Tomorrow Constable Kerry from the York Region Police will be coming to speak to our grade 7 and 8 students as part of the VIP program, Values, Influences and Peers. This program is run every year in all York Region schools in grade 6, 7 and 8. Police officers visit our schools to discuss relevant issues such as the health dangers of drugs, alcohol and smoking as well as the importance of internet safety and bullying prevention. Cyber-bullying and internet safety is a topic that always needs reinforcing as our children become more and more digitally dependent. We thank our community partners from the York Region Police Department for helping us keep our students safe through awareness and education.
January 1 marks the New Year in the Gregorian calendar, and is celebrated by many communities world-wide. Korean New Year was originally a lunar festival, called Son-nal, held at the beginning of the second new moon after the winter solstice (December 21 or 22). Nowadays, New Year's is often celebrated on the solar New Year, January 1st. Many Korean families use this day to honor ancestors, have special food, and play traditional games. Oshogatsu (January 1-3) is an important festival for many Japanese people. Some gather with friends and families to say good-bye to the old year at forgetting parties. They also say hello to the New Year. Many Japanese, some of whom practice Shintoism, welcome in the New Year with prayers for renewal of hearts, good health, and prosperity. In North America, January 1 has become a day for Buddhists of all schools to attend a special service in the local temple. For many people, New Year's Eve is a secular holiday and has become an occasion fo