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The 2016 SaskEnergy Willow Awards Gala

We at MacNeill are so honoured to be hosting the 2016 SaskEnergy Willow Awards Gala!


The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards (the Willow Awards) will take place on Friday, May 13 at 1:15. The event will be live-streamed and archived online at the Willow Awards website ( ).


We thank our patrons of the event: SaskEnergy Inc., EVRAZ, PotashCorp, HJ Linnen Assoc., Cameco, and Book & Brier Patch.

We thank our Partner in Education: Affinity Credit Union.

We thank our local sponsors: Best Food Forward, and Unique Garden Centre.

We thank our supporters: MacNeill School Community Council, and Twin Lakes Community Association.

An extra-special thank-you goes to our student group, the Willow Ambassadors, for their hard work in bringing this exciting event to our school!

Say "Peace" in 100 languages!

I found a cool website! The word "Peace" in over 100 languages.

Scholastic Book Fair!

Our Book Fair is rapidly approaching!!! It's only 13 days away!

Here's a link to introductions of some of the books available at the Book Fair:

We will be open for families to shop on November 12th and 13th from 3:45 - 8:00pm.

Our Book Fair will have Interac/Credit Card machines, for your convenience!

If we reach our school goal of selling 500 or more books, I have (relucantly) agreed to have a bucket of slime dumped on me. Let's see if our students purchase enough books.... :)

All purchases benefit our school library, providing us with new resources!!!


Check out the link above to hear about some awesome new books!


Mrs. Brewer is currently reading "The Boundless" by Kenneth Oppel, and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini.


Welcome to another amazing year at MacNeill Elementary School! 

I'm so excited: we've got lots of great books coming in to our library! Our graphic novel section is rapidly expanding in both fiction and non-fiction books! 

A Sneak-Peek of titles being added to our Resource Centre this fall:



Mrs. Brewer is currently reading: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen




January 13, 2015

Dear students and families,

                 MacNeill School is collecting donations of clothing and small household items in order to help those members of our Regina community who have lost their homes to fires this past week.

  Items that are needed by families include:

                    Clothing – all sizes, all styles. Infants, children, teen, adult. Warm clothes will be most important, right now.

 Toiletry items – toothbrushes, combs, soap, etc.

 Household items- dishes, pots and pans, towels, bedding, etc.

All items (and any medium-large boxes in which to transport our donations) will be accepted at our MacNeill School Resource Center, where we will organize it. We will then transport it to organizations that will then ensure that each item gets to the families impacted by the fires that need it most.

Any monetary donations you might wish to make can be made directly to the Canadian Red Cross (who have been supporting those made homeless by the fire by paying for hotel and food for them until they can move into a new place), or to the Salvation Army Haven of Hope (who will provide gift cards/vouchers for furniture, clothing, and groceries).

            Please consider donating what you can. We will accept donations of clothing, toiletries, and household items until Monday, January 19. If you have any questions, please phone the school or email Mrs. Brewer: 

 Thank-you for helping us show Regina that MacNeill School “does the best it can do” at supporting those in need!



Math Makes Sense link

A link to this month's unit in math for Grade 6B.

Saskatchewan Library Association contest

A new contest brought to you by the Saskatchewan Library Association, Sask Culture, Sask Lotteries, and SaskEnergy:

Book Spine Poetry!

Write a poem using spines of books stacked on top of each other! Take a photo and send it in to win a Grand Prize of a $100 gift card for Chapters.
See their website for entry and details:


Attached is the poem I submitted!


Math blog!


So lucky to have Commander Chris Hadfield sign one of our library books! (See attachment!)

Book Talk Bingo club!

The sign-up sheet for this club is on the Resource Center's door. Space is limited to 12 students!

Attached is a sample bingo card with the different types of books that we will be doing book talks about!

Our Book Talk Bingo Club will be held at Lunchhours on Day 5s in the Resource Center.

Mrs. Brewer is currently reading "The Thirteenth House" by Sharon Shinn.


Which hero did you choose?

Click on this link to do a poll question about which book character you would choose to be your hero:



Launch a Rocket video links

Here are the links to the videos we've been watching in class to support the Grade 6 Launch a Rocket competition.

Paper airplane (launched with elastic bands):


Foam tube rocket (NASA video):

Catapault video:

Mini-parachute video:



Launch a Rocket Competition

Attached is the notice that was sent home with information about the Grade 6 Launch a Rocket competiton.
If you have any questions, please contact the classroom teacher or myself.

 David Bowie's "Space Oddity" covered by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield while aboard the International Space Station.

Chris Hadfield on being competent

"Competence means keeping your head in a crisis, sticking with a task even when it seems hopeless, and improvising good solutions to tough problems when every second counts. It encompasses ingenuity, determination and being prepared for anything."  from An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Brushing your teeth in space

Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency demonstrates how astronauts brush their teeth in space.

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