Together in Education:Family Update

Jan 24-28

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Upcoming Dates:


Tuesday, Jan 25th ~ HOT LUNCH: Pizza

Wednesday, January 26th: SPIRIT DAY: Bell Let's Talk Day - WEAR BLUE OR WHITE!

Wednesday, January 26th: Grade 8 visit from Bayridge Secondary School

Thursday, January 27th: Family Literacy Day, Holocaust Remembrance Day


Saturday, January 29th: Day of Remembrance - Quebec City Mosque Attack & Action Against Islamophobia

Tues Feb 1: HOT LUNCH: Pasta


Black History Month

Tuesday, February 1st: Lunar/Chinese New Year

Wednesday, February 2nd: PA Day (no school for students)

Thursday, February 3rd: Term 2 Begins

Monday, February 14th: Valentine's Day

Monday, February 21st: Family Day Holiday

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School Update

Dear Families,

We were so happy to see our staff and students back in the building this week. Your children are hopefully happy, and likely exhausted, as change and transitions are always challenging. We have truly enjoyed being back in the building together.

As you can see from our upcoming events we have many days of significance this week. Family Literacy Week takes place from Sunday, January 23rd to Saturday, January 29th. It is a time for families to have fun and explore many different types of literacy and how literacy skills impact our lives. In addition to reading and writing, food literacy, health literacy, physical literacy and cultural literacy are some of the different types of literacies we use every day. See the link to family resources and a virtual event in this newsletter. We will celebrate with activities in classrooms, a read-aloud from Superintendent Silver, and a spirit day on Friday where students and staff can dress up like their favourite book character!


Extra-curriculars/Clubs that are low risk and low intensity can resume for Grades 7-8. Masks are required at all times. Athletics have also been given the green light by public health to begin a return to train model for Grades 7-8. Practices and training sessions must be low risk and low intensity. Sports such as basketball that are classified as high risk and high intensity will need to be modified to reflect low risk and low intensity. This is great news for our students!

Important Reminders and Information:

Remote Learning:

We have some families who have opted for Short Term Virtual Learning at this time. The Board is inviting families to complete a short survey to determine system-wide preferences and needs for Term Two (if you plan to continue to send your child/ren to in-person learning, you do not need to complete the survey). You may access the survey using the following link:

2022-23 School Year Calendar:

The School Board is seeking input regarding the 2022-23 School Calendar. Please complete the following survey if you would like to contribute your preferences:

Public Health Survey:

KFL&A Public Health is gathering information about local families’ choices whether to vaccinate their 5 to 11-year-old students against COVID-19 via a short survey. Please use the following link to participate:

COVID School Protocols:

Daily COVID-19 Screening Tool: all staff and students must continue to screen for symptoms each day, and isolate when indicated: (Please see detailed graphics below about the protocols that need to be followed if your child develops COVID-19 symptoms either at home or while at school

Take Home COVID-19 Tests:

On-line Learning Resources:

Remote Learning Support:

KFL&A COVID Vaccination Clinic Information:

We know that there has been a lot of information shared with families this week: please don't hesitate to reach out to the school when you have questions, or require clarification - we are here to help.

Your leaders in learning,

Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn


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Short-Term Virtual Learning Options

We are aware that there are some families who would like to continue learning virtually for the time being. If this is the case for your child, please let the teachers know, and use the "Short-term Virtual" option when completing the advance absence notification. Teachers will be providing students with short-term asynchronous learning, and there will be a survey sent out by the board next week for families who would like to continue remote learning for a longer period of time. If you plan to send your children back to school, you do not need to complete this survey.

Director's Message:

Returning Borrowed Technology

A reminder that students who borrowed technology for virtual learning should bring devices and cords back to school when they return to school or they can be dropped off at the main office from 8:30 -4:00 pm. If your child is not able to safely transport it. We will sanitize all devices prior to re-allocating them for classroom use.


Due to our missed weeks during the period of remote learning, the hot lunch and milk schedules will be extended, with items paid for transferred as follows:

Jan 4 - March 22

Jan 11 - March 29

Our final hot lunch and milk schedule will run from April to June.

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Lancaster Apparel available through our Spirit Store

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Contact your School Advisory Council Using the link below

Connecting our Lancaster Community - Do you own your own business in Kingston?

The School Advisory Council for Lancaster Drive Public School would like to invite you to join our Lancaster Connect community directory. We want to connect with you and provide a way for you to find people or resources within our school community. The School Advisory Council funds a wide range of activities for the school and we would like to utilize and support businesses within our school community wherever possible. Please join us in creating this community directory by providing your business and contact information below. Once we collect all of the responses, we will share the link to the directory in the weekly school newsletter "Together in Education". You can print out the paper copy and send it in with your child to school or use the Google link in next week's newsletter.
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Did you know there is a function available that will allow you to translate our newsletter into a preferred language? Use this feature as indicated in the image below.
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Mabels Labels

Need labels for your kids belongings – simply hop onto and click on “support a fundraiser” scroll through until you see our school then do your shopping – 20% of all sales go to our school fundraising efforts – how easy is that!!

Cobs Bread

Love tasty baked goods from Cobs Bread?? Every time you visit Cobs Bread Bakery at 770 Gardiners rd. in Kingston simply let them know you are supporting Lancaster School’s Fundraiser and they will donate 10% of your sale to us!

Let’s “Raise some Dough”!

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