Sister Gloria School Newsletter: November and December 2018

Message from the Principal

The past few weeks here at Sister Gloria have been busy.

Thanks to the students/parents for supporting our first Scholastic Book Fair. We sold over $2,600.00 dollars worth of books and in turn received over a $1,000.00 worth of new books for our library.

Thanks to the community for coming out to our Annual Turkey Bingo we raised over $1,800.00 to support student activities in the school.

This year parent/teacher interviews were the best in a long time. We had a very good turn out of parents and it was nice to see you here.

The Christmas concert will be held December 4th and the Student/Elder Christmas Dinner will be held on December 6th.

Santa Day will be held on Wednesday December 12th. We will again this year be taking pictures of the students with Santa. We will be starting at 11:00 am and finishing in the afternoon.

On behalf of the students and staff I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. School Christmas break begins on December 14th at noon and the first day back for students will be January January 3rd, 2019.

Mr. Morrison

Special Education

Can you believe it is already Christmas Holidays???? We certainly cannot, here in the special education room! November and December were both extremely busy months. We baked cookies and muffins and the life skills class delivered them to some greatly deserving elders in town. The school held a beautiful remembrance day ceremony and a festive Christmas concert. We had lots of visitors from specialists who are here to help our students, and have finished with all our individualized plans. We can’t wait for 2019 and what excitement it brings. Sadly Mrs. Coley will be leaving our room to go on maternity leave. We wish her and Mr. MacKay nothing but the best in this new chapter of their life with their new little girl. We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday filled with family, friends, and wonderful moments!

Until next year,
Jenn Roop
and Mrs. Coley
Special Education Teachers


Thank you to Sarah-Lee, Layia, Ciara, Honey and Kiana for helping decorate my door with a “To-Do List” that reminds us of important things in life!
In November, we spent time remembering those who passed on during the wars. This holiday, many families will remember someone whose presence will be missed at Christmas dinner. It’s important for each person to have a chance to talk about the happy memories they have of the family member who has passed on. Family gatherings during the holidays are a good time to do this
It’s also important to make new memories! Our family members who have passed on would want us to live life to the fullest. Don’t forget to take pictures, write letters, and maybe even keep a family journal of the fun you had together over Christmas 2018! Here are some ideas for making new memories as a family.
Build a snow cave!
Challenge a few other families, and see which family can boast the best snow cave! You can even sleep in it, unless your pet dog decides he likes it for a dog house! Warning: this project can last several days, depending on how many people help out, and how big the snow cave is. And make sure an adult gives the cave a thumbs-up before small kids crawl inside. Safety First! There are a lot of fun videos with ideas of how to do this. This is my favourite one:

Winter Hike through the Woods!
All you need is a family, a camera, and a bunch of really warm layers of clothing that you can put on and take off as needed. It’s even more fun if you bring some dry wood and matches, pieces of blue foamie or cardboard (to keep your warm clothes dry when you sit in the snow or on a log) and marshmallows, of course! This will almost certainly involve a snowball fight, but make sure you save that until the end, when you’re almost at home. The pot of hot chocolate awaits!
Family Pizza night!
Kids of all ages enjoy spreading their own pizza dough and putting on their own toppings. All you need is a tube of Pillsbury Pizza Dough (or make your own – it’s easy!) plus whatever you find in the fridge. Here are some photos that will give you ideas:
Have you played these games?
What do you do with a house full of cousins you haven’t seen in awhile? Well, if you haven’t played a late-night game of Risk, Settlers of Catan, or Ticket-to-Ride, it’s time to join in the fun! Plus, it’s a great way to get re-acquainted with extended family. These are all great games for teenagers and young adults, but the smaller kids can get involved too by playing in pairs with an older sibling. These games are a bit pricey so you might want to borrow one, or give one as a family gift. They also take a little while to learn, but it’s worth it!
Also, if you want to play some circle games that are simple to prepare and easy to learn, some of our high school students can help you out. The Poor Ping Pong Ball, the Stick of Doom, the Soda Cracker Challenge, the Sour Face Challenge, and the Tim Tam Slam are all examples of good, clean, silly fun that the whole family can enjoy.
Gift of Time
Sometimes the holidays get so busy we don’t make time to stop and visit with our immediate family members. Even a few minutes of one-on-one time with each of them can make this Christmas more precious than the one before.
Share the Joy!
If any SGS family does keep a photo journal (a few pictures with brief descriptions) of at least three creative family fun events over the holidays, please send them to Miss Stephens at after the holidays. I would like to highlight your family fun in the January newsletter!

Warm Holiday Hugs from Miss Stephens, School Wellness Counsellor

Industrial Arts

Hello, everyone we have had an action packed time getting ready for Christmas and the end of 2018. The grade 6 class finished the first projects of the year and turned out great. Our highschool students worked collaboratively on building wooden reindeer to decorate the school yard with. Looking forward to the new year and new projects. Hope everyone has an amazing holiday season.

Till next year, Mr. Stauffer

Physical Education

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

From the Sports Desk of
Mr. McKay

Outdoor Education

The holidays are almost upon us and so it's a good time to reflect on what has happened this past month in Outdoor Education. We began by going to the bush and photographing animal tracks we found. Students then studied the tracks back at school on a computer and determined which animals had made them. Once students were comfortable identifying the more common tracks, we went back to the bush and set snares for wapos (snowshoe hare) and ankwatchas (red squirrel). Although a few catches were unfortunately discovered by wolves first, Raylene and Kaylene managed to bring home the first wapos! November was finished off by a visit from our friend Les and his team at Spirit North. Not only did we have a great day of cross-country skiing, but we also received over 25 new sets of skis, boots and poles!

Mahsi, Creator's blessings to all.
Sweet T

Cree Language and Culture with Niles

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


Cree Language and Culture with Violet

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

Miss Violet Blesse
Mrs. Connie Nanooch

Dear K4 Parents,

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

Mrs. D’Or & Mrs. Nanooch

K-5 Classroom

November has been a busy month for us in the Kindergarten class room. We have been working hard still learning our numbers 0-10, learning our alphabet letters and sounds, and learning about our colours. We also started a new unit on countries around the world and the five senses. The Kindergarten students are also continuing to work on their cooperation skills through centre time. The students completed crafts for Remembrance Day and they did a great job at the school's Remembrance Day ceremony.
We would like to take this time to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We wish all the best for each student and their family during this holiday season. See you in the New Year!

Mrs. Gladue, Mrs. Nanooch, Mrs. D'Or

Grade One

These last two months have been a whirlwind, with Remembrance Day, report cards, and all the Christmas preparations! We made wreaths and poppies and talked about what Remembrance Day means. We did tons of art for Christmas, practiced every day for the Christmas concert, ate a fancy lunch while we showed respect for Elders in our community, had a Christmas party to celebrate the holiday and all our hard work, and soon will get presents while we visit with Santa. And in between all of that the Grade Ones worked so hard! In Language Arts there was the alphabet and our names and in Math there was patterns. We studied colours in Science and communities in Social Studies. Throughout it all they learned more about dealing with classmates and friends with kindness and consideration, and have really matured as members of the school community. Myself Judy Blesse and Tani Blesse are all so very proud of them and hope you are too!

All of us in Grade One wish you the happiest and most peaceful of holidays with your family and friends. May both your tummies and your hearts be full!

Ms. Tara Barnett

Grade 2 Classroom

November has been a busy month with the Grade 2s. We continue to work on our phonetic recognition. In math, we have moved onto skip counting by 2s and 5s. We have been keeping busy indoors with the change in weather. We learnt about poppy’s and why we wear them.

It was wonderful to see parents during the book fair and parent teacher interviews. If you ever have questions or concerns please feel free to come in and talk to me!

I am sure you have heard we have some little helpers in our room until Christmas. Ask your children what our friends Sparkle and Jingle have been up to.

Until next month,

Mrs. Stauffer and Wynter

Grade 3

November was a month of finishing up these units: Ukraine and Animal Life Cycles. We continue on Different ways of learning about numbers, and our Language Arts: Spelling, Reading eggs, and making words. Our learning environment has improved since most students have settled into our rules, routines and procedures. Happy holidays!

Ms. Gail John and Kyler Tallcree

Grade 4

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

Mr. Pike

Grade 5

November saw us begin literacy centres in grade 5! This includes reading with a partner, writing, spelling, and working with Ms. T or Debra to develop our skills. We enjoyed the book fair and parent teacher interviews. Families, if you were unable to attend PTIs but would like to talk to me, please don’t hesitate to call or visit the school. I would love to talk to you about your child! We are continuing to encourage the kids to practice their skills at home - this can include reading with a family member, helping count money to pay at a store, or going on Mathletics and Reading Eggs. Looking forward to December!

Ms. T and Debra

Grade 6

Hello Everyone!

The year is continuing to fly by, with November already over! The grade 6 class had a good month, learning new things and practicing our reading and writing skills. The class made a wreath for the Remembrance Day ceremony and enjoyed learning about all of Canada's contributions around the world. We are excited for December!

Miss Johnstone and Brenna

Grade 7

Grade 7 had a very successful and busy November and December. The focus for early November was Remembrance Day with the class making wreaths and looking at why we take the time to remember all those that gave their lives for us. The class were excited for the rink to be completed and have enjoyed some fun sessions out on the ice. The lead up to Christmas has been hectic but the Grade 7s performed and excellent rendition of the 12 names in Garden for the Christmas concert. In science there has been a focus on structures which had led to a number of fun and interesting building challenges including, bridge building and snowman construction. After the success of the pumpkin carving in October the class were determined to taste victory again and were just as successful in the Christmas door decorating competition. Have a great Christmas and a happy new year from all of us in Grade 7.

Mr. Crick

Grade 8 and 9

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

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

We had a beautiful Remembrance Day ceremony to honour the truly brave and heroic people who sacraficed so much so we can enjoy the freedom we have. In this day and age we use the word bravery for petty things.
I look at all the brave people who fought so hard to give the gift of freedom to people they have never even met.
To risk everything, even your life for something you believe in. There is nothing more brave than that.

You probably thought I was done right? Without a word about Christmas? I don't think so.
I can't wait for Christmas to arrive. I love this Christian holiday where it seems as if everyone, even non christians take the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Love and joy to all of you and your families on this joyous holiday.

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