Sister Gloria School Newsletter: November 2016


Mr. Morrison (Our School Principal)

Merry Christmas to all staff, students, parents and community from Sister Gloria School. There are a number of events happening this month in our school. The annual Turkey Bingo will be taking place next Tuesday evening, December 6th. Parent/teacher interviews will be taking pace on Wednesday December 7th from 3:00PM to 6:00pm. We will be holding our Christmas Concert on Tuesday December 13th at 7:00pm. The students will be getting a visit from Santa Claus on Wednesday Decmber 14th and I beleive he will be deliviering something special for each student. Sister Glorian students Christmas Dinner will be held on Wednesday December 14th .

School resumes on Wednesday January 4th, 2017 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.


Mr. Christofalos

I think this is a good time to mention something that a lot of us take for granted. Every morning when I come to work I look around at how beautiful the surrounding area is. The way the snow and frost clings to the trees. And the way the snow actually glistens when the light shines on it. We sometimes had days like this in drumheller. I would wake up and look outside and see the morning frost on the trees and the white of the snow. And I knew that if I wanted to take a picture of it, I had to do it fast because this type of thing would only last for a couple of hours. Once the sun would come up, all the frost would quickly go away and that nice coating of snow on the trees would fall down.


Those of you who were here last year probably remember the first frosty day we had. I was in a panic to run home and get my camera so I can take a picture before it goes away. I also remember people at the school laughing. When I told why I was in such a hurry. Little did I know how long the frost lasts here.

I truly feel lucky to be here, in the clean nature, surrounded by beauty everywhere I look

Oh yes, I almost forgot. In the classroom I have decided to spend more time sharpening up past concepts in a mastery review. My goal is to have the students know certain concepts very well. The chosen areas I am going to be working on, and have been working on are: Trigonometry, Algebra, and Fractions. Once they become experts at that, Math will be a breeze. I am also spending time working on the immune system and blood cells in Biology,

Also, some of you may have noticed that Mr. Weever is not at the school right now.

Mr. Weever is recovering from his hip surgery right now, so we don’t have an entry this month. We wish him well, and we are looking forward to him returning to us in February stronger than ever.


Miss. Nawolski

We have been hard at work and having fun in the Grade 2 room. We're exploring liquids in science. The kids have had fun with investigating how liquids such as water react when they are in different containers. We have continued strengthening our classroom community and have been exploring types of communities. The kids have had fun painting and using technology to improve their numeracy and literacy. Just look at our cooperative skills and engagement while using iPads!




Miss. Townsend

Currently, the grade 5s are working hard on lots of things! We are busy practicing our Christmas concert song (it's a secret, but you're not going to want to miss it!!!), and are about to start our cardboard gingerbread house construction. We are busy working on being friendly to our classmates, and not teasing. Our class has also gone pop and candy free! Please encourage your students to leave it at home :) Have a great December!


Miss. John

Hello Garden River Community! Wow, it is already December, I guess it's true that, "time flies when you're having fun". The Grade 3's are a great bunch of kids that come to school and really work hard academically and behaviorally. Keep up the awesome job! Let's work on attending school on a regular basis, Grade 3's




Miss. LeLiever

In the grade 6/7 class we have continued to work on appropriate classroom behavior as well as how to be more responsible school citizens. In Social Studies, we have started on our second unit on democracy. Recently, we have been focusing on The Charter of Rights and Freedoms within Canada. In Math, we are continuing to work through the patterns and relations unit with a new focus on variables and algebraic expressions. In Science, we have been continuing to learn more about interactions and ecosystems, with a focus on animal adaptations and food webs. In our art classes, students have been working on various projects, continuing to improve on their drawing skills and creativity. In December, we will be focusing on Christmas themed artwork that will be displayed within our classroom!


Ms. Gladue

Hello from the K5 room!
We are off to a roaring start to the school year. The students are working hard learning the alphabet letters and sounds. They have also been working on learning, writing, and counting numbers to 10. Now we are working on Christmas concert and doing various activities related to Christmas.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday with your families.
Mrs. Gladue and Roderick Blesse


Ms. Barnett

Hello everyone. My name is Tara Barnett and I am your Grade One teacher here at Sister Gloria School. Although this is not my first year teaching, it is my first year teaching elementary and I am so thrilled to be able to spend my time all day with your little ones! Over the last two months we have been working very hard. In Language Arts and Math we have learned how to write our names first, then our letters and numbers, and we worked with patterns. In Science we learned about colours: what they are, how to make them, and how to change them. In Social Studies we are in the process of learning about Garden River and other communities in Canada and how we fit in. But probably the most important thing we have done is to learn about how to be big kids in school and what we need to do in order to do our jobs properly. I am very proud of the Grade Ones and what they have been able to accomplish so far, and I am excited to see what else they can do! Here are some pictures of our class working hard and having fun. Come visit us sometime.




Ms. Livingston

Hello my name is Ms. Livingston and I teach high school English and Social Studies. Currently in English the students are studying Shakespeare, with the grade 10's looking at A Midsummer Night's Dream and the grade 11's doing Macbeth. In Social Studies the seniors are exploring the ideas that make up our ideology and identity and preparing for the Provincial exam at the end of term.


Ms. Alvina D’Or

K4 Classroom

Our first couple of months in K4 have been a great success! The boys and girls have done a great job of adjusting to our daily routine. We continue to review classroom rules and procedures on a daily basis as well as having the children participate in our morning/story circle time. Since September we have been working with the Jolly Phonics program with our students on a daily basis, we do a new sound and action everyday. Jolly Phonics has 7 sound groups with 42 sounds and actions altogether. Currently our students have completed 5 groups out of 7 to date, so that means we have learned 30 sounds. We have also been working on our beginning printing skills, writing their names and also working on their cutting and pasting skills in class. The months have flown by so fast, we are just amazed by how fast the children are learning and and by how enthusiastic they are when we do activities in class. We are also looking forward to performing for the parents in the upcoming Christmas concert this month. If you have any questions, concerns, volunteer in our class, don’t hesitate to drop by for a visit.






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



Mr. Samson

My name is Mr. Samson, I am the Grader 8/9 teacher at Sister Gloria School in Garden River. This is my 12th year of teaching. I spent the first 11 years of my career in Nunavut as a Junior High/Senior High teacher.
I am originally from River of Ponds, Newfoundland. I really like coaching and playing sports like hockey and soccer. My favorite teams are the Vancouver Canucks and New York Yankees!!!
So far this year in Math we have been doing various kinds of graphs and graphing, in Science Light and Optics, a Social Studies unit on Japan and many other things.
I am liking the experience of being in Garden River so far! My students have been really helpful so far, I look forward to a great year!


Ms. Gatenby

Every week, two lucky students who have demonstrated excellent hallway behaviour win the Sister Gloria School Star Draw. Elementary School winners get to choose from a variety of cool toys, and Jr. & Sr. High School winners get to select from various gift cards valued at $25 each. Here's some photos of some of our lucky winners so far!












Mr. Thiessen

This November the elementary students learned about the sakaw mostos. We looked back at how the Plains Cree traditionally hunted the bison and at the degree to which it was a fundamental part of their lives. The junior and senior highs spent time in the bush setting snares (for ankwacas and wapos) and collecting waskway bark to make spoons.