Indian Township

Donna Meader-York

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had great holidays. Now that the holidays have departed, we can sit back and enjoy the winter (as much as we can). That’s exactly what the kids at Indian Township School are planning to do on January 24. Students and volunteer staff are planning to travel to Cobscook Bay to participate in some winter fun. Sliding, skating, snowshoeing, and even sleigh rides will be available, along with a free lunch and warming center. Miss Goldsmith is still looking for staff volunteers to chaperone, so it’s not too late to sign up!

Basketball season is still going strong. There are two games to be made up, and I will post those dates when they become available, but the schedule so far is as follows:

1/14 – Lubec @ ITS

1/15 – ITS @ East Range 3:30

1/20 – ITS @ Woodland

1/21 – Topsfield @ ITS

1/27 – ITS @ Eastport 5:00 & 6:00

1/29 – Machias @ ITS

Don’t forget the delicious hotdogs being sold at the concession stand during home games. Proceeds benefit the 8th grade class.

The After School Program begins a new session this week. We are pleased to partner with ITS Health Center and offer Traditional Drum and Shawl Dancing twice a week. We also have Cheering, Glee Club, Drama Club, and a new group called Caring Kids, where kids learn to give back to our community. Art and Painting will continue. There are a lot of opportunities for our students and I hope you encourage them to attend. Just a reminder that if the weather is snowy, icy, or freezing rain, the ASP will be cancelled for the safety of our children, staff and bus drivers. You can check our Facebook page, Indian Township After School Program, click “Like” and see updates and changes in the program or schedules.

The Passamaquoddy people have a traditional ceremony at the time of the new year, where they ask to be forgiven for any offense in action or words they have caused someone in the past year. This tradition and ceremony is taught to the students and performed at school. I have always thought of it as a clean slate, a new beginning in all of my relationships. I’m sure other cultures have similar traditions, but if yours does not, this one might be a good one to adopt!

That’s all the news I have for this week. Until next week, take care of yourselves, and keep learning!