Astral Drive Junior High

February 26th, 2021


February is Registration Month!!!!

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

The 2nd Black Youth Empowerment Workshop is taking place on Monday, March 1st from 9:30 to 11:00am. All students who participated in the 1st workshop should attend. If there are any other students who identify as Black or African Descent that want to participate, please let your teacher know today so you can be added to the group. The theme of this session is about Business and Building a Brand as it intersects with persons of African Descent.

If you ordered Lollipops, they will be delivered today - Friday.

Astral Drive Junior High is starting up a GSA. GSA stands for Gay Straight Alliance or Gender Sexuality Alliance. GSAs are student-led clubs in schools that support LGBTQ youth and their allies. GSAs help make schools safer by providing a space free of judgment and assumptions. If you are interested, in joining, please join the GSA Google classroom and we can get started.

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!