Dear Families, Westminster’s Equity Team is excited to host our annual Literacy Event taking place on January 31st, 2018 between 10:35 am and 12:15pm. We invite you to join us for this curriculum connected event which will emphasize equity, well-being and identity through the art of storytelling. It will begin with a whole school assembly followed by a collaborative task with another class in the school. We ask that your child bring in an item prior to the event that represents their identity that they can share the story of. This artifact can represent anything that your child identifies as being important (i.e.: something that reflects your family's culture, such as a blanket or toy handmade by a family member, or perhaps a special piece of art). Homeroom teachers have created a place in their classroom for these artifacts to be safely displayed and celebrated. We ask that artifacts that are valuable or have special sentimental value are shared through the use of a photograph. You can support your child by discussing the story of their selected artifact. The following questions may be helpful in starting this discussion: -What is the artifact? -Why is it important to you? -Is it important to other people (e.g. our family)? Why? -Why was it selected? -What does it represent? -What questions might others have about the artifact? -What do you know/not know about it? We hope that you will allow the artifact to remain in your child’s classroom for a period of time after the event to be used for further learning. It is recommended that artifacts be clearly labelled with your child’s name and teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher or the school if you have any questions about the event. It would be helpful for your child to practise "presenting" their artifact to you as an audience member. And remember, all families are welcome to attend our event! We look forward to seeing you on the 31st at 10:45 a.m.!
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