Submitted by Aneta Costin on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 08:45
1. Semester 1 Report Cards Distributed: Tuesday, February 4
Students will be dismissed early from their Period 4 class to return to their Period 1 class to pick up their report card envelopes. We rely on your child to deliver the report card envelope to you. Please ensure you ask your child for the report card envelope on Tuesday. I will send home a reminder on Tuesday.
2. Course Selection Assemblies: Wednesday to Friday
By February 21, you and your child will have settled on course choices for 2014-2015. The formal part of that process begins for all students this week. There will be two assemblies for each grade. The morning assembly for each grade will explain diploma requirements, prerequisites and the computerize process for selecting courses. The afternoon assembly for each grade will feature information about ‘elective’ courses. Of the 30 credits required for a diploma, 18 are ‘compulsory’. The other 12 courses are the student’s choice. Our goal in the afternoon assemblies is to provide students with the information they need to decide on those elective courses. Our plan is to send information on elective courses to parents/guardians as well.
3. School Council Meeting: Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 PM in the Staff Room
Please see the attached agenda. All parents/guardians are invited to attend. Come for the cookies; stay for the conversation.
Looking ahead to the next week…
4. Lunar New Year Banquet: Thursday, February 13
Our celebration of the Lunar New Year, which officially began on Friday, Janaury 31, will be held on Thursday at the Mandarin Chinese Buffet at Yonge and Eglinton. Cost is $25/person. Parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to join this special event. You may purchase a ticket through your child or by contacting me.
From Wikipedia come this description of the Lunar New Year:
Lunar New Year refers to the first day of a secular, sacred or other year whose months are coordinated the cycles of the moon. The whole year may account to a purely lunar calendar, which is not coordinated to a solar calendar (and, thus, may progress or retrogress through the solar year by comparison to it, depending on whether the lunar calendar has more or fewer than 13 months); or the year may account to a lunisolarcalendar, whose months coordinate to the cycles of the moon but whose length is periodically adjusted to keep it relatively in sync with the solar year - typically by adding an intercalary month, when needed.
5. Black History Month Assembly: Friday, February 14
Our Black History Month assemblies are scheduled for Friday, February 14. Our school enrolment exceeds the space in the auditorium so we will we hold two assemblies. Parents/guardians who would like to attend the assemblies are welcome to join us. I will send information about timing later this week.
This is from the Government of Canada website…
About Black History Month
Despite a presence in Canada that dates back farther than Samuel de Champlain’s first voyage down the St. Lawrence River, people of African descent are often absent from Canadian history books.
There is little mention of the fact that slavery once existed in the territory that is now Canada, or that many of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes were Blacks. Few Canadians are aware of the many sacrifices made in wartime by black Canadian soldiers, as far back as the War of 1812.
In an attempt to heighten awareness of black history in the United States, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed an observance to honour the accomplishments of black Americans. This led to the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926. Woodson is believed to have chosen February for this observance because the birthdays of the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass (February 14) and former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (February 12) fall in this month.
During the early 1970s, the week became known as Black History Week. It was expanded into Black History Month in 1976.
In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.
In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially recognize February as Black History Month. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008. The adoption of this motion completed Canada’s parliamentary position on Black History Month. Senator Anne Cools was the first black woman to be appointed to the Senate.