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#orangeshirtday – EVERY CHILD MATTERS

Today has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Every Child Matters.


We watched this video a few times. As a class we talked about how sad it must have been for Phyllis to leave home and have things that were important to her taken away.

We talked about how it is important to remember sad things that happen in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and The World – so that we can remember them and ensure that they Never. Ever. Happen. Again.

Room 129 students really identified with how hard it would have been to go to a Residential School where the students were so unhappy and didn’t like learning. We all agreed that learning and school SHOULD be fun for everyone.

We read a book called When I was Eight – by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton.

And another book called Amik Loves School – by Katherena Vermette.

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Amik tells Moshoom about his wonderful school. Then his grandfather tells him about the residential school he went to, so different from Amik’s school. So Amik has an idea to have Moshoom come to his school and see what a great place it was. The story ends with Moshoom sitting with Amik and his class in a circle and smudged to welcome a new day.


It is important to have these conversations with children. It is important that they know, that no matter what you believe, no matter where you come from, no matter who you are. YOU MATTER!! Every Child Matters, even if you are an adult. Today is a day we listen to stories with an open heart. We learn about the past and move forward to a stronger more caring and understanding future.

Check out #orangeshirtday online for some inspirational tweets.




Look at these students who LOVE school!

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Giving Food to Shamattawa First Nation

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The students at Montrose School have been learning about the crisis in Shamattawa. The grade 5/6’s have become very interested in helping the Shamattawa community and they are reaching out to Montrosians to help too. (Mrs. Thomas)

Shamattawa had a big fire, their only grocery store got burned down – so we are giving food to them (Julia). The fire was hard to put out because they don’t have a big fire truck (Anton) or  lots of fire hoses (they have a small fire station – Luca) or long enough ladders (Finnley). Luckily no one got hurt because everyone was at a funeral (Shayle).

Students from Room 132 (Sydney and Jerzy) came in this morning  to give a small presentation on Shamattawa.

We can only bring in canned food or boxed food because it has to be food that can’t be expired (Aude and Mira).

Please help us by bringing in:

  • Flour
  • Boxed Food (crackers, Kraft Dinner)
  • Soup
  • Canned peaches or other fruits
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Canned corn and other canned vegetables
  • Pickles
  • Pancake mix
  • Water
  • Baby Products (diapers, formula, baby food)


We want to go out tonight and get some food to bring into School so it can be sent on a plane to Shamattawa next week. (Aude and Sari). Room 132 will be collecting until Tuesday, October 4th.

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