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!