Welcome back! We hope everyone had a wonderful March Break. As we look to Spring and until Summer, we wish everyone a successful and happy journey.
United Nations ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Tuesday March 21st is the United Nations ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Int’l Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Inclusive School and Community Services is proud to recognize International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day was proclaimed in 1966 by the United Nations to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre of March 21, 1960. Sixty nine (69) peaceful demonstrators protesting against the government policy of apartheid were killed.
Canada was one of the first countries to support the United Nations resolution making March 21 the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as a day to observe and symbolize the worldwide need to end racism. Canada is a country to be proud of. But our pride is diminished when we do not use our individual and collective voices to oppose racism. March 21 reminds us, particularly in our role as educators to recommit ourselves to the struggle against racial discrimination in addition to all forms of discrimination that continue to marginalize various individuals and groups based on notions of difference.
Our hope and goal as an education system is to create an equitable, inclusive and just society where everyone’s dignity is affirmed and respected. Each year communities across the country, the GTA and in particular, York Region, host annual events to mark March 21st. Each year Citizenship and Immigration Canada also hosts their annual Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition that was first initiated by the Government of Canada in 1996. This annual competition encourages young people, aged 12 to 20, to produce a short video to express their points of view on eliminating racism. For further information regarding International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website
Please mark your calendars for the annual Parkview BBQ Fun Fair taking place on Wednesday, June 7th 3:15 pm to 6:30 pm.
Please see the attached documents for more information about the event and how you can help either volunteer or sponsor the event.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parkview BBQ Meeting – Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and quickly grew to a global phenomenon. By 2009, Earth Hour grew to over 4,000 cities, including 73 national capitals and nine of the world’s 10 most populated cities. In Canada, over half of the Canadian adult population (over 10 million people) switched off their lights!
The goal is to get as many individuals and businesses as possible to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change and demonstrate that people are ready to take personal action.
YRDSB will be observing Earth Hour in our schools and workplaces on Friday March 24th, 2017 and are encouraging all board locations to turn off lights and monitors from 1:00-2:00PM
Everyone in Canada is encouraged to participate. Let’s support the efforts of the World Wildlife Fund Canada. Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way to show that you want to be a part of the solution and sends a powerful message to others that, together, our small actions can make a big difference.
Earth Hour is a straightforward way for York Region’s municipalities and citizens to take action and celebrate our existing efforts to fight climate change.
Take this opportunity to spend time with family and friends celebrating Earth Hour. Find creative ways to spend an hour in the dark. For more information and ideas visit WWF Canada.
A toy drive is being held in the front foyer from March 20th to March 24th. Please encourage your children to donate gently used toys. The toys collected will be available to purchase on the week of March 27th. The money fund-raised will be donated to Lake Ontario Waterkeepers to replace old combined sewage pipes and help Lake Ontario stay clean!
Family Services of York Region – see attachment
Unionville HS Performance
Education and Community Resource Night (Mandarin and Cantonese) on Tuesday, March 28, from 5:30-8pm at CEC North
The Week Ahead
Monday March 20th
- Sub lunch for students who ordered
Tuesday March 21st
- United Nations ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’
- 7:00 pm School Council Meeting
Wednesday March 22nd
- Grade 3 Fire Safety
- McCammon’s class to Unionville Library
- Sushi lunch for students who ordered
- Parkview BBQ Meeting – 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Thursday March 23rd
Friday March 24th
- Pizza Lunch for students that ordered