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Festive Events in Rainbow Schools 2021
A.B. Ellis Public School
A.B. Ellis Public School will host individual class celebrations on Friday, December 17th. Primary students will participate in writing and mailing letters to Santa. Music teacher Mr. Farquharson will provide some virtual holiday entertainment for classes.
Adamsdale Public School
Throughout the week of December 13th to 17th, students from Adamsdale Public School will take part in various festive spirit days. On Tuesday, December 14th, students enjoyed a pandemic-friendly festive meal. On Thursday, December 16th, students will perform during the school’s virtual Christmas concert. Students will also enjoy a variety of festive activities in class.
Alexander Public School (Photo)
On December 1st, the entire Alexander Public School community was challenged to raise $2,500 for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Meet the challenge and the Principal would dye her hair green – the school colour. An impressive $2,880 and 300 food items were collected for the local food bank. True to her word, proud Principal Brenda Carr is now sporting festive hair for the holidays and thanking the Alexander Public School community for their generosity.
Algonquin Road Public School
Algonquin Road Public School students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 will learn about traditions from around the world. Students will hone their literacy skills writing letters to Santa, as well as through read alouds about Christmas. Junior and intermediate students will learn seasonal songs using buckets for the virtual concert on Wednesday, December 15th. Student Council members have organized a series of spirit days for the entire student community to enjoy safely in classes.
Every Wednesday until Christmas, students at Barrydowne College can create hand-made gifts during Christmas craft sessions, including beading, wreath making, ornaments and candy arrangements. Students will also enjoy festive baking opportunities.
Carl A. Nesbitt Public School
Students from Carl A. Nesbitt Public School will share music and artwork virtually in classes. Students and staff will take part in several holiday-themed events to raise funds for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive.
C.R. Judd Public School
C.R. Judd Public School launched its Capreol Bread & Roses Food Drive on November 29th, which wrapped up on Friday, December 10th. Families purchased a star to hang in the front entrance in support of the campaign. Students purchased books and other gifts during the Book Fair. Students decorated classroom doors, wrote letters for Operation Christmas Cards, and prepared ornaments and crafts to share with their families during Santa’s Workshop on Thursday, December 9th. Students will count down the holidays with a spirit week starting Monday, December 13th. The virtual Christmas concert will take place on Thursday, December 16th. Classes will also enjoy various activities and challenges throughout the month.
Central Manitoulin Public School
Students and staff from Central Manitoulin Public School will collect non-perishable food items for the Manitoulin Family Resources Christmas Food Basket Campaign. Students are writing letters and making cards for the Royal Canadian Legion’s Operation Christmas Card Campaign, as well as crafts and cards for community members. Students in Grade 4 will shop for food items to pack a hamper for a family in need. Others will perform songs in their music classes to be shared during a school wide virtual holiday sing-along. Students and staff are excited for spirit days taking place each Friday in December.
Churchill Public School
Students at Churchill Public School will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Students and staff will also take part in the “12 Days of Christmas” with spirit days leading up to winter break. On Wednesday, December 15th, classes will take part in a virtual holiday field trip – “Holiday Express” – a celebration of joy, music and community across Canada. The last day of school will be themed “Dreaming of sugar plums,” where staff and students will dress in their favorite pyjamas and enjoy hot chocolate while watching the Christmas Showcase highlighting the spirit of the school.
Cyril Varney Public School
Cyril Varney Public School decorated a hat and mitten Christmas tree with donated items available for students in need to take. Staff and students will collect non-perishable food items in classroom cohorts for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Interested families can donate through School Cash Online. As a holiday send-off, the entire school will celebrate a special day, every day, during the last week of classes including Ugly Sweater Day Monday, Pyjama Day Tuesday, Wild and Most Creative Hairstyle Wednesday, breakfast brunch while wearing Christmas bling on Thursday, and watching the virtual winter concert in classes on Friday. Happy Holidays!
Ernie Checkeris Public School
Students from Ernie Checkeris Public School will share music and artwork virtually in classes. Students and staff will take part in several holiday-themed events to raise funds for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive.
Espanola High School
Espanola High School will host a series of activities for spirit week from Monday, December 13th through Friday, December 17th, including Jersey Monday, Holiday Hat Tuesday, Grade Wear Wednesday, where each grade is assigned a colour to wear, PJ/Blanket Thursday and Ugly Sweater Friday.
Jean Hanson Public School
Throughout December, students at Jean Hanson Public School will craft ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree in the lobby. Staff and students participated in the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Students are enjoying virtual events including holiday Bingo and carolling on Tuesday, December 14th and Thursday, December 16th.
Lansdowne Public School
Students at Lansdowne Public School will enjoy “13 Days of Celebrations”. The festive season will kick-off with students performing a good deed. Good deed cards will be scattered through the school hallways to highlight kindness. Students will also participate in ornament making and door decorating that reflects their celebrations and traditions. Mr. Davie will make a special appearance as Bob Ross, and will lead the whole school in a winter “Paint Social.” Other events include winter Bingo, and cookies and milk for all. The school’s virtual Christmas concert will take place on Wednesday, December 15th.
Larchwood Public School
Students from Larchwood Public School will collect non-perishable food items for those in need. Staff and students will learn about various winter celebrations, including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year and Winter Solstice, which will be the focus for the “Celebrate the Season” concert to be held virtually on Wednesday, December 15th. Students are encouraged to show their spirit between December 6th and 10th with daily themes and activities such as Red and Green Day and school-wide Bingo.
Little Current Public School
Little Current Public School students have a wide range of festive events planned for this season. Students are busy sending holiday greeting cards to troops overseas. Intermediate classes are participating in a local initiative that fulfills the Christmas wish lists of seniors in the local Manor. Younger students will enjoy the “12 Days of a Kinder Christmas” with special activities and STEM challenges to complete leading up to the break. There are also a wide range of art activities that incorporate learning and technique with festive fun.
Lively District Secondary School
In the spirit of the holidays, staff and students and community members are encouraged to donate to the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Grade 7 and 8 students will sell candy-grams in support. Students will also join the Walden Community Action Network to support local families. Students and staff will enjoy hearing festive music every morning, and student names will be entered into a draw to receive a festive turkey generously donated by a member of the community.
MacLeod Public School
Students and staff at MacLeod Public School will once again participate in the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Classes will sell handmade ornaments in bags of 5 for $20 with proceeds to support the campaign. Families interested in ordering ornaments can call the school to place an order. Students will also participate in door decorating contests, Elf on the Shelf shenanigans, and will learn about festive celebrations around the world.
Manitoulin Secondary School
As an alternative to an important annual tradition at Manitoulin Secondary School, the Annual Awards Night information will be sent to graduates on Thursday, December 16th.
Markstay Public School
On December 2nd, Markstay Public School teachers prepared a “Grinch Day” for students with “How the Grinch Stole Numbers from the 100s Chart”, Grinch-themed escape room activities and other literary device tasks. Students also wore green to match the green popcorn served by staff. On Thursday, December 9th, classes walked to the food bank in cohorts to drop off non-perishable items. Students also safely met gracious volunteers. The Markstay Food Drive ran from November 29th through December 7th. On Tuesday, December 14th and Wednesday, December 15th, students purchased gently used gifts during the annual White Elephant Sale. Gifts will be wrapped and ready for family and loved ones. On Thursday, December 16th, staff will feed students a hot breakfast with pancakes and sausage. Students are encouraged to wear comfy clothing or pyjamas. On Friday, December 17th, students will watch the virtual holiday concert while sipping hot chocolate and munching on holiday cookies. A presentation of classroom performances will be shared with families.
Monetville Public School
Students and staff kicked-off the season of giving with the annual French River Lions Club Canned Food Drive. Monetary donations could be made until Friday, December 10th in support of the Christmas Basket Program. Students and staff will host a virtual holiday concert on Thursday, December 16th, where classes will present festive musical numbers. Students will make the holiday season a little brighter with handmade Christmas cards for seniors in Noëlville. The week of December 13th will feature various festive activities and dress-up days. On Friday, December 17th, students are invited to dress in their favourite pyjamas for a special holiday breakfast.
Northeastern Elementary School
Northeastern Elementary School will kick off the festive season with the annual food drive. Students and staff collected non-perishable food items from December 6th to 10th in support of the Garson Food Bank. Students will enjoy a festive spirit day and activity each day leading up to the winter break, including virtual whole school Bingo, decorating contests, and more. The week will end with Santa Claus visiting each classroom to deliver a special treat for students.
Princess Anne Public School
Princess Anne Public School students and staff will participate in “8 Days of Giving” for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Students will also enjoy many festive spirit days throughout the month. Students are preparing for a virtual Christmas concert to be recorded and shared with families on Thursday, December 16th. While watching the concert in classroom cohorts, students will enjoy a hot meal prepared by school administrators. Students will enjoy a game of virtual Bingo in their pyjamas on Friday, December 17th.
Queen Elizabeth II Public School
Queen Elizabeth II Public School students are encouraged to take part in daily school spirit days the week of December 13th, including Dress Backwards Day, Wear Crazy Socks Day, Dress in Red and Green Day, Christmas Accessory Day and Pyjama Day. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will enjoy a Christmas feast in classes on Wednesday, December 15th at 1 pm. Students will watch the school’s virtual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 16th at noon, and will enjoy a hot pancake breakfast on Friday, December 17th at 9 am.
R.L. Beattie Public School
Students from R.L. Beattie Public School will take part in “12 days of Kindness” countdown, where each day they will cut a piece of Santa’s beard and complete the act of kindness including making cards and letters to send to local seniors and members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Kindness Ninjas are hard at work making holiday cards for the Sudbury Shoebox Project. Thanks to their partnership with local business Fresh Easy Sudbury, the shoeboxes will be filled with gifts and essentials and donated to women’s shelters across the community. The Kindness Ninjas are excited about their friends in Mme. Tripp’s Grade 9 French Immersion class at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School. They have been exchanging letters and videos to begin their partnership and look forward to various kindness missions in the future. Primary classes are learning about Réveillon and Hanukkah, are writing letters to Santa and Christmas cards for seniors, are making holiday gifts for a loved one at home, making reindeer food, discussing family holiday traditions, participating in clothing theme days like Jersey Day, Holiday Sweater Day, Red, Green, White, Blue Day, and playing holiday Bingo. Junior students are learning about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Chinese New Year and Three Kings Day. They are sharing how they celebrate with families and the traditions they are proud of. Students are making ornaments for loved ones and have learned to hand-knit scarves for Sudbury’s most vulnerable citizens.
R.H. Murray Public School
R.H. Murray Public School will have a “Countdown to the Winter Holidays” this year. Classes will create artwork, read winter-themed books and enjoy music of the season. They are also getting creative with cookie decorating, hot chocolate and carolling. Families will enjoy a video of students spreading festive cheer.
Redwood Acres Public School
Redwood Acres Public School hosted their annual Christmas Feast in their respective classes on Tuesday, December 14th. Students enjoyed a hot turkey lunch complete with all the fixings. The virtual Christmas concert will take place during the last week of school. Throughout December, students and staff will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive.
S. Geiger Public School
The S. Geiger Public School community is invited to tune in to the virtual holiday concert on Thursday, December 16th at 7 pm. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will enjoy a variety of winter-themed activities throughout the month.
Sudbury Secondary School
On Thursday, December 16th, Sudbury Secondary School students will savour a holiday feast thanks to generous donations from community members and businesses. Student Parliament will host a virtual Holiday Variety Show on Thursday, December 16th to be streamed to all classes during lunch.
Walden Public School
Walden Public School kicked off the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive on November 19th with a school-wide spirit day. Families are encouraged to donate through School Cash Online. Each Friday, students have been invited to donate and participate in spirit days including Flannel Day, Holiday Headgear Day, and Red/Green and Festive Sweater Day. Plans are also in the works to host a Virtual Telethon “Melting Hearts 2021” the week before the break. A link will be included inviting families to donate to the food drive. Following proper protocols, classes will perform and record a winter masterpiece of poems, songs, stories, and dances to share with families and friends. A virtual viewing for staff and students will take place on Wednesday, December 15th. Families can follow along from home.
Westmount Avenue Public School
Westmount Avenue Public School students will perform for families during a virtual holiday concert on Tuesday, December 14th during lunch. Students will also celebrate the joy of the season with theme days throughout the month. In the spirit of giving and caring for others, staff and students collected donations for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive.
Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217