Sep 02
September 2, 2022

We are already at the end of our first week of school. It was wonderful to see all the children arriving at school for their first day of school for the 2022-2023 school year. It was a delight to have the opportunity to visit all classrooms for the first time and touch base with our students. Our staff has worked diligently to support everyone in their transitions back to school and ensure a safe, caring and welcome space for all. Below, you will find a few pieces of information which will continue to support the student experience at Marion Carson School.

Food in Classrooms

At Marion Carson School we love to celebrate the special occasions that occur throughout the year. Due to the various dietary needs within our classrooms, families are asked to speak to their child’s teacher prior to sending any edible treats to school.

Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Cake Festival)

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is one of the most important traditional festivals in Chinese culture. Chinese people have been celebrating this festival over 3,000 years. This year, the festival is on Saturday September 10th, 2022 with a full moon at night. At Marion Carson School, we will celebrate on Friday September 9th.  We encourage you to ask your child(ren) about their learnings.

Some information about this festival shared by our Mandarin Bilingual Program teachers. On this day, Chinese people believe that the Moon is at its brightest and fullest size, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of Autumn. Chinese people celebrate it by gathering for dinners, worshiping the moon, lighting paper lanterns, eating mooncakes, etc. There are also a lot of legends about this festival, such as Chang E flying to the moon, Wu Gang and the cherry tree, and the Jade Rabbit. 

The Chinese lunar calendar is the traditional calendar which has a history of approximately 3000 years. In the Chinese lunar calendar, days begin and end at midnight, and months begin on the day of the new moon. Years start on the second (or third) new moon after the winter solstice, and one year consists of 24 solar terms, which were created by farmers in ancient China to guide the agricultural affairs and farming activities based on the sun's position in the zodiac. The 24 solar terms reflect the changes in climate, natural phenomena, agricultural production, and other aspects of human life, including clothing, food, housing, and transportation. The 24 solar terms are still playing important roles and having greatly influenced people's basic needs in life nowadays. The length of a month is annotated as either big for months with 30 days or small for months with 29 days). This calendar governs holidays and festivals in China, such as the Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, etc.  

New Absence Code

As part of CBE’s commitment to “acknowledge and support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action” (CBE Education Plan, 2021-24), a new attendance code has been introduced for the 2022/2023 school year. The new Cultural-Spiritual-Ceremonial (CSC) attendance code offers an excused absence from school to recognize and support Indigenous cultural revitalization for CBE students who self-identify as Indigenous, and their families. Many Indigenous students and families rely on their Indigenous culture, spirituality, and ceremony to support their health and well-being. This includes the right to traditional hunting and gathering experiences.  

While the CBE has introduced the CSC code as an act of reconciliation, the code can be accessed for all students and is intended to support participation in cultural, spiritual or ceremonial events. CBE recognizes that these activities may not be considered by many families as a Religious Holiday (RH), and the inclusion of the CSC code will allow for a more inclusive response to reporting these absences. The RH code will remain available when this more appropriately captures the reason for absence. 






Student is absent to participate in a cultural, spiritual or ceremonial event. 

A Message from School Council

Our casino is quickly approaching, and we need many volunteers for November 9th and 10th!


Choose a day: Wednesday Nov 9 or Thursday Nov 10 or both

Choose a shift: 11:00am - 7pm, 630pm - 3:30am, 11:00pm - 3:30am or any combination of (multiple shifts are welcome, as long as in the same position) 

Contact Information: Email and phone number to text

Sign-up Genius. CLICK HERE.

Once you respond/sign up, you will be sent a Volunteer Application Form to complete. Our paperwork and volunteer forms need to be filed with AGLC at the beginning of September to ensure we secure our casino. Each person will then be assigned a role (list of potential responsibilities will be sent out at a later date). Training will be provided, so don't worry if you've never done it before! 

We are in need of a minimum of 40 volunteers. If we cannot provide the minimum number of volunteers at our event, we will not be able to host our casino and will unlikely be unable to host another one in the future; negating thousands of dollars available to the school. 

In the past, casinos have raised approximately $70,000 for Marion Carson for 2 years and funds will be used to further student learning.  No experience or security clearance necessary! Please ask grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends and neighbours! Food and beverage is complementary and it's a great way to meet others in our school community! 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Casino Coordinator Vanesse Loke at

Thank you in advance for your time and support in furthering student learning at Marion Carson. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future!

Vanesse Loke 

Marion Carson Casino Coordinator

Important Dates:

Sept. 5, 2022: No School

Sept. 9, 2022: Mid-Autumn Festival In-School Celebrations


Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School​


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