Lunar New Year 2019


Year of the Pig (image shared by UBC)

Learn about the animals in Chinese Zodiac:

Watch this video produced for Lunar New Year 2015 and learn about some of the Lunar New Year traditions from the UBC community.


Teacher Resources:

Pink Shirt Day


Mark your calendar: Pink Shirt Day is February 22nd, 2017.



Wear something pink to show that we are all working together to erase bullying in our community.

Portraits of Kindness:

Watch the clip below.  What is kindness to you, to your family and how can you show kindness in your community?

Think about this prompt:

“Kindness is……”

Here are some great recommendations for books about kindness.  Visit your school library to find even more!


Teacher Resources:

Have a Heart Day 2017

Have a Heart Day is on February 14th, 2017

This message is from the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS) website:

“Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation campaign that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.

Watch “End the Gap – Fair Funding For First Nations Schools”

Listen to the ideas of children:


Activity Ideas:

  • Host a Valentine’s Day party to raise awareness in your school or community. Choose a day leading up to Valentine’s Day that makes sense for your class or community.
  • Spread the word through social media like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Use the hashtag #HaveaHeartDay.

Explore the Have a Heart Day website to download Have a Heart Day resources, and to order bookmarks and buttons!  There is also an information sheet entitled “Reconciliation is all of us”.

Through activities like Have a Heart Day, we are creating a movement where the landscape of Canada is only one of honour and possibility for First Nations children.”

FNCFCS also shared this music video by N’we Jinan Artists “Important to Us”, written and performed by students at Pierre Elliot Trudeau School.

Their message is inspiring:

“No matter where you’re from,

let’s fill our home with colour and love.”

Teachers: More resources are available here

Riot of Reading 2017


The Riot of Reading Solutions 15th annual Family Literacy Fair is on Saturday, January 28th from 11 – 3 pm at Ecole Mission Central.

The theme for this year’s Family Literacy Day is “Learn at Play, Every Day”.

Exciting events taking place that day include:

  • Pizza, cake and refreshments.
  • The Great Gordini magic performance  at 1 pm.
  • The Bhangra Dancers from Dashmesh Panjabi School.
  • Zumba Dancer, Timea from Latinflavoursfitness.
  • Facepainting
  • Neon the clown will be working the crowds and tying balloon animals to delight the crowds until his hands give out.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog and Geronimo Stilton the Detective Mouse will be partying with us.
  • Holly Gallant will be bringing her Powwow Drum.

How will you participate in Family Literacy Day? Here are some ideas for inspiration:


Activity Ideas:

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Source: ABC Life Literacy Learn at Play, Everyday Activities (English and French)

Growth Mindset

Welcome to learning in 2017!  

It’s a great time of year to set goals for new learning challenges and adventures.  Watch the videos below for an introduction to the idea of using a ‘Growth Mindset’ as you learn new ideas this year.