November 2008
Issue 4
Peace Signs
monthly e-newsletter from Peaceful Schools International
In This Issue
Mix it Up at Lunch Day
Cowan Heights Celebrates
Congratulations to John de Chastelain, PSI Board Member
Feature School
Free Conflict Resolution Resources
We Need Your Help
Join Our Mailing List
Canada Helps
Donate to PSI
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Peace Tree at Cowan Heights Elementary School
These 405 leaves were added to the tree on the day of the Cowan Heights celebration. Each leaf has a picture or words to reflect on "peace" in the school or world.
Children's World Academy rises
to the PSI "Trashformation"
Recycled Art Challenge


We hope that the ideas in this newsletter will inspire you and also offer practical ideas and tools. Our goal is to share ideas and information that will be helpful as we work together to build a better, more peaceful world.

PSI celebrates peaceful schools around the world.

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Mix it Up at Lunch Day
Mix It Up at Lunch Day, Thursday, November 13, 2008, is a simple call to action: take a new seat in the cafeteria. By making the move, students can cross the lines of division, meet new people and make new friends. Mix It Up believes in the power of youth to create and sustain real change. An idea from Teaching Tolerance.
Cowan Heights Elementary Celebrates

Cowan Heights Elementary School in St. John's, NL became a member of PSI in 2003. To reaffirm their commitment to creating a culture of peace, students, staff and community members held a celebration on October 6.

At the celebration, the children gathered around the flagpole. Imagine their surprise when three magnificient horses from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Mounted Patrol began the journey up the school's driveway, with the PSI flag floating between the two lead horses! What a wonderful way to begin a week, a month, and a school year!

Congratulations to General A.J.G.D. de Chastelain, OC, CMM, CD, CH (ret'd)
On October 25, an Honourary Doctor of Civil Law Honoris Causa was bestowed on General John de Chastelain by Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS. Gen. de Chastelain is a true peacemaker and an outstanding Canadian. We are proud that he has been a member of the PSI International Advisory Board since 2002.  YouTube video of presentation
Bio for Gen. John de Chastelain
Featured PSI School: Children's World Academy
Each month we choose one of our member schools as the PSI "School of the Month." This month we are pleased to showcase Children's World Academy in LaSalle, Quebec. 
In November, PSI encourages students, teachers and families to think about the characteristics that make  school a place where people want to be. This document offers ideas to help in this process.

Free Conflict Resolution Resources
The 'Conflict Resolution Network' based in Australia, offers excellent resources for download on their website. The CR Trainers Manual including 12 skills is a comprehensive guide to running highly successful Conflict Resolution sessions offers teaching material, group and individual exercises and handouts for over 50 hours of instruction on the 12 skills of Conflict Resolution.
All CRN materials on this website can be freely reproduced provided the copyright notice appears on each page.

We Need Your Help
Most teachers in the schools with which we work in Sierra Leone have never had the opportunity to receive teacher training. Less that $200 per year will provide tuition and materials for one year's teacher training. I will personally support a teacher in Mapaki for two years' of teacher training. Please join me in sponsoring a teacher.(We provide tax receipts for donations.)
There are many ways to help us in Sierra Leone.
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Peaceful Schools International (PSI) is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides support to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.

PSI was founded in 2001 and is now a respected and innovative source of support for over 260 schools in 13 countries.

PSI acts as a catalyst and clearinghouse for innovative ideas aimed at creating a school-wide culture of peace.

We welcome your contributions for future editions of Peace Signs.
Hetty van Gurp, President

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