Yearly across Canada communities mark Orange Shirt Day, which grew out of an account of a residential school survivor’s experience at St. Joseph Mission Residential School, in Williams Lake, BC. On this day schools are encouraged to wear orange to honour residential school survivors. This year Burnaby Schools will mark the day on Thursday, September 29 as September 30 is a professional day. All community members are encouraged to wear something orange on this day. For more information about Orange Shirt Day visit http://orangeshirtday.weebly.com/about.html.
IMPORTANT DATES – Please check the on-line calendar often for information.
2016-17 Professional Development Days
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS – STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND SCHOOL
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR
2016-17 Early Dismissal Dates
STUDENTS DISMISSED AT 2:00
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR
February 23 and 24
TERRY FOX RUN
Thursday, Sept. 29
|Please join us in the school gym at 10:45 to begin our recognition of Terry Fox. Feel free to join our run too!|
A big thank you to everyone who came out to support our first book fair of the year. We sold over $2500, which means many new books for our library! Thanks goes out to our parent and student volunteers for helping run the fair. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet some of the families in our community, too!
Carol Lynka, Teacher-librarian
A few students (Neriya, Sean, Kiarad, Norvin, Jaide, Jesse, Jerry and Kai), moved by the plight of the residents of Fort McMurray, quickly organized a very successful fundraiser through a Freezie Sale, as a way to offer assistance. Today we sent a cheque in the amount of $397.85 and a letter to the Canadian Red Cross: 2016 Letter to Red Cross re Alberta Fire Collection
A huge thank you goes out to:
- The incredible supportive parents of the students who put this together;
- The generosity of Nester’s for the donation of many of the Freezies;
- The amazing PAC for allowing students to set up a table at the Spring Fair;
- The wise Ms. Driussi for assistance with nuts and bolts of how these things work;
- Wonderful you! Those who purchased a Freezie for the cause. Thanks!
The WORDS Writing Project is a great display of how in Burnaby Schools, literacy is a priority. We know that literacy is the foundation for all learning and our teachers know this too. Our students are not only taught to read and write, they’re also encouraged to express themselves through the power of words. Congratulations to former student Suzanna B. for having her work published in the 2015/16 “A Way With Words” Anthology (selected works by students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Burnaby School District):
Tantalizing aromas spill from the pots and pans on the stove,
Banda music is lifted and carried all throughout the house,
While aunts, uncles, and cousins prance through the door that is never locked,
Everyone is welcome.
Abuela hums to herself as she mixes, churns and whisks her signature dishes,
Dancing breaks out in the living room and everyone moves with the music,
She is surrounded by the laughter and joy that is her family,
Everyone is delighted.
The children race around the kitchen, trying to get the first bite of the delectable dinner,
They skip, hop and run with glee from their mothers and their slapping wooden spoons;
The familia invades the kitchen with full stomachs and happy hearts,
Everyone is eager.
Chairs are pulled from every space as people cram to fit at the dinner table,
Stories are shared that spark laughter in us all,
The food is colourful, fiery and fresh,
Everyone is at ease.
Abuela looks around the table and smiles,
This is our family.
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