Emily Carr

December 2017

Message from Administration

Farewell and Welcome

As we move into this busy month of December, we want to take a moment to say a fond farewell to Mrs. Laman who will be moving to Charles R. Beaudoin as their new Vice Principal beginning January 8th. Over the past 3.5 years, Mrs. Laman has built many positive relationships with students, families and staff of Emily Carr, and she has enjoyed being part of this community. We wish Mrs. Laman all the best at her new school.

In January, we welcome Mr. Chisolme to our school community. Mr. Chisolme joins us from the Peel District School Board where he is currently working as a Vice Principal.

The Emily Carr staff would like to extend to all of you, Happy Holidays and Best Wishes, as we head into the New Year. May you all experience peace and joy with your families during the Winter Break and throughout the year.

A Musical Note by Jean Barber

The Emily Carr Grade 8 Band and the Interlink Choir are preparing for their December Winter Concert/Play, on Wednesday, December 6th.

The Interlink Choir will finish for this year after the concert. A new schedule for 2018 will be handed out in the new year.

The Emily Carr Grade 8 Band continues to rehearse as they prepare for their competition at the Golden Horseshoe Musicfest, February 22nd. Their rehearsal schedule is posted on Google Classroom each week. Regular attendance is very important as they prepare for Provincials.

Have a great holiday!

French Immersion Registration

​​​​​​Registration for the French Immersion Program is open to all Grade 1 students and will begin on Friday, December 1, 2017. Parents wishing to register their student should submit a registration form to the Emily Carr school office by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4 p.m. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

K-3 Primary Christmas Event

School Council would like to invite K-3 parents and students to an afternoon of Winter Fun. Please join us on Wednesday December 13th for the Primary Christmas Event starting at 2:45 and ending at 4 pm.

Please come and enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes while you sing along to the musical stylings of Mrs. Barber on the piano. You can also enjoy colouring and word puzzles. And finally, you can’t leave before you get a snap of yourself in the family photo booth.

Mark this fun afternoon on your calendars, we hope to see you there.

*Please note this is a school council event and students must be supervised by their parents*


We are extremely pleased to let you know that as of November 28, 89% of Emily Carr families have registered for SchoolCash Online. Thank you for taking the time to register. Please continue to use SchoolCash Online to pay for your son’s/daughter’s field trips, recorders, pizza, etc.

Please note that effective December 1, teachers will only accept permission forms WITH SCHOOLCASH ONLINE payments. Any payments made by cash/cheque MUST be made in person at the school office between 9 – 10 a.m. only.

Should you have any questions, please contact the school.

Thank you for your co-operation.

"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices."

– Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

December 2017 Holidays and Observances

December 2 Int. Day for the Abolition of Slavery - United Nations

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed today by the United Nations. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking of persons and child labour or use of children in armed conflicts. This day was instituted on the 2nd of December, 1949 in hopes to raise public awareness of the importance of this worldwide issue.

December 3 Int. day for Persons with Disability - United Nations

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. This day is observed to continue to lay the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for all persons with disabilities and to continue towards building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.

December 3 - First Sunday of Advent - Christianity

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.

December 3 - Unduvap Poya Day - Buddhism

The Buddhist faith celebrates many full moon days in their yearly calendar. Today is the Unduvap Poya Day which is celebrated over four days. The day commemorates a key event in the Buddhist faith.

December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

In 1991, the Parliament of Canada declared December 6th to be the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.The day now represents a time to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also a day for communities and individuals to speak out against all forms of violence against women and its impact on victims and their families and friends. In Ontario, candlelight vigils, memorial services, and other events are held throughout the province.

December 8 - Bodhi Day - Buddhism

In the world of Buddhism, an important day of celebration is December 8th. This is the day that many Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day, or the occasion when the Buddha attained enlightenment on this same day in 596 BC while sitting under the Bodhi tree. The Buddha taught his followers to fit into the neighborhood in which they lived and not to draw attention to themselves, and represent peace and calm to everyone around them.

December 10 Human Rights Day - United Nations

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

December 13 - 20th - Chanukah (Judaism)

Many Jewish communities in Canada observe the first day of Hanukkah, which marks the start of Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom. Hanukkah is a time for gift-giving so some people give gift baskets to others. Some organizations coordinate events, such as a Hanukkah Party, for children. These events often include singing, drama, and entertaining activities involving the dreidel, which is a toy used for games. Many Jewish Canadians prepare and eat special meals together.

December 13 - Birth of Imam Aga Khan - Islam

On 13 December 2017, people of the Islamic faith around the world celebrate the 81st birthday of our present living Imam, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan. Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1936, he succeeded his grandfather to become the 49th Ismaili Imam at the age of 20. The faith has over 15 million followers across 25 countries in the world.

December 21 - Yule/Winter Solstice - Christianity

In the Northern Hemisphere, the December Solstice is the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year. Although winter is the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the December Solstice marks the "turning of the Sun" and the days slowly get longer. Celebrations of the lighter days to come and nature’s continuing cycle have been common throughout cultures and history with feasts, festivals and holidays around the December Solstice. For thousands of years, the First Nations peoples noted the shifting of seasons. To acknowledge the vast complexity of the earth’s cycles, people celebrated through ceremony what is considered the longest night. It has always been a time when people reflect on their spirituality and prepare themselves to greet the New Sun, with intentions of living a vision that is anchored to spirit and a new light.

December 25 - Christmas Day - Christianity

December 25 is known as Christmas Day all over the world and many people in Canada spend the day with close relatives or friends. It is customary to exchange gifts, enjoy a special festive meal and, perhaps, attend a special church service. However, some people, particularly in Quebec, do some or all of these things on Christmas Eve as well as, or instead of, on Christmas Day. The traditions centered on Christmas gifts in Canada vary a lot between families. In some families, a mythical figure called Santa Claus brings gifts. It is a time of giving to those who are in need and to show love for friends and family.

Many Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth in Bethlehem on December 25, although the true date and year of his birth is unclear. The tradition of celebrating his birth at the end of December may come from the widespread European tradition of celebrations around the winter solstice.

December 26 - Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a holiday honoring the culture and traditions of people of African origin. It is celebrated by people from a range of African countries and their descendants. Kwanzaa consists of a week of celebrations, which ends with a feast and the exchange of gifts. During the celebrations, candles are lit and a wooden unity cup is used. Originally the people observing Kwanzaa did not mix any elements of other festivals into their celebrations. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly common for people to mix elements of Kwanzaa with Christmas or New Year celebrations. For instance, a family may have both a Christmas tree and a Kwanzaa candle stick on display in their home. This enables them to include both Christian and African inspired traditions in their lives at this time of year.