Our students made us proud at our Remembrance Day Assembly. Thank you to our special guest, Lieutenant Colonel Griswold who is also a parent and member of our school community for sharing his experiences in the army and speaking to us about Canada's peace keeping role in the world. We were impressed with the voices of our Glee Club as well as the dramatic performances from several classes. All our students showed respect and understood the seriousness of the assembly as we commemorated our veterans. They made connections to their own conflict resolution skills and how important it is to live with these values both at school and in the outside world. Thank you to all.
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