Emily Carr

June 2017

Message from Administration

With longer days and warmer weather, we know that spring has arrived! There may only be two months left of school, but there are lots of events, activities and gatherings being organized for our Emily Carr Community. We will continue to communicate these events through our monthly newsletters, Twitter updates, synervoice emails and the school website. We would like to thank all of the students for their wonderful performance on Wednesday, April 26. Mr. Folts and the Grade 1-3 team are so proud of your hard work. A special thank you to Mr. Folts, Mrs. Howse and their amazing team for putting together an excellent evening to celebrate Canada.

School Organization and Registrations:

Input for parental requests for class placements have now closed. Teachers will be discussing class groupings that best meet the needs of each student, taking into account learning styles, as well as social/emotional needs. Using all of this information, teachers will work to build classes which are balanced, best suit students' needs and allow for achievement of each child.

Having an accurate tally of students that will be attending Emily Carr in September 2017 is very important to our school organization. If you know you are moving to another school catchment area, please inform the office as soon as possible. Conversely, if you know anyone moving into the area, we are still accepting registrations for our 2017-18 school year.

Kindergarten Orientation:

Please send along this invitation to our Kindergarten Information Night for parents and children NEW to JK and SK in September 2017! We look forward to seeing our NEW to JK and SK families on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 6.00-7.00 pm.

EQAO Volunteers

We are looking for more volunteers to help with scribing for our Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO assessments. There is training for all interested volunteers, and we appreciate any time that you can give. Please email Judi Laman if you can help us out.

Jump Rope for Heart

On Thursday,May 11th, Emily Carr students will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart. This is the fundraising program for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Jump Rope for Heart encourages children to build healthy habits by educating them on the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. Emily Carr's fundraising goal this year is $5,000! Please help support our Jump Rope for Heart event on May 11th by encouraging your child to participate, as well as ensuring that the pledge envelope and any money raised is returned to school on or before May 11th. Thank you for your participation and support. With your help, we can make this our most successful Jump Rope for Heart Event ever!

Mental Health Week May 1-5

In connection with The Halton District School Board, Emily Carr will be celebrating Mental Health Week from May 1st to 5th. It is a fun week intended to to celebrate our strengths, promote positive mental health and finding a balance in all aspects of life. At Emily Carr, we are excited to offer students a variety of sessions to participate in throughout the week. The following is a breakdown of our week:

Mindful Monday: Open Minds, Healthy Minds

What’s Your Talent Tuesday? Celebrate You!

We Belong Wednesday: You Make a Difference!

Health-full Thursday: We Are All Connected!

Fit Friday: We All Have Mental Health

Primary Colouring activity

Junior Colouring Activity

Drumming Workout. All are welcome.

Healthy Lunch Challenge

Calming Jars Make and Take (Primary)

Guided Mindfulness Session

Calming Jars Make and Take (Junior/Intermediate)

On Thursday, May 4th, we are challenging all of our students to pack a healthy lunch. This is a great opportunity for you and your child(ren) to create and prepare some yummy and healthy treats!

Some resources and videos have been shared school wide and will be offered to students each day. Feel free to check in with your child(ren) and ask them to share what they discovered in class each day -- this is a great way to connect our learning between home and school.

May 2017 - Celebrations, Observances and Days of Significance

May 1-31 - Asian Heritage Month

The Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month in 2002. May is Asian Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. It also provides an opportunity for Canadians across the country to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage to the growth and prosperity of Canada. Canadians are invited to take part in the events that honour the legacy of Canadians of Asian heritage who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know today.

May 1 - Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

Today, the last day of the 12-day festival of Ridvan, people all around the world celebrate the beginning of the Baha’i Faith. A hundred and fifty one years ago, on May 2nd, 1863, the Prophet and Founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah, rode out of Baghdad into an unknown and ultimately lifelong exile and imprisonment. But instead of observing a day of sadness, Baha’is observe this anniversary, called the Twelfth Day of Ridvan, as one of the high points of the Baha’i year.

May 10 -10 Visakha Puja or Wesak day (Theravada Buddhism)

Buddha Day, is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists on different days in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar and in other places all over the world. Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.

May 15 - International Day of Families (United Nations)

The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.

May 23 - Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)

On May 23rd, Baha’i communities in Canada and around the world celebrate a holy day commemorating the very beginning of the Baha’i Faith, a day known to Baha’is as the Declaration of the Báb.

The Bahá’í Faith began with the mission of two divine messengers, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. The Báb was the Herald who prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.

May 25- Ascension (Christianity)

Ascension Day is observed in Canada on the 40th day of Easter. It commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven, according to the New Testament of the Bible.

Some Christians in Canada attend Ascension Day church services where they can receive communion, also known as the Eucharist, engage in prayer and sing hymns. Various churches, including the Roman Catholic Church and the United Church of Canada, observe this event. Children who attend Sunday school may learn about the meaning of Ascension Day around this time of the year.

May 27 - Ramadan (Month of fasting begins) (Islam)

Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims in Canada. The first verses of the Koran (Qur'an) were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (also written as Mohammed or Muhammed) during the last third of Ramadan, making this an especially holy period. Many Muslims in Canada fast during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is a time of self-examination and increased religious devotion. The fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar after sunset. Some mosques host daily community dinners where Muslims can break their fast together during Ramadan. Many Muslims broaden their compassion for the hungry and less fortunate when they fast. Ramadan is also a time for many Muslims to donate to charity by participating in food drives for the poor and other voluntary activities. Muslims are encouraged to be charitable during Ramadan. People of Islamic faith are encouraged to read the entire Qur'an during Ramadan. Some Muslims recite the entire Qur'an by the end of Ramadan through special prayers known as Tarawih, which are held in the mosques every night of the month.

May 28-Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh is the date marking the passing of Bahá’u’lláh in 1892.

May 31-June 1 -Shavuot (Judaism)

The festival of Shavuot (or Shavuos, in Ashkenazi usage; Shabhuʿoth in Classical and Mizrahi Hebrew Hebrew: שבועות, lit. "Weeks") is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June). Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai.Traditional holiday meals on Shavuot center around dairy foods. Shavuot is observed by abstaining from work and attending synagogue services.