The leaves are beginning to change colour, the nights are getting cooler, and there has been frost on the pumpkins. However, I have yet to see any geese flying south, so that is a bonus. A goose joke for you: How is a flock of geese like an airplane full of encyclopedias? They’re flying in-formation.
As of Monday, September 21, all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 who travel to and from school by bus will be required to wear a mask. Previously, it was only encouraged that students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 wear a mask.
Next Wednesday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SMJ) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, British Columbia. It grew out of Phyllis’ story where she had her new orange shirt taken away from her on the first day of school. Students are asked to wear orange on September 30 to remember all of those affected by residential schools.
Friday, October 2 is a PD Day!
The trip to the Stratford Festival, which was scheduled for October, has been officially cancelled. Students who had handed in their down payments last school year have been refunded. If a student has not received their refund, they are to go talk to Mrs. Roque in the library.
Over the last year or so, MSS has been under some major renovations. Going to school amongst all of the construction was difficult for students at times, but it was fully worth it. The renovations included upgrades to the school’s automation, water, mechanical and lighting system, as well as many cosmetic upgrades. Upon arrival at MSS, you will notice a large wood and steel sculpture by M’Chigeeng’s OneKWE and Toronto artist Kwest at the main doors. The foyer has been redone with new lighting and a rounded stone bench leading towards the cafeteria and common area. Doors in the front foyer lead to a smudging and ceremony room with a fire pit. Wiikwemkoong artist Leland Bell designed window art for the room. The piece is entitled ‘Migration Story.’ Adjacent to the smudge room and across from the cafeteria, where the old library used to be, is the student common area/lounge. In the centre of the room is a propane fireplace with bench seating surrounding it. Through the common area you can access the new student resource room. On the west side of the school, there is a shared student leadership space with rooms for both the student parliament and Three Fires Confederacy. The upstairs hallways got a fresh paint job to match those that were done downstairs in the summer of 2019. One of the science classrooms received a renovation of its own with custom cabinetry. The renovated cafeteria, gymnasium and new library were all open for students to use last school year.
We are halfway through our third week of school, and staff and students are beginning to settle into their new routines. Whether it be learning online or in the classroom, everyone is slowly figuring out how to overcome all the new challenges that come with the current situation.
Just a reminder for everyone to do their self-screening before you leave for school each morning. You can find the list of questions on MSS or Rainbow District School Board’s website, or on any of the social media pages. If you answer yes to any of the questions, do not come to school. The form does not need to be handed in to the school.
Joke of the week: What did a tree fighting with autumn say? That’s it, I’m leafing.
Upcoming events include, Orange Shirt Day and a PD Day.
Until next time, ‘Dream and Believe. Learn and Achieve!’