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...

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!!

Congratulations... we made it though the month of September.  I must admit that it was a bit unnerving for me, what with learning all the new rules and procedures that are in place to prevent the spread of Covid 19, but I feel a lot more comfortable and confident that we will make this an excellent year of learning because we are all in this together.

As for the library, things are a bit different.  First of all, scheduled library times will be held in the classrooms and I will be bringing in materials to read to the class or for older students to borrow.  The library is closed to all elementary students.  Books will be in quarantine for three days upon their return since I will not be able to sanitize them with any cleaners.  High school students who wish to borrow books are required to make an appointment.

We are not participating in the monthly Scholastic Reading Club.  No flyers will be sent home, but parents/guardians/family members will be able to view the monthly selections online.  Teachers can provide a link for their classroom, but are not to place any physical orders.  Home will be responsible for payments and home delivery.  This also affects the Scholastic Book Fair that was scheduled for December.  Any developments regarding this fundraiser will be forwarded asap.

Welcome back everyone!!!  It has been a very stressful few months and hopefully, we can get back to some type of normality amidst these very trying times.  This school year is going to look a lot different from previous years, but by working together and supporting each other, we should be able to defy the odds of adversity and the unknown.  We just need to take it one day at a time.

I must admit that I have missed our students, especially their hugs and ‘high-fives’.  Unfortunately, with social distancing measures, we can’t do it this year so I am warning everyone now… I am saving my hugs for when this pandemic is over!!!  

There are going to be a few changes with the library sessions this year.  I will be conducting library classes in the classroom and any books that have been borrowed will have to be isolated for a few days so that we can ensure that no germs are passed on.  It is going to be a lot of work and I am hoping that I have everyone’s cooperation and assistance.

 Volume #11 Sipekne'katik

First of all, I want to forward my congratulations to our graduates on their huge accomplishment.  It was my honour to get to know you... especially Cody and Dallas.  Thank you all for your kindness and humour.  It was unfortunate that we weren't able to spend more time together, but I will treasure the times that we did.  I wish you all the best with your future endeavours.  Good Luck to you all!!

Next, to our students who will be returning in September 2020, I hope you all have a safe and restful summer break.  You should be proud of your accomplishments while dealing with this unique situation.  This time of social distancing has made me appreciate your smiles, high-fives, questions, story requests, corny jokes and hugs even more.  I truly miss you all. 

Before I go, don't forget to spend some time reading.  I am going to finally read my Rick Riordan's many series... The Heroes of Olympus, The Trials of Apollo, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and The Red Pyramid series.  I wonder which series I will actually finish!!  Hugs and love to you all!!!!

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