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Festive Events in Rainbow Schools 2022
A.B. Ellis Public School
The entire A.B. Ellis Public School community will enjoy some holiday fun in the lead up to the winter break with classroom celebrations, spirit days and special events. On Monday, December 12th, students are invited to wear their ugliest festive sweaters. On Tuesday, December 13th, staff and students will decorate themselves in many creative ways. Families are invited to attend a winter concert in the school gym on Thursday, December 15th at 11:30 am. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item in support of the Espanola Food Bank. On Friday, December 16th, students are welcome to wear their favourite pyjamas. In the morning, a pancake breakfast will be served. A school-wide sing-along will take place in the afternoon with a special visit from Santa.
Adamsdale Public School
On Wednesday, December 7th, several classes from Adamsdale Public School attended a performance of “Little Skidoo (It’s up to You)” at Sudbury Secondary School. All students will take part in the “Winter Wonderland” concert on Thursday, December 8th at 11:30 am in the school gym. The showcase will be livestreamed and a link will be shared with families unable to attend in person. On Friday, December 9th, students in Grades 2 and 3 will visit Thorneloe University to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Students will also take part in a culturally responsive spirit week to mark the many ways the holiday season is celebrated. On Wednesday, December 14th, all students will enjoy a festive feast, including turkey, trimmings and dessert. Staff thank the many sponsors that made this possible, including The Real Canadian Superstore for the turkeys. All classes will take part in a festive door decorating contest to be judged on Thursday, December 15th. For their efforts, the winning class will enjoy a pizza party on Friday, December 16th.
Alexander Public School
From November 28th to December 9th, the entire school community will take part in a “FooDare” challenge for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are welcome in support of the Sudbury Food Bank. On Tuesday, December 13th and Wednesday, December 14th, staff and students will present a special production of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for families.
Algonquin Road Public School
Algonquin Road Public School will host members of the community on Wednesday, December 14th at noon for a “Holiday Showcase”. This not-to-be-missed production will include performances by primary students and select junior/intermediate groups. Staff and students will once again collect donations in support of the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. To light up the festive season, random acts of kindness will be highlighted. Leading up to the holidays, members of the Student Council will lead various spirit days for all.
Assiginack Public School
Staff and students will collect non-perishables in support of the Manitoulin Family Resources’ Christmas Hamper Food Drive until Wednesday, December 14th. The Manitoulin Secondary School Band as well as choirs will visit the school to perform for students on Thursday, December 8th. The Assiginack Public School Choir will perform at the local Senior Active Living Centre on Wednesday, December 14th, followed by a special luncheon. In the lead up to the holidays, students will enjoy spirit days including Pyjama/Plaid Day and Winter Toque Day. A holiday concert will take place on Tuesday, December 13th at 6 pm. Everyone is welcome. Non-perishable food items will be accepted.
Each Wednesday leading up to the Christmas break, students at Barrydowne College are invited to make crafts including hand-made wreaths with fresh greens, Christmas candy bouquets and ornaments. Students will also have the opportunity to bake an assortment of goodies to gift to someone special or enjoy at school. On Wednesday, December 14th, a festive turkey meal will be served at lunch.
C.R. Judd Public School
C.R. Judd Public School kicked off its Capreol Bread & Roses Food Drive on November 28th, which runs through to Monday, December 12th. Families are welcome to purchase a star. Proceeds will support the campaign. On Friday, December 9th, staff will host a Santa’s Workshop – where students will make ornaments and crafts to share with families. Ornaments will also be available to purchase during the school’s “Concert of the Season” fundraiser on Thursday, December 15th. Performances will take place in the school gym for friends and families. Classes will also enjoy activities and challenges leading up to the holidays.
Carl A. Nesbitt Public School
Students and staff at Carl A. Nesbitt Public School will take part in several holiday-themed events to raise funds for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Staff and students will host a holiday concert for families in the school gym on Thursday, December 15th with two performances – one at 9 am and another at 11:30 am. Admission of a non-perishable food item will be accepted.
Central Manitoulin Public School
Staff and students from Central Manitoulin Public School will collect non-perishable food items for the Manitoulin Family Resources’ Christmas Food Basket campaign. In addition, students will write letters and make cards for the Royal Canadian Legion’s Operation Christmas Card campaign. In the lead up to the holidays, classes will learn about the many traditions celebrated within the school community and around the world. Staff and students are excited to participate in activities and spirit days throughout the month.
Charles C. McLean Public School
To kick off the festive season, students from Charles C. McLean Public School are encouraged to take part in random acts of kindness throughout the month. Kindergarten students will make Christmas ornaments to be sold at the local grocery store. Proceeds will support the local food bank. The Manitoulin Secondary School Band will join with students to perform an assortment of Christmas songs on Friday, December 9th in the school gym. In addition, staff and students will host a Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 13th with performances at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm.
Chelmsford Valley District Composite School
Staff, students and families at CVDCS are working diligently to make the holiday season merry and bright for all by preparing baskets of groceries and gifts for families in need. In addition, monetary donations and non-perishable food items were collected for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive in support of the Chelmsford Food Bank. Teams were separated by division. The team that collected the most won a pizza party for their efforts. On Thursday, December 8th at noon, students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will showcase festive cheer with a Christmas concert for families. That evening, students in Grades 11 and 12 will participate in a winter semi-formal. Students will enjoy a holiday spirit week with a feast for all on Wednesday, December 14th. Classes are invited to decorate their door with the theme “What We Celebrate”. Judging will take place on Thursday, December 15th. Students will enjoy a tasty treat at the all-day Hot Chocolate Bar on Friday, December 16th. Students are reminded to bring their own mug. To kick off the holidays, students will take part in Christmas Bingo at 2:10 pm.
Churchill Public School
In the spirit of giving and caring for others, Churchill Public School will participate in a “FooDare” challenge by collecting non-perishable items and monetary donations in support of the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Staff and students have challenged MacLeod Public School to see who can collect the most food items. The school that collects the least will accept defeat on Tuesday, December 13th. To create momentum, a friendly competition will also take place between classes. The entire school will enjoy “Holiday Hoopla” with spirit days leading up to the winter break. On Thursday, December 8th, all students are invited to “Channel their Flannel”. Students will pair up with reading buddies and enjoy some hot chocolate. On the last day of school, students will take part in a school-wide pancake breakfast, and will come together for a winter sing-along. Students will also enjoy door decorating and a colouring contest.
Copper Cliff Public School
Copper Cliff Public School has many wonderful activities planned for students including spirit days, candy grams and door decorating. Choir practices and a holiday dance will also take place. Staff, students and families are invited to donate what they can for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive in support of the Sudbury Food Bank. The school’s annual holiday concert will take place on Tuesday, December 13th in the school gym with two performances – the first at 9:30 am and the second at 12:30 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place on Wednesday, December 14th.
Ernie Checkeris Public School
Students and staff at Ernie Checkeris Public School will enjoy several holiday-themed events to raise funds for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. The school community will host a holiday concert for families on Tuesday, December 13th at 1:30 pm and Wednesday, December 14th at 9 am and 1:30 pm in the school gym. Admission of a non-perishable food item will be accepted.
Espanola High School
Espanola High School will host a community concert on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 pm in the school gym. Baking will be available for purchase throughout the event. Everyone is welcome. Donations will be accepted as admission. All funds raised will support the school’s first band trip. Indigenous Support Staff will lead a winter solstice feast on Thursday, December 15th. The event will feature a teaching by a Knowledge Keeper from Nogdawindamim and students will assist with the meal preparation. Students in the Ravens program are also collecting donations for the Espanola Food Bank from December 12th to 16th.
Jean Hanson Public School
Students at Jean Hanson Public School will enjoy some holiday fun throughout December. Students will sing carols, make ornaments, attend Christmas plays and create crafts to get into the festive spirit. Parents/guardians are invited to the school on select days for a holiday party organized by classroom teams. Staff will also prepare a holiday feast for all on Thursday, December 15th.
Lansdowne Public School
Students from Lansdowne Public School will collect non-perishable food items in support of the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Students will enjoy “12 days of Celebration” leading up to the winter break with a dance, holiday door decorating, Red and Green Day, Plaid/Flannel Day and more. Primary students will also attend a performance of “Little Skidoo (It’s up to You)” at Sudbury Secondary School. A school-wide holiday concert will take place on Friday, December 9th at noon in the gym. The week before the break, the entire school will enjoy a Holiday Fun Day. Students will indulge in a delicious pancake breakfast on Thursday, December 15th with a special visit from Santa. In addition, intermediate students will visit Sudbury Secondary School for a festive feast.
Larchwood Public School
In the lead up to the holiday break, staff and students at Larchwood Public School will engage in “12 Days of Kind Acts”. Students will make postcards for community members, take part in the “Make Someone Smile” challenge as well as the annual food drive, and will enjoy some reading time in pairs. The school’s holiday concert “Peace, Love and Hope” will take place on Tuesday, December 13th at 11:45 am. The showcase will feature musical performances and special guests – the C.R. Judd Public School Choir.
Lasalle Secondary School
Lasalle Secondary School’s Student Council will lead 12 days of activities for students including Ugly Festive Sweater Day, Red and Green Day, Toque/Mitts/Socks Day, Pancake & PJ Day, and Whiteout Day. Students will get creative for Gingerbread House decorating, Wrap-a-Friend, “Find your Snowflake”, a Cake Walk, “Who’s that Holiday Hooligan” and a “12 days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt”. Staff and students are invited to bring in new or gently used mittens, gloves, toques, warm socks and scarves. Donations will be hung on the Mitten Tree in the foyer, and will support families in need including the Inner City Homes of Sudbury. Elementary students in Grades 7 and 8 will take part in “12 days of Christmas” with spirit and activity days organized with assistance from the intermediate and secondary Student Councils. Students will enjoy a performance of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by the Lancer Band accompanied by students in the arts. Students will decorate their doors in the spirit of friendly competition and will participate in a Winter Ball. Students will also give back by cooking and serving a pancake breakfast at the school.
Levack Public School
Levack Public School kicked off the festive season on December 1st with a trip to see the Holiday Train in Cartier. Throughout the month, students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items to support the local community. Leading up to the holidays, students will take part in spirit days including Rad for Plaid Day, Toasty Tuesday, Red and Green Day, Pajama Day and Christmas Spirit Wear Day. A school-wide “Twas the Night Before Christmas” concert will take place on Wednesday, December 14th at noon. Students will have the chance to choose a gently used Christmas present for a family member from the “Levack Christmas Shop”. Together, students will enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast. The week will culminate with a special visit from Santa. All students will receive a gift.
Little Current Public School
Little Current Public School invites members of the community to join staff and students on Wednesday, December 14th at 6 pm for “A Not-So-Silent Night” – an old-fashioned outdoor holiday celebration. The event will feature carolling, a special visitor and will also serve as a fundraiser/food drive for the Manitoulin Family Resources Food Bank. Various classes will prepare holiday cards for Canadian Troops, and Grade 4 students will make wreaths and prepare songs of cheer for residents of the Manitoulin Centennial Manor.
Lockerby Composite School
The Lockerby Composite School music department will present “A Blizzard Bonanza” on Tuesday, December 13th at 7 pm in the school’s McKellar Auditorium. The concert will feature the Lockerby Choir, the Valhalla Guitar Ensemble, the Grade 9 Class Act and the Junior and Senior Concert Bands. Members of the community are welcome to enjoy festive songs to celebrate the season. Donations will be accepted as admission.
MacLeod Public School
Staff and students from MacLeod Public School will once again take part in the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Classes will sell handmade ornaments in bags of five for $20 to support their efforts. Interested families are welcome to call the school to place their order. Students will also decorate classroom doors, enjoy Elf on the Shelf shenanigans, and will learn about festive celebrations from around the world. To support the food drive, baked goods will be available for purchase on Thursday, December 8th at the school. The public is welcome. During their visit, guests will be able to enjoy the festive holiday décor. A gift wrapping station will be set up in the main foyer for families.
Manitoulin Secondary School
The Manitoulin Secondary School “12 Days of Christmas” kicked off on December 1st with a Deck the Halls Day. Classroom doors and hallways were decorated and hot chocolate was served in the cafeteria. Students enjoyed Jersey Day with a floor hockey tournament during lunch. From the third to the seventh day, staff and students dressed in their ugliest holiday sweaters and a penny table was available with proceeds to support the school’s Share/Go Green initiatives. Students also took part in a school-wide talent show, a Holiday Headwear Spirit Day, Christmas Kahoot in the cafeteria, Santa SAM sponsored by the Robotics team and wrapped up the week with a Christmas in Hawaii Day. During the final week before the holidays, the school will host a bake sale and sugar cookie decorating contest, Christmas “Carol-oke” in the cafeteria, a holiday scavenger hunt, Christmas Colours Day and “Making Spirits Bright” trivia sponsored by the Reach for the Top team. The week will culminate with a PJ’s and Merry Movie Day in the cafeteria.
Markstay Public School
Staff and students from Markstay Public School took part in the Markstay Santa Claus Parade on November 26th, the St. Charles Santa Claus Parade on December 3rd and the Markstay Food Drive until December 5th. Staff and students were joined by those from two other local schools, as well as the Markstay-Warren Fire Department and members of the Ontario Provincial Police for a chain of caring. Participants lined the city streets to make a human chain to hand deliver food items to the Markstay Food Bank. The school’s winter concert will take place on Thursday, December 8th. Family and friends are welcome.
Monetville Public School
Students and staff kicked off the season of giving with the annual French River Lions Club Canned Food Drive on November 21st. Monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be accepted for the French River Christmas Basket Program until Friday, December 9th. Classes will decorate their doors the week of December 5th. The entire school community is excited for the holiday concert on Friday, December 9th. Classes will present festive musical numbers for guests. Families are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to close off the season. Students will make Christmas cards for seniors in Noëlville. The week of December 12th will feature various festive activities and dress-up days. On Thursday, December 15th, students will join Santa for a pancake breakfast and Holiday House Family Day. To end the week, students are invited to dress in their favourite pyjamas and cozy up for a holiday movie with hot chocolate on Friday, December 16th.
Northeastern Elementary School
The entire Northeastern Elementary School community is getting into the festive spirit in the lead up to the holiday break. On Thursday, December 8th, staff and students will take part in a Family Food Drive from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Delicious hot chili will be available for all. Families are also invited to join their children at the school for “Holiday Family Reading” on Tuesday, December 13th at noon.
Queen Elizabeth II Public School
Students from Queen Elizabeth II Public School will perform for families during a holiday concert on Thursday, December 15th at 11:45 am. Families are welcome to support the school for a chance to win a holiday-themed basket. Following the concert, baked goods will be available for purchase.
R.H. Murray Public School
R.H. Murray Public School will celebrate the festive season in a variety of ways. On Saturday, December 10th, the Snowflake Choir will take part in the Anderson Farm’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. On Wednesday, December 14th, families and community members are welcome to join staff and students for a traditional outdoor Christmas concert. Videos of activities and performances will be shared with residents at Extendicare York. In the lead up to the holiday break, students and staff will enjoy holiday-themed activities with decorating and caroling.
R.L. Beattie Public School
The countdown to the holidays has begun, as staff and students from R.L. Beattie Public School prepare to celebrate the festive season. Students are demonstrating the gift of giving by writing letters and cards for seniors in assisted living residences as well as Veterans who can’t make it home for the holidays. Students have been knitting scarves to keep those in need warm during our coldest season, and the Kindness Ninjas are spreading holiday cheer at local businesses. Families are invited to celebrate “Réveillon” – a festive French Canadian tradition – while others will enjoy stories, hot chocolate and craft making. Holiday sing-alongs will take place for all, and students will dress in their favourite pyjamas for a pancake breakfast to celebrate their efforts for this year’s Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive.
Redwood Acres Public School
The entire Redwood Acres Public School community will collect non-perishable food items for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. The school will host its annual turkey feast on Wednesday, December 13th. A Christmas concert will take place on Thursday, December 15th with a morning and an afternoon performance.
Remote Learning Elementary and Secondary School
Staff and students at the Remote Learning Elementary and Secondary School are encouraged to take part in the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive by dropping off donations to their area Rainbow school. A school-wide virtual Holiday Talent Show will take place on Thursday, December 15th.
S. Geiger Public School
Students at S. Geiger Public School will enjoy festive activities throughout December including a door decorating contest to kick off the month. Spirit days will take place during each Friday in the lead up to the holidays. On Thursday, December 8th, students in Grades 1/2 and 2/3 will take part in literacy and numeracy activities for ‘Grinch Day’. Students will go skating at the Massey Arena on Friday, December 9th. Students will enjoy school-wide sing-alongs in the gym and the school will host a holiday concert on Wednesday, December 14th at 1 pm. Baked goods will be available for purchase. The week will wrap-up with a Pyjama Day and pancake breakfast in the gym.
Sudbury Secondary School
Some 800 turkey dinners will be served at Sudbury Secondary School during the annual holiday feast on Thursday, December 15th – with Grade 7 and 8’s from Lansdowne Public School and Princess Anne Public School joining the celebration. The SSS Jazz Band and Junior Choir performed at the Christmas-themed AGM hosted by the Sudbury Horticultural Society. Junior vocal students will perform at the Christmas feast as well as the Christmas Assembly. Students in media studies are working on a collaboration they hope to perform at the Christmas Assembly. This year, the Headstrong Committee’s “Thumbs Up Tuesday” is themed “Giving without Spending”. Students in Instrumental Music will perform at Lansdowne Public School on Thursday, December 15th during a pancake breakfast with Santa. The Jazz Band and Concert Band will perform at the holiday assembly on Friday, December 16th. Visual Arts students visited Princess Anne Public School to paint festive art in the school’s main entrance. Vocal and Dance students, as well as numerous alumni performed at the CTV Lions Children’s Christmas Telethon. Members of Student Parliament will spearhead “12 days of Holidays SSS Style” with spirit days, snowflake making and a Holiday Sweater Fashion Show. Parliament members will also collect new and used winter accessories for Street Outreach Sudbury. Students will enjoy the annual door decorating competition. The grand finale is the highly-awaited SSS Holiday Talent Show which will culminate with a skit from teachers. The Adult Day School will host a holiday luncheon for its adult learners.
Valley View Public School
Staff and students from Valley View Public School will take part in initiatives to promote giving and kindness this holiday season with Coats for a Cause, the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive, Operation Christmas Card and a Holiday post office station – where students can send each other messages of appreciation and encouragement. On Monday, December 5th and Tuesday, December 6th, the school hosted a “Winter Wonderland”. Students in Grades 1 to 8 presented various acts, songs and routines. On Thursday, December 15th, Kindergarten students will perform holiday numbers for families, followed by sweet treats and interactive creative stations to further the festive fun.
Walden Public School
Families and staff from Walden Public School are encouraged to give what they can in support of the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations through School Cash Online are appreciated. Each Friday, students are invited to donate and participate in spirit days including Warm Sweater Day, Flannel Day and PJ Day. On Thursday, December 8th, a “Giving Parade” will see students deliver donations to the local food bank. The entire community banded together in support of a winter clothing drive for Inner City Homes of Sudbury. On Thursday, December 15th at 9 am, students will present “Warm Winter Wishes” featuring songs and dramatic performances to highlight the many joys of the season. Families are invited to visit the Ornament Craft Fair. Proceeds will support the food drive.
Westmount Avenue Public School
The hallways at Westmount Avenue Public School are full of festive cheer. Various theme days will help staff and students celebrate the joy of the season. In the spirit of being green, the school will host a “Give a Book. Take a Book.” event to encourage sharing and reusing books. Students selected books from the Westmount Bookstore on Tuesday, December 6th. Staff and students will collect monetary donations and non-perishable food items for the Edgar Burton Christmas Food Drive from December 5th to the 9th. For their collective efforts, students will enjoy a pancake breakfast on Friday, December 9th. Families are invited to a winter-themed concert at the school on Thursday, December 15th at 9 am.
Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217