Keith Wightman Public School
“Help Me Become We”
The mission of the elementary level Amigos group is to help foster inclusion by educating our students about diversity and exceptionalities. Our peers, by learning about differences, have been able to identify and use strategies to grow friendships and belonging within our school community. We chose the saying "Help Me Become We" to reflect this mindset. Our art work features a 'mosaic' globe with a group of hands, "We", reaching out to connect with a single hand, "Me". Written on each arm is a quality that is fostered and encouraged as members of the Amigos. The use of sign language is just another example of reaching out to others. The communal effort of our art work further exemplifies the calendar theme of "Together We Can" and the Amigos truly believe "Together Me Can...Help Me Become We"!
March Calendar Resources
Snow Crust Moon - Naabdin Giizis (Anishinaabe - First Nations) Month of March
Anishinaabe Moon Calendar – March is often a time of snow, sleet and freezing rain forming a slippery crust of ice on top of the snow. This month is known as the time when you can walk on top of the snow.
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.
Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish community, described in the Biblical Book of Esther.
This article describes the Jewish festival of Purim, including how it is celebrated and the Story of Esther, which the holiday commemorates. www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/holydays/purim_1.shtml
Honours creation and renewal as a spring festival associated with Krishna.
This festival is also known as the festival of colours. For more information about this celebratory festival see - www.religionfacts.com/holi
The Persian new year celebrates unity, joy and hospitality with a feast of seven items beginning with the letter “s” (in Farsi). A great deal of time is spent with a gift exchange and attending social gatherings.
For more information see - bahai-library.com/walbridge_encyclopedia_nawruz
Rama Navami (Hindu)
Recognizes the Birth of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana. Visit this site to learn more about the significance of this important Hindu observance. www.hindupedia.com/en/Rama_Navami
Palm Sunday (Christian)
Marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the start of the Holy Week. www.thoughtco.com/what-is-palm-sunday-700775
Good Friday/Holy Friday (Christian/Orthodox)
Good Friday/Holy Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
To learn about the history and significance of this holiday visit - www.britannica.com/topic/Good-Friday
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration of women, peace and human rights. Typically occurring during International Women’s Week, this is a time for all people to reflect on the impacts of violence against women and girls and to commit to helping end it.
Visit this site for more information about International Women’s Day as well as a listing of events in your community. www.internationalwomensday.com/
Visit Canada.ca for ideas on how you can participate during International Women’s Day. www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/celebrate-celebrer-en.html
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
As a response to the massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination calls on citizens to take action to eliminate racial discrimination, and build more inclusive and accepting communities.
Visit this UN site for more information about this important day and resources to help you make a difference. www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/index.shtml
Earth Hour (Global)
A global event asking households and businesses to conserve energy by turning off non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour. This hour raises awareness of the need to take action on climate change.
You can learn all about Earth Hour, how to participate and all about human driven climate change on this site: www.earthhour.org/
For older readers who want to learn more about Ojibway heritage.
Manitous lived in human form among the Ojibway in the early days, after Kitchi-Manitou (the Great Mystery) created all things and Muzzu-Kummik-Quae (Mother Earth) revealed the natural order of the world. With depth and humor, Johnston tells how lasting tradition was brought to the Ojibway by four half-human brothers, including Nana'b'oozoo, the beloved archetypal being who means well but often blunders.
The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibway by Basil Johnston Amazon.ca
Nate loves aliens and he really wants to wear an alien costume for Purim, but his friends are all dressing as superheroes and he wants to fit in. What will he do? With the help of his two dads he makes a surprising decision.
The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner Amazon.ca
IT'S TIME FOR HOLI! Helps children gain an understanding of the Indian culture by learning more about Holi, the festival of colors. This story begins during the winter season, with a boy who is anxiously waiting for spring and the celebration of Holi to begin. When Holi day finally arrives, he can't wait to celebrate. He decides to use his colored powders-- before his family and friends arrive!
It’s Time for Holi! By Amita Roy Shah Amazon.ca
Through simple, melodic rhymes, this book intends to teach the meaning, purpose, and spiritual atmosphere the Fast and Naw-Rúz creates around the world.
Observing the Fast and Celebrating Naw-Ruz Around the World by Melissa Lopez Charepoo Amazon.ca
With an informative text and glorious illustrations, this book explains both how and why people all over the world celebrate Easter. It tells the biblical story of Jesus’ Resurrection and then describes how people honor this day and the origins of these traditions
The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher Amazon.ca
Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus sparking the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance In this straightforward compelling autobiography Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it Her dedication is inspiring her story is unforgettable The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman’s voice makes these compelling events even more moving and dramatic
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins Amazon.ca
A girl who spoke out against her government for the rights of aboriginal children, a boy who walked across his country to raise awareness of homelessness, and a former child soldier who wants to make music not war. Here are true stories of kids just like you who are standing up for their rights.
Our Rights: How kids are changing the world by Janet Wilson Amazon.ca
In this lush, acclaimed book, award-winning author-illustrator Kadir Nelson tells the story of global icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela in poignant free verse and glorious illustrations.
It is the story of a young boy's determination to change South Africa, and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country. Mandela believed in equality for all people, no matter the color of their skin. Readers will be inspired by Mandela's triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.
Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson Amazon.ca
In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. Karen Barbour's dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us.
Let’s Talk about Race by Julius Lester Amazon.ca
With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.
The Earth Book by Todd Parr Amazon.ca
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and The Trees of Kenya is a fictionalized account of the early childhood of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, Dr. Wangari Maathai and her work to stop deforestization in the East African country of Kenya. In brief, poetic lines that have a folktale tone, Napoli describes how “wise Wangari” helped Kenyan village women solve problems from hunger to dirty water with the same solution: “Plant a tree.”
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli Amazon.ca
Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person's actions really can make a difference in our world.
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul Amazon.ca
Like it or not, global warming is a hot topic, and it will affect the younger generation the most. So why not turn to the teacher kids like the most, Ms. Frizzle! Only the Friz can boil all the hoopla down to the scientific facts in a fun and informative way.
The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen Amazon.ca