June 2009
Issue 11
Peace Signs
monthly e-newsletter from Peaceful Schools International
In This Issue
Important Day for PSI
FREE PowerPoint
Golden Rule Video
FREE Transitional Justice Guide
PSI Yearbook
Art of Peace Camp
Join Our Mailing List
Canada Helps
Donate to PSI
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LBPSB Place Cartier Adult Learning Centre workshop at the "We Choose Peace" Symposium
Happy Holidays
 
"Hand in Hand Grow with Peace" Quilt
St. Paul Elementary
LBPSB
 Salad
Students at St. Mark School in Prescott, ON make a "Friendship Salad."
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PSI celebrates peaceful schools around the world.
Read more about Peaceful Schools International
An Important Day for PSI: Lester B. Pearson School Board Raises the PSI Flag
In 2002, we first introduced PSI to schools in the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Dorval. On May 14, 2009, the PSI flag was raised at the LBPSB office to celebrate the fact that this visionary Board has encouraged and supported all of its schools in their journeys to become members of PSI. The LBPSB is the only school board to have embraced PSI Board-wide. We hope other boards will follow its example.
On May 15th, Judy Grant, PSI Regional Coordinator for the LBPSB, planned a symposium, "We Choose Peace," - a full day of workshops and opportunities to showcase the writing and art of students within the LBPSB.
Montreal Gazette story

Allion Choir
 
The Allion Choir sang a beautiful peace anthem written by Judy Grant. Note the peace quilts in the background - one from each of the LBPSB schools.

Looking for a PowerPoint Presentation... FREE?
On the Free PowerPoint website you will find 648 categories and in each category you will find a collection of PowerPoint presentations (and games) - all available free! For example, here is the link to the PowerPoint presentations on bullying.
Golden Rule
This is an interactive presentation of the Golden Rule in 13 religions, including a brief overview of each religion. As this short DVD has visual effects, images and music, it would be useful and attractive for teachers and students. The DVD was produced by Ryan Nutter, a Grade 12 student at Cardinal Newman High School in Scarborough, Ontario (November 2005).
THE ROAD TO  PEACE:  A Teaching Guide on Local and Global Transitional Justice
This FREE guide contains creative, thought-provoking, and innovative lesson plans, introducing students to the concept of transitional justice. Some of the topics covered:
~ Lessons on the root causes and costs of war and   conflict
~  Overview of human rights and different transitional justice mechanisms
~  Skill-building resources on how to apply reconciliation on a local level
~  Conflict resolution and peer mediation exercises
~  Resources for further study and action on peace and   justice 
This 229 page guide is appropriate for 9th grade through adult learners. Courtesy of:  www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org
PSI Yearbook: Looking for Submissions
This summer we will be preparing a 2008 - 2009 yearbook to highlight the many wonderful initiatives that are taking place in our member schools. If every member school submits one photo or description of an intiative or event - we would have over 300 great ideas to share! PLEASE send us yours.
Send to: info@peacefulschoolsinternational.org
The Art of Peace: A Camp for Kids
July 13 - 17, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS
'The Art of Peace' is a 5-day interactive day camp for youth ages 8 to 13.  This innovative program is an invitation for youth to come together and explore, experiment and experience the value of peace through creative and fun activities.
Each day is dedicated to exploring one aspect of peace - What is Peace?, Peace in Me, Peace in My Family and Community, Peace in Nature, Peace in the World.   
There will be engaging projects that allow for creative experimentation, full expression and a greater grasp of the possibilities of peace that exist in each of our lives. 
Artistic explorations include tie-dyeing, felting, solar cooking, basket weaving, guerrilla gardening, yoga, story-telling and puppetry. 
Facilitators include a variety of artists, peace activists and are led by Carolyn van Gurp and Saidu Timbo from Sierra Leone, Hetty van Gurp, founder of Peaceful Schools International. We will also be joined by other artists during the week.
Register now as the camp is almost full!
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 300 schools in 14 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.
Sincerely,
Hetty van Gurp, President

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