February 2018

The Artwork

Armour Heights Public School

Upstream"
A compilation of artwork from K-8 classes, created through discussions about mindfulness, mental health and belonging.

February Calendar Resources

Bear Moon – Mkwa Giizis (Anishinaabe - First Nations)

Month of February

Anishinaabe Moon Calendar – Towards the end of this month, many of the animals that hibernate begin to stir and come out of hibernation. The bear is said to be the one that sleeps the longest.

For more information on local Full Moon Ceremonies go to www.facebook.com/groups/16994197269 or contact Trent University Department of Indigenous Studies.

The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition has released this informative PDF to share information about Ojibway, Cree, and Mohawk languages and their respective understandings of moons, seasons, days and cycles of ceremonies. It also explains the significance of the Aboriginal Calendar.

onlc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/13-Moon-curriculum2.pdf

Win Translation’s page “Ojibwe Months: Names Chosen by Nature?” explores the relationship between the Ojibwe languages and dialects, and how moons come to have been named in such a way.

www.wintranslation.com/ojibwe-months/

Language is an important part of Anishinaabe traditions and culture. To learn more about the Ojibwe language visit The Ojibwe People's Dictionary.
 

Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

Celebrates Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.

To find out more about Shiva, and how they are celebrated see:

www.beliefnet.com/faiths/hinduism/maha-shivaratri-celebration-of-shiva.aspx


Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

Marks a day of penitence, cleansing the soul and celebration before the Lent fast begins.

Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day as pancakes were a traditional way of using up all the foods in the house that people weren’t allowed to eat during Lent. Visit this site to learn more about Shrove Tuesday and for a yummy pancake recipe!

www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Pancake-Day/


Lent (Christian)

Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. It is a time when Christians remember the 40 days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food.

www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/lent_1.shtml


Paranirvana/Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

This festival marks the Buddha's death, enlightenment and freedom from physical existence. The day is marked by special readings, meditations about loss, impermanence, and the newly deceased, visiting temples or monasteries, and exchanging food, money, household items and clothes.

www.thoughtco.com/nirvana-day-449911


Losar (Buddhist)

Tibetan New Year lasts for three days. People visit monasteries, make offerings, and put purification at the forefront of their appearance, feasts, and rituals to drive away evil spirits.

www.ihearttibet.org/losar/


Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is celebrated among Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean populations, as well as among followers of Buddhism.

www.history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year


Significant Dates

Black History Month

Kids explain Black History Month

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzt3gFgYVYk&list=PLPDkqknt-rAhZFgQhlnNCvfZvcIG30tpD&index=5

CBC Kids offers a number of articles aimed at primary school aged children about Black History Month and Black History in Canada.

The Government of Canada website honouring the contributions, past and present of Black Canadians.

www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html

Visit this site for a comprehensive overview of Black History in Canada.

blackhistorycanada.ca/topic.php?id=150&themeid=6

The National Film Board of Canada: To celebrate the history of the Black community in Canada, we've selected a group of NFB films that can only scratch the surface of such a rich and multi-layered culture. Incredible stories in the Black community of strength, courage and perseverance in the face of adversity date back to the beginning of time, yet are not easily found in mainstream history books.

This selection spans both the country and the wealth of topics that beg to be explored, from a beautifully crafted overview of Black history in Black Soul to the story of teens building self-esteem and fighting racism in Speak it! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia.

From the story of Black employees of the Canadian railways fighting discrimination in The Road Taken to an inside peek at the lives of Black athletes in Golden Gloves, there's a story for everyone. From the ever-present controversy about interracial relationships in Crossroads to a quest to right past wrongs in Speakers for the Dead, history is brought to life. And finally, The Magic Lion tells the magical tale of a young African boy, a lion and a quest to save a life as well as the animated celebration of the life of Seraphim "Joe" Fortes, one of Vancouver’s most beloved citizens.

The films in this playlist are some of the most important NFB films made on the black community and paint a picture of a thriving culture in constant evolution.

https://www.nfb.ca/playlist/nfb_celebrates_black_history_month/

Valentine’s Day

People pronounce or reaffirm their love for someone, often by sending cards or giving gifts.

www.softschools.com/facts/holidays/valentines_day_facts/148/

Anti-Bullying Day (Can)

The last Wednesday of February is known as Anti-Bullying Day in Canada. It's also known as "Pink Shirt Day." It originated as a protest against a homophobic bullying incident at a Nova Scotia high school (Central Kings Rural High School). On this day participants are asked to wear pink to symbolize a stand against bullying. Many also recognize the Day of Pink in April in a similar way.

www.ctvnews.ca/canada/if-we-all-stand-up-it-can-stop-pink-shirt-day-hopes-to-end-bullying-1.3297369

Out in Schools, a Vancouver based group sponsored the 2013 Rise Against Homophobia, Youth Short Video Contest and the winners can be seen here. This is a powerful example of youth’s ability to use their voices and talents to fight against bullying and homophobia.

First Place – “Be the One Who Helps” - Shaughnessy Park Secondary School, Winnipeg

https://vimeo.com/140448981

Second Place – “And that’s Remarkable” - Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver

https://vimeo.com/140448981

Third Place – “Don’t Hate on Love” - David Thompson Secondary School, Vancouver

https://vimeo.com/140448980


Other Resources

When We Were Alone won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award in the Young People's Literature (Illustrated Books) category, and is nominated for the TD Canadian's Children's Literature Award. This book tells the story of a young girl learning about her Grandmother’s experience in a residential school.

When We Were Alone (David Alexander Robertson, Illustrated By Julie Flett) Amazon.ca 

The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference and a good introduction for those curious about the Hindu religion.

The Boy & the Bindi by Vivek Shraya Amazon.ca

 


An interactive step by step guide to cooking pancakes for you and your children.

Pancakes!: An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook In A Book) by Lotta Nieminen  Amazon.ca

Simple mindfulness practices to help your child (ages 5-12) deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions.

Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel    Amazon.ca


A super cute Valentine’s tale of a hedgehog’s search for love.

Hedgehug: A Sharp Lesson in Love by Dan Pinto

Amazon.ca

A book for young children about counting, colours, bullying and how everyone matters. 

One by Kathryn Otoshi Amazon.ca


A book for tweens about teasing, bullying and its repercussions.

Blubber by Judy Blume  Amazon.ca

Staggerlee lives in a small, African-American community in the South. She struggles with her biracial identity (her mother is white) and also wonders if she might be gay, even though she has no words to talk about it. She is lonely and feels like she just doesn't fit anywhere.

When her cousin, Trout, visits during the summer when both girls are 14, they become very close, united in their struggles to define their identities.

The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson Amazon.ca


Based on the true story of Henry Brown who mailed himself to freedom.

Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Amazon.ca

An inspiring tale of creativity and determination on the Underground Railroad to Canada.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

Amazon.ca


The powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.

Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

Amazon.ca

In the mid-1800s, a boy and his mother help support themselves by making panoramic eggs of maple sugar. The boy, Luke, who is deaf, paints pictures that fit neatly inside the eggs. When a man bursts into their home and accuses them of hiding slaves, Luke's mother can honestly deny the charge. But she is that very day planning to meet their contact on the Underground Railroad to pass along information regarding the next safe haven." Luke's mother is held at home, but the boy is courageous and resourceful in using his creative talents to help make the connection.  Amazon.ca

Secret signs: along the underground railroad by Anita Riggio