Jan 29, 2024 Parent Update

Posted January 29, 2024

Jan 29, 2024

Good afternoon RCPS families,

We hope this email finds you well and enjoying the sunshine today!

Please see the attached newsletter for February. This month we have our upcoming  Black History/Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month, National sweater day, Valentine’s Day, and a Dance-a-thon fundraiser to raise funds for our music program and gr 8 graduation as well as other events.  Staff are also working hard on report card writing for term 1 reports which will be available on the portal on Feb 15th.

RCPS February Newsletter 2024.pdf

Tuesday Jan 30th: 

Our grade 6 students are attending Camp Brebeuf all day tomorrow and parents will be picking up students in the evening. A teacher will be picking up pitas and smoothies.

Our grade 7 students will be attending the River Run performance in the afternoon. Pitas and smoothies can be picked up at the end of the day by students and will be in the fridge.

We are in need of another parent supervisor who has their Vulnerable Sector Screening if you are able to attend, please contact the school. See the information below regarding the performance.

A multimedia performance celebrating cultural diversity: Experience an exciting collaboration between award-winning First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and three-time JUNO nominees and Canadian Folk Music Award winners, Sultans of String. From Métis fiddling to an East Coast kitchen party, diversity comes together in meaningful music. This project honours the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, asking Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to work together, to show a path forward.

Thursday, Feb 1st we have sweater day. We will be lowering the temperature by a few degrees to raise awareness about the environment. Wear a warm sweater or sweatshirt!

We also have our Grade 8 Grad photos being taken on Feb 1st.

February is Black Heritage/Black Brilliance and Black Futures month. Every year Canadians are invited to take part in the festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present, during Black History Month.  Black History Month exists to remind us of all of the rich contributions within our society from people of African and Caribbean descent, and of their ongoing struggle for equity and social justice. This is a time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much  to  make  Canada  the  culturally  diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know today. It is also an opportunity for the majority of Canadians to learn about the experiences of black Canadians in our society, and the vital role this community has  played  throughout  our  shared history.

We have booked a presentation for students in grades 4-8 on Friday, Feb 9th with Tracy Cain to educate students about Canadian Black history. Please see the information below for more details.

Tracy Cain  https://tracylcain.ca/speaking/

“As a 5th generation Black Canadian, uncovering this rich Canadian history is my passion. My presentation celebrates my ancestors’ stories on coming to Canada, by way of the Underground Railroad. Drawing on more than 200 years of Family history, I will educate you about the journey, secret codes and songs used. You will learn more about Black Canadian Pioneers’ resilience and tenacity to seek out freedom plus the sacrifices and contributions they made to help develop communities throughout Ontario.” Tracy Cain



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