… 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!
… 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.
… 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!
…. 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 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.
Our Bucket! … Safe and Caring Schools
Our Safe and Caring Schools committee ideas have had a huge impact on both students and staff this year!
Our school-wide theme is Empathy. This theme was presented to our students at the beginning of the school year in an assembly. Our students have participated in many lessons, assemblies, and activities which have promoted this theme. Students are asked to “fill a bucket” on a daily basis. Each week, those students bucket-fillers are shared on the morning announcements, and if you are still in the hallway during this time, you will often hear classroom cheers as students congratulate those who have filled someones bucket!
After Spring Break, the Safe and Caring Schools Committee implemented the “Word of the Week.” Each week, a word related to Empathy is read on the morning announcements. It is accompanied by a quote or idea related to that word. Since it was April, we incorporated our fill a bucket idea, to include “raindrops.” After all, April showers do bring May flowers. As students are caught “in action” by staff, doing the word of the week, their name is placed on a raindrop and put up on our Safe and Caring Schools bulletin board. So far our words for April have been: patience, helpfulness, compassion and generosity. It’s been amazing to see all of those raindrops fill up the board!
As we head into the last two months of school, we look forward to continuing our success at St. Charles, because we know that empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.
Middle Year’s enrichment classes take swing at tradition
In Grades 6-8, students are offered the opportunity of participating in a variety of enrichment classes. Each student is enrolled in three different classes each year.
“Everything is an experience. You learn something different from everything you do!”
Over the years, the courses have evolved, and have included Cooking, Current Events, Zumba, Outdoor Education, Fine Art, Water Colours, Digital Art, Programming, Ipad App Smash-Up, Multicultural Cooking, Catholic Apologetics, Jazz Choir, Music Technology and Sports Psychology. This year, we are pleased to be offering Muay Thai Boxing under the direction of Ms. Sarah Carter.
Ms. Carter is an amateur boxer from Ontario. Please follow the link to view her own Amateur Thai Boxing event. Go, Chargers! K-Town 4