Dear QES Parents and Guardians,
In keeping with our commitment to partner with you on matters of importance, I am writing to advise you of important discussions being held with students over the course of this week and throughout the month of June. The recent news of the tragic discovery of the burial site at The Kamloops Residential School prompted many questions by students and provided an opportunity to help students understand the issues and build compassion for one another.
Queen Elizabeth School students will be given an opportunity to discuss and explore issues connected to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, and provided opportunities to share their thoughts, feelings, and reactions. This discussion includes understanding the significance of National Indigenous History month, flags being flown at half-mast across the country and Orange Shirt Day. As a school committed to teaching care and compassion, the students will be discussing what actions they can take in support of the children, families and communities suffering this tragedy. This week, as one small way to acknowledge our commitment, we wore orange.
Throughout the coming month, we encourage you to answer your child's questions in an open and honest manner and within the context of your families' beliefs and values. As a school, and a member of the larger Calgary Board of Education community, we are committed to fostering a safe, caring, and welcoming learning environment for all students. We are also committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action for a better Canada for all of us.
Please contact the main office at 403-777-6789, if you have any questions regarding these conversations, or if you or your family require any additional supports.