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YRDSB Celebrates the Lunar New Year
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YRDSB Celebrates the Lunar New Year

York Region District School Board marks the beginning of a new year for people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Mongolian Ancestry and their Diaspora on February 16. 

For many people from East Asia and South East Asia, the Lunar New Year is associated with Spring and is marked with large community festivities, family gatherings and feasts. For many followers of Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism, the Lunar New Year also symbolizes renewal. To celebrate this special time in our communities, YRDSB schools will be hosting a variety of events. 

“We are very excited to be able to share in the festivities and we wish everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year a happy and joyful celebration in the company of family and friends,” said Paul Woods, Principal, Inclusive School and Community Services. 

Below are some of the events YRDSB schools are hosting:

Ramer Wood P.S.

February 12, 2018 – Professional drummers and dancers in lion costumes kick-off an assembly at Ramer Wood P.S.

February 16, 2018 – Students will wear red and cultural attire in addition to participating in Lunar New Year themed activities. 

Parkview P.S. 

March 1, 2018 – A Lunar New Year display and family-wide event is being hosted in collaboration with the Parkview P.S. Parent Council beginning at 5:30 p.m. The community will have an opportunity to make lanterns, and participate in paper-cutting activities, a riddle contest, and a game called Chinese shuttlecock. There will also be a presentation to learn more about the Lunar New Year in the library. 

Aldergrove P.S.

February 15, 2018 – Aldergrove P.S. is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration from 10:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. and for the community from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Wilclay P.S.

February 15, 2018 – Wilclay P.S. will be ushering in the Year of the Dog with a lion dance performed by the Wushu Project from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. The kindergarten students will participate in a parade and sing songs during an assembly.

York Region District School Board is the third largest school district in Ontario with over 124,000 students in 177 elementary schools and 33 secondary schools. York Region students consistently perform above average in provincial testing and the Board is one of the top achievers in Ontario. For more information about the York Region District School Board, please visit the Board website and follow @YRDSB on Twitter.

For more information contact:
Amanda Burnett
Corporate Communications
905-727-0022, ext. 2272​

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