Orange Shirt Day - Friday, September 29, 2017
TDSB CELEBRATES ORANGE SHIRT DAY– 29 September 2017
Phyllis Webstad, a member of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation in British Columbia, was forced to attend St. Joseph's Mission Residential School, as her relatives before her. She entered the school in 1973 wearing a brand new orange shirt which was immediately confiscated by the staff and replaced with a uniform. She never saw the shirt again, and began to associate the colour with the traumatic experiences in the school and the loss of language and cultural identity she suffered.
In 2013, Webstad transformed her negative experiences into something positive by creating a Nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day. Celebrated annually on September 30th, this day acknowledges the residential school system in Canada, honours those who survived, and remembers those who did not. It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter.
Orange Shirt Day has been marked in schools across Canada in a variety of ways, including Orange Ribbon campaigns, commemorative walks, and wearing orange shirts. Over 6,500 survivor statements have been collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which concluded in 2016 after six years of research and testimonies. Senator Murray Sinclair has stated that “reconciliation must fall in the hands of Canadians, not solely with Indigenous peoples.” Ultimately, wearing orange shirts on September 30 is a visual reminder of our shared past as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and provides an opportunity for dialogue between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in shaping our shared future.
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Humewood Cross Country
Practices will be held at Humewood (meet on the field) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings (8am) at Humewood Community School. You must attend two per week and check in for attendance in order to attend the qualifiers. There are only three weeks before the qualifiers! Qualifiers: Date Tuesday, October 3rd Destination Ashbridge’s Bay Departure time from school 8:00am Return time 3:30am Conference Finals: Date Friday, October 13th Destination Ashbridge’s Bay Departure time from school 8:00am Return time 3:30am City Finals: Date Thursday, October 26th Destination Centennial Park Departure time from school 8:00am Return time 3:30am Distances: Grade 1-2: 1000m Grade 3: 1500m Grade 4-6: 2000m Grade 7-8: 3000m Please direct any future questions to coaches before or after morning practices.
Track and Field Challenge Morning
Students who did not attend our Track and Field Day at Oakwood CI can come out to the field at 8:00am on Friday, April 28th to challenge for a spot on our Track and Field team. Events that can be challenged at this time are: 80m/100m/200m, running long jump and standing long jump.
Storytelling Festival, Thursday, April 27th! Hope to see you there!
FAMILY MATH NIGHT.....can't wait to see you tonight!
Please click on these links to read about two parenting workshops hosted by the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre:
FEBRUARY WORKSHOP MARCH WORKSHOP
December 22, 2016 - Update
Wishing our families a wonderful holiday break . . . We can't wait to hear about all of the students' adventures when we come back in 2017. Check out our holiday video card.
December 2, 2016 - Update
Congratulations to our First Lego League Robotics team, they won the "Core Values" component of the competition on Friday, November 25th at George Harvey Collegiate. The topic of their Core Values presentation was "animal allies" and they worked to develop a structure around therapy animals in school settings, highlighting our partnership with Therapeutic Paws of Canada and our therapy dog "Kailey". Husky Howls go out to our students and coaches, Mme. Riehle, Mme. Morales, Ms. Hoffman and Mr. Lister!
November 21, 2016 - Update
This week is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week. We have several events taking place and we encourage you to discuss this topic with your children at home.
November 16, 2016 - Update
Please be sure to update your email address with the main office if you are not receiving our bi-monthly newsletter because we use our office list to send messages related to school events on a regular basis.
One of the great events we are very excited to announce is our BINGO NIGHT.
Please also remember that we have a PA Day on Friday, November 18th.
October 20, 2016 - Update