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October Newsletter
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September 24, 2021

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This is to inform you that the Canoe Lake Miksiw School will be returning to Level II: In-Class Learning on Monday, September 27, 2021. Please note the attached package of information of school protocols that we are following in light of going back to face to face learning. We are also engaged with M.L.T.C. Education and are in the planning process to have our own COVID-19 quick screening rapid test kit for the school. As we get closer for this to become a reality, we will inform you through correspondence and information posts on our school website and social media page. The health and safety of our students and staff for a safe learning environment will always remain our highest priority.

It is that time of the year where the weather is unpredictable. We ask for your cooperation to have your child(ren) come dressed appropriately. Some staff members will be actively doing land based excursions upon students return. We thank you for your assistance.

Please be advised that we will have classes on September 30, 2021 for Orange Shirt Day. It is important that our students be in school this day to observe and understand the reason and purpose for this designation. As this day is declared a statutory holiday, we will have no classes on Friday, October 1, 2021 in lieu of the students being in class on Sept. 30th.

Finally, the School Based Administration team want to reinforce that when students or staff are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, they must stay home and call HealthLine 811 or call the Senator Jonas Lariviere Health Center. We continue to ask parents and caregivers to be ever vigilant and remind you that vaccinations are available for ages 12 and older. Contact the Health Center for more information. As well, it remains our expectation that all same household members must stay home until they are cleared by health officials.

We look forward to seeing our students once again.

In the Spirit of Resilience,

Arliss Coulineur

Principal

 

September 7, 2021

Re: School Closure- COVID-19 Variants of Concern in Community

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

This letter is to advise you that we have been informed by health officials during our Pandemic Committee Meeting this afternoon that there are a high number of cases of the COVID-19 variant in the First Nation. A decision by the Chief & Council and the Pandemic Committee has been made with the safety of students and staff in mind, to close the school effective immediately.

Until further notice, our school will move to a Level Four- Online Learning in accordance to the C.L.M.S. School Reopening Plans that were submitted to Indigenous Services Canada, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, and M.L.T.C. Education school surveillance. All students will be REMOTE LEARNING online via Google Classrooms beginning Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Our staff will be allowed into the building in a working bubble system. They will provide instruction via online platforms. Educational packages will be prepared for those with no internet capabilities. Please communicate this with your homeroom teacher.

C.L.M.S. Administration want to reinforce that students and staff exhibiting symptoms must stay home until they have been assessed by phoning 811 or call the Senator Jonas Lariviere Health Center. We ask families to continue to monitor daily for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Please keep updated on our website www.canoelakeschool.ca, on our Facebook page and listen to local radio 103.9 F.M. C.F.C.K. for any developments.

In the Spirit of Manacihitowin (Respect),

Arliss Coulineur

Principal

 

September 2, 2021

Re: Notification of COVID-19 case in Canoe Lake Miksiw School (Entire School)

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We have been informed of another case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been diagnosed in another individual in Canoe Lake Miksiw School. We are working closely with Public Health staff to ensure necessary measures are in place to protect all students. The virus spreads from person to person by large, respiratory droplets, like from a cough or sneeze. The classroom has been in a “bubble” state and will be closed until further notice. All other classes will carry on as usual with all COVID-19 precautions followed.

Public Health will be contacting parents/guardians of students and any staff/visitors/volunteers who may have been in close contact with the case and providing direction. If you do not hear from them, your child has likely not been exposed because of the measures that are in place.  We remind everyone entering schools to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Refer to the Daily Self-Assessment Checklist.  Please complete this before attending school each day.  

If you/your child has any symptoms of COVID-19, please call HealthLine at 811 or your community health clinic and remain at home. If medical attention is required, please call ahead to your health care provider. If it is an emergency requiring urgent attention, call 911.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents/guardians as it is available. For further information regarding COVID-19, please call Health Line at 811, community health clinic and/or visit the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health website at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

Sincerely,

Arliss Coulineur

Principal

 

Return to School 2021- Newsletter
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August 30, 2021

Principal’s Message- Return to School

tanisi kakiyaw. ni-miyowitin kakiyaw instotiman masinakewin. kaskatinowi-pīsim oma. takwākin oma. awasisakekwa oskāyak metawewak wayawetimihk.

The beginning of a new school year always marks a time of promise and possibility, and 2021-22 is no exception. My mandate over the past three years as principal and moving into my fourth is simple, awasis nikan- the child comes first. I will strive to motivate students and staff in ascertaining their inner strengths and abilities, while discovering what truly inspires them.

As a part of the School Based Administration team, Geraldine Rediron- V.P. High School and Adele Iron- V.P. Elementary, we will provide a stimulating, safe and caring Indigenous learning working environment for students, staff and community stakeholders. We presently have 226 Nursery to Grade 12 students registered with more on the way. It must be noted, last day to register for High School is Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Please see Leanne Iron to register.

As a staff, we will provide a culturally responsive setting in the classroom and school while fostering wahkohtowin (kinship) in the community. Everyone will have a place within our family learning environment. With the new vision and use of a Cultural Year Plan, alongside the Land Language Relationship and Culture program, it will directly support the positive experience of our students. 

One of my personal goals is to provide a phenomenal environment in which all Canoe Lake Miskiw School students can flourish, achieving academic excellence, becoming emotionally and physically stronger, and growing their talents. The Following Their Voices program takes care of that. We are in Year 5, a main staple of the lives of our staff and students lives.  

We encourage all parents to have a discussion with their child (ren) on the importance of the safety precautions as we return to full in-class learning. By being the first line of defence in keeping our school safe, you the parent or caregiver, can assist by screening your child each morning before leaving your home. This is a responsibility that must not be taken lightly. We must all do our part as a community to keep each safe, especially our youngest members.

For health and safety reasons, please continue to let us know if your child is not feeling well and keep them home when sick.  We ask parents and caregivers to continue alerting us and helping mitigate the impact of COVID19 on our school year.  This is a trying time for everyone and I appreciate the support of all of our families and the community. Please find attached documents that will help you understand the process of contact tracing and illness in the school.

Parents, please add our school website, www.canoelakeschool.ca, and Facebook (Canoe Lake Miksiw School) page to your smartphones to keep up on all events and school closure information throughout the year.  I ask you to look for ways to become involved here at C.L.M.S. Staff are your guides and advocates. Take advantage of this invitation to come into our school and be a part of our daily routines. Become involved. You are a big part of our family.

Hiy Hiy!

Arliss Coulineur

 

UPDATE: NOV. 27, 2020

 

Good morning to all. This message is for all parents, caregivers and students. There will be no afternoon online classes this afternoon. Our staff will be given the opportunity to leave early to head south to shop for what is needed for the next while. Thank you for your understanding.

Reminder that Monday, November 30, 2020 is Virtual Report Card Day and there are no classes scheduled for that day. See you on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 via Google Classroom.

Please feel free to fill in a Google Form for the Virtual Report Card Day. See Below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6at-299EowvrEkGsOZHMdf4EBMLySwu6yC5N02Er1mTKngQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&gxids=7757

 

 

 

Nov. 22, 2020 

UPDATE: Dear Parent and Caregivers,

Good evening to you all. It is very difficult to navigate through the troubled waters we are presently treading through. My heart, thought and many prayers go out to the Opikokew/Iron/Waskewitch families. They will be laying their loved ones to rest on Monday and Tuesday respectively. I strongly encouraged staff to plan assignments and activities for online classrooms for those students who would like to have something in place so that learning is not affected. We will resume online classes on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 out of respect of the families who lost their loved one.

As well, during these trying times with COVID-19 in our community, staff have been instructed to Work from Home until Dec. 6, 2020. We will resume with Level III- Face to Face/Remote Learning on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

In the Spirit of Resilience,

Arliss Coulineur
Principal

 

(Effective immediately- Classes Resume on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020)

UPDATE: (as of Nov. 17, 2020)

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope this message finds you well. I know that this has been a trying time for all, especially those immediately affected by this horrible virus. Our thoughts are with them.

I would like to inform you that we have now moved to Level IV- Full Online Learning for our students in both cohorts. We will continue with this and will return Level III-  Blended Face to Face/Online Learning on Dec. 1, 2020. However, we will not be resuming online classes on Wednesday, November 17, 2020. This is to allow for planning and preparations of Educational Packages for those who do not have connectivity with internet service providers. We will return to Remote Learning on Thursday, November 18, 2020.

Deep cleaning and disinfecting of our school has taken place today. All staff can return to work and into the building tomorrow morning by 9:00 a.m. It must be understood that we will observe the practice of working within our "bubble." This means that we must limit any movement in the hallways. No other persons can be allowed into the school but staff.

C.L. Pandemic Committee are aware of the progress and precautionary steps taken by C.L.M.S. and are well aware of how we are moving forward in ensuring the education of our students continues.

If there are any furthers developments we will keep you posted.

 

November 16, 2020

Re: School Closure- COVID-19 Announcement

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

This letter is to inform you that we have been informed that there are positive cases with the Canoe Lake Cree First Nation. Immediate family members of those who have been identified as positive had attended school on Monday, November 16, 2020. A decision has been made with the safety of students and staff in mind to close the school.

In accordance with Saskatchewan Health Authority guidelines and to protect the privacy of the students, C.L.M.S. Administration cannot disclose any personal details. Contact tracing has begun and Saskatchewan Health officials and investigators will contact those they deem necessary for testing. We can also confirm that physical distancing, proper use of PPE, proper hand hygiene and school protocols were consistently maintained while students and staff were at C.L.M.S. on this day.

Effective immediately, our school will move to Level Four- Online Learning in accordance to Indigenous Services Canada, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, and M.L.T.C. Education school surveillance. All students will be REMOTE LEARNING online via Google Classrooms for both learning cohorts, Group A and B, beginning on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. When our staff are allowed to re-enter the building, educational packages will be prepared for those with no internet capabilities. Please keep updated on our website www.canoelakeschool.ca on our Facebook page and listen to local radio 103.9 F.M. C.F.C.K. for any developments.

We are working together on all necessary measures to protect our students and staff. This will begin with a mandatory deep cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of all areas of the school building, hence the school closure. This additional disinfecting will focus on areas where the student was present along with high touch areas and surfaces throughout the facility. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

C.L.M.S. Administration want to reinforce that students and staff exhibiting symptoms must stay home until they have been assessed by phoning 811 or call the Senator Jonas Lariviere Health Center. We ask families to continue to monitor daily for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

In the Spirit of Resilience,

C.L.M.S. School Based Administration Team

 

 

November 16, 2020


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We have just completed 6 weeks of school and a few concerns have been brought up at this time. In the elementary, we have observed issues with the students who have chosen to work from home. Many students are not logging on at the required times. Very few assignments are being completed and handed in, also the homework packages have not been returned as expected. Some families are continuing to experience difficulties in using our learning platforms, while others still have connectivity issues with no internet or devices. We will be monitoring student online activity (Google classroom, Raz-Kids, and Mathletics) attendance will be monitored through these programs and students will be considered absent if they are inactive.  If a student is inactive, home visits will be conducted through our Guidance Counsellor Diane Martell’s program.

In regards to high school, students in grades 10-12 will begin Quad 2 today, Monday, November 16 and will end January 28, 2021. We would like to commend all the students who attended in person, logged onto Google Classroom, and returned weekly educational packages. Beginning Quad 2 we will be implementing a stricter attendance policy. For students in grades 10-12, attending in person – they must attend each day. If they are absent, without a medical or phone call by the parent, they will be marked absent, teachers will be in contact with the parents for student updates and check-ins. If there has been no contact from the student or parent for three days that student will be automatically withdrawn from the class. Students learning online MUST be logged on and attending virtually all classes; otherwise they will also be marked absent (3 absent days will be an automatic withdrawal). Our goal is to strengthen the knowledge and skills our students have to better prepare them for post-secondary and the world of work. 

In closing, it is that time of the year, where the weather is unpredictable, we need all our students to come dressed appropriately. Some staff members are hearing from students that they do not have any winter clothing. Please ensure your child is dressed in winter boots, winter jackets, ski pants mitts, and a toque. This is very important because all of our Phys. Ed classes and in-motion are outdoors due to the construction that is still taking place. We thank you all for your efforts in your child’s educational journey.

Respectfully,


C.L.M.S. School Based Administration Team
 

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2020

Re: PICTURE DAY

Parents/Caregivers:

Lifetouch photography is set to come on Tuesday November 17 and in order for things to flow smoothly we have a tentative schedule as follows:

Group B and those with no split classes: Pictures taken in the morning.

Group A students and those that are 100% learning from home can come in the afternoon and will have to be taken to the school and taken back home with a parent or guardian. 

If anything changes before Tuesday we will post it on our Facebook page and on our local radio station.  Feel free to call the school if you have any questions. 

Thank you. 

Office Coordinator- Tina Couillonneur

 

November 9, 2020 (GROUP A- NOV. 9-13, 2020)

FOLLOWING THEIR VOICES- PARENT SURVEY

Parent surveys are posted on FB - deadline is Dec 16 - $100 parent draw

https://followingtheirvoices.ca/ftv/surveys/#/anon/code/7aRkWxAA

 

November 5, 2020

Re: School Date Changes

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

tanisi kakiyaw. This letter is to remind you that this afternoon we are having an Early Dismissal at 12:15 p.m. for our Virtual All Staff Meeting at 1:00 p.m. As well, please be advised that there are a number of changes to the November calendar. The changes are as follows:

- November 10: Virtual Remembrance Day Service 10:45 p.m. (possibly on Channel 13)

- November 11: No School- Remembrance Day

- November 12: Quad I Ends

- November 13: No School- First Nations Unity Day

- November 24: No School- (pm) School Construction/SaskPower

- November 30: Virtual Report Card Day 9:00-4:00 p.m.

We have attached the REVISED November calendar to this rotating banner. Kind reminder that our Facebook page and our school website www.canoelakeschool.ca are currently up and running. We are doing our best to keep the sites updated daily. Any other forms of information are also passed through 103.9 CFCK Radio and Channel 13.

School Based Administration team want to continue to reinforce that when students or staff are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, they must stay home and call HealthLine 811 or call the Senator Jonas Lariviere Health Center. They must follow all directions provided by health officials. We continue to ask parents and caregivers to be ever vigilant. As well, it remains our expectation that all same household members must stay home until they are cleared by health officials. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

Thank you for your understanding.

In the Spirit of Resilience,

Arliss Coulineur B.Ed., M.Ed.

Principal

 

NOV. 2, 2020

tānisi nehiyaw opasihkwenwak,

 The theme for the 2020-21 school year is “Maintaining the Spirit of Our Language.” November’s theme is, nehiyawitwawin: it means "speaks plains Cree." It is the state of being nehiyaw. The teacher engages with students as nehiyaw human beings, honours their "nehiyaw-ness" of students. We are beginning the process to converse in our language when we meet others in the school.

November has arrived and with it comes the time for reflection and remembrance. We start the month off by recognizing the accomplishments of our students in each grade. Names and awards will shared online on our school website. This year our Remembrance Day ceremony will take place virtually on November 10th starting at 10:30 a.m. in the classrooms. We are working to broadcast this live with a local broadcast on channel 13. More information is to come. As well, there will be no classes for students and staff on Nov. 11, 2020.

Communication through phone calls, text and emails are part of our effort to work as partners to share learning goals with parents. If you did not get a chance to meet with your child’s teacher, it is not too late. Please feel free to contact them through the office to set up a time to meet over the phone or video conference. Another way we share learning is through report cards. These are a culmination of on-going assessments in the classroom and are meant to capture the learning of the student over the first term. Reports will come out in the middle of the month. We would like to have a full day of virtual meeting regarding your child’s progress. This will be an opportunity to celebrate your child’s strengths and set learning goals for a second term. Our hope is that these reports will assist in having all parents and caregivers know how their child is doing, what area they need to improve in and how the school and the home can work as a team to support the student in this process. The ongoing dialogue between teacher, student and parent and caregiver helps to create a wonderful learning community where progress is celebrated and future goals can be set.

Looking ahead at the month of November, along with our virtual Remembrance Day service, we will have No School (Nov. 11), two Early Dismissals for Staff Meetings (Nov. 5 and 26), Quad 1 end (Nov.13) and Quad 2 begin (Nov. 16), Picture Day (Nov. 17), Virtual Report Card Day (Nov. 19)…and all of that before December even starts! Before long, we will be talking about Christmas Concert and the Christmas Break, but until then, we will continue on our new reality and vigilance during our new exciting journey of learning and fun here at C.L.M.S. Thank you for being a part of this journey!

The School Based Administration team want to remind that if the school or community is compromised with any COVID-19 concerns that will revert to Remote Learning for all students. The learning will continue always regardless of school closure to due this pandemic. We also want to reinforce that when students or staff are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, they must stay home and call HealthLine 811 or call the Senator Jonas Lariviere Health Center. Parents/Caregivers must follow all directions provided by health officials. We continue to ask parents and caregivers to be ever vigilant. As well, it remains our expectation that all same household members must stay home until they are cleared by health officials.

Arliss Coulineur- Principal

 

October 29, 2020

Re: Virtual Halloween Day

Group A Class Party (p.m.)- Friday, October 30, 2020 

Group B Class Party (p.m.)- Monday, November 2, 2020 

Students who come dressed will be entered into a draw for each division.

Please contact your child's teacher for more information.

 

(UPDATE- ANNOUNCEMENT) October 27, 2020

Re: High School Closure (P.M.) - Construction- Strong Tar Odor

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

This letter is to inform you that there will be no Face to Face learning for the rest of the afternoon today due to the construction on the school roof. Workers are using tar to finish off a major focal point on the roof. It has adversely affected the learning environment with a strong odor from the tar and at times making it unbearable to sit in class. However, please be advised that there will be Remote Learning for the afternoon classes via Google Classroom. Attendance will be taken and students are expected to log on when classes begins at 12:45 p.m.

We will see Group A back Face to Face on Friday, October 30, 2020.

I thank you in advance for your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.

In the Spirit of Manacihitowin (Respect),

Arliss Coulineur

Principal

 

(UPDATED- Oct. 23, 2020)

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This is to inform you that the Canoe Lake Miksiw School is set to resume in-class, Face to Face Learning. However, due to construction reasons, all Elementary students will continue to learn remotely via Google Classroom until Tuesday, October 27. Elementary Group A will return to Face to Face instruction on Wednesday, October 28. We encourage all students to log on to Google Classroom, Raz-Kids and Mathletics programs as there are challenges that students will have an option of doing. These will be on our Facebook page and our school website www.canoelakeschool.ca for direction on these fun challenges.

As for High School (Gr.7-12), students in Group A will be expected back in class, Face to Face, on Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27. Students will then be expected to be Remote Learning for Wednesday, October 28 and 29 via Google Classroom. Group A students will return for in-class instruction on Friday, October 30.  Please be advised that this is subject to change at any time due to COVID-19 concerns and precautions.

Your child has been assigned an email through the school for the purpose of being able to access Google Classroom. You can log into this email by:

  1. Accessing the website www.gmail.com
  • Your child’s email is:

Firstname.lastname@mltc.ca

Password is your child’s firstname2020 (all lowercase)

Please accept the invitation to the Google Classroom and then you’ll be able to access whatever we have posted.

At this time, I would like to inform you all that there has been an internal shuffle of staff members to fill the vacant position of instructor in the Practical Applied Arts program. Delia Bull-Waskewitch has graciously taken over the full programming of both Grade 1 classrooms. Kellie Bouvier will be taking over the reins and delivering instruction in Grade 9. Glen Durocher will be returning to his prior position in the 2019-2020 school year as the P.A.A. instructor. All of these changes will take effect on Monday, October 26, 2020. Rest assured, the quality of education is always our highest priority. We thank all three for taking on their new roles.

Finally, the School Based Administration team want to reinforce that when students or staff are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, they must stay home and call HealthLine 811 or call the Senator Jonas Lariviere Health Center. They must follow all directions provided by health officials. We continue to ask parents and caregivers to be ever vigilant. As well, it remains our expectation that all same household members must stay home until they are cleared by health officials. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

We look forward to seeing our students once again.

In the Spirit of Resilience,

Arliss Coulineur

Principal