Together in Education:Family Update
Lancaster Drive Public School and Parent Council
JANUARYTuesday, 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
Friday, January 28th: SPIRIT DAY: FAVOURITE BOOK CHARACTER 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
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:
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: https://ldsb.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9N1FQjZVw3XbhKS
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: https://s-ca.chkmkt.com/?e=256607&h=A9B1BF08671DCA4&l=en
COVID School Protocols: https://www.limestone.on.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=352782&pageId=32609981
Daily COVID-19 Screening Tool: all staff and students must continue to screen for symptoms each day, and isolate when indicated: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ (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: https://www.limestone.on.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=352782&pageId=3452616
On-line Learning Resources: https://www.limestone.on.ca/families/online_learning_resources
Remote Learning Support: https://www.limestone.on.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=352782&pageId=32531898
KFL&A COVID Vaccination Clinic Information: https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/covid-19-vaccine.aspx
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
BELL LET'S TALK DAY - WEAR BLUE/WHITE ON WEDNESDAY!
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: https://www.limestone.on.ca/news/what_s_new/return_to_in-person_learning_updates
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.
HOT LUNCH AND MILK SCHEDULE
Jan 4 - March 22
Jan 11 - March 29
Our final hot lunch and milk schedule will run from April to June.