Guidance

Here we are again at the most loved time of the year – Christmas.  Even though there is no snow yet, we are still rockin’ around the Christmas tree. Virtual has become a go to word for now…virtual school, visits, parties and all other things we are used to doing in real life. So, grab your computer, phone, tablet, whatever and celebrate like you’ve never celebrated before…but safely!

Global History 12 – What a great class.  We have had very interesting discussions with respect being paid at all times. We have only 2 Units left to go and I am confident we will finish them. Students are working on case studies from The Pursuit of Justice Unit and will be beginning the next unit on Social Change.

Sociology 12 -  I am enjoying teaching this subject to this class.  We are finishing the unit on Crime and Deviance and will be beginning the next one, Race and Ethnicity, 

next week. I look forward to the very interesting discussions we have as a  class.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Hope all is going well,

As we move to online learning/classes, I will still be available for the students who are in Jr/Sr High School.  I will be popping into their online classes periodically to do daily check-ins and to let them know that I will be there to have those chats.

For the students who need to chat, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at bbrooks@lskschool.ca and we can schedule a time.

Keep an eye out on our LSK Facebook page and LSK website for updates and some mindfulness worksheets to help your mental health.  These worksheets aren't just for our students, they are great for everyone!!  

Be mindful and be safe!

Thanks,
Bryan Brooks

Global History 12

We are done with the Cuban Missile Crisis and are moving on to inequality of life in the Northern and Southern countries of the world.  As we all know, water, its conditions and availability are different in the financial Gap.  Therefore, as the Case Study assigned will be "Water: a Common Concern."  I am hoping to arrange for a speaker to address the class on this very important subject.

The students are working diligently and have warmed to the idea of discussion.  I look forward to every class.

Sociology 12

We are in the midst of a Unit on Culture and its effects on populations.  We are examining material and nonmaterial cultures and how modern trends have escalated over the years i.e. the computer.   

The students have completed the Unit 1 Test and I am very happy to report that everyone who wrote the test passed.

Kwe’

With September coming to a close, it has been a good month for school.  We took precautions to make sure the safety of our students, staff and admin, when necessary.  Students have been in great spirits and the daily routine is starting to become the new norm.

If your child wishes to have a chat, they can let their teacher know and appointments can be made. I would love to end with a saying my grandmother always said, ‘We have two ears and one mouth for a reason...we need to listen to twice the information before we speak!’

Hope all is well,

Bryan Brooks
JR/SR High School Counsellor

Guidance (P-6)
Things are going well.  I have seen a few people but now I am at home because of the grades 10-12 bubble.  Things should be back to "normal" by Friday of this week.

Global History 12
So far so good.  Very nice class that can spark some good conversation.  We are working on the Cuban Missile Crisis right now, culminating with a case study.  I encourage all students to access assignments on Google Classroom and to return assignments in the same manner.

Sociology 12
A slightly larger class, by LSK standards.  Nice students who are, generally, interested in the subject.  We are just wrapping up the first Unit, which examines different perspectives on the study and meaning of Sociology.  This is completed when the assignment has been returned via Google classroom.

My name is Bryan Brooks and I recently switched roles from being the Physical Education teacher to the School Counsellor for Junior High and High School.  I am not limited to just Junior High and High School.  If your child is in the elementary grades and you wish that I work with him or her, please do not hesitate to reach out.

When entering my office, there will be a hand sanitizer at the door that every student and teacher will be required to use when entering and leaving.  During individual counselling, students do not need to wear a mask since we will be 6ft apart, but during group sessions, everyone will be required to wear a mask.  The first week of school, I will be going class to class to explain my role and how sessions will work this year.

It has been a while since we were all under one roof but I assure you, teachers, staff and administration will be working hard to make this school as safe as possible.  There are directional stickers on the floor, hand sanitizing stations throughout the school, stops signs on the doors and rules/procedures that are in place.  We have a great team at LSK and we are excited to start this school year 

Wela’lin, 
Bryan Brooks
School Counsellor

Kwe!

I hope everyone is well and safe in these turbulent times.  For those of you who don't know me, my Name is Mary Davies and I teach 2 classes of senior high a semester and the other half of my timetable is devoted to Guidance Counselling for P-6 and any student who feels more comfortable speaking with a female counsellor. This is my 11th year at LSK and I'm going strong!  If you would like your child to visit me on a regular basis, please inform their teacher who will, in turn, inform me so that I can add them to my schedule.  Please rest assured that the LSK staff's first priority is the safety of your children. Yes, we are in different and difficult times but, as Maya Angelou says,

"It's not how well we weather the storm, but that we learn to dance in the rain."

Hope all is going well, Sipeknekatik!!

I created, along with Mary Davies, a Mental Health google classroom for grades 7-12.  We upload information about anxiety, depression, resilience, self esteem strategies, conquering negative thinking, etc.  They are all worksheets that the kids can work with from home.  All of the kids are invited.

We upload information on the LSK Facebook page on resources we find as well.  Feel free to take a peek and try them.

I also created a google classroom for my Psychology 12 class at the beginning of the semester.  All work for my students are uploaded on that site and is up to date.  

Thank you,
Bryan Brooks
School Counsellor
Psychology 12 Teacher

I just came across a great resource from a website called, Counsellor Keri! Lots of activities to help students track goals, create routines, how to be mindful, use some responsive strategies, become more familiar with grounding techniques and other strategies. Take a peek. 

Please remember, if your child needs to chat, my email is bbrooks@lskschool.ca. We can arrange a time to chat via Zoom, Google Hangout or on the phone.

 "May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;                                                               

The spirit of Christmas which is peace; 

 The heart of Christmas which is love."

 -   Ada V. Hendricks  

Hope, Peace and Love – the very best of Christmas gifts.  So easy to hear, so easy to say, so difficult to give. But you can’t wear these three things, or eat or drink them so does that make them unacceptable Christmas gifts?  Do we only value the material and tangible over everything else?  Sadly, I think we do but this is the time to change that.  Bring Hope, Peace and Love to your family in any way you can. Perhaps, by doing this, we can create a better community, town, city, country, continent, and world.  Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all.

Drama 10

We are in the homestretch in this class.  November has come and gone and 3 of the 4 Drama Units have been covered. The masks have been made, clown creation, mime and tableau have been experienced and we now are ready for the final unit – Theatre! Hopefully, we can use all we have learned so far and apply it to theatre works.  The Drama 10 students are more than capable of pulling this off to a really high standard. As much as I am happy that we have covered so much, I will miss these students when Semester 2 begins.

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