Principle’s Update

Dear SCCS Families,

Here we are!  Our last official school day of the 2021-2022 school year!  It’s been an amazing year, with lots of unique challenges and successes.  Watching our students grow all year has been a gift, and one which we would not trade for anything!  Thank you for trusting us with your child(ren) this year.  Our students are second to none.

As we head into summer holidays, I want to wish all of you a very happy, relaxing summer. I hope you can take this time to rejuvenate and make some amazing family memories.  Let’s hope for lots of sunshine too.

If your son/daughter forgot to pick up their medication from the front office today, please know that the front office staff will be here tomorrow from 8:00-4:00pm.  Also, one of our Gr. 6 students is missing a violin, so please check to make sure that you didn’t take home the wrong one, and if you did, please let the front office know as soon as possible.  Thank you.  😊

It is that time of year when I can announce that there will be some staffing changes for the 2022-2023 school year.  They are as follows:

  • Mrs. Kathy Lalonde is leaving SCCS after many years. She is going to be working on building a band program in her other school division, which is an amazing opportunity for her!  We wish her all the best as she moves forward with this new opportunity.  She will be missed.
  • We say good-bye to Ms. Rebecca Lerner and Ms. Claire Tompkins, as they leave their term positions at SCCS.  We will miss you and wish you both all the best.
  • We also wish all the best to Mrs. Heba Farg and Ms. Jocelyn Froese, our two Educational Assistants.  Good luck to you both, and we wish you all the best too.

I’d like to welcome two new staff members to the SCCS community next year.  A big welcome to Mrs. Joanne Mulvena, who will be taking over Mrs. Boughton’s maternity leave as Resource teacher sometime in September, and Ms. Kelsey Copeland, who will be our second Gr. 6 teacher next year.  Check out their bios to learn more about them.

Hi, my name is Joanne Mulvena and I am very excited to join the St Charles school community in September as the resource teacher. I have been a teacher for 23 years. Throughout these years I have assumed various roles that include classroom teacher K-12, resource teacher, vice-principal, and principal.  It is my passion to work with children and to support them in reaching their full potential. I am a wife, mother, nana, sister and daughter and my family is extremely important. My husband and I enjoy travelling and have been to Europe and the Caribbean. I am looking forward to beginning my role and creating new friendships and relationships.

Hello, St. Charles, Catholic School Community. My name is Kelsey Copeland and I am very excited to be joining the teaching staff at St. Charles Catholic School this September. I love teaching middle school students and am excited to be back there after a year of teaching fourth grade. Now I will give you some information about myself. I am a huge believer in physical activity helping the brain function best both academically and emotionally. As such I consider myself to be a very active person. I am a member of Manitoba Fusion, a rhythmic gymnastics team that is training to perform at the Canadian National Gymnaestrada this July in Edmonton as well as next July and August in Amsterdam for the World Gymnaestrada. I also enjoy boxing and am trying to train to eventually run a race. I love spending time outside at my cabin especially reading during the summer as it is a way I relax and unwind. I value time spent with my family and love enjoying a good barbecue with them. Finally, I am a huge crafter, whether it be knitting, cross stitching, or creating shirts or cups on my Cricut I love to have a creative outlet. I am looking forward to September to get to know and become a part of the St. Charles Catholic School Community. To the future grade 6, 7 and 8 students and families I am looking forward to being your teacher and can’t wait to see what you will accomplish this coming year! 


Please save the date: September 9th, 3-6pm SCCS Welcome BBQ. This will be an opportunity to meet the teachers, staff and board of directors as well as connect with parents and classroom reps.  This will also be the tentative date for chocolate bar and raffle pick up. More details to come in the new school year.”

The staff is looking forward to their summer holidays with much excitement!  Please note that they will not be responding to emails over the summer so that they can get some rest and relaxation and spend some much-needed time with their families.  Thank you for your understanding.

I too, am looking forward to doing the same thing, and will not be responding to emails until the office officially opens again on August 23rd.  I thank you in advance for your consideration and understanding in this matter.  Please note, that I will send out a communication email prior to school starting at the end of August, with details what you will need to know to start the new school year.

For those families, students, and staff, who are moving on from our SCCS community, we wish you all the best!  You have been an important part of this community, and we know that you will take part of us with you as you begin your new adventures.  Stay safe and remember that we would love to hear from you and know how you are doing!

On behalf of all the staff at SCCS, I wish you and your family a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you back in September!

God bless you all,




As I am sure you are aware, ‘in response to the COVID-19 situation in our province, Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools currently in remote learning in the cities of Winnipeg and Brandon, as well as in the Red River Valley and Garden Valley school divisions, will continue with remote learning until June 7, 2021. This decision is informed by various public health factors and variables such as cases, and ICU and hospital capacity.’

The Department of Education and Public Health continues to emphasize the importance of getting students back in classrooms for in-person learning while focusing on safety, health, and well-being.

For students who are doing remote learning for another week, your child’s classroom teacher will be sending you an email to arrange pickup of a student learning package for next week. If you are not able to pick up, please know that we understand, and just let your child’s teacher know.
Again, thank you for your continued support and understanding while we navigate this pandemic.

We can’t wait to have all of our SCCS students back in our building!



The Pandemic and Spring Break Travel/Self-isolation
If you are thinking of travelling internationally or inter-provincially over Spring Break, please note that there will be a required 14 days of isolation when you return, and prior to be able to come back to school. Please see the information below and click on the link below for up-to-date information.

“As per the public health order, 14 days of self-isolation is required for people returning or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions.
Individuals who travelled internationally or inter-provincially must go into mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) for 14 days from the date of arrival to Manitoba.”

Here is the link for more information:



I want to start my update this week with recognizing everyone’s concern about the growing number of COVID cases in our city and province.  There is a shift in concern in the way we are looking at the daily case numbers and the news surrounding those numbers. 

I want to thank you very much for all your support, kind messages/words, and for understanding the uncertainty of navigating this pandemic from a school perspective. I am continuously sharing your well wishes with my staff, and I know many of you have reached out to them as well.  Staff appreciate your support as they continue navigate through the many changes being implemented from the government level. 

To put it into perspective, our SCCS community started the school year in the Yellow Response Plan, (seems so long ago doesn’t it?).  We were then moved to the Modified Orange Level Response Plan, followed by the Restricted Orange Plan that we are currently in. As you are aware, plans for our Critical Red Response Level are now being put in place in case we get notification from the government that we need to move to this level. 

On behalf of all my staff, I would like to thank you for keeping your children home when they are ill or picking them up quickly if they become ill at school.  Also, please remember that if someone in your household is ill, students are not allowed to come to school even if they are well.  (as per the government mandate that came into effect not long ago) 



Thank you very much for your prompt responses to our Tier 1 and Tier 2 critical services workers emails that were sent out this past Tuesday. Please note: Our Tier 2 responses have now been closed.

All parents who are Tier 1 workers will have a spot at SCCS for your child if schools are moved to the Critical Red Response Level. Any Tier 1 parents who are not going to send their child to school during this Critical Red Response Level are asked to notify me immediately at

If you are a Tier 2 parent, I will be in touch with you early next week to let you know if accommodations can be made for your child during the Critical Red Response Level.

If we are mandated by the government to move to RED more details will be made available for SCCS’s Critical Red Response Level Plan. Remote learning will be offered to Kindergarten to Gr. 8 students if schools move to RED, and a timetable will be provided to all families with this information.



As you may have heard already, the City of Winnipeg is moving to the critical level effective Monday.  In my teleconference today, we were told that schools in Winnipeg would continue to operate in the Orange Response Level across Manitoba. 
Please continue to talk with your child about the importance of social distancing, mask use, and washing/sanitizing hands.  Staff will continue to do the same.  As always, we appreciate your support and understanding.  Thank you.

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