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From the Office

We have had a great full week of learning together this week. Please take the time to review the following items, including some upcoming dates section at the end of this email:

DAY OF MOURNING FOR HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

As previously announced by Premier Doug Ford, Ontario will mark September 19, 2022 as a provincial Day of Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“We are strongly encouraging that the people of Ontario, including students and staff in schools, to observe a moment of silent reflection in honour of Her Majesty’s legacy of service to the people of Canada and across the Commonwealth on, or around, 1:00 p.m. on September 19, 2022. 

As the Premier stated, “We encourage all Ontarians to use this day to honour Her Majesty and pay tribute to the extraordinary legacy she leaves behind.””  Nancy Naylor (Deputy Minister).

POWLEY DAY

On September 19, 2022 Métis Peoples from all over Canada will celebrate Powley Day. Powley Day is a day of political and cultural significance for Métis communities throughout Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Powley Day marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the matter of R v. Powley. The ground-breaking decision affirmed that there were distinct Métis people and communities on the land before Canada became Canada, before Ontario became Ontario, with a unique Indigenous culture and identity and that their inherent rights as Indigenous peoples are entrenched within Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution.

It has been 18 years since the Supreme Court of Canada made the unanimous decision to recognize these rights in Canada ending a ten-year legal battle. Since then, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) has celebrated the decision alongside the Métis Governments in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Powley Day is recognized on September 19th every year, where communities remember the sacrifices made by Steve, Roddy and the entire Powley family, and reflect on how the Powley decision affirmed recognition of Métis as a distinct Indigenous peoples within Canada, and helping open the path forward toward full Métis self-government.

BABYSITTING AND STAY SAFE COURSES

Red Cross Babysitting and Stay Safe courses are now offered 100% virtually using Google Meet. The Babysitting course takes place either over 3 days on the weekends (2 hours and 20 minutes each day) or as a full 1 day course on PA days. The Stay Safe course takes place over 2 days on the weekends (2 hours and 20 minutes each day). Our courses are fun and students stay actively engaged with games, chat discussions, and videos.

Flyers with more information about our courses and how they are taught virtually will be emails to families. Parents will be able to easily register on our website.

Stayin Alive with First Aid, CPR & AED is a proud Canadian Red Cross training partner giving people the knowledge, practice, and tools to help in an emergency and save lives. Teachers specialize in the learning needs and behaviours of students and we keep our class sizes small to ensure they are effective.

If parents have questions, they are welcome to email info@stayinalivewithfirstaid.ca.

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SCHOOL START-UP FORMS

At the start of each school year, schools share with families a package of information about the school. Families will also receive a copy of the Guide to the School Year booklet in the coming weeks. We also ask families to complete some important forms. These forms are now available online. 

Please complete and submit these online School Start-Up Forms through your child’s YRDSB Google account. 

  • You can access your child’s YRDSB Google account via a web browser. For best results, use a computer rather than a mobile phone.
  • The username is your child’s YRDSB Student Number. Your child will receive their login information from the school at the start of the year. If you or your child do not know the password to log in to their Google account, please contact your child’s teacher or the school office.
  • Frequently asked questions and additional information on how to complete the forms are available on the Board website under Family Resources (click on the “Need Help” link for Family Start-Up Forms. 

It is important that these forms are completed as soon as possible at the start of the school year. There are both mandatory and optional forms. The forms are to be completed for all students, whether they are attending school in person or participating in remote, online learning. Your child’s school will access the information. 

Please complete a separate form for each child attending our schools. Secondary school students will also be asked to review important school and Board policies and to indicate that they have reviewed this information on forms sent to their student GAPPS account.

If you prefer to complete the forms on paper or have questions about the information in the forms, please contact your school office. Thank you.

ORANGE SHIRT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Every year on September 30, Canadians observe Gchi Piitendaagoziwag Binoojiinyag- Every Child Matters ᑭᒋ ᐱᑌᐣᑕᑯᓯᐘᐠ ᐱᓄᒋᐣᔭᐠ Orange Shirt Day. It is a day to educate and promote awareness of residential schools and their lasting legacies of trauma, suffering and genocide of Indigenous Peoples. These institutions were designed to assimilate Indigenous children and to eradicate Indigenous cultural practices. The topic of residential schools first appears in curriculum content starting in grade 6, however, given the observance of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, many educators K-12 will take on this topic as part of their instructional program.

In 2021, First Nations independently began to locate the unmarked graves of thousands of Indigenous children at the sites of former residential schools. This has sparked many Canadians to rethink what they thought they knew about these institutions and revisit the way they speak to students about them. We encourage YRDSB staff and students to wear an orange shirt on September 30, 2022, to recognize the resiliency, bravery and survivance of Residential School Survivors and those who did not come home.

TRIPLE P PARENTING WORKSHOP – THE POWER OF POSITIVE PARENTING

Please see email with attached workshop information.

ON THE HORIZON…

  1. Monday, September 19 – Day of Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; Powley Day (see above for information), Cross Country Try Outs Begin for Junior & Intermediate Students
  2. Friday, September 23 – PA Day (no school today)
  3. Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah
  4. Tuesday, September 27 – Rosh Hashanah
  5. Wednesday, September 28 – Terry Fox Run
  6. Thursday, September 29 – Rain Day Terry Fox Run
  7. Friday, September 30 – Orange Shirt Day
  8. Wednesday October 5 – Yom Kippur
  9. Thursday October 13 – HOLD for Wilshire’s Curriculum Night, Meet the Teacher Evening 

Have a great weekend!

Janine