Friday, December 19, 2014

Colours Delivered!

If you remember our "Colour for Colours" post from December below is the picture of the presents being received at our chosen school in the Dominican Republic.  According to Mr. Halbert, he was told students were "blown away by our donation and several of them started crying when they saw all of the supplies."

Thanks again to all for your generous contributions!

Mindfulness and Art!

20 participants (SJC students and adults from the local community) participated in Mindfulness Art Workshop led by local artist/actor Ali Tataryn. Dec 27 & 28th. What a great way to help manage Christmas Season Stress!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Selfies with Santa!

Santa arrived a little early this year to take part in a Student Council led photo op - Selfies with Santa!  Ho Ho Ho !

Fundraiser Raffle Winner

Someone's Christmas just got a little bit Brighter!  Santa presented the grand prize of Jets tickets to Jocelyne Olynick who sold the winning ticket to Chris Sobkowicz!  Profits from the raffle will be sent to Nor West Co Op, Rainbow Resource Centre and towards a project at The Oak Table Ministry! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Jimmie Jam Radio presents: Music Appreciation Mondays!

Today Jimmie Jam Radio launches a new show called Music Appreciation Monday, where staff & students are invited to tell us about a song they love and share it with listeners! We'd love it if you would tune in and help spread the good word!

Tune in Mondays, 12-1 pm online by visiting us at our website and looking at the various listening options: You can also email us at to contribute or provide feedback!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Advanced Placement Calculus Field Trip!

The AP Calculus class went on a field trip on December 12th to "The Real Escape" Winnipeg. The Real Escape is a simulation game where participants are "trapped" in a room and given clues where they need to use logic and reasoning to escape. The are given a maximum of 1 hour to escape and needed to work together to solve the clues and get out of the room.

The AP Calculus class escaped the room in 56 minutes!! Well done class!

To find out more go to

Thursday, December 11, 2014

5th Annual Aboriginal Holiday Feast

60 students from George Waters and St. James Collegiate gathered on Wednesday, Dec. 10 to participate in a soapstone carving workshop led by Michael ManyEagles. A taco feast followed with yummy bannock from Neechi Commons! It was a great way to spend some time together!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Parenting Today: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Parenting Today

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Presented by: Richard Guerry Founder of Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2). Richard will discuss the internet and how one can be manipulated and schemed, and their content being stolen and exploited. You will have the opportunity to hear his message regarding the importance of practicing a digital consciousness in every aspect of life to avoid any current or future digital disaster.

Workshops will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at Educational Support Services – Jameswood School, 1 Braintree Crescent (off Olive & Ness).  Free pizza supper will be offered from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. and session will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. To register please call Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or email

FREE CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED FOR SESSIONS.  When registering please indicate for how many children and their ages.  Once registered, if you cannot attend, please be sure to cancel by contacting Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or email
Once registered for any session, if you cannot attend, please be sure to cancel by contacting Arlie Williams-Taylor at 885-9555 or email

Congrats Kelsey the All Star!

Here are the pics of Kelsey from the All-Star game.  We are proud of her athletic and academic achievements at St. James Collegiate and are thrilled that she represented us at the Graduating All-Star AAA VG Volleyball game!  Below is a video clip of the game for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Contribute & listen to Jimmie Jam Radio!

SJC's online radio station, Jimmie Jam Radio, is going strong and getting better all the time!

On Monday, December 15 at noon, we will debut Music Appreciation Mondays, where staff and students are invited to come down to room 214 to play and talk about a favourite song (or songs!) and share them with the world. All are welcome! Bring in a CD, .mp3, iPod, vinyl record, or find it online! No experience necessary, and the more the merrier!

Tune in or contribute, Mondays at noon on Jimmie Jam Radio! You can email in picks or ideas to

We're also looking for new volunteer DJs, so any students or groups looking to share music or information are invited to contribute and get on the air! No experience is necessary and all are welcome! All you have to do is see Mr. Robson in room 213 or contact us at

SJC Receives United Way Youth United Grants!

St. James Collegiate has been awarded $3000.00 from the United Way Youth United Grant Program for the following projects: 

Brooklands Literacy Project - $1000.00 - over 10 years in operation

Stevenson Homework Club - $1000.00 - 10 years of involvement

World Lit Book Club - $1000.00 - 1st year - We are so excited to get this off the ground!

We are grateful to the United Way for their ongoing support! 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Inclusive Practices Highlighted for Russian Visitors

On November 27th, we were thrilled to host visitors from Russia and give them a tour of our facilities at St. James Collegiate and George Waters Middle School.   This was an opportunity for them to witness what "inclusion" looks like in our schools.  The focus for inclusion was mostly related to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, but also looking at how inclusion works for everyone and showing off many of our Universal Design Principles.

The visitors from Russia have an institutional connection  between the University of Manitoba and the North Caucusus Federal University in Stavropol, located in Stavropol Province, in the Russian Federation.

The visitors were:

Dr. Natalia Borozinets, Dean
Faculty of Education
Institute of Education and Social Sciences
North Caucasus Federal University

Dr. Elena Evmenenko, Associate Professor Department of Defectology
Institute of Education and Social Sciences
North Caucasus Federal University

Dr. Olga Simen-Severckay, Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Institute of Education and Social Sciences
North Caucasus Federal University

Dr. Rick Freeze of the University of Manitoba accompanied them.

The Russian visitors admit that they have a long way to go to implementing inclusion practices in their city.  At one point they asked me “How many Deaf children are in the room?” and they were shocked when I told them that there was only one student with a hearing loss in that particular room.  They could not believe that we had a computerized notetaker who was using an iPad, a projector, and a screen to provide a visual representation of the oral language of the classroom for only one student in the class.  I explained that many of the other students also benefit from this service and that is what made it a good Universal Design practice.

They continued to marvel over the technology we were using; the Smartboards in every class, the iPads in every student’s hand, the ELMO which allowed us to see the teacher editing a passage, and the Front Row To GO systems installed in the middle school classrooms.

We also got to show off our newly accessible building including the elevator, the grooming room and the ramps to every level.

At the end of our tour, we came back to the Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students’ room and had a discussion.  There were many questions about how we make it all work and what happens with our students after they graduate.  They had many questions about transition plans and opportunities for secondary education and training.  Brandon Eastman, one of our students who is part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program prepared a catered snack and served our guests graciously.  They were very impressed with everything they saw and hope to implement some of the same strategies and practices in their home country.

It was a rare opportunity to entertain these guests.  Many of the inclusive philosophies we represent here are so common, that it was an eye-opening experience to witness this through their eyes and acknowledge how far we have come and how far some countries still need to go.

Respectfully submitted by

Cindy Neil

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Colour for Colours

Student Council collected 196 packages of 'colours' from the colour for colours student fun competition to send to a school in need in the Dominican Republic.  Awesome empathy and school spirit Jimmies!

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