November 2021 Guardian Newsletter

In this edition:

Resilience Workshop

The TEMS Theme for November was Resilience. To kick off our theme, TEMS Guardian classes had a workshop about resilience on November 10th.

During the workshop, students discussed their definitions and examples of resilience. We also watched some videos about examples of resilience such as the story of a 1-legged tap dancer, and another story about a surfer who was the victim of the shark attack. We also learned about who Terry Fox was, and how his was a story of resilience too.

The common theme in the resilience stories is taking a bad situation and turning it into something positive. For example, the shark attach survivor began creating prosthetic legs for surfers, and Terry Fox started the Marathon of Hope and his legacy is the Terry Fox Foundation. 

During the workshop, we talked about how to make our own stories of resilience. How can we take bad situations in our own lives and turn them into something positive?

Remembrance Day

By KD L.
Every November 11, we celebrate remembrance day. Remembrance Day is a day we remember what happened in World War 1 and to memorize all those soldiers who died there and also fought there. Lots of countries, for example, Canada, USA, France, etc are celebrating this day. Remembrance day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day”. Also the symbol for Remembrance day is “Poppy”. During November 11, we pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve their country during times of war. It is important to celebrate Remembrance day, because to not repeat our mistakes again.

Terry Fox School Run

By Hyeonji J.
On November 12th, 2021, TEMS students and teachers participated in the Terry Fox Run by walking about 1 hours and 40minutes around the neighbourhood. You might be wondering, what exactly is the ‘Terry Fox Run’? To know this, we first have to know who Terry Fox is. Terry Fox was a long-distance runner and a basketball player when he was in high school. However, he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) in his right leg at the age of eighteen and had his leg amputated 15cm above his knee. Terry Fox showed remarkable resilience afterwards, deciding to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. This was the Marathon of Hope. Terry Fox completed an average of 42km per day for 143 days, and he walked a total of 5373km. Terry Fox said, “I’ve said to people before that I’m going to do my very best to make it, I’m not going to give up. But I might not make it… if I don’t, the Marathon of Hope better continue.” It is up to us as the members of the next generation to continue and pursue Terry Fox’s run, his hope, and his dream. I was deeply inspired by Terry Fox’s actions, and I hope someday I can accomplish something that will make our community a better place as well.

Resilience Events

Part of being resilient means putting more leverage on the positive events and aspects on your life than the negative ones. TEMS wanted students to have some positive experiences to give leverage to and exercise their resilience, so students spent an afternoon doing fun activities with their friends.
Hyeonji, Sumin, and Cheeun went to a local Korean restaurant for their event. 

The Korean food gave them a warm feeling and reminded them of home, while the experience of going out to a restaurant helped them to conquer their anxiety of going out to a public place again. The girls had a good time and enjoyed some delicious food together!
Many of the students went bowling together.

They had a fun time with friends and got to flex their competitive sides! Some students even got a strike!

Bowling was a great stress-buster and students made nice memories together.
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Gail, Hyewon, and Eunseo went to the mall together. The mall is nicely decorated for Christmas and people are out buying gifts for their loved ones. 

The girls had dinner together in the food court and did some window shopping. They visited some stores such as the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and bought some yummy treats.

The things they bought are their souvenirs of a nice time spent with friends!

Thanks for reading!