Culture Days

An EPIC day for SCCS students!

The grades 1, 1-2 and 2 classes had an amazing experience on Friday celebrating Culture Days.

We began our morning at The Forks where we had a chance to listen to some local artists perform. The students were very excited to see the St. Charles Violin Ambassadors preform on the stage. They were so proud to support and cheer on our school. The students decided that listening to the violins was their favourite part! Some of the grade two’s are so excited that they cannot wait to try out for the Violin Ambassadors when they are old enough.


In the afternoon the students learned a little about the heritage of The Forks and the Metis people. The students then had the opportunity to make their very own bannock! The reactions were great; everything from “I don’t like it!” to “This isn’t just good, it is EPIC!!”

All in all the day was an overwhelming success and we have many parent volunteers to thank for that! Thank you very much to all those who volunteered to make this an enriching experience for our students.

Violin Camp

Just Fiddling Around!

ViolinCampOn August 25th and 26th, the Violin Ambassadors attended Violin Camp. During the camp, they learned new music, played community building games, and prepared for their first performance, which was on August 28th. Thank you to the instructors: Mrs. Lalonde, Ms. Sham and Dr. Penny.

It’s Recess Time!

RecessThis year, due to the construction on the south building, the school playground was off limits for recess. Students in K-5 have been walking to a neighborhood park. One with swings, a sandbox and a really big play structure! We met Mr. Boyd on today’s walk, and he was smiling broadly when he shared that it was fun to see so much activity in the neighborhood these days.

Welcome to 2015-2016!

School Starts Up for Another Year.

Wednesday began with the sun shining, children sporting new, shiny uniforms, and scores of families streaming into the school. SCCS is off to a terrific start!

1stDayWe started the morning with settling into our classrooms, then all met in the gym for the Opening Day Assembly. Thank you to the Grade 7 class for running it, Msgr. Comeault for speaking and giving us a blessing, Brennan and Matteo for reminding us about Uniform Pride, and Mrs. Narynski for reviewing TRACK with us. Music was provided by the teachers: Ms. Sham on violin, Ms. Lalonde on clarinet, Ms. Langlois on keyboard, and Ms. Sherlock with vocals.

The day ended with our first Fire Drill.

It was an awesome day!

Staff Begin the School Year

Reconnecting and Moving Forward!

The staff began the school year with  a Prayer Service. It was the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, so the service included the Magnificat and the Litany of Our Lady of Loretto. We also prayed for the gifts of the Holy Spirit as we begin to implement the school goals with the children bestowed to us for this academic year.

Staff4We felt the presence of the Oblate Sisters when we watched the video created by their order to introduce lay people to their unique charism. Being that they were our founders, it was nice to re-connect with their spirit of service and witness.



Dr. Penny shared a presentation about the values of Catholic Education which included several video clips, among which was Pope Francis speaking to the children of Italian Catholic Schools.

Together with Fr. Peter Nemcek, we visited every room in the building, and asked for (and received) a special blessing for the occupants of the rooms.

The day ended with a visit by the Board of Director’s Chair, Robyn.

Welcome New Educational Assistants

St. Charles Catholic School is pleased to welcome Ms. Sandra Cloutier and Mrs. Ilona Szylkin to our SCCS staff for the 2015-16 academic year.

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My name is Sandra Cloutier. I was raised in Ignace, ON, about 5 hours from Winnipeg.  I married my high school sweetheart, Kevin.  We have 3 children, one 16 (Hailey) and two 10 year old twins(Sydney and Sage).  We have moved back into this area to be closer to our home town and to grow our roots a little more.  I enjoy all aspects of art, as well as spending time with my children in the outdoors. I look forward to working at SCCS as an Educational Assistant.  ~ Sandra Cloutier


IlonaMy name is Mrs.Szylkin, born and raised in Poland. Back in my home country I earned my degree in Finance and Accounting. I came to Canada 26 years ago.
While raising my two children. Martin 24 years old and Sara 22 years old, I was very involved in their educational programs at Catholic schools; St. John Brebeuf School, St. Pauls High School and St. Maurice School. For several years, I was teaching Sunday School classes at my Polish parish, Holy Ghost, and at St John Brebeuf Church. I love to share about God with children and presently I teach Sunday School at St. Ann’s Parish.
I am joining the St. Charles Community as an Educational Assistant and will be helping with the BASC program. Looking forward to seeing and meeting you all!  God bless you, Mrs. Ilona Szylkin

Welcome New Teaching Staff

St. Charles Catholic School is pleased to welcome Mr. Justin Vechina, Mrs. Carrie Gel and Ms. Candace Hawkins to our teaching staff for the 2015-16 academic year.

JustinMr. Vechina will be teaching Phys Ed Grades 3-5 and Outdoor Ed for the Middle Years Enrichment classes.

I was born and raised in a Catholic family here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a child I attended St. Anthony of Padua church, where I attended catechism and mass with my family every Sunday. I completed by Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Manitoba in 2013, graduating on the Dean’s Honor List. I also received my Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba in 2015. In my free time I enjoy traveling, playing recreational sports and doing all types of outdoor activities. I am looking forward to working at St. Charles Catholic School in the fall.  ~ Justin Vechina



Mrs. Gel will be replacing Mrs. Froystad while she is on maternity leave.

Greetings! My name is Carrie Gel and I am so excited to be teaching the grade 5 class next year. For the past 4 years I have been a grade 5 teacher and before that I have taught grades 7 and 8 for several years. I have a beautiful family, Ashlynn (6) and Kaitlynn (4), who add so much joy and laughter in my life. Together we have a passion for camping and playing games as a family.  I am looking forward to becoming part of the St. Charles family. ~ Ms. Gel



CandaMs. Hawkins will be replacing Mrs. Milne while she is on maternity leave.

My name is Candace Hawkins and I am a mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunty and friend. I was born and raised in Winnipeg. I have two brothers and 2 sisters. I am a current graduate of the University of Winnipeg and look forward to learning and growing at SCCS while implementing new and refreshing lessons and activities within the Social Studies teachings. I have a 13 year old son named Easton and a 1 year old Shorkie named Rosco. Along with my fiancé Dave, we enjoy quality family time together spending much of it outdoors, riding bikes, walks, camping, fishing and sometimes just listening to music while we enjoy all of nature’s wonderful gifts. I am thrilled to be a part of and to teach at SCCS and look forward to growing, learning and inspiring students to be the best that they can be. ~ Ms. Hawkins