LSK School Administration

Apuknajit (ah-book-na-jit), February, is snow blinding moon.   In February we offer a spirit plate to Apuknajit, winter spirit , before the first full moon of snow blinding month.   February is known to be the hardest winter month and by giving an offering we are asking for an easier month. By offering a spirit plate we are also feeding the animals that are struggling for to find food, thus taking care of our ecosystem. We welcome you to join us in our Apuknajit Feast.  We will have a feast and mawiomi on Thursday, February 6th from 1:00-2:30. The feast will feed more than the bodies in attendance, but will also feed our minds and hearts. We hope you will join us in our February celebration.   

 This month's seven sacred teaching we are honouring is humility.  Humility in Mi'kmaq is wanqwjite'teken and means compassion.  It can also be translated as calmness and patience. Humility means you are equal to others. Showing humility is acting equal and not better or superior than another.  It is sometimes setting aside your needs for the needs of another.  Humility is also showing empathy and helping others.  

If students are having trouble coming to school, we are asking for parents to reach out to the school and we will work together to help your child succeed.  LSK is a safe and welcoming environment to support all students. When your child attends school regularly they will have a routine established, be more willing to attend, and more likely to graduate.  It's never too late to improve attendance. Good attendance provides more choices for the future. Please ask for help because there is always a solution. 

All students that miss less than 3 days in a month receives an attendance award.  Elementary students receive a medal, while Jr. and Sr. High receive a takeout meal or gift card.  High school students that accumulate more than 20 unexcused absences per semester are at risk of losing their credits.  

High school students have completed their exams and first semester.  February is the beginning of the second semester for high school. High school report cards will be given out February 13th.  Elementary report cards will go out in March. Second semester symbolizes completion of half of the 2019/2020 school year.

It has been a great school year full of many laughs, hugs, and achievements.  March break, winter carnival and Spring is fast approaching.    

Pusu'l Puna'ne. Happy New Year. After having a successful, fun and productive 2019, we look forward to having an even better year for 2020.  To support success for our students, we began this year with a few staff position changes. We are excited to return from the holidays and ready to accomplish many great things.  

Our ice rink is up and running, thanks to Mr. Greg Marr and students' hard work and dedication.  The rink is located on the soccer field and can be used by the community. All we ask is to encourage all to take good care of it, so that people can continue to use it.   During school hours, our rule is no helmet, no ice.   

Our goals for the school year are to increase language and community involvement and to improve attendance through sharing and strengthening relationships. Teachers are reaching out to parents and we are incorporating language throughout the school. Our attendance is on the rise when compared to our last year's data, especially for our older grades. 

Missing school can have a snowball effect.  Each day of learning builds on the previous day of lessons.  Students that miss lessons can fall behind in skills, resulting in them wanting to miss more time from school because they are struggling.   Research shows that kids that are allowed to miss school when they are young are more likely to skip school when they are older and are less likely to graduate.     

At LSK our elementary grades start their days with 90 minutes of literacy lessons.  Our teachers in P-3 attend weekly professional sharing circles with other teachers across Canada, to focus on great literacy lessons.  When a child struggles with literacy, they will also have difficulties with other subjects.  Literacy is the foundation of learning.  When your child is late or absent, they are missing very important literacy lessons that will help prepare them for graduation. 

January is the last month of First Semester for grades 9-12. Second semester for our High School Students will begin February 2nd. Students and teachers are preparing for Exams that begin the week of Monday, January 27th.  Please read further in our newsletter for list of courses we are offering for second semester and more information about our exam week.

Kesikewiku's

Winter month, kesikewikus is here and winter is near.  Soon wastew will cover the ground. This month we have many exciting things we are looking forward to and preparing for the upcoming holidays, the most exciting time of the year.  Students are preparing for the Christmas concert, while staff are preparing for the Christmas Bazaar for our students. We would like to thank all those that have donated towards the free Bazaar and helped us to purchase items.  The Bazaar is a great opportunity for our students to experience sharing and giving.   

December's Seven Sacred Teaching is honesty. Honesty is speaking and acting truthfully as well as the act of being honest with yourself about who you really are. Accept and use the gifts the creator has given you and do not seek to deceive yourself or others.  Be honest with yourself, and you will find being honest with others comes more easily. Honesty in Mi'kmaq is Koqaja'teken, and means righteousness, doing what is right. To be honest is to be brave. The Sabe represents honesty. The Sabe reminds us not to be someone we are not.  An honest person is said to walk tall like the Sabe.  

LSK has many new cultural opportunities and outdoor education experiences for our students. Students are learning our language, the 7 sacred teachings, building baskets, beading, built and took part in a sweat, planted black ash trees and connecting their Mi'kmaq heritage to the provincial outcomes.  This month our students will be helping to assemble our rink in the soccer field and cultural trail and learn about the Mi'kmaq contribution to hockey. We are excited to be able to encourage our youth to be more physically active.  

The cultural trail will allow our students to connect and learn about the land.  Students will learn about various ecosystems, medicines, habitats, conservation and caring for mother earth.  The trail will allow us to improve and increase outdoor education. The cultural trail is a result of multiple departments and organizations working together.  I would like to thank our Education Director, Velvet Paul, Sipekne'katik Fisheries Guardians, Matthew Maloney, Brandon Maloney, Josh Sack, John Peter-Paul and Janet Paul and CMM employees Trevor Chenier and Justin Fidds for their work and helping us to turn a vision into reality. 

Another of our visions, school goals, is to improve students' attendance and community involvement. Student attendance is on the rise and other First Nation schools in the Martin Family Initiative have reached out to us to see what we are doing.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Elementary parent/teacher night and at our Christmas concert. 

On behalf of the staff at LSK… Etawey Wli Nipi Alusutman aq Pusu'l Puna'ne. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

Kwe, 

Wini-kiskik. Teke'k eq Kikpeaq.  The weather is getting bad.  It is cold and rainy.  Fall is here and our clocks will be falling behind one hours.  With all the leaves falling to the ground we can see winter is approaching.  November, Keptekewiku's, is frost month. Christmas and Report Card day is quickly approaching and we are excited.   

October was a great month filled with, Thanksgiving celebrations, Fall Fair and Halloween celebrations.   We would like to thank everyone for helping us to raise $880 during our Fall Fair.   

Students are learning about veterans, First Nation veterans and Remembrance Day.   Our Remembrance Day ceremony will be held Thursday, November 7th at 10:30 am.  Our students are working hard on their Remembrance Day poems and posters.   We are all looking forward to honouring our veterans on November 7th and the 11th.  

October and November's seven sacred teaching is Kesaltultimkn, love.   Love is unconditional.  To know love is to know peace.  It is given without asking for anything in return.  The eagle represents love because it flies the highest and closest to the creator.   Eagles are loving parents and teachers to their offspring, protecting and guiding them.   An eagle feather represents the creator's love for us.  Receiving an eagle feather sacred, special and considered to be the greatest gift.  We will be teaching and awarding students who are demonstrating love throughout the month.   

We are proud we are achieving our attendance goal.  We thank everyone for helping us with our school goals.   70 of 74 students in September won attendance medals in grades primary to 6.  Students win attendance medals if they miss less than 3 days in a month, with 3 lates being equivalent to an absence.  

Please take a moment to check out our school website (lskschool.ca), where you can see all the great things we are doing; our school events, classroom activities, videos, photos, and much more!

Kwe, 

Etek tekik.  Fall is here.  It’s getting cold.  Our staff continues to work as a team to provide many opportunities for our students and community.  We have had a very busy first month to the 2019/2020 school year.  Throughout the month of September our students learnt about sweet grass and braided sweet grass with their elders, participated in Nitap day and Orange Shirt/Treaty Day and in many other activities.  This year we have many things on the go. 

Our school is doing amazing things in conservation and students are doing many activities to respect and care for our mother earth.  We are working with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq with their Pollinator Action Project, Conservation, Climate Action, Mi’kmaq Forestry, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative and Mi’kmawey Debert to provide education and activities for our students to care for our mother earth.  We are also working with Green Schools Nova Scotia and Nourish Your Roots.  Our students will be receiving a guided tour at the Mi’kmawey Debert Trail, attend the Fall Harvest Feast in Unamaki, building a sweat lodge and planting and protecting Black Ash trees.  

We would like to thank all community members for their support in helping us to raise $508 towards cancer on Terry Fox Day and visiting us on Meet the Teacher Night and Waltes night.  We would also like to thank all community members for their support in purchasing Nourish Your Roots Vegetable and Fruit boxes.  You have helped us to fundraise to continue to grow our gardens while supporting a local farmer, Noggins Farm.  Along with our growth of gardens, our staff and students also develop and use their own compost in our compost shed provided by the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq.   

LSK is focusing on the Seven Sacred Teaching of Humility this month.  Humility is that nobody is superior or better than another.  The wolf is a representation of humility because wolves work together in a pack.  Having humility results in strong teamwork.  

We are happy to be back into our daily routines and look forward to another great month full of many learning experiences.  We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Fair.   

Kwe’, 

Welta'si je na muine'jk naji kina'masijik.  I am happy for the children for the new school year. 

We are very fortunate to have expanded our team here at LSK.  I'd like to welcome Ashley Julian, who is teaching physical education until January, and Carolyn Brackett, our new music teacher.  We also welcome five new Educational Assistants: Sharleen Peter-Paul, Terra Mackenzie, Jon Michael, Amanda France and Chloe Maloney.    

Students will be selling boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables from Noggins farm as apart of a Nourish Your Roots fundraiser.   Boxes are $30 a box.  Nine dollars from each box will return to the school to fund our gardening projects for the spring.  Sales will begin September 16th and boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables will be delivered October 7th, just in time for Thanksgiving.  

This is our second year with the Martin Family Model School Literacy project for grades primary to three.  The goal of the Model School Literacy Project is for 80% of our students to be reading at or above grade level by 3rd grade.  Our school and teachers are provided a large variety of resources, which includes participating in weekly literacy sharing circles with other teachers, which are also a part of the project.  Students start the day with 100 minutes of uninterrupted literacy time.   It is important for all children to arrive on time and regularly.  

One of our school goals is to continue to improve attendance.  We will be continuing to send out messages on the impact attendance has on your child.  We have updated our high school attendance policy and have implemented new attendance incentives. We will be giving out attendance medals each month for students in grades P-3.  Your child has the opportunity to win a medal at an assembly to celebrate his/her success.  A medal is given to each student who has missed less than three days that month.  We are considering 3 late(s) as equivalent to one missed day.  Attendance is an important part of success.

At LSK it is important to us to incorporate our language, culture and outdoor education experiences.   We are excited to announce the arrival of our outdoor rink next month.   

We look forward to a year of great learning experiences.

  • Kelly Oliver - Principal 
  • Amy Maloney - Vice Principal 
  • Sheila Nevin - Reception
  • Stephanie Dennis - Finance
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