December 14, 2018
As we wind down for the break, the children of École Poirier have been very busy and have much to be proud of! Not only did they bring in over 3000 items of non-perishable items to help EMCS smash their goal of 10,000 items to fill the Sooke Food Bank, they also performed through four spectacular Christmas Concerts. The hallways were filled with food and song! Thank you to everyone who came together and supported these events.
Next week will be a little calmer with a few divisions off on skating field-trips and we end the week with pajama day on Friday. Be sure to remind your child to bring home any items that you don’t want sitting over the break in their classrooms such as lunch boxes, thermos or gym clothes.
Lost and Found
While it has improved, there are still some important items such as winter coats sitting in the lost and found. Take an extra minute or two to please take a look before next Friday. Whatever is left will be bagged for donation.
Goodbye and Welcome
Goodbye Madame Sheldrick! We are sad to see Mme Sheldrick leave our school for an opportunity in the Interior. We have enjoyed working with her this year and wish her all the best in her future adventures.
Welcome Monsieur Weinstein and Monsieur Belanger! Monsieur Weinstein will be working in Division 10 and Monsieur Belanger will be working in a variety of classrooms. We are excited to have these two teachers join our staff and become Panthers!
The Saanich Moons
Last year, our school developed the Coast Salish Moons Project (proudly displayed on our school fence) based on The Saanich Year by Earl Claxton. As we enter a new month, we will share with you the meaning and teachings associated with each of the moons. We thank Tricia Cooper, our Aboriginal Classroom Program Assistant, for this information.
SIS,ET-The Elder Moon ~ December
The Winter Solstice is approaching us on December 21, the shortest day of the year.
Traditionally, as the days were short and sea travel was unsafe and unpredictable at this time of year, most time was spent indoors; nettles that were gathered earlier in the year were stripped and twisted into twine to make nets, ropes, and cables. Roughed out canoes were brought into the longhouse to be finished. Even though sea travel was unsafe, the beach was still searched during the night tides to collect shellfish
This moon phase also brought families together in the longhouse: families would get together to share legends and stories that would teach their children valuable lessons.
Things to think about:
- Who or what is an elder?
- In what ways do we show respect to our elders?
- What kind of traditions do you have with your family at this time of year?
- Are there any stories that are passed down in your family that teach you a lesson?
December 21st – Pajama Day
December 24th – Winter Break begins
January 7th – School re-opens