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I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ News October 2013

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learning house 6I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ serves the children and youth of TSAWOUT First Nation. Our overall goal is to provide quality educational support that incorporates our WSÁNEĆ Culture and Tradition, while at the same time advocating on behalf of the students and their relatives to the schools of Saanich School District #63 and the WSÁNEĆ School Board - ȽAU, WELNEW Tribal School. We accomplish this by providing a structured and a safe environment, which promotes Respectfulness, Responsibility, Independence, Cooperation, Helpfulness, and Honesty by using our motto: R.R.I.C.H.H.

I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ is the “Learning House” and since April 2013, is under the umbrella of the TSAWOUT Health, Education and Social Services Department.

As of 2012, I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ has worked with over 125 youth in the WSÁNEĆ Community. For the 2011-2013 school year under the direction of TSAWOUT Employment and Training Program, our registration was 101 students, with a daily average attendance of 40 students.

I am thankful to our newly hired 2013-2014 staff at TSAWOUT LEARNING HOUSE:

  • Nick Henry is assigned to the grade 3 to 6 students in the Intermediate Classroom, extension 313.
  • Gail Sam is assigned to the Head Start to grade 2 students Tuesday to Thursday, in the Primary Classroom, extension 314.
  • Anna Walkus is assigned to the Head Start to grade 2 students on Monday, in the Primary Classroom, extension 314. Anna is also reassigned as our Cultural Elder for all students on Tuesday to Friday.

We also welcome:

  • Maggie Bill is placed through BRIDGES for Women in the Work Opportunity Program on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
  • Cristin LaFortune is assigned through Victoria Native Friendship Centre as a designated Youth Worker.

Welcome back:

  • Matthew Smith, who is re-assigned through Victoria Native Friendship Centre as a designated Youth Worker.
  • Mrs. Adams will oversee the older grades for homework and projects in the TSAWOUT Computer Lab, with support of volunteers.

If you have not volunteered in the past, now is your opportunity. You are missing the fun and energy of the young ones. Parents and relatives are more than welcome to join your children, especially when they try their hands at making cultural crafts. We also encourage DAILY READING for enjoyment and learning.

Thank You to volunteers: Bobby Sylvester, Crystal Morris, Alicia Underwood, Mary Walkus, Linda Theriualt, and our Elders, Rosemary and Syble. You are “AWESOME HELPERS.” Volunteers also have the opportunity to submit a Criminal Record Check to Sidney R.C.M.P. to be added to my Substitute List for employment at TSAWOUT Learning House. Appreciation is also given to TSAWOUT Counsellor, Sandra LaCroix for your excellent support.headstart

Reminder of TSAWOUT LEARNING HOUSE Schedule for your child(ren)'s daily attendance:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday to Thursday
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Friday

Thank you for picking up your child(ren) promptly, this is very much appreciated.
5:00 pm, Monday to Thursday
4:00 pm, on Friday  

All our students benefit from daily attendance and receive on-going support from I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ “Learning House.” services. I encourage parents and relatives to contact the TSAWOUT Learning House Coordinator Stephanie Adams, for new registrants or to update your contact information if your child(ren) was previously registered. Please remind your child(ren) about our role model motto: Respectfulness, Responsibility, Independence, Cooperation, Helpfulness, Honesty.  Your support is much appreciated. Thank You.

Power Smart

To date, the students of Learning House are practising their reading, writing, and engaging in a B.C. HYDRO Program to make Power Smart choices. Please ask your child(ren) what they learned from “SMARTY” about energy and energy conservation.

Head Start to grade 2 are becoming ENERGY EXPLORERS and grade 3 to grade 6 are becoming ENERGY DETECTIVES.

Weekly Winners

Weekly at Learning House, two or three children are selected and can choose a prize from Mrs. Adams Prize Box on Friday, for being “AWESOME HELPERS” to their peers and staff.

Week One: Luther Charlie and Caleb Sandham
Week Two: Francis Smith-Sylvester, Antwon Charlie, Lauren Hunter   


Thank You Bonnie for arranging the Non-Instructional Day activity for youth to attend the Youth Police Day on September 27th.

The Head Start to Grade 2 class accompanied by Tabita Marks and T.L.H. Staff visited the TSAWOUT Community Garden to learn how to plant worms with Sarah Hermsen. It is important for the children to learn that they too can be a part of taking care of the TSAWOUT Community Garden, so that we can harvest and reap the benefits.

On Wed., October 16th, the TSAWOUT Learning House will particiate in the TSAWOUT Health Fair.

Also, please accept an invitation to attend the TSAWOUT Learning House 3rd Annual Halloween Carnival on Thursday, October 31st. Watch for a poster and invitations to be sent home with students.

Blessings to my friends and family of TSAWOUT Community,

Stephanie H. Adams
TSAWOUT Learning House Coordinator
I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ “Learning House”
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