Merry Christmas!

Best Wishes from our School Community

The year ended with a beautiful Advent themed Mass, followed by a Christmas pageant, sing-along, and picnic lunch.

Advent

Christmas sing-a-long and picnic lunch.

Advent celebrations

Christmas pageant celebrations.

Merry Christmas!

On Our Way to Jesus

Advent Part 2

All the students participate in special Advent prayer services each Monday throughout the season. Each grade level prepares its own service, which includes, biblical readings, hymns and prayers. A favorite tradition is that of lighting the candles on the Advent wreath!

 

Classroom Advent Wreath

Classroom Advent Wreath

Taking care of business

Taking care of business …… One class at a time

PJ DAy

PJ Day but still business as usual!

The Christmas concert was a huge success last night! Today we may have come to school in our pjs, but it was business as usual!

On Our Way To Jesus

Advent Part 1

The nativity scene in the front foyer is an annual tradition – an artwork in progress. Each class was asked to contribute a figure. Throughout the season, figures will be added. The final figure to be added will be the Christ child. Once He has been placed, after a procession through the entire school, we will celebrate His birth with a carol-fest and birthday party. Parents are invited to spend the day with us on Dec. 19th (the last day of school before Christmas) as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Rumor has it that a ‘live’ staff/student orchestra will be performing for the carol-fest!

 

The nativity scene – an artwork in progress.

Here Comes St. Nicholas

St. Nick Visited Our School!

SCCS students were very excited to have St. Nick visit the school.

SCCS students were very excited to have St. Nick visit the school.

 

 

To prepare for his visit, the students in Grades K-5 watched the animated story of St. Nick in the gym.

Later that afternoon, all the students placed their shoes outside their classroom door (an old Italian custom) and found that St. Nick placed treats in them! Each child received golden coins (chocolate) as part of their gift.

Christmas, A time For Giving

Ms. Booth-Smith and the Grade 3-4 Students/Leaders

In keeping with the giving spirit of this Christmas season, my class and I would like to initiate the collection of items for three hampers. We are asking that students bring in one non-perishable item from the list below, as soon as possible. Hamper items will then be collected from individual classrooms and sorted by my students to create two complete hampers. They will be delivered to three families in the city in time for Christmas Day. We are hoping for full participation of students in our school.

Thank you for demonstrating the true meaning of Christmas!

Sincerely,

Ms. Booth-Smith and the Grade 3-4 Students/Leaders

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Advent Activities

But my soul shall be joyful in the Lord and rejoice in his salvation.

My whole being will say: Lord, who is like you? (Ps. 35)

The students of SCCS are encouraged to think of ways to help others and to share their “gifts” – whatever they may be.

As part of our Advent activities, one of our Grade 8 students is spear-heading a special project. Attached below is a copy of the speech she gave to her classmates last week:

Hello fellow students and teachers, I’m Brooklynn. As many of you know the grade eight class has recently been to visit Siloam mission. I was so inspired by all of the volunteers making an amazing effort to help out our community, I thought to myself, “whatever can I do to make a difference”. It turns out, as they told us while on our tour, that they are always in need of soaps and shampoo. That’s when I came up with the idea to have a shampoo drive. I’m asking all of the middle years students to please being in any travel sized shampoos, conditioners, and body washes to your home room class to help the cause. Thank you for all of your support.

 If you can – please drop off toiletries in the box located in the front entrance  of the school.

 

Welcome Aboard to Our New Staff Member

Music

Ms. Rachel Sham joins our SCCS community.

 

Rachel Sham has always had a love of music. Starting violin and piano lessons at age of eight kick-started her music career. Ms. Sham has studied music with many inspiring musicians and music educators in Regina and London Ontario, including, Dr. Howard Leyton-Brown, John-Paul Bracey, Janice Denike, Melissa Morgan, Rudolf Sternadel and Dr. Carl Cherland. Ms. Sham holds a Bachelor of Music honors in Music Education, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. In London, Ms. Sham had successfully built a private studio teaching violin and piano, and was a soprano singer in the St Paul’s Cathedral choir.  Ms. Sham had devoted time to coaching El Sistema’s String Orchestra, Montessori School Band, and local school string orchestras in London. Ms. Sham is delighted to be joining St. Charles Catholic School and dedicated to bringing a love of music to the community.

Great work!

You are doing a reMARKable job!

Our Term 1 report cards have been distributed. Congratulations goes out to our students, teachers, staff and parents for your commitment and hard work towards academic excellence. Keep up the good work!

Enrichment Term 1 Ends

…… but the learning experiences last a lifetime!

The Middle Years students participate in a variety of enrichment activities – a different one each term. Following are short descriptions of what the students learned this past term:

Outdoor Education with Mr. Sutherland:

This term, students have gone on several field trips. We have been to Fort Whyte Alive a number of times, learning about orientation, canoeing safety, and the links between animals and plants. We have also been to Keith Bodley Arena, where students learned how to play Broomball. The kids had lots of fun, and some slips and slides on the ice! We have one more trip to Heights Archery planned. The students are looking forward to learning how to safely use a bow.

Cooking with Ms. Smith:

In cooking we have talked about and practiced kitchen safety, how to read a recipe, and then have cooked or baked a variety of recipes from pancakes to muffins to cookies to mac and cheese.

Multicultural Events with Mrs. Narynski:

In Multicultural Events we have had so many opportunities to discover the many different cultures in our community!  We had a chance to create various crafts, like an African bowl and mosaic pictures. We’ve played some multicultural board games too. We enjoyed learning about the Philippines, and were able to enjoy a taste of their traditional dishes.  We learned about Japan and made our very own sushi!    Not only did we get to sample some yummy food, but we also learned so much about other cultures.  It’s definitely been a great learning experience this term! We will be taking a “trip” to Greece, next week, and the Ukraine, the very last week before Christmas.

Current Affairs with Mrs. Milne:

This term in Current Affairs, we discussed and learned about various news events on a Local, National and International level. We learned about the Ebola Virus, candidates for the Winnipeg Civic Election in October, represented our understanding of War and Terrorism in November, and are currently researching Manitoba charities and organizations with respect to the work they do during the Christmas season.

Guitar Class with Mr. Tyborowski:

In Rock Band class we have covered general rock history and evolution.  The students have learned basic drum, bass, and electric guitar technique and notation reading.  Students have had the opportunity to play together performing the song or riff that was focused on during that class.

iPad Apps Class with Mr. Isaak:

In our class we learnt how to use the following apps: Prezi, Kidblog, Snapseed, iMovie. For each of the above the purpose of our learning was to possibly supplement assignments from the classroom. Now the students are creating either a Prezi or a movie which is intended to teach a new user how to operate another app.