The Limestone Lens

Focusing In On Equity and Anti-Racism

An Inclusive Approach to the Holiday Season

As we wrap up 2020, it is evident that we all want to spread love and joy to those around us. We want to acknowledge and celebrate the season, and we should! We do, however, need to be mindful that not all LDSB staff and students celebrate the same holidays. In these times where we long for the company and support of friends and family, we do not want anyone to feel excluded. This newsletter will provide information on and suggestions for an inclusive festive season.

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The message is not to erase one holiday, but recognize other celebrations equally!

Ofcourse we want to decorate and celebrate the holiday season! The question is... how can we include all celebrations? Are all of the winter holidays acknowledged the same amount, or are we placing more weight on one celebration than another? Are we asking our Limestone community to participate in events that may make some feel uncomfortable, going against our original purpose of celebrating together in the first place?


As LDSB employees, we want to work together to show staff and students that our lived experiences are valuable to all of us! We have a lot to celebrate!


This is one more step towards everyone seeing themselves in Limestone!

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The importance of sharing holidays you don't celebrate

Holidays teach similarities.

Explaining holidays bring understanding.

Holidays bring people together.


Here is an article for families explaining the merits of learning about different holidays:

https://www.kids-konnect.com/blog/the-importance-of-sharing-holidays-you-dont-celebrate-in-preschool
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Things to Consider...

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Join Local Kingstonians to Celebrate Hanukkah!

Hear greetings, watch the story behind the holiday, learn about the traditions (hanukkiah, dreidel and potato latkes), and listen to blessings and songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3WI4nHl-h8&list=PLMaLr7fSL6NfzGvc7NY_qAKBe_4dJsZrr

The Kingston Jewish Council (KJC) presents “Light Up the Night”, during the eight days of Hanukkah.

This festive event, presented on behalf of Kingston’s Jewish community, will take place in a virtual format this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All are welcome!


Beginning on Thursday, December 10, 2020, the “Kingston Celebrates Hanukkah” video series will be available on KJC’s YouTube channel, https://youtube.com/channel/UC-EYPdNoa8w8gCmut_rpWzw.


On Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00pm, the community is invited to join the Kingston Jewish Community Choir for a “Sing-Along and Schmooze” on Zoom; to receive the Zoom link, please contact coordinator@jewishkingston.org.


On Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 4:30pm, watch a live stream of the lighting of the menorah in downtown Kingston. The live stream will be available on KJC’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JewishKingston) and YouTube channel.
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The Limestone Lens: We Are All Learning Together

As Limestone District School Board employees, we are all a part of this learning journey. If you have ideas about future equity topics or terminology, please contact Rae McDonald.