Together in Education:Family Update
JUNE is National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month
June 13/14 – Intermediate Trip – Camp Iawah
June 14 - Vreeken to BSS - Coding
June 16th – Ultimate Frisbee Tournament @ Woodbine Park
June 17th - SPIRIT DAY - Rainbows and Unicorn Day
June 17th - Discover Kindergarten Event 3:30-4:30
June 19th: Father's Day
June 21st - Vreeken to Treetop Trekking
June 23rd - Jarbeau, Tidman, Dowdell, Boriotis to Buzz Lightyear
June 24th - Hamilton, Ewing, Barling, Vreeken to Henderson Pool
June 27th - Queen's Engineering sessions with Junior classes
June 28th - Grade 8 Graduation and Boat Cruise
June 29th - End of Year Assembly
June 30th - PA day - no classes for students. Staff appreciation from School Advisory Council
Congratulations to our Track and Field athletes who competed at the Regional and District meets on Monday and Wednesday, and to the coaches, parents and volunteers who supported them: it was a terrific day, with many personal bests, and lots of cameraderie, encouragement of each other and perseverance. We are so proud of our Lions! !
June is Pride Month! Many students, staff, families, and community members identify as members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We fly the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride flag, engage in inclusive programming to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that everyone not only sees themselves in Limestone but also feels a strong sense of belonging and connectedness. This is consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code which protects marginalized groups from discrimination and harassment. We want everyone who learns, works or volunteers in our school board to feel safe and supported, valued and seen. Next Friday, June 17th we will have "Rainbow and Unicorn Day" and encourage all of our students to wear their favourite colours, unicorn emblems and bring any of their favourite unicorn stuffies! The Kingston Pride Parade is on Saturday, June 18th - details can be found below. We hope to see some of our Lancaster families there!
June is also National Indigenous History Month. During this month we take time to recognize and honour the history, heritage, resilience, and diversity, of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada. We celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st.
We hope that everyone was able to get outside and get active this weekend, and we look forward to seeing everyone on Monday,
Your leaders in learning,
Lani Fox and Sara O'Hearn
SCHOOL ORGANIZATION FOR 2022-23
Creating class lists is a shared task by our team of educators who spend a significant amount of time getting to know your child, discovering their academic, social and emotional needs in educational settings both inside and outside of the classroom. Each year we want to build the best possible learning environments for all learners. Our school team considers a wide range of factors including overall number of students in each grade (if a split grade), student learning styles and personalities, number of boys and girls, academic strengths and needs, peer relationships, learning skills and work habits, and social/ emotional strengths and needs.
All classrooms, whether a single grade or a combined grade, include students performing at a wide range of achievement levels. We meet the needs of all learners in a classroom through differentiated instruction with a focus on developing critical thinking skills, and by providing modifications and accommodations for various learning needs. In every case, Lancaster staff put great thought into creating responsive classroom learning environments that will support the success of all students.
If you wish to make a request for class placement for next year we ask parents to communicate to your child's classroom teacher about his/her needs as a learner rather than a specific teacher's name. Teacher assignments can change for many reasons (illness, transfer, leave of absence, etc.) and what does not change are your child's needs. This sharing can serve to further inform our team of educators while creating class lists but does not guarantee a particular placement.
Please also keep in mind that our school organization may change before the first day of school, based on new registrations from families moving into our catchment area, or those who may have moved out of our catchment area over the summer. As a result, information about your child’s class placement will not be available until the first day of school.
TENTATIVE ORGANIZATION FOR 2022-23
LIFE AND LEARNING MOMENTS AT LANCASTER:
Parents: Please Note the Change Below and Ensure Your Vehicle is not blocking this area during the times indicated
VOLUNTEERS IN SCHOOL & ON FIELD TRIPS
Parent, guardian and community volunteers play an essential role in our school communities. We welcome the participation of volunteers who bring a wide range of talents and skills to school life that enrich and support both students and staff.
Board policy states that people wishing to volunteer are required to complete a mandatory screening process that includes a police criminal record check, sometimes better known as a CPIC. This excludes guest speakers or presenters but does include parents/guardians attending school field trips who will be assuming supervision responsibilities for students. Where, at the request of the principal, a parent/guardian is participating on a field to attend to the needs of their child, a CPIC may not be required (a condition of this situation must be that this parent is never alone with children other than their own). In this case, an offense declaration would be acceptable. These situations must be discussed in advance with the school principal.
CPICs must be updated and approved every three years. During interim years, volunteers must complete the annual Offence Declaration Form. Volunteers are encouraged to complete their CPIC application forms early in the school year, as there may be a waiting period involved with the processing and approval. Currently, there is variability on whether or not school volunteers are charged for the police criminal record check.
Kingston Police offers an automated online system for submitting your CPIC for approval.
Ontario Provincial Police requires you to download the form and then take it to your nearest OPP Detachment for approval.
You may also obtain copies of the applications from your school.
For the 2021-2022 school year, all volunteers are required to follow the LDSB Mandatory Vaccination Disclosure Protocol.
All volunteers are required to sign in and out of the office as do all school visitors. You may be asked to wear a visitor pass while in the school.
GRADE 8 GRADUATION ATTIRE! Click link below for email or find them on Facebook @graduationrotation
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS HERE!
Meet Up Location Map
Student Rapid Antigen Testing Kits
Rapid antigen test kits can be provided for students, and staff that develop symtoms at school. Please let us know if you require additional test kits if you are picking up a symptomatic student from school.
Please follow these instruction when using the Rapid Antigen Test Kit .