Astral Drive Junior High

February 3rd, 2021


February is Registration Month!!!!
February 14th      Valentine’s Day
February 15th      Edward Francis Arab Heritage Day (no classes)
February 18th      Grade 9 Grad Photos

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, which is the traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.

The 2021 African Heritage Month theme, Black History Matters: Listen, Learn, Share and Act, recognizes the important legacy of people of African descent and the long-standing history in the development of Canada.

The theme brings focus and increased awareness of racialized issues of a community that has overcome great adversity for inclusion. It further calls on us to listen, learn, share and act to make society a better place.

Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities with a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. African Heritage Month provides us with another opportunity to celebrate our culture, legacy, achievements, and contributions of people of African Descent – past and present.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our much-loved and appreciated School Counsellor – Mrs. Greer - for all she does to support our students and school every day!!!!

OTTAWA (February 1, 2021) – This week, February 1 to 5, marks the 7th annual Canadian School Counselling Week in which we recognize the school counselling profession in provinces and territories across Canada.

School counsellors support the personal, social, educational, and career development of students through programming and counselling services and are instrumental in supporting the mental health and well-being of students at all grade levels.

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed added challenges for students and the school counsellors who support them. School counsellors provide students with the support, consistency and predictability that are essential to help students navigate these times of stress and uncertainty.

Through multi-tiered systems of support, school counsellors assist in the provision of coordinated supports for students’ educational, behavioral, social-emotional, and mental health needs. With the implementation of remote learning and tele-counselling in many school communities, school counsellors are key in the transition to this rapidly changing learning and counselling environment. Educational planning and career development are important when supporting students with life-planning, goal-planning, and transitioning to new labour and employment realities in Canada.

With February being African Heritage Month, Ms. Demers would like to inform students that she has several new diverse books that have been published recently.  You can see the titles on Ms. Demers' google site which has a link through the ADJH website.  If you have any questions, please see her at lunch time.
Ms. Demers also still needs snowflakes decorating the Library.  Pick up your colouring sheet in the Library at lunch time.  All submissions win a prize!



Safety On and Around the Ice

The Canadian Red Cross wants to remind you to be safe on and around ice. Fluctuating temperatures can make ice unstable and you should be vigilant and keep your eyes open to spot unsafe conditions before venturing on it.  Unless you’re absolutely sure that ice is thick enough—stay off!

The colour of the ice indicates its strength and quality. Blue ice is the strongest, while grey ice is unsafe.
Avoid ice that has recently frozen, thawed, and then frozen again.  Ice thickness should be a minimum of: 15 cm for skating, walking or skiing in small groups.  20 cm for larger groups, such as skating parties. 

Snow cover can insulate the ice and keep it from freezing completely. Use caution near pressure ridges in the ice.  When ice goes through a freeze-thaw-freeze cycle it becomes weak and unsafe until it freezes solid again. Mist rising can be a sign of open water. Watch out for protruding objects or air holes that can indicate weak ice. The ice may be thinner near dark objects which are at the edge of the ice or that protrude.

Students are welcome to go online to order lollipops by the end of the day this Wednesday. Students who ordered their lollipops last week, please resubmit for this week. Cost $1.00 each. Order yours now as quantities are limited. Lollipops will be delivered this Friday.  Lollipops will be delivered this Friday, February 5th – they will not be delivered this Friday.


Just a reminder to students to please remember to wear your school-provided mask or your own mask every day and to make sure your mask covers your nose!  Also, (1) when you enter the building to sanitize your hands (2) walking through the halls in single file/social distance where possible, (3) bring your water bottle to school and (4) before you are dismissed for lunch, please remove all items off your desk so they can be cleaned during the lunch break.

Breakfast bins, which are located at the front of each classroom or on the teachers’ desks, are filled with snacks for students to take if you are hungry! Students are asked to please not touch all the items in the bin; just take the item you want without touching the others!  Thank you!