The Week Ahead – June 19-23

Posted: June 18, 2017

Families of James Hill,

Here are some reminders and updates for the week ahead:

  • On Monday from 2:00-3:30, Staples will be at the school to answer questions and take orders for school supplies. You can still order online until Wednesday but if you would prefer to pay by cash or cheque (or cc), you can do so at the school tomorrow (Monday). To order online before Wednesday, click here.
  • Final PAC meeting of the year on Monday at 6:45.
  • Wednesday is National Aboriginal Day. I am proud of the efforts of our staff to embed Aboriginal teaching and understandings into the lessons throughout the year. This will continue on Wednesday as teachers read and discuss Aboriginal stories and encourage Aboriginal artwork. We are also encouraging the older students to consider the question: Why might Aboriginal Peoples have concerns with this year’s celebration of Canada’s 150 years? (see link below)
  • Our grades  4 and 5s travel to Cultus Lake Waterslides on Friday. Thank you to those who have offered to drive.
  • A reminder that the last day of school is on Thursday, June 29th and students will be dismissed at 11:36 am (half-day). We will also be having our talent show on this day starting at about 10:00 am. Report cards will be sent home on this day as well.
  • The breakfast program continues this week from 8:00-8:30 each morning.
  • Congratulations to the LSS Graduates of 2017. It was such an emotional experience to once again have former JHES students walk our halls in their caps and gowns! (video below – due to copyright, it can only be viewed on desktop).

 

Article of the Week: Rethink 150 promotes commemoration through First Nations perspective – article from CBC that includes an interview about the Aboriginal perspective of the last 150 years. For many Canadians, 150 years is a chance to celebrate but for far too many Canadians, it is a time that includes racism, colonialism, and genocide. It is important to acknowledge and appreciate all perspectives; however, we cannot deny the impact that horrific practices like Indian Residential Schools and the 60s Scoop had on our country.  Before we can truly participate in reconciliation, we must have an understanding of the real history that has taken place in our country and acknowledge this bad with the good when we look back on the past 150 years in Canada.