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Please join us on April 25th at 8:40 a.m. in the ELAC Multi-Purpose Room for our Headmaster's Cafe. Jon Schatzky will be reviewing the progress we have made in our operational goals as well as looking ahead to next year.
We hope to see you there.
International Scholastic Book Orders
Parents may now order books from the May 2017 catalogs. This will be the last opportunity to order this school year. Paper catalogs are available from your ES classroom teacher. Online catalog links are below.
May Primary and Teen catalogs:
The deadline is May 5th.
From April 14th to 16th, eight members of the HS Eco Club, four teacher chaperones, and an elementary student travelled to Shiraishi Island in Kasaoka, Okayama for a service trip. Known for its beautiful beaches and historic pilgrimage trail of 88 shrines, Shiraishi is a popular tourist spot, but it is difficult to maintain the trails, due to the growing population of elderly people. Hence, we made it our goal to compassionately impact the Shiraishi community, by cleaning the beaches and clearing the hiking trails.
On the first and second day, we focused on raking through the hiking trails, to sweep off dead leaves and get rid of roots, that could get in the way of pilgrims. Compared to last year, we able to get much more of the trail covered, due to the increase in participants.
On the second and third days, we worked on the beach and picked up trash. I didn’t realize how serious the issue was until we stepped foot onto the beach. The entire area was filled with pet bottles, cans, glass bottles, styrofoam, and other unidentifiable objects, which had been washed ashore from the mainland or carried along the current of the Seto Inland Sea. Although it was impossible to clear every single piece of trash in a span of a few days, we were able to collect bags upon bags of the waste. We carried the bags of trash to the shore on a boat, which went back and forth from the beaches to the port numerous times, so all the garbage could be taken to be recycled or disposed of properly. Compared to the trail cleaning, this was a much tougher task, as we didn’t have trees to protect us from the sun and its heat beating down on us, but it was extremely rewarding to see the progress we made over the couple of days. It was especially touching when the local fishermen who were helping us with the beach cleaning treated us to some snacks afterwards, to thank us for our hard work.
During times when we weren’t working, we were either cooking or interacting with other people on the island, such as Amy Chavez and Paul, who helped us organize the trip. We also met a couple who had been sailing the Pacific Ocean for many years, aboard their sustainable trimaran. The hanami hike we had on the first day was also a great experience, as we got to see the beautiful sakura and had an amazing view of the inland sea from the top as well. All these activities allowed us to get to know the island itself more as well, and it was very fascinating.
Overall, the Shiraishi trip was exciting, rewarding, and also eye opening, allowing us to first handedly experience the true implications of littering. I am very grateful to all the teachers and islanders who helped make this trip possible, and hope that this activity will continue to be an annual trip everyone can look forward to.
Be sure to check out Canadian Academy's Facebook page for photos!
Our Secondary School Eco Club members kick off our Earth Week celebrations by weeding Kibo no Mori, an area in the Rokko Mountains.
Other activities this week include:
April 24- No Food Waste Monday
April 25- Green Tuesday- Wear Green. Be a green commuter and bring your own bottle to reduce your carbon footprint.
April 26- Paperless Wednesday
April 27- Meat Free Thursday: Cezars' will serve a meat free lunch
April 28 - Clean-up Day (MS Block):Rokko Island Clean Up.
Meat Free Thursday
You may wonder why we have "Meat Free Thursday." By having 4 meatless meals a week, we can reduce our carbon footprint by 416 kg of CO2 a year. Compare this to other ways to reduce carbon footprints: Adjusting the heating thermostat 3ºC less at night cuts 190 kg of CO2, recycling cuts 30 kg of CO2, cold washing clothes cuts 12 kg of CO2. Reducing our meat consumption is relatively painless and it also saves water and reduces damage to soil. Most importantly it's good for our health!!
Cezars Kitchen for menu Meat Free Thursday will be:
Steamed Broccoli and cauliflower
Green salad with 12 condiments
We believe that the health of our planet depends on the actions of each individual.
Dear CA Parents,
The Grade Five Exhibition will take place next Thursday the 27th in the P&G Black Box Theater from 6:00-8:30 pm. The students are currently working on their preparations for next week and getting ready to begin presentation practice for their music performance and PYPX process presentation. We hope that you will be able to join us in our celebration of their learning.
There will be a special session for grade four parents and their children to see one of the Exhibition practices next Tuesday, April 25 from 14:20-15:15. This is a great opportunity for them to see what the PYPX is all about, support our grade five students, and begin to think ahead to next year's Exhibition.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact, Trevor Rehel.
April is Arts month at CA! CA is excited to be hosting writer author and anthropologist Dana Walrath as our Artist in Residence for the month of April. Ms Walrath will be working with students in English and Humanities classes as well as creating pieces in a studio in the Atrium.
From 17-27 April we will also be holding our inaugural Arts Festival. Student artwork from all grades will be exhibited around the school. Along with Ms Walrath, we will, have two additional artists working with students in the atrium. John Dix is a ceramicist who has a long association with CA. Yukimori Yamamura is an installation artist who will also be working with students in the atrium.
Watch the news headlines and Facebook during April for further details of Arts Events.