Grade 4

Students had an opportunity to work on molding pottery out of clay with Ms. Dorota.

Students trying the beaver stew for the very first time.

March was a blast. We had fun during the Winter Carnival. We had a great time learning and creating leather yo-yo holders.  We also made earrings and started a beading project for our Mi'kmaq Craft day. A big thank you, to Brenda for the supplies for our grades 4-6 students and also for your expertise!

We will also like to thank Dorota for her presentation on Pottery and making pinch pots with the grade 4-6 students. The students enjoyed this and appreciated the opportunity!

We have finished our Read Aloud, The One and Only Ivan. It was an emotional book, which made us tear up a few times. This book raises a lot of questions about animal rights and animal cruelty. The story was inspired by the true story of a silverback gorilla who spent 27 years intimidating children at a shopping mall in Tacoma, Washington. For our continued enjoyment of this novel, we watched the newly released Movie then we did a comparison to the novel.  At the request of the students, we have now started the sequel, The Only and Only Bob. (Which I was unaware of, until one of the students informed me about it). Bob is a stray dog and is Ivan’s best friend, who sneakily stays with him in his domain. Thanks for the request kiddos! 

Some new units coming on up by subjects are:
Math: Multiplication & Division 
Science: Light and Sound
Health: Healthy Self 

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Spring & Happy Easter! 

Can you believe it, it's already March?! It marks one year of uncertainty and many many changes due to Covid- 19. One minute we are in class, then next we are sent home for online learning, then back to in class, then back to online, then back in class. It's been a whirlwind. However, during all of this the students have shown incredible strength, tremendous flexibility and resilience. This was a major learning curve for everyone but we made it through.

March will be another exciting, educational and a short month. We will have a Covid-19 safe Winter carnival happening during the week of March 8-12. List of themes & activities will be sent home. March Break this year will be on March 15-19.

We have started to grow Tobacco, beans and basil so far. We are hoping to grow all four sacred medicines in our classroom. We will plant these in our garden this spring.

It's the first year for these new scientists to participate in the LSK's Science Fair. Our science fair will take place on March 24th. A science fair project involves reading, logical thinking, writing, grammar and spelling, math, statistics and data analysis, computer science, and graphic arts, as well as scientific methodology. When students participate in a formal competition, then they will also practice public speaking, and learn how to explain and defend their work in front of a panel of judges. We all sure hope this will ignite a new love for science. Good Luck to all the participants! page3image2157458080

We hope everyone has a safe & adventurous March Break and come back feeling refreshed!

Wela’lin
Ms. Stephens

Kwe, everyone! Winter is in full swing and I would encourage all students to dress for the weather conditions. Please dress for the weather as there are days that we are outside for recess and lunch.

We have started a novel study called, The One and Only Ivan. The students seem to be enjoying the storyline so far.  We also started our Rock & mineral unit in science. We will also be preparing for the Science fair. Students will learn about the Scientific Method. Each student or pairs of students (they have choice) will choose a topic and conduct an experiment and then present their findings. Just a reminder to parents to send in a tri-fold board for the displays. The tentative date for the LSK Science Fair is March 24th.

February is also Black History month and we will be studying the people and their contributions to our society.

Grade Four and I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day on February 14th.  Spread the love wherever you go!

Kwe, Pusu'l Puna'ne. Happy New Year! 

The grade 4's would like to welcome everyone back, we hope you all had a great & relaxing break. We are excited to back in school. We will start the year off making New Year's Resolutions and are setting new goals in which they hope to accomplish before the end of 2021. Some of the topics we will be exploring over the next few weeks will be: ELA: We will be working on Procedural Writing. Math: Measurement. Science: Rocks and Minerals and also the scientific method as we prepare for the Science Fair. Health: Healthy Community. Social Studies: Physical Landscape of Canada. We hope everyone has a great year.

Kwe from Grade 4,

Wow, it's the final month of 2020. This first term went by quickly. The grade 4's finished reading the book, Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing. In Science, students have finished their animal Habitat and research project on google slides. In Math, we were working on patterns, telling time. In Health, healthy relationships, healthy self and Growth mindset.  

LSK honoured our Veterans for Remembrance Day differently this year.  Our annual Remembrance Day ceremony was presented over the PA system, with Kennedy reciting the Sma'knis poem for the school. Way to go, Kennedy, you did a great job! Shouts outs to the planning committee. It was a successful event. LSK Students participated in the LSK Remembrance Day poster contest. Tomas won third place for his poster and received $20.00. Congratulations Tomas, You're quite the artist! We made Poppy wreaths and visited our Veteran's cenotaph to find our family members names. We than placed our poppy wreaths on our Veteran's gravesites to honour them.  

Sadly, COVID-19 has us home for online-learning. We will be signing into Google meet daily at 1:00pm. Our main websites will be at google classroom, IXL, Dreamscape, Squiggle Park, Splash Learn and Epic.

Birthday wishes go out to Liberty, who celebrated her birthday on November 27th. Happy Birthday Liberty, we hope you enjoyed your special day. We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas And Happy New Year, Wli Nipi-Alasutma Aqq Pusu'l Punane'ne! 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me on my cell 902 751-0783 or email tstephens@lskschool.ca

Yours truly,
Ms. Stephens

Pumpkin Carvers

Students in grade four showing their support and respect for our Mi'kmaq Treaty Rights with drawing and creating wampum belts.

Kwe' From Grade 4's

The grade 4's are doing great with remembering their email addresses and passwords for their Gmail accounts. They know how to navigate to google classroom to find their assignments as well. October was Mi'kmaq History Month. Our class learned about the Residential School System and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century - an impact recognized as a cultural genocide, and an impact that still continues today. We honoured Residential School Survivors, Phyliss Webstad, Magit Poulette, all Survivors and also the ones that did not survive.

We designed our own orange shirts and we re-created a Magit's Doll. Thank you for showing us courage by sharing your stories with the world. We also learned about our Treaty Rights and what it means when we hear the phrase, "We Are All Treaty People."  We created our own Peace and Friendship Treaty for our classroom, made wampum belts and we made posters that supported the Treaties of 1752, 1760 and 1761 and also for our fishermen/fisherwomen exercising our Treaty Rights in Digby. 

We will continue to learn about the Seven Sacred Teachings throughout the school year. Living by these teachings helps us to live with balance and harmony. We attended a virtual Seven Sacred teachings puppet show held by Halifax Regional Library.  We also painted a bear that represents courage, one of the Seven Sacred teaching. By the end of the year students will have painted all seven teaching as a reminder to live by these teachings

We are still practicing Growth Mindset since September. It takes a lot of practice to master the Growth Mindset. We must always think positively. Thinking and being positive can go a long way. Failure is learning. We must train our brains to look at mistakes and failure as growth... "I can do better" or "Next time I will do better." 

November will surely be another great month of learning. On November 23rd report cards will be sent home. Remembrance Day is quickly approaching. We will participate in the Remembrance Day Poster Contest. We will acknowledge and remember our brave Sma'knisk (Warriors/Soldiers) that fought for our freedom and will be thankful for their service.

Grade 4's would like to wish Brenda and Leela a Happy belated Birthday as they celebrated their birthdays in October. 

Wela'lin,
Ms. Stephens

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