“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God” Matthew 5:9
As a Christian school and community we value cultural diversity. During the last week of November, school-wide activities will take place to help promote school safety, kindness and a sense of belonging in each student.
What is Bullying?
If we are going to prevent bullying, we have to know what it is. The ministry of education has defined bullying as: Bullying is typically a form of repeated and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation.
There are four common types of bullying: 1. Verbal Bullying— name calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making references to one’s culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender,
2. Social Bullying—mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others, gestures or graffiti intended to put others down.
4. Cyber Bullying—using the internet or text messaging to intimidate, put down or spread rumours about someone.
We can all play a role in preventing bullying. We must all take action.
If you are a student:
– Be part of the solution
– Tell someone you trust if you’re being bullied
– If you are watching a bullying incident, you are part of the problem. Have the power to help.
– Always ask for help. Adults will help and you will find one who will listen and act.
If you are a parent:
– Listen to your children
– Be a positive role model
– Set a good example, reinforce positive behavior.
– Set consequences
– If someone tells you bullying is happening, take action to stop it.
– Make bullying unacceptable.
Anti-Bullying and prevention week is coming to an end but we will continue our efforts to show students the importance of this week throughout the year. Tomorrow, Friday November 25th, students will participate in wearing pink or blue. Wearing pink or blue represents our stand against bullying and keeping peace within our school community.
Why a Pink T-Shirt?
This idea comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students in 2007. When a fellow student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, they decided to take a stand. They went out and bought pink shirts to give to fellow students to show their support for a boy who was being bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt.
David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts in their school.
‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’
So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled.
Why a Blue T-Shirt?
Former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in establishing United Nations Peacekeepers, who wear blue as a symbol of peace as they perform their work around the world.
Tomorrow, we will focus on the main message of this week “BE the change”, expressed by Mahatma Gandhi in his efforts to bring an end to violence in his country. At MCFS, we also seek to inspire our students to “be the change they want to see in their world,” starting in their school and in their classroom.
Mad Science Extracurricular Programs will amaze your child and show them just how cool science, chess, and engineering can be!
The Mad Science program encourages scientific literacy in children in an age when science is as vital as reading, writing and arithmetic. Their mission is to spark imagination and curiosity of children by providing them with fun, interactive education programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is, and how it affects their world. – Mad Science Mission
Mad Science Programs as MCFS:
Are hands-on and focus on science and engineering practice
Are aligned to STEM objectives
Meet national, state, and provincial extracurricular activities standards
Are led by trained, qualified, and dynamic instructors
Follow professional lesson plans
Use unique equipment and original materials
Are loved by children, and are ideal for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6
MCFS will be offering a diversified Mad Science lunch program for each season.
Spring Program Description Brixology: In this new and exciting program, children will build a different LEGO(r) project each week. Each program has been developed by a LEGO(r) Certified Professional. Mechanical engineering will be explored as students build boats and vehicles. Aerospace engineering will come alive as they assemble a space station. A wide array of scientific principals will be explored through Lego builds: carnival rides, drawing machines, mechanical animals, trust bridges, and so much more. Your future engineer will foster their creativity through fun and hands-on design challenges. Let the tinkering begin!
Spring Session will consist of an 8-Week Brixology Program which allows kids to step into the shoes of an engineer!
– Using LEGO® bricks, build a different engineering-themed project in each class.
– Explore engineering fields including mechanical, structural, aerospace, nautical, and bio-engineering.
– Use critical thinking, cooperation, and creative problem-solving to test and improve creations.
– Experience extended learning with a take home toy to reinforce each concept.