Sister Gloria School Newsletter: December 2017

Message from the Principal

This last week before the Christmas break was be busy here at Sister Gloria. On Tuesday we had our annual Christmas Concert. Wednesday the students, staff and elders enjoyed a Christmas Dinner together. On Thursday Santa made a visit to the school to hand out the Christmas gifts.

Friday will be a half day of school. Students will be dismissed at noon for the holidays.

Special thanks to the Little Red River Firefighters for their donation that makes possible the Christmas gifts that we give out.

Thanks to all the parents who came out for Parent/Teacher interviews last week. For those who could not make it your report cards were sent home. If you have not received it yet please call the school and we will get it to you.

Congratulations go out to the Floor Hockey teams that competed in the FNNSP tournament. All four of our teams, elementary, junior boys, girls and senior boys won the gold. We have some really good hockey players here at SGS.

On behalf of the students, staff and board members of SGS I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to a fantastic 2018. School resumes on Wednesday January 3rd.

Mr. Morrison

Special Education

Merry Christmas, y'all! See you in 2018!

Mrs. Coley


Christmas is a wonderful time, but all the change and excitement and stress of holidays can also be upsetting for families. Routines are usually lost during the holidays. Sometimes there are cookies and chocolates around that replace healthy meals. All of this can lead to poor sleeping habits, and this is very hard on children's emotions.

So, how do we keep the holidays both joyful and peaceful for our children?

Here are seven ideas:

-1-Watch for any changes in behaviour. Is your child becoming angry more often, or becoming unusually quiet?

-2-Talk to your children, and find out what worries they might have. Children often worry more than we know!

-3-Know where your children are at all times. They will have a greater sense of security knowing that they have a protective adult making sure that they are okay during the holidays.

-4-Plan ahead. Provide safe, quiet places for your children where they can get away from all the excitement, but still with adult supervision.

-5-Trust your intuition! If you think something is upsetting your child, seek advice from people you trust and respect. Family gatherings remind us of who has passed on, for example, and children may need to be encouraged to speak openly about their loved ones who are no longer with us. Take the opportunity celebrate good memories.

-6-Take care of yourself. Slow down. A child looks to their caregivers to find out if everything is be sure you are relaxed and enjoying the holidays.

-7-Give your children lots of hugs -- the older ones too! After all, Christmas is all about receiving the gift of unconditional Love.

I wish you all warm, safe and very Happy Holidays with family and friends! God bless.
Miss Stephens

Industrial Arts

Hello all, we have had a lot of fun with all of our Christmas projects they all turned out AMAZING!!!! Highschool are almost done the wall framing course and our houses look great. I hope everyone has a good Christmas and new year.

Mr. Stauffer

Physical Education

November was another busy month in the sports department. Our Senior Girls/Boys Volleyball teams traveled to Grande Prairie to compete against some of the top 2A schools in the province. It was a great learning opportunity and motivated the students to come back stronger next year! Way to go volleyball players, Mrs Coley and myself were very proud of your efforts and improvement.

Mr. Stauffer and Jimmy have started an Arctic Winter Games Club on Mondays and Wednesdays, another great sporting activity that the students can participate in.

Our floor hockey teams are in full swing, they are traveling to Chateh to compete Dec 1/2. SGS will be sending five teams: Elementary, Senior Girls, Junior Boys and Senior Boys. Good luck Buffalos!!

December also marks the start of basketball practices.

Have a great Christmas and holiday break.


From the Sports Desk of
Mr. McKay

Outdoor Education

Greetings to you all in this festive season! Throughout November, Outdoor Education students have been studying different types of animal tracks, matching tracks to the correct animals, and learning both the English and Cree names of those animals. Garden River has seen an influx of Wapihiw (Willow Ptarmigan) this winter and Owen D'or treated one of our classes by bringing one in. We dressed it and cooked it right in class. Very tasty!

Mahsi, Creator's blessings to all.
Sweet T

Cree Language and Culture with Niles

In Niles and Doreen's Cree class, we have been learning about the local animals in Cree, where they live and where you are most likely to see them. Kids are really interested in learning about the animals and having fun doing it at the same time. We are so proud of all our students that comes to class

Niles and Doreen

Cree Language and Culture with Violet

In Violet and Connie's class, we have been learning our colours, body parts, months, days of the week, numbers 1-20, doing some crafts and having fun along the way!

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Joyous New year!
Miss Violet Blesse
Mrs. Connie Nanooch

Dear K4 Parents,

December is here already and the children are becoming increasingly excited for the Christmas celebrations. As we wait for the coming of Baby Jesus on Christmas, we will continue spending time learning about the importance of performing acts of kindness to our fellow classmates and friends.

During the last couple of months, we have been working on letter recognition and sounds in the Jolly Phonics program and we have finished our first round of the program. Please continue to read the letters and sound booklet we have sent home with the students. In math, the children will continue to work on counting from 1 to 10, and on recognition of numbers. We have also sent home the first name booklet at the Parent/teacher interviews as ask that you please continue to have the children practice writing their names at home. The children can be proud of the hard work they have been doing.

It’s been a great start to our school year. Thank you for your help with sending your children to school regularly. We look forward to continued learning, having fun and expanding friendships in the year 2018!! We wish your family a happy and healthy holiday break and a very Merry Christmas!!

K4 Teaching Team
Mrs. D’Or & Mrs. Nanooch

Happy Holidays from the K5 room!!!

WOW! We can not believe that Christmas is just around the corner. It has been an exciting time in the Kindergarten room. There have been many successes and a few challenges but overall the students are showing improvement with their skills. The students have continued learning the alphabet letters and sounds and how to print them as well. We have been working on numbers 1 to 10 and are now beginning to learn about numbers 11-20. The students have also been learning about the 5 senses and about cooperating with each other in the class. There has also been various art projects the students have worked on this month, mostly focused on Christmas crafts.

We would like to take this time to say we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018!!!

Mrs. Gladue, Malena Loonskin, and Tanya Nanooch

Grade One

What a busy month! Boy did the Grade Ones every work hard! Most of our time was spent tying up units in a number of subject areas -- covering the last bits and completing unfinished work -- but a good portion of our time was also spent working on skills and attitudes needed to succeed at school and beyond, particularly listening and staying on task. It all sounds a bit exhausting, but we are a tough bunch and we find ways to have some fun! The upcoming Christmas season gave us an excuse to think about more enjoyable things, and everyone jumped in to the preparations with gusto! They certainly earned their angel wings the night of the Christmas concert, and that was all because they stuck with it making their costumes, practicing their songs, and fighting their stage fright. They made it look easy, and I am so proud of them!

Being the last newsletter of 2017, Judy and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years. May your holiday be filled with family, friends, at least one turkey coma, and as many naps as you can fit in! Stay safe this holiday season, wherever you may go.

Ms. Tara Barnett

Merry Christmas from the Grade Two Room!

We have been just gearing up for the holidays by learning about how different countries celebrate Christmas around the world. Since December 1st we have had a special visitor in our classroom. Jingles the elf has been spending his days with us. Every night he reports back to Santa, and sometimes he gets into trouble in our classroom.

We have started our second unit in Science with lots of experiments to determine why some things float, while others do not. We have also started Place Value and are wrapping up our mapping unit.

Mrs. S. and Wynter

Grade 3

From the Grade 3 class..." We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
I hope you enjoy the Christmas Holiday, see you in January!

Ms. Gail John and Kyler Tallcree

Grade 4

Merry Christmas to all from the grade 4 class. This year we had a few bumps but we were able to sort most of them out. Thanks to all who were involved in helping. We are planning to start a few new projects in the new year. One will be a story book. Each class member will be contributing their piece. Happy new year to all.

Mr. Barrymore

Grade 5

Grade 5 has been bustling this past month, finishing up assignments, handing out report cards, and getting ready for the holidays! We are practicing our Christmas concert song, decorating our door like a gingerbread house, and reading all about Harry Potter's adventures!

Building 3D structures during inside lunch!

Cross country skiing with coach Les!
Go Noodle for inside DPA!

Have a wonderful holiday season!
Ms. T and Debra

Grade 6

This year has been flying by so far, I can't believe it's already December! Grade 6 has been doing well so far! Can't wait to see what the New Year brings!

Miss Johnstone

Grade 7 and 8

Merry Christmas!

I hope that everyone has a joyous season and a restful holiday break.

November was another busy month in grade 7/8. We are studying bridges and structures in science with lots of hands on activities. In math we are investigating fractions. In health we are continuing to look at healthy social relationships and in English we are beginning to look at some North American aboriginal stories.

I’m looking forward to what winter and spring have in store for us!

See you in the new year!
Ms. Roop

Grade 9

Happy Holidays! See you in the new year!

Mr. Tyler

High School English and Social Studies

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was not able to make an entry in the newsletter this month.

Miss Livingstone

High School Math and Science

I am so looking forward to the Christmas break. If I was any more excited I would need a straight jacket. Seriously though, it looks like the whole school is excited and eager to have some time off this holiday season. We had a great 2017 and I am hoping that 2018 will be even better.
I was able to enjoy cross country skiing lessons with the kids. We had a staff against student hockey game. Oh yeah, in the classroom we continued studying about the human body and more specifically about genes and heredity.
I am also making plans for a new activity for the students. "Fun With Science". So along with the choice of Movies, Chromebooks and fun with food, they will also have the choice of "fun with Science". I am so looking forward to that.
Have a fantastic Christmas and a truly wonderful 2018

Those long legs belong to me, I took that picture
yes, I am that tall in real life.

Students sitting and watching the hockey game between the teachers and the students.

Sunset in Garden River, and it's only 4:00 PM

Nick Christofalos
Candidate for
best Math and Science Teacher
in Sister Gloria School
for the 2017-2018 School year