…The Welcome Home
This September our Grade 8 class had the privilege to visit The Welcome Home on our Christian Service Day. During our visit we learned about the 100 year old building, the community programs offered there, and the amazing people who give selflessly to their community. The Welcome Home provides food to the hungry in the form of hampers and weekly dinners. They also help young families by hosting family nights, babysitting, and offer support to single mothers. When we were there, half of the class helped to make rice bags for the hampers and the other half made craft bags for children. The Welcome Home is truly a welcoming place and we were reluctant to leave. We are so grateful for this experience and it was a powerful example of how we can help those in need and in our community.
This year, we are excited to announce that we are participating in the Roots of Empathy program! Ms. Aiello’s Gr. 3 class was chosen to share in the 27 week program, whose mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies. This is done through the development of empathy in both children and adults.
Roots of Empathy fits in very nicely with our Safe and Caring Schools Goal, and is done once a week. After attending a training session in the summer, I have enjoyed teaching the program and meeting our “teacher,” baby Joseph.
Joseph and his Mom Tsion, will be visiting the Gr. 3 classroom 9 times this school year. Aside from those 9 visits, students will also participate in 18 other lessons on a weekly basis. The lessons are based on the following themes: Meeting the Baby, Crying, Caring and Planning for Baby, Emotions, Sleep, Safety, Communicating, Who Am I?, and Goodbye and Good Wishes. Each of these themes has a Pre-Family Visit, the Family Visit, and the Post-Family Visit.
Stay tuned for more news on this amazing program! Mrs. Narynski
… Math is Fun!
On a sunny Friday, the Grade 3 class decided to take their learning outside! We had just begun our new unit on Data Analysis and had recently started studying bar graphs. To demonstrate our learning, students were asked the question “What Would you Rather Eat?”. The criteria was to ask 10 students for their opinions and then create a bar graph that included all of the essential parts such as a title, numbers, and labeled axes.
The Grade 3 Students had a fabulous time creating their own graphs and sharing their learning with others. This activity allowed us to reflect upon our learning so that we could see which parts of the graph we will continue to practice and which parts we have mastered. Our goal for May and June is to continue to bring our math learning outside whenever the weather presents us with the opportunity to do so!
… in Our Hands!
The Grade 1 and 1-2 classes enjoyed a variety of Earth Day activities over the past few days. Our religion programs are a wonderful lead-in to this special day, as they reminds our students that God created the world and trusts us to do our best to be kind and to take care of it.
Students participated in group discussions, learned about things that they can do to help the Earth, completed written activities, and watched videos.
We finished off with a group art activity. We drew our hands and wrote our five favourite things about the Earth on our fingers. The results are up in the hallway between our classrooms. We plan on continuing to remind our students to reduce, reuse and recycle so that we all do our part to take care of our beautiful planet Earth!
Earth Day …. St. Charles Playground Clean Up
April 22nd was Earth Day all around the world. In honor of Earth Day Grade 1’s with their Grade 6 buddies put their gloves on, in search of making the earth a cleaner place to live. On Friday April 20th the students spread out in the yard and helped out the earth, one piece at a time! They did a fantastic job at cleaning the St. Charles playground. We talked about different ways we can help the earth to stay clean and this was one of their ways of helping. The Grade 1’s loved working with their buddies to make the playground a cleaner place for us to live and play in. All of the students were surprised to see how much garbage they found just in our playground. It was a great experience for all!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
… for your warm smiles, your encouragement, your words of wisdom!
We had our annual Mother’s Day Tea in kindergarten last Friday, May 11th, 2018. Both kindergarten classes, KA and KB, performed a special song and poem for their moms. The students did a fantastic job! We continued the celebration in our respective classrooms where we shared cookies and tea. We would like to thank all the moms who took the time to be part of this very special celebration with their children. Happy Mother’s Day!
… a Grade 2 Visit to the Oblate Sisters
On Wednesday, April 18th the grade 2 class visited the Oblate Sisters at Villa Aulneau. The students were very excited to visit the Sisters and represent St. Charles. The students started their visit by singing a few of their favourite songs from the Religion program including, “Welcome my Friends,” and an Easter song. They also worked with the Sisters to create a stain glass window craft. The students and Sisters both enjoyed decorating their craft with glue and tissue paper, and many students chose to give their finished product to the Sister they were working with. When their craft was finished, the students read some of their favourite stories to the Sisters, chatted with them, and ate a snack. This trip was a great opportunity for the students to make a connection with the founders of our school, and for them to share their kind, friendly personalities with our community.
… for I Love To Read Month
During the month of February, all students in St. Charles played a part in our Read Olympics! Each class was teamed up with 1 or 2 other classes to track how many minutes they could read at home throughout the month. The students had a great time watching their team’s points, recorded on our Read-O-Meter poster in the front entrance of the school, get higher and higher. All students were reaching for the gold! It was a close call. Congratulations to the Red Team, (Kindergarten A, Gr. 3-4, Gr. 5L), who never stopped reading! Way to go students! Students also had a chance to fill their reading log with entries to win a free Kids Meal at Boston Pizza! Enjoy!
Students also enjoyed D.E.A.R – Drop Everything and Read. Whether they were in Music, Gym or Science. they stopped what they were doing, grabbed a book and read for 10 minutes. Their favorite was FLASHLIGHT FRIDAYS. They would turn out the lights and read their book using their flashlights! What fun! Even the teachers played along!
St. Charles staff also had their pictures up by the office which showed them reading their favorite books. Each picture only showed staff member’s eyes. I hope you had a chance to figure out who was who!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss