Term 2 report cards will be sent home on Thursday, February 15th. Taking time to review your child's report card with them is a great way to help your child celebrate their successes, and to set goals for Term 2. Questions that can support this reflection and goal-setting could include: 1) What learning skill or work habit were you most successful in demonstrating in Term 1? 2) What learning skills or work habit will you work on improving in Term 2? How will you show that improvement (e.g., Completing tasks on time and with effort? Reviewing learning goals and success criteria for assignments? Participating (more) in class conversations? Actively listening to teachers and peers and sharing key ideas heard at home? Reviewing homework at home? Using the agenda? Setting time aside to review key concepts each weekend?)? 3) What subject area did you most enjoy learning about this term? What do you want to know more about? 4) What subject area do you think you could improve in? Why? How will you improve (see ideas in #2)? 5) What are you most proud of as a learner? 6) How can your family help you to meet your goals? You child's teacher is happy to support you and your child in these conversations as well.
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