Nov 12
Honouring Uniqueness

Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,

Last week I was excited to share our Sibylla Kiddle – Who We Are document. I hope you had a chance to read it this past week and that you were able to see many of those statements reflected in the life of our school. For example, this past week we gave hundreds and hundreds of food items to the Veteran’s Food Bank of Calgary. You can see a picture on our Twitter account @KiddleCBE. This is a great example of ‘Body (To Do) – Our actions are centered on positively impacting others through acts of service, respect and kindness’. Thank you for your generosity and helping your children enter into this type of learning.

This upcoming week, I want to focus on ‘Spirit (To Be) – Our attitudes promote both personal and collective well-being while respecting inclusivity, diversity and the uniqueness of others’. We all have people in our lives that bring unique skills, personalities and characteristics to the world. Some people are experts at building houses. Some can sing in an opera. Some have shown boundless resilience in the face of adversity. We all have something that makes us unique that is worth celebrating.

A few of our students have something in particular that makes them unique. They have Type One Diabetes. This upcoming Sunday is World Diabetes Day. As a way of honouring the uniqueness and awesomeness of our students who thrive in the face of diabetes, we have chosen to recognize World Diabetes Day by having students wear blue to school on Monday, November 15. This allows our school community to honor the uniqueness of individuals, it allows our students to learn a little bit more about what it means to live with diabetes and it allows students impacted by diabetes to feel supported by their peers. Our teachers will be taking a moment on Monday to educate students on the topic of diabetes. Wearing blue is just one way we can stand together as a school community to support each other and celebrate our individual uniqueness. Below is a write up from one of parents that we wanted to share.

This is a day where we not only celebrate the strength and resiliency of our daughter but we reflect and appreciate how far the management of this disease has come. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. In 1921, Banting and McLeod injected 5 year old Teddy Ryder, who weighed 26 lbs at the time, at the University of Toronto. Teddy went on to live 71 more years. Prior to this, there was no treatment, or management of Diabetes. We celebrate the tireless efforts of families and friends fundraising for a cure, and doctors and researchers trying to find a final solution, a cure. We celebrate our community for understanding that this does not set our daughter apart, it merely is a daily, sometimes hourly reminder that it takes a village to raise our children and I am thankful for the support.

Brad Emery


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