Astral Drive Junior High

February 18th, 2021


February is Registration Month!!!!

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.

There is a great opportunity available this Friday for all students who self-identify as Black or African Descent. If you are interested in in participating in the Building Bridges, Black Youth Empowerment workshop, focused on power, politics and how they intersect with persons of African Descent, please let your teacher or the office know right away. We will need to know how many participants to plan for by noon today - Thursday. Lunch will be provided.

In the Kitchen with Halifax Public Libraries – TEENS – we are now offering FREE beginner cooking classes for parents and teens; from the comfort of your own kitchen!  Sign up for 8 weekly lessons on DVD that walk you through cooking and baking basics with help from real chefs.  The best part?  We will deliver a custom grocery kit with everything you need to your door FREE OF CHARGE!

This is great way for teens to learn how to cook tasty meals and snacks at home and have fun together in the kitchen.  All you need is a sense of adventure and a love for food to get involved.

For more information or to register call or email Anneka James at the Woodlawn Public Library 902-476-9012 or

YOUR FOOD:  Teens in the Kitchen Recipe Kits and the supplies you need will de delivered to your door.  Safe drop-off rules will be followed.

Emily Glover – Food Literacy Specialist with the Halifax Public Libraries
Andy Hay – Master Chef Canada runner up

All grade 7 and 8 students are reminded to return their registration forms by tomorrow - Friday, February 19th.  These forms are very important as they let School Admin know that you are returning in September 2021 and that you are in the same program (English/Immersion/Band).   Please return them to your homeroom teacher.

Grade 9 grad photos will be taken today - Thursday, February 18th in the lunch room.  With the new COVID rules, Lifetouch will steam clean each robe and sash between use. Lifetouch requires each student wear/bring their own shirt and tie as there is not enough time to steam clean those as well. 


In honor of African Heritage Month, each morning a short biography will be read about one of forty incredible black trailblazers who saved lives through their bravery, improved laws through their advocacy and broken-down barriers by being the first in their fields and inventing new ways of doing things.  All biographies are found in the book entitled, “Trailblazers – The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada – written by Ms. Ridley-Padmore!

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.

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.



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.


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!