Week of January 27th (Updated)

Dear Courcelette Families,

I sincerely hope you have been receiving e-mail updates from the school board regarding the current labour negotiations. If you have not, please contact the office to ensure we have your most current e-mail address. In order to stay up to date with current information please go to: TDSB website

Today it was announced that should an agreement not be reached by January 31st, there will be strike action on February 6th & 7th. For further information please check the link provided.

As such, we have made some changes to upcoming events and dates.

    The House Leaders Meeting is cancelled for this week.

  • Friday, January 31st: It’s Backwards Day! Collect team spirit points by simply wearing your shirt backwards or a hat backwards. As well it’s Pizza Lunch.
  • Wednesday, February 5th: We’ve managed to reschedule our Lantern Festival & Valentine’s Day Dance for this day.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families a Happy Lunar New Year!

The Lantern Festival encompasses many different kinds of lanterns, varying from region to region in China. Students have been hard at work beginning their lantern creations which will be proudly displayed around the school. In addition, classes have been making lions and dragons for dancing.More pictures to come.

Speaking of significant events, today marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day. To mark this date, Chapters-Indigo donated copies of the book, “Hana’s Suit Case” to all schools, one copy for each Grade 6 student. Today, Mr. Moore and Ms. Panksep’s classes joined a live webcast where we listened to speeches by Mayor John Tory and school board officials. Following that, the family of Hana Brady who died in the concentration camps shared artifacts from her life, including drawings and documents. We were also very fortunate to view first hand documents shared by a student of their relative’s Certificate of Liberation from Dachau. Thank you everyone for coming together to learn and commemorate this significant date.


Lastly, like everyone else I was shocked to hear of the passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and their travel companions who were parents, coaches, athletes, and children. As I read on one post, “Leaving your home and getting back safely is such an underrated blessing.”

So be safe everyone, be kind, and take care of each other.

Ms. Gillan

PS Tomorrow is the last day for Lost & Found. Is any of this supposed to be in your home? Lost mittens, hats, neck warmers, and some snow pants!

Lost & Found




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