LSK School Administration

Kwe,

Etek tekik. Fall is here. It’s getting cold.  Elementary students had a great time going Apple Picking at Noggins Farm.  We are so happy to be able to go on field trips once again.  Students are continuing to wear masks in common areas, screen for Covid symptoms, have their temperatures taken and sanitizing their hands regularly   

On September 30th we planned to celebrate the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation by coming together safely with students of  Shubenacadie Elementary for outdoor cultural activities.  Due to the rain we have postponed our plans to Wednesday, October 6th.  Our staff and Junior high students will lead cultural activities.   These activities will build pride in who we are as Mi’kmaq people and also strengthen relationships to build reconciliation by teaching about the Mi’kmaq.  

Each morning we start our day with the morning announcement which includes our land acknowledgment, an inspirational quote, Mi’kmaq words/phrases of the day and the Mi’kmaq honour song sung by primary to grade 3 students.   October is Mi’kmaq history month. At LSK we use the Nova Scotia Treaty Education Framework for age appropriate teachings of residential schools and treaties throughout the year, not only in October.

October 14 we will celebrate Nitapday by learning and modelling kindness and friendship.  Kindness builds stronger relationships and connections. On October 15th, staff will participate in a Professional Development workshop hosted by Dr. Jody Carrington.  Other MK schools will also be able to experience this workshop virtually.   Dr. Jody Carrington will discuss trauma, resilience, connections and relationships.  We are continuing to focus on strengthening relationships with each other, our students and our community.    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. 

Last year we sold Nourish Your Roots Boxes and shared them with elders in our community.  Like last year,  you can order boxes online at https://shop.nourishns.ca   Boxes of fruits and vegetables that are purchased can be picked up at the Community Center on Wednesday, October 27th from 2:15pm-5:45 pm.   Go to https://shop.nourishns.ca to place your order for a box of fruit and vegetables.  Proceeds of sales go to our gardening program if you select our school when you buy a Nourish Your Roots box online. 

Thanksgiving is October 11th 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.  

Keep your eyes and ears open for our upcoming outdoor Fall Fair at LSK.   We look forward to seeing our community on the LSK school grounds.  To learn more about our activities, events and projects stay tuned to our website at www.lskschool.ca

 

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

Your child’s physical and mental well-being is a top priority to us. The 2021/2022 school year will be a more normal school year than last. Students will eat in the cafeteria, attend specialty classes outside of their classroom and field trips will resume. We will continue to disinfect more regularly, take temperatures and wear masks in common areas until Nova Scotia enters into Phase 5. Many of our staff and older students have been

vaccinated. To continue to ensure the safety of our students, we provided a Pop Covid Testing site on the first day all staff returned to work from summer break.

We are very fortunate to have expanded our team here at LSK. I'd like to welcome Shane Shaw (Behaviour Interventionist), Elle Michael (Early Elementary Mi’kmaq Language Teacher), Lise Charbonneau (Jr High Teacher), Desiree Gillis (Grade 3 Teacher), GR Walters (High School Teacher) and our new EA’s, Jennifer Maloney, Derrick Nevin and welcome back Stacie Julian

Our school will be selling boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables as a part of a Nourish Your Roots fundraiser. Boxes are $35 a box. Ten dollars from each box will return to the school to fund our gardening projects for the spring. Online sales have begun and will continue until October 19th. Pick up will be in the community on October 27th, between 2:30-5:30. These are great for Thanksgiving.

This is our fourth 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.

At LSK it is important to us to incorporate our language, culture and outdoor education experiences. We are excited that this year we will be able to utilize the Cultural Trail more often as well as completing our greenhouse.

At LSK we value positive relationships with parents, students and community. We look forward to a year of great learning experiences.

Congratulations to Joanna, a former graduate of LSK.

“Joanna Paul of Membertou First Nation will join the student body at Cape Breton University this fall. She is the first student with Down syndrome to enroll at the university through its inclusion program.” (ARDELLE REYNOLDS – CAPE BRETON POST) – full article is available online.

Pjila’si to our last month of this school year! I am so happy to see all the staff and students in person again! We have been given a few challenges this year and thanks to everyone, staff and parents that had to go above and beyond, during covid. I am hoping to see more outdoor education happening this month. With the new bridge being completed,access will be more of an easy stroll for all that are using this.

Out of respect, we are asking those that have been taking dogs for walks, please do not let them use the trail for a place to go on.

Please continue to enjoy the magical and peaceful walks in nature. 

What students can tell me how many steps to get to the path from the school? 

“ DIFFICULT ROADS OFTEN LEAD TO BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS” ( author unknown)

Mrs. Amy

It’s June, Nipniku’s, leave budding time!  The weather is sunny and we can spend more time outdoors.  We are on the final stretch to completion of another school year.  We would like to thank all of the families for supporting us through online learning.    

It was very unexpected that we were able to return to in-person learning.  We were so excited.  It has been a very hard year for families, staff and students, but we did it! We are so excited to be able to reconnect with our children. 

In memory of the 215 Kamloops Indian Residential School children whose bodies were discovered, all staff wore orange shirts and/or ribbon skirts when we returned on  

The last day of classes for grades 9-12 will be Friday, June 11th, followed by a week of exams.  The last day of classes for K3 and K4 will also be Friday, June 11th.  The last day of classes for grades P-8 will be Thursday, June 24th, followed by our High School graduation on Friday, June 25th.     

Congratulations to all of our LSK graduates; you did it! You will always be one of the most memorable graduates, a Pandemic Grad.  More than half of your high school years were during a global pandemic and you prospered through the challenges of online learning and succeeded.  You have proved you can do anything you set your mind to even when faced with challenges.    

Our cultural trail is well on its way.  The bridge is almost completed and next we will be building a cookhouse, outdoor classroom, wigwam and sweat.  Next year we plan to add educational signage.  

This month’s seven sacred teachings we are focusing on is Tetpqa’q, truth.  Truth is to know all of the seven sacred teachings.  Truth is represented by the turtle because it was here since the beginning and carries all of its teachings on its back.  North America is called Turtle Island, as it is shaped like a turtle.  The turtle’s shell contains symbols that show the 13 full moons in a year as well as a 28-day cycle.  Living the truth is by living with all seven of the sacred teachings, wisdom, courage, honesty, love, truth, humility and respect.   

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

Me’katu taleyin kiskuk? How are you today? Etujuikus, frog-croaking time, is here.  May is here. We can hear the frogs, crickets and the birds and are beginning to enjoy more of the beautiful sun.  At LSK our cultural trail is closer to completion and a greenhouse construction began.

At LSK students have been working on our first ever Heritage fair, that will be virtual May12th.  Students are creating presentations on Sipekne'katik.  They are speaking to elders and sharing their teachings.   We look forward to sharing the knowledge we gathered about the history of our community.  

Unfortunately, due to the rise Covid-19 cases in our area, LSK closed on Monday, April 26th and began virtual learning on Tuesday, April 27th until further notice when cases reduced.  All students will be evaluated and assessed on their virtual learning and attendance will be taken by the teacher.  All students are expected to attend class virtually.  Grade P-3 will do at least two hours of online learning each day and 1 hour of suggested independent literacy and math activities.  Grades 4-12 will have a full day of learning activities.  Mi’kmaq Language, Music, Physical Education, Resource and LLI classes are also being provided virtually daily.  Our students are much more comfortable with learning online and using technology as a learning platform.

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.

This Month’s Seven Sacred Teaching is Nsituoqn, Wisdom.  Wisdom is to cherish knowledge.  The building of a community is entirely dependent on gifts given to each member by the creator and how these gifts are used. The Beaver's example of using his sharp teeth for cutting trees and branches to build his dams and lodges expresses this teaching. If he did not use his teeth, the teeth would continue to grow until they became useless, ultimately making it impossible for him to sustain himself. The same can be said for human beings. One's spirit will grow weak if it is not fulfilling its use. When used properly however, these gifts contribute to the development of a peaceful and healthy community.

Focus on your child’s gifts that the creator gave them and make them proud of what they can do.  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.  

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Spring, I am just reaching out and letting everyone know that I have now returned to work. I will be in the online classes dropping in during the day. If anyone needs me just give me a text 902-751-2977.

I have faith in the strength of the our school community and that we will all make it thru this online work together. I want to take this moment to thank everyone for the extra help everyone has been putting in to keep the success of our school year while I was out. I missed you all. Hope to see everyone soon.

Ms. Amy

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. 

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