La Salle Family Update (7-12)
June 30, 2023
Spotlight on our Retirees
Ms. Monique Anderson
Ms. Sheri Hodgins
Ms. Donna Offord
Our celebrations to honour each of our retirees is best captured in the words of the Starfish poem found below. A life's work in education is immeasureable as each interaction and relationship formed holds the promise of infinite possibility. As each retiree takes a moment to reflect on their career they'll fondly remember the many 'starfish' that have supported along the way. Their effort, time, and connection mattered to that 'one' at the right moment. We are grateful for their gifts and skills - the impact of their work is vast. They are the difference makers in the lives of many! We appreciate each one of you and all you have done for La Salle students, staff and our community. Once a Knight, always a Knight ...
As the end of the school year approaches we are, unfortunately, saying goodbye to some of our staff members. We are most grateful to the following staff as they transition to new placements for September, and are hopeful that they return to us in the future:
*Lisa McFarlane is on leave for 23/24 and will return September '24.
We wish them all the best for the fall!
Congratulations to Graduating Class of 2023
"You're off to great places.
Today is your day.
Your mountain is waiting so ...
Get on your way!"
Congratulations to Grade 12 Graduating Class of 2023
Congratulations graduates on your achievements. We are all so proud of each of you. We wish you all the best as you begin your new adventures.
Once a Knight, always a Knight.
A heartfelt thank you to Ms. Rymal who has created this google folder of photos from Thursday's ceremony. They can be found using this link:
Spotlight on Intermediate Experiential Learning
Ultimate Frisbee Interschool Highlights!!!
Grade 7 Digital Art Project
Grade 8 End of Year Day Trip
Our Very Own In-House Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
Spotlight on Secondary Experiential Learning
Indigenous Art Installation
Annual Athletic Banquet - June 15th Highlights
To our coaches ... You are difference makers in the lives of our students on the field, pitch, ice, court, track and more! We simply could not enjoy an evening of recognition such as this one without your dedication and commitment to our student-athletes. Thank you.
A BIG thank you to our athletic director, Mr. Reuben Brunet, who speaks from the heart and leads with an undeniable love of all things La Salle. We simply couldn't do it without you. Thank you.
Looking back on the year's successes with gratitude ... Well done, Knights!
Jr. Girls Soccer - Community Connection Thank Yous
July 10th to 13: Secondary Report Cards Available for Pick Up in the Main Office from 9 am - 12 pm
August 30th: Grade 9 Orientation Day from 9 - 11 am (details below!)
Sept 5th: First Day of School!
Sept 20th: Kingston Transit Orientation and Training
Sept 25th: PA Day - No Classes
October 11th: Secondary School Picture Day
October 13th: Intermediate School Picture Day
November 28th: School Picture Retakes
Grade 9 Orientation - Welcome to La Salle!!!
Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2023
Time: 9am - 11am
Cost: $20.00 *This includes: Lock and Grade 9 Day Transportation & Food
Location: Please use the front entrance
Students will receive a t-shirt, timetable, guided tour, and some other small items in a bag
VOLUNTEER AT AGNES
Agnes welcomes the support of arts-engaged high school students at Agnes Art Camp, week-long day camps for children ages 6–12 in July.
Volunteering at Agnes offers individuals an opportunity to be immersed in a museum education environment. We encourage teens interested in learning about visual arts, creativity and education to reach out.
Flexible schedules are available and students may opt to volunteer for a full week, mornings or afternoons only, or another custom schedule designed with Agnes.
You can read more about our camps here: https://agnes.queensu.ca/participate/classes-workshops-camps/agnes-art-camp-summer-2023/
Please contact Charlotte Gagnier, Program Coordinator at Agnes for more information (613) 533-6000 x 77053.
Food Sharing Project
Help us provide healthy food for students at your school
The Food Sharing Project is a registered charity that has been serving the area for almost 40 years. We are the organization which provides nutritious food and equipment to schools across Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington for their in-school breakfast, lunch and hearty snack programs.
Each week of the school year, our team of 12 volunteers pack about 450 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, dairy and protein foods which are delivered to every school in KFL&A, including yours. In 2019, prior to the onset of COVID-19, we sent food with a value of $12,000 to schools each week and in 2022, that amount rose to $21,000 per week.
The 2022-2023 school year has been unprecedented for The Food Sharing Project. Due to increasing demand and the skyrocketing costs of food, we are facing a significant budget shortfall as we are now sending out over $25,000 in food every week. We need your help to ensure that students do not go through the school day hungry. Please consider making a donation to help us continue to get healthy food to students at your school.
Educators and research tell us that when they can eat nutritious food at school, students are more engaged in their learning, can focus better on tasks and can have more positive social interactions throughout the day. They are also more willing to try something new, which can lead to better food choices as adults.
Every donation, regardless of the amount, will make a difference for students in your school. Please go to www.foodsharingproject.org and click on the DONATE button to make a secure online donation today. Thank you.
Opportunity for Indigenous Youth
Please see the attached poster from the Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest promoting their new Youth Connections program. This program is for Indigenous youth ages 12-19 who are interested in making connections and participating in cultural and language programming.
Please contact Mandy Wilson (email@example.com) for further information or questions.
Gender Affirming Assistance Project
The grassroots collective, Gender Affirming Assistance Project (GAAP), is a community-based group based in the Katarokwi/Kingston region that seeks to support two-spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender diverse community members.
This initiative aims to reduce the barriers for people when accessing gender-affirming care and rooting for anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and intersectional ethics of care. GAAP is working with community members, including students from Queen’s University, to provide two services currently: gender-affirming apparel, and support for name/gender marker changes on identification cards.
Mental Health Support
There are many community organizations, including The Maltby Centre, that offer a variety of resources to support students and families. The Maltby Centre (https://maltbycentre.ca/) provides mental health and autism services to children and youth, and works with clients in schools, homes, and other locations.
Other supports include:
- School Mental Health Ontario (*Added new SMH Resource Document below!)
- Youth Diversion
- Kids Help Phone
We continue to see many students who struggle to safely and respectively use social media. Please monitor your student's phone usage, especially at night. Many students admit to staying up quite late each night, and therefore coming to school quite tired. Thank you for your vigilance and helping your student get the most out of their day.
School Advisory Council
Our next school council meeting will be in the fall. New members are welcome to join us at each meeting. Stay tuned for information in September about details of the date and time.
Newly elected council for 2022/23:
Chairs: Stephanie Saunders
Secretary: Stephanie Gratto
Much appreciation to this team for their volunteer time in supporting our school!
La Salle Athletics Fundraiser
Learn more about reducing the cost of school trip fees or school athletic fees. The rebate adds up over time, so don't delay! Watch this video for more information https://www.fundscrip.com/how-it-works, then learn more at the school website under Secondary>Athletics https://lasalle.limestone.on.ca/secondary/athletics.
2023-2024 School Year Calendar Approved
The following key dates have been approved:
First Day of School: Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Winter Break: December 25, 2023, to January 5, 2024
March Break: March 11, to March 15, 2024
Last Day of School: Thursday, June 27, 2024
The 2023-2024 school year consists of 194 days;
Secondary - 177 instructional days, 7 PA Days and 10 exam days.
Elementary - 187 instructional days and 7 PA Days.
Professional Activity Days - no classes for students:
Monday, Sept. 25, 2023
Friday, Oct. 27, 2023
Friday, Nov. 10, 2023
Friday, Feb. 2, 2024
Friday, April 12, 2024
Friday, May 31, 2024
Friday, June 28, 2024