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In the Community

 Compassion, caring and humility are values that we cherish at the Bilingual School.

We reach out to the community to help our students to develop these values

as part of their character education, and to be good citizens that contribute to society.

 

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is observed each year on November 11 at 11:00 a.m. Students and staff honour war veterans and active-duty soldiers by participating in an assembly. Students read passages and poems, including "In Flanders Fields" and they lay a class wreath. Teachers instruct their classes about the meaning of Remembrance Day by using related reading materials and activities appropriate to the age level of their students. Students in Grades 1 through 8 have also participated in "Why We Remember Week" presented by our local Legion each October. This event teaches the students about Canadian involvement in war and peacekeeping missions. Students then have the opportunity to view displays of artifacts and listen to war veterans who speak about their experiences. 

 

Terry Fox Run

The entire school is involved with this event. In September each year, all students are asked to support the Terry Fox Foundation by bringing in ‘A toonie for Terry’. Students up to Grade 2 run for twenty minutes in our field, while the older grades run on an assigned route through the school neighbourhood for 40 minutes under the supervision of teachers and of parent volunteers. 

 

Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart

Every other spring, our students participate in Jump Rope for Heart (Grades 1-6) or Hoops for Heart (Grades 7-8). These students raise money for heart and stroke research and then spend the afternoon keeping their heart rates elevated by participating in physical activities that are fun and beneficial. Our school has raised thousands of dollars in heart and stroke research over the years.

 

MS Read-a-thon

The MS read-a-thon is held every February and raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research. It also encourages a love of reading. Our school has won numerous awards over the years for the amount of money raised.

 

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. We recognize Earth Day each year by participating in a schoolyard clean up, litter-free lunches and various related activities. To be an environmentally aware community member year-round is the goal for all staff and students. Students are taught about the '3 R's": Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Recycling bins are located in each classroom and students are encouraged to bring their own bowls, cups and spoons on hot lunch days in our effort to encourage environmental responsibility throughout the school year.

 

Food Drive

We collect cans and other non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region every year. We encourage our students to think of others who are less fortunate and to be generous.

 

Mitten Tree

Our school families have embraced the tradition of the Mitten Tree of a small community in southwestern New Brunswick. People are known there for making hundreds of pairs of mittens to give away to those in need on the first Sunday in December. We thank all our school families who bring bright pairs of mittens to decorate the tree that we have in the school’s hallway each December. The mittens are a welcome donation to help those in need during the hard months of winter.