To pay their respects, Division 4 students participated in the laying of the wreath at 12th Avenue’s Remembrance Day Assembly.
Division 4 didn’t let the rain deter them from venturing out to the back field to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.
Teachers and staff at Twelfth Avenue were seeing ‘double’ on Tuesday, October 19th. Division 4 showed their school spirit participating in Twin Day.
On Friday, October 1st, Division 4 participated with the school community in the Terry Fox Run. To honor Terry’s legacy, students raised money for the Terry Fox Foundation to support cancer research and Terry’s goal of ending cancer. We participated in the “Try Like Terry and Bring a Toonie” challenge with a goal of raising $580.00, two dollars for every student in our school. With the support of our families, our school donated $603.25 to the Terry Fox Foundation. Thank you!
Division 4 students reflected on why we should care about Terry and the Terry Fox Run:
“I think why we should care about Terry and the Terry Fox run is because Terry tried to raise money for cancer research but he didn’t get to accomplish his goal. The people in Canada helped him accomplish his goal.”
“We should remember and care about Terry beause he suffered so that he could raise money for cancer research.”
“We should care about Terry and his run because I don’t think very many people would have the courage to run across Canada, with even 2 legs! But… Terry did over half!”
“Why do we do the Terry fox run because we want to still get donations for cancer research and to keep achieving Terry’s goal.”
“We should care about the marathon of hope and Terry because he is a great man and he is very brave.”
“We should care about Terry because his is our hero. Terry was a hardworker, Terry always said ‘One step at a time’, which encourages us to be like Terry. That is why we run in the Terry Fox Run.”
September 30, 2021 marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. To acknowledge the paintful history and ongoing impact of residential schools, and to begin the reconciliation process, Divison 4 wore orange shirts on Wednesday, September 29th. Orange Shirt Day was created as an opportunity to discuss the effects of residential schools and their legacy. It honors the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, celebrates resilience and affirms a commitment that every child matters.
As a class, Division 4 discussed the importance of Orange Shirt Day and what “Every Child Matters” truly means. Below are a few written reflections shared by Division 4:
“Orange Shirt Day is important because it is a day to honour and respect the children and families who suffered when going to Residential School. It must have been so hard for Indigenous Children tonot be able to speak their language and not have their clothes the way they want them to be.”
“Every child matters” means that in the past not every child mattered, and some past away and in the future we do not want any child to not matter, to not be special, to not be unique because Every Child Matters!”
“I wear an orange shirt because it lets me remember the kids that weren’t treated well.”
“Orange Shirt Day is important becasue it helps us learn about what happened to the children who went to Residential Schools.”
“I wear an orange shirt because I’m grateful that we can do whatever we want, and to remember all those kids who couldn’t.”
“To me, “Every Child Matters” means that we care about every child in the world and they all matter. At the residential school the nuns didn’t care about any of the children. They didn’t matter. Now they all matter.”
Welcome families of Division 4. I look forward to working in partnership with you to support your child in exploring, learning and growing this school year. It was a pleasure meeting many of you at our Parents as Partners sessions on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021.
A message for Division 4:
Welcome, welcome, I’m glad you are here. We’re going to have an incredible year!
We’ll wonder, we’ll question, we’ll be curious, we’ll play… we’ll reflect and we’ll grow, we’ll have fun everyday!
There is so much to learn and exploring to do… it’s going to be amazing to learn new things with you!