This week our school is recognizing World Autism Day with a week’s focus Autism Awareness.
Students and staff will be exploring a variety of activities this week including:
- Blend together – Crayon creating day
- Together Everyone Accomplishes More – Puzzle creation
- You Got A Friend In Me – Friendship bracelets
- Involve Me and I’ll Learn – Collaborative abstract art
- Be “Uniqual” – Style your hair in a unique way, for the Good News Assembly & puzzle piece fundraiser this Friday.
We appreciate the leadership of our Primary Autism Community Class as well as our grade 3 leadership team for helping with the events this week. Their work is part of our ongoing commitment to equity and inclusive practices at our school.
World Down Syndrome Day is TODAY, TUESDAY MARCH 21st!
It is a day to raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, to help understand what it means to have Down Syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.
We will be learning about Down Syndrome during our weekly visit to the Discovery Hub, daily announcements and a culminating celebration on Friday March 24th by wearing fun socks or lots of socks to show our support. Visit https://worlddownsyndromeday.org for more information of Down Syndrome and the #lotsofsocks initiative.
Your participation is appreciated as we continue to foster an inclusive and equitable environment for all of our students.
We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our school team: our Buddy Bench! With the generous support of our local Lions’ Club and our School Council we have been able to purchase this bench. At our October Good News Assembly we will fully launch the bench. The purpose of a Buddy Bench is to allow children who do not have anyone to play with to come to the bench. When we see someone there, we can go up to the bench and encourage the child to play. In addition to all the other work we do, we hope the bench will help to foster cooperative play, inclusion and team work at our school. It may end up being the least used bench in the world! We look forward to working with our students over the coming months as we implement this initiative. We thank you for your support too. We have already heard back from a few of you about new friends your children have made as a result of using the bench.