April 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Educators from all of our schools in the board have been working to gain a better understanding of the history of the treatment of Indigenous people in Canada. With that knowledge comes the responsibility to better educate our students so that we don’t repeat the mistakes of our past.

In the spirit of Reconciliation, some of the recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission point to acknowledging the original inhabitants whose territory we all reside on. The treaties that were signed involved shared use of the land as outlined in the wampum belts, a documentation of some of those agreements.

At our school council this month (April 3rd at 7 p.m.), we will discuss adding a land acknowledgement to our morning announcements. A land acknowledgement serves as recognition that FNMI people were the first inhabitants of this land and should have been treated with respect rather than the treatment that was given. Land acknowledgements are now being given at Toronto council meetings and other city gathering places, Girl Guide and Scout groups, and many schools across various school boards including AMDSB.

If you have questions about the practise of reading the land acknowledgement, please join us for our meeting to be involved and to have the chance to speak with a lead teacher in our board working on this portfolio.

Carol

Acknowledgment of Traditional Lands

“We acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the Anishnaabe Peoples. We wish to recognize the long history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and show our
respect to them today. We recognize their stewardship of the land; may we all live with respect on this land and live in peace and friendship.”

Graduation

Grade 8 Graduation will be Tuesday, June 25th at 6:00 p.m.

PA Day

Friday, April 5th, 2019 is a Professional Activity Day for staff. There is no school for students.

EQAO Assessment

Our Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Primary Division Assessment (Grade 3) of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics and the Junior Division Assessment (Grade 6) of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics will occur during the weeks of May 21st to June 4th. This year we will run EQAO for six days writing one section per day. Our hope is that with only writing one section per day, students will fatigue less and achieve greater success. Please help us to give our grade 3 and 6 students the best chance possible to achieve success on the EQAO assessments by ensuring that your child gets plenty of sleep, a balanced breakfast & encouragement about his/her ability.

Your consideration in keeping these days free from medical appointments etc. for your children is greatly appreciated.

Character Education

This month, students will be discussing the character attribute honesty. Honesty is being trustworthy, sincere, loyal and truthful.

School Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. is the next School Council meeting in the Library. Everyone is welcome.

Bring Your Child to School Day

Friday May 3rd is Bring Your Child to School Day. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring your child(ren) to school between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to tour the school and visit their class. More details to follow.

School Climate Survey

Students in grades 4-8 will be completing the Our School Survey.

Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Learning Bar Inc.’s website.