Emily Carr

October 2016

Message from Administration

September has flown by and Emily Carr has been a busy place. Students and teachers are right back into the swing of things. We are very excited about our BBQ and Open House on Wednesday, October 5th. This is a great evening to mingle, see your child's classroom, and meet teachers. We will even have a booth set up for EC spirit wear. Come check out the spirit wear table to see all of the new options for Emily Carr clothing.

As a school and community, we continue to promote our students to walk and wheel to school. Last week two more bike racks were delivered. That's perfect timing for October which is Walk to School month. We are encouraged by all of our students and parents who walk and wheel to school, even in the rain! Those parents that need to occasionally drive are reminded to follow the rules of the road and that students must be safely secured in the car according to Canadian Laws and regulations for seat belt safety.

As you can see, October is another busy month at Emily Carr. Continue to check out our website or twitter feed to stay up to date with all of the upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office for assistance.

Loving Math

Looking for enriching activities to help your child at school with Math? Check out this link for hands-on activities to help your child learn to love Math. http://mathies.ca/activitiesTogether.html

Walk to School

"Drive a kid to school, they have transportation for a day. Teach a kid to walk or bike to school and they learn transportation skills for life!"


Make a special effort to walk and/or wheel every day.


This is your chance to join kids from communities all around the world! Look for special sidewalk celebrations throughout the week.

Participate to WIN !

Bike or walk as much as you can between October 3rd - 6th for International Walk to School Week. Every 'active' transportation commute this week earns each student a chance to win an "Active Transportation" Prize Pack valued at over $50 + a class prize! Print and fill in your ballots for your chance to win. (Ballot box is located in the office)

Cross Country at EC

Our 2016 EC cross country team had a very successful season this year. We don't merely base success on where we placed at the meet, but our levels of participation, runners who set and accomplished personal goals and the level of involvement from our staff, students and community. We had our largest team to date at 150 runners with so much support this year. Almost 30 of our Grade 8's offered their time to volunteer at our practices 4 times a week (13 of those helpers attended the meet) and due to their hard work, things ran ever so smoothly. We had 10 staff members help us with our team this year and many parent volunteers and excited spectators on the day of our race. Thanks so much for you positivity and support. We know many parents were encouraging their children to stick with their goals and to keep coming out to practices. Thanks to our School Council for supporting our efforts with funding one of our buses so all of our runners could attend!

Here are the results for the day as well as some other highlights:

*Grade 3 Girls, Grade 4 Girls and Boys, Grade 5 Girls and Boys - 2nd Place

*Grade 3 Boys - 3rd Place

*Grade 8 Boys - 4th Place

*our students were seen giving a high five to students from other schools after the race

*our runners were supportive of each other

*our studentsfocused on their memories of the day, not simply where they placed in their race

Go Thunderbirds!

Looking for Some Resources?

Raising Resilent Children, Raising Boys and Queen Bees and Wannabes are three great resources that we have in our Parent Resource Library. These books are great to borrow if you are looking for advice on raising your children. Stop by the office to borrow one of these books.

PIC Conference

Halton District School Board Presents the 9th Annual PIC Conference, which is free to attend. The conference will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Craig Kielburger Secondary School (1151 Ferguson Drive, Milton). Registration is now open. The conference theme is, "Achieving Excellence by Nurturing Empathy and Resilience in Students"

EC Spirit Wear

Big Kahuna has organized our spirit wear ordering and there will be an online store for families to purchase Emily Carr spirit wear items.

These are just some of the things that will be available:

-cotton tees (available in a variety of colours including our House League Colours)

-athletic tees with wick away material



-sweat pants

We are planning to open the online store this Friday, October 7th and it will remain open for 4 weeks so families can place orders. After the online store closes on Friday, November 4th, Big Kahuna will make our clothes and deliver them to the school. Staff and students will then organize delivery to your child's classroom.

We will have an information table at the Open House this Wednesday in the front hall, so please come and check us out.

There will be opportunities for sizing for interested families in the coming weeks. We will share our drop-in times and dates once we have finalized the schedule, so please look out for that information which will be coming your way soon.

House League Colours - EC shows their spirit

At Emily Carr all students and staff belong to 1 of 4 House League Colour Groups: Red, Yellow, Blue or Green. Students keep the same colour for their entire time at Emily Carr and will dress in their colour on spirit days to show their spirit and to show support for their House Colour. We recommend keeping your eyes open for interesting clothes and accessories in your child's colour to have for spirit days. All students will be reminded of their House Colour within the next week and new students will be given their colour.

We have some exciting news to share - our spirit wear order form gives the option of students ordering EC t-shirts in their House League Colour in addition to other items. Please be sure to look out for your child's House League Colour information. More details to come on our House League Colour day for October.

Celebrations/Days of Significance

October is a month of many celebrations and special days for many different faiths and cultures. We wish all the best to all our families celebrating their holidays this month. Since 2007, October has been designated as Islamic History month in Canada. Islamic History Month Canada (IHMC) aims to celebrate, inform, educate, and share with fellow Canadians the rich Muslim heritage and contributions to society: contributions in sciences, humanities, medicine, astronomy, and other disciplines that have greatly benefited human progress. IHMC believes that through education and sharing positive stories, all Canadians can grow and connect in the best way possible.

September 12 - Eid al-Adha - Islam

Eid al-Adha is a significant annual Islamic observance for many Muslims in Canada. It is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or Festival of Sacrifice. Eid al-Adha is celebrated in Muslim communities throughout Canada around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah (or Dhul Hijja). It is a time marked by special prayers and many Muslims gather for special prayer services. Many people also visit family and friends, exchange greetings and gifts, and make donations to the poor and needy. Eid al-Adha is also a time for forgiveness and compassion.

October 1 - Sharad Navarati - Hinduism

Navratri festival is celebrated all over India. During Chaitra Navratri the ninth day is celebrated as Ram Navami while after Sharad Navratri the next day is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami, the victory of good over evil. Dancing and the wearing of colourful clothes follow a time of fasting and worship during this festival.

October 2 - New Year/Hijra - Islam

Many Muslims in countries such as Canada observe the start of the Islamic New Year on the first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims in Canada choose to fast during Muharram, although fasting is not obligatory. Many Muslims also engage in voluntary prayer during this time.

October 3 & 4- Rosh Hashanah - Judaism

Many Jewish Canadians observe Rosh Hashanah, known as the New Year in the Jewish calendar, for two days, while others celebrate the event for one day. It is a time of family gatherings and special meals. Rosh Hashana commences at nightfall the day before the actual holiday. The celebrations begin after the evening prayer, when family and friends join in to reflect on the past and make a fresh start for the New Year.

October 12 - Thanksgiving Holiday - Canada

Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year. Many people have a day off work on the second Monday of October. They often use the three-day Thanksgiving weekend to visit family or friends who live far away, or to receive them in their own homes. Many people also prepare a special meal to eat at some point during the long weekend. Traditionally, this includes roast turkey and seasonal produce, such as pumpkin, corn ears and pecan nuts. Most importantly it is a time to give thanks and be together.

October 12 - Yom Kippur - Judaism

Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday known as the Day of Atonement. Many Canadians of Jewish faith in Canada spend the day fasting and praying. Its theme centers on atonement and repentance. Yom Kippur is on the 10th day of the month of Tishrei (or Tishri) in the Jewish calendar. Many Jewish Canadians believe that God seals their fate for the coming year on Yom Kippur. This holiday involves activities such as fasting and praying. It is believed that those who repent from their sins will be granted a happy New Year. Many Jewish people spend time in the synagogue at this time of the year. The holiday ends on a joyous note, and many Jewish people take part in a festive potluck feast after the fast is over.

October 17-23 - Sukkot - Judaism

Many Jewish communities in Canada observe the first day of Sukkot which is the start of the Sukkot period. This period, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, lasts for about seven days. The first day of Sukkot is kept like the Sabbath so many Jewish people do not engage in certain work activities on this day.

October 29-30 - Diwali - Jainism/Sikhism/Hinduism

Diwali (Dīvali, Dīpāwali, or Deepavali, Bandi Chhor Divas) Many people in Canada celebrate Diwali each year which is known as the “Festival of Lights”. It is a joyous festival celebrated by people of Hindu, Jain and Sikh faith all over the world. Various community groups, businesses, schools and associations celebrate Diwali each year. Some companies have corporate Diwali dinners and some communities organize carnivals or gatherings that feature firework displays. Many Diwali festivals feature dances, street lighting, and plays.

October 31 - Halloween - Canada

Many people around the world celebrate Halloween, which occurs annually on October 31. It is the day before All Saints’ Day, and is also sometimes called All Hallows’ Eve and Hallowmas Eve. Costume parties are often held at people’s homes and many children go trick-or-treating to neighbourhood homes in the evening to collect candy or treats. Schools celebrate Halloween by hosting costume parades. Many homes are decorated to fit the Halloween theme during this time with jack-o-lanterns, spiders and cobwebs, bats and black cats.