March 18-22, 2019

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To all our students, families, community partners and staff, we hope that you had a wonderful and restful break with your loved ones! We are looking forward to continuing our work with each of you and moving through our journey of learning together.

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

March 18- Mindfulness Monday!

March 21- Faith Day: Naw Ruz

March 21- Faith Day: Holi

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

March 27- FDK Water Presentation

March 27- School Council Family Badminton Night!

March 28- Black History/African Heritage Fair

A Closer Look

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Naw Ruz (“New Day”) is the Baha’i and Iranian new year, which falls on the date of the vernal (spring) equinox and symbolizes the renewal of the world after winter.

For most Iranians, Naw Ruz is the first day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar year. Since ancient times, it has been the great national holiday of Iran, the only holiday celebrated by more than one religious group. During this day people join in making a fresh start, full of joy and hope for the coming year. Families and friends may gather at a celebratory dinner wearing new clothes and offering gifts to the children present. The table is decorated with fruit, coloured eggs, sweets, as well as symbolic objects such as holy book and a mirror.

The festival embodies a wealth of ancient rites and customs, and is part of the traditions of various groups. Naw Ruz is celebrated where ever Iranian culture has spread, particularly among the Zoroastrians of India, as well as amongst some of the peoples of Afghanistan, India, Syria and Turkey.

For people of the Baha’i faith, Naw Ruz is the “Day of God.” Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i tradition, declared this day to be one of feasting following a religious fast. Naw Ruz is one of the nine Baha’i holy days on which work is to be suspended. The day is often marked by prayer and celebration.

We extend best wishes to all staff, students, and community members celebrating Naw Ruz.

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Holi, the Hindu “Festival of Colours,” is an important annual Hindu festival celebrating the beginning of spring.

There are quite a few diverse accounts as to the mythical origins of Holi, but it is primarily considered both a festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil and devotion over ambition, as well as a rural and agricultural festival of fertility.

Holi is traditionally known as the “festival of colour” because the sprinkling of coloured powder (called abeer or gulal) is a major component of the celebrations. Water balloons containing gulal are tossed at friends and neighbours in the spirit of fun, and Indian drums (dhola) and songs often accompany the festivities.

Holi is usually celebrated with a great deal of zest and verve, as it is a time to remember the brightness and splendour of living, and a time to spread joy, colour and love.

Best wishes for a festive and happy Holi.

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On March 28th, our students will have an opportunity to showcase all of the rich learning that has been taking place in classrooms around the past, present and future of Black History/African Heritage. Our staff and students have been highly engaged in learning and recognizing the trials, tribulations, honours and rich contributions, both historic and present of our Black/African Heritage communities.

At this event, students will visit, in a gallery style walkthrough, each others’ projects, activities and learning journeys they have engaged in thus far.