ClassroomEvents Notes




Welcome Back to School!

September News


Grade 6 is a fun-filled year full of many exciting learning opportunities! During Grade 6 students are challenged not only to learn the required basic knowledge and skills, but also to think creatively and apply what they learn to solve problems that they encounter in their everyday lives. Our goal is to develop intelligent, compassionate, self-confident, and faith-filled students who are ready to go out into their world and make it better!


In Grade 6 we work to discover and develop the many talents that God has given us. One way we do this is by participating in various projects throughout the year. Our class has been very successful with a variety of projects, including the National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Invention Project, the Red River Heritage Fair, the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium, the Kayak Kids Illustrated History Story Challenge, the Young Citizens Video Program, the Energy and the Environment Poster Challenge, the Terry Fox Poster Contest, and various other writing, poetry, art, history and science projects.


An exciting new change for this year is that Mr. Hanlon-Dearman will be teaching Grade 6 one day per cycle, on Day 5. He will be teaching Language Arts, Computer, Health, Math, and Library on this day. In addition he will teach the Grade 6’s Music on Days 2 and 4, during which time, among other things, the students will learn to play the Ukulele.  The students, Ms. Gentile, and Mr. Hanlon-Dearman are all looking forward to this new arrangement this year!


The grade six students will also have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through participation in the Conflict Mediation Program. As well, a number of clubs and intramural programs will be available for students to enjoy.


Compassion and gratitude are virtues which spark our desire to share our good fortune with those who may find themselves in difficult circumstances. Thus we support the Holy Childhood Association, we contribute food and essential items at Thanksgiving and Christmas which is distributed to those in need in our community, we support our foster child through our pizza lunches, we participate in the Terry Fox Walk for Cancer Research, and Jump Rope for Heart for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as contribute to a variety of other worthy causes. Instilling the desire to help others is a very important part of developing the character of our students.


In grade 6 we follow four main rules to ensure that everyone can be safe and successful: 


Have a Great Day!


  1. Think Safety at ALL Times and in ALL Situations:


- Slow down on the playground 


- Watch out for the other children on the playground


- Think of possible consequences before you act


- Work and play in a safe manner



  2. Be a Friend to All:


- Include everyone in games  


- Use kind and respectful language


- Offer encouragement and support to others


- Give others a sincere compliment to brighten their day



3. Complete Homework & Projects on Time and with Full Details & Creativity:


            - Plan ahead and give yourself enough time


            - Do homework and projects in a quiet area at the same time each day


            - Ask for help if you are having difficulties


            - Do complete, detailed and creative work – always do your best!



4. Be Neat and Organized:


             - Remember that being organized saves time and minimizes frustration


             - Keep your notebooks, desk, book-bag, locker and classroom neat and tidy

How To Raise a Reader

Great suggestions on helping your child to develop a of life-long love of reading!


I look forward to working with all the students and parents this year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school at (204) 582-1053 or email me at


Ms. Gentile 


June News 


I Think First Contest Winners

Congratulations to the entire Grade 6 class for being chosen as one of the Top Three Classrooms from across Canada for their posters, comic strips, stories, and photographs entered in this Canada-wide safety contest. They did a great job encouraging everyone to Think First and follow simple safety procedures before participating in activities that could result in spinal cord, brain, or other injuries.

For their persuasive and creative efforts we were awarded a $500 dollar Amazon gift card to be used to buy supplies or equipment for the Grade 6 classroom! As well, each member of the classroom received a bicycle helmet to protect themselves while riding their bikes this summer!

In addition, the following students won two of the Top Five Individual Awards. They each received a $200 Amazon gift card:

  • Colyn J. – Poster
  • Serena S. – Comic Strip

Please visit  to view the winning entries.

Also visit for additional information.

We would like to thank Parachute Canada for sponsoring this contest and providing a class set of helmets, and Amazon for providing the $900 worth of gift cards. Also thank you to the Grade 6 students for their outstanding work!



Manitoba Burn Awareness Poster Contest Winners

In recognition of Burn Awareness Week the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Manitoba Firefighters’ Burn Fund invited students to submit original artwork featuring fire and burn prevention safety messages.

Our grade 6 students created many informative posters on such topics such as:

  • Preventing scalds and burns in the kitchen
  • Proper use of smoke alarms
  • Planning a home fire escape
  • Preventing fires when cooking
  • Stop, Drop and Roll (what to do if your clothes catch on fire)
  • Calling 911 in a fire emergency
  • The importance of completely putting out camp fires
  • Reminding children not to play with matches/ keeping matches away from kids

All of the students did a wonderful job illustrating these ideas. We had four distinguished visitors come to our school to present the prizes (two fire fighters, an emergency services worker, and representative from the Office of the Fire Commissioner). We are proud to announce the following:

1st Place in Manitoba - Emilia P.

Honorable Mention - Samanta M.

Emilia received an iPod Touch, and framed copy of her artwork, Samanta and Emilia received framed certificates, the classroom teacher was awarded $300 dollars for the classroom, and as well the entire class received several prizes (piggy banks, bracelets, and pencils).

To view the winning posters online go to:

Congratulations to Emilia, Samanta, and the entire Grade 6 class for using their wonderful artwork to educate people about fire safety! The winning posters will be used in pamphlets, brochures and other publications.

A big thank you goes out to the four visitors who came to our classroom to deliver the prizes and congratulate the students - representatives of the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Manitoba Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Your work in educating students is very important, and most appreciated!


Dinner Reception at Government House with Lieutenant Governor

Several of our Grade 6 students received invitations to an Award Reception at Government House for their excellent work at the Red River Heritage Fair. As we drove up the circular driveway, we admired beautiful Government House and the lovely, manicured grounds and gardens. We then entered a reception room where we signed the official Guest Book.

After a short time each of us entered a reception line where we were personally introduced to the Lieutenant Governor, the Honorable Janice Filmon. She spoke individually with each one of us as we had our picture taken, and that is when we first realized how warm and down to earth she was, not stuffy at all!

Next we proceeded to a room set up with refreshments and we took our seats for the speeches and awards. We were all so impressed with the genuine appreciation the Lieutenant Governor expressed in her speech to the students for their wonderful work, to the parents for their support, and to the teachers for their guidance and care.

Next came more pictures with the Lieutenant Governor, as we enjoyed refreshments of wine and spirits (for adults) and fruit punch (for students). After that we proceeded to another grand room for the buffet dinner where we enjoyed many wonderful foods and delicious treats.

We admired the beautiful house, furnishings, paintings and decorations. We had time to mingle and talk with the other guests and the Lieutenant Governor. We found out that she loved kids, had several grandchildren, she greatly appreciated history, and was personally interested in all of our projects. She had a wonderful sense of humour, and a great love for people, which made the time fly by!

This was an evening we all will remember, made so special by the warmth, empathy, and humour of our wonderful Lieutenant Governor! A big thank you goes out to the Lieutenant Governor and her staff for making our evening fantastic! A big thank you, as well, to the Red River Heritage Fair Committee for making the Heritage Fair and this special evening possible.

For photos and more info about the Red River Heritage Fair visit


Dalnavert Museum Field Trip

On June 20 the Grade 6 Class took a step back into history to explore the beautifully restored historic home of the former Premier of Manitoba, Hugh John Macdonald. Hugh John was the son of the first Prime Minister of Canada, John A. Macdonald. Dalnavert House is located in the heart of Downtown Winnipeg, at 61 Carlton Street.

We were divided into groups, and four tour guides, many of them retired teachers, gave us a very personalized tour of the home. Each new room we entered held interesting stories and samples of artifacts from the past. The tour guides were able to amaze us with their knowledge, engaging stories, and they certainly kept us on our toes with their many interesting questions. At the end of the tour they told our teachers (Ms. Gentile and Mr. Peters) that they were very impressed with our knowledge of history, ability to answer their questions, and with our good behavior.

We learned about how people lived in the past, and about some unusual things like the “illegal bathtub,” “mustache cup,” and the “night time chamber pot.”

If you would like something fun and interesting to do, we suggest you take a tour of this beautiful part of our history. For more information visit:

We would like to thank The Friends of the Dalnavert Museum for providing us with this field trip. (It was awarded to us at the Red River Heritage Fair for being “The Most Enthusiastic School.”) We also would like to thank all of our tour guides for making the trip so informative and interesting!

Young Citizens Video Challenge - Everyone Please Vote Online 


Thank you to everyone who voted for our students. We are now awaiting the results!


Anna Mhira A. - Viola Desmond: Fight for What is Right


Josh C. - #RielHero


Mischa G. - The History & Evolution of Portage and Main


Jasnoor G. – The Edmonton Grads: World's Most Winning Team


Scarlett M. – Roberta Bondar: First Canadian Woman in Space


Red River Heritage Fair


The Grade 6 students researched diligently and created some very interesting Heritage Fair Projects this year. Their hard work paid off because the class had great fun listening to and viewing the entertaining and informative presentations of their fellow classmates. The Grade 4 and 5 classrooms, as well as Mrs. Chabluk, were invited to attend, and they were very impressed by the presentations. The Grade 6’s enthusiastically answered many questions and listened to comments and feedback. It was a great learning experience for all!


The top projects then proceeded to the Red River Heritage Fair on May 3. The students participated in fun and educational workshops, joined in the lively heritage dancing at lunchtime, and answered a myriad of judges’ questions. It was an action-packed day enjoyed by all!


All of our students who entered the fair received medals and certificates for their projects, and as well we were excited to receive the Most Enthusiastic School Award, presented by The Friends of the Dalnavert Museum. We received a free field trip for the entire class to the Dalnavert Museum, as well as a $125 McNally Robinson gift certificate for the school library.  


In addition, several students won Specialty Awards. These students received additional prizes and certificates and are invited to a special dinner reception with the Lieutenant Governor, of Manitoba at Government House on June 6.


Heritage Winnipeg AwardThe History & Evolution of Portage and Main – Mischa G.


Heritage Winnipeg AwardThe Forks History – Ergon G. & Rusell P.


IQmetrix Award (MB Association of Computing Educators) - #RielHero – Joshua C.


Canadian Experiences: Second World War AwardJuno Beach: D Day – Colyn J.


Manitoba Historical Society AwardThe History & Evolution of Portage and Main – Mischa G.


Manitoba Museum AwardImmigration: A One Way Ticket to Canada – Serena S.


Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame AwardThe Edmonton Grads – Jasnoor G.


MB Genealogical Society Family History AwardImmigration: A One Way Ticket to Canada – Serena S.


Veteran AwardValour Road – Patrick B. & Rylie D.



Not all the projects were able to win specialty awards, some because they did not fit those special categories. However, these projects were just as excellent as the preceeding. So congratulations to the other students selected to attend the fair as well:

Harriet Tubman – Ria S.


Polar Bear and Northern Lights – Emilia P.


Roberta Bondar: Canada’s First Woman in Space – Scarlett M.


Viola Desmond: Fight for What is Right – Anna Mhira A.


Congratulations to each student in the class who created and presented terrific projects! You have improved your research, communication, and presentation skills throughout the year. As well, you have demonstrated great creativity and enthusiasm. We are proud of you all.



McNally Robinson Grade 5-6 Writing Contest

I Have Always Wanted to...


Congratulations to Daniel C. in grade 6 for being chosen as the First Place Winner in this writing contest! The theme was “I have always wanted to...”  go into space, swim in the sea, climb a mountain, go back into the past, etc! Submissions were required to be 500-1000 words, and could be fiction or non-fiction. The special guest judge was Vikki VanSickle, author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including Words that Start with B, and Days that End in Y. Her latest novel is The Winnowing.  


The Awards Ceremony was held Thursday, May 10, at McNally Robinson at Grant Park, with celebrity judge Vikki VanSickle. Friends and classmates were invited to attend. Daniel received a $75 dollar gift certificate and bag filled with exciting books, while Ms. Gentile received books for her classroom. The ceremony was a lot of fun, the cookies and juice were delicious, and the stories were fantastic! Thank you to McNally Robinson and Scholastic Canada for sponsoring this contest and for the terrific prizes. Congratulations, Daniel, on your imaginative and exciting story! 


 Ms. Gentile