my Christmas holiday with my friends and family in Newfoundland. I wish all the students and staff at Sister Gloria School a safe and happy Christmas and wonderful New Year. See you all on January 4 :D

Mr. Samson


Ms. Wever

Grade Four:
The “Fantastic Fours” are learning and working together in our cozy classroom out in the portable. We love to read our books in the “blue space” and we are working on improving reading
comprehension and fluency. In math we are working on representing numbers - they are getting bigger and bigger, but that doesn’t scare us! We are learning to apply strategies to help us solve problems and cut them down to size!
We also have had a lot of fun getting ready for Christmas, writing about the holidays and creating seasonal art projects, as well as preparing for our performance in the Christmas concert.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and many happy times spent with family and friends this holiday season!


Mr. Thiessen

To celebrate this Christmas season, I would like to share a funny story with you:

One day in early September the chief of a First Nations band was asked by his people if it was going to be a cold or warm Christmas. The chief asked his elders, but they really did not know and had forgotten the old ways of predicting the coming seasons. However, the chief decided to take a modern approach, and phoned the National Weather Service.

'Yes, it is going to be a cold Christmas,' the meteorological officer told the chief. So, he went back to his nation and told the men to collect plenty of firewood. A month later the chief called the Weather Service and asked for an update. 'Are you still forecasting a cold Christmas?' he asked. 'Yes, very cold', the weather officer told him. This time the chief went back to the nation and told his people to collect every bit of wood they could find. Just after Halloween the chief called the National Weather Service once more and asked about the coming Christmas 'Yes,' he was told, 'it is going to be one of the coldest Christmas' ever.' 'How can you be so sure?' the chief asked. The weatherman replied: 'Because the Natives from the reserve are collecting wood like crazy.'