October 28, 2022 - A Fun and Safe Halloween, Report Cards, November is Holocaust Education Month, and more.

October 28, 2022 - A Fun and Safe Halloween, Report Cards, November is Holocaust Education Month, and more.
Posted on 10/28/2022

Hello Students, 

A Fun and Safe Halloween

Monday, October 31st is Halloween. Your school might choose to mark this date in a variety of ways, though students are not required to wear a costume or participate in Halloween activities. If you do choose to dress up, please remember that a culture is not a costume: 

  • Avoid costumes that mimic the traditional attire of an ethnic, religious, racial or gender group. Pretending to be a member of a group is cultural appropriation and sends the message that cultural attire is a ‘costume’ to be donned for entertainment purposes. 
  • Avoid costumes that are intended to, or have the impact of, inciting fear and anxiety, stereotyping, misrepresenting or making fun of an ethnic, religious, racial or gender group. 

Report Cards 

In November, report cards will be sent by email to parents, guardians, and students in grades 7-12. Secondary report cards will be sent Wednesday, November 23, 2022. You will need your Ontario Education Number (OEN) to access the report card. Learn more about how to find out what your OEN is and how to use it to open your report card.

November is Holocaust Education Month 

Holocaust Education Month is an important opportunity for students, staff, and families to learn more about the history and impact of the Holocaust. We have an individual and collective duty to understand the Holocaust and to educate, prevent, challenge and address antisemitism in all its forms. Educating students about the Holocaust, equipping staff members with helpful resources and lessons, and sharing additional information with families is an important part of this responsibility. Please visit our website to learn more, and for additional resources and event information. 

Hindu Heritage Month

November is Hindu Heritage Month, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the important social, political, economic, and cultural contributions Hindu Canadians have made in Ontario, and to educate future generations about Hindu Canadians.

Treaties Recognition Week 

Each November, Treaties Recognition Week provides an opportunity for everyone in Ontario to learn more about and recognize the importance of treaty rights and relationships. Treaties Recognition Week is November 6-12, 2022.

School News

Through the OCDSB's International Certificate Program (ICP), secondary students are learning about the world and growing as intercultural ambassadors. Read about the ICP and what students have had to say about their experience.

Recently, Glebe Collegiate Institute brought together current and former students and staff for a weekend of activities marking the school’s 100th anniversary. Take a look at the celebrations!

In case you missed it…

Take Our Kids to Work Day: On November 2, Take Our Kids to Work will give grade nine students the opportunity to shadow a parent or family friend at work for a day. If you do not visit a workplace and remain in school for the day, you will still have opportunities in class to explore various job and career options. 

November 9: Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Road Trip - Transforming Cultures for Students, Staff and Families: The OCDSB is hosting a special event to reflect on how far we’ve come and where we need to go to fulfill our commitments to Indigenous education, equity and human rights. On November 9 we will launch our “Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Road Trip” with an event for students, families and staff at Woodroffe High School. Learn more and register. 

Applications for Ontario Colleges and Universities: A reminder that applications for Ontario colleges and universities are open, with important deadlines coming up throughout the fall and winter. Check out ontariocolleges.ca and the Ontario Universities Application Centre online to learn how and when to apply.

Thank you, 

Camille Williams-Taylor

Director of Education 

 

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