LSK School Administration

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.   

Dear Parents & Guardians of LSK students, 

We hope all are well during these times of uncertainty. We were very happy to receive guidance from the provincial government yesterday, Monday, March 30th. Nova Scotia announced schools will remain closed until May 1st. Last week we began working on a plan to help you and our students while our school is closed. Now that the province has provided some guidance, we were able to add more details to our plans. Nova Scotia will give us more information and it may change some things. 

First let’s begin by stating students on track to completing the school year will continue on that path to move to the next grade or graduate. Your child is likely on track if they had good attendance and were completing class work. All of our teachers have reached out to their students and/or parents and guardians. 

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. 

All of our provided learning activities will be accessed through digital devices and provided by Teachers. We will not be providing hand out packages. If your family does not have access to the internet, reach out to Velvet Paul for the Education Department’s wifi password and it can be accessed in her parking lot. Our Technology team will be increasing access points and providing one loaner device per family if needed. Our loaner devices will be available after April 6th along with our plans coming into full action.

Together, our Elementary team has developed a plan which consists of providing 1 hour of suggested daily activities to parents and guardians. Teachers are also providing a list of curriculum outcomes with suggested activities and resources they were not able to cover this school year. These documents will be available on our website at www.lskschool.ca.This will allow you to know what your child should be learning in their grade level. To support you further, teachers will be providing 1 hour of suggested daily activities to parents and guardians consisting of 30 minutes of math and 30 minutes of literacy, which will meet those outcomes not covered. We do not want you to feel overloaded and want to help reduce stress, so we will only be providing daily activities to focus on. 

Our Elementary team is using IXL, Prodigy, Epick, Dreamscape, Raz Kids or Squiggle Park to provide more effective learning opportunities for our students. Our Elementary Mi’kmaq language teacher will provide language videos which will be available on our Facebook L’nu Sipuk Kina’muokoum group and on our website. 

Students in grades 7-12 have a variety of teachers for their courses they are enrolled in. Our High School team has developed a plan and will be using Google Classroom as their main resource. All Jr. and Sr. High Students have access to their Google Suites account and have used Google Classroom this year. Beginning next Monday, students will find new assignments in their Google classroom each weekday. From Monday - Thursday, two hours of work will be provided daily in their Google classrooms. 

Teachers have been in contact with students via email and google classroom. Please make sure that you support or ask your child to check their lsk school email and google classrooms daily starting tomorrow.

High School Block A will post assignments on Monday, Block B will post assignments on Tuesday, Block C on Wednesday and Block D on Thursday. Friday will be used to catch up on any uncompleted assignments. 

Jr. High students can find new learning activities in their Math classroom on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Wednesday and Thursday they will find new activities in their Social Studies and Literacy classrooms. Friday’s they will find activities in their Mi’kmaq classroom. 

These activities are learning opportunities to support your children in completing outcomes for their grade levels and to better prepare them for their return to school in the fall. Please pass the message on that these activities will provide them with strategies and skills that will support them next year and the years to come. We do not want our students to fall behind and it is our job to prepare them for their life journey. 

All students on track to completing the school year will continue on that path to move to the next grade or graduate. Teachers will be providing midterm marks on April 16th. Report Cards will be emailed or sent to you via the contact you have set up with your child’s teacher. These midterm report cards will let you know if your student is on track to passing. If your child is currently not on track to passing, it is highly suggested they participate in the suggested activities. 

Please reach out to any staff member if you are not yet connected to your child’s teacher. Our entire education team is here to support. We encourage all to reach out to an Educational Assistant, teacher or other supporting staff. We will connect you and support you as needed. We are here to help. It takes a community to raise a child and we can overcome these challenges together. 

Respectfully,

Kelly Oliver & LSK Teachers

Parents/Guardians,

We hope all are well. It is a hectic and scary time. All teachers and supporting staff greatly miss our students.  We miss sharing laughs, hugs, teaching and seeing our students daily. Staff and students were not prepared for a closure longer than a week or to work from home. On Sunday, March 15th, the Provincial Government announced that all public schools will remain closed for two weeks following March Break and this will be reassessed at a later date.

We are patiently awaiting an update from the Province regarding Nova Scotia’s Education Plan.   Staff have been working on a plan in the event that schools are closed longer than April 6th. Other provinces across Canada have closed their schools until September.  We have access to some other provinces' School Closure plans and are using those to create ours. 

In the event that Nova Scotia Schools are closed for the remainder of this school year, all of our teachers will provide parents with what outcomes were not covered  due to the early closure of the school year. Teachers will also provide a list of resources for the parents. We do not want to add additional stress in these already stressful times, but provide optional resources as some parents wish to have them.  We do not expect parents to homeschool their children, but we will provide digital parental resources and suggested activities. Grades 4-12 have access to Google Classroom.    

Our teachers have reached out to all parents of their students.  Please feel free to contact them with any questions or additional support.  If you have not heard from your children’s teachers, please let me know and I can help you to connect to them.  In the event of a closure, our grade 12 teacher, Nikki Maloney, is already planning alternative options regarding end of year graduation activities.  

We understand that not all families may have access to a digital device.  If you know of a student that does not have access to a digital device, please have them contact me to arrange support.   

The well being of our youth, community and staff are our priority.   We will soon deliver a more detailed plan after an announcement from the Province is provided.   Stephen McNeil is expected to provide an update at 3:00 today, March 24th, 2020. Our staff are dedicated to your students learning.

Take care, 
 Kelly Oliver
L’nu Sipuk Kina’muokuom Principal

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 "Let's take care of ourselves" workshop with Ms. Savvy Simon was presented to the staff of LSK on Friday, February 28th, 2020.

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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 with our Ice rink, snowshoeing and rabbit snaring with the Fisheries Guardians.  When Spring arrives there will be a lot more work on our cultural trail.   

This month's Seven Sacred teaching is courage, Mlkitelsulti.  To face life with courage is to know bravery and is represented by the bear.  A mother bear will stand up to larger animals to protect her cubs. The bear shows us how to live a balanced life though rest, survival and also finding time for play.  Courage is finding strength to face difficult things in life and being yourself.

We have been working on making our school a safe and welcoming environment where kids want to be.  We have been doing this through trauma and wellness informed professional development workshops. We have increased our focus on mental wellness, approaching behaviour and providing healthier meals at our school.  We want all kids to feel loved and valued and this is achieved through building strong positive relationships. 

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they can learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, post-secondary, and at work.  Missing school is like a snowball effect. When you miss time, school work becomes harder due to missed lessons, which makes it harder to want to be at school.   

We were excited to complete the NAIG podiums which showcased the many untapped talents of our high school students.  Our elementary students were very excited to perform and showcase their music talents with Keith Mullins, ECMA award winner.   

This month we look forward to our Winter Carnival activities followed by March Break.  March Break is from March 16-20th. 

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!  

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