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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day


Orange Shirt Day  started in 2013. It was designed to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada. It is held annually on September 30 in Canadian communities with students and staff being encouraged to wear an orange shirt to school that day.
 
At Edgemont we want our community to know that we are actively weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing into our students’ learning throughout the year. We will continue to share our work at School Council meetings, on our website, in our Tweets and on our bulletin boards so that families see the depth of the thinking and the work that we are engaging in as a staff and a whole school.
Over the years, Edgemont staff has discussed when it is age-appropriate to engage young children about residential schools and we determined that a good starting point would be in Grade 3 as part of the work on global citizenship and the United Nations Rights of a Child.  Teachers felt that this work was best incorporated into the work later in the year so that they had time to lay a strong foundation (carried forward from K to 2) about the strengths of our Indigenous People. The “big ideas” for K to 2 are:
Kindergarten:  Being Together
 
Grade 1:  Citizenship:  Belonging and Connecting
 
Grade 2:  Communities in Canada.
 
We have chosen some picture books and storybooks to begin the conversation residential schools.  Our focus on diversity in our school, community and world allows us to help our children appreciate the rich heritage, unique traditions, and the contributions of Indigenous people, from a strength based perspective.

We know that these discussions may cause different reactions for different children, depending on their own circumstances and level of awareness.  Before these formal lessons our staff are prepared to discuss plans with individuals or as situations arise.
We fully understand that families may choose to take up conversations around residential schools with their children and we know that you will take up these discussions in ways that are best for your particular children.  Every year Orange Shirt Day is on September 30th . Staff and students may choose to wear an orange shirt on Monday to recognize and support that Every Child Matters.


On Tuesday October 1st, we will be joining Elder Randy Bottle for a day of Learning on the Land. Kindergarten (pm) - grade 2 students will connect with Randy on site,  and ou​r grade 3 – 5 students will join him on Nose Hill for a walking field trip. We appreciate your support as we take up this important work with your children and we are excited about the possibilities of building further understanding over the course of the upcoming school year.
Lori Holford, Principal

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RT @GradeOneRm7: We read the Thankful Book by Todd Par. Our class created Thanksgiving cards for the staff here at Edgemont to Thank them for the work they do. On Thursday, we went around the school with our special deliveries. https://t.co/jkj7AhRPMq

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Edgemont School

55 Edgevalley Cir NW Calgary, AB, T3A 4X1
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School Contacts

Principal
Ms Lori Holford
Assistant Principal
Mr Bill Quinney
Education Director
Mrs Prem Randhawa
Trustee
Althea Adams

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Grades
K-05
Enrolment
683
Programs
Regular
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Morning Start
9:10 AM
Dismissal
3:50 PM
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