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Community Connexions News

CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT: HONOURING NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY

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Throughout the school year, we have incorporated classroom teachings with a variety of lessons, workshops, and activities focusing on Indigenous worldviews and perspectives. Some of these moments included creating the tile mosaic and footprints for Orange Shirt Day, showcasing items from elders, and sharing elder stories along with the importance of them being passed down through generations. 

In explaining the importance of Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation, and why related actions are essential for our community, Raquel Teibert, Middle School Teacher and Indigenous Education Learning Coordinator says: "I think it’s important for students to understand that Truth and Reconciliation is a national and personal commitment. By acknowledging and acting on the 94 Calls to Action, we can continue our journeys toward a stronger and more unified future."

This month, we recognise National Indigenous History Month and on June 21st our school will participate in a number of activities for National Indigenous Peoples Day. Students may wear civvies and can donate by bringing a toonie, filling out the form on studentsgive.mulgrave.com, or by texting StudentsGive to 30333. For those who ordered Moose Hide Pins, they will be ready for pick up on the 21st, too. If you missed out on ordering in advance, we have additional pins available. All donations for civvies day and the pins will go to the Moose Hide Campaign

Here’s a snapshot of other activities and resources: 

  • Library recommendations featuring Canadian authors following the theme of Truth and Reconciliation 
  • Indigenous Poster Series (watch for images on our social media accounts)
  • Educational Trail Walk honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)
  • DJ Elective showcase of Indigenous bands and music on June 21st
  • Continuing the tile mosaic footprint project
  • Orange Shirt Day Shirts Google Form (order before June 22nd for fall delivery)
  • Singing and drumming by cultural leader Dennis Joseph
CYPRESS MAGAZINE EXAMINES PERSPECTIVES

The value of perspectives and the way in which they enrich our school, community, and beyond, is the theme of this year's Cypress magazine. Historically an alumni publication, it has been expanded this year to offer content for all members of our community - past, present, and future.

We had a myriad of contributors to the magazine and hope you will enjoy the articles by and for students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. Flip through for an introduction to our new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Cynthia Roberson; a fun workout with Coach T; messages from our leadership team; alumni updates; and more. 

RESERVE YOUR HARD COPY TODAY!

While we are sharing this publication as an online magazine, we will also order hard copies in the coming weeks. Make sure you'll have one to peruse at your leisure, display on your coffee table, or pop into a memory box...reserve a copy by completing this form.

A BEAR-Y WARM WELCOME

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Last Saturday, the sun came out just in time to kick off our Teddy Bear Car Parade! 

New Early Years and Junior School students joined the event and with music going and balloons waving, we handed out Constantine bears dressed in house t-shirts (also available in the M Store) and happily welcomed many new students to Curie, Luther King, Smith, and Churchill.

In the afternoon, new Upper School students got to know their way around campus with an orienteering activity organised by our Outdoor Education team. It was great to see these new Mulgravians make connections with some classmates.

We can't wait to see you all again in the fall!

TITANS TAKE TO THE TRACK

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Well, this year, it was the turf...but that didn't slow down our mighty Titans.

"Students selected up to three events in which to compete for the third and final meet of the season," explains Michael Moore, coach. "This meant being strategic by choosing events where improvement was possible, or they were only fractions of seconds behind the times from competitors at other schools, or the timing of events meant that legs or arms were not tired out by earlier events. We were treated to an incredible afternoon of students pursuing their personal best, giving everything and then some as they pushed to the line or leapt over the bar."

Click here to read Mr. Moore's race report which includes the results of Virtual Meet #3 (spoiler alert: 63 individual top 5 places and 17 relay teams in the top 5 for the Titans!).

MVP ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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Following the Annual General Meeting of the Mulgrave Volunteer Parent Association on June 15th, we are pleased to announce the affirmation of the following executive positions:

  • Vice President: Nicola More
  • M Store Chair: Tricia Lang
  • Library Chair: Petrina Ooi

The MVP has done an incredible job over the last year enabling parent and family connections despite COVID restrictions. Their creativity and effort brought our community together through wonderful events such as Trivia Night, the Halloween Hunt, and Bingo.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all members of the executive (and in particular Shannon Vrsnik, Mandy Bellamy, and Nancy Brown who are stepping down after years of service), class and grade reps, and other volunteers.

 

Please watch for our Back to School emails over the summer months for more information on MVP-hosted events and volunteer opportunities. While we are still not certain what this will look like for the coming year, we are hopeful that we will be able to welcome parents back to campus soon.

INVITATION TO EXPRESS INTEREST IN BOARD AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Mulgrave is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that sets and monitors the school's long term strategy.

Please see this letter from Kate Hoogendoorn, Secretary of the Board, for details regarding the application process. The deadline for application is September 9, 2021.

BC RESTART: STEP 2

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As of June 15th, we are in Step 2 of BC's Restart Plan. Of particular note, outdoor personal gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed as is travel within BC. Indoor gatherings remain at a cap of five guests or one other household. Step 3 is anticipated on July 1st as long as indicators continue to move in the right direction.

The Ministries of Education and Health are not expected to release detailed guidance for schools until mid-August (a preliminary press conference is scheduled for tomorrow). As one of the first schools to kick off the school year, it may mean some uncertainty for us, in particular around activities like assemblies. We will continue to communicate over the summer as we learn more.