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Three grade 6 girls dressed in Ukrainian attire on Thursday’s NUT Day


embroidery85 From Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22, students and staff of IHMS celebrated their unique culture and heritage for an entire week. This week, which is always the last week before the March break, is called Ukrainian Week.


The stage as it was set up for the Ukrainian Concert on Thursday


Monday, March 18, the first day of Ukrainian Week, was a NUT Day –  “No Uniforms Today”. Students and staff were encouraged to wear blue and yellow clothing symbolizing the colours of the Ukrainian flag – a blue sky above a brilliant yellow field of wheat. Students also spent time rehearsing for Thursday’s Ukrainian concert.


Students displaying their colours on “Blue and Yellow Day”


On Monday, and for every day throughout the week, students were able to participate in a daily trivia contest designed to help them learn about various Ukrainian folk songs. The trivia questions (and answers) were in an information sheet sent home with the students. Students entered their answers for a chance to win a daily prize.


Grade 2 student Nomi S. entering her answer for Wednesday’s trivia contest in the K-3 container. Student answers to the trivia contest were separated into 3 different grade levels which increased the chances of winning a prize!


Also on Monday morning, and on every other morning throughout the week, a Ukrainian music video was played in each classroom immediately after opening exercises.  


Ukrainian Music Videos


Tuesday and Wednesday were very similar to Monday except they weren’t NUT days. Students continued with their rehearsals for the Ukrainian concert. They also continued to participate in the daily trivia contest.


One of the highlights of Ukrainian Week was Friday’s perogy lunch


Thursday, at least in the morning, was very similar to the previous three days of Ukrainian Week. Students continued with their concert rehearsals and the daily trivia contest. In addition, Thursday was also another NUT day – “Ukrainian Wear Day”. On this day, students were still required to wear their navy pants (or skort), but were free to wear a t-shirt or a sweatshirt with a Ukrainian slogan.


Grade 4 and grade 6 students dressed for Thursday’s NUT day


Thursday, in addition to being another NUT day, was also the most exciting day of the week because it was the day of the concert. The concert, entitled “Sing the Songs of the Nightingale”, was performed twice that day in order to accommodate the schedules of parents who work shift work. As has been the case for years, there was a 1:30 matinee performance in addition to the traditional evening performance at 7:00.


A few photos from Thursday’s Ukrainian Concert


Friday, March 22 was the last day for the trivia contest, and the last day before the beginning of the Spring break. Thanks to perogy donations from various Ukrainian Catholic parishes, and to the parent volunteers who cooked and served them, students were able to purchase a delicious perogy lunch served by the IHMS Parents Guild.


Students enjoyed perogies that were donated to the school from various Ukrainian Catholic parishes. The perogies were then cooked and served to the students by parent volunteers.


When the students return to school after the March break, the grade 4-8 students will be participating in a style of Ukrainian art called “Petrykivka painting”. Painting of any type is always fun and exciting for the students because it allows them to be creative and to express themselves artistically. The K-3 students will be participating in a different musical activity.


On Friday at 1:00 p.m., students and staff marked the end of Ukrainian Week by attending Divine Liturgy at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral before being dismissed for spring break. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the IHMS staff and parent volunteers, Ukrainian Week for 2019 was another smashing success!





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