Terry Fox Run

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Our annual Terry Fox Run was held on Thursday, September 28th. A big thank you to Ms. Kayra for organizing this year. As well, a thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to support the run. We had a wonderful turnout. Thank you also to all of the families who generously donated to the Terry Fox Foundation. Together we raised $1004.95 to help support cancer research. This far exceeded previous year’s donations. What a fantastic success!

Ms. Lindsay Thompson, Vice-Principal

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Day of Pink Play

logoGrade 2 and 3 students in our Kids Helping Kids club wrote a script and performed a play to recognize the original origins for the Day of Pink on February 26th. This was a culmination of our social justice teaching during the month of February about family diversity and anti-homophobia education. To see a brief story about this event on the VSB’s website go to:

http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-news/mcbride-annex-students-think-pink-anti-bullying-play

Peaceful Heart & Wounded Heart Project

These hearts were designed by our Grade 2 & 3 students to depict peaceful images for Aboriginal people and juxtapose this with hurtful imagery from their residential school history and experiences.

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Kids Helping Kids Projects

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The KHK club are working on a few projects and are seeking donations to help local charities. Three students are doing a presentation and short play in classrooms today to promote the services that the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) does. Another group of students did presentations in classrooms yesterday about BC Children’s Hospital and will be asking students for donations next week. Both groups have ambitious goals to raise $100 for each charity. A third group is also doing a garage sale of used toys and books in the gym at lunchtime on Thursday, Feb. 13th. The money that they raise will also go to BC Children’s Hospital. Students can purchase used toys and books for prices from 25 cents to $1.25. Please send money with your child in a labelled envelope to support any of these projects.

Two other groups are working on short skits to perform in classrooms. These are still works in progress. Additionally, the whole club will be working on a performance for our Day of Pink on Feb. 26th. Some students are working on script writing with me while others will be performing, making posters and doing narration for the play.

The students are quite excited about these projects and we appreciate your support of their social justice projects.

Regards,

James Chamberlain, Vice principal

Thank you for the Red Cross Donations!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

photoThank you everyone for donating the baked goods and participating in the Family Dance last Thursday, November 21. Together we have raised $1333.10 to the Red Cross for the Typhoon Haiyan victims.  A special thank you to the Filipino families in our school for coordinating this event. Thank you to Joy Jose our Filipino Multicultural Worker for her support as well. Together, we have all made a difference in the lives of Filipino people overseas. I greatly appreciate everyone’s support for this important cause.

Regards,

James Chamberlain

Promoting a Culture of Peace

We’ve been awarded the Peace Arts Grant! The grant will be used to support our students in our Kids Helping Kids club to learn about Residential Schools and we are doing an art project in November. The art project we are planning is called “Wounded Heart/Peaceful Heart” which visually merges the impacts of residential schooling with peaceful imagery in Aboriginal culture using overlapping hearts and mixed media art.

We’ll be reading stories about residential schooling and look at imagery in Aboriginal art. Our hope is to exhibit the art pieces within the school and do an Art Gallery display with them. We’ll also post some of the photos on our school’s website. Our goal is to educate the school community about the impact of the Residential School experience on Aboriginal people and also teach everyone about Aboriginal culture.

MLK’s daughter speaks at TRC Walk

Dr. Bernice King
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See the video and story below about Dr. Bernice King speaking about equality for Aboriginal people in all facets of life. It was an inspiring speech and call to action for all of us. I was privileged to be one of the estimated 70,000 people at the Truth and Reconciliation Walk on September 23, 2013. Thanks to everyone in our community who attended!

O’ Siem,

James Chamberlain
VP, McBride Annex
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mlk-s-daughter-calls-residential-abuse-inexcusable-1.1863547