We Have the Whole World

… 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

 

We just want to Thank You ….

… 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!

We Love You

… 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.

Read Olympics

… for I Love To Read Month

Love To ReadDuring 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 alReading By Flashlightso 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

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.

WE DAY

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!