An elementary school in Mission is taking a unique approach on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day classroom activities: it’s cutting them.
A number of primary teachers at Albert McMahon Elementary say “in an effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and to nurture students from non-traditional families,” those celebrations should take place at home instead.
“Due to this, the children will not be making gifts at school to give on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day,” states a letter sent home to parents. “We feel each family knows the best way to celebrate with their own family.”
“Teachers do have a lot of autonomy about what things they do in their class,” says Mission School Superintendent Angus Wilson.
“Mother’s Day and other civic holidays are not actually directly part of the curriculum so they haven’t broken the rules or anything like that.”
Wilson says because of that, it’s up to the school, and questions surrounding the policy are a conversation between teachers and parents.
“As needed, I’ve already contacted the principal and I’m happy to support and work with them on future decisions on matters like this.”
Wilson says he hasn’t spoken to teachers directly about it, but that the move is about celebrating all caregivers and not just parents exclusively.
But Wilson adds if he was asked, he would’ve encouraged something which supports parents and caregivers to add support for non-traditional families.