Native Heritage Month

The month of November is recognized in the US as Native Heritage Month. The Northshore School District  “acknowledge that the Northshore School District occupies unceded coast Salish territories and acknowledge the many tribes that have and continue to live on this land since time immemorial.”

The Burke Museum in Seattle is a great place to visit to learn about Coast Salish speaking people of the Northwest Coast. 

Bear and Friends” coloring page by Simone Diamond, Coast Salish
Bears represent protection, strength, and bravery. 

Whales are guardians of the seas. 

Raccoons inspire playfulness and adaptability. Northwest coloring pages 

The Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) is hosting two upcoming online events which you can join for free. Storytelling Nov. 15 and make your own frybread, Nov. 22: https://mwilber0.wixsite.com/eastside-ndn-ed/news-and-events  

Diwali

Nov. 4, 2021, Diwali-related festivities were celebrated by some of our families at Maywood Hills. 

 
Diwali Fun Facts!
1. It’s Not Just One Day: Traditionally, Diwali is a 4- or 5-day festival.
2. Diwali Is About Light: The word “Diwali” comes from the Sanskrit “depavali” which means “row of lights.” 
3. Diwali Is recognized by  Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and by some Buddhists.
4. Diwali was originally a harvest festival.
5.  Diwali is a time for sweets and treats.

**Read all 10 fun facts about Diwali for kids which includes crafts and videos.  Also, you can learn more from National Geographic Kids – Diwali

Veterans Day

Nov, 11, 2021 Veterans Day:   Bothell recognizes “Veterans Memorial Drive” by renaming of the street that leads to the Northshore Veterans Memorial located at Pop Keeney Stadium. This feature names all nineteen NSD students who have died in the line of duty. 

Image taken from Veterans Coloring Pages

Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2021 Thanksgiving Day: This American holiday focuses on gathering with family and friends and expressing gratitude. The historical events related to Thanksgiving are often inaccurately represented. We would like to share resources from NSD to recognize and celebrate Indigenous heritage and discuss Thanksgiving in a culturally sensitive way. 

Image taken from Paper Trail Design– Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

NSD Monthly Cultural and Heritage Observances
NSD Religious and Cultural Observances 

WSPTA Family and Engagement information