Some activities in March.
Spring has sprung! We are loving the nice weather that has come our way lately. Students have been working hard on various assessments and activities for our end of term. Look for report cards in the coming week or two. Teachers will be reaching out to guardians and parents to schedule times to have parent teacher conversations over the phone. Students really enjoyed our carnival week activities before March break. It was different than our usual, due to covid restrictions but we made the most of it. Students enjoyed making many crafts and art projects. They also had a ball playing minute-to-win-it games in the classroom and the candy rewards ;) We also went for a walk through the cultural trail. They were so proud that this beautiful trail was being created in their own backyard. It will be a great asset to the community. Over and Out!
Every February, we make the important time to celebrate and honour African Nova Scotians and Canadians. We do this by sharing stories. One story I like to read aloud to my students is called Last Days of Africville by Dorothy Perkyns. Last Days of Africville is a realistic fiction set in the 1960s in the community of Africville near the Bedford Basin in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Using history as a way to educate and move forward is a step in the right direction. It also coincides with our quest for Truth and Reconciliation for all groups who have struggled. When we know better, we can do better.
I hope everyone is staying healthy and happy. The grade 3s have had a very busy month in January and we were all so happy to see each other in person. We are very lucky to have such low numbers of Covid in our province and that we get to learn together face to face. As humans, that's where we thrive; when we are able to have authentic connection.
Grade 3s have been enjoying learning about our seven sacred teachings each month. For the month of January we did lots of activities, read alouds, shared readings and art activities to honor the Honesty teaching.
We are looking forward to February's teaching which is Love. This is fitting since we are approaching Valentine's Day. We are excited to celebrate but our celebration will look a bit different this year. We, unfortunately, cannot allow homemade goodies to come but welcome store bought pre packaged goodies (peanut free please).
We will also be celebrating the feast of Apuknajit as well. February is the toughest month for our forest friends and so we will provide an offering to honor the spirits and animals.
That's all for now!
Over and Out
Hello everyone! Well, we got through 2020. I am so looking forward to our year in 2021. The grade threes are excited to get back to school and see their friends and LSK staff. I hope that everyone had a great holiday. Moving forward, we will be getting back into the swing of things with literacy, math and other subjects. It is important that students make sure they have brought back all of their materials that they brought home, or at least the ones they can find. It is also very important that our chrome books come back so that we can continue to use them in the classroom. Now that the weather is getting colder, kids should be dressed appropriately for the weather. This means snow suits, boots, mitts, hats. Again, we are so excited to be back.
Over and out.
We have had a busy and wonderful return to school since we came back on September 21st. Grade 3s are so happy to be back among friends. LSK staff was so thrilled to welcome each and every one of them back with cheers and applause as they walked through the doors that first day.
Thus far, we have been getting reacquainted with the space and setting up expectations and routines for our classroom. We have been reviewing concepts from last year and enjoying some good discussions about different read alouds we have been doing.
One aspect we are deeply focused on right now is the treaty rights of the Mi’kmaq people. These inherent rights are of top priority right now, more than ever, given the circumstances of our Mi’kmaq fishermen and women. We approach this subject using some key terms such as friendship, agreement, respect, promise, and rights. This week we will be setting up our own Classroom Treaty Expectations. To me, our class is like family so it is only right that we all come up with positive expectations for how we should all conduct ourselves among our school family. We must all agree to it and we all sign off on it; we are all accountable.
I urge each and every one of our Grade 3 parents/guardians to contact me any time they wish. I feel that easy and open lines of communication is the best way we can ensure the success of our kiddos. I will be sending a handout with some info on our upcoming year including my contact info as well. Wela’lioq!
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