Jumping for Dollars!

By: Mrs. Cheryl Briggs, Kindergarten teacher

posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

On Friday, February 26, 2016, as part of the Kindergarten to Grade 2 philanthropy commitment the students from those classes took part in the 6th annual Jump Rope for Heart and Stroke event. For a few weeks before the actual event, the students completed a heart healthy graph and raised monies for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Through their heart healthy work and efforts we were able to donate over $3600.00 to the foundation. Over the past 6 years the students have raised over $26,000.00. This money was donated in honour of my husband Gerry Briggs, who is a stroke survivor. 
Our family is humbled by the generosity of the SJR community. They have been an incredible support to all of us in so many ways throughout this journey. We are so fortunate and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.



Not Second Fiddle!

By: Mr Robert Payne, Senior School Music Teacher

posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016

From February 23-26, 2016, the SJR Grade 9 Concert Band and the SJR Senior Concert Band performed in Level 3 and 4 respectively at the Manitoba Band Associations Optimist Festival.

Each band is adjudicated by 3 judges. The Grade 9 Band received an overall rating of five out of five Stars - earning them an invitation to the MusicFest Canada “The Nationals” in May 2017 and a trophy for Superior Performance

Our Senior Band received a unanimous rating of five out of five stars from all judges in all categories including Overall Impression - earning them an invitation to the Nationals in May 2017 and a trophy for Superior Performance.



Modelling Canada

posted: Monday, March 7, 2016

As part of their social studies project, this year's Grade 4 classes have been learning about different geographical regions in Canada through model building and video creation.

In groups of three or four, the students selected a region within Canada (the region they chose had to have at least two natural resources and two types of animals living in it) and researched their chosen region, which ranged from the Cordillera, the Appalachians and the Canadian Shield to the Arctic and the St. Lawrence Lowlands.

After enough research had been done, the next stage of the project was to build a model of their region. The students used plasticine, cardboard, lego figures and a few other props to create beautiful miniature models of their chosen geographical area. For Ava and Ayesha (Grade 4) this part of the project was ‘the most fun’. Once completed, they moved on to the video stage of their project, which involved taking close-up photos of their models and recording a voiceover to describe what their model showed. The end result? Seven educational videos, created from scratch by the Grade 4s, all with the aim of teaching the audience about an area of our country.

This was a great project for building creativity, team work and technical skills. Aubrey (Grade 4) explained that ‘it showed us how to compromise’ when working in a team and, as Yasmine (Grade 4) noted, having to take the initiative on their projects ‘helped us learn independence and responsibility’. For Eakum (Grade 4), the best part was getting to put her ideas into practice and having her team mates encourage her.

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-4 x -2 + N = - 4?

posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Last week, Middle School handed out awards to Grade 6s and Grade 7s who participated in last year's Mathematica Centrum Contest. The Grade 6s write the Pythagoras math test which consists of 50 questions written over 75 minutes while the Grade 7s write the Euler math test in which students have 75 minutes to answer 40 questions.
This year, Marcus (Grade 7) received a medal for Canadian Champion for his score of answering 40 out of 40 questions correctly. He was among 20 other students nationwide to have achieved a perfect score.
William (Grade 8) was the Manitoba Champion in the Pyhagoras contest for answering 47 out of 50 questions correctly!
Since 1990, more than 1,000,000 students in Canada and the United States have participated in the Mathematica Centrum Contest. These contests are designed to challenge and promote problem solving skills in students. A few years ago, UNESCO declared that learning mathematics through problem resolution activities was the most efficient way for a person to develop lasting mathematical skills and one of the best ways to prepare students to meet the challenges of the future.
Many other students from SJR also placed very high in the contest, job well done!

Answer to the mathematical equation: -12



An Invitation To Join Us

posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016

'Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, language, or other status.' – Amnesty International

Our Grade 8 students are getting engaged, getting involved and taking action. This term, they have been investigating and researching human rights violations and working in groups to create material designed to inform, persuade and activate their audience into helping resolving the violations.

Next week, the students will be putting on a display of their projects at the Human Rights Open House, open to the public on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., with student presentations taking place from 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Open House is a great example of project-based learning: the purpose of the evening is for the students to share their knowledge outside of the classroom and engage the community in dialogue about these issues. Members of the public as well as the SJR community are invited to attend to see and hear about the students’ projects, which range from issues of racism and human trafficking to indigenous education, child labour and homelessness.

The students have been working hard on their projects and their thoughtful and inspiring efforts have produced some impressive results. For example, Hana, Ananya, Anisha and Raj’s project tackles the issue of indigenous education and extending the right to education to all. Their project is based on the notion that ‘children should all have the same opportunity for the same education’. As part of their research, they have conducted phone interviews with Brian Rice, Kevin Lamoureux and Leah Gazan – all professors or assistants at the University of Winnipeg.  

Meanwhile, Lillian and Mitchell are focusing on creating a viable solution to homelessness and have been working with Siloam Mission, Agape Table, West Broadway Community Organization and Manitoba Housing to make their solution a reality.

In the course of their projects, many of the students have become civically engaged and have found that they can help to make a difference and create positive change in the community and the world. We encourage all members of the wider community to join us for what promises to be a fascinating and inspiring evening with our Grade 8 students.

Human Rights Open House: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.


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Les Délices Culinaires

By: Chantel, Grade 10

posted: Friday, March 11, 2016

In February, the Grade 10 French students had the opportunity to create a healthy meal with a professional French chef while also practicing our French skills. We were each given an array of fresh ingredients and both a cooking apron and hat before preparing our food. Using the vocabulary we had learned in our earlier studies, we were able to easily communicate with him and understand the recipe we were given. We really enjoyed this activity because it was an immersive experience that allowed us to utilize our skills outside of the classroom while also having fun by creating a delicious meal as well!


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Bee All You Can Bee

By: Mrs. Barbara Cahoon, Director of the Centre for Learning

posted: Monday, March 14, 2016

Junior School and Middle School finalists met for a verbal spelling bee in an exciting show-down of spelling skill. Students have been preparing for this final competition in their respective Junior and Middle School Spelling Bee Clubs throughout the year.

The competition lasted a whopping twenty rounds with the first eleven rounds consisting of words the students had previously studied and the last nine rounds consisting of words they had not studied before. Students were challenged with such words as analogize, latitudinarian, momentum and whetstone.

Following a valiant effort by all six of the contestants, Jenna (Grade 7) was declared the winner.

Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work and participation in the SJR Spelling Bee Final!


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For the Love of Physics

By: Eric (Grade 11)

posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

I decided to attend Physics and Astronomy Day at the University of Manitoba on Saturday, March 12, 2016 because I love physics.

The day itself was quite interesting, as there was a wide variety of experiments, such as; blood flow measurements with a Doppler ultrasound, cosmic ray in a cloud chamber and physics of paper airplanes, along with guest speakers.

Personally, my favourite part about the day was the talk given by Dr. Gerald Gwinner on special relativity, the Planck scale and relating the cosmos with the quantum physics.

It was a lot of fun.


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Action Taken

posted: Friday, March 18, 2016

This month, the northern Manitoba community of Pimicikamak Cree Nation declared a state of emergency to deal with the emerging suicide crisis that faced them. Since December, six people in the community have committed suicide, four of them high school students. At the high school, there are currently a further 170 students on the suicide watch list.

Ms. Aaron Russell, English and Social Studies teacher, brought this issue to Middle School Head Girl, Roene (Grade 8) and raised the fact that the Bear Clan was looking for donations of art supplies and sporting equipment. Roene and fellow student Lily (Grade 8), took this call to action on board and asked Dr. Churchill, Middle School Principal, for permission to hold a fundraising colour day in support of the First Nations community.

The funds raised were then immediately put to good use: Three Grade 8 students – Brian, Jacob and Karson – who have been researching poverty in First Nations Communities as part of their Human Rights project, accompanied Ms. Russell to a local store to purchase art supplies which they then delivered to the community’s drop-off location, Ma Mawi Wi Itata Centre.  

Ms. Russell explained that ‘the reason the students were collecting donations is to help support the youth in the community who are feeling lost and hopeless. The hope is that we are sending not only something to help them occupy their time, but also our support for them as part of the larger community of Manitoba.’

What a great way for our Middle School students to take action and reach out to others.  

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