June 18th 2021

In the flash this week:

Father’s Day

Grade 8 Grad Slide Show

King Edward School Council

Library Book Return

Attendance During Remote Learning

Grade 8 Yearbook

KEPS Website

World Refugee Day

Litha/Summer Solstice

National Indigenous Peoples Day

St. Jean Baptiste Day

Father’s Day:  This Sunday we celebrate the men in our lives who have mentored us, taught us, taken care of us, loved us and have been role models for us on how to be successful, even amidst a global pandemic!  To all the fathers, grandfathers, guardians, godfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, and any other father figure in our lives… Thank you!  And on behalf of the King Edward family… we wish you all a very Happy Father’s Day!

Grade 8 Graduation Slide Show:  Our Graduation Slide Show is being completed and will be shown on June 28that 1pm.  Unfortunately, we are not able to send the show out as an attachment, we can only send a link to the slide show.  We will send a link out to all grade 8 parents to view the slide show on June 28th at 1pm. Students will view the slide show in class.

King Edward School Council: I want to take this opportunity to thank all the members of our School Council for such an incredible year!  Special thanks go to our executive and sub-committee chairs, who has been instrumental in making the council a vibrant, collaborative, educational, socially conscious, and effective part of our school community!  We are very blessed to have such an amazing group of dedicated parents who make our school a wonderful place to be and learn! Thank you for all you do! 

Library Book Return: It is that time of year when we need to collect our library books so we can organize and reshelve in the library. Please ask your children to gather up their books in preparation for returning books to school. We will arrange a safe no-contact drop off for students to return books.   We really appreciate families helping in this way to keep our library full!  We also appreciate the many Scholastic book donations that you made this year. Thank you also to the Parent Council who have organized an Indigo/Chapters fundraiser to keep up this support of our library!  You can get more information on that fundraiser in School Council Connects!

Attendance During Remote Learning: To report your child absent or late, please continue to call School Messenger at 1-833-250-2290 before 8:30 am. Reporting the absence or late will stop the robot-calls from contacting you to confirm your child’s attendance. Attendance is taken daily at 9am for the morning session, and then again at the start of your child’s respective afternoon session. Should your child need to leave the morning or afternoon session before lunch or end-of-day dismissal, please email your child’s teacher and cc our secretary at Patricia.DiSanto@tdsb.on.ca. Be sure to include the time they will be logging off, the reason for being excused early, and whether they will be returning later in the day.

Grade 8 Yearbook: We have extended our yearbook purchase to June 21st.  If you would like to purchase the yearbook, please click on the link below:

Please purchase your yearbook with this link.

The price of the yearbook is $20. This includes all applicable taxes. Expected delivery to your school at the end of June. For more information, feel free to reach out to Clear Images at 1.844.992.5327 or email us at info@clearimages.ca or visit the website at www.clearimages.ca

KEPS Website: Many thanks to our Office Administrator, Andrea Clements, who has updated and is maintaining our KEPS Website.  You can find the link to the website at  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

World Refugee Day: For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and even weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on June 20th in several countries. As an expression of solidarity with Africa, which hosts the most refugees, and which tradition-ally has shown them great generosity, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 55/76 on 4th of December 2000. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on June 20. The Assembly therefore decided that, from 2001, June 20thwould be celebrated as World Refugee Day.

Litha/Summer Solstice: Summer Solstice is one of Wicca's eight major festivals of the year this year celebrated on June 21st. The Summer Solstice celebrates the Sun God at its longest, highest, and brightest point during the year. During this period the gardens are fruitful and blossomed, the wildlife is flourishing, and the trees are covered with green leaves. There are many rituals carried out during the Summer Solstice. A cauldron filled with water and decorated with flowers, is placed outside in front of an altar where the ritual is to be held. There are two crowns made for the ceremony, one out of oak leaves and one out of holly leaves. Then, two kings are chosen, by nomination or sometimes by drawing straws. The man with the longest straw becomes the Oak King and the man with the shortest straw becomes the Holly King. Since daylight begins to shorten after Summer Solstice, the Oak King’s (long straw) reign comes to an end on this day. The Holly King symbolically kills the Oak King, beginning his reign of the waning portion of the year. The celebrations then move to a Midsummer Dance, performed by a High Priestess representing the Goddess. After this, the Oak King relinquishes his crown and joins the rest of the group. The High Priestess then orders the lighting of the bonfires. The people make a wish as they pass a midsummer candle. Then, the group begins to dance. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Every year, people across Canada mark June 21st as a day to recognize the rights, outstanding contributions and achievements of Indigenous Peoples. The dignity and unique diverse cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada are celebrated. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Indigenous Peoples. National Indigenous Peoples Day is an event that is growing in importance in Canada. June 21st, the Summer Solstice, is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and marks the changing of seasons. It is seen by many peoples to be a day of great symbolism. Many schools will be acknowledging National Indigenous Peoples Day and the Summer Solstice through activities that promote understanding and learning for all students. 

What led to the creation of National Indigenous Peoples Day? 

• In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day. 

• In 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day. 

• Also in 1995, The Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples chaired by the late Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal peoples. 

National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996 by former Governor General Romeo A. LeBlanc after consultations and statements of support for such a day were made by various Aboriginal groups. The following is an excerpt of the text of the proclamation to make National Aboriginal Day an official day of celebration recognized by the Crown. It was changed to National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017.

WHEREAS the Constitution of Canada recognizes the existing rights of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada; 

WHEREAS in the constitution of Canada “Indigenous Peoples of Canada” include 

the Indian, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada; 

WHEREAS the Indigenous Peoples of Canada have made and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian society and it is considered appropriate that there be, in each year, a date to mark and celebrate these contributions and to recognize the different cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada; 

AND WHEREAS many Indigenous Peoples celebrate the summer solstice, which 

has an important symbolism within their cultures; 

THEREFORE, His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, hereby directs that a proclamation do issue declaring June 21st of each year as “National Indigenous Peoples Day”.

St. Jean Baptiste Day: Across Canada, French Canadians express their identity, cultural pride and rich heritage through the celebration of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on the 24th of June. Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day began as an ancient celebration of the solstice - "a period of light and hope." It was transformed to a religious feast of the Roman Catholic faithful in Europe honouring St. John the Baptist. It was celebrated in New France on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in the mid-1630s as recounted in the Jesuit Relations and the Journal de Jesuites and has continued since then! It is a traditional celebration in Quebec honouring the Patron Saint of French Canadians, who was officially proclaimed as such by the Roman Catholic Pontiff, Pope Pius X in 1908. Today, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is a statutory holiday in Quebec. Many people call it "La Fête nationale du Québec" or "la fête Saint-Jean." It is celebrated widely throughout the province and beyond, recalling its secular, religious and symbolic meaning for French Canadians.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Happy Father’s Day!


June 4th 2021


Greetings,

From the Urban Indigenous Education Centre and the Elders Council

“Last Thursday, the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced the horrifying discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children in an unmarked mass grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. We collectively mourn the tragic deaths of the children. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, their families, and their communities. Substantial work must be done in schools and systems to tell the truth of Canada’s genocide of Indigenous Peoples and to redress the deplorable legacy of the Indian Residential School system and all other historic and contemporary colonial realities and violence that impact Indigenous Peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada acknowledged that thousands of children went missing at the Residential Schools. This is what Indigenous Peoples have always known.”

It is important to acknowledge that words and symbolic gestures are not enough. We must move beyond words and truly commit ourselves to learning and understanding the critical importance of truth, reconciliation, and reparation. There cannot be reconciliation without truth.

In line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, the TDSB and King Edward PS, will continue its commitment to dismantling anti-Indigenous racism and discriminatory practices and policies against Indigenous Peoples.

For more information and resources, please visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Here is the flash for next week:

In the flash this week:

PA Day

Running to Honour the Memory of 215 Children Lives Lost

Library Book Return

Attendance During Remote Learning

Grade 8 Yearbook

KEPS Website

King Edward School Council

School Council Meeting

World Environment Day

PA Day:  Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday June 4th, is a PA Day and there are no online or virtual classes tomorrow.

Running to Honour the Memory of 215 Children’s Lives Lost :  Our very own teacher, Ms. Melanie Boultbee and her twin sister, April, were featured in a story in Running Magazine, about Native Women running.  Melanie and April will each be running 215 miles in the month of June to honour the lives of the 215 children whose remains were found in the residential school in Kamloops, BC, last week.  We stand with Melanie, her sister and all the Indigenous members of our community, to honour and remember the tragedy of the 215 lives that were lost.  Please go to this link to view the story.

Library Book Return: It is that time of year when we need to collect our library books so we can organize and reshelve in the library. Please ask your children to gather up their books in preparation for returning books to school. We will arrange a safe no-contact drop off for students to return books.   We really appreciate families helping in this way to keep our library full!  We also appreciate the many Scholastic book donations that you made this year. Thank you also to the Parent Council who have organized an Indigo/Chapters fundraiser to keep up this support of our library!  You can get more information on that fundraiser in School Council Connects!

Attendance During Remote Learning: To report your child absent or late, please continue to call School Messenger at 1-833-250-2290 before 8:30 am. Reporting the absence or late will stop the robot-calls from contacting you to confirm your child’s attendance. Attendance is taken daily at 9am for the morning session, and then again at the start of your child’s respective afternoon session. Should your child need to leave the morning or afternoon session before lunch or end-of-day dismissal, please email your child’s teacher and cc our secretary at Patricia.DiSanto@tdsb.on.ca. Be sure to include the time they will be logging off, the reason for being excused early, and whether they will be returning later in the day.

Grade 8 Yearbook:  Our amazing Yearbook committee is busy designing and creating our Grade 8 Yearbook.  Grade 8's we still need your pictures!  If you still want your picture in the yearbook... Please use this link to upload your grad photo. We also want your fun, candid pictures!  You can upload candid picture through this link

KEPS Website: Many thanks to our Office Administrator, Andrea Clements, who has updated and is maintaining our KEPS Website.  You can find the link to the website at  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

King Edward School Council: King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids.  For complete information on our School Council, including contact information, websites, Facebook, Donations Drive, Virtual Clubs and upcoming events and Council meetings… please go to our website at https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

School Council Meeting:  Our next School Council is on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome!  

World Environmental Day: World Environmental Day (WED) celebration began in 1972 on June 5th, and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. Through WED, the UN Environment Programme can personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. WED is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener, and brighter outlook for the environment, themselves, and future generations.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

May 21st 2021


Greetings,

It’s hard to believe we have already reached the May 24 weekend! As the weather gets nicer, I really miss seeing  students outside learning, or running around and having fun! Hopefully we will be back together soon!  Having said that, because your children are inside most of the day on screens,  and with the weather getting  warmer ,closer to the end of the school year,  please monitor your child and  let your teacher know if your child is struggling emotionally or academically.   We can offer both social/emotional  support and academic support for your child,

Please  take time to relax and enjoy this weekend’s warm summer weather and have fun as a family!  You all deserve it!

Here is the flash for next week:

In the flash this week:

Victoria Day

Attendance During Remote Learning

Grade 8 Yearbook

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative

KEPS Website

King Edward School Council

School Council Meeting

Declaration of the Ba’b

Queen Victoria Day

Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Victoria Day:  Monday May 24th is Victoria Day.  There will be no assignments due on that day and no Google Meets on that day.  School is virtually closed.

Attendance During Remote Learning: To report your child absent or late, please continue to call School Messenger at 1-833-250-2290 before 8:30 am. Reporting the absence or late will stop the robot-calls from contacting you to confirm your child’s attendance. Attendance is taken daily at 9am for the morning session, and then again at the start of your child’s respective afternoon session. Should your child need to leave the morning or afternoon session before lunch or end-of-day dismissal, please email your child’s teacher and cc our secretary at Patricia.DiSanto@tdsb.on.ca. Be sure to include the time they will be logging off, the reason for being excused early, and whether they will be returning later in the day.

Grade 8 Yearbook:  We are putting together a special grade 8 yearbook for our graduates.  Students are asked to submit “grad” pictures (just your head and shoulders, sitting down, wearing a white collared shirt and a solid colour background).  We are also looking for “fun” pictures of what you have done throughout the year.  Grade 8's we still need your pictures!  The final deadline to submit is May 28th!  After that deadline, if we have not received your grad photo, we will be using the photographs that were taken outside of your classrooms for the school bulletin board!  We also want your fun, candid pictures!  

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative:   The final project for our Asian /Jewish Heritage month is a TDSB wide “Chicken Soup” cookbook. Schools will be selling the cookbooks to raise money for the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, (TFSS), which provides financial assistance to schools, and directly supports our K-6 snack program. We are looking for chicken soup recipes from every country, community, religion, culture, and indigenous communities.  We would like stories and pictures as to why this soup is important to your family and how it has been passed down for generations.  If you have a family chicken soup recipe, please send me the recipe along with pictures and a story.  All submissions will be vetted through a committee and the committee will contact those chosen for the cookbook.  The deadline for the submissions is May 31st.

KEPS Website: Many thanks to our Office Administrator, Andrea Clements, who has updated and is maintaining our KEPS Website.  You can find the link to the website at  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

King Edward School Council: King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids.  For complete information on our School Council, including contact information, websites, Facebook, Donations Drive, Virtual Clubs and upcoming events and Council meetings… please go to our website at https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

School Council Meeting:  Our next School Council is on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome!  

Declaration of the Ba’b: On May 23rd, Baha'is around the world celebrate the birth of the Baha'i Faith. The holy day marks the Declaration of the Bab, who in 1844 announced that He was a new divine Messenger sent to herald a new age for humanity and to prepare the way for Baha'u'llah, the universal Messenger of God. The house in Shiraz, Iran, where the Bab first made His announcement had been preserved as a Baha'i holy site, but in 1979 it was destroyed by a mob aided by Revolutionary Guards. The Declaration of the Bab is one of nine holy days during the year on which the Baha’i suspend work.

Queen Victoria Day: The Sovereign's birthday has been celebrated in Canada since the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). May 24, Queen Victoria's birthday, was declared a holiday by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845. After Confederation, the Queen's birthday was celebrated every year on May 24 unless that date was a Sunday, in which case a proclamation was issued providing for the celebration on May 25. After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, an Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada establishing a legal holiday on May 24th in each year (or May 25th if May 24th fell on a Sunday) under the name Victoria Day. This year it is celebrated on May 24th.

Ascension of Baha'u'llah: The ascension of the Baha’u’llah, observed on May 29th, is an important observance to members of the Baha’i faith because in 1892, the leader of the Baha’i faith died. This day is observed by prayers and readings. Born to a noble family in Persia, he was generally held to be a wise and good man whose charity had earned him the nickname “Father of the Poor.” When word of the Báb reached him, he embraced the new religion and became one of its staunchest supporters. Unfortunately, his advocacy for the Baha’i faith resulted in his imprisonment, torture and near official death sentence. When Baha’u’llah was imprisoned in August 1852, he had a revelation from God telling him that he was the Promised One whose coming the Báb had foretold. Released from prison in November, Baha’u’llah’s wealth and property were taken away and he was banished to Baghdad, the first of four banishments he would suffer. In each place to which he was sent, his wisdom and character earned him the admiration of people from all walks of life, but in each case, the authorities, fearful of his influence, sent him further into exile. Thus, he was moved from Baghdad to Constantinople, Adrianople, and finally the prison city of Akká in the Holy Land. While the authorities plotted to be rid of him, his own half-brother, Mirzá Yahyá, who the Báb had appointed as head of the Faith until the Promised One arose, grew increasingly jealous of Baha’u’llah’s influence among the Bábís. Yahyá attempted to claim the position of the Promised One for himself and plotted Baha’u’llah’s death, once smearing poison on his teacup. Baha’u’llah nearly died and suffered from a hand tremor for the rest of his life. His writings amount to some 100 volumes and were addressed to kings and commoners, friends and enemies, believers, and deniers. The residence in which Baha’u’llah spent his last years is now a holy land called the Bahai and is a symbol of the Baha’i faith.

Have a wonderful long weekend!  

May 14th 2021

I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge our teachers and support staff, for their time and efforts in providing programs online.  At this moment, teachers and support staff have the hardest job in our system.  It is not easy being in front of a screen all day, sometimes with no other faces online except your own... and especially difficult if there are children at home, also in front of screens.  As parents, you know working from home, with your children learning from home, is not always easy! (to say the least!). Thank you to our teachers and to you as parents/guardians, for making this difficult situation successful!   Your efforts do not go unnoticed and are truly appreciated!!!

Here is the flash for next week:

In the flash this week:

Attendance During Remote Learning

Grade 8 Yearbook

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative

KEPS Website

King Edward School Council

From School Council…Reggaecise with Kevin Carrington

School Council Meeting

Shavuot

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Attendance During Remote Learning: To report your child absent or late, please continue to call School Messenger at 1-833-250-2290 before 8:30 am. Reporting the absence or late will stop the robot-calls from contacting you to confirm your child’s attendance. Attendance is taken daily at 9am for the morning session, and then again at the start of your child’s respective afternoon session. Should your child need to leave the morning or afternoon session before lunch or end-of-day dismissal, please email your child’s teacher and cc our secretary at Patricia.DiSanto@tdsb.on.ca. Be sure to include the time they will be logging off, the reason for being excused early, and whether they will be returning later in the day.

Grade 8 Yearbook:  We are putting together a special grade 8 yearbook for our graduates.  Students are asked to submit “grad” pictures (just your head and shoulders, sitting down, wearing a white collared shirt and a solid colour background).  We are also looking for “fun” pictures of what you have done throughout the year.  A special flash will go out to grade 8 students with more details.

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative:   The final project for our Asian /Jewish Heritage month is a TDSB wide “Chicken Soup” cookbook. Schools will be selling the cookbooks to raise money for the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, (TFSS), which provides financial assistance to schools, and directly supports our K-6 snack program. We are looking for chicken soup recipes from every country, community, religion, culture, and indigenous communities.  We would like stories and pictures as to why this soup is important to your family and how it has been passed down for generations.  If you have a family chicken soup recipe, please send me the recipe along with pictures and a story.  All submissions will be vetted through a committee and the committee will contact those chosen for the cookbook.

KEPS Website: Many thanks to our Office Administrator, Andrea Clements, who has updated and is maintaining our KEPS Website.  On the website you can find information under the following headings:

You can find the link to the website at  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

King Edward School Council: King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids.  For complete information on our School Council, including contact information, websites, Facebook, Donations Drive, Virtual Clubs and upcoming events and Council meetings… please go to our website at https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

From School Council…Reggaecise with Kevin Carrington: A FUN free online King Edward Family Event for fitness and to support well-being. Everyone is welcome to join us for this King Edward family event.
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2021
TIME: 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: via Zoom
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/KEPSReggaecise19May2021
Link to Reggaecise with Kevin Carrington Event Poster >
https://drive.google.com/file/d/14I9-F8de5ob5HY-3eM5X4ykwPKLoIjes/view?usp=sharing

School Council Meeting:  Our next School Council is on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome!  

Shavuot: Shavuot begins at sundown on May 16th. Shavuot (The Festival of Weeks) is a Jewish holiday which begins at sundown on the 5th day of Sivan (late May or early June) and lasts until nightfall on the 7th day of Sivan. Shavuot is celebrated 7 weeks after Passover. Each year, the Jewish people renew their acceptance for God's gift of the Torah, which was originally given to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai over 3300 years ago. Shavuot also means oath and it is believed that on this day God swore his eternal devotion to the Jewish people and the people pledged their everlasting loyalty to Him. There are many customs that are specific to the Shavuot holiday. For instance, children and adults will stay up all night reading the Torah on the first night of Shavuot. Work must not take place during Shavuot. Families attend the synagogue on the first day of Shavuot to hear readings of the Ten Commandments. Special meals are eaten during Shavuot especially dairy dishes to commemorate the Kosher Laws revealed to the Jewish people upon receiving the Torah. On the second day of Shavuot, the Yizkor memorial service is recited, and the Book of Ruth is read. Other customs include decorating the homes and synagogues with greenery to acknowledge Shavuot as a harvest holiday, when the first fruits of harvest were brought to the Temple. Candles, flowers, dairy delights, religious readings, and spending time with loved ones makes Shavuot one of the most celebrated holidays of the Jewish faith.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia: Although in some parts of the world diverse sexual orientations and gender identity are becoming more accepted, members of the LGBTTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-spirited, and Queer) community still experience discrimination, harassment, and persecution. To address the challenges faced by the LGBTTQ community, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created. The first International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was held on May 17th, 2002, in France. It is now recognized by the European Union and is celebrated by close to 100 countries, including here in Canada. May 17th was selected for this event because on May 17th, 1992, homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organization's International Classification of Disease. The day is meant “to draw the attention of policy makers, opinion leaders, social movements, public opinion, the media, etc... to this issue, and to promote a world of tolerance, respect and freedom regardless of people’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Have a wonderful weekend!  And for those who are celebrating Shavuot...Chag Sameach!



May 7th 2021


In the flash this week:

Mother’s Day

Attendance During Remote Learning

School Council Fundraising

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative

KEPS Website

King Edward School Council

School Council Meeting

Lailat al Qadr

Eid al Fitr

Akshaya Tritya

International Day of Families

Mothers’ Day:  This Sunday we celebrate the women in our lives who have mentored us, taught us, taken care of us, loved us and have been role models for us on how to be successful, even amidst a global pandemic!  To all the mothers, grandmothers, guardians, godmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, and any other mother figure in our lives… Thank you!  And on behalf of the King Edward family… we wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day! 

Attendance During Remote Learning: To report your child absent or late, please continue to call School Messenger at 1-833-250-2290 before 8:30 am. Reporting the absence or late will stop the robot-calls from contacting you to confirm your child’s attendance. Attendance is taken daily at 9am for the morning session, and then again at the start of your child’s respective afternoon session. Should your child need to leave the morning or afternoon session before lunch or end-of-day dismissal, please email your child’s teacher and cc our secretary at Patricia.DiSanto@tdsb.on.ca.  Be sure to include the time they will be logging off, the reason for being excused early, and whether they will be returning later in the day.

School Council Fundraising: Many thanks to all of you who donated funds to support our school.  We have surpassed our goal of $5,000!  More information will follow in a future flash regarding how those funds will be allocated to support student success.

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative:  The month of May is both Asian and Jewish Heritage Month. The two Heritage Committees have joined together to present an incredible program for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students called Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup. For the month of May, we are pleased to offer Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup as part of TDSB’s Virtual Library.  The final project for students is a TDSB wide “Chicken Soup” cookbook. Schools will be selling the cookbooks to raise money for the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, (TFSS), which provides financial assistance to schools, and directly supports our K-6 snack program. We are looking for chicken soup recipes from every country, community, religion, culture, and indigenous communities.  We would like stories and pictures as to why this soup is important to your family and how it has been passed down for generations.  If you have a family chicken soup recipe, please send me the recipe along with pictures and a story.  All submissions will be vetted through a committee and the committee will contact those chosen for the cookbook.

KEPS Website: Many thanks to our Office Administrator, Andrea Clements, who has updated and is maintaining our KEPS Website.  On the website you can find information under the following headings:

You can find the link to the website at  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

King Edward School Council: King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids.  For complete information on our School Council, including contact information, websites, Facebook, Donations Drive, Virtual Clubs and upcoming events and Council meetings… please go to our website at https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

School Council Meeting:  Our next School Council is on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome! 

Lailat al Qadr : Laylat al-Qadr meaning in English as the Night of Decree, Night of Power, Night of Value, Night of Destiny, or Night of Measures, is in Islamic belief the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It is one of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan and is better than 1000 months of worship, this year occurring on May 9th.  Muslims believe that on this night the blessings and mercy of Allah are abundant, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and that the annual decree is revealed to the angels who also descend to earth. Muslims believe that Laylat al-Qadr was the night when the Quran was revealed to Muhammad from Allah. Most Muslims believe that revelation of the Quran occurred in two phases, with the first phase being the revelation in its entirety on Laylat al-Qadr to the angel Gabriel (Jibril in Arabic) in the lowest heaven, and then the subsequent verse-by-verse revelation to Muhammad by Gabriel, across 23 years. The revelation started in 610 CE at the Hira cave on Mount Nur in Mecca. The first Sura that was revealed was Sūrat al-ʿAlaq. During the first revelation the first five verses of this Sura, or chapter, were revealed.

Eid al Fitr: Eid al Fitr begins at sundown on May 12th. Eid al Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Muslim calendar, and marks the end of the month of Ramadan. On this day, Muslims who have been observing Ramadan break their fast and celebrate its conclusion. Muslims also thank Allah for the help and strength given during Ramadan to help them practice self-control. The day traditionally begins early with a prayer ceremony at the community mosque. Since this is a day to celebrate the renewal of one’s commitment to Islam, people may wear new clothes as a symbol of fresh beginnings. Families typically visit one another and exchange good wishes, hugs, and handshakes, and homes are often decorated to reflect the festive atmosphere of this special day.

Akshaya Tritya: Akshaya Tritya which is also known as Akha Teej is a highly auspicious holy day for Hindu communities. It falls during Shukla Paksha Tritya in the month of Vaiśākha, corresponding this year on May 14th. Akshaya Tritya falling on a Rohini Nakshatra day with Wednesday is considered very auspicious. The word Akshaya means never diminishing. Hence the benefits of doing any Japa, Yajna, Pitra-Tarpan, Dan Punha on this day never diminish and remain with the person forever.Akshaya Tritya is believed to bring good luck and success. As an example, many people purchase gold on this day as it is believed that by doing so brings prosperity and more wealth in the future. Being Akshaya day, it is believed that gold, bought on this day, will never diminish, and continue to grow or appreciate.

International Day of Families: The International Day of Families, as proclaimed by the United Nations on May 15th, is an occasion to reflect and celebrate the importance of families, people, societies, and cultures around the world. It has been held every year since 1995. The International Day of Families gives an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and increase the knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. Governments, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and individuals are encouraged to organize observances/events of the day to promote a better understanding of the functions, problems, strengths and needs of families.

Have an amazing weekend!  Stay safe! And for those who are celebrating, I wish you Eid Mubarek!  And again to all of our Mothers... Happy Mother's Day!

April 30th 2021

In the flash this week:

Children’s Mental Health Week

School Council Fundraising

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative

KEPS Website

King Edward School Council

School Council Meeting

12th Day of Ridvan

Beltane

International Family Equality Day

Orthodox Easter (Pascha)

Children’s Mental Health Week:  Next week is Children’s Mental Health week. As always, your child’s mental health is a huge priority for us.  If your child is experiencing any anxiety around school, please let their teacher know. Also, please see below for some links to resources that you might find useful to support your child. Our Professional Services teams have created a resource that is very interactive and is a great tool to use with your child.  Here is the link.  Children's Mental Health Week Resource Kit

School Council Fundraising: We are closing in on our final week for the King Edward fundraising campaign. Your donation will help the school council fund programs such as student enrichment, technology, and library enhancements.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 and we are almost there!!! Thanks to everyone who has donated already.

You can donate by clicking on this link: 

http://bit.ly/KEPS2021donations

Please add the student’s name and classroom for each donation in the box for “Message to School Board”. A tax receipt is immediately emailed to you. There will be prizes for the classes that fundraise the most money and classes that have the highest participation.  

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative:  The month of May is both Asian and Jewish Heritage Month. The two Heritage Committees have joined together to present an incredible program for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students.  Meet Sophie who plays dress-up with her Grandma Ellie and loves her Bubbe's Jewish chicken soup, made with kreplach. She also paints with her Grandma Nancy and loves Nai Nai's Chinese chicken soup, with wonton. But don't tell Bubbe and Nai Nai that their soups are the same! In Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup, Sophie solves the problem of which chicken soup is best, bringing her whole family together for a tasty surprise!

Targeted at students in Kindergarten-grade 3, it has been described as a “very sweet book and a perfect early lesson on diversity.” You’ll even find Bubbe and Nai Nai’s recipes at the end! For the month of May, we are pleased to offer Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup as part of TDSB’s Virtual Library.  The final project for students is a TDSB wide “Chicken Soup” cookbook. Schools will be selling the cookbooks to raise money for the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, (TFSS), which provides financial assistance to schools, and directly supports our K-6 snack program. We are looking for chicken soup recipes from every country, community, religion, culture, and indigenous communities.  We would like stories and pictures as to why this soup is important to your family and how it has been passed down for generations.  If you have a family chicken soup recipe, please send me the recipe along with pictures and a story.  All submissions will be vetted through a committee and the committee will contact those chosen for the cookbook.

KEPS Website: Many thanks to our Office Administrator, Andrea Clements, who has updated and is maintaining our KEPS Website.  On the website you can find information under the following headings:

You can find the link to the website at  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

King Edward School Council: King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids.  For complete information on our School Council, including contact information, websites, Facebook, Donations Drive, Virtual Clubs and upcoming events and Council meetings… please go to our website at https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

School Council Meeting:  Our next School Council is on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome! 

Twelfth Day of Ridvan: Ridvan is a twelve-day festival celebrated in the Baha’I faith. This festival celebrates the commencement of the prophethood of Baha’u’llah, the founder of Baha’i. The festival starts at sunset on April 19th and ends at sunset on May 1st . It is the holiest of Baha’I festivals. The twelfth day of Ridvan is the last day of the festival and signals the end of the holiday period. Ridvan means “paradise” in the Persian language and is named for the Garden of Ridvan, located outside of Baghdad. After Baha’u’llah was exiled from Baghdad in 1863 by the Ottoman Empire, he stayed in the Garden of Ridvan for Twelve Days before leaving for Constantiople (present day Istanbul).

Beltane: Many Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Beltane on May 1st. It is one of eight solar Sabbats. This holiday incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as the bonfire, but it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as May pole dancing). Some traditions celebrate this holiday on May 1 or May Day, whiles others begin their celebration the eve before or April 30th. Beltane has long been celebrated with feasts and rituals. The name means fire of Bel; Belinos being one name for the Sun God, whose coronation feast we now celebrate. As summer begins, weather becomes warmer, and the plant world blossoms, and an exuberant mood prevails. 

International Day of Families: The International Day of Families, as proclaimed by the United Nations on May 15th, is an occasion to reflect and celebrate the importance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world. It has been held every year since 1995. The International Day of Families gives an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. Governments, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and individuals are encouraged to organize observances/events of the day to promote a better understanding of the functions, problems, strengths and needs of families.

Orthodox Easter (Pascha): Pascha (Greek: Πάσχα), also called Easter, is the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord, this year celebrated on May 2nd. Pascha is a transliteration of the Greek word, which is itself a transliteration of the Hebrew Pesach, Aramaic Pascha, both words translated from the Hebrew Pesach meaning Passover. (A minority of English-speaking Orthodox prefer the English word 'Pasch.') Pascha normally falls either one or five weeks later than the feast as observed by Christians who follow the Gregorian calendar. However, occasionally the two observances coincide, and on occasion they can be four weeks apart. The reason for the difference is that, though the two calendars use the same underlying formula to determine the festival, they compute from different starting points. The older Julian calendar's solar calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian's and its lunar calendar is four to five days behind the Gregorian's.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Stay safe! And for those who are celebrating… Happy Easter!

April 23rd 2021


In the flash this week:

Mental Health and Well-Being Support

School Council Fundraising

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative

KEPS Website

King Edward School Council

School Council Meeting

National Day of Mourning

Holy Friday

As we finish the first week back from our break, I would like to again thank our staff for providing such excellent teaching and learning online.  I am happy that I got to be back in school, even for a very short time, as I missed the energy and excitement that King Edward students generate in the building. But safety of our students and staff are a priority, so now class visits are online. The energy and excitement are not nearly the same as when we are in the building, so, as we continue in this time of uncertainty, our focus is not only on academics, but on the mental health and well-being of our students, staff and community. 

Mental Health and Well-Being Support: If your child is experiencing any anxiety around school, please let their teacher know. Please see below for some links to resources that you might find useful to support your child.

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/In-Person-Learning/Resources-During-Covid-19

https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-mental-health-resources/

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/resources-parents-children.html

https://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/parents-and-families/

School Council Fundraising: We are closing in on our final week for the King Edward fundraising campaign. Your donation will help the school council fund programs such as student enrichment, technology, and library enhancements.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 and we are almost there!!! Thanks to everyone who has donated already.

You can donate by clicking on this link: 

http://bit.ly/KEPS2021donations

Please add the student’s name and classroom for each donation in the box for “Message to School Board”. A tax receipt is immediately emailed to you. There will be prizes for the classes that fundraise the most money and classes that have the highest participation.  

Asian Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month Initiative:  The month of May is both Asian and Jewish Heritage Month. The two Heritage Committees have joined together to present an incredible program for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students.  Meet Sophie who plays dress-up with her Grandma Ellie and loves her Bubbe's Jewish chicken soup, made with kreplach. She also paints with her Grandma Nancy and loves Nai Nai's Chinese chicken soup, with wonton. But don't tell Bubbe and Nai Nai that their soups are the same! In Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup, Sophie solves the problem of which chicken soup is best, bringing her whole family together for a tasty surprise!

Targeted at students in Kindergarten-grade 3, it has been described as a “very sweet book and a perfect early lesson on diversity.” You’ll even find Bubbe and Nai Nai’s recipes at the end! For the month of May, we are pleased to offer Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup as part of TDSB’s Virtual Library.  The final project for students is a TDSB wide “Chicken Soup” cookbook. Schools will be selling the cookbooks to raise money for the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, (TFSS), which provides financial assistance to schools, and directly supports our K-6 snack program. We are looking for chicken soup recipes from every country, community, religion, culture, and indigenous communities.  We would like stories and pictures as to why this soup is important to your family and how it has been passed down for generations.  If you have a family chicken soup recipe, please send me the recipe along with pictures and a story.  All submissions will be vetted through a committee and the committee will contact those chosen for the cookbook.

KEPS Website: Many thanks to our Office Administrator, Andrea Clements, who has updated and is maintaining our KEPS Website.  On the website you can find information under the following headings:

Teacher Contact 

Forms

KEPS Friday Flash

School Council, (including our recent donation drive and upcoming events)

School Council Connects

Student Registration

High School

Safe Arrival 

Library

Grade 7 Extended French 

KEPS Life and Times Magazines 

KEPS Virtual Clubs.  

You can find the link to the website at  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

King Edward School Council: King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids.  For complete information on our School Council, including contact information, websites, Facebook, Donations Drive, Virtual Clubs and upcoming events and Council meetings… please go to our website at https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

School Council Meeting:  Our next School Council is on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome! 

National Day of Mourning: National Day of Mourning is observed on April 28th. In 2003, more than 900 people died in Canada as a result of work-related accidents or illnesses. This means that, on average, almost four workers are killed every working day. Close to 350,000 others were injured seriously to the extent that it prevented them from reporting to work for at least one day. It is estimated that nearly one million work-related injuries and illnesses are reported each year in Canada. In 2003, workers in all age groups under 45 years were equally likely to be injured while on the job. Those over 45 had lower rates of work-related injuries and accidents. For the same year, the number of time-loss work-related injuries for men was also more than twice that for women. Work-related accidents are very expensive. The total of compensation paid to work accident victims or their families and of other economic costs of work-related injuries each year is estimated at more than $12 billion. These figures do not take into account the pain and suffering of the victims and their families, which are incalculable.

The Government of Canada is committed to promoting a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all Canadians. The Labour Program of Human Resources and Skills Development are responsible for developing, administering, and enforcing legislation and regulations, including the Canada Labour Code. The Code applies to federally regulated workplaces, and one of its primary goals is to prevent accidents and injuries that could adversely affect employees’ health. The Health and Safety Officers of the Labour Program conduct workplace inspections and safety audits, respond to employee complaints, and investigate hazards. They also work with the policy and work-place health and safety committees to help resolve health and safety issues in the workplace. The National Day of Mourning is an annual day of remembrance for workers who have been killed or injured on the job in Canada. The aim of this day is to publicly renew the commitment to fight for the safety of the living, as well as mourn for those workers who have died. On December 28th, 1990, the government passed the Workers Mourning Day Act, which established an official day observed every year to commemorate workers injured on the job, killed, disabled, or who suffer from occupational illnesses. This day is also intended to show Canadians’ concern for occupational health and safety. April 28th was chosen for this observance, since the first comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Act was passed in the province of Ontario. Although it all began in Canada, the Day of Mourning is now commemorated in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Holy Friday: On Great and Holy Friday, this year on April 30th, the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross. This is the culmination of the observance of His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins. This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concludes with a Vespers on Friday afternoon that observes the un-nailing of Christ from the Cross and the placement of His body in the tomb. The commemoration acknowledges the sufferings of Christ: the mockery, the crown of thorns, the scourging, the nails, the thirst, the vinegar and gall, the cry of desolation, and all the Savior endured on the Cross.

Have a wonderful weekend!  And for those who are commemorating… have a Blessed Holy Friday.

April 1st 2021

In the flash this week:

Easter

KEPS Website

School Photos

King Edward School Council

School Council Meeting

World Autism Awareness Day

Good Friday

Easter Sunday

Easter Monday

Rwandan Genocide Memorial Day

World Health Day

Yom Hashoah

International Day of Silence

Easter:  School is closed tomorrow and Monday for Easter.  Classes will resume on Tuesday April 6th.

KEPS Website: Many thanks to our Office Administrator, Andrea Clements, who has updated and is maintaining our KEPS Website.  On the website you can find information under the following headings:

Teacher Contact

Forms

KEPS Friday Flash 

School Council, (including our recent donation drive and upcoming events)

School Council Connects

Student Registration

High School

Safe Arrival

Library

Grade 7 Extended French

KEPS Life and Times Magazines

KEPS Virtual Clubs

You can find the link to the website at  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

School Photos: Because of the upcoming Provincial Shutdown, school photos will be postponed.  Information will be sent out in a future flash, regarding a revised date.

King Edward School Council: King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids..  For complete information on our School Council, including contact information, websites, Facebook, Donations Drive, Virtual Clubs and upcoming events and Council meetings… please go to our website at https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

School Council Meeting:  Our next School Council is on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome! We will have a parent workshop by Nishta Saxena (Child Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian) which we hope you will find helpful. You can register in advance for this meeting at the following link:

https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrdeGurjkiGNK-vX1c6IE0RJB2eD5uuPVK  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 World Autism Awareness Day: The following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on World Autism Awareness Day, observed on 2 April:

“On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes towards persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences. Let us also renew our promise, engraved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to leave no one behind and ensure that all people can contribute as active members to peaceful and prosperous societies.

As the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities points out, legal capacity and equal recognition before the law are inherent rights that persons with autism enjoy on an equal basis with other members of our societies.

In the exercise of those rights and their freedom to make their own choices, let us ensure that we make available the necessary accommodations and support to persons with autism. With access to the support they need and choose, they will be empowered to face the key milestones in every person’s life, such as deciding where and with whom to live, whether to get married and establish a family, what type of work to pursue and how to manage their personal finances.

When they enjoy equal opportunity for self-determination and autonomy, persons with autism will be empowered to make an even stronger positive impact on our shared future.”

Good Friday: Good Friday occurs two days before Easter Sunday, this year on April 2nd. It is the day when Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which plays an important part in the Christian faith. It is also a statutory holiday in all Canadian provinces and territories except Quebec, where it is partially observed. Christians may attend special church services, even if they do not attend church regularly during the rest of the year. Good Friday is a day of mourning and quiet prayer among many Christians. The candles are often extinguished and statues, paintings and crosses may be draped in black, purple or gray cloth. Some Catholics observe a partial fast on Good Friday and do not eat any meat.

Easter Sunday: Easter Sunday, falling this year on April 4th, celebrates Jesus’ Resurrection after his death caused by crucifixion on Good Friday. Easter Monday is celebrated as a holiday by some Christian cultures. Easter is considered to be one of the oldest and most important festivals in the Christian year, as the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus is meant to renew a Christian’s commitment to living a life of truth, justice, and love. Many Christians mark Easter by attending church services over the weekend, and for some, this includes a midnight mass and candlelight vigil on Saturday. Families often gather together for dinner on Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection. The symbols that are associated with the holiday in North America are taken from ancient roots. In fact, the word “Easter” derives from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess known as “Eostre.” The custom of dyeing eggs, a symbol of new life, goes back to the ancient Egyptians, Persians, and Romans. These popular symbols, however, are by no means common to all Christian peoples. In addition, many of these customs and symbols have counterparts in non-Christian celebrations of spring. In the past, the Easter festivities involved a week of secular celebration after the religious observances, but this was reduced to one day in the nineteenth-century. Events include egg-rolling competitions and, in some predominantly Catholic countries, dousing other people with water, which at one time had been holy water, blessed the day before at Easter Sunday Mass and carried home to bless the house and food. In the Catholic Byzantine Rite and the Eastern Orthodox Church, Easter Monday is called Bright Monday. During the Lenten period, many Christian’s give up something, or fast, in honour of Jesus’ gift of giving his life for them.

Easter Monday: Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, according to the Christian Bible. Easter Monday is also a holiday for many Canadians. Easter Monday in Canada is a time for Christians to traditionally reflect on Jesus Christ's crucifixion, death and resurrection

Rwandan Genocide Memorial Day: The Rwandan genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi and 20% of Rwanda's total population. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame  took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.  The genocide took place in the context of the Rwandan Civil War, an ongoing conflict beginning in 1990 between the Hutu-led government and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which largely consisted of Tutsi refugees whose families had fled to Uganda after the 1959 Hutu revolt against colonial rule. Waves of Hutu violence against the RPF and Tutsi followed Rwandan independence in 1962. On April 6, 1994, an airplane carrying Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down on its descent into Kigali. The assassination of Habyarimana ended the peace accords.Genocidal killings began the following day. Soldiers, police, and militia quickly executed key Tutsi and moderate Hutu military and political leaders who could have assumed control in the ensuing power vacuum. Checkpoints and barricades were erected to screen all holders of the national ID card of Rwanda (which contained ethnic classification information introduced by the Belgian colonial government in 1933) in order to systematically identify and kill Tutsi. These forces recruited and pressured Hutu civilians to arm themselves with machetes, clubs, blunt objects, and other weapons to kill their Tutsi neighbors and to destroy or steal their property. The breakdown of the peace accords led the RPF to restart its offensive and rapidly seize control of the northern part of the country before capturing Kigali in mid-July, bringing an end to the genocide.

World Health Day:: The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on  April 7th, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly . The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. World Health Day is acknowledged by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health issues, who also organize activities and highlight their support in media reports, such as the Global Health Council.

Yom HaShoah :  Yom HaShoah begins on April 8th at sundown. Many Canadians observe Yom HaShoah, which is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. Many Jewish communities hold commemorative ceremonies or events to remember Holocaust victims who died during World War II. The Masorti (Conservative Judaism) movement in Israel created Megillat HaShoah, a scroll and liturgical reading for Yom HaShoah. This is a joint effort between Jewish leaders Canada, Israel, and the United States. Synagogue services are held in Canada during Yom HaShoah and rituals may vary. Activities may include lighting memorial candles and reciting the Kaddish, which is a prayer for the departed. Educational programs about the historical events associated with Yom HaShoah are shown around this time of the year, particularly to students learning about Jewish history. These programs may include a documentary featuring Holocaust survivors’ stories or a viewing of a Holocaust-themed film. Teaching resources and guidelines may accompany some of these programs.

International Day of Silence: Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence, this year celebrated on April 9th, has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at a single school in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the continent, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach. Are homophobia and transphobia real in our schools? Here are some of the results of phase one of Egale Canada First National Survey on Homophobia in Canadian Schools (2008):

  • Over two-thirds of LGBTQ participants reported that they felt unsafe at school, compared to 1 in 5 straight participants.
  • Over one-third have skipped school because they felt unsafe there or on their way there, compared to one-eighth of straight participants.
  • Half the LGBTQ participants are only “out” to a few friends at school, or to no one at school.
  • Over half of LGBTQ participants reported that they have been verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation.
  • Almost half (49%) have had mean rumours spread about them at school.
  • Almost a third (31%) have had mean rumours spread on the internet or through text messages because they are LGBTQ.
  • Over a quarter have been physically harassed because of their sexual orientation.
  • 41% had been sexually harassed compared to 19% of straight kids.
  • LGBTQ participants reported feeling unsafe on school buses, in the gym and changing rooms, in the cafeteria, under stairwells, and in hallways.
  • LGBTQ participants who had been harassed or assaulted were much less likely than straight participants to report it to school staff members.
  • Fewer than half felt comfortable talking to their parents about LGBTQ issues.
  • Almost half (47.5%) agreed with the statement, "It is hard for me to feel accepted at my school" (compared to one fifth [19%] of straight participants).
  • Almost two-thirds (62%) agreed with the statement, "Sometimes I feel very depressed about my school" (compared to just over one-third [36%] of straight participants).
  • Almost 40% of straight participants reported that they made homophobic remarks sometimes or frequently.
  • 19% of LGBTQ participants made homophobic remarks sometimes or frequently, perhaps to fit in.
  • Day of Silence is to bring attention to this problem, let students who experience such bullying know that they are not alone and ask schools to take action to address the problem.

The Day of Silence is an opportunity for students to work toward improving school climate for all students.

Have a wonderful long weekend!  Enjoy this time with family and for those who are celebrating, I wish you a happy Easter!


March 26th 2021

Greetings,

It has truly been a wonderful week, back at school!  Many thanks again to Chris Fabbri and all the teachers and staff for all their hard work in not only educating our students but navigating this very uncertain year!  It is very evident that the school is not only running smoothly… but soaring! 

Here is the flash for next week:

In the flash this week:

KEPS Website

Earth Hour

School Photos

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Donations

King Edward School Council

School Council Meeting

Passover

Holi

Holla Mohalla

Guan Yin Birthday

KEPS Website: Many thanks to our Office Administrator, Andrea Clements, who has updated and is maintaining our KEPS Website.  On the website you can find teacher contact informationForms (including optional attendance) previous KEPS Connects messages (Friday Flash) School Council Information, (including our recent donation drive and upcoming events), Student Registration, High School, Safe Arrival Information, Library, Grade 7 Extended French Information, KEPS Life and Times Magazines and KEPS Virtual Clubs.  You can find the link to the website at https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

Earth Hour:  Saturday is Earth Hour. On Friday, we will honour the Earth by shutting down our lights and electronics and spending time outside cleaning up our environment.

: The school photo dates are contingent on whether or not Ontario moves beyond the red zone.  Having said that, we have currently scheduled the dates for photos as follows: Wednesday April 7 th – Grade 8 grad photos (virtual school students – 8am-9am); Thursday May 6th – JK-7 photos. (Virtual School students – 3pm – 5pm.  An email will be sent out closer to the dates, regarding protocols and procedures to follow.

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Donations: We would like to replenish some materials for our Outdoor Play and Learning Program (OPAL). We need a variety of items to use, including: Large cardboard boxes: Old car tires: Cardboard Sonotubes; Plastic piping tubes/ PVC pipes; Large empty spools (used for wire, chain, rope etc.); Large buckets; Wheels; Thick rope; Pulleys; Old kitchen utensils; pots and pans; Tarps; Milk crates; Crutches and any other materials you think might spark our students' creativity! Please let Mr. Fabbri know and we can arrange a drop off time.  Thank for your support!

King Edward School Council: King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids..  For complete information on our School Council, including contact information, websites, Facebook, Donations Drive, Virtual Clubs and upcoming events and Council meetings… please go to our website at https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

School Council Meeting:  Our next School Council is on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome! We will have a parent workshop by Nishta Saxena (Child Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian) which we hope you will find helpful. You can register in advance for this meeting at the following link: 

https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrdeGurjkiGNK-vX1c6IE0RJB2eD5uuPVK  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Passover begins at sundown on the first day, this year falling on March 27 th. Passover, or Pesach, the Jewish Festival of Unleavened Bread (Matzah), commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days with special prayers and symbolic foods at home. It is a “festival of freedom” to remind Jews of how God released their ancestors from slavery and brought them to freedom in a Promised Land. The Seder—the traditional meal held on the first night of this holiday—is often attended by extended families. Also, because charity and community are such important elements of the holiday, it is common for families to invite people to their Seder who, for whatever reason, are not able to have one of their own.

Holi:Holi is an important annual Hindu two-day festival celebrating the beginning of spring. This year Holi falls on March 28 th and 29th. There are quite a few diverse accounts as to the origins of Holi, but it is primarily considered a festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil and devotion over ambition, as well as a rural and agricultural festival of fertility. Holi is traditionally known as the “festival of colour” because the sprinkling of coloured powder (called abeer or gulal) is a major component of the celebrations. Water balloons containing gulal are tossed at friends and neighbours in the spirit of fun, and Indian drums (dhola) and songs often accompany the festivities. Holi is usually celebrated with a great deal of zest and verve, as it is a time to remember the brightness and splendor of living, and a time to spread joy, colour, and love. Holi is more commonly called Phagwa by Indo-Trinidadians and Indo-Guyane

Holla Mohalla: Holla Mahalla also Hola Mohalla (or simply Hola) is a one day Sikh festival, taking place on March 29-31st which takes place on the second day of the lunar month of Chett (a day after Holi which is a two day festival starting with Holika Dahan on the last day of the lunar month of Phagan on the full moon and the actual day of Holi (the next day on the first day of Chett) and most often falls in March, and sometimes coincides with the Sikh New Year. The fair held at Anandpur Sahib is traditionally a three-day event but participants attend Anandpur Sahib for a week, camping out and enjoying various displays of fighting prowess and bravery, and listening to kirtan music, and poetry. For meals, which are an integral part of the Sikh institution (Gurdwara), visitors sit together in Pangats (Queues) and eat vegetarian food of the Langars. The event concludes on the day of Holla Mohalla with a long, military-style procession near Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, one of the five seats of temporal authority of the Sikhs.

Guan Yin Birthday: The nineteenth day of the second month of the lunar year is the birthday of Guan Yin. This year it falls on March 31 st.  On that day, young men and women gather to burn joss sticks and worship either in the temple hall or in the court area. Some offer oil for Guan Yin's ever-burning lamp and pray for health and peace; others offer long silk scrolls in the hope of bearing a son. If a son is born, the parents will put him under Guan Yin's lotus seat to proclaim their faith in Buddhism and make the baby the adopted child of Guan Yin. By doing so, they think Guan Yin will bless the child with longevity. Monks and nuns set up assemblies in honour of Guan Yin. The places of worship are solemn and grand. Incense and flowers are also offered to Guan Yin. Women eat a vegetarian diet from the first until the nineteenth of the second month, the birthday of Guan Yin. This is called Guan Yin's vegetarian fast. This practice is observed again from the 1 st 19th of the sixth and the ninth months in the lunar year.

For those of you who are celebrating... Happy Passover (Chag Sameach) and Happy Holi!  Have a wonderful relaxing weekend!

Cheers, 

Corinne



March 19th 2021

Good Morning and Happy Spring!  

Thanks to all the teachers and students who helped make this past week a fun-filled Spirit Week! This was a much-needed teacher initiative to create a little space in our week for some fun and creativity.   

Tug O War     Tire Swing     Manga Mania  More Manga Mania  

Friday was the TDSB day to honour the International Day for the Elimination of Racism. The United Nations has chosen its theme, “Youth Standing Up Against Racism” using the hashtag, #FightRacism, which aims to foster a global culture of anti-discrimination and calls on each and every one of us to stand up against racial injustice.

King Edward joined other TDSB classrooms by creating classroom pledges to “affirm our commitment to taking concrete actions against racism in our classrooms, school environments and beyond.”

Several of our senior classes have also been working on an African History Month project in which each student selected a year to highlight a significant event in African-Canadian and African-American History, spanning the past 200 years. Many of the slides have been printed are up on the second floor walls as a timeline. We hope to publish some of this content in the next KEPS Life and Times!  

From our Senior Teacher Team: “We Continue to Learn” -- It is our goal to continue having ongoing, meaningful conversations with our students regarding all issues of equality. Many teachers and classes collaborated in order to have a coordinated, school initiative regarding learning about Black History and its impact on anti-racism in a meaningful context. The students in the classes each received one year to research. They were to research the key happenings in their year that were connected to Black History and create one informational slide. The slide was to depict an occurrence related to Black History and it was to explain its importance and connection to our learning. All slides were then placed in sequential order to create a meaningful, powerful timeline spanning from the early 800s to 2021. The timeline is positioned in our school along our hallway as a constant, visual reminder that these issues are important, ongoing and present. 

African Heritage 1964     African Heritage 1979  

King Edward made the news this past week! Click the link to see some of our kindergarten students talk about wearing masks. 

How to help kids overcome the challenges of masks
CBC – The National (March 16)
Summary: Wearing masks during the pandemic has created a unique set of challenges for kids including recognizing other people, reading emotions and learning to talk. But researchers say there are simple things adults can do to help them out.

King Edward Physical Plant:  The main doors of the school will not be available next week, as a crew works to replace the concrete slab walkway at the entrance. Parents are asked to use the Daycare entrance on Lippincott at the north end of the school, if picking up a child or dropping off something, if possible, parents are asked to call the office 416-393-1320 from outside the building and staff will meet them at that entrance.
We thank parents and visitors in advance for their patience and understanding.
 

HEPA filters were delivered to all homeroom classes this week

Wireless Coverage: Work begins Monday to install the final batch of Wireless Access Points to complete wireless coverage of the school

School Photos (New Dates): Wednesday April 7th – Grade 8 grad photos (virtual school students – 8am-9am); Thursday May 6 th – JK-7 photos. (Virtual School students – 3pm – 5pm). Dates are tentative as Toronto needs to be in the red zone to have photos taken. Email regarding protocols and procedures to follow closer to the above dates.

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Donations:  We would like to replenish some materials for our Outdoor Play and Learning Program (OPAL). We need a variety of items to use, including: Large cardboard boxes: Old car tires: Cardboard sonotubes; Plastic piping tubes/ PVC pipes; Large empty spools (used for wire, chain, rope etc.); Large buckets; Wheels; Thick rope; Pulleys; Old kitchen utensils; pots and pans; Tarps; Milk crates; Crutches and any other materials you think might spark our students' creativity! Please let me know and we can arrange a drop off time, thanks

KING EDWARD DIRECT DONATIONS DRIVE:

Dear King Edward Parents/Guardians,

The King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in improving student achievement and well-being. In previous years, our School Council has raised funds through pizza lunches, art night, and other activities. These funds supplement the school’s budget with student enrichment activities, technology, library enhancements, education enrichment programs such as Scientists in the School, graduation activities, and activities that support a positive school climate and improve student achievement and well-being.
In this extraordinary year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School Council is asking if you will donate directly. Donations of ANY amount are greatly appreciated and are eligible for income tax receipts. Our fundraising goal is $5,000. You can donate directly through TDSB School Cash Online ( https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/457/153/false/true?school=676&initiative=1).

We welcome all parents/guardians to participate in our King Edward School Council. The next meeting will be held April 6, 2021 at 6:30pm. You can help by attending the meeting and providing your thoughts on school issues and/or join one of committees such as the Caring and Safe School Committee, Social Justice Committee, Virtual Clubs Committee, Grade 8 Graduation Committee or Fundraising Committee.

LINK TO MAKE A DIRECT DONATION

School: King Edward Jr & Sr PS

https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/457/153/false/true?school=676&initiative=1

There will be prizes for the top 2 classes that fundraise the most money and the top 2 classes that have the most participation.

When a donation is made at the link above, make sure to put the student’s name and classroom for each donation (for example: Sam Doe – 8FIA) in the box for “Message to School Board”. A tax receipt is immediately emailed to the donor.

Share the donation link with family and friends. The donation link is public so it can be shared beyond the school community and you can check out as a guest.

School Cash Online Parent Help Desk

The Parent Help Desk is available to assist parents/guardians with the registration process, password recovery, accessing your account or payment Issues. Phone: 1-866-961-1803 | Email:parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL:

King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids. You are welcome to join our Facebook group, where parents can connect and share information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share

KING EDWARD VIRTUAL CLUBS COMMITTEE

Our King Edward Virtual Clubs Committee is coordinating online clubs for our in-school and virtual-school students. One of the goals is to bring our in-school and virtual-school students together for connection and new friendships. There is a variety of virtual clubs (structured, informal, some with registration fees and some that are free). Please see the information below about upcoming online clubs. NOTE: The service providers are responsible for running their program.

King Edward Video Games Club

by Cecil Community Centre

For Grades 7-8 kids (in-school & in-virtual-school)

FREE virtually Mondays and Fridays (4pm-5pm)

Chat | Play | Connect

DATES: February 8 – March 29, 2021

REGISTER > https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCYvyUKiEhkiBP6_c0drjPDR_NnHXmI87Ef7EbvjRBfLFSuw/viewform
Contact: tarah@cecilcentre.ca

FLYER > https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WAKSA0O55JHdAnc5kjwrwVWyLbxkWjng/view?usp=sharing

NOTE: There is still space available and students are welcome to join this fun club. Students need to register to attend the club.

UPCOMING KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:

Everyone is welcome to join us for the King Edward School Council meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 . We will have a parent workshop by Nishta Saxena (Child Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian) which we hope you will find helpful.

King Edward School Council Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

TIME: 6:30 PM

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrdeGurjkiGNK-vX1c6IE0RJB2eD5uuPVK

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

* the meeting start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:

EMAIL: keparentcouncil@gmail.com

TDSB EMAIL:SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE: https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com

KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE: https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward

Best Regards,

D. Williams and Jill Rochon

Co-Chairs, King Edward School Council

TDSB Days of Significance:

March 20 – Ohigan (Spring Equinox) Japanese National Holiday

This holy day is celebrated at both the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes. In Japan, people remember their ancestors. (Higan or Ohigan), and is a week of Buddhist services in Japan during the March and September Equinox. Both equinoxes have been national holidays since the Meiji period (1868-1912). "Higan" means the “other shore” and refers to dead spirits who reach Nirvana after crossing the river of existence. It celebrates the spiritual move from the world of suffering to the world of enlightenment.

March 21 – Ostara (Spring Equinox) Wicca/Pagan

Spring is a time of renewal after the long cold winter! The celebration of this is centered around the spring equinox, which is called Ostara/Eostre after the goddess it celebrates.

As one of the two times where the night is equal to the day, the focus is often on re-balance both within ourselves, and in our lives; assessing the lessons of the past season and approaching the coming spring with joy. All around us the earth is moving into wakefulness, with the trees budding and the first spring shoots moving sunwards through the snow.

Symbols of the Sabbat include such time honoured tokens of fertility as eggs, rabbits, and flowers, as well as the lambs whose coming is celebrated at Imbolc. In the Wiccan cycle of the Gods, the God and Goddess are both in their youthful aspects, the Young Lord and the Maiden.

March 21 –   Eid-e-Navroz/Persian New Year (Date May Vary) (Baha’i/Zoroastrian)

The UN General Assembly, in 2010 recognized the International Day of Navroz, describing it as a Spring Festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years.

About 300 million people worldwide celebrate Navroz, with traditions and rituals particularly strong in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Events may include folk dance performances, special concerts, and tree planting ceremonies.

March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (United Nations)

In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a program of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. On this occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, commemorates the anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960 and falls at the beginning of this week of solidarity. On that day in South Africa, peaceful demonstrators against apartheid were killed. In 1966, the United Nations declared that each year on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination should be observed as a symbol of the worldwide need to end racism.

March 22 – World Water Day United Nations (United Nations)

International World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of the world’s supply of freshwater. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Since 1993, World Water Days have highlighted some key issues around freshwater, including sanitation, natural disasters and distributing water in big cities.

March 25 -- Feast of the Annunciation (Christianity: Eastern Orthodox& Western)

The Feast of the Annunciation, contemporarily the Solemnity of the Annunciation, also known as Lady Day, the Feast of the Incarnation (Festum Incarnationis), Conceptio Christi ( Christ’s Conception ), commemorates the visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is celebrated on 25 March each year. In the Roman Catholic Church, when 25 March falls during the Paschal Triduum, it is transferred forward to the first suitable day during Eastertide. In Eastern and Eastern Catholicism, it is never transferred, even if it falls on Pascha ( Easter). The concurrence of these two feasts is called Kyriopascha.

Have a great weekend!

Chris Fabbri

VP at King Edward PS

King Edward Instagram @kingedwardps



March 19th 2021

Good Morning and Happy Spring!  

Thanks to all the teachers and students who helped make this past week a fun-filled Spirit Week! This was a much-needed teacher initiative to create a little space in our week for some fun and creativity.   

Tug O War     Tire Swing     Manga Mania  More Manga Mania  

Friday was the TDSB day to honour the International Day for the Elimination of Racism. The United Nations has chosen its theme, “Youth Standing Up Against Racism” using the hashtag, #FightRacism, which aims to foster a global culture of anti-discrimination and calls on each and every one of us to stand up against racial injustice.

King Edward joined other TDSB classrooms by creating classroom pledges to “affirm our commitment to taking concrete actions against racism in our classrooms, school environments and beyond.”

Several of our senior classes have also been working on an African History Month project in which each student selected a year to highlight a significant event in African-Canadian and African-American History, spanning the past 200 years. Many of the slides have been printed are up on the second floor walls as a timeline. We hope to publish some of this content in the next KEPS Life and Times!  

From our Senior Teacher Team: “We Continue to Learn” -- It is our goal to continue having ongoing, meaningful conversations with our students regarding all issues of equality. Many teachers and classes collaborated in order to have a coordinated, school initiative regarding learning about Black History and its impact on anti-racism in a meaningful context. The students in the classes each received one year to research. They were to research the key happenings in their year that were connected to Black History and create one informational slide. The slide was to depict an occurrence related to Black History and it was to explain its importance and connection to our learning. All slides were then placed in sequential order to create a meaningful, powerful timeline spanning from the early 800s to 2021. The timeline is positioned in our school along our hallway as a constant, visual reminder that these issues are important, ongoing and present. 

African Heritage 1964     African Heritage 1979  

King Edward made the news this past week! Click the link to see some of our kindergarten students talk about wearing masks. 

How to help kids overcome the challenges of masks
CBC – The National (March 16)
Summary: Wearing masks during the pandemic has created a unique set of challenges for kids including recognizing other people, reading emotions and learning to talk. But researchers say there are simple things adults can do to help them out.

King Edward Physical Plant:  The main doors of the school will not be available next week, as a crew works to replace the concrete slab walkway at the entrance. Parents are asked to use the Daycare entrance on Lippincott at the north end of the school, if picking up a child or dropping off something, if possible, parents are asked to call the office 416-393-1320 from outside the building and staff will meet them at that entrance.
We thank parents and visitors in advance for their patience and understanding.
 

HEPA filters were delivered to all homeroom classes this week

Wireless Coverage: Work begins Monday to install the final batch of Wireless Access Points to complete wireless coverage of the school

School Photos (New Dates): Wednesday April 7th – Grade 8 grad photos (virtual school students – 8am-9am); Thursday May 6 th – JK-7 photos. (Virtual School students – 3pm – 5pm). Dates are tentative as Toronto needs to be in the red zone to have photos taken. Email regarding protocols and procedures to follow closer to the above dates.

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Donations:  We would like to replenish some materials for our Outdoor Play and Learning Program (OPAL). We need a variety of items to use, including: Large cardboard boxes: Old car tires: Cardboard sonotubes; Plastic piping tubes/ PVC pipes; Large empty spools (used for wire, chain, rope etc.); Large buckets; Wheels; Thick rope; Pulleys; Old kitchen utensils; pots and pans; Tarps; Milk crates; Crutches and any other materials you think might spark our students' creativity! Please let me know and we can arrange a drop off time, thanks

KING EDWARD DIRECT DONATIONS DRIVE:

Dear King Edward Parents/Guardians,

The King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in improving student achievement and well-being. In previous years, our School Council has raised funds through pizza lunches, art night, and other activities. These funds supplement the school’s budget with student enrichment activities, technology, library enhancements, education enrichment programs such as Scientists in the School, graduation activities, and activities that support a positive school climate and improve student achievement and well-being.
In this extraordinary year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School Council is asking if you will donate directly. Donations of ANY amount are greatly appreciated and are eligible for income tax receipts. Our fundraising goal is $5,000. You can donate directly through TDSB School Cash Online ( https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/457/153/false/true?school=676&initiative=1).

We welcome all parents/guardians to participate in our King Edward School Council. The next meeting will be held April 6, 2021 at 6:30pm. You can help by attending the meeting and providing your thoughts on school issues and/or join one of committees such as the Caring and Safe School Committee, Social Justice Committee, Virtual Clubs Committee, Grade 8 Graduation Committee or Fundraising Committee.

LINK TO MAKE A DIRECT DONATION

School: King Edward Jr & Sr PS

https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/457/153/false/true?school=676&initiative=1

There will be prizes for the top 2 classes that fundraise the most money and the top 2 classes that have the most participation.

When a donation is made at the link above, make sure to put the student’s name and classroom for each donation (for example: Sam Doe – 8FIA) in the box for “Message to School Board”. A tax receipt is immediately emailed to the donor.

Share the donation link with family and friends. The donation link is public so it can be shared beyond the school community and you can check out as a guest.

School Cash Online Parent Help Desk

The Parent Help Desk is available to assist parents/guardians with the registration process, password recovery, accessing your account or payment Issues. Phone: 1-866-961-1803 | Email:parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL:

King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids. You are welcome to join our Facebook group, where parents can connect and share information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share

KING EDWARD VIRTUAL CLUBS COMMITTEE

Our King Edward Virtual Clubs Committee is coordinating online clubs for our in-school and virtual-school students. One of the goals is to bring our in-school and virtual-school students together for connection and new friendships. There is a variety of virtual clubs (structured, informal, some with registration fees and some that are free). Please see the information below about upcoming online clubs. NOTE: The service providers are responsible for running their program.

King Edward Video Games Club

by Cecil Community Centre

For Grades 7-8 kids (in-school & in-virtual-school)

FREE virtually Mondays and Fridays (4pm-5pm)

Chat | Play | Connect

DATES: February 8 – March 29, 2021

REGISTER > https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCYvyUKiEhkiBP6_c0drjPDR_NnHXmI87Ef7EbvjRBfLFSuw/viewform
Contact: tarah@cecilcentre.ca

FLYER > https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WAKSA0O55JHdAnc5kjwrwVWyLbxkWjng/view?usp=sharing

NOTE: There is still space available and students are welcome to join this fun club. Students need to register to attend the club.

UPCOMING KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:

Everyone is welcome to join us for the King Edward School Council meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 . We will have a parent workshop by Nishta Saxena (Child Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian) which we hope you will find helpful.

King Edward School Council Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

TIME: 6:30 PM

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrdeGurjkiGNK-vX1c6IE0RJB2eD5uuPVK

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

* the meeting start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:

EMAIL: keparentcouncil@gmail.com

TDSB EMAIL:SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE: https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com

KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE: https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward

Best Regards,

D. Williams and Jill Rochon

Co-Chairs, King Edward School Council

TDSB Days of Significance:

March 20 – Ohigan (Spring Equinox) Japanese National Holiday

This holy day is celebrated at both the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes. In Japan, people remember their ancestors. (Higan or Ohigan), and is a week of Buddhist services in Japan during the March and September Equinox. Both equinoxes have been national holidays since the Meiji period (1868-1912). "Higan" means the “other shore” and refers to dead spirits who reach Nirvana after crossing the river of existence. It celebrates the spiritual move from the world of suffering to the world of enlightenment.

March 21 – Ostara (Spring Equinox) Wicca/Pagan

Spring is a time of renewal after the long cold winter! The celebration of this is centered around the spring equinox, which is called Ostara/Eostre after the goddess it celebrates.

As one of the two times where the night is equal to the day, the focus is often on re-balance both within ourselves, and in our lives; assessing the lessons of the past season and approaching the coming spring with joy. All around us the earth is moving into wakefulness, with the trees budding and the first spring shoots moving sunwards through the snow.

Symbols of the Sabbat include such time honoured tokens of fertility as eggs, rabbits, and flowers, as well as the lambs whose coming is celebrated at Imbolc. In the Wiccan cycle of the Gods, the God and Goddess are both in their youthful aspects, the Young Lord and the Maiden.

March 21 –   Eid-e-Navroz/Persian New Year (Date May Vary) (Baha’i/Zoroastrian)

The UN General Assembly, in 2010 recognized the International Day of Navroz, describing it as a Spring Festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years.

About 300 million people worldwide celebrate Navroz, with traditions and rituals particularly strong in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Events may include folk dance performances, special concerts, and tree planting ceremonies.

March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (United Nations)

In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a program of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. On this occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, commemorates the anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960 and falls at the beginning of this week of solidarity. On that day in South Africa, peaceful demonstrators against apartheid were killed. In 1966, the United Nations declared that each year on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination should be observed as a symbol of the worldwide need to end racism.

March 22 – World Water Day United Nations (United Nations)

International World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of the world’s supply of freshwater. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Since 1993, World Water Days have highlighted some key issues around freshwater, including sanitation, natural disasters and distributing water in big cities.

March 25 -- Feast of the Annunciation (Christianity: Eastern Orthodox& Western)

The Feast of the Annunciation, contemporarily the Solemnity of the Annunciation, also known as Lady Day, the Feast of the Incarnation (Festum Incarnationis), Conceptio Christi ( Christ’s Conception ), commemorates the visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is celebrated on 25 March each year. In the Roman Catholic Church, when 25 March falls during the Paschal Triduum, it is transferred forward to the first suitable day during Eastertide. In Eastern and Eastern Catholicism, it is never transferred, even if it falls on Pascha ( Easter). The concurrence of these two feasts is called Kyriopascha.

Have a great weekend!

Chris Fabbri

VP at King Edward PS

King Edward Instagram @kingedwardps

 February 26th 2021

Good afternoon, I hope you had a good week!  

King Edward: King Edward P.S. would like to share a huge thank you to the families that have participated in the Scholastic Book Fair.  This fair is a great source of fundraising for the school and just one book purchased means so much to all our children! 

Remember the fair continues until March the 2 nd and 20% of each book purchased is given back to our school enabling us to acquire more resources for the library. 

As of today, 40 books have been purchased which is $160 in Scholastic Awards! 

Please head to the link and join this great fundraiser!!

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5155378

King Edward: The CBC’s The National was on site yesterday to film our kindergarten class and teachers about how students are handling being back in school with COVID safety protocols. The story centers on the adaptability of children to mask-wearing and other pandemic measures. Look for an airtime of sometime in mid-March.

CBC The National Taping  

Also on site this week was our new Toronto Public Health Nurse, Angeline Dean, to tour the school and inspect our COVID safety protocols, which were determined to be solidly in place.

Grade 8 Grad Photos: Photo day for our Grade 8 grads is tentatively scheduled for March 12. However, Toronto must be in the provincial Red Zone (not the current Grey Zone - lockdown) for us to proceed. We will arrange more photo days as we see how the situation develops.

Grade 7 and 8 Vaccinations

As a reminder, all school immunization clinics are suspended for the 2020-2021 school year. Students in Grades 7/8 can still receive their vaccinations at Toronto Public Health clinics later, by appointment only. The three vaccines available for free are: Meningococcal-quadrivalent, Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B. Toronto Public Health will be offering free community clinics for students, beginning in 2021, by appointment only at www.tphbookings.ca.

African Heritage Month: For Black History Month, each Friday the King Edward Public School parent council is highlighting a local laneway named after a noteworthy local Black individual.  Black History Month is a time to learn about the important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.  Toronto’s Laneway Project is an opportunity to preserve history and encourages community building through a collaborative project.

Feb 26th post- Charley Roach Lane- Legacy Idea

Charles Roach was born in Trinidad in 1933 and immigrated to Canada in 1955. He attended law school in Toronto with a vision of fighting for civil rights and social justice. In 1968, Charley opened his own law practice at 688 St. Clair, focusing on civil rights and social justice.

Charley Roach dedicated much of his life to making Canada, and the world, a better place. Charley was a founder of the Black Action Defence Committee (BADC), exposing and protesting racism in policing. Charley also founded the Freedom Ride Against Apartheid (with Lennox Farrell). Charley was one of the prime organizers of the Movement of Minority electors, encouraging members of minority groups to seek positions in public office and to participate in the electoral process. He was a key founding member of Caribana in 1967. Charley was also an accomplished musician, poet and visual artist. Charley died on October 2, 2012.

Charley Roach Lane is located just north of St. Clair Avenue between Rushton and Arlington.

Charley Roach Lane  

Charley Roach  

Learn more:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/07/15/city-of-toronto-to-honour-legendary-black-activist-and-civil-rights-lawyer-charles-roach.html

https://www.ryerson.ca/akua-benjamin-project/who-are-we-celebrating/charlie-roach/

KEPS Parent Council hopes you have enjoyed the weekly posts highlighting a local laneway named after a noteworthy local Black individual.  As a legacy project we would like to encourage the students, parents and teachers to come together and propose a laneway name in honour of a local Black individual.  It will be fun, but more importantly, naming a laneway preserves history and encourages community building by using a collaborative process to give the lane an identity and potentially future improvements.  We are looking at you KEPS to continue making our community better!  Keep an eye on the Friday-King Edward Connects email on how to participate. 

Kindergarten Registration: February is our enrollment for Junior Kindergarten. If parents have a younger sibling or if they have a neighbour with a small child call the school to register. If you are in our catchment area and have a child that was born in 2017, you can apply for September 2021 enrollment. Click this link for more information: Junior Kindergarten Registration

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL:

King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids. You are welcome to join our Facebook group, where parents can connect and share information.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share

KING EDWARD VIRTUAL CLUBS COMMITTEE

Our King Edward Virtual Clubs Committee is coordinating online clubs for our in-school and virtual-school students. One of the goals is to bring our in-school and virtual-school students together for connection and new friendships. There is a variety of virtual clubs (structured, informal, some with registration fees and some that are free). Please see the information below about upcoming online clubs. NOTE: The service providers are responsible for running their program.

King Edward Video Games Club

by Cecil Community Centre

For Grades 7-8 kids (in-school & in-virtual-school)

FREE virtually Mondays and Fridays (4pm-5pm)

Chat | Play | Connect

DATES: February 8 – March 29, 2021

REGISTERhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCYvyUKiEhkiBP6_c0drjPDR_NnHXmI87Ef7EbvjRBfLFSuw/viewform 

Contact: tarah@cecilcentre.ca

FLYER > https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WAKSA0O55JHdAnc5kjwrwVWyLbxkWjng/view?usp=sharing

NOTE: There is still space available and students are welcome to join this fun club. Students need to register to attend the club.

UPCOMING KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:

King Edward School Council Meeting

DATE: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

TIME: 6:30 PM

LOCATION: via Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcuCorzMsE9Aqyh9p1JkLAgF8zQ6QhaSY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

* the meeting start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom 

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:

EMAIL:keparentcouncil@gmail.com

TDSB EMAIL:SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE:  https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com

KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE:  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward

Best Regards,

D. Williams, Co-Chair, King Edward School Council

TDSB Days of Significance:

Feb 26 -- Purim* Judaism

Purim begins at sundown on March 11, 2017. The story of Purim is described in the book of Esther. Esther was a Jewish girl who lived in Persia. Esther was forced to marry a King who ruled a large empire from India to Ethiopia. He had an evil advisor named Hamman who made a plot to deceive the government into murdering all of the Jews in the empire. Queen Esther overheard this plan and revealed Hamman's deceitfulness to the King which saved the Jewish people of Persia from extermination. Esther is celebrated as a great heroine in Jewish history. There are several observances associated with Purim which include:

1) giving charity to the poor;

2) Mishloach Manot (this translates to giving gifts of food and drink to friends);

3) enjoying a special meal with family and friends; and,

4) listening to the story of Purim as it is written on a special scroll called the Megillah.

It is customary for children and adults to dress up in costumes and attend carnivals and other enjoyable events on Purim. Purim is also significant as it comes exactly one month before Passover.

Feb 26 – Magha Puja Day/Lantern Festival Buddhism

This Buddhist festival is also known as the Fourfold Assembly or Sangha Day. Magha Puja Day is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. It is a celebration in honour of the Sangha, or the Buddhist community. For some Buddhists, Sangha refers only to monks and nuns. It is a chance for people to reaffirm their commitment to Buddhist practices and traditions.

Magha Puja Day commemorates the spontaneous gathering of 1,250 enlightened monks (Arahants) who heard the Buddha preach at the location of Veluvana Vihara (Deer Park). At this gathering, the Buddha gave his first sermon, or recitation of the Patimokkha (the rules and regulations of the monastic order). Sangha is the term used meaning the Buddhist spiritual community. On Sangha Day, Buddhists celebrate both the ideal and realization of a spiritual community. The Sangha is precious in Buddhism because, without it, it would be challenging for those in the community who wish to venerate or share aspirations with the spiritual life. Magha Puja Day is a traditional time for exchange of gifts and has become a prominent festival among Western Buddhists, even though it is less well known in the West. Celebrations vary, but can include chanting, meditation, the lighting of oil lamps, and the reaffirmation of people's commitment to Buddhist practice.

Feb 27 --   Maghi  Sikhism

Maghi is the occasion when Sikhs commemorate the sacrifice of forty Sikhs, who fought for Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Maghi, Makara Sankranti, the first day of the month of Magh. The eve of Maghi is the common Indian festival of Lohri when bonfires are lit in Hindu homes to greet the birth of sons in the families and alms are distributed. In the morning, people go out for an early-hour dip in nearby tanks. For Sikhs, Maghi means primarily the festival at Muktsar, a district town of the Punjab, in commemoration of the heroic fight of the Chali Mukte, literally, the Forty Liberated Ones, who laid down their lives warding off an attack by an imperial army marching in pursuit of Guru Gobind Singh. The action took place near a pool of water, Khidrane di Dhab, on 29 December 1705. The bodies were cremated the following day, the first of Maghi (hence the name of the festival), which now falls usually on the 13th of January. Following the custom of the Sikhs to observe their anniversaries of happy and tragic events alike, Maghi is celebrated with end-to-end recital of the Guru Granth Sahib and religious divans in almost all gurdwaras (Sikh temples).

Have a great weekend!

Chris Fabbri

VP at King Edward PS

King Edward Instagram @kingedwardps

Feb 19th 2021

Good afternoon, I hope you had a good week and enjoyed some of the snow!  

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL!

The Scholastic Virtual Book Fair has Begun! 

From February 16 th - March 2 nd please help support our library by simply purchasing a book for your child. 20% of your net purchase will be given back to King Edward PS., in support of our library resources! Both Virtual and In-Person King Edward families may join the book fair. You may also purchase a book in lieu of our teachers by checking out the FACEBOOK KING EDWARD PARENT COUNCIL PAGE here-  https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil

This is a different type of year for fundraising and this book fair is a huge asset for King Edward’s fundraising committee, anyone can join in on the fun; a grandparent or friend. Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm are Scholastics Shop and Ship for free to anywhere in Canada. The link for the Scholastic Book fair is   https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5155378

TEACHERS’ WISH LIST:  Check out the King Edward School Council Facebook group for the teachers’ “wish list” of books which parents can voluntarily purchase from the virtual book fair and donate to the classroom/school. THANK YOU to those you have donated to the teachers’ “wish list” – so far we have over 20 books donated to the school.
LINK to King Edward Scholastic Virtual Book Fair >  https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5155378

King Edward J.S. PS thanks you in advance for supporting this book fair, this fundraising effort for our children and making it a successful one!

Kindergarten Registration: February is our enrollment for Junior Kindergarten. If parents have a younger sibling or if they have a neighbour with a small child call the school to register. If you are in our catchment area and have a child that was born in 2017, you can apply for September 2021 enrollment. Click this link for more information: Junior Kindergarten Registration

King Edward: From Acting principal, Ms. Inga Upeslacis

As some of you are aware, I started at King Edward on Tuesday as many of our school community returned to the building to continue the learning in the most unusual year. We will strive to keep our Virtual families connected to our school community, and what I understand is a terrific King Edward spirit.  I will be here until Ms. Promislow returns, which we anticipate will be on March 22 nd. Mr. Fabbri and I will work together as an administrative team.

The students call me Ms. Upeslacis, or Ms. U; I have had the opportunity to meet many of them and I hope to be visible and involved in the exciting things happening at school. Our collective goal here is to ensure that students and staff have a safe, welcoming, inclusive and engaging environment where students have the opportunity to work and learn to their potential,  and can develop the social and emotional skills to be good friends, good citizens, and deal with the challenges that they are presented with, both individually and as members of the community and of society.  It’s a lofty goal!

Working together- staff, students, parents, and community- we can create the community we wish for our students. Please feel free to reach out at any time to share ideas, concerns, or just to say hello.

Happy weekend.

Ms. U   

Inga.upeslacis@tdsb.on.ca 

King Edward: King Edward took part in the 2nd annual I Read Canadian Day this week. I Read Canadian Day took place on Wednesday, and is a new nationwide initiative that celebrates the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature. We read classics and new books by authors such as Robert Munsch, Ruth Ohi, Eric Walters, Gilles Tibo, Susan Juby, Kenneth Oppel, and  Saumiya Balasubramaniam. We encourage everyone in our community to keep choosing from the wonderful collection of Canadian books that are available in our school library, in the public libraries, and in the bookstores! There are some great books by Canadian authors and illustrators in the Scholastic Book Fair run by the KE Parent Council this week. Check it out! 

First Week Back: Students seem happy to be back at in-person school.

Snow Tires   Sledding is hard work!  

Be sure to remind your child about wearing masks, washing hands and using hand sanitizer at school. And a big reminder is that students must wear masks outside on school property if they can’t be two metres apart. We had been enforcing this all year, so it’s not a new message for students!

Grade 8-9 Transitions: Parents, please let me know when you have confirmed your choice for high school, thanks! The MyBlueprint information for course selection will automatically be transferred to high school Trillium scheduling systems after the February 26 th deadline.

African Heritage Month: For Black History Month, each Friday the King Edward Public School parent council is highlighting a local laneway named after a noteworthy local Black individual.  Black History Month is a time to learn about the important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.  Toronto’s Laneway Project is an opportunity to preserve history and encourages community building through a collaborative project.

Feb19th Post-Deborah Brown Lane:

Deborah Brown lived at 691 Markham Street with her husband Perry Brown. During the mid-19th century, Seaton Village was home to the largest number of African-Canadian and African-American families in York County. There were at least 50 Black residents of this area in 1861.

Deborah and Perry were enslaved in the State of Maryland. They left Maryland because Perry was going to be sold. They came to Canada around 1856 and settled on the lot that Perry had purchased in 1870. Perry later died intestate and as Deborah Brown was old, feeble and unable to work or provide for herself, and was in poor circumstances, she was granted possession of the property. Their house, 691 Markham, was said to be the first house in Seaton Village. The house there now is a replacement, made of brick. Built in the 1850s, Brown's house was unusual for its large wooden block construction. 

Deborah died at the age of 111 on April 24th 1898. She lived in her home on Markham St up until one month before her death.

Deborah Brown Lane runs between Bathurst St. and Markham St. north of London St. (just across from Bathurst Station).   

Learn more:

https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2012/02/03/black_history_month_heroes_of_the_underground_railroad.html?rf

https://books.google.ca/books?id=84gfHj5mf68C&pg=PA5&lpg=PA5&dq=Deborah+and+Perry+Brown+Toronto&source=bl&ots=L7mjzQwByY&sig=ACfU3U34wQBFG50TDPqHkrRbKqEdGsTfCQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj6-N3ql7XuAhXFB50JHT3MCWA4ChDoATAAegQIBRAC#v=onepage&q=Deborah%20and%20Perry%20Brown%20Toronto&f=false

Deborah Brown Lane  Brown Wood Cottage and Farm  

Community:

Toronto Public Library: On Wednesday Feb 24 @ 2pm two of our wonderful youth librarians will be hosting a book talk! ' They said I have to read a book ' will give your students insights and inspiration on how to choose a book, as well as a sneak peak of some of our favs from the upcoming 2021 The List.  Perfect for all students in gr 8-12, particularly English classes, we are excited to share our love of books and some supports for students to help them in picking one!

Ontario Autism Program: See flyer for an information session!  Ontario Autism Program  

KING EDWARD VIRTUAL CLUBS COMMITTEE:
Our King Edward Virtual Clubs Committee is coordinating online clubs for our in-school and virtual-school students. One of the goals is to bring our in-school and virtual-school students together for connection and new friendships. There is a variety of virtual clubs (structured, informal, some with registration fees and some that are free). Please see the information below about upcoming online clubs. NOTE: The service providers are responsible for running their program.

King Edward Video Games Club
by Cecil Community Centre
For Grades 7-8 kids (in-school & in-virtual-school)
FREE virtually Mondays and Fridays (4pm-5pm)
Chat | Play | Connect
DATES: February 8 – March 29, 2021
REGISTER>  King Edward Video Game Club Registration
Contact: tarah@cecilcentre.ca
FLYER > https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WAKSA0O55JHdAnc5kjwrwVWyLbxkWjng/view?usp=sharing
NOTE: There is still space available and students are welcome to join this fun club. Students need to register to attend the club.

FREE MENTAL HEALTH WEBINAR:
Dear King Edward Parents/Guardians, you are invited to join us for our next FREE mental health webinar, presented by Pine River Institute
FEBRUARY 25, 2021 at 7:00pm: a combination of Understanding and Managing Screen Time and a Youth Mental Health Q&A .
TO REGISTER  for the next presentation, please fill out the form on the Pine River website:  http://pineriverinstitute.com/workshop
NOTE: Choose “King Edward Public School – February 25” to register.
FLYER> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vl50mQZ2rpRcQ1Ahbbs_0WvwIVPsHLoS/view?usp=sharing

UPCOMING KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:

King Edward School Council Meeting
DATE: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: via Zoom
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcuCorzMsE9Aqyh9p1JkLAgF8zQ6QhaSY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
* the meeting start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:
EMAIL: keparentcouncil@gmail.com
TDSB EMAIL: SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca
KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share
KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE:  https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com
KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE:  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL
King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids. You are welcome to join our Facebook group, where parents can connect and share information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share

Best Regards,
D. Williams
Co-Chair, King Edward School Council

TDSB Days of Significance:

Feb 20 – World Day of Social Justice (United Nations)

At its sixty-second session, in November 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice. The day was observed for the first time in 2009. Member states were invited to devote this special day to the promotion of concrete 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, entitled “World Summit for Social Development and beyond: achieving social development for all in a globalizing world.”

As recognized by the World Summit, social development aims at social justice, solidarity, harmony and equality within and among countries and social justice, equality and equity constitute the fundamental values of all societies. To achieve “a society for all” governments made a commitment to the creation of a framework for action to promote social justice at national, regional and international levels. They also pledged to promote the equitable distribution of income and greater access to resources through equity and equality and opportunity for all. The governments recognized as well that economic growth should promote equity and social justice and that “a society for all” must be based on social justice and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The observance of the day should contribute to the further consolidation of the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity, and access to social well-being and justice for all.

Feb 21 – International Mother Language Day (United Nations)

International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO's General Conference in November 1999. The International 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.

Feb 25-28 – Ayyám-i-Há (Intercalary Days) (Baha’i)

This holy day refers to a period of intercalary days in the Bahá'í calendar, when Bahá'ís celebrate the Festival of Ayyám-i-Há. The four or five days of this period are inserted between the last two months of the calendar.

The number of days between the 18th and 19th months (Muk and `Alá'), and therefore the length of Ayyám-i-Há, vary according to the timing of the following vernal[1] equinox so that the next year always starts on the day of the vernal equinox. Prior to 172 B.E. (2015 A.D.), Ayyám-i-Há was from sunset on February 25 to sunset on March 1 which caused the calendar to be automatically synchronized with Gregorian leap years.

Feb 26 – Purim (Judaism)

Purim begins at sundown. The story of Purim is described in the book of Esther. Esther was a Jewish girl who lived in Persia. Esther was forced to marry a King who ruled a large empire from India to Ethiopia. He had an evil advisor named Hamman who made a plot to deceive the government into murdering all of the Jews in the empire. Queen Esther overheard this plan and revealed Hamman's deceitfulness to the King which saved the Jewish people of Persia from extermination. Esther is celebrated as a great heroine in Jewish history. There are several observances associated with Purim which include:

1) giving charity to the poor;

2) Mishloach Manot (this translates to giving gifts of food and drink to friends);

3) enjoying a special meal with family and friends; and,

4) listening to the story of Purim as it is written on a special scroll called the Megillah. It is customary for children and adults to dress up in costumes and attend carnivals and other enjoyable events on Purim. Purim is also significant as it comes exactly one month before Passover.

Have a great weekend!

Chris Fabbri

VP at King Edward PS

King Edward Instagram @kingedwardps

Good Afternoon!

I hope you have had a relaxing Family Day Weekend! This is just a reminder of a few items for our back to in-person school on Tuesday morning:

Please remember to have your child’s COVID self-assessment app or sheet ready to present to the teachers in the line-up. I would also like to remind our students during outdoor time that masks must be worn if you are not able to be 2 metres apart from one another.

Health Screening App How To     TDSB Student Health Pass  

Cell Phones: it is advisable that parents keep their children’s cell phones at home, to prevent students from huddling together to watch the same screen, which is extremely risky for COVID transmission. If parents wish to allow cell phones to go to school, please be aware of our school policy:

  • Cell phones stay in the students’ lockers!
  • teachers may allow cell phones into the classroom for curriculum purposes
  • during recess, cell phones stay in lockers
  • during the outdoor lunch period, students may use their phones off school property, but not on school property.

Library Books: Ms. Bennett would like to remind students to bring back any library books borrowed before the winter break. Thanks!

OPENS TOMORROW: King Edward Scholastic Virtual Book Fair - February 16, 2021
Our school's book fair is going virtual! From February 16 to March 2, discover great books hot off the press from the comfort of your home.  All purchases support our school's library and keeps kids’ reading.
TEACHERS’ WISH LIST:  We will also be posting a “wish list” from teachers of books which parents can voluntarily purchase from the virtual book fair and donate to the classroom/school.
LINK to King Edward Scholastic Virtual Book Fair >  https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5155378

KING EDWARD VIRTUAL CLUBS COMMITTEE:
Our King Edward Virtual Clubs Committee is coordinating online clubs for our in-school and virtual-school students. One of the goals is to bring our in-school and virtual-school students together for connection and new friendships. There is a variety of virtual clubs (structured, informal, some with registration fees and some that are free). Please see the information below about upcoming online clubs. NOTE: The service providers are responsible for running their program.

King Edward Video Games Club
by Cecil Community Centre
For Grades 7-8 kids (in-school & in-virtual-school)
FREE virtually Mondays and Fridays (4pm-5pm)
Chat | Play | Connect
February 8 – March 29, 2021
REGISTER > King Edward Video Game Club Registration
Contact: tarah@cecilcentre.ca
FLYER > https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WAKSA0O55JHdAnc5kjwrwVWyLbxkWjng/view?usp=sharing
NOTE: There is still space available and students are welcome to join this fun club. The next session is on Friday (Feb.19).

FREE MENTAL HEALTH WEBINARS:
King Edward Parent/Guardian invitation to join us for two FREE mental health webinars, presented by Pine River Institute
- FEBRUARY 18, 2021 at 7:00pm: a combination of Parenting for Positive Mental Health and Stress, Trauma, and COVID-19 .
- FEBRUARY 25, 2021 at 7:00pm: a combination of Understanding and Managing Screen Time and a Youth Mental Health Q&A .
TO REGISTER for these presentations, please fill out the form on the Pine River website:  http://pineriverinstitute.com/workshop

NOTE: Choose “King Edward Public School – February 18” or “ King Edward Public School – February 25 ” to register for one or both webinars.
FLYER > https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vl50mQZ2rpRcQ1Ahbbs_0WvwIVPsHLoS/view?usp=sharing

UPCOMING KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:
King Edward School Council Meeting
DATE: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: via Zoom
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcuCorzMsE9Aqyh9p1JkLAgF8zQ6QhaSY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
* the meeting start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom


2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:
EMAIL:
 keparentcouncil@gmail.com
TDSB EMAIL: SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca
KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share
KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE:  https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com
KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE:  https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL
King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids. You are welcome to join our Facebook group, where parents can connect and share information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share

HAPPY FAMILY DAY!
Best Regards,
D. Williams
Co-Chair, King Edward School Council

Have a good evening!

Chris Fabbri

VP at KEPS



November 20th 2020


Good Afternoon! 

I hope you had a great week!

King Edward Food Drive:  Our food drive this year will be happening the week of December 7. Our students will learn and raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity in our community. Your support with donations of non-perishable food items will be much appreciated. Watch for more details to come. King Edward Social Justice Committee
 

Postponed Grade 7/8 student immunizations: To meet the anticipated high demand for flu vaccination this fall, the vaccination clinics for Grade 7/8 vaccines (hepatitis B, meningococcal and human papillomavirus) have been postponed to the new year. To avoid delays, parents can also ask their health care provider to vaccinate their children and to order the free vaccines directly from Toronto Public Health at toronto.ca/ordervaccines.

Grade 8 to 9 Transitions:

  • High School Virtual Open Houses this week include: Central Technical School (Wednesday, November 25th at 6 p.m.) and Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (Thursday, November 26th at 6 p.m.  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/openhouses

At KEPS:

  • OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) fun: Never tire of tires 
  • Our large wooden spools are getting a bit beat up – is there a carpenter in the house?
  • Football Problem Solving 

King Edward Life & Times:  A huge thanks to Ms. Bennett for putting this all together! 

Submitting an Item to Our King Edward Life & Times Magazine.pdf 

School Library: 

https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/kingedwardpslibrary/home

We encourage students to continue to enjoy our library. They can also complete a google form on the site to recommend new books that they think would be great to add to our collection.

Reporting Absences and Lates:  

King Edward School Council is a way for parents to actively participate in our school community (both in-school and in-virtual-school) to support the improved achievement and well-being of all our kids. You are welcome to join our Facebook group, where parents can connect and share information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/?ref=share

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:
Monday, December 7, 2020 (at 6:30 PM)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvfuytrjspGdyAH2cci8TyOduCwIFdlU-f
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Monday, February 8, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021

* the start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom
2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:

EMAIL:keparentcouncil@gmail.com

TDSB EMAIL: SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/discussion

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE:https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com/

KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE:https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

PIAC Virtual Parent Conference

November 21-22, 2020

PIAC invites all parents and caregivers to take part in our 14th annual parent conference

Ready. Set. Engage! Navigating the School Year Together – in partnership with TDSB.

Join us in our first-ever virtual conference for two days of workshops for parents and school councils. Connect with others from across TDSB as we adapt to a new educational landscape and school year unlike any we have experienced before.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/piacs-ready-set-engage-conference-navigating-the-school-year-together-tickets-128589545793

Days of Significance: From TDSB Days of Significance Resource Guide

Nov 21— Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity: Eastern Orthodox & Western)

The account of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple is principally based on the Proto evangelium (earliest form of the evangelism) of James, which has been dated by historians prior to the year 200 AD. The story relates that in thanksgiving for the birth of their daughter, Mary, Joachim and Anne decide to consecrate her to God, and bring her, at the age of three years, to the temple in Jerusalem. Mary’s presentation in the temple draws parallels to that of the prophet Samuel, whose mother Hannah, like Anne was also thought to be barren, and who offered her child as a gift to God at Shiloh.

Mary remained in the Temple until her twelfth year, at which point she was assigned to Joseph as guardian. According to Coptic tradition, her father Joachim died when Mary was six years old and her mother when Mary was eight. While the story is a legend with no foundation in history, the point is to show that even in her childhood Mary was completely dedicated to God. It is from this account that arose the feast of Mary's Presentation.

Nov 24 – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikhism)

In 1675 the Islam was the predominate religion in the area where the Kashmiri Pandits (of Hindu faith) lived. The Islamic religion was threatening these people with death if they did not convert to Islam. The Pandits asked for the assistance of Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Guru Bahadur was taken into custody by Nur Muhammad Khan Miraza of Ropar Police post. In the summer of 1675, the Guru, along with some of his companions were brought to Delhi and asked to convert to Islam or else face the penalty of death. Guru Ji was also asked to perform a miracle. Guru Tegh Bahaduraverred that he would rather sacrifice his life than give up his faith and his freedom or belief or perform a miracle. He was beheaded on 24 November 1675.

The exact location of the beheading is marked by Gurdwara Sis Ganj.

Nov 25 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)

is the day when Bahá’i celebrate the appointment of  ‘Abdu'l-Bahá’ as the Centre of Bahá’u’llah's covenant. It occurs yearly on either November 25 or 26 depending on when Naw Ruz falls in that year.

`Abdu'l-Bahá had stated that since May 23 was also the day that the Bá’b declared his mission, and should be exclusively associated with him, the day should under no circumstances be celebrated as his day of birth. However, as the Bahá'ís begged for a day to be celebrated as `Abdu'l-Bahá's birthday, he gave them November 26, 181 days after the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, to be observed as the day of the appointment of the Centre of the Covenant. The holiday was originally known as the Jashn-i-A’zam in Persian (The Greatest Festival), because `Abdu'l-Bahá was known as the Greatest Branch; in the West, the holy day became known as the Day of the Covenant.

Nov 25 -- International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (United Nations)

The United Nations General Assembly designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness and take action to prevent violence towards women. This date originates from the brutal assassination of the three Mirabal sisters in 1960 who were political activists in the Dominican Republic. Their assassination was committed on orders from the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

Women all over the world are inflicted by violence in various forms, including physical, sexual, economic, and psychological. The aftermath of such violence can be detrimental towards ones’ health, ones’ ability to be active in society, and can cause lifelong damages. A staggering 70 percent of women across the globe are, or have, suffered from some form of violence in their lifetime.

Such violence does not discriminate by culture, age, or region – it can happen anywhere, to anyone. Discrimination towards women is the root cause of such violence, and it is our responsibility to eradicate such prejudice and try to prevent further violence towards innocent women all over the world.

Thanks! Have a Happy and Safe Weekend!

C. Fabbri

VP KEPS

King Eddy Website

 



November 13th 2020


Good Afternoon! 

I hope you had a great week!

School Safety: Following our covid protocols

Our TPH nurse, Annie Levitan, met with the School Parent Council on Thursday evening to present some information and take questions. I have attached the slide deck shared with parents: Parent_Caregiver_PPT_Nov_12_2020.ppt  We did learn this week that we had one adult staff member at our daycare test positive. TPH investigated and deemed this to be very low risk: the staffer was not on site while communicable. No daycare classes or children are affected and no one else (besides the staff member) had to isolate.  

Reporting Week:

Grade 8 to 9 Transitions: WTCSOpenHouse20.pdf  

And in case you missed it, info on Bloor TOPS: TOPS Info Poster 2020.pdf 

I am also including some information about special education supports in Grade 9:  Information on special education support in secondary school.docx 

At KEPS:

King Edward Life & Times:

King Edward Life and Times.pdf   Submitting an Item to Our King Edward Life & Times Magazine.pdf 

School Library: 

https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/kingedwardpslibrary/home

We encourage students to continue to enjoy our library. They can also complete a google form on the site to recommend new books that they think would be great to add to our collection.

Reporting Absences and Lates:  

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:

Monday, December 7, 2020

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

* the start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:

EMAIL:keparentcouncil@gmail.com

TDSB EMAIL: SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/discussion

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE:https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com/

KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE:https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

Days of Significance: From TDSB Days of Significance Resource Guide

Nov 15-21 - Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (Ontario Government)

The Ontario Provincial Government has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment. During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 15-21, 2015 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance. Schools are encouraged to use this opportunity to explain the different forms bullying can take.

These include:

  • Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
  • Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
  • Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them

Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and social networking sites

Nov 16 – Louis Riel Day (Ontario)  Métis Nation of Ontario)

Louis Riel was a great Métis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870. Fearing their rights would be overridden, by the new Canadian government, Métis People at the Red River settlement demanded the right to enter Confederation on their own terms. Louis Riel emerged as the spokesperson for the settlement and in 1870 Métis people challenged Canada's right to their homeland in an event known as the Red River Resistance. Riel insisted that Red River was prepared to join Canada but wanted guarantees of the Métis right to continue their culture. The result was the Manitoba Act, which contained most of the guarantees the Métis people had wanted. 

However, the Canadian government did not honour its obligations to the Métis, and as a result, Métis people were further displaced. Fearing that more and more Métis lands would be lost to new settlers, Louis Riel was asked to lead his people once again in asserting Métis rights. In 1884, Louis Riel returned to present the Métis concerns to the Canadian government. Despite Riel's assistance, the federal government ignored Métis concerns, which led to the declaration of a provisional Métis government. This culminated in armed conflict between the Métis and the Canadian government. Louis Riel was captured, charged and tried for treason. On November 16, 1885 he was executed by the Canadian government for leading the Northwest Resistance in defense of Métis rights and the Métis way-of-life.

Every year Louis Riel Day is held to remember what Riel sacrificed and renew the commitment to completing his work. The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) celebrates Louis Riel Day to recognize the many contributions of the Métis to Canada and to highlight the continuing struggles that Métis continue to face. “We celebrate this day to recognize our ongoing struggle to fulfill Louis Riel’s dream: that the Métis take their rightful place within Confederation.” MNO President Gary Lipinski.

The Métis are recognized as one of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada by the Constitution Act of 1982. Louis Riel Day is a time to recognize and respect the history, culture and identity of Métis people. Additionally, the City of Toronto proclaimed November 16, “Louis Riel Day” and the Métis flag is raised at City Hall.

Today, Riel is considered the founder of Manitoba and is recognized by the Métis and other people as an advocate for minority rights in Canada. As stated by former Métis Nation of Ontario President, Tony Belcourt, ''November 16th marks a significant occasion of observance for the Métis Nation. This date gives us an opportunity to bring about an enlightened focus on the significant role and achievements of Louis Riel and the Métis Nation in the building of Canada.''

Nov 19 - Gyan Panchami (Jainism)

The 5th day after Diwali is known as "Gyan Panchami". It is the fifth day of the fortnight of the waxing moon in Kartik. Gyan Panchami, also known as "Laabh paacham" or "Jnan Panchami", is a Jainism festival.

Gyan Panchami is celebrated as a day of honoring knowledge and the holy books. In Jainism, this day is a time for students and scholars to celebrate Jnana, the divine or transcendent knowledge or wisdom. It is a day of worship of pure knowledge.

Gyan Panchami is the festival celebrated by Jains to recognise the importance of their scriptures. The books preserved in the religious libraries are cleansed and worshipped. Rituals involving books and writing instruments are performed. Prayers are said for guidance to acquire right knowledge.

The temples are lit up. On this day, all the holy books and scriptures are laid out on a table. People perform pooja

 Nov 20 – International Transgender Day of Remembrance  (Gwendolyn A. Smith, US Trans Advocate)

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed because of transphobia: anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This Day of Remembrance is held in November to honour Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 caused the creation of "Remembering Our Dead" web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester's murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

The deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating. The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people. The Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honours the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through vigils, we express love and respect for our people in the face of indifference and hatred. This day reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers and gives trans-allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who've died by anti-transgender violence. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is also an opportunity to acknowledge one of the most common reasons students are bullied and harassed: their gender identity/expression. We encourage all staff and students to create awareness and organize actions with the goal of ending transphobia.

Thanks! Have a Happy and Safe Weekend!

C. Fabbri

VP KEPS

King Eddy Website


 

November 6th 2020

Good Afternoon! 

I hope you have had a good week. The milder weather this week has been much appreciated by our students! Our King Edward students continue to do a great job following safety protocols at school (wearing masks indoors, hand sanitizing and washing hands). We are reminding students to practice safe distancing when outside and to wear a mask while playing any sports. Please reinforce this message at home! Thanks!

Awesome weather for an Ultimate.jpg  game!

Parent Interviews: th.     Parents can use our school interview link to arrange a time with their teachers to have a phone conversation about their child’s progress.  Interview times are set for 15 minutes blocks. Note: your teacher may have made an alternate arrangement, in which case you do not need this link.  We will send out the link to sign up early next week, thanks!

November Progress Report:

On-line Forms:

 Start of Year Forms To Be Completed

Grade 8 to 9 Transitions:

King Eddy Website

King Edward Life & Times:

King Edward Life and Times.pdf   Submitting an Item to Our King Edward Life & Times Magazine.pdf 

School Library: 

https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/kingedwardpslibrary/home

We encourage students to continue to enjoy our library. They can also complete a google form on the site to recommend new books that they think would be great to add to our collection.

Small Items:

Reporting Absences and Lates:  

REMINDER: School Advisory Council

Everyone is welcome to join us. We will have the Toronto Public Health (TPH) Nurse assigned to King Edward as our special guest at this meeting. Also a warm welcome to our acting Principal Lorraine Methven.

King Edward School Council Meeting

DATE:

TIME:

LOCATION:

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlc-6przorHN1tiuGjFSIDCV3aW1FE2LBP

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Best Regards,

D. Williams

Co-Chair King Edward School Council

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

* the start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:

EMAIL:keparentcouncil@gmail.com

TDSB EMAIL: SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/discussion

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE:https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com/

KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE:https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

Days of Significance: From TDSB Days of Significance Resource Guide

Nov 7 -Buddha’s Descent from Tushita Heaven (Buddhism –Tibetan)

Tuṣita(Sanskrit) or Tusita (Pāli) is one of the six deva[1]-worlds of the Kāmadhātu, located between the Yāma heaven and the Nirmāṇarati heaven. Like the other heavens, Tuṣita is said to be reachable through meditation. It is the heaven where the Bodhisattva Śvetaketu (Pāli: Setaketu "White Banner") resided before being reborn on Earth as Gautama Buddha, the historical Buddha; and is, likewise, the heaven where the Bodhisattva Nātha ("Protector") currently resides, who will later be born as the next Buddha, Maitreya.

Nov 11 – Remembrance Day (Canadian Government)

Every November 11, we remember the courage of the brave Canadians who served our country and honour those who now protect it by celebrating Remembrance Day. It is important for students to be reminded of the contribution of Canadian men and women who died in past wars in the pursuit of peace. Those who are currently preserving peace in other parts of our world must also be recognized. It is equally important to remember the innocent civilians around the world who have become causalities of war.

Students in TDSB schools often recite the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian John McCrae and wear poppies on Remembrance Day. Poppies have become emblems of this day because they grew throughout the fields of fallen soldiers during World War One. Today, people wear poppies to honour those who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of others. Many schools hold assemblies, often to honour local veterans and hear their incredible stories from decades past. At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, students of the TDSB pay their respects to the fallen in a minute of silence.

By remembering all who have served, we recognize the hardships and sacrifices they have made so that we can continue to live in peace.

November also marks Remembrance Day, and it is important to honour the sacrifices made by Aboriginal veterans, as well as the continuing contributions of the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who enlist. According to statistics from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, in the First World War alone, one in three Aboriginal men enlisted.

Nov 14 – Bandi Chhor Divas(Sikhism)

Bandi Chhor (Shodh, Chhor) Divas ("Day of Liberation") is a Sikh festival which coincides with the day of Diwali. Bandi Chhor Divas celebrates the release from prison in Gwalior of the Sixth Guru, Guru HargobindBandi Chhor Divas.

The word "Bandi" is translated from Punjabi into English as "Imprisoned" (or "Prisoner"); the Hindi word "Chhor" (shodh) translates as "Release," and the Punjabi word "Divas" means "Day", rendering "Bandi Chhor Divas" into English as "Prisoners' Release Day". Guru Amar Das chose Diwali, later referenced as Bandi Chhor DivasMaghi and Baisakhi (or Vaisakhi).

In the Sikh struggle for freedom from the oppressive Mughal regime, the festival of Bandi Shor (Shodh) Divas became the second most important day after the annual Vaisakhi festival in April. In addition to Nagar keertan Akhand Paath (a continuous reading of Guru Granth Sahib), Bandi Shor (Shodh) Divas is celebrated with a fireworks display. The Golden  Temple, as well as the whole complex, is festooned with thousands of shimmering lights, creating a unique jewel box effect.

Nov 14 – Diwali (Hinduism/Jainism/Sikhism)

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Diwali also signifies many different things to different people. From a cultural perspective, Diwali marks the beginning of the new year for farmers who plant their crops after Diwali, as well as for business people and merchants who traditionally settle all accounts on this day and begin the new financial year. Everywhere that it is celebrated, it signifies the renewal of life.

Hindus:

Sikhs:

Jainism:

To celebrate this joyous and important festival, people congregate with friends and family, exchange gifts of sweets, and greet each other with the words “Subh Diwali” or ”Diwali di vadiyan.” Some set off fireworks and wear new clothes. Many light small clay lamps, called dipas or diyas, candles, and even neon lights.

Nov 14 - World Diabetes Day (World Health Organization)

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Hyperglycaemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time leads to serious damage to many of the body's systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels. World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14th. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. About 70 000 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes every year, according to International Diabetes Federation estimates. This day recognizes and spreads awareness of the chronic, debilitating and costly nature of the disease.

Thanks! Have a Happy and Safe Weekend!

C. Fabbri

VP KEPS




October 30th 2020

Good Afternoon! 

Hallowe’en: Thanks to all of the students and teachers who had a fun and safe Halloween at school today!

Hallowwen Walk.jpg    Scarecrow.jpg 

https://rascto.ca/content/ontario-science-centre-halloween-virtual-star-party-online

or the youtube link (not live yet) is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L9h4Y0NN0Y

On-line Forms: To complete on-line start-of-year forms click the link, thanks!

Start of Year Forms To Be Completed

November Progress Report: this report is scheduled to go home on November 17

Grade 8 to 9 Transitions:

TDSB Guidance is working to update the website, resources and a transition video.  Once complete, I can begin directing families to the updated resources, with respect to high school choices. 

Western Technical Commercial School  (WTCS) will be posting a Grade 8 Virtual Open House videos and applications on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

WTCS will also host a live virtual Q & A evening for parents and prospective students on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm (the zoom code will be posted on wtcs.ca). WTCSOpenHouse20.pdf 

Small Items:

  • Thanks to the Village Juicery (College and Euclid) for providing a healthy juice and salad to our staff last Friday – your show of appreciation was much appreciated by our teachers!
  • Thanks for the donations to our Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) program! We are still looking for milk crates, kitchen items, tires, large cardboard tubes, tarps, etc. 
  • School year calendar: School_Year_Calendar.xls 

School Library: Please remind your child to bring their library books back to school, particularly those from before the school closure in March. Thank you.

https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/kingedwardpslibrary/home

We encourage students to continue to enjoy our library. They can also complete a google form on the site to recommend new books that they think would be great to add to our collection.

Reporting Absences and Lates:  To report your child absent of late, please call School Messenger at 1-833-250-2290 before 8:30am. Reporting the absence or late will stop the robot-calls from contacting you to confirm your child’s attendance.

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

* the start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:

EMAIL:keparentcouncil@gmail.com

TDSB EMAIL: SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/discussion

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE:  https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com/

KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE: https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/

Days of Significance: From TDSB Days of Significance Resource Guide

Nov 1 - All Saints Day (Christianity: Eastern Orthodox & Western)

Many Christians in Canada honor all the different saints

What Do People Do? People of different church denominations, especially the Catholic Church, observe All Saints' Day throughout Canada. For those who observe All Saints' Day, this event gives people a moment of reflection on the lives of saints, as well as a chance to pray for friends or family members who are deceased. Some Canadians feel that All Saints' Day is an underrated event that is not observed by many people because it falls on the day after Halloween. Those who do observe All Saints' Day try to keep traditions alive by attending church services that focus on the day. Some churches hold special All Saints' Day masses with choirs, organ music and incense and hymns to celebrate.

Nov 1st - Samhain* (Wicca/Pagan)

Samhain is a Gaelic term meaning ‘summer’s end,’ and is the Wiccan New Year. The celebration begins at sundown on October 31st and continues into the next day. It is considered the last of the three harvest festivals. In the past, this would have been the 'meat' harvest, in which livestock that could not be sustained through the winter (due to lack of food, water, etc.) were slaughtered. This meat provided the communities with a food supply for the coming months.

Samhain is also the formal beginning of the 'dark' half of the year which ends on Beltane (April 30th-May 1st) and is often associated with death. This continues today with many Wicca

Nov 2nd - Crowning of Emperor Haile Selassie I (Rastafarian Holy Day) Commemorates the Coronation of Rasta Fari, as Emperor Haile Selassie I, King of Ethiopia in 1930. The high priest reads Biblical passages and initiates the singing of songs to re-emphasize the importance of Haile Selassie as Messiah. A Nyabingi meeting also takes place to remember Haile Selassie.

Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 1

Thanks! Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

C. Fabbri

VP KEPS




October 23rd 2020

Data Verification Forms: Please return these to your child's teacher as soon as possible, thanks.

Outdoor Play and Learning: Outdoor play items are needed for our younger students, including pots and pans, sturdy containers, milk crates, other kitchen items, tires, large cardboard tubes, tarps, etc.  Please let us know if you have such items to support our inclusive and imaginative play! We will clean and disinfect the items.

Safety Protocols:  We continue to remind our students to keep masks ON, even when outside, if they cannot maintain 2 metres of physical distance. They are doing a fantastic job inside the school! Our Toronto Public Health nurse visited our school Thursday and commented on how well the students are following safety protocols. Parents: please check the fit of your child's mask to ensure it is snug, thanks.

Weather Dress: As the weather changes, please remind your child to bring umbrellas and wear raincoats for outdoor times. Thanks! If it is steadily pouring rain we will be in the gym in class cohorts, but where possible we would like to have the students outside! 

School Library: We are proud of our King Edward school library, and have organized a way for students to safely access the collection by creating a Library on Wheels. Students can choose books when the Library comes to their classroom, or by requesting books to be delivered to their classroom by completing a google form on the King Edward Library Site. This is the link:

https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/kingedwardpslibrary/home

We encourage students to continue to enjoy our library. They can also complete a google form on the site to recommend new books that they think would be great to add to our collection. Please remind your student to return any library books that they might have still signed out from March.

Thanks, Ms. Bennett. 

Reporting Absences and Lates:  To report your child absent of late, please call School Messenger at 1-833-250-2290 before 8:30am. Reporting the absence or late will stop the robot-calls from contacting you to confirm your child’s attendance.

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING DATES:

Monday, October 5, 2020 (elections and meeting – done)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

 

* the start time is 6:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom

2020-2021 KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL CONTACTS & INFO:

EMAIL: keparentcouncil@gmail.com

TDSB EMAIL: SC.KingEdwardJuniorandSeniorPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingEdwardSchoolCouncil/discussion

KING EDWARD SCHOOL COUNCIL WEBSITE:  https://www.kingedwardschoolcouncil.com/

 

KING EDWARD JR AND SR PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE: https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/kingedward/