Dear Bowmore families,
We have a number of important updates to share with you, including an important and educational two-part webinar organized by the Equity and Social Justice Committee of Bowmore’s School Council.
Black History in Canada and the anti-Black Historical Roots in Education
Please join the Bowmore School Council Equity and Social Justice Committee in their upcoming two-part webinar presented by Dr. Elaine Brown Spencer.
This session will provide a historical overview of Black history in Canada and the anti-Black historical roots in education. It will be a reflective discussion for parents, educators and community members to enhance understanding of the pervasive limitations that are imposed on Black students within Toronto's educational system and a call for success for all students through addressing systemic barriers and practices within schooling.
Week 1 (March 3, 7-830pm): Black History in Canada - what you were not taught
Week 2 (March 10, 7-830pm): Uncovering the bias and systemic barriers facing black youth. Embracing a new paradigm: Success without limits
International Day of Pink
Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day. While some classes observe this day, all classes at Bowmore will be celebrating the related International Day of Pink on Wednesday, April 14th.
International Day of Pink is a day when schools across the country take a stand against bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. While this work is being done throughout the school year, in classrooms, through the work of the Student Voice team, and, significantly, in the work done by Bowmore’s QSA, International Day of Pink is an opportunity to celebrate as a school community. We will share more information closer to the April 14th date. In the meantime, your child is welcome to wear pink to school tomorrow, and any day of the week!
Parenting through COVID: Mental Health and Well-being during the pandemic
Join TDSB school social worker Zenobia Homavazir for a virtual drop in session on Thursday February 25th from 12 to 12:45pm. This lunchtime chat will focus on providing parents and caregivers a space to discuss the ups and downs of parenting during a pandemic. Please pre-register by using this link https://forms.gle/FgP6C8BTvnvqqgWc8
Virtual Drop-in Hours with TDSB’s Professional Support Services
Learn more about these TDSB sessions here - https://www.tdsb.on.ca/In-Person-Learning/Resources-During-Covid-19
Traffic Safety at Pick up and Drop-off
We continue to see vehicles parking illegally on Bowmore Road during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Some of these vehicles are parked in front of driveways, while others are parked facing the wrong direction on Bowmore Road. Parking enforcement comes by periodically to monitor and ticket, but we are relying on the community to do the right thing. For the safety of all members in our community, we ask that parents respectfully obey all traffic laws and parking by-laws when dropping off and picking up their children. There is ample parking, before and after school, in designated parking zones on Bowmore Road and Wrenson. Please remember that the parking lot is for staff only.
HPE @ Bowmore Updates for February
SELF-LOVE allows us to love and care for others. Here are some suggestions for promoting a healthy sense of self that encourages students to treat themselves lovingly. https://www.thepathway2success.com/teaching-kids-self-love-in-the-classroom-and-a-giveaway/
Monthly Wellness Focus
Check out this month's fun Healthy Habit Challenge for students and families! SLEEP! Creating or strengthening our sleeping habits to get enough quality is definitely an example of Self Love!
The month's Character Trait is ‘Fairness’.
-- Mr. Overby