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Principal's Message

She:kon Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

Welcome to the Tsi Snaihne School website. Our community school is located in the beautiful district of Tsi Snaihne. The school population averages 170 students from Head Start to Grade 6. One of our many strengths within the school is that our staff members get to know all of the students in our small and caring school community. School initiatives have helped our students achieve at or above provincial standards in Reading and Writing. 82% of students were reading at or above grade level at the end of the 4th quarter last year. Math initiatives will continue this year to focus on a new Mathematics program, Coaching and our partnership with the Aboriginal Access to Engineering (AAE) program from Queen’s University is part of the initiative. Our staff members are dedicated to ensuring that our students will have the opportunity to learn skills needed to enter STEM field careers in the future. While our staff members are dedicated to student academic excellence, they also realize the importance of building a positive school community; staff volunteer to run a variety of recess intramurals, sports teams, and After School Clubs. School Spirit days throughout the school year have been a fun way to celebrate our positive school community and appreciate the creativity of our students and staff. We are proud to be part of helping our students develop a positive self-identify by providing daily instruction in Kanienke:ha, promoting and organizing socials, community meals, the Tom Longboat Run, and other activities and events that celebrate the traditions and culture of Akwesasne throughout the school year. Our “Getting Along Together” program is embedded in our daily programming for students and provides them with the skills needed to work with each other cooperatively and empowers them with the skills to resolve conflicts in a respectful manner. Good Behaviour Tickets are given throughout the school year to recognize and celebrate our school motto, “Tsi Snaihne School Students are Respectful, Responsible, and Right on Task”.

We appreciate the close partnership that we have developed with our parents and family members. Our parents/guardians work in partnership with us by ensuring that their children complete their homework and communicate daily in the agenda with the child’s teachers. Currently, we have ten members on our Parent Involvement Committee and new members are always welcome to join. The Parent Involvement Committee is proud to have sponsored, through fundraising, one field trip at no cost for our Early Years students for the last two years. They have also raised funds to help support the Friends Helping Friends Food Pantry. The Student Council members are elected each year by the student body. They help to ensure that student voices are heard and recognized in the activities they organize from the Talent Show to Show and Tell. They also bring ideas and solutions to help make our school a great place to learn. Our Student Council members over the years have recognized the strength of Akwesasne when helping those in need. Our Friends Helping Friends Fundraisers have supported our Food Pantry and friends who need additional support during trying times. All members of our school community work hard to demonstrate the values, culture and traditions of Akwesasne. Nia:wenko:wa to organizations from Tsi Snaihne Recreation, Community Health and Nurses, CKON Radio, Mohawk Council Chiefs, Community Involvement Fund, Enbridge Community Fund, Ottawa Shoe Bank, Akwesasne Mohawk Police, Akwesasne Family Wellness Program, Tarbell Management, Twin Leaf, Akwesasne Child and Family Services, and numerous community members that have volunteered to visit us over the school year. Especially to our Veterans for Remembrance Day and the hay wagon drivers for Halloween that have helped provide students with knowledge and experiences that support the development of our students. Your questions and ideas are always appreciated, please don’t hesitate to call me @ 613 575-2291 to discuss your ideas or if you have any questions.

Nia:wen,

Lynda Brown, Principal

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