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Showing posts from December, 2018

New Year's Day

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


Kwanzaa is a cultural observance created in 1966 to celebrate African inspired traditional values and African American ancestry and heritage. Kwanzaa ("first fruits of the harvest" in Swahili) is being observed by increasing numbers of African Canadian families. On each day of the week during Kwanzaa, a candle is lit in a seven-branched candelabrum called a kinara, to represent one of the seven principles celebrated during Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Children often receive educational and cultural gifts, and the week may end with a great feast - the Kwanzaa Karamu - followed by dance, music and readings.


December 25 is Christmas for most Christians in the West. Some Orthodox Churches, such as the Ukrainian Church, follow the Julian calendar and will celebrate Christmas on January 7. For Christians, Christmas is a joyous religious celebration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Christians recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, the Son of God, and accept him as their Saviour and Lord. Western Christianity celebrates Christmas on December 25 following the Gregorian calendar. Some followers of Eastern Christian churches follow the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas in early January. Christmas has a long tradition of gift giving which originates with the New Testament account of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to the newborn baby. Many Christians acknowledge this aspect of Christmas on January 6th, or the Day of the Three Kings. Christmas has also become a secular holiday enjoyed my many non-Christians. Many celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts, singing, visiting with family

Lunchbox Orders - Program Cancelled

Dear Parents, This is to inform you that due to low student enrollment in LunchBox orders we have to cancel this program for the rest of the school year.  The week of December 17th to 21st will be the last week you can place your orders.   If you have any other suggestions in any other lunch programs please let us know. Thank you, WPS School Council   

Support our School through FlipGive!

Dear Parents This year we want to make our fundraising efforts for Westminster Public School a lot easier by using a service called FlipGive. With FlipGive we can ask for donations, shop online with popular brands like Walmart, Apple, Under Armour or buy gift cards to restaurants and our School will earn cash! You can check their website here: THEN......Join our School now using our invite code GG4WDH in one of 2 ways: 1. Download the FlipGive app at 2. Join online at Remember to use FlipGive before you shop online so we'll earn cash back. If you make a purchase in the next 7 days our school will receive a $5 bonus! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! School Council

Crossing Guard Needed!

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) The City of Vaughan is hiring School Crossing Guards. Currently there is vacancy at Westminster Public School (Milner Gate and Mullen Drive“L-Shape” North and East Sides).   As you can imagine, the safety of children is paramount, and the community is urgently feeling the impact of the vacancies. The program typically runs from September to June each year. Guards are required to work 2 or 3 shifts per day (lunch hour coverage may be required at limited locations). Guards are paid for a minimum of 3 hours per day. The rate of pay as of January 1, 2018 is $14.00 per hour, to be $15.00 per hours as of January 1, 2019. Those travelling farther than 5km receive a flat rate of $4.00 per day for travel (to be increased to $6.00 in January 2019). Full training on proper procedure and health and safety matters, as well as proper attire and equipment are provided for all Crossing Guards. Anyone wishing to apply should be able to speak some English,

Chanukah Begins - December 2

Chanukah, the Jewish "Festival of Lights," also known as the "Feast of Dedication," begins at sunset. In Judaism, Chanukah is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the victory of Judah the Maccabee for religious freedom and rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C.E. and to celebrate the power of God and the faithfulness of Israel. During the celebration, the eight candles of the menorah, the Chanukah lamp, are lit one day at a time. Card-playing is traditionally associated with the festival, as is spinning the dreidel (a spinning top). Schools will be acknowledging the festival through a variety of activities that promote learning and understanding for all students. We join you in wishing students, staff and members of the community who will be lighting the menorah in their homes a joyful time of sharing.

Bathurst Clark Resource Library 25th Anniversary