We are looking forward to our last Character Assembly of the year tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. Thank you to Mr. Clark's 2/3 class for hosting this assembly. Parents and family members are welcome to attend. The character trait for this month is "Optimism". Throughout the year we have been explicitly teaching our students to have a growth mindset and with this mindset optimism goes hand and hand. We maintain our optimism when we learn new things without becoming discouraged. Being optimistic means we believe in ourselves and our ability to learn, grow and be happy. That's a fantastic mentality to have! Thanks to all our students and staff who demonstrate this character trait every day and congratulations to those who will be receiving recognition tomorrow.
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