Orange Shirt Day

2015-09-29 15.52.08This morning the students heard a little bit about Orange Shirt Day over the public address system. I encourage everyone to participate by wearing an orange shirt or wearing something orange.

The 3rd Annual Orange Shirt Day to commemorate the Indian Residential School experience is Wednesday, September 30th. 

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  It’s a day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter and so do those that have been affected. 


Every Child Matters.  Wear something orange to show that you care.

Source: North Vancouver School District’s website

As a school, we want to honour First Nations traditions, cultures and traditional teachings and education. As we move forward in education our future teachings and learning will include the First Peoples Principles of Learning.

It will be a great journey. Come along.

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Image: Male Hummingbird in Yellow Cedar by Chris Joseph (1998)

Friday at Cap

It was a wonderful day at school today. We ran our annual Terry Fox/Nancy Leith Run for cancer in the afternoon, and the students did an excellent job.

Many of us know Terry Fox, but may not know about Nancy Leith. Nancy was a long-time parent volunteer (18 years) at Capilano who contributed in many ways to the school culture.

Today our students ran and raised money in honour of Terry and Nancy.

Thank you to the many parent volunteers who made today a wonderful success. We could not have done this without you.

Thank you to the Leith family for joining us today.

Many thanks to the grade 7 students for their leadership during the assembly and for helping our Kindergarten students have a successful run.

Thanks as well to all the students and families who have brought in donations for cancer research.

Have a great weekend. Remember kids, no school on Monday.

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The Stones are Moving

IMG_7651A couple of days ago, I observed a class outside working on their creative writing in our school’s courtyard. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and students were spread out under the canopy of leaves that create wonderful shady spots. I decided to go out and see how things were going.

Their teacher was editing work with students on one of the courtyard benches, while other students were being creative in their own unique ways.

As I was walking among the writers, I pondered the mystery of our garden stones. Until recently, the stones were all lined up nicely along the paths. When I came in, the stones were strewn about.

“I wonder how these stones keep moving?” I asked aloud.

Today, I found out why the stones moved. The class took my comment and created many wonderful short stories, and several of them came to read their stories to me today. Thanks to Robert, Finn, Daniella, Arian, Ali, McKenzie and Sasha for sharing with me today. The stories were wonderful, and a little bit mysterious. Sorry, I won’t share why the stones are moving. You will have to ask the kids.

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Bike Week 2015

IMG_7606Our 5th annual Bike Week is here. We were so very pleased to see over 200 cyclists make their way to school this morning by bike. We are also please to see how many volunteers and sponsor organizations are helping make this week a success.

We remind everyone to always wear a properly fitted bike helmet when riding a bike.

Please be mindful and cautious when you see cyclists on the road. We are teaching the students road safety, but we would like to remind our drivers to be extra vigilant when driving. Let’s make sure that we have no accidents, and that everyone is safe.

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Grade 3’s at Cheakamus Centre

IMG_6925I went up to see our grade 3’s at the Cheakamus Centre yesterday, and there were a lot of happy children there. I arrived in time to see some students out bird watching, others painting by the river, and others feeding the chickens and goats. I stayed and enjoyed a “quiet” dinner with approximately 100 grade 3’s. Very enjoyable.

Our students are so lucky to get an opportunity to visit the Cheakamus Centre, which includes programs like the Outdoor School (for primary and intermediate) and the Bighouse. It is truly a gem.

The grade 3’s will arrive home tomorrow after school, with stories to tell and a bit of dirty laundry to clean. They will also have memories to last a life time. Please ask them to share all the wonderful stories with you, and have them read their journals.

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