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Principal's Message

May 1

​​Hello SJAMmers,​​
There is a buzz in the building as students and staff prepare for our first SJAM dance since March  2020.  Our Leadership students are selling tickets at lunch and after school along with creating some fantastic tropical art work in the front foyer.  The upcoming week has other significant and important events as Ramadan concludes and Eid al-Fitr is celebrated starting on Monday, May 2.  Wednesday, May 4th is Hats On for Mental Health Day part of Mental Health Week. Students are encouraged to show their support for mental health awareness by wearing a hat.  Red Dress Day is on Thursday, May 5 to honour missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across Canada.   Please wear red to show your support!Upcoming Events:Monday, May 2  (Block 7 Start):  AM Grade 9 Badminton / PM Grade 7 BadmintonTuesday, May 3  (Block 6 Start):  PM Grade 8 Badminton  Wednesday, May 4 (Block 5 Start):  AM Grade 7 Badminton / PM Grade 9 BadmintonHats on for Mental Health DayThursday, May 5 (Block 4 Start):  AM Grade 8 Badminton - Red Dress Day -  School Dance (4:30 pm -7:00pm)                         Friday, May 6 (Block 3 Start):    AM Fit Club Red Dress Day The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and 2SLGBTQQIA is May 5th and also referred to as Red Dress Day. Each year we honour those that are no longer with us by wearing a red dress, red shirt, or red ribbon. Some of Mr. Crossman’s classes are working on a display of red dresses around SJAM school to bring more awareness to this crisis. The leadership classes are creating many displays to share information and making red ribbons for students that don’t have red. Lesson plan ideas will be shared with teachers to use during the week.  Red Dress Day began in 2010 by Jaimie Black, a Métis artist from Winnipeg. Her art installation of red dresses has appeared all over Canada and in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian Museum. Read more about it in this  video.The inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls began in August of 2016 and concluded in June, 2019. Almost 2400 people participated in the inquiry. There were 1484 family members and survivors who provided testimony from sea to sea to sea. It was determined that the history of colonization and the attacks on culture through Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop and other discriminatory practices were a starting point for violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls is a synopsis of almost three years of investigation. We challenge all Canadians to become informed about this crisis and how to put an end to this violence. We can all play a part.  Start by reading the first chapter entitled “Centering Relationships to End Violence” here. Grade 9 Indigenous Transition Ceremonies - April 29thEach year as part of the holistic transition of Grade 9 Indigenous students to high school, the Indigenous Education Team arranges for Elders and Knowledge Keepers to conduct ceremonies that mark the passage of one stage of life to another. This year we were able to have a combination of virtual and in-person ceremonies at SJAM. Elder Kerrie Moore conducted a virtual Grandmother Tea ceremony. Hal Eagletail of the Tsuut’ina Nation held a virtual Pipe Ceremony and Dr. Albert Mcleod, Cree/Métis Two-Spirit Elder hosted the third ceremony for students who invited a parent, grandparent, auntie,uncle or another important adult to support them. We hosted two in-person ceremonies at SJAM and several more students joined virtually. We were also fortunate to have three generations represented at  the Grandmother Tea ceremony. Ay hay Elder Kerrie and Elder Albert. Siyasgaas Hal! Hand to heart for your teachings today. Melissa’s CornerAs the end of the school year approaches we start to think about students moving forward.  It brings the opportunity for us all to review the year and look for growth and celebrate successes.    Did you try a new club, activity or option this year?  We have had students out on field trips for band camp, outdoor education (climbing, snow shoeing, skiing, canoeing, to name a few) and there are upcoming things like Drama Club and trips to the Zoo, for example.  Will you be attending your first dance (coming up on May 5th!), contributing to the Art Show, performing in an upcoming band concert, or sports tournament for the opportunity to take part?  Maybe you are working hard to keep up with assignments, preparing for PATs or working to catch up after an illness or absence.  These experiences may cause moments of stress and worry but challenges that lead to growth often do - keep breathing and keep trying.  Remember, trying new things, taking risks, and asking for help all take courage but can lead to joy and feelings of accomplishment - something we all deserve.  STUCO Newsletter This Week’s Past Events!There was no fit club on Monday and there will continue to be no fit club on Monday until the badminton season is over. Fridays are still on though! Feel free to come by and join us! Upcoming!Next week starts with a block 7This weekend is the deadline to complete the Spring Fling Fitness Challenge.  Submission checklists with a parent signature are to be handed in to Mr. Jones May 2nd-5th.Our track and field try-outs are beginning next week. Schedules will be posted in the school and on our website.   We look forward to a great month of activity.Our dance is scheduled for May 5th!Our theme is Tropical/Beach, get ready to get your groove on!Tickets are being sold for $2 in the foyer during lunch and after school! The last day to get your tickets is Tuesday. WEEKLY QUOTE“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face; You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”-Eleanor Roosevelt Thanks for reading everyone! See you next week! - JemieWe hope you are having a great weekend and Eid Mubarak everyone!Darren, Andrea & Cat

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Sir John A. Macdonald School

6600 4 St NW Calgary, AB, T2K 1C2
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Principal
Catherine Gammell
Assistant Principal
Andrea Byrne
Education Director
Tori Healing
Trustee
Laura Hack

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07-09
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