Thursday, March 29, 2018
The eleventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is on April 2, 2018.
Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.
As we are not at school on April 2nd (Easter Monday), we are asking all students to LIGHT IT UP BLUE on Tuesday, April 3rd by wearing BLUE to school.
Passover – March 31 – April 7
Passover or Pesach, the Jewish Festival of Unleavened Bread (Matzah) commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.
Passover is celebrated for eight days with special prayers and symbolic foods at home. It is a "festival of Freedom" to remind Jews of how God released their ancestors from slavery and brought them to freedom in a Promised Land. Passover begins at sundown on March 30th.
Passover is celebrated by more Jews than any other holiday on the Jewish calendar - perhaps because it is so essentially and uniquely a family holiday. The Seder (SAY-der) -- the traditional meal held on the first night of this eight day holiday -- is often attended by complete extended families. In Canada, many families also have a Seder on the second night. Also, because charity and community are such important elements of the holiday, it is common for families to invite to their seder people who, for whatever reason, are not able to have one of their own.
Wishing our families celebrating Passover a lovely celebration with friends and family!
Easter – March 30 – April 1
Christianity observes its most important holidays of the year between March 30th – April 1st for the Western/Gregorian calendar.
Thursday, March 29 commemorates the institution of the Lord's Supper by Jesus prior to his arrest, Good Friday his submission to death by crucifixion, and Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
Easter is considered to be the oldest and most important festival in the Christian year, as the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus is meant to renew a Christian's commitment to living a life of truth, justice and love. Many Christians will mark Easter by attending Church services over the weekend, and for some, this includes a midnight mass and candlelight vigil on Saturday. Families often gather together for dinner on Sunday to celebrate the resurrection.
The symbols that are associated with the holiday in North America are taken from ancient roots. In fact, the work "Easter" derives from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess known as "Eostre." The custom of dyeing eggs, symbols of new life, goes back to the ancient Egyptians, Persians and Romans. These popular symbols, however, are by no means common to all Christian peoples. In addition, many of these customs and symbols have counterparts in non-Christian celebrations of spring.
Wishing our families celebrating Easter a wonderful holiday!
On Tuesday March 20, Fossil Hill had the amazing honour of hosting Leslie McCurdy and her one-woman performance of "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman". The students had the opportunity to be brought back in time to the early 1800's where people of colour were sold as slaves. The students were captured by her performance and were eager to learn more about Harriet Tubman in question time after the show. McCurdy gave an educational and entertaining performance about the life of Harriet Tubman and her courageous journey to rescue people who had been captured by slavery like herself. She taught the students of Fossil Hill the true meaning of courage and sent the message that anyone no matter the race, religion, gender, income, etc, can make a difference if they believe.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Fossil Hill celebrated Earth Hour today - we turned off all lights and electronics today from 1 - 2 pm!
Turning off lights and conserving energy is just one way we can help to keep our planet healthy and
What can you do this weekend?
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Thank you for dropping your children off using our Kiss N’ Ride Loop at the front-south location. Keeping your children safe is our number one priority. Please help us by following the safety rules noted below.
Kiss N’ Ride Safety Rules:
are to stay in the car - the staff on duty will help your child(ren) out of the
car. Have all backpacks within reach to
help child(ren) exit your car quickly and safely.
· All students to exit on the passenger (right) side.
· Follow the traffic slowly to the supervising staff before letting passengers out – this will facilitate an efficient traffic flow.
· Leave 2 metres between you and the car in front.
· No passing once you have entered the loop - wait patiently as there is just ONE lane for the Kiss N’ Ride zone.
· NO PARKING anywhere inside the loop of the Kiss N’ Ride zone.
· Drive slowly and with caution at all times.
The supervision of our Kiss N’ Ride is between 8:25 and - 8:40 a.m. If you wish to walk your child(ren) into the school, please park your car on one of the side streets and cross at our supervised crosswalks.
Every morning, our staff take pleasure in welcoming our students with a warm smile! With your cooperation, this Kiss N’ Ride will allow for a safe and efficient arrival zone for our students. Thank you for your patience during your time in the Kiss N’ Ride Loop.
The afternoon pick-up procedures are different from our morning Kiss N’ Ride. Please help us by following the safety rules noted below when you are picking your child(ren) up at the end of the day.
Afternoon Pick-up Safety Rules:
· Kindergarten parents may enter the parking lot loop (west parking lot) prior to 3:00 p.m. (ensure your parking pass is visible).
· Kindergarten parents may exit the parking lot between 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. (wait until our supervising staff has cleared the cross-walk).
· At the end of the day, the front-south Loop is for the bus only – no other cars are permitted in this Loop.
· All other parents must park on a side street and are not permitted to pick-up in the parking lot or front-south loop.
· Drive slowly and with caution at all times as students are crossing the parking lot and streets.
· All students and families must use the cross-walk.
· At 3:15 p.m. the parking lot will re-open.
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