March 31st, 2020 Update

Dear Parents & Guardians of LSK students, 

We hope all are well during these times of uncertainty. We were very happy to receive guidance from the provincial government yesterday, Monday, March 30th. Nova Scotia announced schools will remain closed until May 1st. Last week we began working on a plan to help you and our students while our school is closed. Now that the province has provided some guidance, we were able to add more details to our plans. Nova Scotia will give us more information and it may change some things. 

First let’s begin by stating students on track to completing the school year will continue on that path to move to the next grade or graduate. Your child is likely on track if they had good attendance and were completing class work. All of our teachers have reached out to their students and/or parents and guardians. 

We understand that these times are challenging for everyone. We understand that you do not have the training or experience of teaching. Our staff are equipped with strategies and trained to support students in their learning journeys. We have the experience and shared knowledge of teaching your children, and many children, with a variety of different needs. We are here to help and support as much as possible. Our Teachers and Educational Assistance are available for questions, supports or a listening ear to help you with any frustrations you may have. We are asking for your help, so together we can support our youth to succeed in their future learning journeys. 

All of our provided learning activities will be accessed through digital devices and provided by Teachers. We will not be providing hand out packages. If your family does not have access to the internet, reach out to Velvet Paul for the Education Department’s wifi password and it can be accessed in her parking lot. Our Technology team will be increasing access points and providing one loaner device per family if needed. Our loaner devices will be available after April 6th along with our plans coming into full action.

Together, our Elementary team has developed a plan which consists of providing 1 hour of suggested daily activities to parents and guardians. Teachers are also providing a list of curriculum outcomes with suggested activities and resources they were not able to cover this school year. These documents will be available on our website at www.lskschool.ca.This will allow you to know what your child should be learning in their grade level. To support you further, teachers will be providing 1 hour of suggested daily activities to parents and guardians consisting of 30 minutes of math and 30 minutes of literacy, which will meet those outcomes not covered. We do not want you to feel overloaded and want to help reduce stress, so we will only be providing daily activities to focus on. 

Our Elementary team is using IXL, Prodigy, Epick, Dreamscape, Raz Kids or Squiggle Park to provide more effective learning opportunities for our students. Our Elementary Mi’kmaq language teacher will provide language videos which will be available on our Facebook L’nu Sipuk Kina’muokoum group and on our website. 

Students in grades 7-12 have a variety of teachers for their courses they are enrolled in. Our High School team has developed a plan and will be using Google Classroom as their main resource. All Jr. and Sr. High Students have access to their Google Suites account and have used Google Classroom this year. Beginning next Monday, students will find new assignments in their Google classroom each weekday. From Monday - Thursday, two hours of work will be provided daily in their Google classrooms. 

Teachers have been in contact with students via email and google classroom. Please make sure that you support or ask your child to check their lsk school email and google classrooms daily starting tomorrow.

High School Block A will post assignments on Monday, Block B will post assignments on Tuesday, Block C on Wednesday and Block D on Thursday. Friday will be used to catch up on any uncompleted assignments. 

Jr. High students can find new learning activities in their Math classroom on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Wednesday and Thursday they will find new activities in their Social Studies and Literacy classrooms. Friday’s they will find activities in their Mi’kmaq classroom. 

These activities are learning opportunities to support your children in completing outcomes for their grade levels and to better prepare them for their return to school in the fall. Please pass the message on that these activities will provide them with strategies and skills that will support them next year and the years to come. We do not want our students to fall behind and it is our job to prepare them for their life journey. 

All students on track to completing the school year will continue on that path to move to the next grade or graduate. Teachers will be providing midterm marks on April 16th. Report Cards will be emailed or sent to you via the contact you have set up with your child’s teacher. These midterm report cards will let you know if your student is on track to passing. If your child is currently not on track to passing, it is highly suggested they participate in the suggested activities. 

Please reach out to any staff member if you are not yet connected to your child’s teacher. Our entire education team is here to support. We encourage all to reach out to an Educational Assistant, teacher or other supporting staff. We will connect you and support you as needed. We are here to help. It takes a community to raise a child and we can overcome these challenges together. 

Respectfully,

Kelly Oliver & LSK Teachers