Library

The cooler weather has arrived, the leaves are turning and the days are getting shorter.  Fall is a beautiful season and it is also a tasty one.  You know what that means!  Lots of apple baked goods and Thanksgiving!!

Students are back to the routine of the library sessions.  Many of them are excited for the new books that I purchased over the summer.  Unfortunately, some of the purchases won’t be arriving until the end of the month.  One student told me… “that is going to take forever!”  Hahaha.  He was really anxious for the next book in the series 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family/friends.  I am looking forward to our school’s annual turkey dinner, along with receiving some Halloween treats.

If anyone is interested in reading back issues of our newsletters or viewing some of the classroom photos, please check out our website… www.lskschool.ca  There is a lot of information on our site.

It is the start of a new school year and I would like to welcome everyone back.  We have a few staff members and students who have moved on from our school and we wish them all the best. 

It is looking a bit more normal for this upcoming year.  I am so excited to be able to conduct my library sessions in the library.  It is so nice to let students choose their own books to read and enjoy.

With that being said, I am also excited to be able to host the Scholastic Book Fair in December.  It has been over two years since we last hosted the fair, and many students have really missed it.   I think we have all missed it.  

I look forward to continuing to updating our school website, creating our monthly newsletters and writing for the Micmac-Maliseet Nations Newspaper.  If anyone would like to read any back copies of our newsletters, they are available on our school website… www.lskschool.ca

Once again, we are returning to school to finish the 2020-2021 school year.  It has been a busy few weeks of online learning, but it will be nice to see our students (and staff) again.  Even though I have not been conducting virtual library classes, I have been very busy with my own learning.  I have completed a few courses of online learning. 

June will be very busy for everyone, but we will still have to make certain that we are continuing to practice our Covid-19 safety protocols… wearing masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing/hand washing and a great deal of common sense.  With this in mind, I am hoping to re-establish library sessions in the library.  It is so nice when students get an opportunity to choose which books they would like to read.

I hope that everyone does his or her best to end the school year on a positive note.  It has been one crazy and extremely busy year.  I know that I have learned a great deal this year.  I learned that our students are more than capable of following the Covid-19 protocols.  Our teachers are wonderful at adapting to the situations that occur.  Online learning is much more easier for everyone this time around, especially since the students are more comfortable and knowledgeable about utilizing their Chrome books.  I know this first hand because I was offered an opportunity to judge the Heritage Fair projects.  They were all wonderful!!  Well-done students!!!

 

Finally, I would like to congratulate all of our graduates.  You have worked extremely hard to finish off our education and I will you all the best with your future endeavours.  Enjoy your summer!!!!

It is hard to believe that April is over and unfortunately we are back to online learning.  This is the best for everyone, staff and students alike.  We all need to stay safe and with this Covid reset, this will be the best way to keep our community safe!!

The Library has been very quiet lately due to the fact that I still have to follow the Covid safety protocols.  Our library sessions are very short and I am very proud of our students for adapting in these stressful times.  They do no need to be reminded to wear their masks, sanitize their hands or place their returned books to the  quarantine area.  I have discovered that they are very happy to be able to choose their own books.  My plans for the month of May is to divide the larger classes in half so that they can spend time choosing their own books.

Last month we celebrated Earth Day (April 22nd) and it was so nice to see many of our female teachers wearing the ribbon skirts that they made during our PD day last month.  I can't wait until I have an opportunity to create my own ribbon skirt!!

Wow... March went by so quickly... just like our March break. But it is nice to come back to school with the warmer weather. I can’t wait to put away the winter jacket for the season. Fingers crossed that it comes sooner than later.

I hope everyone had a relaxing March Break! It was a bit different this year. No one posting photos from their trips or keeping us updated on the hockey tournaments. Good to see everyone obeying the Covid protocols and keeping themselves, and their loved ones, safe.

Our Science Fair was virtual last month and the dates were pushed forward, so I don’t have any more information on it for now. I can’t wait to hear about how the students made out.

The warmer weather is very welcomed, but it also means that the sap is flowing. Students are tapping maple trees under the direction of Mr. Greg Marr, and I can’t wait until they start making the actual maple syrup. I hope we can have some of the finished product with our breakfast pancakes. That would be delicious!!

I have also been busy posting pictures from our staff on the TEACHER PAGES of our website. Lots of interesting activities happening. Please check them out on our school website... www.lskschool.ca

There isn't much happening in the library these days due to the fact that I am still the acting Vice Principal.  What a busy job, but with the assistance from co-workers and students, I am doing my best.  My thoughts are with Ms. Amy and I hope that she feels better soon.

We are currently planning our Winter Carnival events… keeping in mind all the Covid protocols that need to be followed.  Our activities will be in house and I am hoping that we will still be able to have our movie day.  It has been a long time since I saw a new movie.

March break will soon be upon us.  I am looking forward to that time off.  I am sure that our students are also looking forward to a week-long break.  I hope we still have some snow so students can enjoy some outdoor activities while they are off.  They just have to remember to dress warmly.

Finally, don’t forget to set your clocks an hour ahead on the 14th… spring forward!!

Already into February!!  I wonder if the groundhog will see its shadow or not.  I don't mind if it does or not because our weather hasn't been that bad so far.  Fingers crossed!!

Not much is happening in the library these days.  I have been going to the classrooms to do the sessions, but lately, since some Covid protocols have been lifted, I have been able to let students in grades 3 to 6 come to the library to choose their own books.  This is a lot better than me guessing what they would like to read.  I am lucky that our students are very comfortable, and mindful, of the protocols.  This makes it easier for me to let them come into the library.

In December, I had to postpone our Scholastic Book Fair until we had a better understanding of the current situation, but since we are still have some Covid 19 cases in Nova Scotia, I have canceled the book fair for the unforeseen future.  I am hoping that we will  be able to host it again in December 2021.  Again... fingers crossed!!  

Congratulations to Hayven who snared the first rabbit!!

May you receive lots of love this month... Happy Valentine's Day!!

Welcome back to in-school learning!!  Those past few weeks before Christmas break was very busy for me.  I assisted with the distribution of the student Chromebooks and then assisted with the distribution of incentive cheques.  I hope everyone had a great Christmas break, and I hope everyone was safe.  Due to Covid protocols, my family wasn’t able to have the big annual gathering, but that was for the best.  My Christmas was very nice… and safe!

I hope students are looking forward to returning to school.  Our teachers are especially happy to be back on site.  We can’t wait to see you all in person again.  Fingers crossed that this is the only time that we have to shut down school or go online to learn.  Reading books to our students was a big challenge for me.  Hopefully, after a week of professional development prior to the students return, I will have a better grasp on the online learning tools.  I am glad that our grade six teacher added me to her classroom because I was able to do some online reading.  The epic site has books that are read aloud to you.  It is amazing!!!  I also was able to read a few new Christmas stories/legends.

And for any students interested… Martial… I have uploaded the Book with No Pictures to our website’s library page. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as you enjoy me reading it to you!!! 

It is that time of year... Christmas!!  I am so excited, but unfortunately, we will NOT be hosting our annual Scholastic Book Fair.  Due to Covid protocols, parents/guardians/community members are not permitted to enter the building, unless it is for a meeting.  For now, the best I can do is to reschedule the Fair for March 2021.  Hopefully, our Covid restrictions will be lifted enough to authorize entrance to parents, guardians and community members.

I am pleased to announce that I am able to 'bubble' with the grade six students for library classes.  This makes it so much easier for all of us to utilize the library and for students to be able to choose their own books.  This gives them back some ownership of their own selections.  (It also saves me from having to drag the cart back and forth because some of the books that they choose are very heavy!!)

A reminder to everyone that all our newsletters are available on our website...  

www.lskschool.ca

In addition to our newsletters, the site includes information for each classroom.  They can be found under 'Teacher Pages'.  These classroom pages have links, assignments, photos, monthly notes, etc.  Our principal and vice-principal have their information available under 'Administration'.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  I hope you get to spend the holidays with your loved ones.  Here's hoping that our new year is less stressful than this year!!

October was a month-long opportunity for us to revisit and renew our understanding of our Treaties.  It also gave us an opportunity to reaffirm our rights, culture and traditions as a proud Mi’kmaq nation.  It was also a very “treat-filled month”, starting with Thanksgiving and ending with Halloween.  Thank you to our kitchen staff for the delicious turkey dinner.  

This year will be a bit different because in the past, I would be busily preparing for our Scholastic Book Fair.  Unfortunately, due to Covid protocols, it is not possible for us to participate this year.  Hopefully, we can reschedule it for March 2021.

Now we are entering November.  This is a month to reflect and celebrate those brave men and woman who worked so hard to protect our country.  My family and I will be remembering my husband’s grandfather and father, along with my Godfather, on Remembrance Day.  Lest we forget!!

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