LSK School Administration

March, Siewkesiku's, means the forerunner of Spring. We are excited to have Spring on its way. February was full of snow days and outdoor learning experiences including rabbit snaring and cleaning with the Fisheries Guardians and Department of Land & Resources. 

This month's Seven Sacred teaching is humility, Wanqwajite’teken. Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation. In the Mi’kmaq language, this word can also mean "compassion." You are equal to others, but you are not better.  It is also considering others before yourself. The wolf represents humanity for its giving nature and devotion to working for the good of the whole pack. 

We have been working on making our school a safe and welcoming environment where kids want to be. We want all kids to feel loved and valued and this is achieved through building strong positive relationships. 

Winter Carnival is held every year the week before March Break, March 8th-12th.  Due to COVID-19 procedures, this year’s Wintercarnival will look different and we will not be taking field trip.  As we brought the pumpkin patch to LSK, we will also be bringing Cineplex movies to LSK by renting movies online and viewing them within our bubbles.   We will continue to have theme days and activities associated with the days which include Mi’kmaq Day, Movie Day, Craft Day, Outdoor Day and Game Day.  Due to the pandemic, our students have missed out on many of our normal fun traditional events, so we will work our best to make it as fun and enjoyable as we can, as our students definitely need it with everything that has been going on in the world.   

March Break is March 16th-20th.  Following March Break LSK will host a Virtual Science Fair.  We hope you get to see the many exciting experiments our students are conducting.     

We also hope to see the community at the AGA on the evening of March 9th.  Please come to see the exciting things happening in the Education Department including an update on our Cultural trail.   

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 the snow blinding month.   February is known to be the hardest winter month and by giving an offering we are asking for an easy month.  By offering a spirit plate we are also feeding the animals that our ancestors once relied on for food, thus taking care of our ecosystem. 

Students in grades 5-9 have created and placed rabbit snares in our community.  The grade six class have brought back 2 rabbits.  Students in grades 6-9 learned how to clean a rabbit.  Students are learning how to respect the animal, give thanks for giving its life for our teachings and netukulimk.  Students had the opportunity to have rabbit stew and to donate the rabbit fur to an elder.  The grade six class were able to share their story with APTN.  The pride in the school was unbelievable.  

This month’s seven sacred teaching is Kesaltultimkn, love. Love is unconditional. Love is like respect, you must love yourself before you can love others. To know love is to know peace. It is given without asking for anything in return. The eagle represents love because it flies the highestandclosesttothecreator. 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 students love throughout the month.

Milford Foodland will be collecting donations for our cafeteria this month.  Toonies for Tummies will provide 100% of the donations made at Milford Foodland from February 11-25 to our Cafeteria.  All proceeds will go towards providing free healthy meals to our students for breakfast, snacks and lunch. 

This month we will also be hosting a meat box sale from Sysco. The cost of a meat box is $50 and includes individually wrapped 2 1lb ground beef, 4 8oz sirloin steak and 4 6oz chicken breast.  A portion of the sales will be donated to the student’s classroom to purchase additional classroom supplies and outdoor education equipment.   Nobody is obligated to purchase the meat box, but if you would like to purchase a meat box, funds will have to be received by March 1st and boxes will be delivered.

High school students have completed their exams and first semester.  February is the beginning of the second semester for highschool.  Grades 9-12 report cards will be given out February 8th.  Elementary report cards will be distributed April 6th.  Second semester symbolizes completion of half of the 2020/2021 school year. 

Pusu’l Puna’ne. Happy New Year. 2020 was a difficult year, but we look forward to having an even better year for 2021. Together we get through hard things. We are excited to return from online learning and holidays. We are excited to reconnect and ready to accomplish many great things.

To support success for our students, we began this year with a week of professional development for all of our staff. Staff participated in professional development on Mi’kmaq language & culture, outdoor education, mental health, technology, curriculum delivery, planning and goal setting. Workshops were delivered by our staff in house and MK staff virtually. We strengthened our relationships, teamwork and collaboration while learning new things to provide to our students.

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.

Conversations you have with your child has an impact on your child’s ability to learn to read, speak to others, and solve problems. Talking with your child, rather than to your child, helps to build a stronger foundation for learning. Talking with your child also helps to build social skills needed for their life long journey. Technology is a great tool for learning, but too much can take away from connecting and having meaningful relationships with others.

This month’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.

January is the last month of First Semester for grades 9-12. Second semester for our High School Students will begin February 1st. Students and teachers are preparing for Exams that begin the week of Monday, January 25th. Please read further in our newsletter for the 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.  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

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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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