Lunar New Year began on Tuesday, February 1st and CGS will be celebrating with gusto over the two-week celebration! Our classrooms were decorated, students and staff dressed in red or arrived in traditional dress. Two beautiful balloon arrangements decorated our main entrance and the Early Start main classroom. The arrangements were created by Balloons By Mina. Our Lunar New Year Assembly was a highlight on Tuesday with our classes taking part in their own Dragon Parade.
The Grades 3&4 class presented a special poem reading. Students watched a video of traditional dumpling making with a special guest of Michelle M. One of our SK students was featured making a traditional Korean dish. The Grade 1 teachers read a special story about the many traditions involved in Lunar New Year celebrations
Grades 3&4 Red Envelopes
Our Grade 3&4 class filled each other’s Lunar New Year red pockets with fortunes for each other. The notes they wrote to one another were full of best wishes and were so thoughtful!
ES Early Start were introduced to Black History month this week. They are learning about some of our Black Canadian leaders. They began their Black History month journey learning about Viola Desmond, a Canadian civil rights hero. They also participated in an African Dance Fusion workshop where they learned some of the fundamentals of African rhythm and movement. Special thanks go to our CGS Parent Association for sponsoring the African Dance Fusion workshop.
The Making Waves Virtual Field Trip event is presented by The Travelling Stage in partnership with Musicians Helping. The presentation is hosted by Garvia Bailey, herself no stranger to Jazz, she has been involved as a host on CBC and Jazz.FM91. Toronto trombonist, Kelsley Grant, is also a featured composer having been commissioned a piece of music just for this event. All music has been arranged specifically for this event by Christian Overton from Clovertone Music and is beautifully performed by the Musicians Helping Jazz Orchestra.
Mani will be featuring the presentation throughout the month of February during our music classes.
On Friday, February 4 our JK through Grades 3&4 classes participated in an Anti-Racism presentation hosted by the team at Inspiration Republic. The students learned about slavery, prejudice, microaggression and why our differences should be not simply recognized but celebrated. The interactive presentation involved stories, music and Q&A time for our students as well. Special thanks go to our amazing CGS Parent Association for sponsoring these presentations.