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Carelton/Cunningham eNews January 31st, 2021

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“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations”  

Mae Jemison


February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate and remember all of the contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada’s history and culture.  If you are interested in discovering more about Black History Month with your children, CBC has a very child friendly webpage devoted to the topic.  I encourage families to check it out with their kids.


Did you know that indigenous people and people of colour are vastly underrepresented in children’s literature?  Let’s change that by including more diverse literature in our daily rotation of books we read to our children.  Here are some recommendations to get you and your family started.

Meet Viola Desmond  - On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre . . . and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights activists. 

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness  - A picture book invites white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it's real, and cultivate justice. 

Black Women Who Dared - Inspirational stories of ten Black women and women’s collectives from Canadian and American history. Included are leaders and groundbreakers who were anti-slavery activists, business women, health-care activists, civic organizers and educators.  Celebrate these remarkable women, some of whom you may be hearing about for the first time, and the profound impacts they've made. 

The Extraordinary Chameleon - is a children's book by Victoria Blain. The story follows a chameleon as she searches the forest for an extraordinary outer coat, only to discover she already possesses within her the magical coat of her dreams. This story brings African folktale to the present. 

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History - An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. 

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.


All purchases benefit our school and earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school’s classrooms and library.


So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place from Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 to Sunday, Feb. 28. Orders are delivered right to your home and there is free standard shipping for orders over $40.


When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair

site using this link:


Before our Fair begins, click the link to:


  • SAVE it to your browser
  • WATCH videos of popular new titles
  • PREVIEW our Featured Books


Happy Reading



Enjoy the first week of February!


Adrienne Stewardson and Joe Maher

Carleton/Cunningham Administrative Team

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