We had a great discussion with Shayle Graham from the TDSB equity committee at our SAC meeting earlier this week about discrimination and racism. For anyone who wasn’t able to join us on Tuesday, Shayle provided us with some links to further resources to help parents and caregivers continue these conversations with our children. We’ve shared these below.
Earl Haig and our SAC will continue to work towards our equity goal and there are a number of initiatives in the works on that front. We will keep you posted as information is available.
Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.
Earl Haig PS will be participating in Pink Shirt Day tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24th. If you have a chance, please consider encouraging your child to wear a pink shirt (or mask?) tomorrow to take a stand against bullying and to stand up for their peers.
As we enter the last week of Black History Month, we want to acknowledge that teachers at Earl Haig have been addressing Black Lives Matter as part of their discussions this month. For families who have the privilege of not experiencing racism, it is especially important to continue these discussions at home and books can be a great part of that effort.
There was a great conversation earlier this month in the Earl Haig Families Facebook group about family resources for Black History Month — here are some of those shared titles (and more!) that are in book collections of fellow EH families:
Sulwe Ada Twist Scientist The Day You Began Don’t Touch My Hair Dataset series of comics Science comics Hair Love Cleopatra in Space Ellie Ultra Jabari Jumps Zoey and Sassafras Africville Viola Desmond will not be Budged Trailblazers – The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada (only at Indigo) Bold Women in Black History Anti Racist Baby
What Lane? The Hate U Give Slay Ghost Boys A Good Kind of Trouble
Send us an email if you have any great book recommendations you think we should share.
In addition to building our own diverse libraries at home, parents and caregivers should always feel comfortable chatting with teachers about what books are being read in class that feature BIPOC kids, queer kids, non binary kids, and disabled kids in regular life. Let’s keep these important conversations going — this month and every month — for the benefit of our whole community.