Emily Carr

November 2016

Message from Administration

October was an exciting month at Emily Carr. We started strong with a great kick off to our Walk to School campaign. A special thanks to Lynn P. and her crew for handing out stickers, pumping out the music and celebrating a healthy habit. We continued the month by promoting healthy eating by participating in the Great Big Crunch. On October 13th, all of our students met on the playground and took a simultaneous crunch of a healthy, local apple. Thanks to Halton Food for Thought; we thoroughly enjoyed the crunchy treat!

Currently, teachers are busy collaborating and writing Grade 1-8 Provincial Progress Reports. Progress Reports will be coming home on November 21st. The Progress Report focuses on the six learning skills that improve student learning. The second page of the Progress Report provides you with an indication of how your child is progressing in each subject. There are no grades on the Provincial Progress Report.

The parent-teacher-student conferences will take place during the week of November 21st, with the bulk of the conferences happening on the evening of November 24th and the morning of November 25th (PA Day). The office has already sent out the conference forms for families with siblings at Emily Carr in Grades 1-8. Thank you to all parents who submitted those forms. In the next couple of weeks, teachers will be communicating with the rest of the parents in their classes to finish booking conferences and confirming dates and times. Look for this communication from your child's classroom (or homeroom) teacher.

Growth Mindset

Knowing that a growth mindset can have a positive impact on students, Emily Carr staff continue to learn about and promote the notion. As we look closer at the work of Jo Boaler, we wanted to share some helpful tips for parents to support their children at home.

A Musical Note

Emily Carr’s Bucket Drumming Ensemble will be performing Friday, November 4th at the Ontario Music Educators’ Association conference in Niagara Falls. The students are very excited to be performing at the music teachers’ conference.

The Interlink Choir will perform at the Oakville Conference Centre on November 2nd in partnership with five other choirs, Mississauga Festival Choir, Halton Regional Police Chorus, Masterworks of Oakville and the Tempus Choral Society. The students are to arrive at the Conference Centre at 6:30 p.m. The directions are on the back of your ticket.

The Interlink Choir continues to meet Monday at first break. They are preparing for the Remembrance Day Assembly and their December 7th School concert.

The Emily Carr grade 8 band had their first performance at the Halloween Parade. They will also be playing at our Remembrance Day Assembly and will be preparing for the December Emily Carr School concert. Rehearsals are Wednesday and Friday after school.

Students from grade 5 continue to develop their rhythm skills through various activities. They have also created a sound track to accompany a seasonal poem.

Students from grade 6 are beginning their study of First Nation music. They each will make a drum or rattle which they will use to accompany a First Nation legend.

The grade 7 and 8 students continue to develop their skills on their chosen band instrument. Extra practice times are Wednesday and Friday, first break.

November 2016 Holidays and Observances

November 1 - All Saints Day

Many Christians in Canada honor all the different saints, particularly those who do not have their own feast day, on All Saints' Day on November 1 each year. Some eastern churches in Canada celebrate this day on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All Hallows' Day.

November 1 - Hindu New Year

Hindu Vikram New Year – October 31, 2016 – Gujarati New Year - Vikram Samvat 2073 begins.

This date is from the lunar calendar that began in 57 B.C. and is observed in some states in India who follow this calendar.

November 1 - Birth of the Bab

Baha'is around the world will observe the holy day of the Birth of the Bab. One of nine holy days on which Baha'is are enjoined to suspend work if possible, the date marks the anniversary of the birth - in 1819 in Shiraz, Iran - of Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, known to history as the Bab. Many attend holy day celebrations.

November 11 - Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day commemorates Canadians who died in World War 1 and World War 2, and also remembers those who have fought in the many wars since, including the conflicts in recent times. November 11 is significant because it is the date that marked the end of World Ware 1. The poppy is the symbol used to show that we remember those soldiers who were killed in these wars. We pause for a moment of silence to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country and give thanks for the freedom we enjoy today. The tradition of wearing a poppy to honour Canadian soldiers originates from the poem entitled “In Flanders Fields”, written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in 1915.

November 14 - Dev Deepawali or Dev Diwali

Dev Diwali or Dev Deepawali is a Hindu festival observed in the Hindu month of ‘Kartik’, celebrated with great pomp and show in the Indian state of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh. Dev Deepawali is the ‘Festival of Lights of the Gods’ and falls on the Kartik ‘Purnima’ (full moon day), fifteen days after the celebrations of Diwali.

November 14 - Birth of Guru Nanak

Today, the Sikh community celebrates the Birth of Guru Nanak. A gurpurab in Sikh tradition is a celebration of an anniversary related to the lives of the Sikh gurus. The founder of Sikhism was Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Gurpurab is celebrated by the Sikh community all over the world and is one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar.

November 20 - Universal Children’s Day

The United Nations' (UN) Universal Children's Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children's welfare.

November 27 - First Day of Advent

Many Christians in Canada celebrate the beginning of the Advent season on the first Sunday of Advent. It marks the start of the Christian year in western Christianity. Its length varies from 22 to 28 days, starting on the Sunday nearest St Andrew’s Day and encompassing the next three Sundays, ending on Christmas Day.

Inclement Weather

​Inclement Weather Reminders:

During the winter months, inclement weather may cause the disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. In case of poor we​ather, the decision to close schools and/or cancel buses is communicated to parents beginning at 6:30 a.m.

It is always a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school on inclement weather days.

Since communication is key in alerting families to the status of school operations and busing, we use a variety of methods to communicate this important information including:​

Primary Methods of Communication

  • Halton District School Board website - banner posted on homepage
  • Halton Student Transportation Services
  • Telephone recording through the Board’s main switchboard at 905-335-3665 or Toll free at 1-877- 618-3456
  • Television Stations: CHCH, CITY TV, CP24
  • AM Radio Stations: CFRB 1010 AM, CJOY 1460 AM, CHML 900 AM,
  • CKOC 1150 AM, CHWO 740 AM, AM680NEWS, CHAM 820 AM.
  • FM Radio Stations: CHFI 98.1 FM, WAVE 94.7 FM, Y108/107.9 FM, CING 95.3 FM, KLITE 102.9 FM, CBC 99.1 FM, CIMJ 106.1 FM.
  • Twitter - School closures and bus cancellations will be tweeted to followers at @HaltonDSB

Email messages on Inclement Weather Days

The Home Notification System will email the parents of approximately 60,000 students (between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.). Parents are reminded there are several reasons these emails could be delayed, including the limitations of parent’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) receiving our messages, spam protection, as well as other GTA school boards sending messages that morning. For this reason the Home Notification System is supplementary to TV, radio, website and social media.

All of this information is directly from the HDSB webpage. For further information see this link that outlines the boards policies.