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Bambi Ross is a local Manor Park resident and former principal at Manor Park Public School. Bambi's Blog features free online activities and resources that are fun for people of all ages!

If elementary and secondary schools were open this week across the city there would be graduation ceremonies happening so I thought today should be Grad day!  Today's offerings are for  everyone, young and old, who have achieved something during this Pandemic.  

If this June marks your official transition from  kindergarten, Grade 6, Grade 8 , Grade 12, college, or university I want to congratulate you on your achievement! Way to go! You did it! This certainly won't be a graduation you forget!! 

For all of us who are graduating from our Stay at home orders and venturing back out into the world - Congratulations as well!  As you reflect back  over the last few months, maybe you don't think you achieved anything but you did! You survived transitioning to working from home, becoming your child's teacher. Perhaps you learned a new skill, rediscovered an old hobby, started a garden, volunteered in a new way, or rediscovered the beauty of your community during daily walks. Maybe you finally had time to finish that book you have wanted to read or cleaned out that closet or completed your "Honey Do" list. Maybe you simply enjoyed spending uninterrupted time with your family or reconnecting virtually with old friends and family near and far.

Throughout my life as a student and then as an educator, June has always been the time I have reflected on the past year and planned for the year to come. So this June, as we move through the phases of reopening the city, my hope for everyone is that we take some time to reflect on the last few months and how we want this to impact us we move forward. 

So today we celebrate all of us! Congratulations everyone!

This is my Graduation Playlist that I have created over many years of  planning Leaving Ceremonies.

"The Climb" Miley Cyrus


"Forever Young" Jay Z


SImple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me"


"Unwritten" Natasha Bedingfield


"See You Again" Wiz Khalifa


"Graduation (Friends Forever) Vitamin C


Maroon 5  "Memories" One Voice Children's Choir https://youtu.be/XB6yjGVuzVo "Good Riddance(Time of Your Life)" Green Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSz16ngdsG0 Sarah McLachlan "I Will Remember You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSz16ngdsG0 Pink "A Million Dreams" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSBzMU1QyO8&list=PLplXQ2cg9B_oqlMpqWO6NzxeHn0sr63aT Rascal Flatts " My Wish For You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGB7IWklW3s Lee Ann Womack "I Hope You Dance" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV-Z1YwaOiw My two favourite Dr Seuss books.... "Oh,The Places You'll Go" Dr Seuss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-hW8KOdqnQ "Hooray for Diffendoofer Day" Dr. Seuss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzsdQaB34bU Grad always needs a few speeches so here are some of the best grad speeches of 2020.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2020/05/16/the-best-commencement-speeches-of-2020/#32fab13873f0 https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a32521467/virtual-commencement-speeches-class-of-2020/

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Bambi Ross is a local Manor Park resident and former principal at Manor Park Public School. Bambi's Blog features free online activities and resources that are fun for people of all ages!

Good Morning!

As tomorrow is the first day of summer, I thought these songs would set the right mood! Mungo Jerry "In The Summertime" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM&list=PLaogZ6OuhR7E38rnp-KbmEDR6nLco2-Oo&index=20 Kid Rock "All Summer Long" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwIGZLjugKA&list=PLaogZ6OuhR7E38rnp-KbmEDR6nLco2-Oo&index=49 Mel Torme "Too Darn Hot" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuofM7c4sSY&list=PLaogZ6OuhR7E38rnp-KbmEDR6nLco2-Oo&index=35 Kool and the Gang "Summer Madness" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SFt7JHwJeg&list=PLaogZ6OuhR7E38rnp-KbmEDR6nLco2-Oo&index=22 War "Summer" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MyH1TcqAhI&list=PLaogZ6OuhR7E38rnp-KbmEDR6nLco2-Oo&index=31 Brad Paisley "Beat This Summer" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOJ1WveJRQg&list=PLaogZ6OuhR7E38rnp-KbmEDR6nLco2-Oo&index=39 Nathan is back!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_cskmdWEU4 Some resistance band exercises https://www.runnersworld.com/training/a24843120/resistance-band-exercises/ Jazz Festival "Tenacity" 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ZphyQ0_j0&feature=youtu.be Parking with a twist! Bluesfest and the NAC 2020 https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/nac-and-bluesfest-team-up-for-summer-drive-in-concerts-1.4988901 "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Globe Theatre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cAwaNRIEF8 "The Magic Flute" Premieres tonight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGUcNzkrAE0 Peter Pan is coming to Whats on Stage. (Featuring Allison Williams and Christopher Walkin. Starts on Friday https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/all-star-peter-pan-allison-williams-walken-stream_51775.html Pandemic Portraits - Almonte photography https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/portraits-pandemic-small-town-1.5614231 Unique couch tour to Poland https://www.insider.com/photos-poland-ancient-wieliczka-salt-mine-and-its-incredible-stories-2020-5 VIrtual tour of the Parliament buildings https://www.experienceparliament.ca/?utm_source=instagram&utm_medium=Image+Ad+2&utm_campaign=LoP+-+IG+-+Virtual+Experience+Program+EN+-+Traffic&utm_content=Image+Ad+2&utm_term=2020-06+-+traffic Or how about zoning out for an hour looking at the Dolomites in Italy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQLid9yNI9E Backyard movie night? https://www.cityline.tv/video/the-inspiration-you-need-to-plan-a-diy-backyard-movie-night/ Ecology Ottawa https://ecologyottawa.ca/campaigns/living-city/passport-to-nature-2020/ This link to the passport has all of the different activities for young and old https://ecologyottawa3.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/passport-to-nature-2020-v1-1.pd No outdoor space? Check out this cool garden tower idea https://www.ottawalife.com/article/tower-gardens-an-interview-with-urban-farmer-becky-black?c=39 https://www.towergarden.ca/tg Looking for some do it yourself decor ideas? This channel has lots! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDkG2HXOGXRI56bIBUYjEJA

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Bambi Ross is a local Manor Park resident and former principal at Manor Park Public School. Bambi's Blog features free online activities and resources that are fun for people of all ages!

Good Morning! Today features ideas for venturing out more in the Ottawa area,

James Brown "Night Train"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF_rZrH4yBY "Moves like Jagger" Maroon 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEPTlhBmwRg Bryan Ferry "Slave to Love" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kp3N3wQPO0 Yusuf/Cat Stevens "Where do the Children Play?" https://youtu.be/nBCJhNiKhFE  "Stuck in the Middle With You" Stealers Wheel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln7Vn_WKkWU And just because!!! Lil Nas X "Old Town Road" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2Ov5jzm3j8 The Mayfair Theatre is offering movie rentals https://mayfairtheatre.ca/ Have a special event coming up? The Gladstone Theatre is offering to post your messages on their marquee for $1 a letter. Online free gardening workshops https://justfood.ca/gardening-workshops/ Cycling routes in rural Ottawa  https://ottawatourism.ca/en/rural Staycation ideas... Ottawa roadtrip ideas https://ottawaroadtrips.com/2017/06/19/50-road-trips-ottawa-must-try-summer/ These websites update regularly with things happening in the Ottawa area.  https://ottawatourism.ca/en/ottawa-insider/what-s-happening-ottawa-area https://www.todocanada.ca/things-ottawa-weekend/ https://spotlight.ottawa.ca/en https://www.ottawafestivals.ca/calendar/  Stratford Theatre "King John" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L4bYdzMndE Need some new ideas to keep the kids busy while you work? This website is a daily calendar of activities for kids with links and also has a wide variety of offline activity ideas. It looks great! https://ottawacapitalregion.macaronikid.com/events Metropolitan Opera Summer Camp https://www.metopera.org/discover/education/global-summer-camp/home/ This might interest some parents for use with their kids https://messengerkids.com/

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