Sister Gloria School Newsletter:
September, The Month That Was

Message from the Principal

This being the first newsletter of the year I would like to welcome our two new staff members, Mr. Jason Pike in Grade 4 and Mr. John Crick in Grade 7.

This past month has been busy here with the start of extra curricular and the start of a new school year. I would like to encourage all students to work on their attendance at school. The numbers seem low and with this being nominal role time we need the students to be attending so that we can continue getting the funding we need to operate this school. We need the parents' help also in getting their children to school.

I would like to thank all the staff who have volunteered to be coaches and assistant coaches this year and those who are doing other activities in the school. I know the students enjoy these activities and they would not be possible without your dedication.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and enjoy your long weekend.

Mr. Morrison

Special Education Toddler to Grade 6

In Spec Ed this month, we have been benchmarking students and getting our programs/schedule in order. We are looking forward to October!

Mrs. Coley

Special Education Grade 7 to Grade 12

Fall has officially arrived in Garden River! I have switched roles this year from grade 7/8 to special education for junior and senior high! I am excited to be working with more students and being able to provide support so that all students at SGS can be successful in School! This month in Special Education we have been busy moving into our new room and benchmarking all students from grades 1-9. I have also met all the potential graduates and will be working with them so that they can stay on track to graduate this coming June. I am also helping coach the senior high girls volleyball team this year who have been busy travelling to many games through the area!

Until next month,
Jenn Roop


At Sister Gloria School, our Counselling program is NOT just about helping someone through a rough day, though all of us have rough days from time to time. It’s actually more about personal growth and wellness: believing in beautiful possibilities for your life at school and beyond.
So, you don’t have to have a bad day to make an appointment with your school counsellor! You just have to be open to understanding yourself and others, and maybe falling in love with life in a new way. In fact, this will be the theme of our Mental Health program this year!
Parents! As you can see, our counselling program is for everyone. Please stop by the office and sign consents for each of your children to visit the School Counsellor, and stop by the Counselling room in the far corner, near the small gym. You are always welcome, and I hope to get to know you all.

Miss Stephens

Industrial Arts

Hello everyone, I am very excited to be back at SGS for another school year. Hope everyone had a great summer. I am looking forward to an exciting year in shop, this year we will be continuing with our woodworking program and will also be joining JDP in the CO2 car building.

Mr. Stauffer

Physical Education

Hello SGS, Welcome back to a new busy sports year!

We had the LRRBE cross country race last week, SGS won the overall points as well as having 14 runners qualify for divisionals on October 2 in Rocky Lane.

We have 5 volleyball teams practicing and playing this year! Our elementary teams played a fun volleyball exhibition against Fox Lake in mid September. Our junior high teams travelled to John D’or And represented SGS very well. Both our SR boys and girls teams are registered in the High Level League this year- the boys and girls are both gaining valuable experience. The girls travelled to Rainbow Lake where they lost two close games, the boys travelled to Rocky Lane where they won both games against JDP and Rocky Lane!

Thank you to all the coaches who are volunteering their time, without you these teams could not happen!

From the Sports Desk of
Mr. McKay

Outdoor Education

Our first week of Outdoor Education was spent hiking through the bush, collecting all species of plants we could find growing either berries or flowers. The students had fun scavenging in the forest, after which we brought what we found inside to first identify, and then investigate if/how each plant can be used medicinally.
Week two was spent canoeing at the second dugout. With two canoes, 6 of us would hit the swamp together. We got used to seeing the resident beaver of the area hard at work, and enjoyed watching Belted Kingfishers scan the area for food. Weeks 3 and 4 have been spent camping at the school cabins. Nestled against the backdrop of the Caribou Mountains, students enjoy exploring the area, hunting for pihiw, studying birds, looking for tracks, and finding waskway to start our fires.
All in all, it's been a great start to the school year!

A caterpillar found by Bryan

Big Jon tying up the mint to dry

Danton preparing the wild mint for tea

Grade 6s out for a canoe ride

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 for 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,

September has come and gone. In K3 we hagve made new friends got in contact with last year's buddies and there are a few still trickling in.... We still have room for little eager learners in our class. If any parent wants their child to join us please fill out and return a registration form. This month we have learned our sounds "S.A.T and numbers 1 and 2". We mostly do crafts and practice using our large motor skills. The excitment this month is we got to test out brand new play ground. We welcome our K3 students to our class. CallumNanooch, Connor Nanooch, Selena Blesse, Tessa Nanooch, Dabastian Alook, April D'Or, Lanace D'Or, Nipin Nanooch, Caleb Loonskin

Mrs. D’Or & Mrs. Nanooch

K-5 Classroom

Welcome Back to School Students and Parents!!

The beginning of this school year in Kindergarten has been wonderful!!!!! The students have come into the classroom every day with a smile on their face and an eagerness to learn. This month we have been learning how to work with the other students in the class, learning the class and school rules, learning our alphabet letters and sounds, learning numbers to 10, learning our colours, and learning all about each other in an All About Me unit. The students are also getting to experience playing educational games on the iPads, colouring skills, and playing on the new playground equipment outside. The students are experiencing a lot of "firsts" and are having a fun time learning those things. Please feel free to stop by and visit our class any time you have a chance.

The Kindergarten Instructor Team
Mrs. Gladue, Mrs. Nannoch, Mrs. D'Or

Grade One

Hello everyone! My name is Tara Barnett and I am very happy to be back in Garden River teaching Grade One for another year. This month our very large and active class has been working hard getting used to being in class again after two months. We have been learning or reviewing in-class basics like asking for a turn to speak, listening and working quietly and lining up quickly. We have also worked on proper behaviour in the bathroom, lunch room and hallways, and out in the playground. In particular we have talked about and begun to practice how to handle conflicts with classmates and other students in the school. Through it all, though, we have been having fun learning and playing with each other. Just look at some of these smart cookies!

Ms. Tara Barnett

Grade 2 Classroom

It has been a great start to the school year. This year the Grade 2 room will be have two different teachers for part of the day. Mrs. S. teaches the kids language, math and art. Ms. Livingston is with the students for science, social, and health.

The Grade twos have been busy working on phonics, place value and learning about colours. It has been a busy and fun start of the school year.

Please remember that students should be bringing home a weekly behaviour chart with comments every Monday/Tuesday for the previous week.

Busy Reading

fall leaf paintings

Looking forward to a great year at SGS.

Mrs. Stauffer

Grade 3

It is "Back to School" at Garden River! September was a busy month in the Grade 3 class...we have been working on daily routines and starting on our first is a picture of some of the grade 3's.

Ms. Gail John and Kyler Tallcree

Grade 4

The Grade Fours have been working hard and playing hard.

When not in the classroom, the Grade Fours can often be found on the brand new playground.

One memorable gym period featured a visit from Alien Inline where the Grade Fours got to practice their skating. Today, the gym - one day, Team Canada!

Mr. Pike

Grade 5

Hi everyone, September has been a busy month for the grade 5 class! We have been working on settling into routines, reviewing our math facts, and working on learning specific reading strategies. Students have been building their reading stamina, enjoying playing on our brand new play ground, and learning coding skills doing Crack The Code activities. We look forward to fall and Halloween activities in October! Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions -

Ms. T and Debra

Grade 6

Hello Everyone!

I can't believe September is already over! The grade 6 class had a great start to the year and we are excited for the rest of the year ahead of us!

Miss Johnstone and Arlene

Grade 7

Hi my name is John Crick, last year I subbed across the whole school and this year I have taken over from Jenn as the Grade 7 teacher. This September has been a busy one for the Grade 7s as they have been getting used to having a male homeroom teacher for the first time, while also being my first ever class. We've had a real focus on using technology in the classroom, getting our google classroom setup and using the chromebooks to their full potential. In English we have been looking at main Ideas and reading and exploring some indigenous graphic novels and collaborating with the Industrial Arts program to build our own Wheel of Fortune wheel to make an on going Spelling competition more exciting. In Math we have focused on number sense and integer work, using number lines to review and get our head around negative numbers. Social Studies has been a mix of Famous Canadians and a research project on Canadian Provinces preparing us to delve into Canadian History. A number of the Grade 7s have been involved in successful volleyball teams and they all enjoyed an afternoon of inline skating. Looking forward to updating you with all our adventures next month.

Until next month,
John 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

Oh what a month September has been, We took part in the Orange Shirt day events, We dissected fetal pigs, and brains as well, We will be dissecting eyes in October. With more hands on activities for everyone, we are looking forward to a fantastic school year.

The crowd at Orange shirt day

The Fetal pig dissection

One more picture of the fetal pig disection. There were many more pictures, but I have to save something for the yearbook.

The actual brain from the fetal pig.

Nick Christofalos
Candidate for
best Math and Science Teacher
in Sister Gloria School
for the 2018-2019 School year