Dear Sydenham Families,
December promises to be a fun month at Sydenham as our intermediate student leaders have cooked up a series of fun events and spirit days for us to enjoy. It is fantastic to see the initiative this group has taken on and you can see the list of event days below.
December is also a time of giving and kindness at Sydenham and this year we are continuing to support the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) Teddy Bear campaign. The 2020 campaign contributions will go towards the purchase of four portable pediatric hospital cribs at KGH. For every $100 raised, KGH Auxiliary will also donate one teddy bear to a child in need of comfort during their stay at KGH. Sydenham P.S. has a goal of raising $100 for each class at Sydenham so that each class can say they helped provide a teddy bear to a child in need. Donations can be made on-line through Canada Helps. Choose “Teddy Bear Campaign” under “Apply your donation to a fund set up by this charity.” Please also add a note "from Sydenham P.S." We are also supporting the Salvation Army food drive. Students may bring in non-perishable food items to support those in need.
If you celebrate holidays in December, whether Hannukah, Christmas, Yule/Solstice, Bodhi Day, Kwanzaa, New Year's or anything else, we wish you all the best. We hope that during the upcoming break you stay safe, enjoy time with your family, and come back refreshed for 2021!
Mark Your Calendar
December 2nd - Teddy Bear fundraiser and non-perishable food drive launches
December 3rd - Dress up fancy day (or sparkly like a snowflake!)
December 4th - Sydenham spirit day - wear your Sydenham colours!
December 7th- Class door decorating contest ends
December 8th - Colour day - each class will be given a colour to wear
December 9th - Candy cane day - wear red and white
December 10th - Winter/holiday hat day
December 11th - Picture Day!
December 14th - Crazy socks day
December 16th - Fun in the Sun day (beach wear!)
December 17th - Colouring contest
December 18th - Last Day of School in 2020! Happy Winter Holiday!
January 4th, 2021 - classes resume
Picture Day is coming Friday, December 11 .
After Picture Day, order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.
Indoor Shoes and Outdoor Gear
We will also continue to go outdoors as often as we can. Families are reminded to send students with appropriate outdoor wear (hats, mitts/gloves, boots) and extra items like socks and mitts in case they get wet. Please label items with your student's name.
Christmas (which means "Feast day of Christ") is a Christian holiday that refers to the birth of Jesus and a cultural holiday for non-Christians. The season of preparing for Christmas is called Advent and begins on a Sunday about four weeks before Christmas.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah begins on December 10th. Celebrations revolve around lighting the menorah. On each of the holiday’s eight nights, another candle is added to the menorah after sundown. The ninth candle is used to light the others. Typically, blessings are recited and traditional Hanukkah foods such are enjoyed. Other Hanukkah customs include playing with dreidels and exchanging gifts.
The name Kwanzaa comes from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, families gather and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara, then one of the seven principles, values of African culture, is discussed. An African feast, called a Karamu, is held on December 31.