R.F. Downey Public School
Reaching Higher Together!
Here we are reaching our arms up together to uphold our goals and values. Everybody is included! We can all get it done!
Leaves Turning Colour Moon- Waabbabagaa Giizis (Anishinaabe- First Nations) - Month of September
For more information on local Full Moon Ceremonies go to www.facebook.com/groups/16994197269 or contact Trent University Department of Indigenous Studies.
Eid-al-Adha (Muslim)- September 1-4
This day celebrates the end of the Hajj or the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islam, observed by Muslim Communities.
International Literacy Day - September 8
Curve Lake Pow Wow (First Nations) - September 16-17
A Pow Wow is a spiritual and social gathering. First Nations peoples come together to celebrate and honour traditions through drumming, singing, and dancing. Visit www.curvelakefirstnation.ca for more information.
Powley Day (Métis)- September 19
Mabon/Harvestide (Wiccan) - September 22 http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/mabontheautumnequinox/a/AllAboutMabon.htm
Ontario Native Literacy Coalition
World Literacy Federation
Métis Harvester's Guide - Métis National Council
An eagerly awaited addition to the Magical Child Story collection, Smoky and the Feast of Mabon is a mystical and whimsical story with the flavor of an old-fashioned fairy tale. Lively and spirited woodland creatures delight young children with an Autumn Equinox story that is sure to become a family favorite.
One of the most important days of the Muslim calendar, people mark the occasion with a feast shared with people in their community. This fascinating book highlights the customs of this special religious holiday, including the clothing, prayers, food, and gifts.
For many children, "icky" bugs are endlessly fascinating. This book helps children discover why farmers like the praying mantis, how the water spider breathes underwater, and other intriguing facts about the world of bugs and insects. Jerry Pallotta's lighthearted text and Ralph Masiello's vivid illustrations make this alphabetic exploration of small animal life both fun and informative.
Using revealing photography and detailed personal accounts to give unique insight into the diversity of religious faith as experienced by children across the world, this is an ideal book for families to read together.
This book is available through the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion LRC page, or on amazon.com
The summer blueberry harvest is an annual expedition for young Kawlija and her family. When her father needs her to pick more berries than she eats, she promises to do her best. But can she avoid temptation? An enchanting story is also a rich portrait of rural Metis life in the '50s.
Integrating the best of what we currently know about teaching reading and writing, as well as ideas that will lead us into the future, Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach provides the balance of pedagogy and application that teachers need to be successful in the classroom. It covers the fundamental components of literacy, illustrates how to teach skills and strategies, identifies how to differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of students today, and supports digital teaching and learning.