September 2019

"A photo collage of our Buddy Bench/Be You celebration" Kent Public School

The Artwork

Queen Mary Public School

Online Resources

Index of Holy Days

Leaves Turning Colour Moon- Waabbabagaa Giizis (Anishinaabe- First Nations) - Month of September
For more information on local Full Moon Ceremonies go to or contact Trent University Department of Indigenous Studies.

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)* - September 10-11
Rosh Hashanah celebrates New Year as harvest ends.  It is a time for reflection and self-assessment for the community and for individuals, as well as a time for promoting universal peace and well-being.

Mabon/Harvestide (Wiccan)* - September 23
Mabon falls on the Autumn Equinox and marks the middle of harvest.  It is a time of equal day and equal night when nature is in balance.  During this time, thanks are given to the earth for its bounty.

Significant Dates

International Literacy Day - September 8

Peterborough Pride Week - September 13-22

Powley Day (Métis)- September 19
Celebrates the Supreme Court decision in R. v. Powley, which granted Metis Harvesting Rights, especially important at this time of year.  

International Day of Peace (UN) - September 21
This day is dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Orange Shirt Day - September 30
Recognized the history and sad legacy of residential schools, while promoting reconciliation and hope for future generations. The annual theme is Every Child Matters.  

*Holy Days beginning at sundown the day before
**This date may vary based on moon sightings, local or regional customs

Community Organizations

Other Resources

book title "Smoky and the Feast of Mabon"

An eagerly awaited addition to the Magical Child Story collection, Smoky and the Feast of Mabon is a mystical and whimsical story with the flavor of an old-fashioned fairy tale. Lively and spirited woodland creatures delight young children with an Autumn Equinox story that is sure to become a family favorite.


book title "Eid al-Adha

One of the most important days of the Muslim calendar, people mark the occasion with a feast shared with people in their community. This fascinating book highlights the customs of this special religious holiday, including the clothing, prayers, food, and gifts.

book title "The Icky Bug Alphabet Book"

For many children, "icky" bugs are endlessly fascinating. This book helps children discover why farmers like the praying mantis, how the water spider breathes underwater, and other intriguing facts about the world of bugs and insects. Jerry Pallotta's lighthearted text and Ralph Masiello's vivid illustrations make this alphabetic exploration of small animal life both fun and informative.

book title "A faith like mine"

Using revealing photography and detailed personal accounts to give unique insight into the diversity of religious faith as experienced by children across the world, this is an ideal book for families to read together.
This book is available through the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion LRC page, or on

book title "Kawlija's Blueberry Promise"

The summer blueberry harvest is an annual expedition for young Kawlija and her family. When her father needs her to pick more berries than she eats, she promises to do her best. But can she avoid temptation? An enchanting story is also a rich portrait of rural Metis life in the '50s.

book title "Literacy for the 21st Century - A Balanced Approach"

Integrating the best of what we currently know about teaching reading and writing, as well as ideas that will lead us into the future, Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach provides the balance of pedagogy and application that teachers need to be successful in the classroom. It covers the fundamental components of literacy, illustrates how to teach skills and strategies, identifies how to differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of students today, and supports digital teaching and learning.