Guess who this is? Ruby Bridges! Marie attended a 3-day conference called It Starts with Us – Cultural Responsiveness in Early Education this week. Ruby Bridges was the keynote speaker. Marie was beyond thrilled for the opportunity to hear Ruby speak. She told her integration story – the one we are all familiar with from…

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A huge thank you to the PA for sponsoring the fantastic Viola Desmond presentation from Arts Express last month.  Barbara Yebuga performed the story Viola Desmond Won’t Budge, by Jody Warner and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki. Viola is on our $10 bill and is often referred to as the Canadian Rosa Parks. Barbara pointed out…

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It was a very grey Monday morning when Edmund from Playocity arrived to lead the children in an African Fusion Dance Workshop. Thank you for bringing the sun Edmund! The children loved learning the high-energy moves and the music was wonderful. Thank you to the PA for sponsoring this much-appreciated activity for all grade levels.

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Ever wonder where the expression ‘The real McCoy’ comes from? Ask a Grade 2/3 student and they’ll tell you! The Grade 2/3’s learned all about the influential inventor Elijah McCoy on Feb 26. He was born free in Canada after his parents escaped slavery in Kentucky via the Underground Railroad in 1837. McCoy is known…

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Some of the Grade 2’s visited the office on Wednesday to share their work. We love it when the children spontaneously arrive to let us in on what they’ve been doing in class. We always learn something. This particular activity for the Grade 2/3 class was just great. The children created a ‘Biography Bag’ for…

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As we move through February, the children have no shortage of impressive figures to study during Black History Month. There is so much to learn from these amazing people and all they have accomplished. The Early Start children learned about Jackie Robinson this week. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became…

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The Grade 1-3’s have been doing lots of really thoughtful work this past week. They are focusing on the brave men and women who drastically altered the course of civil rights in Canada and the United States, including Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges. There is so much to be inspired by. Ruby Bridges was the…

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Civil Rights is a pretty advanced topic for our youngest students but children are never too young to learn about people who are brave, kind, fair and full of love. These are concepts and feelings our little guys know all about. (Ok, maybe not fairness (ie sharing) quite so much, but still, they’re getting there.)…

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