Time Travelers

… our field trip to the Manitoba Museum

On November 21st the grades 1, 1-2 and 2 classes went to the Manitoba Museum. We had an amazing time!

In the morning, the grade 2s watched a few experiments about solids, liquids and gases. They also got to explore around the Science Gallery. All the students seemed to especially enjoy the pulley chairs and the matrix room. After lunch, the grade 2s split into smaller groups to explore the museum. They saw dinosaur fossils and imagined what life in Manitoba would have been like long ago. The “Nonsuch” boat seemed to be everyone’s favourite! After their own exploring they met with the museum guides. The students learned that Winnipeg has grown and changed over time as they helped build a map of our community. They explored different community groups and identified the resources and services that were available to them.  Afterwards they got a guided tour of Winnipeg from 100 years ago as they walked through the Urban Gallery. The students seemed to love it, especially the Silent Movie theatre. It was super fun to imagine what life would have been like long ago.

The grades 1 and 1-2 classes also explored the Science gallery and the Museum. They used all five senses in their science demonstration, and even got to taste homemade ice cream made with liquid nitrogen! These classes also learned about the basic needs of all people by exploring different homes, and family communities in the Museum Galleries. Students touched and tried on various clothing items from around the world such as a kimono, kilt, sari and poncho to understand similarities and differences among people all over the world.

The museum field trip was a big hit for students and staff alike. Everyone had a great time and learned a little something along the way.

We Are the Positive Change

… WE DAY Fall 2017

What a wonderful experience for the lucky students who attended the recent convention courtesy of Free The Children organization!  Tickets to this incredible event were not monetary, rather a promise to make the world a better place, both locally and globally.


This charity began when Craig Kielburger, a 12 year old boy, read about child labour occurring in a country on the other side of the world.  He discovered that one child who spoke out about the injustice was punished, even though children were forced to work in terrible conditions for long hours everyday.  Those children were not allowed to attend school, have proper meals or play.

Craig and his classmates decided to raise awareness about this injustice, and eventually, the laws in that country were changed for the better.  Now, Craig and his brother Mark, are spreading the message of positive change by engaging young people in their cause.

We were able to listen to many stories and speeches about poverty, education, freedom, health and sustainability.  We were inspired and engaged in them, and they made us think about how to make the world a better place.  There were also inspiring performances by several musicians, and excellent videos and pictures to view on the large screen on stage.  Many of the visuals contained facts and statistics about the issues faced by developing countries, and how young people can create positive changes through leadership.

During the morning, we were invited to do the WE DAY dance, which was energetic, and learned to do an African prayer for rain.  It sounded just like a storm rolling in!  Throughout the event, we were encouraged to create a few local and global campaigns in our school.  This led to the Leadership Enrichment class to choose We Scare Hunger, where 533 food items were donated.  Of course, students are all involved in Holy Childhood Association, which is an ongoing global initiative.

So as you can see, even though only a limited amount of students attended the We Day conference, all of our students and staff are certainly living their message.  Bravo kids!

What We Can Do To Help

… An Eye-Opening Experience For All

by: Meagan M.

The Welcome Home was a life changing experience for me. I found it amazing to see what this non-profit organization does daily. Coming home from that, I will look at my life differently after seeing where some people live, and how hard that must be for the homeless people. This organization does so much for the people, and I got such a warm fuzzy feeling there knowing that I helped someone today.

When we arrived, they split us up into 2 groups, half of the class went and baked muffins for the homeless. Then our group went to bag rice and macaroni into portions that will go into the homeless people’s hampers. I found it astonishing to think about what they do there in such a small building. There are many people that rely on this organization for many things. This organization does amazing things for others like: making hampers to give out weekly, make sandwiches for them, they have a mass weekly, and they also do a family night. They said that every week they get about 40 to 50 people for each of those events. I like to think that they are a non-profit organization doing good in the world, and shaping the lives of those who they have touched. Even though I am not homeless, I was so touched about what Dolores, Liv, and Noel were doing for the people of this community.

Next, the really big thing is what we can do to help. While I was there, even though I did help bag food, I didn’t feel like that was enough. It broke my heart to see Dolores open the cabinets, and see little to nothing in there. I feel like a community like ours would be able to donate food, and even money for places like Welcome Home. To see how those people devoted their lives for others through the word of God made me speechless. I loved the opportunity to go and see what others do for the community. I think that Welcome Home is an amazing place for the homeless and they do great things for the community!


Who Loves Sports and Fitness

… SCCS and TD Canada Trust Bank!

Thank you TD Canada Trust Bank Charleswood for your sports/fitness donation to SCCS

Thank you to the TD Canada Trust Bank in Charleswood!  We found out that the bank was going to be making a donation to our school to encourage participation in sports and to promote fitness.  St. Charles Catholic School was very lucky to be the recipient of this donation!  Thank you TD Canada Trust! We are truly grateful!  Mrs. Narynski along with three Gr. 4 students had the opportunity to visit the bank to accept this very generous donation. Aside from the wonderful photo opportunity, the students received gift bags filled with all sorts of goodies, and Mrs. Narynski was given some recycling bags to help with some of the school yard cleanup on Christian Service Day.  Just before we left the bank, we were treated with a visit to the vault!   The generous donation will go towards buying phys. ed. equipment.

Toonies for Terry

… be like Terry

Terry Fox Day

Everyone knows who Terry Fox is, and every school has a day where they celebrate not only Terry, but take some time to come together to raise money for his important cause…cancer.  At St. Charles Catholic School we did just that on Friday, September 29th.  As a whole school, we collected “toonies for Terry,” and under the direction of one of our Phys. Ed. teachers, Mrs. Marsh-Hamm, we had a wonderful, uplifting assembly to get all of us ready for our annual Terry Fox Walk around our school neighbourhood.

Students, staff and even some parents, got their running shoes on and took off on a beautiful sunny afternoon to walk for Terry Fox’s cause.  There were smiles all around, and the excitement and energy was palpable.  We had lots of toonies donated, and parents also had the opportunity to donate on line at:


A special thank you to Alisa, Julia, and Lindsay, who spoke at the assembly, and to Rhea and Madison who spoke and shared a wonderful poster that they had made.  Also, thank you to all the fabulous patrols who worked very hard to make sure everyone was safe at every corner and intersection, during our walk.  What a fabulous day!

To Serve and To Give

…. should define your life!

Christian Service Day      

What do the words Christian Service mean to you?  By definition, Christian service is believed to be the act of doing things for God with a willingness in the heart. Our Kindergarten to Gr. 8 students understand this definition very well.  On Friday, September 29th, all of our students spent the morning doing some type of Christian Service for others, all within our community.  The Kindergarten to Gr. 2 classes made some lovely cards/notes to share with those in our hospitals, the Gr. 3 class went to visit St. Paul the Apostle Church where they were involved in doing lots of odd jobs.  Our Gr. 3-4 class had previously helped over at St. Charles Church with their Harvest Supper preparation, and then went back to the Church to help out with other odd jobs.  Our Gr. 4 students cleaned up our playground, and the Gr. 5F class went to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, while the Gr. 5P class went next door to the Retreat Centre.  Our Gr. 6 class helped out at St. John XXIII, the Gr. 7 class spent the morning writing positive messages for the entire St.Charles community, and the Gr. 8’s spent the morning at Welcome Home, baking muffins and prepping groceries to help those less fortunate.  All in all, it was a fabulous morning not only of community service, but also of community building and teamwork.  At St. Charles Catholic School, we are always looking for ways to build community and work as a team.  We are very proud of our efforts.

I Am A Child Of God

… I make a difference!

Holy Childhood Association

Each year our students at St. Charles take on the mission of praying for children who live in villages in various countries.  Aside from daily prayers, all students are initiated into the Association at our annual Holy Childhood Association Assembly in October.

Raising money for HCA: Popcorn Sales and Toy Store

This year, our school received the challenge to pray in support for not only one country, but this year, we were asked to pray for six countries!  In typical St. Charles fashion, our students and staff energetically took on that challenge in October, and haven’t looked back since!  We have been praying for:  Peru, Kenya, India, Tanzania, South Africa, and Bangladesh.