LSK School Administration

Kesikewiku’s

Winter month, kesikewikus, is here and winter is near.  We wish for wastew to cover the ground for Christmas. As it has been a hard year, 2020 is almost over and we wish for a better year for 2021.  

Unfortunately, due to the rise Covid-19 cases in our area, LSK closed on Wednesday, November 25th and began virtual learning on Monday, November 30th until Friday, December 18th.  In-person learning will be re-evaluated over the Christmas Break.

Before the closure we were preparing for the holidays, the Bazaar, installing our outdoor rink, virtual Christmas concerns and Christmas celebrations.  We were sad to convert to virtual learning and change our plans; but students, staff and community members safety is our top priority.  

Virtual learning will look different this year, compared to last year.  This year all students are expected to participate in daily virtual learning.  Teachers will be taking attendance and assessing students learning.  Learning Center, Resource, Speech & Language, Counselling, OT, LLI teachers will contact their students/parents to continue support for their students.  

Please see our virtual learning schedule.  Students in Grades 4-12 will be using Google Classroom for virtual learning.   Students in P-3 will meet one hour each day and be provided with additional activities to practice their skills.  K3 and K4 will be provided with activities each week.  A big thanks to the Sipekne'katik band, IT department and our Education Department, for providing Chromebook to all students to support digital learning.   

At LSK we have been learning the Seven Sacred Teachings of Respect. We demonstrate respect by realizing the value of all people and things, and by showing courteous consideration and appreciation.   We must give respect if we wish to be respected and treat others how we wish to be treated.  The buffalo represents respect because it gave up it’s life and all parts of the buffalo was used to maintain balance.  We honor our families and others, as well as ourselves. We are not to bring harm to anyone or anything. Respect is not just an action, but a heart-grown feeling.   Each day we have been modelling respect with a quote of the day, along with our Mi’kmaq word of the day, in our morning announcements.

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

December is finally here!

The excitement of this time of the year will soon be felt by everyone. As we teach and learn our new way of doing things. I’m waiting for our first day of snow. And a “Very Merry Christmas to all students and staff and their families” of LSK!

Kesalu’,
Amy

Hello everyone,

With the month of October going by very quickly, we are celebrating in a very different way.  Since we can't go out to the pumpkin patch, we brought the pumpkin patch to LSK. On October 28th, we created our LSK Pumpkin Patch... with some help from our students.  All students were able to choose their own pumpkin.  It was an exciting day!

I want to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all our staff.  They have been giving it 110% here at school and I just want to let you know that you are very much appreciated for all that you do.

Reminder, with the weather turning cooler, it may be time to bring out the winter clothing.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately, especially for any outdoor activities.

Wela'lioq, 
Ms. Amy Maloney, Vice Principal

 

Kwe, 

Keptekeqiku’s, It is frost month.   Kikpeaq wini-kiskik.  The weather is getting bad.  It is cold and rainy.  With all the leaves falling to the ground, we can see winter is approaching.  We will begin this month with moving our clocks one hour behind and gradually our days will become shorter. 

Last month we celebrated Halloween, Treaty Day and Thanksgiving with in class celebrations. Due to COVID, we are unable to hold large gatherings, assemblies or take field trips.  Traditionally at LSK our elementary students go apple picking, to the pumpkin patch and/or the corn maze each year in the Fall.  This year we purchased many pumpkins and laid them out in the soccer field for students to choose.   Halloween celebrations were held in class.   Remembrance Day celebrations will be held in a very similar format.   We will host the Remembrance Day ceremony via our PA system on November 10th, to honour our veterans,while continuing to follow COVID procedures.

Our students have adapted very well to the new COVID procedures.  It has been challenging and stressful to all, staff, students and families.  We have implemented additional mental health supports and are focusing on kindness, patience and doing our best to ensure all students feel they matter, while building relationships with parents and guardians.  We are respecting the COVID-19 virus and respecting others by wearing our masks to protect everyone around us.  

For our next seven sacred teaching, we will be focusing on Respect.  We demonstrate respect by realizing the value of all people and things, and by showing courteous consideration and appreciation.   We must give respect if we wish to be respected and treat others how we wish to be treated.  The buffalo represents respect because it gave up it’s life and all parts of the buffalo was used to maintain balance.  We honour our families and others, as well as ourselves. We are not to bring harm to anyone or anything. Respect is not just an action, but a heart-grown feeling.   

Report cards for students will go out this month.  Midterm for Grade 9-12 will be distributed on November 10th.  All work for students in grades 9-12 can be found on their Google Classroom, as well as their current marks and missed assignments. K4-grade 8 report cards will be distributed on November 23rd. 

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!

Ms. Kelly Oliver
Principal

we,

Etek tekik. Fall is here. It’s getting cold. It is a great feeling to see and hear our students in the building again.  Students have adapted well with the many additional Covid-19 procedures.  With the cold weather, some students have developed the cold virus which includes some Covid-19 symptoms. To help stop the spread of any virus, we recommend keeping your child home if they are feeling ill.   If your child has a fever or more than one other Covid-19 symptom, please contact 811 for further recommendations.  If a student is recommended for a Covid-19 test, we will transition that class to at home learning until the rest results are received.  Your child’s teacher will contact you for further information and we will continue to update our community.   We expect our chromebooks to arrive this month.   

In September we celebrated Nitap day by learning and modeling kindness and friendship.  Kindness builds stronger relationships and connections.  We are continuing to strengthen relationships with each other, our students and our community.   It takes a village to raise a child and united we are unstoppable and can overcome hard things.  We recognize this school year is harder than past years for staff and students.   Please feel free to reach out to our staff with any concerns you may have, as we are here to support you.  

This month’s seven sacred teachings we are focusing on is Mikitelsulti, courage or bravery.  Bravery is doing something that frightens you.  It is doing something with your whole heart when you cannot predict the outcome.  Everytime we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.   We are bravest when we are connected with others.  We all need courage to face all of the new ways due to COVID-19.   Sipekne'katik is demonstrating bravery by coming together and fighting for our future treaty rights. 

Each morning we start our day with the morning announcement which includes our land acknowledgment, a treaty teaching and the Mi’kmaq honour song.   October is Mi’kmaq history month when we recognize Orange Shirt Day and Treaty Day.  We use the Nova Scotia Treaty Education Framework for age appropriate teachings of residential schools and treaties.  We will continue to teach these topics throughout the year.  Orange shirt day is September 30th, in which we acknowledge residential school survivors. October first is treaty day and a day in which we represent our treaties we signed with the British crown.  A treaty is a promise or agreement.  We signed the 1752 Peace and Friendship treaty to stop conflict for everyone to live in peace and harmony.  Each side agreed to terms to create peace and friendship.          

Thanksgiving is October 12th and a day in which we give thanks for all we have and the people we have in our lives.   It is a day we show our gratitude and we celebrate with a large meal. Thanksgiving was originally a day to give thanks for the harvest season and because Canada is more northern, we celebrate it before our southern neighbours, the United States.  

Last year we sold Nourish Your Roots Boxes and shared them with elders in our community.  This year you can order boxes online and pick them up in Elmsdale.   Proceeds of sales go to our lunch program if you select our school when you buy a Nourish Your Roots box online. 

Although we cannot do things traditionally, we have learned to do things in new ways and grow from it.   We are happy to be back into our daily routines and look forward to another great month full of many learning experiences and connections.

Ms. Kelly Oliver
Principal

We miss all of our students and are excited to teach and interact with our students once again.  It was a long March break.  I am looking forward to hearing and seeing all of our students.  Your child’s physical and mental well-being is a top priority to us this year.  We are working even harder to develop stronger relationships with each other, our students and our community.  This year is a very different year, unlike any other we have experienced.  

Please see our opening plan and video on our website, www.lskschool.ca or via our Facebook Group, L’nu Sipuk Kina’muokuom.  Please be patient as some of our plans have been changing since we have announced our original plans.  Covid is new to all of us and we are working diligently to provide a safe learning environment for all of our students as we are provided with new information.  We will no longer be washing masks because it was recommended to us to air dry all masks, rather than using the dryer.  In addition, we will be taking temperatures by the wrists and following the new Covid symptoms update.  Things are changing rapidly but we feel it is important to communicate as much as possible, as soon as possible, especially when things change.

We understand parents’ and students’ anxiety is on the rise.  We have been told the world is unsafe and we have modelled to our children that the world is unsafe.  Our staff members also have an increase in their anxiety.  The only way we can overcome this is if we work together by communicating, supporting one another, and modelling kindness.  Please feel free to reach out to us at any time as building strong relationships is one of our top priorities this year.

Ms. Kelly Oliver
Principal

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"Experts say that when kids return to campuses, the demand for mental health care will be greater than the available services, as the effects of the coronavirus disruptions cut across societal strata, affecting children throughout California. But schools, the safe havens that provide the only access many children have to mental health care, are ill-prepared to support the magnitude of expected need."

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and at an earlier date than expected.  June 5th is the last day for online learning and the last day to submit assignments.  

All completed assignments will increase High School midterm marks for their final mark.   All Elementary & Jr. High final report cards will not include marks, only comments on Literacy, Math and Mi'kmaw and Social Studies.  Report cards will be distributed via email on Thursday, June 18th.  Incentives will be distributed Friday, June 5th.

On Friday June 5th, LSK students' belongings will be available to be picked up at the front entrance of LSK, along with incentive cheques and summer readings books. These items will be available for pick up from 12:00-4:00 pm.

We would like to thank all students and their parents and guardians for their hard work during the COVID-19 shutdowns.  We know online learning was a new experience and required dealing with many hurdles and learning new skills and strategies to assist our students in continuing their learning journeys. This was not only not only new parents but for many of our staff as well.  Our community and staff have done a great job in supporting our students and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work.

Staff have been completing many online professional development activities to continue to provide the best education to our students both online and in person.  We were not expecting our school year would end early this year and it is uncertain how September will look. We are preparing a plan for uncertainty and possible solutions for September.  We may or may not still be in a pandemic and self isolating.  

The staff at LSK would like to wish our students and families a safe and happy summer.  

 

This current COVID-19 pandemic is history in the making.  We will always remember these times.   Remember when my parents were my new teacher. Remember when we stayed at home together for weeks.  Remember when we only saw our friends on video.  Remember when we couldn't go to school.  

Nova Scotia has announced School closures in Nova Scotia will be extended to May 19th and will be reassessed at that time.  Take note that all students on track to passing will continue to pass.  Students that are not on track to passing have been notified and it has been stated in their report cards there were distributed on Monday, April 20th.  All learning accomplished will prepare students for their future learning and result in less struggles in the future.  

Everyone at LSK misses their students.  We miss seeing their faces, hearing their excitement, stories and laughs. I am most grateful to be able to see our students faces and their excitement to see their teachers and peers through video meetings.  To see the joy and excitement in their faces make these difficult times more pleasurable.  

We understand that these times are also difficult for parents and our youth.  There is no right or wrong way to encourage your childr/ren to continue their learning journeys.   Our staff are working diligently to assist our parents and students and to provide engaging learning activities.  If completing all of the work assignments is too much at this time, keep in mind that one activity is progress towards learning new strategies and skills to prepare your child for their future learning opportunities.   Working with your child on learning activities strengthens your relationship bond, provides for communication and spreads the message that education, strengthening skills, is important for their life long journey.   

As a parent, you may be overwhelmed by the Covid Closures and all of the resources and tips you are getting on Social Media.  Mental health should be a priority for successful learning to be accomplished.  Here are some tips to help to create positive learning and to be successful at home: 

Always make learning positive and enjoyable -  As teachers we use a "sandwich" approach to encourage the development of skills.  The sandwich approach is to begin by recognizing something students are doing well, then to provide a suggestion and end with something positive for encouragement to continue.  The opportunity to work with your child/ren on learning activities will provide you the chance to strengthen the bond you have with your child/ren.  Children will enjoy the extra attention and support you can provide.  You are also demonstrating that learning everyday is important for continuous self improvement.     

Set up a learning space - It can be difficult to work from home.  Some ways to help you be successful is to set a dedicated workspace in your home away from distractions.  This can be your kitchen table or somewhere else that you feel suits your family best.  

Set a schedule for learning time.  If that schedule does not work, be flexible and change it to best suit you.  This could be a scheduled morning time and afternoon time, or all at once.  Depending on the age of your child/ren, as a family you can create the scheduled learning together that best works for all. When you are going through big changes, it's helpful to stick to your normal routine. Do your homework every day, get some fresh air and exercise, and have regular mealtimes and bedtimes.  These can benefit you and your child/ren.  

Children work well for rewards. Depending on the age of a student, they may not always see the lifelong benefits of learning new strategies and skills.  Create a reward approach that works best for your family.  Rewards do not have to be material items or require money.  Rewards could be use of technology, having their favourite meal or spending quality time with parents. Together, you could develop a list of rewards they prefer. 

Less is More - During these difficult times, do not feel that you have to complete all of the suggested learning activities.  Each learning activity you attempt is an accomplishment for your child.  Teaching your child to positively express their feelings and performing life skills is also an accomplishment to prepare your child for their life journey.  Reading, cooking, measuring items around the house, counting, finding patterns, reading a clock, are just some life skills that will prepare your child.  All learning activities accomplished will result in less struggles for the next school year. 

Use Siblings to your advantage - Be honest with your older children.  They are a great age to be able to understand others feelings and empathize with them.  Say, " I am trying my best, but I'm feeling overwhelmed.   I feel you would be great at helping me with _______."  Asking for older siblings to help with learning will also help them to develop leadership skills.   Sometimes a different persons approach can result in more success.   

Children's worlds have been flipped upside down, as has yours.   Hug them tighter after the tantrum and be sure to take time to thank and forgive yourself.   You are doing your best as a parent.  Remember to take a deep breath and everyday work toward progress, not perfection.  You got this!  We are always here to help and support you in any way, even if you just need to vent.  

Stay safe, mentally and physically.   

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