Emily Carr

February 2017

Message from Administration

We would like to offer a warm welcome to Mrs. Perica who is here while Ms. McComb is working on a special job for the Halton District School Board. Congratulations Mrs. McComb on this wonderful opportunity.

It is hard to believe that January is over, considering that it has been a very mild winter (so far). In fact, it is the perfect weather to walk to school. On February 1st we are going to celebrate another school-wide push to encourage our students to walk to and from school. Parents, we need your help! You can help by walking with your child to school and enjoying the music, talking with your child about the benefits of walking to school and even continuing to promote walking to and from school after the event. Let's get walking Emily Carr!

For those parents that are occasionally using the parking lot we would like to remind you that you are to follow the rules of the road. If you need to park then you are to use the designated parking spots. There are 2 handicap parking spots that require a Handicap parking permit. By-law regularly patrols our parking lot, so you are reminded of these very important laws. We also want to stress the importance of remembering that the parking lot is an extension of the school and there are many students walking in the parking lot. Please keep your language respectful when communicating with others.

Something new and exciting is coming to Emily Carr. We are going to have Monthly Pita Pit Fridays. Pita Pit lunches will start in March. This gives you lots of time to sign up for Cashless if you haven't already done so. It is quick, easy and convenient. We have 270 families already using our Cashless system. Here is the link if you need to sign up.

Did you know?

That only 5% of our students live outside of the walking zone (1.59 km). That means 95% of our students live within 1.59 km of the school and yet our parking lot is full of students who are dropped off and picked up regularly. It takes 10- 15 minutes to walk that distance at a moderate pace.

Here are some ideas from EC students on how to make your walk to/from school interesting:

-play a game when you walk

-walk with friends

-talk about your day

-choose a different route to walk

-collect nature on your walk

-bring a garbage bag and do a neighbourhood clean up

-play "I spy" or other imaginative games

-pretend game (live on a different planet or rocket ship)

List of Fun Walking Activities:

  1. Use a Pedometer: Get your family and friends to get in on the fun by competing for the most steps. Guess how many steps it takes to walk a certain distance. Track your steps and provide rewards for accomplishments.
  2. Take Pictures: Photograph interesting things you see while on a walk. Photograph things in the moment such as a beautiful sunset or ducks flying into a pond. Take pictures of as many types of animals as you can see while out walking. Then collect photos of tree leaves, flowers, or even clouds.
  3. Do a Scavenger Hunt: Let someone come up with a list of things to look for and find those items while out walking. It's best to take a picture of the item to prove that it was found, but you can also carry a bucket and collect natural items. This can be a real fun and competitive game.
  4. Talk to Friends or Family: Freeing up time to spend on the phone staying in touch with family and friends becomes easier when it is part of your walking routine, just make sure to charge your phone well. You may want to invest in a Bluetooth ear piece to avoid holding the phone the entire time.
  5. Enjoy Your Environment: If it isn't enough to take in the beautiful scenery, whether urban or rural, buy a pocket guide to help you identify things in nature or in the city scape. You can study types of trees, birds, butterflies, clouds, etc if you are in a rural or suburban area. You can study architecture, historical landmarks, or other properties of the city scape in urban areas.
  6. Pray, Meditate, and Work on Gratitude: Because walking can be a solitary activity, it can be the least distracting time of the day to pray, meditate, or work on gratitude. As you focus your mind on spiritual and important positive things, your walking becomes something much more than just exercise. It's "me time."

See link for more ideas.

Spread The News...

Emily Carr is working hard to keep strong communication with our EC families. We want everyone to be in the loop about all of the great things, upcoming events and fantastic learning that are going on at our amazing school. Here are the following ways we communicate with our School Community:
  1. Monthly Newsletters: We produce a monthly newsletter that is online and accessible through a link on the website and via synervoice.
  2. School Website: Many of our forms can be located through the website and events are posted on the website school calendar.
  3. Twitter: If you are on Twitter, follow Emily Carr and be the first to know about things that are happening.
  4. Synervoice: Synervoice is used to keep our parents informed regularly, through telephone and/or email communication.
  5. Classroom teachers use a variety of modes of communication such as email, agendas, EDSBY, Twitter and remind apps.

We value communication with parents and our school community. If you have any concerns regarding your child's learning or progress, please contact your child's teacher. If you have any success stories, feedback or even concerns please feel free to contact Mrs. Bate (batec@hdsb.ca) or Mrs. Laman (lamanj@hdsb.ca).

February 2017 - Holidays, Celebrations and Observances

February 1 - Black History Month Begins

In the 1950's the Canadian Negro Women's Association brought the celebration to Toronto, Ontario. By 1978, Ontario Black History Society successfully petitioned the City of Toronto to have the monthly celebration formally recognized. This celebration is currently proclaimed across Canada.

But why have a Black History Month? African Canadian students need to feel affirmed; need to be aware of the contributions made by other Blacks in Canada; need to have role models; need to understand the social forces which have shaped and influenced their community and their identities as a means of feeling connected to the educational experience and their life experience in various regions in Canada. They need to feel empowered. The greater Canadian community needs to know a history of Canada that includes all of the founding and pioneering experiences in order to work from reality, rather than perception alone.

As a people, with roots dating back to 1603, African-Canadians have defended, cleared, built and farmed this country; our presence is well established, but not well-known. The celebration of Black History Month is an attempt to have the achievements of Black people recognized and told.

February 1- Saraswati Puja Vasant Panchami (Hinduism)

Vasant Panchami is a famous festival that marks the end of the winter season and ushers in the springtime. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of the Vasant Panchami festival. Young girls wear bright yellow dresses and participate in the festivities. The color yellow holds a special meaning for this celebration as it signifies the brilliance of nature and the vibrancy of life. The whole place bursts with yellow during the festival. Saraswati Puja is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh, the first day of spring.

February 15 - Nirvana Day (Buddism)

Parinirvana Day — or Nirvana Day — is observed primarily by Mahayana Buddhists, most commonly on February 15th. The day commemorates the death of the historical Buddha and his entry into final or complete Nirvana.

Nirvana Day is a time for contemplation of the Buddha’s teachings. Some monasteries and temples hold meditation retreats. Others open their doors to laypeople, who bring gifts of money and household goods to support monks and nuns.

February 20 - Family Day (Canada)

Family Day is observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday of February. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities. On Family Day, many people plan and take part in activities aimed at the whole family. These include visiting art exhibitions, watching movies, skating on outdoor ice rinks, playing board games and taking part in craft activities. Some communities plan special public events, and art galleries and museums may have reduced price or free entry.

As the weather is usually very cold in February, hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies are popular snacks. Other people use the long weekend as an opportunity for a short winter break or to travel to visit family members or friends.

February 20 - World Social Justice Day

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. The General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

February 21 - Int. Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

February 24 - Maha Shivarati (Hinduism)

Shivaratri is great festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri according to South Indian calendar. However according to North Indian calendar Masik Shivaratri in the month of Phalguna is known as Maha Shivaratri. In both calendars it is naming convention of lunar month which differs. However both, North Indians and South Indians, celebrate Maha Shivaratri on the same day.

Festival of Mahashivaratri has tremendous significance in Hinduism. According to sacred scriptures, ritual worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri festival that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases Lord Shiva the most. This fact is said to have been declared by Lord Shiva himself, when his consort Parvati asked him as to which ritual performed by his devotees pleases him the most.

February 25-28 Intercalary Days (Baha’i)

Baha’is around the world will celebrate four days of festivities, gifts, parties, service projects and charitable humanitarian work during the Baha’i holidays called Ayyam-i-Ha. That Persian phrase designates the Baha’i Intercalary Days, describing the four or five days in the annual Baha’i calendar that don’t fall into any given month. Baha’is set aside those days for joyous celebrations and preparation for the Baha’i fast that always follows Ayyam-i-Ha.


Emily Carr's Make a Difference Club is collecting used towels for the Oakville Humane Society. The towels will be used for cleaning the animals and warming their cages. Donated towels allow the Humane Society to spend money on other important necessities.

If you have towels to donate, please ask your child to bring them to Mrs. Longhurst's room (room 209) by Friday, February 10.

Thank you!

Inclement Weather

​Inclement Weather Reminders:

During the winter months, inclement weather may cause the disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. In case of poor we​ather, the decision to close schools and/or cancel buses is communicated to parents beginning at 6:30 a.m.

It is always a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school on inclement weather days.

Since communication is key in alerting families to the status of school operations and busing, we use a variety of methods to communicate this important information including:​

Primary Methods of Communication

  • Halton District School Board website - banner posted on homepage
  • Halton Student Transportation Services
  • Telephone recording through the Board’s main switchboard at 905-335-3665 or Toll free at 1-877- 618-3456
  • Television Stations: CHCH, CITY TV, CP24
  • AM Radio Stations: CFRB 1010 AM, CJOY 1460 AM, CHML 900 AM,
  • CKOC 1150 AM, CHWO 740 AM, AM680NEWS, CHAM 820 AM.
  • FM Radio Stations: CHFI 98.1 FM, WAVE 94.7 FM, Y108/107.9 FM, CING 95.3 FM, KLITE 102.9 FM, CBC 99.1 FM, CIMJ 106.1 FM.
  • Twitter - School closures and bus cancellations will be tweeted to followers at @HaltonDSB

Email messages on Inclement Weather Days

The Home Notification System will email the parents of approximately 60,000 students (between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.). Parents are reminded there are several reasons these emails could be delayed, including the limitations of parent’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) receiving our messages, spam protection, as well as other GTA school boards sending messages that morning. For this reason the Home Notification System is supplementary to TV, radio, website and social media.

All of this information is directly from the HDSB webpage. For further information see this link that outlines the board's policies.