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Family Newsletter Spring 2023: Reflecting Back & Looking Forward

April 6th, 2023Umbrella News

Reflecting Back & Looking Forward

Another great year of playing, learning and growing has passed. Join us as we share some of our favourite moments from 2022 and look forward to 2023. 
Let’s reflect…
January 2022
Snuggle Up & Read Day! Educators and students were encouraged to wear cozy PJs and read their favourite book. ASCY kindly donated “The Very Cranky Bear” and our students joined together to read their new book!
February 2022
During the month of February friends engaged in different activities that supported love, kindness and Black History Month.
March 2022
With beautiful weather means getting outside and exploring how spring feels, smells and sounds. Friends explored and played in a big puddle while respecting safety and doing fantastic listening
April 2022
Our educators and students were so excited to be able to go for a walk off school grounds for the first time since the pandemic started! Every single one of our friends did an excellent job listening and staying safe. Everyone was so excited to expand their world!  

May 2022
Together, over 400 stakeholders contributed to our strategic plan for 2022-2025. We are so excited about our future! As an organization, we are dedicated to reflecting a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in our governance, management, and across our operations. Our strategic plan was developed with a deliberate intention of strengthening and manifesting this commitment.

June 2022

Sometimes we need to dream big! We asked some of the Preschoolers, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We can’t help but love their answers.
July & August 2022
Students who attended Camp Umbrella experienced nature with beautiful views, saw animals, learned something new and made unforgettable memories with friends! Some of our favourite days included: Safari Niagara, Happy Rolph’s, Heritage Green Park, Victoria Museum and Bingemans.
September 2022
Every child matters! On September 30th educators engaged in conversations about why we recognize National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Together, we remembered and honored the children and Indigenous communities affected by residential schools. We reflected on the loss of Indigenous culture and language, loss of freedom, as well as the painful experiences of abuse and neglect associated with residential schools. 
October 2022
Fall breeze and autumn leaves! October reminded us that nature is the ultimate playground. Students and educators had endless amounts of fun jumping and playing in the leaves.
November 2022
In 2022 Umbrella received playground funding from the City of Hamilton. This generous gift was used to add outdoor umbrellas to serval sites. These new umbrellas will allow our students and educators to enjoy more outdoor play during the summer months! We are so excited to enjoy our new umbrellas in the warmer weather.

December 2022
December was full of celebrations! We sang happy birthday to our friends, made crafts for our families and embraced the joy and excitement of the holiday season.
January 2023
Creativity is always welcome! In the morning, the children built spaceships using magnetiles. When one of the children asked to make a BIG spaceship, a gingerbread house was transformed. This project was all about teamwork and cooperation.
February 2023
Students and educators had wonderful discussions about bullying and why we wear a pink shirt on anti-bullying day. Our friends reminisced about times they were bullied and how they felt when this happened. We also discussed what we can do to help friends who are being bullied. As Madeline said, “Be a upstander, not a bystander”.
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun”
– Winnie the Pooh

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