Me’katu taleyin kiskuk? How are you today? Etujuikus, frog-croaking time, is here. May is here. We can hear the frogs, crickets and the birds and are beginning to enjoy more of the beautiful sun. At LSK our cultural trail is closer to completion and a greenhouse construction began.
At LSK students have been working on our first ever Heritage fair, that will be virtual May12th. Students are creating presentations on Sipekne’katik. They are speaking to elders and sharing their teachings. We look forward to sharing the knowledge we gathered about the history of our community.
Unfortunately, due to the rise Covid-19 cases in our area, LSK closed on Monday, April 26th and began virtual learning on Tuesday, April 27th until further notice when cases reduced. All students will be evaluated and assessed on their virtual learning and attendance will be taken by the teacher. All students are expected to attend class virtually. Grade P-3 will do at least two hours of online learning each day and 1 hour of suggested independent literacy and math activities. Grades 4-12 will have a full day of learning activities. Mi’kmaq Language, Music, Physical Education, Resource and LLI classes are also being provided virtually daily. Our students are much more comfortable with learning online and using technology as a learning platform.
We understand that these times are challenging for everyone. We understand that you do not have the training or experience of teaching. Our staff are equipped with strategies and trained to support students in their learning journeys. We have the experience and shared knowledge of teaching your children, and many children, with a variety of different needs. We are here to help and support as much as possible. Our Teachers and Educational Assistance are available for questions, supports or a listening ear to help you with any frustrations you may have. We are asking for your help, so together we can support our youth to succeed in their future learning journeys.
This Month’s Seven Sacred Teaching is Nsituoqn, Wisdom. Wisdom is to cherish knowledge. The building of a community is entirely dependent on gifts given to each member by the creator and how these gifts are used. The Beaver’s example of using his sharp teeth for cutting trees and branches to build his dams and lodges expresses this teaching. If he did not use his teeth, the teeth would continue to grow until they became useless, ultimately making it impossible for him to sustain himself. The same can be said for human beings. One’s spirit will grow weak if it is not fulfilling its use. When used properly however, these gifts contribute to the development of a peaceful and healthy community.
Focus on your child’s gifts that the creator gave them and make them proud of what they can do. Children’s worlds have been flipped upside down, as has yours. Hug them tighter after the tantrum and be sure to take time to thank and forgive yourself. You are doing your best as a parent. Remember to take a deep breath and everyday work toward progress, not perfection. You got this! We are always here to help and support you in any way, even if you just need to vent.