Including the great events highlighted here, here are a few important dates to remember as we round the corner into June.
June 11th: PD Day
June 18th: Secondary School Graduation Celebration Day
June 21st: National Indigenous People's Day
June 21st: Final Day of Secondary Classes, Remote (Week 1)
June 22nd: Final Day of Secondary Classes, Remote (Week 2)
June 22nd: Elementary School Graduation Celebration Day
June 23-28th: Secondary Student-Teacher Conferences: an opportunity for consolidation and final demonstration of learning
June 29th: Last Day of School
WELCOME Autumn Lewis: LEP's Aboriginal Support Worker
We are thrilled to introduce Autumn, our new Aboriginal Support Worker, to our LEP community. She is a great addition to our team. Here is Autumn's self introduction, followed by an event for for students registered under the Anishinabek bands.
Ahnii, Boozhoo, Hello,
Nimkiinaapkigaans n’dizhnikaaz, N’swakamok n’doonjibaa minwaa Wikwemikong, Mukwaa dodem.
My name is Autumn Lewis, my spirit name is Necklace of the Thunder, I currently reside in Sudbury Ontario and my home reserve is Wikwemikong, I am from the bear clan and am Ojibwe.
I am an Aboriginal Support Worker for the Rainbow District School Board at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School. I value my culture, my community and creating inspiring learning spaces for children/youth to thrive on their interests in our learning environment. I hope to share my teachings that I have learned on my life journey and through my education. I am also a graduate of Cambrian College in the Social Service Worker Indigenous Specialization program. I am a hand drum carrier of my grandmother drum and enjoy learning, listening, and singing hand drum songs and teachings in my spare time.
I live my life being mindful of the seven grandfather teachings: respect (manaajidewin), humility (debasendziwin), wisdom (nibwaakawin), truth (debwewin), love (n’zaagidewin), honesty (gwekwaadeziwin), and bravery (zoongidewin). I do this in hopes that my children, my family, and my community will live their lives being mindful of the gifts the creator has given us.
LEP: OFSAA Challenge Champion!
From Mrs. Green:
To all those who participated in the OFSAA Virtual Challenges, we did it! We are the Provincial Champions. In true Lo-Ellen Park fashion, we had the highest participation rate in Ontario.
Lo-Ellen wins a fancy new score table like the one pictured above, valued at over $5000.
Congratulations to Hunter L who was an honourable mention for this 3850 touches during the Stick Challenge!
OFSAA provided us with 7 different ‘sport themed” virtual challenges throughout the year.
Lo-Ellen Park students participated in all challenges. In total we had 465 students participate throughout the year. Thank you to all of the classes, clubs, student led clinics and teams for getting involved.
7 different Virtual Challenges:
Cross Country - 3km Walk/Run/Wheelchair: Walk, run or wheelchair and track your time for a total distance of 3KM (mins:secs).
Basketball - Free Throw % Challenge: Take 50 free throw shots and record your average.
Football - Throw and Kick Challenge - Combined total distance of throwing and kicking a football.
Golf/Field Hockey/Hockey Stick Challenge: Record the number of times you can bounce a ball on the stick without the ball hitting the ground.
Volleyball Pass Challenge: Keep a volleyball off the floor by using a forearm pass or overhead volley. Record your highest consecutive passes without the ball hitting the ground.
CN Tower Fitness Challenge: Walk, run, wheelchair or bike for 13km in total or climb 1776 steps or complete 176 squats, burpees or lunges.
Soccer Juggling Challenge: “juggling” a soccer ball (or similar ball) without letting the ball hit the ground. Record your total number of touches without the ball hitting the ground.
Special thank you to OFSAA and The Scoreboard Man for organizing and supporting the event. We are grateful for the opportunity to engage our students in creative activities at a time when traditional competition has been halted.
Summer Learning Opportunities
SAVE the DATE!
FREE RDSB Event: Kevin Cameron
June 2: Parents/guardians invited to learn from crisis response expert
The expert who led the crisis response following the 1999 school shooting in Taber, Alberta – just eight days after the Columbine school shooting – will deliver a special presentation of Schools and Community Safety supported by Community Threat Assessment Protocol on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 6:30 pm. This not-to-be missed virtual event with Kevin J. Cameron is being hosted by the Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Steering Committee. A Community Threat Assessment Protocol has been in place locally since 2011.
Kevin Cameron is a Board Certified Expert and a Diplomate for the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. After being seconded by the Alberta Government to study the traumatic aftermath of the school shooting in Taber, Kevin Cameron developed the Traumatic Event Systems Model, Canada’s first comprehensive, multidisciplinary VTRA training program, in concert with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Behavioural Sciences Unit.
An expert in Threat Assessment and Trauma Response for British Columbia’s ERASE initiative, Kevin Cameron is the Lead Clinician for the Surrey Wrap Youth Gang Prevention Program and oversees the largest urban VTRA training initiative in North America funded by a Federal Government Public Safety Grant.
Close to 100 various agencies across the province are applying the multi-agency VTRA Model to address all forms of violence, with a special emphasis on Violent Extremism.
In 2018, Kevin Cameron organized the North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response’s first ever U.S. specific operation. From this partnership came “NACTATR US” and the development of VTRA software which will be the first human-assisted technology to apply the highest levels of VTRA from single incident cases to complex community violence prevention initiatives.
Everyone is welcome to join this free presentation online via Zoom:
ID: 841 3107 2993
From our Friends at R.L. Beattie:
RL Beattie Public School, through Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants and
in collaboration with the LGBTQ Families Speak Out research team at the Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), present an innovative online event for parents,
caregivers and educators to engage in conversations about gender and family diversity.
Listen to a verbatim audio play based on the lived experiences of LGBTQ families in
public schools across Ontario (including Sudbury), and then join us for a facilitated
discussion with a dynamic team of researchers and artists. This unique event promises
to start the conversation – and keep it going – helping to engage our families, students
and teachers to build safer spaces and to EXPECT diversity within our schools and
Register here to get your link to the audio play Out At School. Listen to this 90 min
podcast, submit your comments, questions and themes to the panel prior to June 3 rd ,
and join us on June 7 th from 7-9pm for a virtual book club-style discussion with the
actors/artists and researchers. Participants will also be entered in a prize draw, and
provided with a coupon code for the book Our Children Are Your Students based on Out
At School and written by Tara Goldstein and the LGBTQ Families Speak out research
Here are some descriptions and links about Out At School and the LGBTQ Families Speak
Out research project and team.
Out at School, is a verbatim audio-play about the experiences of LGBTQ families at
school, created from excerpts from interviews undertaken with 37 families living in the
province of Ontario, Canada, between 2014 and 2020.The play is divided into 3 parts,
with each part ending with an original song composed and sung by Canadian queer folk
musician Kate Reid. Each of Kate’s songs are based on the testimonies and stories the
families shared in the interviews.
Find out more about the project here and read interviews here
PARTICIPANTS for this event from the LGBTQ FAMILIES SPEAK OUT research team are:
Tara Goldstein, Pam Baer, benjamin lee hicks, Edil Ga’al, and Bishop Owis
all of their bios can be found here: http://www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca/about-