Let's talk about celebrating Halloween, at our school and within our greater community, with costumes! Our school is committed to being a place where everyone feels safe and respected; if you are planning to wear costumes on the weekend and at school, please take a look at what you and your students are planning to wear.
Costumes should not become opportunities to turn a person’s identity into a stereotyped image. If you need to, please talk to your children and make sure that costumes do not portray stereotyped images of a culture or group of people. Help students select a costume that is not offensive to any racial, ethnic or religious group, any people with disabilities or illnesses, or other stereotypical images. For example, reinforcing the importance of not darkening skin or using makeup to change a child’s skin colour to match the person who they are dressing up to be. Students are often unaware of the long history these traditions have of causing harm and need our help in understanding why it can be hurtful.
Thank you for the template wording for this letter, from an open letter shared by teacher Jess Lifshitz on Twitter, October 23, 2021 https://twitter.com/Jess5th/status/1451907031590477829
Here are some more resources that may be helpful, regarding this topic:
Halloween Letter Home - Riverdale School District, Portland Oregon
As part of WALK AND WHEEL TO SCHOOL WEEK, on Wednesday, Jun 1, we will have 2 Bike Trains on the way to school in the morning. Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch will be joining in the fun!
The South Oak Bay Train will leave Monterey Middle School at 8:20AM and Firefighter's Park at 8:30AM. Click here for a map of the South Route. The North Oak Bay Train will leave Allenby Park at 8:20AM and Carnarvon Park at 8:30AM Click here for a map of the North Route. Both trains will arrive well in time for the 8:50AM bell. Please arrive at the starting place on time! The train will leave promptly.
Being active builds healthy bones and minds! Biking, scooting or walking to school is a great way to be healthy and keep moving. It also offers the following benefits:
- Increased alertness in the classroom
- Opportunity to connect with family and/or friends on the way without distractions
- Allows children and families to get to know their community and neighbourhood
- Decreases the number of vehicles on the road
In 2017, the CRD worked with the Willows School Community to create a BEST ROUTES to SCHOOL map:
Note the Drive to 5 zones on the Map: You can park in these areas, stretch your legs and relieve traffic congestion around the school by parking or dropping off at least 5 minutes from the school.