After the fun activities of October, November often brings a reflective and quieter time. We Day and Remembrance Day remind us to think about those around us - close, far, now and in the past- and the significance of small and large acts of kindness, generousity and even sacrifice.
Every year my family goes to visit the Field of Crosses Memorial Project on Memorial Drive. It has become a poignant activity for my own children and me, to reflect on the freedoms and responsibilities they have as young Canadians. “Over 3400 crosses are placed along Calgary’s Memorial Drive from November 1-11 each year. Each cross memorializes an individual soldier from Southern Alberta who made the ultimate sacrifice during active duty protecting our country”
(taken from: https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/)
“I love this country. I love my idea of this country.” — Gord Downie, 2012
Remembrance Day Ceremony
On November 10th, at 10:45am Connaught School will be recognizing Remembrance Day with a ceremony. During the ceremony students will share their learnings about peace and Canada. We will also share a famous Canadian poem called "In Flanders Fields" (John McCrae), as well as have a bag piper to play the 'The Last Post". This ceremony is solemn and reflective as we consider the sacrifices of people around the world in pursuit of freedom, as well as joyful and grateful for the freedoms we experience in Canada. Families are welcome to join us.
Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 2.3 million Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 118,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace. (retrieved from: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/a-day-of-remembrance/r_intro).
Our grade 3/4's and 5/6's all participated in We Day this week - whether at the formal event at the Saddledome or our own Connaught We Day. Students were exposed to incredible life stories and significant world issues. They were encouraged to 'be the change' and to find the 'I' in 'We'. This spirit, a commitment to making the world better, is a commitment the staff and students of Connaught School take very seriously. We believe it begins in the daily, one on one interactions we have with one another, caring for our community and country and for those far, far away from us.
Please ensure your child(ren) come to school with appropriate clothing for all types of weather. Outside time and fresh air is critical for student well-being and learning. There are very few days each year (if any) that the weather is so bad that students are kept in.