EMJ students and staff joined other Canadians this week to recognize Anti-Bullying Day, also known as 'Pink Shirt' day. This day was inspired by two high school students who organized their student body to wear pink in support of a boy in their school who was bullied for wearing pink.
Throughout the week EMJ classes discussed, wrote about, and created art to bring awareness about healthy relationships and bullying prevention. Building healthy relationships is one of the best ways to create safe environments and prevent bullying. This week is also an important reminder that we all have the right to a welcoming, caring, respectful, safe and inclusive learning environment.
A key conversation point in classrooms has been, 'What is a bullying?'. It is an important distinction to make, because not all behaviours are bullying and we want to explicitly teach our students how to respond to different experiences as a lifelong social skill. When students are feeling concerned or worried about something that has or is happening, we support them to talk with their classroom teacher and administration as a first step. We know students are all learning, and together we can help every student grow into a successful and caring adult.
The chart below explains the difference between bullying, mean, rude and conflict. It is a helpful tool to support students and staff to use specific language to explain what they are feeling and what has happened. Many of our classes regularly use this as a conversation guide to help understand conflict between peers. It is just one part of EMJ's on-going work towards supporting student well-being and building students' social-emotional learning skills.
The Calgary Board of Education is strongly committed to advancing equity and anti-racism within the school system through the work of CBE CARES (Collaboration for Anti-Racism and Equity Supports. We have system-wide Bullying Prevention regulations and community partnerships that support us to ensure EMJ is a welcoming, safe and caring place for all of our students, staff and families.
Parents can also help. Some suggestions are: listen to your child and offer support, be a positive role model to teach and reinforce good choices, set consequences for unacceptable behaviours, and get involved in your child's learning community to support a safe and caring school environment.
If you are concerned about bullying, please know we are here to support you. As the wise African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child". We are so thankful that EMJ is such a place and we will continue to actively work towards ensuring we are a caring, safe, respectful and inclusive learning environment.
Upcoming Dates to Note:
- March 5 - Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am through PowerSchool
- March 8 - School Council Meeting
- March 10 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
- March 10 - Pick up 'Fill Your Freezer' orders between 4:30 and 7:00 pm
- March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
- March 18 - Last Day of Classes
- March 28 – Classes Resume
- April 2 - World Autism Day
- April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting
- April 15 - No School - Good Friday
- April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day
- April 22 - Class Photos
- May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health
- May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
- May 10 - School Council Meeting
- May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
- May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
- May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day
- May 23 - No School - Victoria Day
- June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
- June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am)
- June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am)
- June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
- June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)
- June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)
- June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
- June 28 - Last day of classes
- June 29 - Appeals day
- June 30 - Staff Organizational Day