Information for Parents & Guardians

Primary Registration for September 2018

Grade Primary registration forms will be available at the school from February 26, 2018 – March 26, 2018 during regular school hours. Registration forms are also available on our school website at Feel free to print them off and return them to the school at your convenience.  

To Register for Grade Primary:

A child must have reached their 5th birthday on or before December 31, 2018 as per the Nova Scotia Education Act.

 Parents & Guardians must present the following:

  • The child's proof of age: birth certificate.
  • Health card number and expiry date at the time of registration.
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada - Certificate of Indian Status – Registry Number.
  • Legal documents related to custody arrangements if applicable.
  • Emergency contact phone numbers.

Winter Walk Day will be held on February 23, 2018. Staff & students will be leaving the school at 10:00. Parents & Guardians are welcome to join us. 

*Schedule for Elementary Hockey 

*All Games are played at the Whitney Pier Arena. 

*If School is cancelled, hockey is cancelled. 

*All students are responsible for their own transportation. 

*Any questions email Mr. MacKeil: or call the school. 

*Make sure you show up on time for the games!

Thursday January 18: Vs Etoile de L’Acadie @ 4:30 pm

Monday January 22: Vs  Coxheath @ 3:30 pm

Monday January 29: Vs Riverside @ 4:30 pm

Monday February 5: Vs  Mountain V. Marion B. Robin F. @ 3:30 pm

Thursday February 15: Vs Sydney River @ 3:30 pm

 Monday February 26: Vs  Eskasoni Immersion @ 3:30 pm

 Monday March 5: Vs Eskasoni Elementary @ 4:30 pm 

News Release

For Immediate Release

Government Partners with Martin Family Initiative to Support Innovative Teaching Focused on Early Literacy in First Nations Schools

March, 10, 2017             Gatineau, Quebec               Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Closing the gap in the education outcomes of First Nations children living on reserve is critical to improving their quality of life and contributes to stronger communities for the shared success of all Canadians. The Government of Canada believes there should be nothing preventing an Indigenous child from having the same hopes and aspirations as any other child in Canada and the opportunities to achieve them.

Today, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, congratulated the students of the six First Nations schools that have joined the Martin Family Initiative’s Model School Literacy Project for the 2016-17 school year. They are: 

  • Standing Stone School, of the Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation in Ontario,
  • Maupeltueway Kin’matno’kuom, of the Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia,
  • Waywayseecappo Community School of the Waywayseecappo First Nation in Manitoba,
  • Keethanow Elementary School, of the Stanley Mission Cree Nation, Lac La Ronge First Nation in Saskatchewan,
  • Napi’s Playground Elementary School, of the Piikani Nation in Alberta,
  • Ermineskin Elementary and Kindergarten Schools of the Ermineskin Tribe in Alberta


The Model School Literacy project undertook a rigorous evaluation that demonstrated the extraordinary gains in early literacy of the First Nations children in its two pilot schools. Between 2010 and 2015 the percentage of Grade three children who met or exceeded the standard in reading on the Ontario provincial assessment rose from 13% to 81%. Following the success demonstrated at Hillside School in Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Walpole Island Elementary School in Walpole Island First Nation from September 2009 to June 2014, Budget 2016 invested $30 million over five years to support the growth of the model school network to 20 schools by 2020.

This funding will support ongoing targeted training of teachers and education assistants from Kindergarten to Grade 3, as well as the schools’ administration. Six schools will be added every two years, beginning with the schools referred to today and including the two pilot project schools. The initiative uses an innovative approach, providing and making use of technology such as video conferencing in the schools, to connect the schools to each other and to outside resources, and to enhance teaching and learning in First Nations communities without the barrier of travel costs.


“Working with First Nations to identify how we can innovate together to put education for First Nations on solid footing for the future is one of our top priorities.  Congratulations to the six First Nations schools joining the Martin Family Initiative’s Model School Literacy Project. This initiative will help unlock student success and opportunity as well as provide the tools for Indigenous students to become tomorrow’s leaders.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.

Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Quick Facts

  • A growing body of research shows that early literacy is key to student success, with students who read and write well by grade 3 being most likely to do well in school and graduate.
  • The Martin Family Initiative’s Model School Literacy Project is bringing together First Nations communities and schools, organizations and governments to provide inclusive support for Indigenous students with a focus on developing these fundamental skills for kindergarten to grade 3 students.
  • The Initiative provides classroom resources, professional development and support for primary and language teachers about the most effective ways to teach reading and writing, and stresses the importance of developing culturally-relevant curriculum.


Associated Links


For more information, media may contact:

Sabrina Williams

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett



INAC Media Relations
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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Breakfast Program

The school will be providing a light breakfast for students Monday – Friday in the cafeteria from 8:20a.m - 8:35a.m.

Lunch Program

The prices for lunch is $3.00 if you purchase daily or $2.50 if you purchase the two week punch card for $25.00. Child/(ren) are able to bring their lunch if not purchasing from the cafeteria. No food or drinks allowed in the classrooms.

Lunch Menu

February 1, 2018 - February 28, 2018

Monday - Macaroni & cheese, pulled pork sliders & drink

Tuesday - Chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese sandwich & drink

Wednesday - Spaghetti & meatballs, roll & drink

Thursday - Chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables & drink

Friday - Pizza, fries & drink


Peanut Free School

We are a Peanut Free School and are reminding all staff & students, parents & guardians and visitors to refrain from bringing any products containing peanuts or peanut substances into the school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at 902 562 2205

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