October Update

October 2021 FECCA Update

Great Start!

I would like to start out by sending a sincere thank you to all teachers, support staff, parents and especially our students for an amazing first month back to school. We continue make adjustments to our regular day, but everyone has truly come together to ensure a safe start to school. Thank You!

With that being said, I would like to remind everyone to continue doing what you are doing. If you are able, and above 12 years of age, we encourage you to get your two COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as you can. This is to protect you and the community around us. We ask you to continue with daily symptom checks, mask wearing, frequent hand washing and keeping kids home when necessary.

Again, it’s been such a pleasure to have everyone back in the building interacting, learning and having fun. It truly does take a community effort to keep our school and students healthy and safe. Keep up the great work!!

Sincerely, Cory Austen

Mi’Kmaw History Month

Fanning Education Centre and Canso Academy are proudly recognizing and participating in Mi’kmaw History Month. We kicked this off by recognizing Truth and Reconciliation Week and Treaty Day on October 1st by offering 16 workshops for students in grades 5 -8 while our PP - 4 did various activities in their classes. On Wednesday, September 29th we recognized Orange Shirt Day. In doing so we recognize and acknowledge indigenous presence, both past, present and into the future. Our work does not stop here, as our teachers and students will be taking part in various learning activities throughout the month. The FECCA School community are allies and proud to say, “We Are All Treaty People”.

A big part of the Truth and Reconciliation process is learning and reflecting about this dark part of Canadian history. "Canada's Dark Secret" is a documentary film that tells the story of Canada’s residential school system and the indigenous survivors who bear witness to its abuses. The content can be heavy and it's recommended to be viewed with parents/guardians. Through documentaries such as this we can learn and start our truth and reconciliation journey.

Terry Fox Run

Students at Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy took part in the annual Terry Fox run on Thursday, September 23rd. The FECCA community raised over $500 through donations in support of Cancer Research. We would like to thank you for any support you were able to provide. You can also make an online donation directly to our #TryLikeTerry website (tax receipts provided). Here is the link to the website.

Extra Curricular

School Sports

We are very excited to have school sports starting back up! Although the season has some COVID related restrictions we’re happy to have students back in the gym and on the courts. At this moment we welcome back all student athletes from the boys basketball and girls volley ball. Best of luck this season! GO SEAHAWKS!!

Click here for a link to the most recent Q&A around vaccinations and afterschool activities such as sports.

Student Council

Student council has held their first meetings and are in the process of selecting grade level representatives. We’re very excited about this years leadership group and look forward to working with them to create the best possible student experience. Best of luck and thank you to all involved!

The Green Team

The FECCA Green Team is excited to announce they will be starting up soon. If you are in grades 6-12 and interested in joining, then please see Mrs. Borden to sign up. This is a great opportunity for having an impact and making FECCA a more sustainable, GREEN School! This month we'll be celebrating our garden harvest by putting together a 'Stone Soup' where staff can volunteer and contribute to our school garden veggies in making a tasty soup to be served to all!

Scouts @ FECCA

5th Canso Cub/ Scout MeetingsMonday evenings from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m at Fanning Education Centre/ Canso Academy. All youth ages 8-14 can join the Canadian Path Scouting Program www.scoutscanada.ca

Outdoor activities include cooking, camping, hiking and some water events. Subsidies are available with registration: Go to the link myscouts.ca

Contact: Harold Roberts (Phone# 902-366-2287) email: harold.m.roberts@gmail.com

Grade 7 and 8 Immunizations

Public Health has been given the ‘Ok’ for immunizations and most of our students had their immunization on Friday, October 1. Thank you to the brave 7 and 8 students for taking their shot and to parents for getting the forms signed and handed in. We are still missing a few grade 7 and 8 students and we'll look to schedule another day to complete these in later October or November.

Breakfast Program

Our Breakfast Program is up and running daily! All students are invited to take advantage of our amazing breakfast served up each morning.

Chartwells Cafeteria Service

Chartwells food services is well underway. We remind parents to visit new Nutrislice App to make online lunch orders. Although we would like to limit the exchange of cash, money orders for lunch and snacks can be sent in daily.

Mental Health Resources and Support

As a reminder, for our children, youth and families needing support, please note the following resources:

SRCE - School counsellors, school psychologists, teachers, school administrators and SchoolsPlus staff are a few supports available to our children and youth. Don't hesitate to contact the school administration or school counselor. SchoolsPlus staff are also available to support children, youth and families and help you access mental health supports and other services you may need, Please refer to the Parents/Guardians page of the SRCE website for their contact information.

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).

Children and youth may text TALK to 686868 (no data necessary)

Adults may text WELLNESS to 741741

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