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Weaving Threads of Connection and Courage

December is a time of year where people around the world are engaged in ceremony.  These ceremonies take many forms; they are borne outward as prayers, songs or acts.  Humankind shares deep and resonant yearnings for connection with the cosmos, with spirituality, with community and with the planet.  Every culture shares an origin that is rooted in traditions and past lived experiences.  Most cultures have traditions rooted in gratefulness and thankfulness.  The Winter Holiday Season may have religious roots for most, however, for some people, it does not.  Regardless of faith, this time of year is a time to thank those around us and to thank Mother Earth for all she provides. Celebrations of gratitude are expressed in prayer and worship, sharing of oral stories/ teachings, meal sharing, gift exchanging or offering help to those in need.  It is a season to be altruistic and to rejoice in the positive relationships around us and to build connections with others; A time of Peace, Love and Joy.
At WDS students and staff will participate in honoring Mother Earth and celebrate each person's traditions and beliefs through various teaching and learning opportunities, actions and creations. Through intentional work of integrating the Holistic Model of learning (thinking of the whole child as a person who is embodied by a mind, body, spirit and emotions), students at WDS will share a read aloud story called “Singing Away the Dark", by Caroline Woodward.  This story is a provocation for students to reflect on and think about Courage and what it means to them.  Courage is one of the Seven Sacred Teachings that we are addressing and our focus for the month of December.  The Bear symbolizes the courage to overcome challenges in life and to awaken the potential in each of us to be uniquely us in a connected world.
At WDS we are displaying our 'Connectedness' by wearing our Festive Holiday wear on the last day of school and in our own way showcasing our traditions.  Students are also gathering natural materials to make ornaments to offer Mother Earth by decorating the WDS Holiday Tree that will be erected in the Learning Commons.  Students will be using natural materials and will spend quite a bit of time planning and creating their designs.  Some will use traditional quilting, beading, sewing or building techniques.  In turn, students will honor their traditions by placing an ornament on the tree.  On the last day of school before the Holidays, students will remove their ornament from the WDS tree and take it home with them.  They can then offer the ornament back to the earth by placing it on a tree in their yard or in another place they hold dear in their home.
As a community we are showing our Courage and weaving threads of Connection by hosting our Charity event where we are creating Festive cards for Children that attend Wood's Homes.  Parents are asked to donate a small, denomination, gift card to accompany these handmade Festive cards.  The cards will be delivered from WDS students to Wood's Homes students on December 10th.
I wish you a healthy and happy holiday season.  May you weave threads of connection and courage as you celebrate your special events.  May you fulfill the most profound truth in the universe; that we must all work deliberately to honor our human family and to achieve harmony in the world.
Click this link to watch the Read Aloud for this month: Singing Away The Dark; Picture book​ 
Mrs. Spagnolo
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West Dalhousie School

6502 58 St NW Calgary, AB, T3A 2C8
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Maria Spagnolo
Assistant Principal
Lucy Pearson
Education Director
Prem Randhawa
Laura Hack

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