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Week of December 16 - 20

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Week of December 16 – 20


Hello Mount Pleasant Community,


I hope everyone has had a nice weekend. Today (Sunday) was a perfect Vancouver December day. Temperature was between 5 and 10 degrees and dry. Our playground was in full use, as it should be, Even if you (as my family did) braved the Metrotown mall everyone seemed in good spirits with smiles all around. Let us hope this continues.


Thank you to everyone for coming out to our winter concert this last Thursday. The students sang their hearts out and showed how much joy music can bring. A very big thanks to Ms. Fantini, our music teacher, for putting the songs together and teaching the students to sing, dance, shake jingle bells, and even play ukulele. I would also like to thank our division 3 students for being such confident MC's on that special evening.


Another fun event last week was Divs 1 & 2 "Gingerbuilds". Our grade 6s and 7s formed teams, drew up blueprints of their dream mansions, and then built them (to scale) using cardboard from appliance boxes. This activity was hands-on and project based learning all hidden in a bunch of fun. See attached picture of a work in progress.


Here is our week ahead


Monday

9:15 Monday Morning Meeting (Intermediate)

12:00 Dance Express


Wednesday

(*Note: there is no homework club today)


Friday

Last Day before the Holidays

Breakfast for all families


At this time of year there are many celebrations in Vancouver. We are very rich in cultures who have found a home here. The diversity team of the Vancouver School Board has compiled the following list of important events being celebrated at this time.

  • Month of December - Indigenous Spirituality - Thithikopiwipisim - (Hoar Frost Moon/Month of getting ready for winter). Christmas Month in Cree
  • Dec. 21 - Winter Solstice
  • Dec. 22 - the Eve of Hanukkah
  • Dec. 30 - the last day of Hanukkah
  • Dec. 25 - Christmas Day
  • Dec. 26 - Kwanzaa (until Jan. 1)

Here is a link that will give you even more events that many of us and our neighbours here in Vancouver celebrate at this time of year.

https://www.multiculturalcalendar.com/ecal/main.php?lang=en&s=c-rochest&year=2019&id=12


We wish you happy break and we will see you again in 2020.


Jonathan Weresch

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