Ayinnimaoyiiyis

This school year, 2021-22, FLVT converted our past PD Centre (Room 11) into a First Nations Student Centre.  The two reasons to do this were to create a safe place for our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students and assist our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students transitioning from Children of St. Martha’s School.  To date, the centre has been thriving.  Approximately 15 Jr. High students consistently use the centre. In addition, the centre has attracted both First Nations and non-First Nations students.  Also, the centre serves as a workstation for our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Support Worker, Kendrick Fox.

Earlier this year, Mr. Fox and the students who use the centre began to suggest a name for the centre.  After a brainstorming session with Mr. Fox and our students, they came up with the following name:

Ayinnimaoyiiyis = Hawks Nest/Lodge (eye-yin-nima-oi-yee-yis)

  • Unsure how to pronounce Ayinnimaoyiiyis? Thank you to Mr. Fox, here is an audio file of the pronunciation:

Ayinnimaa=Hawk      

Moyiis/Oyiis=Tipi/Lodge      

Oyiiyis=nest

The Blackfoot name ties nicely with our HAWKS Virtues and our school co-curricular team’s name.  Also, Mr. Fox translated the words to Blackfoot.  Mr. Fox has gone through all the rights of passages and initiations to being a Blackfoot Elder.  Mr. Fox has the authority to give Blackfoot names. Mr. Fox came up with Ayinnimaoyiiyis for a few reasons:

1. It fits with our school logo

2. He started the seasonal round – learning from the land for classroom presentations. The biggest lesson was always preparing the Lodge for the next season.

3. The room is being used for student connections to our school, and the most prominent safe place is the lodge.

4. The nest and lodge are very similar linguistically in the Blackfoot language.

After the initial suggestion of Ayinnimaoyiiyis, Mr. Fox sent out an email to our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit parents asking for their thoughts.  No parents objected.  One guardian, a respected elder in the community, supported the name.

Recently, we surveyed our FLVT parent community and staff with the following question:

Here are the results:

Parents (121 responses) – Yes – 93.4 %, No – 6.6 %

Staff (18 responses) – Yes – 94.5 %, No – 5.5 %

We want to thank Mr. Fox and our students for their work in renaming Room 11. Also, we want to thank our School Council and St. Martha’s Parish for letters of support.

At the March 2022 School Board Meeting, our trustees voted in support of renaming Room 11 at FLVT to Ayinnimaoyiiyis. 

Thank you to our School Board for their decision and support.

We look forward to Ayinnimaoyiiyis Student Centre being a valuable place and a focal point for all of our students.

St. Kateri

Every month, our divisional office provides all our schools with resources based on the various patron saints of our schools.  The resources help with the implementation of our divisional faith plan.  Special thanks to Mr. Skretting, our Director of Religious Education, for providing us with these valuable resources.  This month, April 2022, the resources feature the patron saint of Father Leonard Van Tighem School, St. Kateri.  Here are the resources:

Moving Forward

March 30, 2022 Update

To increase student and staff wellness, we have been lifting some of our past pandemic protocols. Some of these changes have included student field trips, large student gatherings, and the mixing of student cohorts. This week, we are changing some more protocols:

·       Adapting muster points: we continue to be committed to the safety and security of everyone in our building. Therefore, we are continuing to use muster points but adapting them. Our students will still gather at their muster doors to begin the day. Instead of having all our teachers at the muster doors, we will have staff supervisors at each muster door;

·       Students will be dismissed from their classrooms. Some teachers may choose to walk their class out to their muster points;

·       We have changed muster points for two classrooms, 8K and 4LC. Here is the new muster point map:

·       We are changing our Jr. High lunch hour protocols. Jr. High students will be able to eat communally or leave campus. Also, students will be able to gather together inside the school during the lunch break. The changes were explained to students in a student assembly.

Following the ‘Access with a Purpose’ model, parents continue to be welcome at school. If parents need access to the school, please ring the front doorbell and check into the office.

We will reflect after a few weeks to see if further changes are needed. However, we hope the changes will be successful.

March 1, 2022

Today, March 1, 2022, most of the COVID-19 restrictions schools were required to follow will be lifted. There is a slight feeling of unease as the pandemic continues to surround us, but there is a strong feeling of hope that our community will be able to return to our normal context. As we begin to transition to this normal context, we plan to take some small steps and build on this momentum.

Here are some steps we have already begun:

  • Optional masks: masks are no longer required for anyone at school. Some people will choose to wear a mask, and just as we supported students that had medical mask exemptions, we will support individuals who choose to wear a mask;
  • We have started to have field trips. Some students have gone on field trips, and soon many of our students will be going on a ski trip. Later in March, all of our Kindergarten to Grade 9 students will be attending St. Francis Junior High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast;
  • No cohorting or gathering restrictions: we are starting to gather together as a community. On Ash Wednesday, our entire school population will be gathering as a faith community to begin our Lenten journey. Parents are welcome to join us at 2 pm on March 2; we ask all parents to sit in our mezzanine;
  • Near the end of March, we will have in-person Parent-Teacher Interviews;
  • On March 31, we will be hosting parents for our Grade 7 Orientation at 7 pm in our canteen.

Here are a few events we are starting to look into:

  • A Jr. High dance after Lent;
  • Year-end trips;
  • Grade 9 Farewell;
  • In-person School Council;
  • Student assemblies;
  • Going to Church for Mass.

There are some activities we are not ready to begin yet. One activity is overnight field trips. Our school division has decided there will be no overnight field trips until the pandemic has been declared over. Therefore, currently, there are no plans to resume Grade 6 Camp.

Some things that are staying the same:

  • Muster points. Although we still have to examine our recent parent and staff surveys, we plan on keeping muster points. Muster points allow for daily parent-teacher communication and dramatically improve hallway congestion. Once we review our survey results, we will reexamine muster points;
  • Isolation requirements: If you are COVID-19 positive, the mandatory requirements to isolate have not changed. Information about isolation requirements is available here.
  • Access to the building. Recently, our school division changed the protocol of having all schools closed to the public. If they choose to, schools with their office directly at the front doors can open their front doors. This decision was made for safety reasons to ensure a school can monitor entry into the school. Father Leonard Van Tighem does not fall into this category. We will be following an ‘access with a purpose’ model. Therefore, we will be continuing to follow the below process:

Thank you for all your support as we continue to provide quality Catholic Education as we make our way through the ongoing pandemic.

Lenten Message

On Wednesday, we begin our Lenten Journey as we accept the ashes.  Our FLVT Ash Wednesday Service will be in our gymnasium at 2 pm on March 2, 2022.  We want to thank Fr. William for coming to our school and being our spiritual guide.  As COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, we are excited to come together as a faith community.  February 2020, for an Ash Wednesday Service, was the last time our students gathered together.  Our parents are welcome to attend the service; please go to our viewing area in our mezzanine when you enter the school.  Masks are optional to wear.

As we begin our Lenten Journey, it is an excellent opportunity for us to reflect on the third year of our faith plan: Together on the Journey – Awakening: Be Committed… Be Accountable.  One way for us to contemplate is to look at our charitable actions of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy:

Although I may not accomplish all the corporal and spiritual works of mercy this Lent, I challenge all our students, staff, and parent community to try.

Finally, given the current events in Ukraine, I ask everyone to say an extra prayer for the people of Ukraine and all the victims of war.

Lenten blessing,

Greg Kostiuk

Grade 10 CCH Orientation

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February 14, 2022 Reminder

Catholic Central will offer TWO information evenings for grade 9 parents/ guardians (same presentation on both nights) who require some guidance and assistance with transition to high school and course selection. These presentations will start at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15 on CAMPUS EAST in the CAFETERIA and on Wednesday, February 16 on CAMPUS WEST in the GATHERING SPACE. As your grade 9 students will be receiving the same presentation in their schools this week, we ask that you limit attendance to one parent/ guardian per household so that we can accommodate all those who wish to attend. Should you choose not to attend and still require the information, the Google presentation can be accessed here after the parent information evenings have been completedhttps://cch.holyspirit.ab.ca/school/registration 

Additionally, we are here to help you and your student walk through this process so please contact us if you need assistance.

February 7, 2022

Catholic Central Grade 9 Parent Information Evenings have been rescheduled to:

– Tuesday, February 15 on Campus East in the gymnasium at 7:00

– Wednesday, February 16 on Campus West in the gymnasium at 7:00

We will run two nights so that everyone who wants to/needs to attend is able to attend (it is the same presentation on both nights so choose one night or the other). All parents or guardians planning on attending must provide a QR code for proof of vaccination or have a negative PCR result within the past 72 hours, along with a valid photo ID. Additionally, masks must be worn for the entirety of the presentation. We ask that only parents/guardians attend at this time as the administrative and guidance counselling team at Catholic Central are working in collaboration with your child’s junior high school administrative team to visit classrooms later in February (the week of February 14-18). This request is so that we are able to accommodate as many parents and guardians as possible while adhering to our ⅓ gym capacity for indoor gatherings. While we do not anticipate either gym filling to capacity, please plan to arrive early to ensure that there is room. Should there be a need for alternate ways of “meeting” (as in a virtual platform), please contact Mrs. Polec at polecj@holyspirit.ab.ca

January 17, 2022

Please read this letter from CCH regarding Grade 10 Orientation for the 2022-23 School Year:

Please contact CCH or FLVT if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Rapid Tests and Masks

Last week, our government shared their plans of supplying all students and staff with rapid tests and masks.  Tomorrow, our supply of rapid tests and masks will be arriving.

We will receive the following:

  • One five-pack of rapid tests (a 2 ½ week supply, testing twice per week on a Monday and a Thursday) for every student and staff member;
  • Twenty masks (a 10-day supply – 2 per day) for each student and staff member, ECS to grade 6 will receive pediatric masks; grade 7 – 9 and all staff will receive adult masks. 

ECS to grade 6 will receive two bundles of 10 pediatric masks.  The school will need to repackage the adult masks for our junior high students and staff.

Tomorrow, we plan on distributing the rapid tests and masks to students.

IMPORTANT – if you do not want your child to receive a rapid test kit to take home, please get in touch with Mrs. Swanson by email at swansonc@holyspirit.ab.ca  by January 13, 2022, 9 am.  Also, if you do not want your child to receive the masks, please inform your child to tell us, and we will use them in our office.

Please contact the school if your child is absent and you want to arrange a pick-up time for either the rapid tests or masks.

The rapid tests are meant for home use; there will be no testing of students at school.  Here is a video from the government about administering a rapid test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4q7EuAbgE8

Finally, if you complete the rapid test and it’s negative, please continue to do the Alberta Health Daily Checklists.

If you complete the rapid test and it’s positive, please follow the required isolation policy:

Thank you,

FLVT School

Snow Removal: City Survey

Please do this important city survey regarding possible changes to their snow removal policy:

https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/snow-control-and-street-sweeping?tool=survey_tool#tool_tab

If the city changes the current policy, it could create unsafe student pick-up and drop-off on Red Crow Blvd. and Stoney Cres.

Thank you,

FLVT School