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September 2014 Front PageThis section includes all of the news items in our monthly newsletter, and then some!

September 2014 Newsletter

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September 2014 ColourĀ  (1.1 MB).

Mental Health Corner

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With the extra stresses associated with the season, you might want to try a suggestion or two.
Listen to the wisdom of your body. Begin to freely admit the stresses and pressures which have manifested physically, mentally, or emotionally.



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What is Al-Anon?

Al-Anon is self-help recovery program for people who believe their lives may have been affected by someone else's drinking. We come together to find help and support in dealing with the effects of alcoholism in our lives. The single purpose of these programs is to help families and friends of alcoholics, whether the alcoholic is drinking or not.


Upcoming Workshops

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The  staff in the Education Department have been working hard to bring you new and interesting workshops that can be fun and educational for everyone! If you are interested in any of the new programs, please sign up at the reception desk in the Band Office.

Child Care Subsidy
Need help applying for subsidy? Join us for a subsidy workshop where we'll discuss what Childcare Subsidy is, how it can help you, where and how to apply, Licensed vs. Unlicensed care providers, and other useful information brought to you with the help of Victoria Child Care Resource and Refferal  for you and your family!

Moccasin Making
Would you like to take advantage of what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity? Learn to make Traditional Moccasins with Lindsey once a week in this amazing chance to learn fun valuable skills in time for chilly Christmas weather.

Canning and Cooking
Interested in learning the lifelong skill of cooking and canning? Learn and practice cooking and Food Safe basics as well as proper methods of canning fish, jams, fruits and more in this weekly workshop. 


Longhouse Reconstruction Project

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Tsawout SNEPENEKS Cultural Society (better known as the Longhouse Committee)

Report by Eric Pelkey

Tsawout Community Longhouse Reconstruction Project

The Province has withdrawn our approval for a Carpentry Construction Training Program for the Longhouse Reconstruction Project. They wanted us to show that we had all the money we needed in the bank to complete the Longhouse, which we don’t. With the latest Fundraiser, the Art Auction, held on August 13th, we have raised approximately $75,000. The projected cost for completing the Longhouse is about $900,000, so we are long way from having the funds in place to begin construction.


Traffic Safety in the Community

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Community members have recently expressed concerns regarding speeding vehicles along Stautw Road. This road is a primary access to the community and is commonly used by pedestrians and children who both walk along and cross the road at intersecting roadways. The shoulders are narrow and a speed limit of 30 kms per hour have been posted for the safety of motorists and pedestrians. The use of reflective or high visibility clothing is recommended for pedestrians who use the community roadways after dark.


Wedding Congratulations!

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Congratulations Perry and Annabelle Lafortune!

Perry and Annabelle were married on October 15, 2011. Congratulations to the happy couple. Wishing you many years of happiness together.


Introduction to TSAWOUT After-School Program

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The purpose of the program is to serve the Community of TSAWOUT by providing quality educational support, nutritional snacks and advocacy to the schools on behalf of the students.

The goal of the program is to provide a structured and safe environment, which promotes responsible behaviour, respect to others and a positive attitude for all students and staff. Students focus on homework, reading, writing, math and group activities. By using the motto R.R.I.C.H.H., the After-School Program has helped to successfully motivate the children, teach teamwork, instill values and inspire students to become “Role Models,” demonstrating the attributes of Respectfulness, Responsibility, Independence, Cooperation, Helpfulness and Honesty.

History of T.A.S.P.

THE TSAWOUT After-School Program began in 2001 under the Social Development Department. It was originally attended by 10 students at elementary grade level, from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, at “The Drop-In.”  Over the next 5 years, the program expanded to include a full range of age groups and grade levels; Kindergarten to Grade 12. The T.A.S. Program shifted its focus from movies and games to READING, WRITING and ARITHMATIC, culturally appropriate crafts and a SENCOTEN Language Program.

Since 2003, a need was recognized for a more structured environment and grade appropriate classrooms. This helped us to improve focus and ensure that the time spent at the program was effective. Since 2007 the program has grown further in terms of student attendance.

Relationships have been forged with various volunteer individuals and groups, including the University of Victoria, the LAU WEL NEW Tribal School and the Saanich Schools.

The TSAWOUT After-School Program has worked with over 125 children in the community. In 2010-2011 school year, 78 students were registered, with a daily average of 40 students attending. The success of the TSAWOUT After-School Program can be measured also in the attendance of HEAD START to Grade 1, students 4 to 6 years old; 22 were registered in 2011.  The TSAWOUT After-School Program is now supported by the TSAWOUT EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES and includes early learners of the TSAWOUT HEAD START Program.

The students arrive on the school bus, directly from their schools:  LAU WEL NEW Tribal School, Brentwood Elementary School, KELSET Elementary School, Bayside Middle School, North Saanich Middle School, Stelly's Secondary School, Children's Development Center and Pacific Christian School.

As the students arrive between 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm they are fed a nutritious snack with the opportunity of having recreation in the TSAWOUT Gym before settling into their homework or assignments by 3:30 pm. Daily attendance is taken Monday to Friday, even if a student only attends for a snack or has to leave early. Dismissal is at 5:00 pm for HEAD START to Grade 5 students and 6:00 pm for Grade 6 to Grade 12 students.

Incentives & Recognition

Each classroom teacher has developed her own incentive or recognition system to recognize the student's hard work.

  • Completion of homework
  • Project Completion
  • Bringing an Agenda
  • Reading
  • Completion of Binder Work
  • Being a Teacher's Helper
  • Being a Cooperative Listener
  • Being a Buddy support
  • Exhibiting Good Behaviour

Students receive recognition at the end of the week or once a month as a class effort. They are rewarded with healthy snack prizes, swim passes, pizza vouchers, movie passes or classroom seasonal celebrations.

We are fortunate to have two certified teachers on staff and experienced and trained teacher assistants.  We have been utilizing the support of practicum students from the Nursing and Educational Departments of University of Victoria. We have also been a part of the STEM Project (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Outreach Program), through the Department of Science and Aboriginal Affairs at the University of Victoria. These are long-term arrangements. Other individuals, just as important, have volunteered on a regular basis and have developed strong, healthy relationships with our students, parents and staff.

More to Come

Please stay informed, as NEW Programs are developed. We want to strengthen and expand the partnerships with the Saanich School District and WSANEC School Board and other services in our community who have been supportive of the TSAWOUT EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES, the HEAD START PROGRAM and the TSAWOUT After-School Program.  

Last school year, two dinners followed by informative meetings were held by T.E.S.S. The first meeting this school year will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm. Your input is important. We wish to form a Parent Advisory Committee. If you are interested and want to be involved, please come for the Dinner and stay for the meeting.

Stephanie H. Adams
TSAWOUT After-School Program Coordinator


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